BIG BIG TRAIN (UK) The Likes of Us

I remember 20 years ago when I first bought a ticket on the Big Big Train, by purchasing “Gathering Speed”, a fantastic discovery that I had most positively reviewed a year later. The album garnered praise for its historical revisit of that seminal moment when the...

DRIFTING SUN (UK) Veil

It becomes quite daunting when the entire discography over the years of a band are all major winners, with nary a thought of any weaker one among the lot. Such is the case with my long love affair with Drifting Sun going back to 2015 when I discovered the band’s “Trip...

RICK MILLER (CANADA) One of the Many

Here is a consistently focused artist that just keeps on giving every year sterling musical adventures, that pay homage to the early glory years of Progressive rock. Yes, there is an obvious Floyd reference, as well as the Moody Blues and early Alan Parsons Project,...

MANGROVE (NETHERLANDS) Bridge to Fiction

Guitarist, vocalist, and keyboard player Roland Van der Horst is, after 15 long years, back in the prog game with a long-awaited new album, which I happily jumped on as I really enjoyed all their previous recordings.  Longtime bassist Pieter Drost and new drummer Lex...

AURORA LUNARE (ITALY) Terzo Luogo

The second album comes a decade later, after the well received and critically acclaimed self titled debut from the Livorno band, proving that patience is definitely a virtue, especially when the end result is so satisfying. They did however put out a covers tribute of...