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BAKULLAMA (USA) Sleepers

One cannot survive just on polished, finely chiseled progressive rock albums all the time, and I know for a fact, that many aficionados actually enjoy the rougher edged, at times raw options available. Even the under-produced thinner sound can lay bare the purest of...

PARALLELS (SWEDEN) Exodus

Not to be confused with a similarly named US Band and their Yes tribute Awaken, this veteran Swedish trio opt for a more accessible sound, most definitely in the Neo-Prog vein, with tinges of AOR. Lead vocalist and bass player Ulrik Arturen, Keyboard man Forbjorn...

NINE STONES CLOSE (UK) Diurnal

After a long and self-imposed silence, guitarist and composer Adrian Jones found a great amount of inspiration, some good and some bad, upon extracting himself like billions of other humans from the claustrophobia of Covid 19 sequestration. This forced introspection...

NORTHODOXIAN (ESTONIA) same

Finally, I get to focus on this interesting project from Estonia, a country for which I have had a lengthy fascination that I cannot really explain, other than some distant Finno-Ugric connection beyond mind or thought, perhaps genetic, surely historic. Let me...
Living State: Stalker (2024) single

Living State: Stalker (2024) single

Auckland-based Living State continue to release catchy singles and having seen them play a few times I know they power through the live environment as well. Musically they focus the arrangements around singer Marissa who is building her confidence so that while we are...
Hideous Divinity: Unextinct (2024)

Hideous Divinity: Unextinct (2024)

Between 2012 and 2019 Italian technical death metal act Hideous Divinity released four full-length albums, but it has taken five years for them to return with their latest, which is probably due to a certain pandemic, plus the line-up changed with the loss of both a...
Foncedalle: Foncedalle (2024)

Foncedalle: Foncedalle (2024)

This is the debut album by French act Foncedalle, who comprise Marius Mermet (guitar, vocals), JD Mimouni (drum machine, synth) and Clément Maltassat (bass, vocals, synth), they describe the album as a rock band making electronic music as opposed to the other way...
Crucial Velocity: Crucial Velocity (2023)

Crucial Velocity: Crucial Velocity (2023)

I must admit the reason I grabbed this album was due to some of the people involved as it sounded interesting. This band originally commenced as a project between songwriter Nate Bauer (guitar, bass, keyboards) and veteran mixing/mastering engineer Gary Long, owner of...
The Contractions: 1980 (2024)

The Contractions: 1980 (2024)

The Contractions (I don’t know why there is no “The” on the cover, but everything I can find on them has “The”) were an all-female punk trio from San Francisco featuring Mary Kelley (guitar & vocals), Kathy Peck (bass & vocals) and Debbie Hopkins (drums &...
The Brat: Straight Outta East L​.​A. (2017)

The Brat: Straight Outta East L​.​A. (2017)

I get offered a lot of albums to review on a daily basis, with most of the emails being filed in case I need to reference them later, but without downloading the music. For some strange reason I decided to grab this set from a band which broke up in 1985, releasing...