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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)

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)

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)

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 (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)

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...

Sam Ross: Live at the Mira Room, Vol. II (2023)

In many ways this feels like the beginning of a whole new world, and I am sure this is not the last time we will come across an album like this. On one level here we have a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable jazz EP by the trio of Sam Ross (piano, Fender Rhodes)...

Red Hot Shame: You Can’t Make Me (2023)

Red Hot Shame is an indie rock group from a Northern California where the mainstay is singer-songwriter Xeff Scolari who works with a fluctuating line-up of friends. This time around it included frequent collaborators Steven Pitsenbarger (vocals, percussion), Ryan...

Kariti: Dheghom (2024)

Back in 2020 I reviewed the debut album by Kariti, ‘Covered Mirrors’, and she is finally back with the follow-up. Kariti (карити), which means 'to mourn the dead' in church Slavonic, is a Russian-born artist now based in Italy and this release sees her moving away...

Just One Fix: Submit or Death (2024)

One of my favourite NZ metal bands in Just One Fix, and it is way too long since they released an EP. We have been getting tasters with singles, but at least we have six tracks, 26 minutes in length and the only real issue is that it is not enough, where is the album?...
Gridfailure:  Shards In The Wire (2023)

Gridfailure: Shards In The Wire (2023)

I’ve lost track of how many of Dave Brenner’s releases I have reviewed, but it must be most of them (at least in recent years) yet I still find myself stupidly excited when there is a new one to delve into. This 7-track release (currently available on Bandcamp for...

Grant Haua: Mana Blues (2023)

Grant Haua: Mana Blues (2023)

A few years ago I came across Grant Haua and I was blown away by the Maori bluesman who for me is the living epitome of the classic style. His last album, the mighty ‘Tahanga’ found Grant with his trusty acoustic as he recorded a livestream for Rolling Stone France....

ECHOES (EIRE-FRANCE) Part.1

ECHOES (EIRE-FRANCE) Part 1Vocalist, lyricist, and composer James McGregor is an Irish nomad who seems to be travelling a bit around Europe lately, from Dublin, London, and Berlin, with an interesting stop in Southern France (aka paradise) where he attended a concert...

ROB HARRISON (UK) Explode My Head

Debut offering from this talented musician, composer, and producer, pretty much a one-man show with a lot of help from various friends, namely Gong’s flutist Ian East. A wide diversity of stimulating influences permeate this work, anywhere from Penguin Café Orchestra,...

MARCO GLÜHMANN (GERMANY) A Fragile Present

Can there by a finer voice currently in the prog scene than Sylvan ‘s lead lung? Besides the impeccable technique, he also is arguably one of the most recognizable vocalists in any genre, with a unique style whereby he ‘squeezes’ out harmonic vowels with a mini delay...

JOHN HOLDEN (UK) Proximity & Chance

Since 2018, this composer and multi-instrumentalist has not only been consistently delivering standout albums that I am proud to possess and review, all very highly rated but also because the recipe ingredients and manpower invited happen to vary from album to album....

RETURNED TO THE EARTH (UK) Stalagmite Steeple

The previous album “Fall of the Watcher” released in 2022 made my heart flutter so deeply that an EKG was not necessary in determining the workings of my arteries. So, what… I fell in love again! That is what romantic progressive ‘pop’ music can do to the melancholic...

OCEANS OF NIGHT (USA) Mindstorm

When discovering rock back in the very early 70s as a teenager, the exploding hormones certainly found a haven within loud and crunchy power riffs, being raised on Deep Purple, Sabbath, and Led Zep, to name only the obvious. Yes, banging heads was fun and more...

CELESTE (ITALY) Echi di un Future Passato

Two words to start: flute and mellotron. If for whatever odd reason, these two instruments are not among your favourites, please stop reading promptly. Phew, now that we got that out of the way, Celeste will always be remembered for their luminous 1976 debut album...

VIOLENT JASPER (GERMANY) Control

The much-vaunted German group Sylvan decide to go on a mini-sabbatical, subsequent to releasing their latest album, “One to Zero” in 2021, a masterful album of the highest order. Longtime keyboardist Volker Soehl and guitarist Johnny Beck decided to launch a new...

AGE OF DISTRACTION (UK) A Game of Whispers

Connections, connections, connections. The progressive rock community’s greatest attribute is how closely linked everyone seems to be, with geography being no longer an issue. New projects seem to blossom organically, as a simple e-mail or text can germinate into a...

CRISTIANO VARISCO (BRAZIL) Aline

There is nothing more enjoyable for the Rogue than receiving review requests from artists around the world, who invariably deserve very much to be heard and, in most cases, applauded for their talent, often far removed from the ultra-packaged, hyper-polished fluff of...

ANDROID (HUNGARY) Wordless Scriptum

I am totally proud of being a huge fan of this Hungarian band since their East of Eden debut in 2009 , not because we share the same language and culture but mainly because they have progressed over the years, not only constantly fine tuning their craft but also for...

RIVERSEND (USA) same

What makes the perpetual search for a new source of musical pleasure such a thrill, is when you land on something with zero background, or any kind of advance notice. Such is my chance meeting on an innocuously dull day with Riversend, absently surfing the proggier...

INNER PROSPEKT (ITALY) Unusual Movements

As I was imputing this latest offering from Inner Prospekt into my database (I have so many albums I need to keep track of them all), I was stunned to visualize that I have all 14 studio albums from this amazing musician I first discovered when he was /is still a...

Lazy Fifty: Devil On His Day Off (2024) single

Lazy Fifty: Devil On His Day Off (2024) single

Here we have the second single from Lazy Fifty’s forthcoming ‘Neighbour of the Beast’. Adrian Athy provides all vocals and music apart from drums which were provided by producer Greg Haver. Musically this is a Seventies style rocker with grumbling riffs and nice...

The Witching Tale: What Magic Is This? (2023)

The Witching Tale: What Magic Is This? (2023)

Two years on from their wonderful debut and Katharine Blake (Mediaeval Baebes, Miranda Sex Garden) and Michael York (Current 93, Coil, The Utopia Strong, Teleplasmiste) are back with their second album. Katharine provides Katharine Blake vocals, sopranino, descant and...

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    by Leo Trimming on June 19, 2024 at 5:00 pm

    365 is the seasonally inspired release from Adult Cinema, the remarkable one-man project created by multi-instrumentalist Mike Weston, following on from his third album Hot and Cold in 2020. Weston displays an impressive multi-instrumental talent in four extended pieces based…

  • Winter’s End Progressive Rock Festival: Day Four
    by Rosamund Tomlins on June 18, 2024 at 5:00 pm

    The The Drill Hall, Chepstow Sunday, 14th April 2024 GLEN BRIELLE Aka Hugh Carter, founder member of Abel Ganz. His side project with solo keys and fellow Abel Ganz guitarist Malcolm McNiven was a lovely way to start off the…

  • Winter’s End Progressive Rock Festival: Day Three
    by Rosamund Tomlins on June 17, 2024 at 5:00 pm

    The Drill Hall, Chepstow Saturday, 13th April 2024 DOMINIC SANDERSON My discovery of the weekend! This was, for me, the most ultimate progressive performance of the festival! I was a tad late for the start, as I’d left my camera…

  • Winter’s End Progressive Rock Festival: Day Two
    by Rosamund Tomlins on June 16, 2024 at 5:00 pm

    The The Drill Hall, Chepstow Friday, 12th April 2024 ‘Winter’s End’ is a lovely little festival in the picturesque town of Chepstow just on the Welsh side of the River Severn, held normally in March/April. Fully indoors, it doesn’t matter…

  • Focus – Focus 12
    by Kevan Furbank on June 15, 2024 at 5:00 pm

    CONFUSINGLY, Focus 12 is the veteran Dutch proggers’ 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th or 17th studio album, depending on how you count them. As an additional headscratcher, the track named after the band (there’s one on nearly every album) is…

  • Returned To The Earth – Stalagmite Steeple
    by Jane Lee on June 14, 2024 at 5:00 pm

    Stalagmite Steeple is the latest album from Returned To The Earth, releasing on 14th June. It is a stunningly beautiful album featuring rich and evocative instrumentals and expressive vocals that cut through to the soul. Listening to it is like…

  • Fu Manchu – “The Return of Tomorrow”
    by Rob on June 14, 2024 at 3:36 pm

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  • Nefarious Industries – Burn After Hearing
    by Phil Lively on June 13, 2024 at 5:00 pm

    Nefarious Industries’ describe themselves on their Bandcamp page as: “(an) independent label & music collective extending its tentacles into far-flung regions of the musical spectrum… …home to crime, slime & grime since 2010”. Home to crime? Isn’t that prison? And…

  • Kavus Torabi – The Banishing
    by Roger Trenwith on June 12, 2024 at 5:00 pm

    “With every passing day it gets harder They tell you it’ll change, how can they know?” Borne from much turbulence in the form of the pandemic and a concurrent domestic upheaval resulting in estrangement from his family, this album has…

  • Airbag – “The Century of the Self”
    by Rob on June 10, 2024 at 5:13 pm

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