Babylon Mystery Orchestra - Axis of Evil Review by Gary Hill This is really an interesting CD. The musical blend of dark gothic textures and metallic elements alongside some progressive rock sounds is one that works quite well. More
Bane - The Note Review by Gary Hill I am probably one of the more unusual progressive rock fans in that I always liked hardcore - you know that raw, frantic version of punk rock of which the most well known band was probably The Dead Kennedys - well, Suicidal Tendencies, but they were a bit more metal. While that may not seem a very progressive rock thing to admit, it's the truth. More
Rich Batsford is a very talented musician and writer, whose vocal harmonies are arranged as an art form, and - in some ways – it is possible to listen to this album as one big song with various compositional themes and arrangements.
Jodi Beach Trio - In Other Words Review by Lisa Palmeno The Jodi Beach Trio released In Other Words in 2004. The CD features classically-trained vocalist and pianist Jodi Beach along with Drummer Thom Fishe and Jim McDowell on acoustic bass and classical guitar. More
Beautiful Creatures - Deuce Review by Greg Olma Bang Tango never got the credit that they deserved but as they say in business, timing is everything. They came out during the saturation period of glam/hair metal and got lumped in with them. More
Featuring Big Head Todd and The Monsters and special guests B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Honeyboy Edwards, Charlie Musselwhite,Ruthie Foster, Cedric Burnside and Lighnin' Malcolm, one great line up of all stars was put together to celebrate a century of Robert Johnson and it's a spectacular performance by all, naturally.
Black 47 - Iraq Review by Gary Hill Black 47 has been outspoken with their criticism of the Iraq war from the onset. This CD finds main man Larry Kirwen and company turning in a disc full of their own brand of music that shows that critical outlook. More
Black 47 - Fire of Freedom Review by Gary Hill This disc is a fine combination of many varied musical styles. There is a definite Irish bent that is always present on the album (sometimes in the music, sometimes the vocals, sometimes the lyrics, sometimes all of them). More
Black 47 - Live In New York City Review by Gary Hill A document of a live show of this intriguing band, this is a fun album. Black 47 combines Irish sensibilities, instrumentation and lyrical content with jazzy horn sections and punk, rock and reggae musical styles into a very entertaining stew of musical entertainment. More
Black 47 - Bankers and Gangsters Review by Gary Hill I’ve always liked Black 47 a lot, but I’ve always considered their Fire of Freedom albumto be their best – with nothing else coming close. More
Blind Melon - For My Friends Review by Gary Hill I’ve always liked Blind Melon. I was never a huge fanboy or anything, but I found them to be quite a cool band in their first coming. F
Bliss - Chasing the Mad Rabbit Review by Gary Hill F eaturing some of the best song writing I have heard in a long time, this is a very strong and entertaining release. There was a solid temptation to include this album in the progressive rock section because many of the cuts have very strong prog leanings, but the influences here are so varied, non-prog seems to fit better. More
Ken Block - Drift Review by Gary Hill This is the first solo album from the lead singer of Sister Hazel. More
Blondie - No Exit Review by Gary Hill For fans of the classic Blondie sound, this album is certainly a welcome return. The band seems to have stayed faithful to their old sound, while updating it. More
Blondie - Live Review by Gary Hill Upon listening to this disc a question comes to mind. As good as this album is, why is this the first live album this band has released? More
Blondie - Plastic Letters Review by Gary Hill This was Blondie’s second album and it found them working within a quirky pop rock sort of element, but not taking it to the mainstream extreme of the next disc. More
Blondie - Parallel Lines Review by Gary Hill It would be easy to dismiss Blondie as a glossy hit machine. It would also be inaccurate and an injustice. More
Blue Öyster Cult - Curse of the Hidden Mirror Review by Gary Hill Blue Oyster Cult has always been an unusual band. They have many cuts in their history that are classic hard rocking pieces. I'm talking the kind of songs that really rise heads above the vast majority of music out there More
Blue Öyster Cult - Extraterrestrial Live Review by Gary Hill Released in 1982, this album is a very solid chronicle of a BOC live during the height of their career. Combining prog elements with accessible hooks and potent metal, this album definitely qualifies as prog metal. More
Blue Öyster Cult - Heaven Forbid Review by Gary Hill Although the cover art leaves a bit to be desired, Heaven Forbid can certainly be looked on as a rebirth for BOC. This album seems to take the best of old BOC and bring up to date, while still staying true to those original concepts. More
Blue Öyster Cult - The Revolution By Night Review by Gary Hill Released in October of 1983, Revolution by Night was the 12th album by Blue Oyster Cult. The music on the album is definitely in the hard rock/heavy metal sort of genre, while showing many indications of more progressive leanings, both in writing and arranging. More
Blue Öyster Cult - Fire Of Unknown Origin Review by Greg Olma Back in 1981, Blue Oyster Cult was riding the wave of rock's "second coming". Having just completed a successful tour with Black Sabbath, the boys went back into the studio to record their next batch of songs and to try to keep themselves in the public eye. More
Blue Öyster Cult - Workshop of the Telescopes Review by Gary Hill This two disc compilation covers the majority of the band`s career, and hits upon many of their styles. From time to time, the music leans to metal, prog-metal, pop and hard rock.
Blue Öyster Cult - Cultosaurus Erectus Review by John Pierpoint Blue Oyster Cult's career could be considered by some to have hit the doldrums after the (perhaps counter-productive) phenomenal success of hit single “Don't Fear The Reaper.” More
Bodragaz - Bodragaz Review by Gary Hill Although the production on this disc is a bit flat at times, it is quite a listenable and entertaining release. The music here has prog leanings, but is more in a classic rock format.
Bodragaz - Somewhere In Switzerland Review by Gary Hill The second album from Colorado`s Bodragaz, this release continues their musical mode focusing on the `70`s classic rock sound. This band is quite accomplished at that sound, and incorporating occasional progish leanings into it. More
Body Count - Murder 4 Hire Review by Gary Hill There are those who credit Ice-T with pioneering the gangsta rap movement. Frankly, I don't know enough about that genre to comment either way on this part of its history. More
Boetz - Call to Arms Review by Mike Korn Here is one dinosaur that is not going to extinction quietly. Ernie Boetz is one huge real-life statement of defiance, giving a stiff middle finger to the rock of the new millennium. More
I’ve started to realize lately that there is a lot of great music out there that for myself and many others was quintessential (and impossible to miss) when we were in our formative years, yet might be completely mysterious and unknown to modern generations.
Brain Surgeons - Piece of Work Review by Gary Hill This album really seems to show that this band is not content to be working in one particular style. Indeed, the styles on this double disc release range from jazzy barbershop singing to hard rock to ballads to progish material
Peter Brown - Warm Review by Bruce Stringer A CD landed on my doorstep from Malaysia a short while ago which took my interest and inevitably ended up doing it's revolutions in my CD player on and off over a few weeks. The artist, Peter Brown, has written and played some beautiful, folk-orientated pieces embracing his new life in Malaysia away from his UK homeland. More
Budgie - The BBC Recordings Review by Bruce Stringer This compilation of rare live recordings between 1972 and 1982 shines a light on the maturity of the Welsh heavy rock outfit, including the raw energy that they are most known for and a few odd but exciting moments along the way. More
Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett's latest album Take The Weather With You offers up a few more country tunes but includes a variety of other styles and sounds throughout the album. This whole album has a “feel-good” thing about it. Even the “Cryin’ in your Beer” country tunes don’t really make you feel like crying. Jimmy Buffett’s song writing talents soar on the CD.
Burntside - Burntside EP Review by Mike Korn Here's a local punk rock band who has been pretty active lately. Whenever I see them live, they play covers, and they do a good job of it, but they are capable of more than just playing somebody else's music.