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August 2013 - Issue 101
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Ant-Bee - Pure Electric Honey
Review by Gary Hill
This is a release of very early Ant-Bee recordings.
Badi Assad - Between Love and Luck
Review by Gary Hill
This isn’t necessarily the best fit under progressive rock.
The Avengers - On a Mission
Review by Gary Hill
This album is essentially fusion.
Beatallica - Abbey Load
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve loved Beatallica since I first heard them.
Jeff Berlin - Low Standards
Review by Gary Hill
I always put Jeff Berlin under progressive rock.
Blackmore's Night - Dancer and the Moon
Review by Gary Hill
I have followed Blackmore’s Night a little over the years.
Brainticket - Cottonwood Hill
Review by Gary Hill
Although this is rather weird at times, it’s also quite cool.
Bullfrog - Bullfrog
Review by Gary Hill
The first disc I reviewed  from these guys I decided didn’t really fit under the progressive rock banner. 
Days Between Stations - In Extremis
Review by Gary Hill
Here is quite an intriguing album from Days Between Stations.
Djam Karet - The Trip
Review by Gary Hill
A few albums this time around have been mildly disappointing to me.
Electric Light Orchestra - Electric Light Orchestra
Review by John Pierpoint
This 1971 album was apparently entitled No Answer in the USA, although this was due to a misunderstanding between the band and the distributor.
Antoine Fafard - Occultus Tramitis
Review by Gary Hill
Antoine Fafard is the bass player and mastermind behind the band Spaced Out.
Flash - Featuring Ray Bennett & Colin Carter
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is likely to make my list of “best of 2013.”
The Gabriel Construct - Interior City
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty diverse ride.
Grobschnitt - Symphony Live 2012
Review by Gary Hill
This is more of an EP than it is an album.
Gunnelpumpers - Montana Fix
Review by Gary Hill
I really like the blend of sounds these guys have.
Haze - The Last Battle
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an ambitious album.
Allan Holdsworth - FLATTire: Music for A Non-Existent Movie
Review by Gary Hill
There is definitely a lot of fusion in this album.
Robert Jürjendal - Source of Joy
Review by Gary Hill
Prog, fusion and classical are all merged on this disc.
Liquid Casing - A Separate|Divide
Review by Gary Hill
I absolutely love this album. In fact, it’s likely to make my best of the year list for 2013.
Tim Morse - Faithscience
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty impressive progressive rock album. 
Nektar - Time Machine
Review by Gary Hill
There were three new albums this time that disappointed me a bit.
Mike Oldfield - Platinum
Review by John Pierpoint
After a string of successful instrumental albums (Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn and Incantations), Mike Oldfield’s eagerly awaited next album Platinum came as something of a surprise to many.
Orkestar MÉZÉ - Peasant Funk
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool album.
PropheXy - Improvviso
Review by Gary Hill
I like this disc quite a bit.
Seconds Before Landing - The Great Deception
Review by Gary Hill
This concept album is pretty cool.
Spirits Burning - and Clearlight - Healthy Music in Large Doses
Review by Gary Hill
Spirits Burning does a lot of varied material.
Spock's Beard - Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep
Review by Gary Hill
I hate to have to say it, but I was a little disappointed with this album.
Styx - The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed the DVD of this thing a while back. I love it.
Sundog - Insofar
Review by John Pierpoint
Sundog is a side-project by Penguin Café front-man and pianist Arthur Jeffes, teaming up with violin player Oli Langford.
Telergy - The Legend of Goody Cole
Review by Gary Hill
I liked Telergy’s last album, but this one is definitely superior.
Unified Past - Spots
Review by Gary Hill
The combination of sounds on this album is great.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Amaranthe - The Nexus
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty strong album.
Black Sabbath - 13
Review by Mike Korn
Well, it seems like time to tackle this monumental release. Expectations and anticipation for 13 have been so high that a review is a daunting prospect.
Queensrÿche - Queensrÿche
Review by Gary Hill
Well, there are few albums that come out amidst this kind of controversy.
Skid Row - United World Rebellion: Chapter One
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve never been a fan of Skid Row.
Venomous Maximus - Beg upon the Light
Review by Mike Korn
It’s quite fitting that the latest from Venomous Maximus gets reviewed in the same issue of MSJ as Black Sabbath’s 13
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Freddie Atlas - Vain (Digital Single)
Review by Gary Hill
With this single, Freddie Atlas has shown in one piece that he has a lot of talent.
John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley - All Wood and Stones II
Review by Gary Hill
This is a set of covers of Rolling Stones songs.
Beijing - Night
Review by Gary Hill
These guys seem to wander along a number of musical landscapes.
The Black Clouds - Better Days
Review by Gary Hill
The Black Clouds? I don’t think so. Isn’t this really a long lost Nirvana album?
Blacklist Union - Til Death Do Us Part
Review by Gary Hill
Gothic rock and things like Ozzy Osbourne and Godsmack are heard here.
Clark Colborn - Baba O’Riley (Digital Single)
Review by Jason Hillenburg
Clark Colborn's cover of "Baba O'Riley" makes an earnest effort to approximate the original.
The Tomas Doncker Band - This Is the Tomas Doncker Band’s Howlin’ Wolf EP
Review by Gary Hill
What a killer set this is! It’s part blues, part R & B and part rock.
EndAnd - Mechanics & Energetics of Stilt-Running
Review by Gary Hill
Punk can be a monolithic musical style.
George Jones - Jones Country / You've Still Got a Place in My Heart
Review by Gary Hill
A disc that’s part of a series of old style country music reissues, this one (like the rest in the series) features two classic albums on one CD.
Brian Larney - At the Starting Line
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool set. It doesn’t fit neatly into any one category, though.
Cory Linden - Based on a True Story
Review by Gary Hill
There is something to be said for pacing and laying out a set with the best material opening and closing.
Zain Lodhia - The Leap
Review by Gary Hill
There is some great music on here. There is also some stuff that I don’t find as compelling.
Monks of Mellonwah - Ghost Stories
Review by Gary Hill
This EP definitely borders on progressive rock.
My Woshin Mashin - Evil Must Die
Review by Gary Hill
First, it has to be stated that this outfit should get some bonus points for that band name.
Charley Pride - There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me / Burgers & Fries - When I Stop Leaving (I'll Be Gone)
Review by Gary Hill
This is part of a new series of reissues of country discs.
Ron E. Rawhoof - Too Much to Lose
Review by Gary Hill
Folk rock singer songwriter type music is the main order of business here.
Marty Robbins - El Paso City – Adios Amigo
Review by Gary Hill
I know Marty Robbins is a country artist.
Michael Stanley - The Ride
Review by Gary Hill
This is a great disc, plain and simple.
Sweat Band - Sweat Band
Review by Gary Hill
Okay, the name might be clever, but it’s also a little obvious.
Mike Tramp - Cobblestone Street
Review by Gary Hill
Mike Tramp is best known as the lead singer for the metal band White Lion.
The Vibrators - On the Guest List
Review by Gary Hill
I had always thought of these guys as a punk band.
Joshua Worden - Always This
Review by Gary Hill
Blame it on the whole “download one song you like” movement.
DVD/Video Reviews
Bullfrog - Live at Rockpalast DVD
Review by Gary Hill
The first thing I need to mention here is, this is labeled as a “region 0” disc, meaning it should play in pretty much any player.
Dio - Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I wasn’t really a big fan of Dio solo in the day.
Doobie Brothers - Live at Wolf Trap DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This is an awesome live video.
Druckfarben - Artifact DVD
Review by Gary Hill
These guys have really come from nowhere and managed to impress.
Garbage - One Mile High...Live DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve liked Garbage from their first album. So, I was quite interested in seeing this live DVD.
Iron Maiden - Maiden England ’88 DVD
Review by Greg Olma
There is not much I can say about Iron Maiden that hasn’t been said before. 
Paul McCartney - and Wings: - Rockshow DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This DVD is a release of a 1976 concert film of Paul McCartney and Wings.
The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane DVD
Review by Gary Hill
When I started watching this and the concept was revealed, my expectations were lowered a bit.
Frank Zappa - A Token of His Extreme DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I would recommend this DVD as highly as I could recommend anything. It is amazing!
Interviews
Queensrÿche
Interview by Gary Hill, Jason Hillenburg, Mike Korn, Greg Olma and Josh Turner
Interview with Scott Rockenfeld of Queensryche from 2013
Queensrÿche
Interview by Scott Prinzing
Interview with Todd La Torre of Queensryche from 2013
Concert Reviews
Queensrÿche - Live in McHenry, Illinois, July 2013
Review by Greg Olma

We live in confusing times. 

Queensrÿche - Live in Sheridan, Wyoming, June 2013
Review by Scott Prinzing

Although I have been a fan of Queensrÿche since the week the 1983 debut was released, I have only purchased about half of the albums released in the past two-thirds of their 30-year history.

Rush - Live in Tinley Park, Illinois, June 2013
Review by Greg Olma

I get the following question/statement asked a lot: “Rush!  Are they still around?”

Book Reviews
Rush - Rush:The Illustrated History written by Martin Popoff
Review by Greg Olma
Those of you who have followed my reviews here at Music Street Journal already know that I am a Rush fanatic.  
 
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