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April 2015 - Issue 111
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Apollo Architect - The Wanderer
Review by Gary Hill
Music like Radiohead manages to combine an alternative rock sound with progressive rock.
Dave Bainbridge - Celestial Fire
Review by Gary Hill
This new album from David Bainbridge is quite a satisfying progressive rock excursion. 
The Bevis Frond - Inner Marshland
Review by Gary Hill
Here we get another in a series of Bevis Frond reissues.
Brainticket - Celestial Ocean
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new edition of a classic Brainticket album from the 1970s.
Brainticket - Past, Present and Future
Review by Gary Hill
Psychedelia and a lot more show up on this release.
Dewa Budjana - Hasta Karma
Review by Gary Hill
In a lot of ways you know what you will get with a new Dewa Budjana album. It’s going to be a mix of fusion and progressive rock.
Franck Carducci - Torn Apart
Review by Gary Hill
The latest set from Franck Carducci should please progressive rock fans.
Billy Cobham - Mirror’s Image
Review by Gary Hill
I really love the balance between old school jazz and fusion on this live set.
Billy Cobham - Reflected Journey
Review by Gary Hill
I always like Billy Cobham’s stuff.
Consider the Source - World War Trio Part 1
Review by Gary Hill
This EP consists of one epic piece divided into multiple movements. This is great progressive rock.
Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely one of my favorite ELO albums.
Fernwood - Arcadia
Review by Gary Hill
Featuring Gayle Ellett of Djam Karet fame, this album would land under that heading based entirely on that connection.
Frogbelly and Symphony - Blue Bright Ow Sleep
Review by Gary Hill
This is such an unusual and original set. It’s also brilliant.
Hawkwind - Distant Horizons (Remastered Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed the original release of this before. However, this reissue includes three bonus tracks.
Hawkwind - Palace Springs (Remastered Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
If you’ve never owned this live CD from Hawkwind (or even if you have, now is the time to get it). This newly remastered edition sounds better than the original release to my ears.
Kaukasus - ‘1’
Review by Gary Hill
I really love the blend of sounds on this. . 
John Lodge - 10,000 Light Years Ago
Review by Gary Hill
It’s a safe bet most people reading this review know of John Lodge from his work as part of the Moody Blues.
Might Could - Relics from the Wasteland
Review by Gary Hill
The acoustic music here might not be the most obvious choice for progressive rock inclusion.
Negura Bunget - Tau
Review by Mike Korn
I will almost certainly never set foot in the Transylvanian countryside, but after hearing Tau, I can feel like I’ve actually visited there.
Bill Nelson - After the Satellite Sings
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here is great. It ranges from electronic music to jazz, King Crimson like prog and a lot more.
Odin’s Court - Turtles All the Way Down
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that I love the title of this.
Plastic Handgun - Involuntary Memories
Review by Gary Hill
There is quite a mix of sounds here.
Ramses - Firewall
Review by Gary Hill
I’m sure some people will argue with this landing under progressive rock.
Renaissance - Academy of Music
Review by Gary Hill
This live album is quite good. It does seem like it started life as a bootleg, though.
Renaissance - DeLane Lea Studios 1973
Review by Gary Hill
This live album catches Renaissance in the period many might call their best.
Todd Rundgren - Global
Review by Gary Hill
I like pretty much everything Todd Rundgren does. 
Soniq Theater - Guitarissimo
Review by Gary Hill
This album is definitely different for Soniq Theater.
Sonus Umbra - Winter Soulstice
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here is quite impressive.
Tempest - The Tracks We Leave
Review by Gary Hill
To some degree you know what you are going to get with a new Tempest album.
Whale Fall - The Madrean
Review by Gary Hill
This lands very much in a modern prog rock style, but informed by classic prog, jazz rock and more.
The Wild Beyond - The Wild Beyond
Review by Gary Hill
This has a lot in common with jam band music.
Mark Wingfield - with Yaron Stavi and Asaf Sirkis – Proof of Light
Review by Gary Hill
There is plenty of fusion here.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Judas Priest - Defenders of The Faith 30th Anniversary Edition (Remastered)
Review by Gary Hill
This new reissue of Judas Priest’s Defenders of the Faith album is great.
Lunden Reign - American Stranger
Review by Gary Hill
This act is being billed as a progressive rock band. I don’t get that at all.
Herman Rarebell - and Friends - Herman's Scorpions Songs
Review by Gary Hill
This album features Scorpions drummer (he’s done so much more than that, too, though) Herman Rarebell along with some pretty great “friends” as guests.
Venom - From the Very Depths...
Review by Mike Korn
Venom is eternal.  Cronos has made his pact with Old Nick for eternal youth and he’s made the most of it.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Ape Men - Zero
Review by Gary Hill
This is unusual, but also quite effective. There is a definite punk rock edge, but a lot of electronic music here, too.
Artur U & the New City Limits - Holiday From Eternity
Review by Gary Hill
There is quite a bit of jam band sound in the mix here.
Bullyheart - Antigravity
Review by Gary Hill
The one central factor that runs through this, is the female voice.
Leah Capelle - Leah Capelle
Review by Gary Hill
The vocals are the one unifying thing here.
Doghouse Swine - Fearless
Review by Gary Hill
I love music that combines different sounds to create something unique.
Echo Sparks - Ghost Town Girl
Review by Gary Hill
This is a cool disc. It combines folk music, country and more to create something probably best described as roots music or Americana.
Electric Soul Parade - New Horizons
Review by Gary Hill
It would seem that this would most likely appeal to fans of classic rock.
The Electro-Lights - Oddities and Contradictions
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this EP a lot. It’s got a great blend of punk, hard rock, stoner metal and Americana.
Elf - Elf
Review by Gary Hill
Although he was credited under his birth name (Ronald Padavona), the lead singer on this album was Ronnie James Dio.
Pablo Embon - Wicked Strings
Review by Gary Hill
While for the most part this is all jazz, there is quite a bit of range here.
J. Geils Band - House Party Live in Germany
Review by Gary Hill
I remember many years ago, when I was a kid I had an old scratched up live album from the J. Geils band.
Polly Gibbons - Many Faces of Love
Review by Gary Hill
I really like the brand of jazz on display here.
Vince Grant - My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me
Review by Gary Hill
This set comes in, does its job and gets out.
Gypsy Lumberjacks - Giants of America
Review by Gary Hill
This is such a cool set. It has an extremely wide range of sound.
Lola de Hanna - The Other Side
Review by Gary Hill
With modern rock, world music and more in the mix, this is a wide ranging release.
Danny B. Harvey & Mysti Moon - Hell Cat Stomp
Review by Gary Hill
With a solid slice of old school rock and more, this is a fun album.
Klassik - Spring
Review by Gary Hill
Klassik is releasing these season themed EPs. .
Last Charge of the Light Horse - Nine Kinds of Happy
Review by Gary Hill
There is quite a bit of roots music built into this.
Jonathan Bannon Maher - The Fallout of Love (Digital Single)
Review by Gary Hill
I like this a lot. It’s pretty solid pop rock music, but there are other things going on here.
Kathy Muir - Book Cover Judge
Review by Gary Hill
Country music, folk, blues and more combine on this disc.
Michael ONeill - I Like It Like That
Review by Gary Hill
This might not be the most original thing I’ve heard, but it’s quite a catchy and compelling disc.
Tony Pops & Scott Andrew - Light Of Mine EP
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds between folk, soulful elements and more here is both classic and fresh.
Road Man - Light at the Speed of Life
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve seen some people who call these guys a reggae band.
The Runaways - Queens of Noise
Review by Gary Hill
This reissue is pretty cool.
Scott A.F. - Under Your Skin
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here has a healthy dosage of electronic music built into it. .
Shae - Can You Feel the Music
Review by Gary Hill
Overall this is more or less modern dance type pop music.
Sir Cadian Rhythm - Sir Cadian Rhythm
Review by Gary Hill
The quickest description of this would be “alternative rock.”
Chris Spedding - Joyland
Review by Gary Hill
This album has a lot of guest performers. It has about as many different styles and moods, too.
Sweet - Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be
Review by Gary Hill
This new reissue features both extra tracks on the main disc and a second disc of early recordings.
Jessi Teich - Twisted Soul
Review by Gary Hill
There is quite a range of music here.
Various Artists - AG Drive Soundtrack
Review by Gary Hill
Dance music mixes with electronica to create something that’s part video game music, part pure entertainment.
Brett Vogel - Never Giving Up
Review by Gary Hill
This is a great pop set.
Wormwood - BADWORM
Review by Gary Hill
This is a hip hop set, but it’s kind of unusual for hip hop.
DVD/Video Reviews
Air Supply - Live in Hong Kong DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Did you know that Air Supply is still around? I didn’t. I mean, they were a big deal in the very beginning of the 1980s, but seemed to fall off the radar after that.
Devo - Hardcore Devo: Live
Review by Gary Hill
This video is dedicated to fallen Devo member Bob Casale (or “Bob 2” as he’s often known).
Rye Coalition - The Story of the Hard Luck 5
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve never heard of these guys before. Their story is actually more common than one might think, though.
Various Artists - Rockin’ the Wall DVD
Review by Gary Hill
You really don’t hear a lot about how Western culture, and particularly music, contributed to the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Interviews
Dave Bainbridge
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Dave Bainbridge from 2015
Bike Thief
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Febian Perez of Bike Thief from 2015
Consider the Source
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Consider the Source from 2015
Fernwood
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Gayle Ellett of Fernwood from 2015
Frogbelly and Symphony
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Frogbelly and Symphony from 2015
Annie Haslam
Interview by Gary Hill and Jason Hillenburg

Interview with Annie Haslam from 2015

Tim Morse
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Tim Morse from 2015
Negura Bunget
Interview by Mike Korn

Interview with Negru of Negura Bunget from 2015

Odin’s Court
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Matt Brookins of Odin’s Court from 2015
Sonus Umbra
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Luis Nasser of Sonus Umbra from 2015
Carl Verheyen
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Carl Verheyen from 2015
Concert Reviews
Uli Jon Roth - Live in St Charles, Illinois, January 2015
Review by Greg Olma

There are many people out there who do not realize that the Scorpions had a pretty successful career (albeit in Europe and Japan) prior to Lovedrive. 

 
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