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June 2015 - Issue 112
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Anyone's Daughter - Anyone’s Daughter (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
This reissue of the eponymous Anyone’s Daughter album is classy.
Steve Benjamins - Sightlines
Review by Gary Hill
This is understated at times, but it’s also proggy.
Blast Unicorn - Van Halo
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite experimental. Not everything works completely for my ears.
Roland Buehlmann - Aineo
Review by Gary Hill
The instrumental works presented here run a fairly wide swath.
[debut] - Postcards from Berlin
Review by Gary Hill
This is not your father’s progressive rock. It’s closely related to things like Kraftwerk, but also to RPWL and Porcupine Tree.
Thom Douvan - All Over Again
Review by Gary Hill
I suppose it might make sense to land this under non-prog because it’s jazz.
Dreadnaught - Gettin' Tight With Dreadnaught
Review by Gary Hill
I really like Dreadnaught.

              

Empty Palace - The Serpent Between the Stars
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed this from a format I haven’t dealt with in a long time – cassette tape.
Exovex - Radio Silence
Review by Gary Hill
The sound here definitely lands in the modern progressive style.
The Great Depression - In a Starry State
Review by Gary Hill
I suppose the most obvious audience for this would be fans of modern alternative rock based prog like Radiohead.
The Great Game - The Great Game
Review by Gary Hill
This is clearly not the kind of progressive rock prog purists will expect.
Trey Gunn - The Waters, They Are Rising
Review by Gary Hill
This mostly instrumental set is not necessarily the kind of thing that’s well suited to a track by track review.
Hawkwind - Back on the Street / Dream of Isis (white vinyl single – Record Store Day release)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new release of an older single from Hawkwind.
Hawkwind - Hawkwind (Record Store Day 2015 Orange Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
This newly released special edition vinyl of the first Hawkwind album is gorgeous.
Scott Henderson - Vibe Station
Review by Gary Hill
I could see this getting placed in non-prog as jazz.
Hildegard - Hildegard
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this album a lot. It’s modern, but seems closer to old school prog than to the modern variety.
Andy Jackson - Signal to Noise
Review by Gary Hill
Although this does get a little samey in terms of the moodiness, there is enough variety to keep it interesting.
Little Shells - 5 Deep Under
Review by Gary Hill
I love music that serves as a melting pot.
Lost and Profound - Goodbye Mine
Review by Gary Hill
This is a very strong set.
Mandala - Midnight Twilight
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve heard this billed as folk prog.
Rhys Marsh - Sentiment
Review by Gary Hill
With world music, jazz and more in the mix, this is a great modern prog album.
Mater Thallium - Abandoned by the Sun
Review by Gary Hill
I really love this album. The mix of sounds here is extreme.
Mollmaskin - Heartbreak In ((Stereo))
Review by Gary Hill
The packaging on this is a little gimmicky.
Ian Narcisi - The Story of Blue: Introduction
Review by Gary Hill
I pretty much always like anything from Ian Narcisi.
Not a Good Sign - From a Distance
Review by Gary Hill
Italians are known for a lot of things.
Andre Perim - dagua
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here runs from space rock, progressive rock, jazz, electronic and more.
Points North - Points North
Review by Gary Hill
I really love the fact that so much modern progressive music draws from all kinds of diverse things.
Renaissance - A Song for All Seasons
Review by Gary Hill
I like this album quite a bit.
Renaissance - Time-Line
Review by Gary Hill
I can see why a lot of Renaissance fans were put off by this set.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Plays Prog Rock Classics
Review by Gary Hill
I like these Royal Philharmonica Orchestra sets.
Soft Machine - Drop (colored vinyl edition)
Review by Gary Hill
This new vinyl edition is classy. The vinyl is red and very high quality.
State Urge - Confrontation
Review by Gary Hill
A candidate for best of 2015, I love this album.
Streetmark - Dry
Review by Gary Hill
While this is mostly on the AOR side of the equation, it’s progressive rock.
Telergy - Hypatia
Review by Gary Hill
Telergy consistently releases strong progressive rock albums.
Tibet - Tibet
Review by Gary Hill
This album has a cool mix of progressive rock, psychedelia and a lot more.
Van der Graaf Generator - Merlin Atmos: Live Performances 2013
Review by Gary Hill
This is a legendary band.
Vie Jester - Etches in Aether
Review by Gary Hill
I consider this progressive rock, but it’s definitely modern prog.
The Vigilance Committee - Exit a Hero
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely progressive rock as far as I’m concerned.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Atkins / May Project - Anthology
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool set. The group is Al Atkins (the original lead singer of Judas Priest) and Paul May (musician extraordinaire).
Judas Priest - Turbo (Remastered Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
I previously reviewed the original edition of this.
Melechesh - Enki
Review by Mike Korn
Enki, also known as Ea, was a god worshipped by both the Sumerians and Babylonians.
Scorpions - Virgin Killer (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that, as much as I like the more popular later era of the Scorpions, I prefer the Uli Jon Roth stuff.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Freddie Atlas - Wicked Game (digital single)
Review by Diane Hill
Freddie Atlas (aka Frederic Casimir) was born in Canada, but plies his musical trade and hangs his hat in New York City these days.
Autopilot - Desert Dreams
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds on this set touches on a lot of things I like at different points.
Bachman - Heavy Blues
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always been torn when it comes to the output of Randy Bachman – or at least the major output.
Chuck Berry - The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-61
Review by Gary Hill
The new compilation, as the title suggests, is exhaustive in terms of the music released in the particular time period covered.
Bitter’s Kiss - Bitter’s Kiss
Review by Gary Hill
There is folk and alternative along with shoegaze and more here.
Broken Guru - Bent Up Halo
Review by Gary Hill
A lot of this makes me think of Lords of the New Church.
Bunny Clogs - Whales Can’t Whistle
Review by Gary Hill
A lot of times music that’s intended for kids doesn’t work well for adults.
Colorway - The Black Sky Sequined
Review by Gary Hill
There is quite a wide variety of sound presented here.
John Coltrane - So Many Things: The European Tour 1961
Review by Gary Hill
This compilation gathers up all the live recordings from Coltrane’s 1961 European tour.
Gretchen’s Wheel - Fragile State
Review by Gary Hill
This is a fairly effective set, but it does tend to get a little samey at points.
The Guess Who - The Best of the Guess Who (Hybrid SACD 4.0 Multichannel)
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always loved the Guess Who.
Tim Houlihan - Anthems
Review by Gary Hill
Blending blues, folk, rock and more, this lands pretty well in the territory of Americana.
The Austin Jones Band - Chasing the Wind
Review by Gary Hill
There are a lot of angles to the sound of this act.
Kelakos - Uncorked – Rare Tracks from a Vintage 70s Band
Review by Gary Hill
This collection of rare tracks from an act I’ve not previously heard is solid.
Klassik - Summer
Review by Gary Hill
The latest in the seasonal series of EPs from rapper Klassik, this has some good stuff, but also some moments that feel awkward.
The Left Ready - Ghost
Review by Gary Hill
I like the variety here.
Harvey Mandel - Snake Box
Review by Gary Hill
This is a massive set.
Jimmy McIntosh - Jimmy McIntosh And...
Review by Gary Hill
If you like guitar music, you really should give this a try. 
Moors & McCumber - Pandemonium
Review by Gary Hill
Moors & McCumber is a duo, and they land in the territory of mellow music.
Papaslide - The Deepest Pain
Review by Gary Hill
The main thing here is the guitar.
Elliot Schneider - Better A Fool Than Aloof
Review by Gary Hill
A pop rock album, much of this feels quite retro in texture.
The Shams - One and All
Review by Gary Hill
Celtic rock with a punk element seems to be almost a cliché.
Anne Steele - What’s Mine
Review by Gary Hill
The easiest description here is “pop music.”
10,000 Maniacs - Twice Told Tales
Review by Gary Hill
I haven’t heard 10,000 Maniacs in a long, long time.
Pat Travers - Retro Rocket
Review by Gary Hill
This album finds Pat Travers leaning back toward his 1970s style.
Various Artists - Spacewalk – A Salute to Ace Frehley
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always appreciated Ace Frehley’s work.
Various Artists - Stoned: A Psych Tribute to the Rolling Stones
Review by Gary Hill
Tribute albums like this are almost always a mixed bag.
Various Artists - The Magical Mystery Psych Out: A Tribute to the Beatles
Review by Gary Hill
This is one of the better tribute albums I’ve heard.
Verskotzi - Waving
Review by Gary Hill
This three track EP is classy. It’s modern, but also retro in sound.
Grover Washington, Jr. - Winelight (Hybrid Multichannel SACD)
Review by Gary Hill
This new edition of a classic Grover Washington album is great.
Whitesnake - The Purple Album
Review by Larry Toering
What can be said about Whitesnake (or Deep Purple for that matter) which hasn't already been said?
DVD/Video Reviews
Bob Dylan - Roads Rapidly Changing DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve reviewed several in this series.
Lowell George - Feats First: The Life and Music of Lowell George DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This is a fascinating, but not perfect, documentary chronicling the life and times of the late great Lowell George.
Daryl Hall and John Oates - Live in Dublin BluRay
Review by Gary Hill

Back in the day, I really didn’t give these guys the respect they deserved.

Shania Twain - Still the One BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
How you feel about this video will depend on what you are looking for coming into it.
Interviews
Apollo Architect
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Bipin Kumar of Apollo Architect from 2015
Roland Buehlmann
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Roland Bühlmann from 2015
Exovex
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Dale Simmons of Exovex from 2015
Hildegard
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Hildegard from 2015
Last Charge of the Light Horse
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Last Charge of the Light Horse from 2015
Not a Good Sign
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Paolo Botta of Not a Good Sign from 2015
Vie Jester
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Vie Jester from 2015
Concert Reviews
Black Star Riders - Live in Saint Charles, Illinois, April 2015
Review by Greg Olma

I have been a Thin Lizzy fan since the late 70s and unfortunately, I was too young to ever catch the original version live.

Book Reviews
Various Artists - The History of Irish Music written by Larry Kirwan
Review by Gary Hill
When I saw the title to this book, I was expecting a dry reading experience.
 
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