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October 2016 - Issue 120
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Alchimy - Chercher d'Or
Review by Gary Hill
This outfit hails from Belgium. All but two of their songs are in French, though

Gustavo Assis-Brasil - Chromatic Dialogues
Review by Gary Hill
This new album is intriguing. It has some pretty amazing musicianship on display.

Barclay James Harvest - Gone to Earth
Review by Gary Hill
This is the latest in a new series of re-issues. These things are so cool.

Bodragaz - 20
Review by Gary Hill

It seems hard to believe that Bodgragaz has been at it for twenty years now.

Burnt Belief - Emergent
Review by Gary Hill

This instrumental album is quite interesting. 

Circuline - Counter Point
Review by Gary Hill

This is quite a cool album. It's very much a symphonic prog album in a lot of ways.

Curved Air - Tapestry of Propositions: Rarities Series Volume 1
Review by Gary Hill
This is the first of a series of rarities discs that will be coming from Curved Air.
Edensong - Years in the Garden of Years
Review by Gary Hill
This brand new album from Edensong is pretty amazing.

Focus - Focus and Friends - Focus 8.5 / Beyond the Horizon
Review by Gary Hill
This new disc is intriguing. It's exactly the kind of thing you'd expect from a Focus based release. 
King Llama - Return to Ox
Review by Gary Hill
This album shares ground with guitar based instrumental prog like Djam Karet.
Levin Minnemann Rudess - From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess
Review by Gary Hill
This new album from Levin, Minnemann and Rudess is a masterpiece
Arjen Anthony Lucassen - Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Strange Hobby
Review by Gary Hill

This album was originally released quite a few years back, but without Lucassen's name attached. This new reissue gives full credits.

Robb & Pott - Once Upon the Wings
Review by Gary Hill
Here is a band that's sort of a spin off on the band Space Invaders and also Third Ear Experience.

Todd Rundgren - An Evening with Todd Rundgren: Live at the Ridgefield
Review by Gary Hill
This new live Rundgren album is quite strong. It features a show from his 2015 tour.
The Security Project - Live 2
Review by Gary Hill
The first part of this live album came out recently. If you read my review, you'll know that I love it.

The Smallest Creature - Reboot (Digital Single)
Review by Gary Hill
I've not heard these guys before. I really hope to hear a lot more from them.
Space Invaders - Ayakashi
Review by Gary Hill
There is one element of space music that is most frequently true. It evolves very slowly, shifting in gradual waves rather than turning corners.
Stick Men - Prog Noir
Review by Gary Hill
This band is really coming into its own.
Damo Suzuki's Network - Featuring Elysian Quartet - Floating Element
Review by Gary Hill
I suppose you could call this a single given that it's only one song. 

 

Tilted Axes - Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
Review by Gary Hill
What an intriguing project this is. This is just essentially the "home game" version of Tilted Axes. I
The Von - 3Nity
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps this one's not the tightest fit under a prog rock heading.
Gary Wilson - It's Friday Night with Gary Wilson
Review by Gary Hill
Maybe this doesn't fit under prog rock. It's electronic music, though.

Gary Wright's Wonderwheel - Ring of Changes
Review by Gary Hill
This is a long lost album from a Gary Wright project.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Alcatrazz - Dangerous Games
Review by Gary Hill
This new reissue from Alcatrazz is cool. It includes the studio album that is a strong mainstream rocker.
Alcatrazz - Disturbing the Peace
Review by Gary Hill
This new edition of a a classic Alcatrazz album is great.

Running Wild - Rapid Foray
Review by Mike Korn
When a sailing ship is cruising smoothly across the ocean, it is not the time to change course.
Skyward - Skyward
Review by Gary Hill
While not everything here is metal, I'd consider this outfit to be a metal band.

Non-Prog CD Reviews
Aubergine MACHINE - Only (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill

We've been sent numerous singles from this outfit now. All of them are quite solid.

Josh Birdsong - Simple Geometry
Review by Gary Hill
I suppose the easiest definition of this is alternative rock meets pop music.
Joe Bonamassa - Live At The Greek Theatre
Review by Gary Hill
This new live album finds Joe Bonamassa playing tribute to the three Kings of the blues, Freddie, Albert and the one true king BB.
 
Celadon Candy - Celadonia
Review by Gary Hill

The general description of this set would be, "electronic music."

The Channel Drifters - The Channel Drifters
Review by Gary Hill
There is a modern movement that looks back to roots musical styles like country and folk. This set has a lot of that present.
Eagle I Stallian - Reminiscence EP
Review by Gary Hill
Reviewing something like this isn't exactly the easiest thing.

Everlost US - Live and Let Go
Review by Gary Hill
This new set is an intriguing alternative rock album. It's fairly short with only seven songs.

John Flynn - Mercy
Review by Gary Hill
There was a time in the 1960s when folk music really ruled much of the musical world.
The fundaMentals - MonuMental: The Best of The fundaMentals
Review by Gary Hill
This set is definitely not for everyone. It has a real DIY indie-sound to it.
The Furious Seasons - Look West
Review by Gary Hill
This set is really a throw back to the music of the 1960s or early 1970s in some ways.

Tanya Gallagher - Virginia
Review by Gary Hill

This is rather folk oriented music. Some of it is very much set in a roots folk style.

The Good For Nothin' Band - Maniac World
Review by Gary Hill
There is a big roots music movement underway these days. 
He Is Me - Let It Drip (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new single from an act I've not heard before.
Russ Hewitt - Cielo Nocturno
Review by Gary Hill
This album is an instrumental set. Often such albums can feel tired or redundant. That's not the case here.
Callie Hopper - Out of the Shadows
Review by Gary Hill
This set is quite effective. I think it might be a bit stronger if it were a little shorter.
Dino Jag - Two Young Hearts (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This is the new digital single from this Australian pop artist. 
JD & The Straight Shot - Ballyhoo!
Review by Gary Hill
All that's old is new again. I suppose that's as good a way as any to explain the modern fascination with roots music.
Kenny Neal - Bloodline
Review by Gary Hill
This is probably the best blues album I've heard in a while.

           

Norwood - Notes to My Blood
Review by Gary Hill
There is a subset of alternative rock that is constructed out of large helpings of roots music. This album fits under that heading.
Zoë Nutt - Like You
Review by Gary Hill
Comparisons to Fiona Apple would be appropriate here. This is a very strong release. 
Thomas Charlie Pedersen - Second Hand War
Review by Gary Hill
This is a solo album from one of the guys from the band Vinyl Floor (a group I reviewed before).
Silverhead - Silverhead
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of the self-titled album from Michael Des Barres' first band. There is very much a glam vibe here.
The Slang - Night and Day
Review by Gary Hill
There is really some cool alternative rock built into this EP.
Anne Steele - Love Will Take Us There (Digital Single)
Review by Gary Hill

Here is a brand new single. This is such a cheerful cut.

Kiefer Sutherland - Down in a Hole
Review by Gary Hill
I've always liked Kiefer Sutherland as an actor, but I wasn't sure what to expect from him in terms of music.
Water Street - Waiting for Martin
Review by Gary Hill
There is definitely a roots music fascination in music these days.
The Ann Wilson Thing! - #2 Focus
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new EP from The Ann Wilson Thing. That's Ann Wilson of Heart, and this is her solo band.
DVD/Video Reviews
Deep Purple - Live at the NEC DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This comes from the 2002 tour. Jon Lord had announced his retirement from Deep Purple. Don Airey was the new keyboardist. 
Peter Hammill - Peter Hammill & the K Group - Live At Rockpalast DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Those expecting Van Der Graaf Generator music might be disappointed. The same for those who come for solo Hammill music.
Justin Hayward - Live In Concert At The Capitol Theatre DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This new concert film is extremely good. There is only one bonus feature - a music video for the song "The Wind of Heaven." 
Kiss - Kiss Rocks Vegas DVD
Review by Gary Hill
A couple years ago, Kiss did a very special stint in Las Vegas. This DVD/CD set captures that.

Iain Matthews - Live At Rockpalast DVD
Review by Gary Hill

Iain Matthews is probably known most as part of the band Fairport Convention. This live DVD captures him in solo performance with his own band.

Styx - Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that Styx is a pretty amazing band live. If anything, they are better today than they were in the 70s.
Toto - Live at Montreux 1991 BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
I like Toto quite a bit. I have to admit that I saw them live a year or so ago (opening for Yes) and they really didn't sound good. It was probably a bad night.
Interviews
Burnt Belief
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Burnt Belief from 2016
Percy Jones
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Percy Jones from 2016
Markus Reuter
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Markus Reuter from 2016
Concert Reviews
GWAR - Live at Riot Fest, Chicago, Illinois, September 2016
Review by Kat Heitzman
All the gore with a little lore is what you will find at a Gwar show!
Book Reviews
Various Artists - Poetry of the Air: A Collection of Love Letters from Musicians to Music written by Gary Hill
Review by Greg Olma
I have known Gary Hill for a while now and the one thing that I can say with complete certainty about him is that he takes his music seriously. 

 
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