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February 2010 - Issue 80
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Ajalon - This Good Place
Review by Gary Hill
The latest disc from Ajalon, this is a great album.
Bosch - Bosch
Review by Gary Hill
Bosch is an odd beast. The music is incredibly free-form and experimental. It’s not really my cup of tea to be honest.
Paul Cusick - Focal Point
Review by Gary Hill
I like this album a lot. It’s rather moody progressive rock that gets pretty crunchy. It’s very atmospheric.
Eloy - Visionary
Review by Gary Hill
Eloy is one of those legendary bands from the 1970’s.
Engineers - Three Fact Fader
Review by Gary Hill
People can talk all they want about modern music versus old sounds. They can also talk about the evils of the big corporate record labels in the day versus the whole do it yourself approach.
Genesis - Genesis
Review by Greg Olma
Say what you will, Genesis would not have grown to the heights they achieved if Peter Gabriel was fronting them.  
The Mike Glendinning Band - The Mike Glendinning Band
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps this isn’t actually progressive rock, but I think the argument to put it in that category is stronger than the argument not to put it there.
Jan Horvath - Never Too Late – The Songs of Jan Horvath
Review by Gary Hill
I’m not sure this fits into the progressive rock category. Certainly the rock portion is in question.
Izz - The Darkened Room
Review by Gary Hill
I haven’t heard an Izz album in quite a few years. I have to say, the band has done nothing but get better in that time.
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King – 40th Anniversary Edition
Review by Gary Hill
Porcupine Tree’s Steve Wilson was tasked with the job of remixing this classic progressive rock album.
Ian Lloyd - In the Land of O-de-PO
Review by Gary Hill
Why isn’t Ian Lloyd a household name? The guy has been featured on some amazing projects.
Pete Lockett’s Network of Sparks - Featuring Bill Bruford – One
Review by Gary Hill
What do you get when you take five percussionists and put them together? Pete Lockett’s Network of Sparks.
Mask - Technopia
Review by Gary Hill
It’s still early and this is possibly the first 2010 disc I’ve heard – in fact, I’m pretty sure it is (since I often get discs weeks before release it's hard to be positive).
Miriodor - Avanti!
Review by Scott Montgomery
If you are an avant-leaning prog-head and not previously heard of Miriodor, let me be the first to welcome you back to the surface from whatever rock you have been residing under! 
Dale Nickey - Time Takes No Prisoners
Review by Gary Hill
This EP is intriguing. It’s got an interesting blend of progressive rock and psychedelic flavors, with a few other things thrown into the mix here and there.
NQ3 - Dot.Two
Review by Gary Hill
The music here is based in a motif that’s very much in keeping with old school prog rock.
Øresund Space Collective - Dead Man In Space
Review by Gary Hill
I believe this is actually going to be available first and foremost as an LP.
Ian Parry - Consortium Project IV: Children of Tomorrow
Review by Gary Hill
There’s a whole host of albums that seem to walk a tightrope between heavy metal and progressive rock. This is one of them.
PFM - Premiata Forneria Marconi - Live in U.S.A.
Review by Gary Hill
Prematia Forneria Marconi are arguably one of Italy’s most well-known progressive rock acts.
Pink Floyd - The Final Cut
Review by Gary Hill
This was the last Pink Floyd release to feature Roger Waters. In sequence it was the disc directly after The Wall.
Queensrÿche - Promised Land
Review by Gary Hill
Just to make things clear, I don’t think Queensryche is a progressive rock band. Nor would I put many of their discs into that category.
The Rick Ray Band - The Setlist
Review by Gary Hill
The Rick Ray Band’s latest disc has an intriguing sound.
Shadow Circus - Whispers and Screams
Review by Gary Hill
When I reviewed Shadow Circus’ debut I remarked how I wished that lead singer and band founder David Bobick would unlearn all his musical theater techniques.
Transatlantic - The Whirlwind
Review by Scott Montgomery
From the very beginning, I felt a sense of recognition, as SMPT:E is conjured.  
Unicorn - Blue Pine Trees
Review by Gary Hill
Much like the other Unicorn reissue reviewed this time around, I nearly put this one in the “non-prog” category.
Unicorn - Too Many Crooks
Review by Gary Hill
I started off with this set to go in the non-prog category. Sure, it was produced by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. He does play on one track.
Vanishing Point - The Fourth Season
Review by Gary Hill
I’m not sure why, but I set this disc aside for a while. I remember thinking that it was fairly generic epic metal.
The Wishing Tree - Ostara
Review by Gary Hill
Ostara is the new album from The Wishing Tree. The duo is Steve Rothery (of Marillion) and Hannah Stobart.
Yes - Re (Union)
Review by Gary Hill
When Yes released Union it was a hodgepodge sort of album.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Age of Evil - Get Dead EP
Review by Gary Hill
This EP shows an intriguing sound from an interesting band. The group seems to flirt around with a lot of different sounds including classic metal, nu-metal, hardcore, thrash and even technical metal.
Black Sabbath - Dehumanizer
Review by Gary Hill
This album saw Dio return to the Black Sabbath fold after a decade away.
Charetta - Defying the Inevitable
Review by Gary Hill
The whole concept of a female driven heavy rock band has become a bit of a cliché in recent years. It’s just plain overdone.
Papa Roach - Metamorphosis
Review by Gary Hill
It would be pretty easy to dismiss Papa Roach just based on the fact that they come from the same sort of school of nu-metal and alternative rock that a lot of really lame acts hail out of.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
The Afterdarks - Blood Sweat and Gears
Review by Gary Hill
Let’s start with the positives on this album.
Audioscam - Abbattack
Review by Gary Hill
Let’s take a bunch of Abba songs and do them in an almost metal motif. Who in the world would have ever thought of that idea?
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.
City Boy - It’s Personal
Review by Gary Hill
There was definitely a lot of progressive rock built into the pop music of the late 1970’s and City Boy is a fine example of that.
David Fagin - For Promotional Use Only
Review by Gary Hill
First off, let’s address the title. I get a lot of CD’s marked that way, so it caught me by surprise as a title.
Holloway - Illusions
Review by Gary Hill
This rocker is a great example of something that almost fits into every category the site has. Parts of this are metal – no question about it.
Kites With Lights - The Weight of Your Heart
Review by Gary Hill
Kites With Lights is just one guy - Jonah Cordy.
Network - Network / Nightwork
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps this is the first time you heard of Network. The band should have been huge, but something went wrong.
Graham Parker and the Rumour - Live in San Francisco 1979
Review by Gary Hill
Punk rock is a weird beast. A lot of music got lumped in there – and some of it fits and some doesn’t really.
Phoenix - Phoenix / In Full View
Review by Gary Hill
So, you say you haven’t heard of Phoenix? Well, I bet you’ve heard the band that these three guys (John Verity, Bob Henrit and Jim Rodford) were in just before Phoenix.
Pocket - Five Single EP’s
Review by Gary Hill
Pocket is Richard Jankovich and here he’s released a set of several cuts featuring different singers.
Sue Quigley - Perfect Chaos
Review by Gary Hill
Based in a female singer songwriter rock sound, this is quite a good album. Nothing here is earth-shattering or exceedingly original, but it’s all strong.
Stacie Rose - Shotgun Daisy
Review by Gary Hill
I like this album. I wouldn’t say I’m completely ecstatic about it, or that it’s the most original think I’ve heard, but it’s quite good.
7dayBinge - 7dayBinge
Review by Gary Hill
Those who like retro rock – of the stoner, hard edged bluesy variety – will love this album.
Teddy Thompson - Up Front and Down Low
Review by Gary Hill
Somehow I overlooked this CD when I first got it. I think it’s because I just gave a short listen and heard the seriously old time country music texture and got turned away.
War Tapes - The Continental Divide
Review by Gary Hill
Fans of ‘80’s music will certainly like this disc. It feels like it could have come from that era – although there are some more modern sounds, too.
DVD/Video Reviews
Cliff and the Shadows - The Final Reunion: Live From the 02 Arena in London DVD
Review by Gary Hill
The “Cliff” mentioned here is, of course, Cliff Richard. If you are a fan of his solo career and want to find that music, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
Exodus - Shovel Headed Tour Machine: Live At Wacken + Other Assorted Atrocities DVD
Review by Mike Korn
Exodus is bigger now than they ever were in the 80's. They are constantly on the move, touring all over the world and recording brutal albums with clockwork regularity.
Genesis - When in Rome 2007 DVD
Review by Greg Olma
If you are a Genesis fan, these last few years have been very exciting.  
Michael Jackson - The Life And Times Of The King Of Pop 1958 – 2009 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I guess my biggest problem with this DVD is the title. This isn’t really a comprehensive documentary of Michael Jackson’s life at all. Instead it begins with the 911 call and then moves to coverage of the memorial service.
Kansas - There’s Know Place Like Home DVD
Review by Greg Olma
I can’t believe that Kansas is 35 years old.  I remember first getting Leftoverture when it came out and that is 33 years ago.  
Mr Big - Back To Budokan DVD
Review by Greg Olma
Mr Big has always been one of my guilty pleasures. 
No-Man - Mixtaped DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that I’ve liked the CD’s released by No-Man, but they just don’t do justice to this outfit.
Rage Against the Machine - Revolution In The Head And The Art Of Protest DVD
Review by Gary Hill
A lot of times these documentary videos seem a little lacking – partly because of the distance caused by not having access to the band members.
Suicidal Tendencies - Live at the Olympic Auditorium DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always dug Suicidal Tendencies. They were a band that were never interested in labels – or in fitting into this kind of music or that.
Various Artists - Metal Retardation: Are You Metally Retarded? DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This is a collection of video clips and interview clips. It is bizarre, but also cool.
Various Artists - Pagan Metal: A Documentary
Review by Gary Hill
Pagan metal, or folk or Viking metal is a big movement in Europe.
Interviews
The Company Band
Interview by Mike Korn
Interview with Jess Margera of The Company Band from 2009
Odder Than 3
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Odder Than 3 From 2010
PropheXy
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with PropheXy from 2010
Shady Lane
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Shady Lane from 2010
 
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