“Forging their Sound in the World of Prog” – Jolly Cobra’s ‘Chromium Hawk’

Jolly Cobra are a Norwegian band from Oslo formed in 2009 by Tom Daniel Reiersen (guitar, bass), Filip Watn (guitar), Fred Are Wolter (drums) and Steffen Johansen (vocals). The only changes in their current lineup are Tom Uglebakken (guitar) who replaced Watn in 2012, and the addition of Bjørn Viggo Andersen (bass) – both membersContinue reading ““Forging their Sound in the World of Prog” – Jolly Cobra’s ‘Chromium Hawk’”

“A taste of what’s to come” – Mal Hijo and their debut single

Mal Hijo are a 5 piece prog band formed in Liverpool in 2017, having met through their music course at university. The lineup consists of Mike Blue (vocals, rhythm guitar), Billy Price (lead guitar), Jacob Hackett (drums), Tyler Swindley (bass) and the recent addition of Tristan Apperley (synth/keys). They began crafting their debut album ‘SuperstarContinue reading ““A taste of what’s to come” – Mal Hijo and their debut single”

“A Band Very Much Ahead of Their Time” – Fightin’ Bob

Fightin’ Bob is a new up and coming prog rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What exact type of prog you may ask? All sorts is the answer, although a lot of their sounds are very blues, funk driven. Formed only in 2018, their current lineup is as follows: Jack Mackowski (drums, percussion), Saul Dinauer (bass),Continue reading ““A Band Very Much Ahead of Their Time” – Fightin’ Bob”

Oddsfiche: Sirius or Serious? Either Way… They’re Out There!

Oddsfiche is a Canadian post-psychedelic progressive rock band founded in 2016 by guitarist Duke Gray. Gray began Oddsfiche as a solo project before acquiring bassist Hratch Keoshkerian in 2017 and drummer/percussionist Kent Paris in 2019 (after many drummer changes). Their latest live performance in Toronto’s The Hideout marks a defining moment in Oddsfiche’s musical journey,Continue reading “Oddsfiche: Sirius or Serious? Either Way… They’re Out There!”

Moving Pictures: Moving Rush into the ‘Limelight’?

Moving Pictures’ was the eighth studio album released by Rush in 1981, a band that had thus far in their career created definitive prog epics such as ‘2112’ and ‘Hemispheres’. However, this is a vital record in the respect that it acted as a musical keystone; it fused their past silk kimono wearing, prog epic days with a new approach inspired by the ever changing musical context they were living in.

A Matter of Discipline – King Crimson’s ‘Discipline’

As an album this was brave in many ways; new line-up, new instruments and ambitious experiments with sound that certainly differs from the sound of earlier albums such as ‘Red’ and ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’. Therefore, it is fair to call this a true example of ‘prog’ rock due to Fripp’s determinationContinue reading “A Matter of Discipline – King Crimson’s ‘Discipline’”

Fear of Another Blank Planet…Or Our Own?

In the Porcupine Tree catalogue, “Fear of a Blank Planet” impresses me the most in many different ways. The subject matter was so relevant for the time of its release, dealing with the typical behaviors of the youth in society due to technology, drugs and mental health problems. The album only becomes more and moreContinue reading “Fear of Another Blank Planet…Or Our Own?”

Out there for all to see: a review of debut EP ‘Frames’ by Solid Sky

Solid Sky is an Austrian progressive metal/rock band that was founded in 2015 by music students Gideon Clark (vocals) and Valentin Walch (guitar). After many lineup changes in the rhythm section, a solid formation was established with bassist Lukas Felician Krasel and drummer Jakob Johannsen. This solid lineup marks their first non-single release with theContinue reading “Out there for all to see: a review of debut EP ‘Frames’ by Solid Sky”

Richard Wright – a gentle soul gone too soon

Join us in celebrating the birthday of Richard Wright with a brief essay on the history and greatness of the Pink Floyd co founder, keyboardist, and vocalist.

Close to the Edge … Quite Literally!

September of 1972 marked the release of quintessential progressive rock album Close to the Edge, from Yes. Recorded in a period of approximately six months following the bands tour of previous album, Fragile. The band chose a different approach to song composition, with inspiration from classical music structure; the band composed three long tracks consistingContinue reading “Close to the Edge … Quite Literally!”