LIFESIGNS – Cardington (Album Review)

LIFESIGNS – Cardington (Album Review)

There are times when we all need to lie back, headphones on, and let music flow through us to take us to places in melodies and words. Whether it be bands from the past, like Pink Floyd, or the more recent Porcupine Tree, there is always a place for beauty and storytelling in rock music. The good news is, on Cardington, the second album by UK progsters Lifesigns, they deliver something quite special. Each time…

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MARILLION – Marbles In The Park (Album Review)

MARILLION – Marbles In The Park (Album Review)

“Put it away this dream you can’t stop dreaming, Put it away this anger and desire, The open road is infinitely hopeful” – Don’t Hurt Yourself Do you ever remember a year in your life that is extra special?  For me, 2004 was an extraordinary year of change, littered with memories I will treasure forever.  2004 was the year I got married to an amazing woman and the year I first went to Italy to…

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JUPITER HOLLOW – Odyssey (Album Review)

JUPITER HOLLOW – Odyssey (Album Review)

The Canadian Tourist Board should start paying their musicians to help advertise the country as “the” pukka place for Prog Rock, as new band Jupiter Hollow are from Ontario.  The two guys in Jupiter Hollow (Grant MacKenzie on guitar/bass/synth and Kenny Parry drums/vocals/synth) are young enough to be Geddy Lee‘s grandsons, but they have learned from the Rush masters and have taken the first steps to glory with their debut EP Odyssey. Released on Milagro…

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NTH ASCENSION – In Fine Initium (Album Review)

NTH ASCENSION – In Fine Initium (Album Review)

Oh, the euphoria of youth!  This release is like a breath of nostalgic air across the poisoned wasteland that sometimes shows itself in music. I grew up on bands such as Marillion, Pallas, and Pendragon.  They were very British bands, working in the Progressive Rock arena; almost like a New Wave of British Prog Rock, following in the huge footsteps of bands like Yes and Genesis.  Nth Ascension remind me very much of those bands…

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Track 2 Track – Shumaun Album

Track 2 Track – Shumaun Album

Welcome to a new feature for the website!  Inspired by the Albums Unleashed episodes of the Decibel Geek Podcast, we introduce Track 2 Track where we ask musicians to discuss their albums in depth. Starting with the fantastic debut album by Shumaun, I discussed the making of the record with vocalist and lead guitarist/songwriter Farhad “Zink” Hossain. Farhad Hossain on Shumaun I began by asking Zink what he remembered of the recording sessions for the album and…

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Rizon – Power Plant (Album Review)

Rizon – Power Plant (Album Review)

File this one under surprisingly great…”if you rule the world, the heart is on fire“; the blood certainly pumped a bit faster after this release.  For fans of bands such as Amaranthe, Swiss band Rizon are like catnip cocaine for cool cats.  This band knows how to bellow out catchy pop metal with all the swagger of a grifter taking your hard earned cash. The band is made up of Matthias Götz (vocals/acoustic guitars), Rahel…

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Top Five Rock Poets

Top Five Rock Poets

So often, too often, the songs sound awesome, but the lyrics leave you feeling short changed.  I grew up on great lyrics and spent a great amount of my teenage years reading them studiously as I listened to much great music. I like lyrics with a story, a message or a new idea.  I have no problem with “Baby Baby Baby“, but I prefer some poetry, message and thought to move me.  Don’t get me…

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