Category: Art Rock

Naxatras – lll

Naxatras – lll       Naxatras is a hard psychedelic rock band from Greece. They play a warm psychedelia full of fat grooves, dreamy melodies, heavy riffs and trippy guitar solos all with the vintage touch of the 70’s. They have been playing and developing their sound since 2012. In 2015, they recorded their […]

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Quiet Sun – Mainstream

Quiet Sun – Mainstream       Ted Mills: ‘ Phil Manzanera’s pre-Roxy Music group never got to release their first attempt at an album, but in a break from Roxy in 1974, Manzanera regrouped the band and put out this effort: Quiet Sun – Mainstream, recorded at the same time as his solo extravaganza, […]

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Talk Talk – The Colour of Spring

Talk Talk – The Colour of Spring       Chris Woodstra: ‘With It’s My Life, Talk Talk proved that they could pull off an entire album of strong material. With The Colour of Spring, they took it one step further, moving to a near-concept song cycle, following the emotional ups and downs of relationships […]

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No-Man – Together We’re Stranger

No-Man – Together We’re Stranger       Kelvin Hayes: Accomplished but slow, Together We’re Stranger further envelops the epic arrangements of its predecessor, Returning Jesus. The echo of Talk Talk shrouds this album in that the bouncy pop of such material as “Teardrop Falls” is now long gone to the extent you wonder if […]

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Opeth – Heritage

      Thom Jurek: ‘Heritage, Opeth’s tenth studio offering, finds the Swedish band abandoning death metal: no growled vocals, no blistering fast power riffs, no blastbeats. Mixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) and engineered by Janne Hansson, Opeth – Heritage is easily Opeth’s most musically adventurous — and indulgent — recording. Written […]

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Yes – Fly From Here

      Bruce Eder: ‘A decade after their last studio release, Yes has issued Fly from Here, and it’s not only a keeper, but as good as any record to come from the group since 1974. Consisting here of Chris Squire (bass, vocals), Steve Howe (guitars, vocals), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), and […]

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Gryphon – Red Queen to Gryphon Three

      Mike DeGagne: ‘Red Queen to Gryphon Three is only available coupled with the Raindance album on the same disc, but it has stood the test of time as an excellent progressive rock piece. The album centers around a game of chess, with each track around ten minutes in length. The symphonic structure […]

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Uriah Heep – Look at yourself

      Donald A. Guarisco: ‘The third time proved to be the charm for Uriah Heep: on Look at Yourself, the group perfects its fusion of heavy metal power and prog rock majesty, and the result is one of the best albums in the Heep catalog. The gauntlet is thrown down on the title […]

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Paladin – Charge !

Paladin – Charge !       Jo-Ann Greene: ‘Having failed to ignite the populace with their eponymous debut, a set brimming with joie de vivre and creative crossovers, Paladin decided the only way to break into the mainstream was to assault it. And this they set about doing with their sophomore set, 1972’s Charge. […]

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The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle

The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle       Bruce Eder: ‘Odessey and Oracle was one of the flukiest (and best) albums of the 1960s, and one of the most enduring long players to come out of the entire British psychedelic boom, mixing trippy melodies, ornate choruses, and lush Mellotron sounds with a solid hard […]

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Jethro Tull – Aqualung

Jethro Tull – Aqualung       Rovi Staff : ‘The leap from 1970’s Benefit to the following year’s Aqualung is one of the most astonishing progressions in rock history. In the space of one album, Tull went from relatively unassuming electrified folk-rock to larger-than-life conceptual rock full of sophisticated compositions and complex, intellectual, lyrical constructs. […]

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McDonald and Giles – McDonald and Giles

McDonald and Giles – McDonald and Giles       McDonald and Giles is an album of music released by British musicians Ian McDonald and Michael Giles in 1971. The album was recorded at Island Studios between May and July 1970. Although McDonald and Giles remains popular among King Crimson fans, its commercial success was […]

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Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun

Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun       Ned Raggett: ‘Some older fans looked askance at Lightbulb Sun, feeling it was verging on overt commercialism (and admittedly, the near power ballad solo on “Where We Would Be” is a bit odd!). Then again, given Wilson’s own explorations of avant-garde pop with No-Man, who’s to say […]

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Lunatic Soul – Lunatic Soul

Lunatic Soul – Lunatic Soul       Amazon: ‘Great artists are rarely content to keep repeating themselves, and rarely are they content to exist and create within one genre. So it really wasn’t a surprise that Riverside’s Mariusz Duda eventually pursued a solo career. The sheer multitude of thoughts and ideas flowing out of […]

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Focus – Moving Waves

Focus – Moving Waves       Paul Collins: ‘The album that boosted Focus into at least semi-fame outside of continental Europe, Moving Waves blasts off with their hit single, “Hocus Pocus.” Built around a killer guitar hook by Jan Akkerman and a series of solo turns by the band, this instrumental replaced “Wipeout” as […]

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Atomic Rooster – In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster

Atomic Rooster – In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster Progarchives: ‘Probably the best progressive album ever produced by a group that no one talks about. In Hearing of Atomic Rooster belts out a broad range of great songs from the fast paced ‘Breakthrough’ the slower and more somber ‘Decision/Indecision’ to the raucous instrumental ‘A Spoonful of […]

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Deep Purple – Deep Purple III

Deep Purple – Deep Purple III     Bruce Eder: ‘This is a record that even those who aren’t Deep Purple fans can listen to two or three times in one sitting — but then, this wasn’t much like any other album that the group ever issued. Actually, Deep Purple was highly prized for many […]

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Yes – Close To The Edge

Yes – Close To The Edge Dave Thompson: ‘With 1971’s Fragile having left Yes poised quivering on the brink of what friend and foe acknowledged was the peak of the band’s achievement, Close to the Edge was never going to be an easy album to make. Drummer Bill Bruford was already shifting restlessly against Jon […]

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Blackfield – Blackfield II

Blackfield – Blackfield II     Progarchives: Once again Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen managed to deliver a fine, catchy progressive pop/rock album. Just like Blackfield self titled debut Blackfield II consists out of ten short, poppy rock songs with all great melodies. You could say that the catchy melodies is really what Blackfield is […]

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Frost* – Milliontown

Frost* – Milliontown Prograrchives: ‘Simply put, a marvelous release. I can help use only superlatives for this debut album. Excellent musicianship, originality and freshness in aboundance in both rythm, arrangements and melodies, highly solid songwriting, and probably the best production I ever heard. The impression throughout the entire album is to be in the hands […]

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