interview by Michael McCarthy Sons of Apollo is the blessed new prog rock venture by Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian of Dream Theater fame along with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force). To be perfectly honest, I...Read more
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I'm normally not a big fan of prog, but I checked out Sons of Apollo's just released single, "Signs of The Time" because Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big is the bassist and he's one of the best on the planet. Plus, the rest of the line up is...Read more
Swedish progressive rock/metal innovators Pain of Salvation have announced a very special reissue version of their classic 2002 album “Remedy Lane” entitled “Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived)” for July 1st, 2016 via InsideOutMusic. With this release, Pain of Salvation re-visit their ground-breaking and genre-bending “Remedy Lane” album by teaming up with old...Read more
The Joy Formidable spent a year holed up in their own studio in their native Wales writing and recording Hitch, their third full-length album, which is a tour de force if a little long-winded. You see, the record clocks in at roughly 70 minutes and many of its songs are over six minutes...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy Have you ever seen a magic show by one of the masters – like David Copperfield – and swore it was real? Well, I saw Copperfield perform a few decades ago and still can’t fathom how he did anything that night. The finale is the illusion that especially boggles...Read more
This is one of my favorite tracks from Muse's new album, Drones. Much of the album is spent being proggy, trying to be Queen or even David Bowie, but this song reminds me of the Muse I fell in love with nearly a decade ago. It's...
I've been a fan of Muse from the very beginning and I usually like most things they do. Occasionally, though, they'll start to lose me. To that end, I was beginning to fear that I wouldn't like their forthcoming album Drones very much after hearing the...
Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive metal/rock band created by frontman, songwriter and guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw, who also plays lute, bass, keyboards and mandolin. Some fans would tell you that the band was born when Gildenlöw started his first band in 1984, but the band was called Reality at the time and...Read more
Kaipa, a Swedish prog/folk/rock group, was originally called Ura Kaipa way back in 1973, but Wiki gives one the impression that they broke up circa 1982 and only reunited in 2000. Sattyg is their thirteenth studio album, the name being Swedish for diablerie, which Google gives two definitions for. One is “reckless mischief; charismatic wildness”...Read more
To each, his own, they say. Meaning, of course, that each of us has our own tastes. But, occasionally, an artist comes along that almost everyone likes. Take Nirvana and Metallica, for example. Or Nine Inch Nails. There are not many naysayers...
Dead Letter Circus, who hail from Australia, are one of those bands who are impossible to categorize. In fact, when they first burst onto the scene in the land down under in 2007, people didn’t know what to make of them. Were they metal? Were they alt-rock? Prog rock? Nobody was certain and...Read more