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Reviews (page 2)

 

I've included a number of album reviews embedded in old blogs alongside reviews of new releases and the latest gigs.

These old reviews have been edited to remove temporal context, to fulfil the requirements of the Progarchives site where many have also been posted under my forum name Agnenrecords

 

I’ve also included book reviews in this section; some have been culled from my Amazon reviews, some from blogs, and some are new

 

Unlike the blogs, these have not been sorted by date but please feel free to imagine yourself in a bookshop or record shop, and browse

All My Yesterdays

Album review: Refugee - Refugee (1974)

 

This review first appeared in the blog Forgotten Classic from 2/2/2014 and was edited to appear as an album review on Amazon and subsequently on progarchives.com under the authorship of Agnenrecords

refugee the monster of Firenze

Album review: Una Stagione All'Inferno - Il Mostro di Firenze

 

This review first appeared in the blog Dark Prog from 22/7/2018 and was edited to appear as an album review on progarchives.com under the authorship of Agnenrecords

the red planet

Album review: Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble - The Red Planet

 

Dedicated to all things Mars, The Red Planet represents another aspect of Rick Wakeman’s continued fascination with space and promised fans a keyboard-heavy instrumental prog album in the style of his earliest solo work The Six Wives of Henry VIII from 1973. Find out if he’s as good as his word here

Il Fuoco sotto la cenere

Album review: Il Cerchio d'Oro - Il Fuoco sotto la cenere

 

This review first appeared in the blog Il Cerchio d'Oro from 5/12/2017 and was edited to appear as an album review on progarchives.com under the authorship of Agnenrecords

christadoro

Album review: Christadoro - Christadoro

 

This review first appeared in the blog One Old, One New from 12/2/2017 and was edited to appear as an album review on progarchives.com under the authorship of Agnenrecords

Planted Feet - Frozen Factory

Album review: Frozen Factory - Planted Feet

 

Alt-rock rather than prog, on Planted Feet UK-Finland band Frozen Factory employ a wide range of tones and tempos to investigate those with a fixed position on matters affecting the future of our planet, and what it might take to get them to even think about an alternative point of view. It's political and it's intelligent

il Giusto Equilibrio

Album review: Panther & C. - Il Giusto Equilibrio

 

This review first appeared in the blog Panther & C. from 5/7/2017. It was edited to appear as an album review on progarchives.com under the authorship of Agnenrecords and has been brought up-to-date for a post-Covid 19 lockdown world

ESP  first two albums

Album Review: ESP - Invisible Din; ESP 2.0 - 22 Layers of Sunlight

 

This review was taken from the blogs Extra Sensory Perception? (13/11/16)  and The storm after the calm (30/4/18)

Separate reviews, also based on the two blogs, have appeared on Progarchives.com under my username Agnenrecords

Album Review: Yak - Quest for the Stones

 

This review was taken almost verbatim from the blog Yak (7/6/15) and appears on Progarchives.com under my username Agnenrecords

Quest for the Stones

Album Review: Hovercraft - Fall

 

Fall is the second album by Katowice-based Hovercraft, a one-man project that can be enjoyed by any post-rock fan. It specifically fits in the Bristol Movie Rock genre - a category dreamed up by Bartosz Gromotka (Hovercraft) to allow his music to be classified by anyone who really wants to pin labels on things. Read the ProgBlog review here

36 Fall - Hovercraft Yes i the Answer cover

Book review: Marc Weingarten & Tyson Cornell (eds.) - Yes is the Answer and other prog rock tales

 

Barnacle / Rare Bird (2013)

ISBN: 9780985490201

273 pages

 

A short version of this review appeared as an amazon.co.uk review in 2014

Vol II cover (small)

EP Review: Archaeologist - Vol II (remixed/remastered)

 

Archaeologist's Vol II originally saw the light of dy in 2015 but has just been remixed and remastered for a 2020 release. It comes a little over 6 months after Winter's Wake (reviewed on ProgBlog 13/1/20) and it's interesting to hear the differences between the two EPs. Vol II should delight both fans of bands like PERIPHERY and fans of more technical death metal. Read Stefano's review here

Album Review: ESP Project - Phenomena

 

The fifth release from the ESP stable (ESP Invisible Din, ESP 2.0), Phenomena is another slight shift away from symphonic prog to crossover prog or symphonic rock, but it's filled with all the best things the preceding four albums brim with: superb production; carefully constructed musical layers; intelligent lyrics; great playing and singing; and gorgeous presentation. Read the review here

cover Hollowscene album cover

Album Review: Hollowscene - Hollowscene

 

This review first appeared in the blog Hollowscene from 26/6/2018 and was edited to appear as an album review on progarchives.com under the authorship of Agnenrecords

Ayreon - Transitus cover

Album Review: Ayreon - Transitus

 

Of all the extravaganzas that make up his discography, Arjen Lucassen regards the new Ayreon album Transitus as hist most ambitious work yet, describing it as '...without a doubt the most cinematic and outrageous album I’ve ever done.'  Read Stefano's review here

Album Review: La Maschera di Cera - S.E.I.

 

Seven years on from La Maschera di Cera's last studio album Le Porte del Domani, a conceptual follow-up to Le Orme's Felona e Sorona, the band have returned with possibly their best album yet, the progressivo italiano symphonic tour de force S.E.I.

Read the review here

SEI La Maschera di Cera

 

Album Review: Pink Floyd - The Endless River 

 

Pink Floyd’s last ever studio album of unreleased music, The Endless River, is a nice tribute to keyboard player Rick Wright who died in 2008, and ends on high after referencing the band’s sonic journey from Ummagumma to The Division Bell. Taken from the blog Pink Floyd end with The Endless River from 16/11/14, read the standalone review here

 

Endless River Muffx

 

Album Review: MUFFX - L'Ora di Tutti

 

L'Ora di Tutti is the fifth album by Muffx, released in 2017. Recorded live in the studio it's a mixture of early prog and psychedelia, envisioned as the soundtrack to a film of Maria Corti's cult 1962 novel of the same name. Originally appearing as a blog on 20/2/18, it's been re-written as a standalone review and can be found here 

 

Album Review: Samplehound - 100 Yards

 

Samplehound, the alter-ego of jazz pianist Rich Townsend, applies synths and samplers to create an interesting blend of jazz and prog-electronica that form the commentary to some current social and political problems and also tributes to Ursula Le Guin, Alan Garner and Stevie Wonder. Read the review here

35 100 Yards - Samplehound

 

Album Review: Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed

 

Riding on the wave of cultural upheaval, 1967 saw the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Procol Harum and the first fully-formed LP of proto-prog, Days of Future Passed. Prog wouldn't be the same without it. Adapted from a blog to mark the 50th anniversary of its release posted on 16/11/17, read the review here

days of future passed La Morte Viene dallo Spazio (3)

Album review: La Morte Viene Dallo Spazio - Sky Over Giza

 

A limited edition vinyl run in different colours for a debut album is quite a bold statement. Can this Milan-based dark ambient space rock quintet live up to expectations? Read the review here to find out!

Album review: Rick Wakeman - White Rock

 

Wakeman's second venture into film soundtrack was much more like the prog of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and an abandonment of theatrical or show-prog. Along with a large number of others, I class it as a return to form. Adapted from a blog White Rock posted 6/4/14 and also appearing on the Progarchives site under my Agnenrecords name, read the review here

white rock Veter - The Last Cell

EP review: The Last Cell - Veter

 

Veter is the third EP of Jean-Mark Perc's The Last Cell prog metal tetralogy, representing 'air' after Nautilus (water) from 2018 and Continental Drift (earth) from 2019. His technical ability is impressive but his compositional skills seem to get better with each release. Veter strays into jazz rock territory, creating something that is more prog than metal. Read the review here