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Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that there seems to be some confusion about the name of this act. I've seen it listed with the group name the same as the album title.

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BangTower
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Alex Skolnick Trio
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Joe Deninzon - Adventures in the Stratospheerius
Review by Gary Hill
Released under the name of Joe Deninzon, this album is by the same group who also record under the band name Stratospheerius. That group is composed of Deninzon, Scott Chasolen, Grisha Alexiev, Rufus Philpot, DJ Big Wiz, and guitarist Alex Skolnick (Attention Deficit, Testament).
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Tim Motzer - and Markus Reuter – Descending
Review by Gary Hill

Moody and ambient music creates the format for these sedate soundscapes. There aren’t huge variants here, and everything moves very slowly, but it never feels redundant or samey either.


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Lamb of God - Ashes of the Wake
Review by Mike Korn
The last few years have seen the rise of a new generation of American metal bands. The new blood has included Shadows Fall, God Forbid and without a doubt the most vicious of the bunch, Lamb of God.
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Attention Deficit - Attention Deficit
Review by Gary Hill
Described as "mad scientist rock", this album contains very intriguing instrumental music. With strong leanings toward modern King Crimson, the album covers progressive territory in a dark, gritty and somewhat chaotic manner.
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Percy Jones - Cape Catastrophe
Review by Gary Hill
Percy Jones is probably best known as the bass player for Brand X.

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BangTower - Casting Shadows
Review by Gary Hill

This is an intriguing outfit. Take Brand X bassist/keyboardist Percy Jones. Add in Neil Citron on guitar.


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Various Artists - Drum Nation Vol. 2
Review by Gary Hill
The concept is simple but unique: put together a number of tracks from various artists showcasing influential and potent drummers. This was the concept for Magna Carta's first drum nation CD, and they continue it here - why mess up a good thing?
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Brand X - Is There Anything About?
Review by Gary Hill
I like this album a lot. It seems to be more diverse than some of the rest of Brand X’s catalog.

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Joe Deninzon - Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius - Guilty of Innocence
Review by Gary Hill
Joe Deninzon's music is always both entertaining and creative. I have to say that this might very well be the best Stratospheerius album.

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Alex Skolnick Trio - Last Day in Paradise
Review by Gary Hill
This new album by Alex Skolnick Trio is more than just a continuation. Sure there's a lot of great jazz trio music with elements of rock – the reason I put this under prog.
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Wingfield - Reuter - Sirkis - Lighthouse
Review by Gary Hill
If you like instrumental music that's experimental and challenging, you should give this a try. There a real freeform vibe to a lot of it.

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Brand X - Live at the Roxy LA
Review by Gary Hill
This is a newly reissued live album from Brand X.

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Various Artists - Live at Wacken 2012 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Whenever I see one of these sets – they have the Wacken Festival every year and always release it for video later – I am amazed at the range of sounds presented.

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Testament - Live in Chicago, October, 2011
Review by Mike Korn

Thrash is back and you better get used to it.


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Testament - Live In London DVD
Review by Josh Turner
It's the classic line-up in a trouble-free DVD. Drenched in blood red and decorated with gold trim, this simple gatefold booklet contains nothing more than a single disc.
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Testament - Live inTinley Park, IL, August, 2008
Review by Mike Korn
Many more pics from this show are available in two galleries in our members area.
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Various Artists - Magna Carta Guitar Greats – Volume I
Review by Gary Hill
These Magna Carta sampler discs serve as a great way for people to sample a number of their releases without having to shell out the cash for each and every one of them. I'd have to say that as these things go, this is one of the better ones – and they are all quite good.
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Various Artists - MetalMania 2007 DVD and CD Set
Review by Gary Hill
So, you didn’t make it to Poland last year to check out the MetalMania Festival? Or maybe you did and want a chance to relive the show.
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Brand X - Missing Period
Review by Gary Hill
Associated with the prog musical style both because of their imaginative and virtuosic fusion approach to music and the sometime presence of Genesis man Phil Collins, Brand X have always been a great largely unknown musical treasure.
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Brand X - Missing Period (Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new edition of this Brand X album.

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MJ12 - MJ12
Review by Gary Hill
MJ12 gets their name from a supposed organization called “Majestik 12” which was supposedly convened in the 1940s to investigate UFOs.

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Various Artists - New World Man: A Tribute to Rush
Review by Gary Hill
Here we have a new Rush tribute album from the fine folks at Magna Carta.

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Various Artists - Poetry of the Air: A Collection of Love Letters from Musicians to Music written by Gary Hill
Review by Greg Olma
I have known Gary Hill for a while now and the one thing that I can say with complete certainty about him is that he takes his music seriously. 


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Various Artists - Prog Box
Review by Gary Hill
I've been looking to do a retro review of this box set for a while. I finally had the opportunity this time around.

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Reuter Motzer Grohowsky - Shapeshifters
Review by Gary Hill

Markus Reuter in combinations with various musicians has created quite a catalog of intriguing instrumental progressive rock. This new collection with Tim Motzer and Kenny Grohowski is no exception.


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Vapourspace - Sonic Residue from Vapourspace
Review by Steve Alspach
Here's an interesting concept - take songs from various releases from a progressive rock record label and let the music be transformed by a techno mix until it's nearly unrecognizable from the original source.
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Various Artists - Subdivisions - A Tribute To Rush
Review by Gary Hill
Subdivisions is a new Tribute album devoted to the music of Rush from Magna Carta Records. Those paying close attention and with a good memory, may be saying now; "didn't they do one before?"
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Testament - The Formation of Damnation
Review by Gary Hill
This CD represents Alex Skolnick’s studio return to the world of Testament. What they have produced is an album that takes no prisoners.
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Attention Deficit - The Idiot King
Review by Gary Hill
Attention Deficit's second album, this one continues their trend of fusion oriented instrumental music. The album should appeal to fans of bands like King Crimson, Djam Karet and Frank Zappa.
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Goldbug - The Seven Dreams
Review by Gary Hill

This is definitely not a disc that’s for everyone. It’s very freeform. At times it’s jazz like.


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Alex Skolnick Trio - Transformation
Review by Gary Hill
Alex Skolnick is a true artist, not content to sit still in one musical genre. Certainly he is probably best known as the guitarist for the metal band Testament, his first professional gig.
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Richard Barbieri - Under a Spell
Review by Gary Hill
Richard Barbieri is probably best known for his work in the bands Japan and Porcupine Tree. His keyboard skills definitely bring a lot to both acts.

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Brand X - Unorthodox Behaviour
Review by Steve Alspach
Those fans of progressive music who stick their fingers down their throat at the mention of the name "Phil Collins" may not be familiar with this piece of work. If they were, they may think that Phil may deserve a bit of redemption before being cast to purgatory.
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BangTower - With N With Out
Review by Gary Hill
The newest album from Bangtower,  this continues the fusion rock explorations of the act. 

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