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December 2015 - Issue 115
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Martin Barre - Back to Steel
Review by Gary Hill
Not everything here is progressive rock. .
Blackmore's Night - All Our Yesterdays
Review by Gary Hill
I have never heard a Blackmore’s Night album I didn’t like.
Alan J. Bound - Deep Space: The Alan J. Bound Retrospective 2005 to 2014
Review by Gary Hill
This CD features guitar heavy instrumental music.
Dwiki Dharmawan - So Far So Close
Review by Gary Hill
Dwiki Dhamawan is joined here by Jimmy Haslip, Chad Wackerman, Dewa Budjana, Tohpati and Jerry Goodman.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Live at Montreux 1997
Review by Gary Hill
This live album features a strong performance from Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
Fischer’s Flicker - Fornever and Never
Review by Gary Hill
Imagine a prog rock act with hints of Alice Cooper in their sound.
John Hackett - Another Life
Review by Gary Hill
Anthony Phillips plays on one song and (John's brother) Steve Hackett is featured on several, bringing a Genesis reference to this.
Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries Hybrid SACD Special Edition
Review by Gary Hill
I know some will argue with me including Michael Hedges under progressive rock.
Steve Hillage - Madison Square Garden 1977
Review by Gary Hill
I really love this album.
Innsmouth Gold - Illustrations of Madness
Review by Gary Hill
This set is based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It’s theatrical and often atmospheric.
Intelligent Music Project III - Touching the Divine
Review by Gary Hill
This set is quite effective. It’s prog rock, but in a very AOR sense.
Liberty’s Exiles - The Price of Immortality
Review by Gary Hill
I like the mix of sounds here.
Marbin - Aggressive Hippies
Review by Gary Hill
These guys always deliver exceptional albums.
Moonlapse - Conscious
Review by Gary Hill
This instrumental album is cool. There is a range to it, but a lot of if it lands in the vicinity of Tangerine Dream, really.
Mythos - Jules Verne Forever
Review by Gary Hill
I always dig the electronic music of Mythos.
Necromonkey - Show Me Where It Hertz
Review by Gary Hill
Electronic music, space rock and much more merge here.
Bill Nelson - Bill Nelson’s Orchestra Arcana – Optimism
Review by Gary Hill
I like pretty much everything I’ve ever heard from Bill Nelson.
Ovrfwrd - Fantasy Absent Reason
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that the range of sounds on this prog set is incredibly wide.
Paradise 9 - Live at Amersham Arms
Review by Gary Hill
If you like Hawkwind, and particularly the punky Nik Turner era of the band, you will like this.
Ransom Scenery - Ear to Ear
Review by Gary Hill
Modern progressive rock, shoegaze and more is on display here. This is an effective set for sure, with varying soundscapes driving each of the pieces.
Paul Roland - Bitter and Twisted
Review by Gary Hill
Paul Roland’s music is always quirky and very British.
Billy Sherwood - Citizen
Review by Gary Hill
A contender for best of the year, this is arguably Sherwood’s best solo album ever.
Slivovitz - All You Can Eat
Review by Gary Hill
Modern progressive rock, there is a lot of King Crimson built into this.
Soul Secret - 4
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve reviewed these guys in the past, but I wasn’t prepared for just how good this set was going to be.
Al Stewart - Past, Present and Future
Review by Gary Hill
You really can’t beat Al Stewart.
Tea and Symphony - An Asylum for the Musically Insane
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of a 1969 album. It is definitely proto-prog.
Tribute - New Views (Colored Vinyl Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
I have reviewed the CD version of this previously.
Nik Turner - Space Fusion Odyssey
Review by Gary Hill
I was not expecting this set. It’s an instrumental album.
Williamson - Backestro Park
Review by Gary Hill
Space rock, new age, Kraftwerk like electronic music and more merge on this set.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Alcatrazz - No Parole from Rock ‘N’ Roll
Review by Gary Hill
This act not only featured Graham Bonnet on vocals, but also Yngwie Malmsteen on guitar
Death Dealer - Hallowed Ground
Review by Mike Korn
Death Dealer is a pure metal band made up of some of the most seasoned pros in the business.
Grönholm - Relativity Code for Love
Review by Gary Hill
There is some progressive rock in the mix here.
Millarium - First Blood Running
Review by Gary Hill
I like this album quite a bit.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Add Agency - Gemstone Radar
Review by Gary Hill
There is a lot of electronic music built into this. Yet, it also has punk rock and at varying times calls to mind things like INXS, Depeche Mode and more.
Louise Aubrey - Late 44
Review by Gary Hill
The easiest comparison here is to Blondie.
The Boy from the Crowd - Where the Bees Come to Die
Review by Gary Hill
Hard rock, punk, electronic music and more merge on this new release.
Courtney Chambers - Tales of the Aftermath
Review by Gary Hill
The range here is from hard rock to modern pop, shoegaze and more.
Andre Chrys - Window to Nowhere
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of classic and modern sounds here is great.
Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song Hybrid SACD
Review by Gary Hill
When you talk classic holiday music, you really can’t ignore Nat King Cole.
Billy Crain - Family Matters
Review by Gary Hill
The central balance here runs between Celtic music and country.
Dave Davies - Rippin Up New York City: Live at the City Winery
Review by Gary Hill
This live album from Dave Davies kind of features what you’d expect.
D.O.A. - Hard Rain Falling
Review by Gary Hill
I always like DOA’s brand of punk rock.
The Tomas Doncker Band - Church Is Burning Down (single)
Review by Gary Hill
This is the new single from Tomas Doncker. I reviewed his last disc previously at Music Street Journal.
Freedom - Freedom at Last (Vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
This vinyl release has a great old time rock vibe.
Highland Kites - All We Left Behind
Review by Gary Hill
Artsy and yet rocking, this is intriguing stuff. The blend of sounds works quite well.
Idiot Grins - Big Man
Review by Gary Hill
Country, pop, rock and more are built into this musical tapestry.
Stephen Inglis - Learning You by Heart
Review by Gary Hill
The quick description of this would be “folk music.” That nails it pretty well.
June Star - Pull Awake
Review by Gary Hill
The blend of country and rock on this works well.
Killing Joke - Pylon
Review by Mike Korn
Having been in existence since 1978, Killing Joke has seen the birth of many styles of music.
The Lizards - Reptilicus Maximus
Review by Gary Hill
You just can’t go wrong with this band. 
Midwest Soul Xchange - New American Century
Review by Gary Hill
I dig the blend of classic sounds on this beast.
Mystic Pete - BassPop
Review by Gary Hill
There is a lot of electronic music in the mix here.
Old Sea Brigade - Old Sea Brigade
Review by Gary Hill
This set is unusual. I suppose the underlying factor here, more than anything else, is sort of a folk rock vibe.
Other Desert Cities - The History of What’s To Come
Review by Gary Hill
The easiest description for this four track set would be “pop rock.”
Jas Patrick - Inky Ovine
Review by Gary Hill
This album is really a great ride. It varies sound a lot from start to finish.
Tokyo Rosenthal - Afterlife
Review by Gary Hill
When approaching a new Tokyo Rosenthal album, it’s a pretty safe bet what you are going to get.
The Runaways - Japanese Singles Collection
Review by Gary Hill
This set is pretty cool. I enjoy pretty much everything here. .
Jennifer Saran - Merry Christmas, You Are Loved
Review by Gary Hill
This new holiday release is pretty cool.
Sidewave - Glass Giant
Review by Gary Hill
Alternative rock is probably the one consistent element here.
Sound/s/lab - The Future of Extinctions
Review by Gary Hill
This is very much set in an electronic new-wave type of territory.
Space Apaches - Smokin' Voyages
Review by Gary Hill
This is a crazy ride. It has a lot of psychedelia built into it, but it doesn’t start there.
Tumbler - You Said
Review by Gary Hill
The music here is very British in tone. It has a lot of range within that, though.
Watzreal - Wisdom Wit Attitude
Review by Gary Hill
There are a lot of interview clips interspersed throughout this hip hop set.
The Winery Dogs - Hot Streak
Review by Gary Hill
This band seems to really be hot right now.
DVD/Video Reviews
Steve Hackett - The Man, The Music DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Too often when you get a documentary like this, it will be unauthorized.
Nazareth - No Means of Escape BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
I have always been a big fan of Nazareth. At one time I’d seen them more than just about any other band live.
Queen - A Night at the Odeon DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I’d have to say that my favorite era of Queen is the earlier era.
Frank Zappa - Roxy The Movie (DVD/CD Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
The Roxy and Elsewhere album from Frank Zappa is considered by fans to be one of the best.
Blurred Vision
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Ben Riley,  Sohl Osley and Sepp Osley of Blurred Vision from 2015
Charles Brown
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Charles Brown from 2015
Death Dealer
Interview by Mike Korn

Interview with Sean Peck of Death Dealer from 2015

Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Stephan Kaske of Mythos from 2015
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Ron LeSaar of Pentwater from 2015
Billy Sherwood
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Billy Sherwood from 2015
Space Invaders
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Space Invaders from 2015
Concert Reviews
The Winery Dogs - Live in St Charles, Illinois, October 2015
Review by Greg Olma

The Winery Dogs have been tagged with the label of “super-group,” and while I agree that they deserve that lofty title, they are more than that.

Yes - Live on Cruise to the Edge, November 2015
Review by Brenda Bradley

 I knew it would be hard to see Yes without Chris Squire! As "Onward" played, with a white Rickenbacker on stage with a spotlight, I felt myself tearing up.

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