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April 2016 - Issue 117
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Jan Akkerman - Jan Akkerman
Review by Gary Hill
This reissue of the self titled debut from Jan Akkerman sounds great.
The Johnny Almond Music Machine - Patent Pending
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of a classic album. I know this is generally considered jazz or fusion.
Ampledeed - BYOB
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds on this set is intriguing for sure. There are elements of very diverse music here.
Aqua Nebula Oscillator - Friday the 13th
Review by Gary Hill
There is a lot of hard rock built into this beast. Yet, it also has plenty of space rock.
Tony Banks - A Curious Feeling
Review by Gary Hill
I like this new Tony Banks solo album reissue. For one thing, it’s just a great album.
Beledo - Dreamland Mechanism
Review by Gary Hill
This is basically a fusion release. At Music Street Journal we generally include fusion under progressive rock.
Dr. Compressor - Doctor’s Orders
Review by Gary Hill
This set is intriguing. It has a lot of groove built into it. Space music, jazz and a lot more are part of the equation.
Terry Draper - Searching
Review by Gary Hill
It’s a safe bet that most people know of Terry Draper from his work with Klaatu. This album in many ways feels more like his old band than some of his other solo albums have.
Pablo Embon - The World Within
Review by Gary Hill
This is a fusion album. It has a nice mix of sounds within that heading.
Eyes of Blue - Crossroads of Time
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed another reissue by this band in the last issue. This one is more mainstream than that album.
The Fall - Wise Ol’ Man
Review by Gary Hill
I like the Fall a lot. The thing is, I see why a lot of people don’t enjoy their music.
Pontus H.W. Gunve - Pontus Gunve – IV
Review by Gary Hill
I think I’ve heard pretty much everything Pontus Gunve has ever released.
Thomas Nordland - Divide Avenue
Review by Gary Hill
This is an instrumental album. It’s also mostly fusion, but there are other elements at play, too.
Oakes and Smith - Between the Earth and Sky
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve put this EP in the prog section of Music Street Journal. I suppose you could say that it’s more of a folk release.
Odin’s Court - Deathanity
Review by Gary Hill
I really liked this act’s last disc a lot. This follow up is quite good.
Øresund Space Collective - Different Creatures
Review by Gary Hill
To a large degree you really know what you are going to get when you spin a new album from OSC.
Pulsar - Counter-World Experience
Review by Gary Hill
Given the name of the band, I kind of expected space rock. That’s not what we get at all here.
7Fields - Heart in a Cage (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a cover of a Strokes song, but I have to admit that I haven’t heard the original.
SkyTalk - Days in the Sun
Review by Gary Hill
This EP is a progressive rock set. That said, it’s not the kind of prog that was around in the 1970s.
Sleepwreck - Disasterpiece
Review by Gary Hill
Although this is probably more electronic music than it is anything else directly, I’d consider it prog.
The Syn - Trustworks
Review by Diane Hill
The latest studio album from The Syn, Trustworks features a collaboration between Syn founder Steve Nardelli and the Swedish progressive rock band Moon Safari.
Tea and Symphony - Jo Sago
Review by Gary Hill
I recently reviewed another album from these guys. This, like that one, is a reissue of an old album.
Tehnoloogiline Päike - Technological Sun
Review by Gary Hill
In a lot of ways this seems like Tangerine Dream or Synergy to me. It’s electronic music.
The Von - Ei8ht
Review by Gary Hill
You might disagree with this landing in the progressive rock section. There is definitely plenty of psychedelia and seven stoner rock here.
Zierler - Esc
Review by Gary Hill
Featuring members of Beyond Twilight, Halford, Fates Warning, Firewind, Scar Symmetry and Circus Maximus, this album is quite cool.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Alcatrazz - Live Sentence
Review by Gary Hill
Recorded live in 1984, this includes both the CD and a DVD of this concert and a shorter bonus show.
Martina Edoff - Unity
Review by Gary Hill
Although I’d consider this a metal release, it’s more inline with the mainstream, pop oriented end of that spectrum.
Paul Maged - The Wild (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
Punk and good old fashioned hard rock merge on this. It has a bit of a DIY vibe, but that’s not a bad thing.
Various Artists - Sweet Leaf - A Stoner Rock Salute To Black Sabbath
Review by Gary Hill
I will make no excuses about it, I’m a big Black Sabbath fan.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Bobgoblin - Love Lost for Blood Lust
Review by Gary Hill
The blend of sounds here is interesting.
Broke Royals - The Luxury of Time Pt. III
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of modern and old school is pretty complete here. 
Pat Campo - Clouds in My Head
Review by Gary Hill
There are some great songs on here. Taken as a set, though, it does sometimes get a bit samey.
Vicky Emerson - Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool set. It’s modern pop music with a lot of classic sound and without any annoying modern pop cliché’s built into it.
David Essex - All the Fun of the Fair
Review by Gary Hill
This new reissue from David Essex is pretty cool. I don’t think I like it as much as some of his other albums.
FADES - Breaking through the Walls (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed the upcoming EP from this act in the last issue.
Randy J. Hansen - Overdose
Review by Larry Toering
Randy J. Hansen is new to me and he sure beats some of the current similar artists he resembles.
Noah James Hittner - Flesh & Metal
Review by Gary Hill
Given the album title, it would be easy to expect something quite metallic.
JackPotLuck - JackPotLuck
Review by Gary Hill
I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anything this strange be this effective.
Baskerville Jones - Mile 1
Review by Gary Hill
I like this set quite a bit. The vocals are without question the best thing here, but that doesn’t mean they are the only thing good.
Baskerville Jones - So Right (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This single has such a cool classic sound to it. The vibe is part jazz, part reggae and all energy.
Larusso - Fever (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
What a cool song this is.
Chris Murphy - Surface to Air
Review by Gary Hill
There is a lot of roots music in the mix here, country, folk and more.
Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price - Big Hits Live From the Last of the Breed Tour Live
Review by Gary Hill
This live album features performances with each member of the group taking turns as singer. It’s literally a collection of hits performed live.
Port of Est - Valentine in my Headphones (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
There is a definite 80s pop vibe to this piece.
Jeremy Porter and the Tucos - Above the Sweet-Tea Line
Review by Gary Hill
I dig the roots rock vibe of this set.
SO - Echo Park
Review by Gary Hill
This hip hop EP is a mixed bag. Two songs are extremely good.
Various Artists - Teknofonic Essentials Vol. 1
Review by Gary Hill
Compilations like this are almost always mixed bags. This is no exception. .
Vein - I Feel It (Feat. Alejandro Brooks) (Digital Single)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a lot of fun. It’s high energy. It’s electronic and modern pop oriented.
Version 5 - Version 5 EP
Review by Gary Hill
This EP features a heavy sound that often leans on industrial music.
DVD/Video Reviews
Albert Collins - Live At Rockpalast DVD/CD Set
Review by Gary Hill
I love it when DVDs include CDs of the audio. Here we get the DVD and a double CD set.
Elvis Costello - Detour Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Not everyone got to see Elvis Costello on this tour. I know I did not see him in person. A
Judas Priest - Battle Cry DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I admit it, I’m a huge Judas Priest fan. I’ve seen them live many times.
Rigor Mortis - Welcome To Your Funeral: The Story Of Rigor Mortis (Part 1) DVD
Review by Gary Hill
You might not have heard much about Rigor Mortis, depending on your particular musical tastes and desire to dig deeply into a genre of music.
The Alea Dilemma
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Danny Brymer and Ryan Sloan of The Alea Dilemma from 2016
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Ampledeed from 2016
Oakes and Smith
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Oakes and Smith from 2016
Han Uil
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Han Uil from 2016
Concert Reviews
Queensrÿche - Live in Chicago, Illinois, January 2016
Review by Greg Olma

Queensryche is on the road again; this time with their own show and promoting their new Condition Human record. 

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