D-Rosas – Greedy (I Can Feel It)

D-Rosas is a project of guitarist/composer Gesuino Derosas. He played in the rock band Terra Nova, with which he toured Japan. He also plays in Van Hagar, a Van Halen tribute band. Greedy (I Can Feel It) is the debut EP; it was self-released. John ‘Jaycee’ Cuijpers is the vocalist, he is known from Praying … Read more, available in English and Dutch

TEN – Something Wicked This Way Comes

Many bands used the lockdown(s) to release an album. English hard rock band TEN even made two (separate) albums during the pandemic. The first was released about a year ago. The second album, ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, was released a few weeks ago (via Frontiers Music s.r.l. ). The sampled sounds give the start … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Henrik Freischlader showed his love of music at De Bosuil

Because of Corona, and its aftermath, it took a long time for singer/multi-instrumentalist Henrik Freischlader could perform again. About a year and a half ago, his band fell apart, and scheduled concerts were canceled. Meanwhile, Henrik continued to write, of course, so a new album was released. On this he played everything himself, except the … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Single Helix – Prog Gnosis 

Rik Loveridge was diagnosed with parkinson’s a few years ago, which is why he left the prog band The Kentish Spires. But when music runs through one’s veins, one can’t just quit. So he formed his own band and released the debut album ‘Prog Gnosis’. On this, he sang and played most of the keyboard … Read more, available in English and Dutch

The Enigma Division – The Enigma Division.

The Enigma Division was formed by guitarist Conor McGouran (ex-Xerath) and Ronan Burns (bassist/keyboardist). Drummer Ben Wanders (also ex-Xerath) completes the lineup. The debut album is called ‘The Enigma Division’, on which you will hear a mix of ’80s synthesizers, prog rock and technical metal. The guest musicians are: William Alex Young (Defences), Derek Sherinian … Read more, available in English and Dutch

El Fatso – Bravado

El Fatso is a Dutch alternative rock band. Their EP ‘Bravado’ was released late last year. Although it’s on the late side for a review, I couldn’t resist the temptation to bring this EP to your attention. A Covid lockdown was used to express frustrations with the (mis)policies. As a result, ‘Bravado’ sounds heavier than … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Stef Paglia Trio – Light & Darkness

Stef Paglia is best known as the guitarist of The BluesBones (Belgium). In addition, he is the frontman of his own band, called Stef Paglia Trio. Their EP ‘Light & Darkness’ will be released (digitally and physically) in early 2023. As the title suggests, the songs are about the ups and downs of life. ‘Stand … Read more, available in English and Dutch

The Deaton LeMay Project ( D.L.P. ) – The Fifth Element

Roby Deaton and Craig LeMay co-founded The Deaton LeMay Project (D.L.P.). Roby plays synth & acoustic keyboards, acoustic & Portuguese guitars, and Craig is drummer/percussionist. This twosome is influenced by ’70s-’80s symphonic rock. ‘The Fifth Element’ is their second album, this is 50% based on the four elements of life (earth, water, fire, air). To … Read more, available in English and Dutch

The Aaron Clift Experiment – The Age of Misinformation

The Aaron Clift Experiment is a prog ensemble from Austin, Texas. ‘The Age of Misinformation’ is about the destructive power of lies, and the search for truth. The Covid lockdown (from 2020-2021) was not easy, not at all; this fourth album is about that era. The spoken sampling at the start of ‘The Age of … Read more, available in English and Dutch

The Ronnie James Dio Memorial Concert was a beautiful tribute

The Ronnie James Dio Memorial Concert had been postponed several times by Covid, but finally this concert could take place on the cold winter evening of December 14. This tribute consists of the Dutch top of the hard rock/metal circuit. The lights in De Bosuil (Weert) dimmed, keyboardist Martijn Spierenburg (Within Temptation) came on first. … Read more, available in English and Dutch