Iris Divine – Mercurial

‘Mercurial’ is the fourth album by the prog metal band ‘Iris Divine’, but the first album to be released through Layered Reality Productions. Drummer Scott Manley took the place of Kris Combs (drums, keyboards and programming) he left the band in the Corona era. That doesn’t mean you won’t hear any keyboards/programming on ‘Mercurial’. Singer/guitarist … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Iron Maiden flipped Navid Rashid over to the ‘dark side’

Navid Rashid is frontman (vocalist and guitarist) of Iris Divine. Sometimes people mix up his first name and surname. Navid is his first name and Rashid is his surname. Navid grew up in the ’80’s, in those days hard rock was very populair. Navid had plenty of exposure on radio and MTV.  He still loves what … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella – Invoke The Ghosts

Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella are getting more and more known in the prog circuit, and that is well deserved. Recently ‘Invoke The Ghosts’ was released, this is the second album on which you can only hear their own compositions. They call their style acoustic metal. ‘Nur Ein Spiel’ starts with a vocal solo by … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Lobate Scarp – You have it all

The prog album ‘You have it all’ is an extension of the EP ‘Spirals and Portals‘, which Lobate Scarp released in 2019. From that came the singles ‘Nothing Wrong’ (remixed) and ‘Beautiful Light’. These are interwoven within the new album to create more cohesion. Several very well-known guest musicians participate. Like Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard) … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Project: Patchwork – Ultima Ratio

About ten years ago Gerd Albers founded a prog project called ‘Project: Patchwork’. On each album a large number of guest musicians worked together, more than 45 in total. These musicians come from prog bands such as Mystery, Subsignal, and many others. Also on the latest album, ‘Ultima Ratio’, a large number of musicians worked … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Phil Bee – Live at Tivoli Vredenburg

Phil Bee has been on stage at home and abroad for over 30 years. He has won several awards and reached the (semi) finals of several singing competitions. Last year he was the winner of ‘The Voice Senior’. Just before the Dutch winter lockdown of 2021, the 11-piece Phil Bee band (including horn section) performed … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Kaipa – Urskog

Swedish progressive folk-fusion-rock band Kaipa recently released their 14th studio album. With “Urskog,” Kaipa takes you on a journey through the wilderness of Sweden and through the seasons. Hans Lundin used some sampled sounds from the 80s for this album. Perhaps more importantly, Darby Todd is the new drummer. He has played with Devin Townsend … Read more, available in English and Dutch

The sign of Leo – Blow up

Singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Martin Erich has been active on the Groningen music scene (the Netherlands) for about 35 years. In the eighties he played in bands like ’12 Inch from Heaven’ and ‘The Happy Few?’ After a silence he founded the band ‘The Sign of Leo’ about ten years ago. During the Corona crisis … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Eric Steckel was phenomenal at De Bosuil

Although American blues-rock singer/guitarist Eric Steckel is in his early thirties, his first performance was some twenty years ago. Even before he was eighteen he played at De Bosuil in Weert. Since then he has performed here regularly. Due to Covid, fans had to wait much longer to see him again. The concert could finally … Read more, available in English and Dutch