Blank Manuskript – Himmelfahrt

Als je deze recensie liever in het Nederlands leest, kun je hier klikken Blank Manuskript is an art rock band from Austria, they make plenty of use of psychedelic elements and crossovers. Most of these six men are multi-instrumentalists, besides that they all have a contribution in the vocals. ‘Himmelfahrt’ is a concept album that … Read more, also available in English

Epica – Omega

Als je deze recensie liever in het Nederlands leest, kun je hier klikken The symphonic metal band Epica will release the album ‘Omega’ on 26 February. This is the last part of a trilogy that started with The Quantum Enigma (2014). If you want to read more about the backgrounds and the album title: On … Read more, also available in English

Kaleiodoreal – Love’s Bright Light

Als je deze recensie liever in het Nederlands leest, kun je hier klikken Lars Granat is a singer and multi-instrumentalist from Sweden. Love’s Bright Light’ is his third solo album. This concept album is about his family and fatherhood. ‘The One’ has a quiet slightly sweet opening. Lars’ singing is a bit nasal, you can … Read more, also available in English

Eye 2 Eye – Nowhere Highway

Als je deze recensie liever in het Nederlands leest, kun je hier klikken About three years ago the French symphonic prog band Eye 2 Eye released ‘The Light Bearer’. This was the first part of a concept serie. The story is about an uninspiring musician, he tries to find his inspiration in the whisky. After … Read more, also available in English

The best albums of 2020

Als je deze recensie liever in het Nederlands leest, kun je hier klikken With the release of Dave Brons – ‘Not all Those Who Wander are Lost’ and Apocalyptica –’Cell-0′, 2020 had a tremendous musical start! Despite (or maybe because of) the Corona crisis, it was a year with a lot of fantastic albums. My … Read more, also available in English

Anneke van Giersbergen – Symphonized (GB)

Anneke van Giersbergen lives in the South East of the Netherlands, and she was well known for being frontwoman from The Gathering. That may seem only ten years back, but it’s been more than twenty-five since she stepped into this metal band. In 2007 she started with solo projects and bands like Devin Townsend Project … Read more, also available in English

Semantic Saturation – Paradigms (GB)

Shant Hagopian is a guitarist from Canada. In 2010 he founded the prog rock / metal project Semantic Saturation. The idea behind the project is to work with a different line-up on each album. ‘Paradigms‘ is the second album. Here, contributors included well-known proggers: Craig Blundell (Frost * / Steven Wilson), Kristoffer Gildenlöw (ex Pain … Read more, also available in English

Lazleitt – On The Brink (GB)

At a young age, Alex Lazcano (from Washington DC) started playing music, and became a multi-instrumentalist. He is both a classical musician and rocker. Lazleitt is the name of his new progressive project. The debut album is called ‘On the Brink‘. Comprised of 13 movements that you hear continuously, so that it plays like one … Read more, also available in English

Art of Illusion – Cold war of solipsism (GB)

Art of Illusion has been around since 2002. Yet, this prog rock/metal band from Poland has just recently released their second album. Because of major setbacks their first album released just three years ago. Fortunately, their road to ‘Cold war of solipsism‘ was a lot easier. Art of Illusion has joined the stage with Dream … Read more, also available in English

Breaking the Chains – We are breaking the chains (GB)

Breaking The Chains was founded by multi-instrumentalist Kristoffer Gildenlöw (ex Pain of Salvation). This special rock project has the mission to raise awareness of all forms of child abuse. But especially to break this pattern. With this project the work of the non-profit organization B.A.CA. = Bikers Against Child Abuse is supported. No less than … Read more, also available in English