Dave Kerzner – Static (GB)

‘Static‘ is the second solo album by singer and multi-instrumentalist Dave Kerzner. His debut album ‘New World’ received praise in the prog world. ‘Static‘ is a concept album / rock opera. In short, this concept is about the individualistic society. Making unfounded judgments, giving blunt criticism are a few elements that are discussed. ‘Prelude‘ contains … Read more, also available in English

Clockwork – Unbreakable (GB)

Clockwork is a Dutch symphonic progressive-rock band that was founded ten years ago in Brunssum. However, the EP “Unbreakable” is only their second official release so it is not surprising that I only recently heard of the band Clockwork. By coincidence I have heard their music on the internet which sounded really good. This is … Read more, also available in English

VUUR – In This Moment We Are Free – Cities (GB)

VUUR is the new band of internationally beloved Anneke van Giersbergen. She had her breakthrough with ‘The Gathering’ in the prog-metal scene. Anneke also cooperated several times with Arjen Lucassen, for example on the Ayreon CD ‘Into The Electric Castle (1998)’. Also two years ago with The Gentle Storm: ‘The Diary’. Anneke likes contrasts: heavy versus acoustic. … Read more, also available in English

TDW (& Dreamwalkers Inc.) – The Antithetic Affiliation (GB)

TDW is the abbreviation of Tom de Wit. He is a singer, keyboardist / guitarist and founder of this symphonic progressive metal band. In addition to Tom there are three more guitarists. The total line up is eight people. Five of them are vocalists. In 2016 the EP ‘Aphrodisia’ was released. This was a promo … Read more, also available in English

Art Against Agony – The forgotten story (GB)

Art Against Agony was founded in the autumn of 2011. All band members only use their alias names. During performances, they wear masks. So, this German progressive instrumental metal band is quite mysterious. They mix metal with rock and experimental jazz. By experimenting (live), the songs from their first album ‘Three short stories’ have rather … Read more, also available in English

Pain Of Salvation – In the passing light of day (GB)

The five-member Swedish band Pain of Salvation was founded 1991. Singer/ multi-instrumentalist Daniel Gildenlöw is the only one who joins this prog-metal band from the beginning. On this album he plays at least eight(!) instruments. Ragnar Zolberg and Daniel D2 Karlsson are also multi-instrumentalists. ‘In the Passing Light of Day’ is a fairly heavily loaded … Read more, also available in English

The Neal Morse Band – The Similitude of a Dream

‘The Similitude of a Dream’ is a concept album. It is based on the book ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ (1678) by John Bunyan. Recently I had an interview with vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Mr. Neal Morse where you can read more about the story behind ‘Similitude of a Dream’ and about The Neal Morse Band. Several guest musicians play … Read more, also available in English

Nth Ascension – In fine Initium

The British progrock band Nth Ascension was founded six years ago. What began as a four-men band has grown to five people. Bassist Gav(in) Walker was the last to join. This allowed Alan ‘Spud’ Taylor to focus entirely on the vocals. Keyboardist Darrell Treece-Birch is known from TEN and is also active as solo artist. … Read more, also available in English

Eric Gillette – The great unknown

The name Eric Gillette might not ring a bell to everyone. Guitar freaks and prog-heads probably know his name as he is lead guitarist and vocalist in The Neal Morse Band. Eric started playing the piano at the age of four. Eight years later followed by guitar. He has since become a multi-instrumentalist. ‘The great … Read more, also available in English

Ray Wilson – Makes me think of home

Ray Wilson (ex- Stiltskin, ex-Genesis) is working as a solo-artist for about 15 years now. Besides Ray, 11 musicians -including as many as three guitarists- contributed to this new album. 2016 proves to be a productive year for Ray as “Makes me think of home” is the 2nd album he released this year. Just as … Read more, also available in English