‘Nova Cascade – ‘The Navigator

‘Nova Cascade’ plays ambient art and prog rock. Electronic sounds play an important role, rhythm is secondary. The start of ‘Sleeping Dogs’ is beautiful. Vocals and music form an ultimate balance. Especially the details of the violin are intriguing. The title track (with flute playing) is exceptionally constructed, but the “percussion” lacks warmth. Real drums … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Beatrix Players – Living & Alive

Beatrix Players is a band with a very distinctive style. They themselves describe their style as, “adventurous music that operates at the interface between folk rock, singer-songwriter acoustic, prog and quasi-classical baroque chamber pop”. ‘Living & Alive’ is their second album, the lyrics, in short, are not just about life itself. But also about the … Read more, available in English and Dutch

The Emerald Dawn – In Time

The Emerald Dawn is a symphonic prog rock band from England. Tree Stewart and Ally Carter are not only the vocalists, they are also multi-instrumentalists. Apart from symphonic rock, they also use crossovers to jazz and experimental music, among others. Tree again has done the art-work. ‘Out of Time’ has a warm, classically-oriented start. Pretty … Read more, available in English and Dutch

The Ancestry Program – Of Silent Mammalia Part 2

The prog band ‘The Ancestry Program’ is from Germany. The band consists of six people, several of whom are multi-instrumentalists. ‘Of Silent Mammalia Part 1’ was released in 2021. Its follow-up ‘Of Silent Mammalia Part 2’ was actually scheduled for autumn 2022. But due to the complexity of the album, that turned out not to … Read more, available in English and Dutch

The Mighty Bard – Beyond The Gate

English prog band ‘The Mighty Bard’ has been around for about 19 years. Their debut album ‘Blue God and Other Stories’ (2014) received rave reviews. ‘Beyond the Gate’ is their second album. On it, the mystery and wonder of the mystical world are brought to life. Because the band signed with the label Epictronic, you … Read more, available in English and Dutch

RED32 – RED32

Tony (Anthony) Romero is the man behind ‘Tony Romero’s Vortex’. This American was actually planning to make a follow-up to ‘Noise Machine’. He revealed his ideas and together with his bandmates they exchanged audio files. During the recording process, it became clear that this felt different from Tony Romero’s Vortex (TRV). Sounding like a different … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Hekz – Sabotage single release

Hekz is a prog rock/metal band from London. On ‘Mayday’, the first single from upcoming album ‘Terra Nova’, you could already hear the new direction Hekz has taken. When ‘Terra Nova’ will be released remains a surprise. What is already known is that it will be a double album. ‘Sabotage’, the second single, was released … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Franck Carducci & the Fantastic Squad – The Answer Live

Singer multi-instrumentalist Franck Carducci has been releasing albums for more than 20 years. In March, together with Mary Reynaud, he released the surprising album ‘Naked’, featuring minimalist arrangements. A few weeks later, ‘The Answer Live’ was released. This concert was recorded in September 2022 at De Boerderij, in Zoetermeer. (The Netherlands). The album ‘The Answer’, … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Blank Manuskript – A Live Document

Blank Manuskript is an Art Rock band from Austria. All five band members have a part in vocals. The passion of these multi-instrumentalists can always be heard in their live concerts, as on ‘A Live Document’. This album was recorded last year during Night of the Prog – Loreley The tender singing of ‘Foetus’ is … Read more, available in English and Dutch

M-Opus – At The Mercy Of Manannán

Irish progressive rock band M-Opus drew inspiration from Irish mythology for their third album, ‘At The Mercy Of Manannán’. The Sea God Manannán was the king of the ‘Other World’. The album is about sailors who encounter ancient Celtic gods during a dangerous mission. As with their previous albums, their inspiration comes from the 1970s, … Read more, available in English and Dutch