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

Karibow provided a amiable Sunday afternoon in ’t Blok

Twenty-five years ago singer/multi-instrumentalist Oliver Rüsing founded the neo prog band Karibow. After 2.5 years of forced “break”, this German band could finally perform again. This took place on Sunday, May 1 in ’t Blok in Nieuwerkerk aan de IJssel (thee Netherlands). The concert started with the sound of a roaring engine. The arrival of … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Bjørn Riis – Everything to Everyone

Singer/multi-instrumentalist Bjørn Riis is best known for the band Airbag.He has been releasing solo albums since 2014. His latest album ‘Everything to Everyone’, was launched April 8. This fourth album was also released on label Karisma Records. ‘Run’ has a rather rocking start, the sound of which is duller than expected.A number of twists and … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Rick Miller – Old Souls 

Canadian multi-instrumentalist Rick Miller has been active in prog rock for some time now. For his latest album ‘Old Souls’, he took inspiration from bands like Genesis, The Moody Blues and Pink Floyd. As a result, the ten songs are soft, dark and melodic. During the quiet intro in ‘Time’s Way’ you immediately notice that … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Threads of fate – The cold embrace of the light

‘Threads of Fate’ was formed about five years ago by singer Jon Pyres. Death appears in novels, poetry and music. So also on the album ‘The Cold Embrace of the Light’. Besides doom and prog metal, Threads of Fate also uses symphonic elements. The first few seconds of ‘Beneath A Starless Sky’ are very quiet, … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Will Shaw – Chapter 2: Basement Dweller

Singer Will Shaw sings (among other things) in the metal bands Rust Belt Gothic (project with Bogdan Vera) and DeadRisen. In 2020, he released his solo album ‘Chapter 1: The Pit of Dread’. Recently, ‘Chapter 2: Basement Dweller’ was released. The new album is unrelated to the previous one, and is about the difficult time … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Cyril – Amenti’s Coin – Secret Place Pt. II

‘Amenti’s Coin – Secret Place Pt. II’ is the fourth album by the German prog band ‘Cyril’. It is a follow-up to ‘The secret place pt. I’ from the 2016 album ‘Paralyzed’. Omar, the main character, has a relationship with Sherin, a beautiful maidservant of a Pharaoh. He passes away; according to ancient law, Sherin … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Electric Mud – The Inner World Outside

Electric Mud is a German prog art project that makes instrumental albums.The band consists of Hagen Bretschneider and the multi-instrumentalist Nico Walser.Their fifth album, ‘The Inner World Outside’ also features a number of guest musicians. These include composer/keyboardist Timo “Timoog” Aspelmeier (also a drummer) and David Marlow, who provided the orchestral programming and played some … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Time’s Forgotten – Shelter

Time’s Forgotten is a prog rock/metal band from Costa Rica founded in 2004 by keyboardist Juan Pablo Calvo. Their previous singer, Francisco Longhi, was replaced by Priscilla Ruiz. Therefore, ‘Shelter’, their new album, will sound much different from the previous ones. The songs on ‘Shelter’ do not form a story, yet this is a concept … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Lifesigns – Altitude

Lifesigns is a symphonic/prog band from England. Their eponymous debut album from 2013 received rave reviews. Their third album ‘Altitude’ was released a year ago.Because of the hits the music world took by Corona, I’m bringing the album to your attention briefly. So it is not a late or “official” review. The album opens with … Read more, available in English and Dutch