El Fatso – Bravado

El Fatso is a Dutch alternative rock band. Their EP ‘Bravado’ was released late last year. Although it’s on the late side for a review, I couldn’t resist the temptation to bring this EP to your attention. A Covid lockdown was used to express frustrations with the (mis)policies. As a result, ‘Bravado’ sounds heavier than … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Silver Nightmares – Apocalypsis

Italian band Silver Nightmares has been influenced by bands such as Asia, Genesis, Opeth, and many others. Their music is a mix of rock, metal and classical. In addition, history is also an important source of inspiration. This can be heard not only on their debut EP ‘The Wandering Angel.’ But also on their first … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Ugly Kid Joe – Rad Wings Of Destiny

Everyone knows Ugly Kid Joe’s big hit ‘Cats in the Cradle’. For those who still don’t know how the band name came about: These rockers from California would do a one-time joint performance with the then successful glam metal band ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’. To accentuate the differences, these men from California chose the band name … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Sammary – Monochrome

Monochrome is the debut album by the German band Sammary. Multi-instrumentalist Sammy Wahlandt founded this art rock/indie project. He started with electronic, musical experiments. ‘Monochrome’ is a concept album and is about the gloomy versus the happy side of man, and hate versus love. ‘Black And White’ has a special, mysterious start, the sound is … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Esther’s top 10 2021

01 – Epica – Omega02 – Dave Bainbridge – To the Far Away03 – Blank Manuskript – Himmelfahrt*04 – 7even Bridges – Million Voices*05 – Ben Poole & Guy Smeets – Acoustic duo live*06 – Swallow the Sun – Moonflowers07 – Franck Carducci – Oddity08 – Nick Fletcher – Cycles of Behaviour *09 – Drifting … Read more, available in English and Dutch

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, available in English and Dutch

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, available in English and Dutch

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, available in English and Dutch

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, available in English and Dutch