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, available in English and Dutch

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, available in English and Dutch

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, available in English and Dutch

Murky Red launches single/video pixelated friends

Last year the Belgian prog rock band Murky Red launched their album ‘No pocus without hocus’. At that time, only available as download. Now also available as hard copy (under the label of Melodic Revolution Records). This is a limited edition with three bonus tracks.  Such a special edition needs a single/video launch. The first … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Kristoffer Gildenlöw – Breaking the Chains – Newflash

A few weeks ago singer/multi-instrumentalistKristoffer Gildenlöw (ex-Pain of Salvation) raised the Foundation ‘Breaking the Chains’. Breaking the Chains comes from ‘Break the Chains of abuse’. This is the slogan of B.A.C.A. = Bikers Against Child Abuse. Some years ago, Kristoffer saw this organization on internet. He was and still is impressed with their work. These scary … Read more, available in English and Dutch

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, available in English and Dutch

Murky Red – No Pocus Without Hocus – hard copy release (GB)

The Belgian prog rock band Murky Red was founded about seven years ago. Over a year ago, they released the digital version of their second album ‘No Pocus Without Hocus’. Of course they also wanted to launch a physical album , but their budget was too tight. Meanwhile, guitarist Patrick Dujardin and bassist Luk Lantin, … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Blurred Vision – Democracy single release

On the day of the inauguration of Donald Trump the English band Blurred Vision releases their new single ‘Democracy’. Frontman singer/guitarist Sepp Osley says: “This is based on a coincidence that only the rock gods can explain”. When you are familiar with Blurred Vision, you understand the bitter undertone. Because the roots of Sepp and … Read more, available in English and Dutch

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, available in English and Dutch

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, available in English and Dutch