Imaginaerium – The Rise of Medici [Special Edition]

Multi-instrumentalist/composer Eric Bouillette founded the prog project “Imaginaerium” with Laura Piazzai. Late last year, this versatile musician was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. In August Eric passed away, with that, bands like ‘Nine Skies’ and ‘The Room’ also lose a passionate guitarist. Eric was so proud of ‘The Rise of Medici,’ unfortunately he did not … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Lobate Scarp – You have it all

The prog album ‘You have it all’ is an extension of the EP ‘Spirals and Portals‘, which Lobate Scarp released in 2019. From that came the singles ‘Nothing Wrong’ (remixed) and ‘Beautiful Light’. These are interwoven within the new album to create more cohesion. Several very well-known guest musicians participate. Like Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard) … Read more, available in English and Dutch

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

Dave Bainbridge – To the Far Away

Dave Bainbridge is mainly known for the folk-prog band IONA, which he co-founded with David Fitzgerald. Dave is not only a composer and multi-instrumentalist, he is also a producer, arranger and sound mixer. Like many other musicians, Dave started composing and recording music during the pandemic. Several guest musicians contributed to the album ‘To the … Read more, available in English and Dutch

7even Bridges – Million Voices

The Dutch prog band 7even Bridges wants to create more awareness about PTSD worldwide, as Afghanistan veteran Erik Krikke received this diagnosis in 2013. He broke the silence with the album ‘Break the Silence’ (2018). Now the follow-up, ‘Million Voices’, is out. This concept album is dedicated to everyone who struggles with the consequences of … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Ben Poole & Guy Smeets – Acoustic duo live

Als je deze recensie liever in het Nederlands leest, kun je hier klikken The British guitarist/singer Ben Poole can not be ignored in the blues world. Dutchman Guy Smeets has also been around for a long time. These men have often shared the stage together. There is an enormous musical chemistry between these friends. Last … 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

Epica – Omega

Als je deze recensie liever in het Nederlands leest, kun je hier klikken The symphonic metal band Epica will release the album ‘Omega’ on 26 February. This is the last part of a trilogy that started with The Quantum Enigma (2014). If you want to read more about the backgrounds and the album title: On … Read more, available in English and Dutch

The best albums of 2020

Als je deze recensie liever in het Nederlands leest, kun je hier klikken With the release of Dave Brons – ‘Not all Those Who Wander are Lost’ and Apocalyptica –’Cell-0′, 2020 had a tremendous musical start! Despite (or maybe because of) the Corona crisis, it was a year with a lot of fantastic albums. My … Read more, available in English and Dutch

TDW – The Days The Clock Stopped

Als je deze recensie liever in het Nederlands leest, kun je hier klikken Tom de Wit, or TDW, has released several albums with ‘Dreamwalkers Inc.’. For years Tom hid behind the fictional characters he wrote about. After years of ‘wrestling’ he decided to make a concept album about his own life. Because at the age … Read more, available in English and Dutch