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REVIEW: Flyleaf – Who We Are (2013)

I was heartbroken when Lacey Sturm announced her departure from Flyleaf late last year. I believe it was late in 2005 when I heard the band via the American station 103.3 The Edge (I was working twelve-hour night shifts close to lake Ontario and could listen if my car was parked in the right place). I seem to… Read More ›

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for: UMMAGMA

How much more fitting could it be for a love affair to blossom at an outdoor acoustic guitar concert between two musicians? Comprised of Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon, Ummagma is a dynamic Canadian-Ukrainian duo, founded in Moscow in 2003, where Kretov and McLarnon met coincidentally at an acoustic concert. The relationship between the two… Read More ›

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for: Sam Pinkerton

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Sam Pinkerton has released three songs, all of which are available to download from her website. Her formula is simple: guitar, voice, feeling. It is amazing how much the pick of guitar can make you feel, especially when it is paired with a perplexingly calming voice – a voice with such a peculiar… Read More ›

And When They Sing: Spotlight on Neverending White Lights

I’m as much a sucker for one-man projects as I am for subtle, brooding atmosphere, and those two aweinspiring elements come together as one in Neverending White Lights. The sad truth is, a lot of people don’t appreciate how very hard it is for one man to put together an entire musical project. There are many who would… Read More ›

ALBUM REVIEW: Camel – Moonmadness (1976)

It is very difficult to select just one record to cover from such a fantastic and underrated band, but we’d be here till the second coming if I were to go through all of Camel’s fourteen studio albums in detail. Instead, I’d have you take a look at the first one I ever picked up, and the… Read More ›

The Tyranny of Sorrow: Spotlight on Grauzeit

Perhaps the most exciting thing about progressive music is that it transcends the genre it has become. The irony is that while it is true that when it all began, progressive (forward-thinking) musicians were so against the very idea of walling oneself into a particular style of music that they inadvertently created their own style of music that… Read More ›

Review: Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited II (2012)

Genesis, 1971: enter the spartan, black-clad, brooding figure known as Steve Hackett. As stated in previous articles, Genesis is one of the few bands out there about which I can honestly say I love the contributions of every single member who’s ever graced their line-up. Their 1970 sophomore album Trespass is unabashedly my favourite album of theirs and… Read More ›

Parallel Worlds: Spotlight on Asia, Part II

People have been asking me and I’ve been wanting to do a write-up on Asia for some time now. I’ve decided that the best way to go about this is to do a spotlight on the band’s strongest progressive material. I’ve decided to single out Asia’s five best records. In the previous article, I covered the first… Read More ›

Parallel Worlds: Spotlight on Asia, Part I

That damn movie. You know the one I’m talking about. Ever since it came out it’s been very difficult to admit any level of fandom for Asia. Bands like Boston and Toto manage to escape ridicule but poor old Asia just got totally hosed. Now, I’ve been wanting to do a write-up on them for some time… Read More ›

Get Gone: Spotlight on Fair To Midland

Lengthy songs have for a long time been a staple in progressive music. Due to the sheer magnitude of some ideas, artists either feel writing a longer song allows them to fully express themselves or they don’t plan on it at all and the song just follows a natural progression, writing itself until they’ve gone over the ten,… Read More ›

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