Category Archives: prog

Review: Dead Man – Euphoria

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Label: Crusher Records Released: May 5, 2008 For outsiders, prog rock really seems like a limited genre full of musicians whose musical narcisism takes center stage, relegating things like hooks, emotion and all things rock n roll to the background. That may be true to some extent, but prog has also expanded rock’s palette in many ways. A band like… Read more »

Review: Bushwhack – s/t

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Label: self-released Released: 2007 These kids can play. There’s no doubt about that. They’re outstanding technicians and, at their age (all 18 and 19 years old), almost unparalleled. Beyond the technical though, they really struggle. Their sound eases its layers back and forth between airy and heavy, but neither conveys anything meaningful other than that they’ve practiced. Hints of life… Read more »

Forgotten: Stranger Than Fiction – Motherfungus

Label: self-released Released: 1991 Baltimore metal fans are probably familiar with Meatjack, but perhaps fewer know of the Daniloski brothers’ first band, Stranger Than Fiction. Their Motherfungus demo was released in 1991 (when the brothers were in their early 20s). These were the days just before a band could make a professional sounding demo cheaply, so the thin production dates… Read more »

Fall of Troy on tour

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w/Protest The Hero, ChiodosApr 11 Vancouver, BC Croatian Cultural CentreApr 13 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall BallroomApr 14 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events CentreApr 15 Saskatoon, SK The OdeonApr 16 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theater w/The Dear Hunter, Foxy Shazam, Tera MelosApr 19 Lawrence, KS The BottleneckApr 20 Minneapolis, MN Triple RockApr 22 Chicago, IL Reggie’s LiveApr 23 Detroit, MI Magic StickApr… Read more »

Review: Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe – An Evening of Yes Music Plus

Label: MVD Entertainment Group Released: February 19, 2008 After a brief introductory piece, this live recording from the 1989 ABWH tour moves into solo medleys by Anderson, Howe and Wakeman. While these clearly demonstrate things we already know (Wakeman and Howe are top notch technicians and Anderson is likely the not-so-distant descendant of an elf), there is little of real… Read more »

Review: Lafcadio – Kibosh

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Label: Joyful Noise Recordings Released: January 22, 2008 In a nutshell, Lafcadio could be described as King Crimson meets Dillinger Escape Plan meets Black Flag meets Black Sabbath meets Shel Silverstein. If you’re not immediately turned off by the threat of that, then their new album Kibosh is probably for you. At times, they are as refined (though not quite… Read more »

Review: The Mars Volta – The Bedlam in Goliath

Label: Universal Records Released: January 29, 2008 The Mars Volta really scaled things back for this one. Gone are the super-long songs (the longest here is comparatively radio-friendly at nine and a half minutes). All sarcasm aside, they run completely wild with music that’s almost impossible to follow, yet just as impossible to ignore. On previous efforts, their bold explorations… Read more »

DVD: Yes – Their Definitive Fully Authorized Story

Label: Image Entertainment Released: January 15, 2007 I’m a fan of Yes. I understand that they have serious flaws from Jon Anderson’s esoteric, eastern-philosophy-lite lyrics to their frequent substitution of calculation for emotion, but somehow, they manage to get away with it in my book. Like Yes’ better moments, this DVD often finds itself short on thrills, but long on… Read more »

Review: Birds of Avalon – Bazaar Bazaar

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Label: Volcom Entertainment Released: May 22, 2007 If I were to write that Birds of Avalon mix grandiose prog, upbeat power pop and riffy psych and leave it at that, most people would scratch their heads and just assume that Bazaar Bazaar was an erratic affair that couldn’t possibly find itself. That assumption seems like a good one, but it’s… Read more »

Review: Thrice – The Alchemy Index Vols I & II: Fire & Water

Label: Vagrant Records Released: October 16, 2007 Some bands seem to have potential, but early on, it’s unclear whether they’ll fulfill that. When I first heard Thrice open for Hot Water Music at the 9:30 Club back in 2002, that’s exactly the way I felt about them. The live show was dynamic and energetic, but the two studio albums were… Read more »