Author Archives: Rob

About Rob

I have been a fan of progressive metal and progressive rock for most of my life. My music collection is insanely large. My passion for life is music!

Riverside – “ID.Entity”

I don’t really write reviews unless somehow I am motivated. I am motivated in this case because Riverside is back. I mean really back. Following the death of guitarist Piotr Grudziński in 2016, it was unclear how or even IF … Continue reading

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My Top 10 of 2022

Here are my 10 favorite studio albums of 2022 (in order): Elder –  “Innate Passage” Umphrey’s McGee – “Asking For a Friend” Threshold – “Dividing Lines” Tedeschi Trucks Band – “I Am The Moon: I-IV” Tangerine Dream – “Raum” Porcupine … Continue reading

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My top studio album of 2022 is the new album by Elder, “Innate Passage.” Highest possible recommendation. This band just gets stronger and stronger.

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Lonely Robot – “A Model Life”

I am a huge fan of John Mitchell, the man behind Lonely Robot. I am glad he does all of these projects outside of Arena. What projects? Lonely Robot is one but also he’s had supergroup Kino and the resurrected … Continue reading

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Bjørn Riis – “A Fleeting Glimpse”

It’s no secret that Pink Floyd is a massive influence on the band Airbag and their guitarist Bjørn Riis. Riis has had a very busy solo career and just released an album in April of 2022 called “Everything to Everyone.” … Continue reading

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SiX BY SiX – “SiX BY SiX”

Supergroups are nothing new to Robert Berry. Back in 1988, he fronted the band 3 (a personal favorite) which also featured ELP’s Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer. Prior to that he was briefly in GTR with Steve Howe. Recently he … Continue reading

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Sigh – “Shiki”

In my opinion Mirai Kawashima of Sigh is on par with the great Ihsahn when it comes to talent and vision within the progressive black metal community. The first album that really got my attention was “Imaginary Soundscape” from 2001. … Continue reading

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A-Z – “A-Z”

A-Z is the new project/band formed by former Fates Warning drummer Mark Zonder. He enlisted the services of his former bandmate the legendary Ray Alder on vocals. And that’s where the band name comes from A-Z, Alder-Zonder. The goal, according … Continue reading

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David Paich – “Forgotten Toys”

It’s pretty hard not to have heard at least one song written by the legendary David Paich. He is best known as the main writer and keyboardist of Toto. Beyond that, he has worked with so many artists, it’s staggering. … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Albums of the first half of 2022

Here are some albums you should check out. These are in alphabetical order. Mikael Åkerfeldt – “Clark (Music from the Netflix Series)” Cave In – “Heavy Pendulum” The Dear Hunter – “Antimai” The Gathering – “Beautiful Distortion” Marillion – “An … Continue reading

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