Author Archives: Rob
About RobI 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...progressive music!
Ray Alder – “II”
Fates Warning Ray Alder returns with his second solo album, aptly titled “II.” It’s safe to say if you enjoyed his first solo album “What the Water Wants” or any of his latter day work with Fates, you will find … Continue reading →
Einar Solberg – “16”
There are artists who are so identifiable with their bands that it’s hard to separate their solo work from their band work. Singers fall into this category most frequently. Singers with voices as instantly recognizable as Einar Solberg of Leprous … Continue reading →
Seven Impale – “Summit”
After six years, the very talented Norwegian band Seven Impale are back with their third full length album “Summit.” One reason for the delay is that their keyboardist Håkon Vinje joined Enslaved and has recorded 3 albums with them. Other … Continue reading →
Ihsahn – “Fascination Street Sessions” EP
After back to back EPs, Ihsahn is back again…with another EP. This three song set is similar to the previous ones in that it has original songs and a cover track. “Fascination Street Sessions” stem from a collaboration with URM … Continue reading →
The trouble with opinions…
A big part of this site has been reviews. Reviews are just opinions but more over, they are opinions at a specific point in time. Opinions can change over time, but reviews are in theory chiseled in stone. That’s one … Continue reading →
Enslaved – “Heimdal” UPDATED
UPDATED: I decided to add to this review, something I probably should do more often. With music such as this, initial impressions are sometimes different from the opinion developed after a few listens. As I alluded to in the review … Continue reading →
Haken – “Fauna”
Perhaps this is where Haken and I part ways. While their new album “Fauna” will receive a ton of glowing reviews and be welcomed by their fans, it’s more weeds than actual flowers. The first three songs are singles released … Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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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