Prog 2016 – The Year In Review
Dec13

Prog 2016 – The Year In Review

It’s been a rough couple years for Prog with the losses of Chris Squire of Yes, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake of ELP, Nektar’s Roye Albrighton and Daevid Allen of Gong. The heroes of the Golden Age of progressive rock are entering their twilight years. Along with that comes the realization that anyone born after 1970 would have no recollection of just how big the titans of Prog truly were – both commercially and...

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The Neal Morse Band: The Similitude Of A Dream [Album Review]
Nov28

The Neal Morse Band: The Similitude Of A Dream [Album Review]

The Neal Morse Band The Similitude Of A Dream Radiant Records [2016] Fire Note Says: The Neal Morse Band challenge the 70’s concept classics and record one for the ages. Album Review: In the lead up to The Similitude Of A Dream drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) compared this work favorably to other double concept albums such as The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and The Wall stating that this was “the album of our...

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ESP Ohio: Starting Point Of The Royal Cyclopean [Album Review]
Nov14

ESP Ohio: Starting Point Of The Royal Cyclopean [Album Review]

ESP Ohio Starting Point Of The Royal Cyclopean GBV, Inc. [2016] Fire Note Says: With three members of the current Guided By Voices line-up, ESP Ohio offers many rewards. Album Review: When news broke that Doug Gillard was rejoining Guided By Voices earlier this year (after ten years in the wilderness of playing with Nada Surf) many fans of the post classic era GbV (myself included) had visions of Do The Collapse or Isolation Drills...

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Karmakanic: DOT [Album Review]
Oct31

Karmakanic: DOT [Album Review]

Karmakanic DOT Inside Out Music [2016] Fire Note Says: Explore the universe with Sweden’s Karmakanic. Album Review: Karmakanic began as a side project for The Flower Kings’ bass player, Jonas Reingold. On their debut album, 2002’s Entering The Spectra, the band consisted mostly members of Reingold’s primary band but with each subsequent release (this is album number five) Karmakanic has shed the Flower Kings...

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Biffy Clyro: Ellipsis [Album Review]
Aug12

Biffy Clyro: Ellipsis [Album Review]

Biffy Clyro Ellipsis Warner Bros. Records [2016] Fire Note Says: After a decade of steady growth, Biffy Clyro hit a creative wall. Album Review: Now just to get this out of the way – there’s nothing wrong with Biffy Clyro’s latest effort, Ellipsis. And for the record I count myself as an enormous fan of the Scottish trio. In fact, their double album, Opposites, was my Album Of The Year for 2013. No, there’s...

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