PYMLICO – Supermassive

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: http://www.pymlico.no/ Norwegian prog(-ish) rockers Pymlico have returned with an elegantly structured album that brilliantly showcases that the 7-piece band are on peak form and know exactly how to craft admirably sparkling songs that crackle with energy. “Supermassive” is close in spirit to the group’s previous outputs, which is to say that…

SOFT FFOG – Soft Ffog

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://facebook.com/Softffog/ The recently launched Norwegian label named Is It Jazz? Records is off to a flying start with this deftly executed 4-track LP by prog rockers Soft Ffog who also hail from Norway. Well, jazz prog rockers, I suppose. For those of you out there who crave thunderous riffs, fret not…

KORNMO – Svartisen (Remaster 2022)

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Svartisen | Kornmo (bandcamp.com) What a lovely surprise this one was! The Norwegian symphonic prog rockers Kornmo originally released this melodically gorgeous and evocative opus of theirs back in 2017, but as far as I know the idea of re-mixing and re-mastering the record was something that had been lingering in…

THE TRONOSONIC EXPERIENCE – The Shadow Vol. 1

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/tronosonic/ How on earth this one snuck right by me back in March is beyond me, but the most important thing is that I recently got my hands on this psychedelic-looking digipak by the Norwegian jazz/prog/avant-garde noisemakers The Tronosonic Experience. Let me tell you right here and now that “The Shadow…

MAJOR PARKINSON – A NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://majorparkinson.bandcamp.com/album/a-night-at-the-library How does one even begin to describe or portray Major Parkinson’s brand and style of music? Honestly, I have no idea. Progressive in nature and forward-thinking but endowed with the sensibilities of singer/songwriter music, the band’s outputs have been nothing short of dramatic, theatrical, and riveting. Recorded during the pandemic,…

LARSEN AND THE COLOURED DREAMS – Bucket List

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://larsenthecoloureddreams.bandcamp.com/releases Spearheaded by Kjell B. Larsen from renowned prog rockers Ruphus and backed by a talented cast of musicians, this brand-new Norwegian outfit using the psychedelic moniker Larsen and the Coloured Dreams has released a rather pleasant and occasionally soothing record in the shape of “Bucket List” The musical blueprint is…

BJØRN RIIS – Everything to Everyone

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com/album/everything-to-everyone The renowned musical genius that is Bjørn Riis never ceases to amaze me regardless of whether we are talking about his inspired work with Norwegian prog rockers Airbag or his stunning solo outputs. His latest work is the hauntingly beautiful “Everything to Everyone” where everything that made his past LPs…

SUNRUNNER – Sacred Arts of Navigation

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Sacred Arts Of Navigation | Sunrunner | Fastball-Music (bandcamp.com) I was intrigued by the album artwork and the song titles to “Sacred Arts of Navigation” by the US quartet known as Sunrunner and very much looking forward to immersing myself in the 11-track opus, but sadly, their particular mixture of prog…

ALAN PARSONS – One Note Symphony: Live in Tel Aviv

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://alanparsons.com/ The inimitable Alan Parsons released a marvelous live album via Frontiers Records late last year that impressed me greatly, more specifically the one titled “The Neverending Show – Live in the Netherlands”, and so I was rather curious as to how this sparkling new document named “One Note Symphony” would…

MARILLION – An Hour Before It’s Dark

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.marillion.com/ The British prog rock legends Marillion surely need no introduction, and after forty years they still manage to bring something that sounds fresh, daring, and vital to the table. This powerful new musical tour de force of theirs is a case in point, and as much as I love and…

LORDS OF FORM – Flying Chromium Society

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://lordsofform.bandcamp.com/album/flying-chromium-society What we have here is an incredibly diverse and musically eclectic space rock opus that conjures up a uniquely surreal atmosphere. Masterminded by the talented Niall Hone (ex-Hawkwind) and backed by a stellar cast of musicians, the song arrangements are never anything but inspired, and just the sheer quality of…

LAUGHING STOCK – Zero, Acts 3 & 4

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://laughingstock1.bandcamp.com/album/zero-acts-3-4-2 The Norwegian prog rock/art rock outfit Laughing Stock is an interesting one and these skilled musicians have released some deeply atmospheric and intriguing records in the past, so naturally, I was looking forward to this one, which is a continuation of the “Zero, Acts 1 & 2” LP from last…

PROFESSOR TIP TOP – Lanes of Time

RELEASE YEAR: 2021  BAND URL: https://professortiptop.bandcamp.com/album/lanes-of-time The amazing Norwegian prog rockers Professor Tip Top are one of the greatest outfits this country has ever produced, and their latest album entitled “Lanes of Time”, which was released in late 2021, most definitely deserves a brief mention on these hallowed pages of ours. Eclectic and atmospheric prog rock…

LALU – Paint the Sky

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/laluprog/ An incredibly diverse and intriguing mixture of prog rock and prog metal that somehow manages to pay homage to some of the legendary outfits from the 70s and simultaneously sound current and have a modern sheen to their eclectic style is what we have here, and “Paint the Sky” by…

WESERBERGLAND – Sacrae Symphoniae Nr. 1

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/weserberglandband/ The experimental Norwegian outfit Weserbergland released their third album today (February 11), and as with their previous offerings, this new LP falls somewhere between art rock, avantgarde music, and 70s experimental prog rock, which is to say that this is something different and totally out of the ordinary. Consisting of…

LANA LANE – Neptune Blue

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/lana.lane.official.artist.page/ It has been a few years since Lana Lane’s last solo offering if I remember correctly, and seeing her latest album entitled “Neptune Blue” in the mailbox recently made me quite happy and also a tad surprised as I had no idea that she had been recording new material during…

SAGA – Marathon (Remastered 2021)

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://sagagen.com/ “Marathon” by the musically gifted Canadians known as Saga was released nearly twenty years ago and it is therefore quite brilliant that the band have had a large bulk of their old releases remastered and reissued via earMUSIC lately, including this one that originally saw the light of day in…

SAGA – Detours (Remastered 2021)

RELEASE YEAR: 2021  BAND URL: https://sagagen.com/ Here is another reissue by the well-known Saga that deserves mention on our hallowed webpage and this time around it is all about the live album “Detours”, which came out twenty-three years ago, but which was recently remastered and given a visual and sonic facelift. Apart from the setlist being…

SAGA – House of Cards (Remastered 2021)

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://sagagen.com/   This newly remastered version of “House of Cards” by Canadian prog rockers Saga is a real treat in that it sounds more vibrant and warmer than its original counterpart from 2001. While its predecessor, “Full Circle” (1999), was a strong album in many ways, “House of Cards” was a…

SAGA – Full Circle (Remastered 2021)

RELEASE YEAR: 2021  BAND URL: https://sagagen.com/ A series of remastered albums by Canadian pomp rockers Saga saw the light of day last year, one of which is “Full Circle” (1999). Many fans and critics consider this a return to form and to some extent they are absolutely right. Now, the original version of “Full Circle” always…

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