KNEKKLECTRIC – Alt Blir Verre

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/knekklectric/ This quirky and musically adventurous prog rock gem by the wonderfully cool Norwegian outfit sporting the creative moniker Knekklectric is a most inspired and fascinating listening experience. Why is that? Well, for one thing they are singing in their native language using an Aalesund dialect, which is charming as hell,…

PICTURE ANN RELEASE THE ‘WE MOURNED YOU’ DIGITAL EP

The 5-track EP entitled We Mourned You, which is the latest output by the weird post-rockers and formless noise-makers known as Picture Ann, is a musical exploration of disillusion consisting of thick and dense soundscapes that create an oppressive and claustrophobic feel. Inspired by the idea of the Byronic hero, the majority of compositions are…

ADVENTURE – Tales of Belle Part 1: Across the Ocean

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/Adventureprog/ Symphonic prog rockers Adventure recently released this ambitious concept record revolving around the infamous Norwegian serial killer dubbed Belle Gunness (born Brynhild Paulsdatter Størset back in 1859) who emigrated to the US in the 1880s only to disappear from view in the beginning of the 1900s. In short, the woman…

DATADYR – Woolgathering

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Datadyr – Startside | Facebook The Norwegian trio known as Datadyr is a musically enticing one, and this dynamic group shows impeccable skill here with respect to delivering powerful tunes that are rooted in jazz but where prog, blues, and traces of Americana are expertly woven into the mix. What amazes…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

THE MURDER OF MY SWEET – A Gentleman’s Legacy

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL:The Murder of My Sweet | Facebook   This is my first encounter with the act known as The Murder of My Sweet, which features Angelica Rylin and Daniel Flores, and the quality of this brand-new opus of theirs made me go back and check their previous outputs in order to…