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2.0 out of 5 stars oh dear! ( again! ) What a disaster!, 12 May 2014
This review is from: Kaleidoscope (Audio CD)
So hear we have album number four from the multi-talented musicians that are Transatlantic.
I absolutely love everything this group have recorded; in the studio and in concert.However with this recording i have to say that this is such a poor album.The problem? Neal Morse! Now don't get me wrong i really like Morse solo stuff,and some of his music he recorded with Spocks Beard,and his own records are superb.And that's the problem with Kaleidoscope.To my ears it's a Morse solo record,with three guests! Actually this feeling of Morse being the " main man" in Transatlantic , really began on CD 3 ( The Whirlwind),but has become more apparent on this latest one.Epics Into the blue,and the title track are prime examples of this.By comparison i got more enjoyment out of the three shorter tracks than the two over-blown epics!
I was expecting so much more than this very ordinary release! Disappointing!

Despite Guardian Angels
Despite Guardian Angels
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Neo-Prog , the Canadian way !, 6 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Despite Guardian Angels (Audio CD)
Now this may be a surprising statement,as its only just the third month of 2014, but I'm going to say that Huis debut album "Despite Guardian Angels" will definitely rate as one of my top three for the year!Awesome is to small a word for this five piece band from Quebec.Eleven tracks of varying length, the shortest at 3.00 minutes, the longest just under10.00 minutes.Eight with vocals supplied by Sylvain Descoteaux, who has a sharp ,clear voice ,which often reminds me of Ted Leonard ( Enchant/Spocks Beard/Thought Chamber ), and three classy instrumentals.The rhythm section of bassist Michel Joncas ( chief composer of the majority of the songs ),and percussionist William Regnier are both tight and energetic,and lead the way for keyboardist Pascal Lapierre and Mystery guitarist, Michel St-Pete to shine on the record.Yes there are echoes of St-Pete " other" group, but Huis are definitely more influenced by the classic eighties neo-prog bands such as IQ, Twelfth Night,and Haze,and more recently Comedy of Errors.
Unicorn Digital have unearthed a real gem with Huis.Five stars without any hesitation! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

The Mountain
The Mountain

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5.0 out of 5 stars the mountain - haken have conquered everest with this release., 5 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Mountain (Audio CD)
After Aquarius(2010) and Visions(2011) were released to fairly favourable reviews,we have waited for some time for the return of one of the major new British prog-metal groups on the circuit,to deliver their third record.
THE MOUNTAIN!is Hakens triumphant return and is Awesome!
62 minutes of light and shade,62 minutes of adrenaline and power and extraordinary musicianship.From the almost hymn-like openings of first track The Path,to the exhilarating climax of album closer Somebody,this album has A* thru its entire nine compositions.
Haken have recorded something very special here.Nine songs of varying length,with two tracks(Falling Back to Earth and Pareidolia),clocking in at eleven minutes each.
Each track is different,and that's the beauty of The Mountain.The six musicians on this album play their instruments like they are a veteran prog-metal band,which their are not.The vocalist Ross Jennings has an assured voice,and is perfect for this sound.
Haken have many influences that transmit well on the album,and fans of Dream Theatre,Shadow Gallery,Redemption,Gentle Giant,Metallica,Anathema,Porcupine Tree,and Pineapple Thief will surely find much to enjoy.
The album produced by Jens Bogren(Opeth producer) is superb as well.
The Mountain!
This album isn't Ben Nevis.It isn't Mount Kilimanjaro. It isn't even K2.
This mountain is Mount Everest.Haken have hit the heights;they've reached the summit with this superb release.
I highly recommend The Mountain.

Le Sacre Du Travail (The Rite Of Work)
Le Sacre Du Travail (The Rite Of Work)
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5.0 out of 5 stars le sacre du travail est tres bien!, 4 July 2013
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Andy Tillison (the chief behind The Tangent) has created a monster with this his latest in his quest to become a major league player in progrock,and boy he is surely achieving his aim with this superb release.
Over an hour of great music,with influences ranging from Camel and Yes to the extreme of Vdgg.Five movements that take you through the whole spectrum of classic 70s progressive music,but also just enough of modern passages to appeal to the younger listener.
Don't be fooled though that this is just Tillisons baby,it isn't! He has a stellar cast helping him produce a fine album.Theo Travis(sax,flute,Steve Wilson band),Jonas Reingold(basses,The Flower kings,Karmakanic,Agents of Mercy),Jakko M Jakzyk (guitar,Robert Fripp band),Gavin Harrison(drums,Porcupine Tree) amongst others ,who all contribute to make this a must have release.

Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service - Series 2 Part 1 [DVD]
Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service - Series 2 Part 1 [DVD]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars postman pat sds - series 2 vol1., 30 May 2013
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Welcome back Pat. He's been away for a while but he's back better than ever. Eight cracking New adventures which my daughter enjoyed thoroughly.Animation excellent,stories fun,and the usual character's to help Pat in the villages of Greendale and Pencaster.My daughter did have some trouble with the new male voice for some characters,but soon got used to the changes.Roll on volume 2.

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4.0 out of 5 stars sound of contact -a sound debut., 22 May 2013
This review is from: Dimensionaut (Audio CD)
Dimensionaut is the debut album from Sound Of Contact,a refreshing new band that incorporates everything that is good in today's modern prog/rock scene.
The group is the brainchild of Simon Collins,son of one of rocks greatest drummers ,and vocalist to one of the leaders in rock music,namely Phil Collins and Genesis.Boy does it show!
On many of the twelve tunes Simon's vocals are unearingly like his dad that when my daughter came into the room halfway through "Pale Blue Dot" she commented that she'd never heard this Phil Collins song before!I had to explain that it was his son singing.
Their are many wonderful songs to enjoy on this album "Cosmic Distance Ladder","Not Coming Down",19 minute epic"Mobius Slip", and the excellent "Beyond Illumination",where S.C. Jim another strange twist sounds un-cannily like former Genesis vocalist Peter Gabriel.
Obviously with the Genesis connection Sound Of Contact does have more than a passing resemblance to the sound of Genesis (Duke era comes to mind) but other influences are apparent too - Porcupine Tree,Marillion,Pink Floyd and Mike Oldfield.
One slight quibble I have with the album is the poor production and that is why I have only given the album four stars,built this is only a minor glitch on what is a truly memorable album by a major new force on the prog/rock scene.Highly Recommend ed.
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Unorthodox Behaviour
Unorthodox Behaviour
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4.0 out of 5 stars a fine debut album., 17 May 2013
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This review is from: Unorthodox Behaviour (Audio CD)
Remember buying this release many moons ago.Still sounds exquisite even now.Phil Collins drumming is second to none and the bass played by Percy Jones is truly outstanding.Progressive jazz rock doesn't get better than this.Any chance of of re-mastering their whole back catalogue please?

The High Places
The High Places
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4.0 out of 5 stars oblivion sun -the high places., 4 May 2013
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This review is from: The High Places (Audio CD)
This second album by Oblivion Sun is really interesting.Complex arrangements and quality playing are high on the agenda.The vocals are equally good and the lyrics are interesting.Think Crimson (73-74) and you'll really appreciate this.Good.

Fanfare & Fantasy
Fanfare & Fantasy
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5.0 out of 5 stars neo-prog at its best., 17 April 2013
This review is from: Fanfare & Fantasy (Audio CD)
A superb collection of classic neo-progressive rock.A must have if you enjoy Iq,Twelfth Night,Fish-era Marillion and Dutch band Flamborough Head.
Beautifully played,good vocals and a great sound courtesy of Rob Aubrey,whose mixed some stellar prog bands in his time.
This album is already in my top ten list for album of the year.
Do yourself a favour - BUY FANFARE AND FANTASY. A*

Banks Of Eden
Banks Of Eden
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4.0 out of 5 stars Banks of eden -signed sealed and delivered., 9 April 2013
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This review is from: Banks Of Eden (Audio CD)
Have just listened to the latest album by Roine Stolt and the boys.Once again they have delivered a near perfect set of retro-prog.First track Numbers is o.k.but isn't one of the band's best when it comes to epics and tends to drift with no apparent direction.Happily the four remaining compositions are excellent ending with the gorgeous Rising the imperial which includes a stomach -churning solo by the genious that is Roine Stolt.Another excellent album to add to the never-ending excellent albums by this awesome Swedish band.May it long continue!

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