Athemon – Athemon (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 October 2021

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Every once in a while, the RMR deckhands like to pluck a totally unknown band and their newest concoction out of the ether. Not that plowing the underground will saddle us with a gazillion of new followers, their marketing skills and/or market power are often conspicuously absent. But the fresh sounds and tunes, untainted by the evil mainstream, are often irresistible.

Now, Athemon‘s current crew Tom MacLean, Adriano Ribeiro, and their guesting drummer and percussionist Gledson Gonçalves seem to have been around the block a few times. MacLean – … [...] Click to raid more!

Aeons – Consequences (2021) – Review

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Do you remember the ‘I love you / I love you not’ game? You know, the one also played with an unsuspecting flower that thus brutally meets its unseemly demise. Remember that? Good.

Because sometimes we encounter records that do exactly that. At the outset already, and we haven’t even tortured the flower yet, there seems to be no love lost (so the flower can live). Yet, one full half-hour bleeds away and this thing still roars out of our loudspeakers. And we kinda scratch our heads and ask ourselves what we’re going to do with this record. … [...] Click to raid more!

Need – Norchestrion: a song for the end (2021) – Review

Last updated on 12 August 2021

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In 2020 we bemoaned the fact that there weren’t enough prog outfits to come forward. That good players in this embattled genre had become a dying breed with folks like Steve Wilson opting for the pop highway.1)

Only to find that Haken made it to the top spot of our annual top 10 contest2). In other words, suddenly we had a choice where there was none at first. And a pretty difficult one at that, with Scardust following more or less directly on their heels.

Now, it looks like the [...] Click to raid more!