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Therion: Beloved Antichrist (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland There have been many attempts to blend rock with operatic styles over the years, with ‘Tommy’ being widely regarded as one of the most successful, but in truth that was much more of a rock musical than a real opera. Here Therion, or more accurately Christofer Johnsson, have created a three disc, three act opera, lasting…

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Bomber Goggles: Gyreland (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Peter Matuchniak has been around the progressive scene for nearly forty years now, firstly with Janysium, and then with Mach One when he and Simon Strevens were both asked to join. They became a popular band in the Eighties, with various releases and performances at The Marquee etc. Fast forward quite a few years and I…

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Toxic Smile: M. A. D. (2000)

Written by: Kev Rowland I have been having quite a few conversations with keyboard/sax player Marek Arnold about his various musical outlets, and he recently provided me with access to virtually everything that has been released by Toxic Smile. Prior to this I had only heard their fourth album, ‘7’ (which was their seventh overall release), so I was looking…

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Toxic Smile: RetroTox Forte (2004)

Written by: Kev Rowland The same line-up were back for the second album, ‘Retrotox Forte’, released in 2004. Here we find the band starting to spread their wings into other areas, and while the progressive elements are still as strong as they were on the debut, Marek was also bringing in his more jazzy influences and providing saxophone as well…

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Toxic Smile: Overdue Visit (2009)

Written by: Kev Rowland Some five years after their last studio release, Toxic Smile finally returned in 2009 with a four-track EP. This saw the first studio appearance of drummer Antonius Gruetzner, who has already become known to fans due to his part in the ‘In Classic Extension’ EP. Although this only contains four songs, and is a fraction under…

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Toxic Smile: 7 (2013)

Written by: Kev Rowland I actually wrote the review below when I was sent this album back in 2013 when it was released. But, given that I am reviewing virtually all their other releases it seems wrong not to put this back in where it belongs in terms of their history. This was their fourth studio album, but their seventh…

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The Artrock Project: Stay (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland A while ago Marek Arnold was approached by the organiser of the Artrock Festival, Uwe Treitinger, asking if he could provide a song to promote the festival. Marek had performed there last year with Seven Steps To The Green Door, and was there again this year with Toxic Smile. Marek agreed to write and record a…

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