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Octopus: Supernatural Alliance (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland If the cover artwork makes one think of the early Seventies, particularly of the artwork that was adorning the likes of Greenslade and Uriah Heep, then that’s not totally accidental. What we have here are a band who have been firmly influenced by the music of that time, and don’t appear to think that they need…

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Other Animal: Other Animal (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Although this is the debut album by Other Animal, all the musicians have been around for quite some time. Brothers Peter (guitar, electronics) and Bernhard Meyer (bass) are stalwarts of the Berlin Jazz Scene, particularly known for their highly-acclaimed Melt Trio, where they mix ambient, improvised, indie rock and jazz sounds to show just how the…

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Paradise Lost: Host (1999/2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland ‘Host’ was the seventh album from Paradise Lost, originally released in 1999, and it has now been reissued in a remastered format by Nuclear Blast. I missed this album first time around, and it’s a shame that I managed to get across it this time around, as this is not my style of music at all….

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Phi: Cycles (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland PHI is a greek letter, and stands for the golden ratio, the perfect aesthetic balance. The band work towards this golden ratio with music, creating a powerful alliance of aspiration and Rock ’n’ Roll attitude. Formed as long ago as 2006, this is their fourth studio album, but it is the first time I have come…

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Project Patchwork: Re|Flection (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Project: Patchwork is a studio project that has been put together by two German musicians, Gerd Albers and Peter Koll, along with the odd friend. This is the second album, and this time they have used less personnel than on the debut, so only 22 additional players and singers this time round. I noted that this…

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Sean Noonan: The Aqua Diva (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Apparently, Noonan has released more than 20 unclassifiable releases, featuring Malcolm Mooney, the original singer of the German rock band Can; composer/violinist/violist Mat Maneri, composer/guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and the Malian griot Abdoulaye Diabaté, featured on Noonan’s Afro-Celtic album ‘Boxing Dreams’. Bassist Peter Bitenc and Alex Marcelo—jazz legend Yusef Lateef’s pianist of choice—who were…

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Green Desert Water: Solar Plexus (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland This is the second album from Spanish based Green Desert Water, who are comprised of guitarist/vocalist Kike Sanchís, bassist Juan Arias García, and drummer/backing vocalist Javi González. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that the music was recorded live in the studio, as it doesn’t sound as if there are any overdubs, and I would imagine…

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Heartwind: Higher and Higher (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Although in many ways Heartwind is a project, it is also the story of two old friends, with a common love for classical melodic hard rock and AOR, that after fifteen years of friendship started to write the album they always had wanted to listen to themselves. Over a meal one night in Stockholm, guitar player…

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