Progressive Rock/Metal


Amaran’s Plight – Voice in the Light

This Progressive supergroup “Amaran’s Plight” is delivering the goods all the way.

From “Spock’s Beard” Drummer/Singer Nick D’virgillio to “Shadow gallery’s” Gary Wehrkamp.

In 2006 the idea for the band Amaran’s Plight came to form and they immediately went to work for an impressive debut album to write and record.

The Music can be seen as sometimes very intense and technically with flashy solos adorned, sometimes calm and collected with a nice tension.

Good examples are “Incident At Haldeman ‘Lake’, the obligatory epic ‘Shattered Dreams’ and ‘Turning Point’ which has a nice atmosphere like Queensryche.

One of the highlights of this summer!

All in all not a bad album indeed!!!

92 %

Ron ” the doorwaymaster” Vermulst


Hope To Find – Still Constant

The four songs together account for about 28 minutes of modern prog that are best descibred as a mix between Porcupine Tree and Riverside.

The songs does a little bit linger in the same rhythms.
The overall feeling is good but there is much room for improvement.

For the most part the songs are well written and played.

Sadly the one weak link is the singer of the lack of a good vocalist.

I very like the thirds song Witness of Happiness.

I hear in the back ground influences of Pendragon,IQ and Steve Hackett.

65 %

Ron “thedoorwaymaster” Vermulst

Strawberry Fields – River’s Gone Dry

Strawberry Fields music is a strange blend of the old and the new,
of rock guitars and soft keyboards,loops and psychedelic soundscapes.

Strawberry Fields is a rock band from Poland. Created in 2008 by Wojtek Szadkowski (Collage, Satellite, Peter Pan) fascinated by the voice of Robin (Marta Kniewska).

On the band’s debut album entitled “Rivers Gone Dry” Robin is supported by the intelligent guitar play of Sarhan Kubeisi (Satellite), simple yet effective bass lines of Jarek Michalski (Satellite), and Wojtek Szadkowski’s keyboards and drums. Guest appearance was done by keyboardist Krzys Palczewski (Satellite) Who is now a member of the band.

It’s a perfect album for the lovers of such bands as Goldfrapp, Portishead or Massive Attack. Marta’s voice will also satisfy fans of Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering/ Agua De Annique).

But you can find strong pop melodies and a bit of Clannad within.
The music has a poppy,catchy feeling.

On the whole this is a fine and pleasant album too listen too.

89 %

Ron ”thedoorwaymaster” Vermulst

Abigail’s Ghost – D_letion

Enter Abigail’s Ghost, a progressive art-rock group from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nothing ethereal here:the combination of emotional, innovative song structures, seamless transitions, atmospheric and vicious layers of instrumentation, vocal harmonies and well-written lyrics, come together to form a breathtaking musical presence that reaffirms itself with each listen.

Maintaining a predominantly heavy progressive rock and metal sound throughout, they draw from a wealth of influences that range from Pink Floyd, Steve Vai, Ozric Tentacles, Dream Theatre, OSI, Supertramp and Opeth.

Abigail’s Ghost’s music has a tendency to sound like one group in particular. In this case, the indefinable Porcupine Tree.

On D_letion they’ve found their own sound by stepping up the energy levels and metal-influence of the heavier songs and emphasizing a strong morose atmosphere that’s carried by clean guitars and subtle keyboards on the mellow tracks.

Abigail’s Ghost’s debut album displayed a band with a lot of, there are still moments where a certain sound or piece of a riff will instantly remind of a Porcupine Tree song but those moments are much fewer.

Instead, a majority of the album is made up of excellent heavier sections and even better atmospheric songs. This album is definitely something fans of that band could enjoy.

This is a great second album and the future looks bright for Abigail’s Ghost.

From the title track “d_letion” till the ending track “grave concerns”. This bands delivers the goods and it’s a progressive joyride from start to finish.

89 %

Ron ”thedoorwaymaster” Vermulst

Lisa LaRue – Transformation 2012

Lisa LaRue grew up in Topeka, Kansas, but now resides in her native Oklahoma.
She is a tribal member of the federally-recognized
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma,
where she also serves as Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.

She began playing keyboards as a small child,
her grandmother noticing she was playing
“These Boots are Made for Walkin’” on her Magnus Chord organ.

Sought out by shopping malls and department malls as a young girl,
she started writing her own songs and designing her own ‘album covers.’

This led and inspired her for her future career.
A composer and keyboardist, LaRue became the first female artist signed
to the Sound of American Records label (SOAR0 Natural Visions sublabel.

Lisa Larue’s Transformation 2012
The disc is themed around the Mayan prophecy of the transition
into a new world age on December 21, 2012.

“Many people speak of the prophecy as ‘doom and gloom’ the end of the world.
But the Mayan elders teach it is a time for transformation.
A time for things to change for the better,” said LaRue.

The CD includes guest appearances from up and coming artists such as electric violinist James Sudakow and Kerri Lake, as well as seasoned veterans such as Tommy Zvoncheck (former Blue Oyster Cult keyboardist)

and John Payne (“Asia” – featuring John Payne). Payne provides the vocals on the single from the CD, “Save Me.”

“No other voice could have conveyed the feelings of this song than John Payne,” LaRue said. “The song is about going through all of the tribulations we see our world entering everyday on the news, but with the help of a good friend, a significant other, or even a trusted pet, we can get through it all just fine.”

83 %


UFO – The Vistor

Britisch Rock Legends UFO have returned with a new album ” The Visitor”.
They composes more than 35 tracks in the pre-recording process, ten of wich made it to the album.

The current Line up consists of three original members, Phill Mogg (Vocals),Paul Raymond (guitar and Keyboards) and Andy Parker (drums). American world class guitarist Vinnie Moore (guitar) has joined them.

Original member Pete Way (Bass)is currently suffering drom a liver disease and was unfortunately not aviable for the studio production.The Visitor consists of traditional rock with classy gritty hooks.

Vinnie Moore’s powerfull riffs and leads and Phill Mogg’s lyrics full of eccentric humor, as well as a talent for observation and great depth.

Stranger in Town,Forsaken and Can’t buy a thrill are great tracks. A good mix between the old and the new. Bluesy hardrock with cutting edge riff playing. Soulfull vocals with

So all you old fans of UFO run should get a copy of this fine well written cd and for the rest it’s the same advice.

Take a listen and enjoy these “old” rockers.

Bluesy hardrock cocktail

91 %

Ron “thedoorwaymaster” Vermulst

Roswell Six – Terra Incognita “Beyond the Horizon

Roswell Six Internationally bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson has created an incredible fantasy universe with sailing ships, sea monsters, and the crusades. Anderson’s works have always been heavily influenced by music, especially progressive rock — but TERRA INCOGNITA truly takes this into new territory.

In a groundbreaking crossover project, Anderson developed and expanded one of the novel’s storylines to form the basis of an epic rock CD under the band name “Roswell Six.” Anderson and his wife, bestselling author Rebecca Moesta, wrote all the lyrics to the songs.

Accomplished keyboardist Erik Norlander, well known for his band ROCKET SCIENTISTS as well as his solo CDs, came aboard at the beginning of the project to write the music and to helm the production chores.

His wife Lana Lane, the “Queen of Symphonic Rock,” provides the female lead vocals, male vocals are by James Labrie (DREAM THEATER), Michael Sadler (SAGA), and John Payne (ex-ASIA).

Among the accomplished musicians contributing their talents to the project are David Ragsdale (KANSAS), Gary Wehrkamp (SHADOW GALLERY), Chris Quirarte (PRYMARY) and Chris Brown (GHOST CIRCUS). Together, the creative team has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.

TERRA INCOGNITA is a synergistic project unlike anything ever seen in the publishing and music business an original novel and original CD from the same author. He has created an incredible fantasy universe with sailing ships,sea monsters, a clash of religions and a love that will reach to the edge of the world.

The Cd has 13 tracks and a booklet with original connecting prose by Kevin J. Anderson. This will appeal to the huge crossover audience of SF/Fantasy fans and devotees of Progressive Rock.

“After the sacred city of Ishalem burns tot the ground, a holy war breaks out between the world’s two major religions. But this is also a time of exploration and discovery. The young sailor Criston Vora (Michael Sadler) feels the call of the sea and signs aboard the Luminara, a sailing ship that will explotre beyond the horizon. After listening to, Captain Shay (John Payne) tell glorious stories about the wonders of the world, he says goodbye to, his wife Adrea (Lana Lane), promising to return home. Meanwhile, Soldan-Shah Omr (James labrie) follows the drive for vengeance demanded of his faith and raids ‘enemy’ villages. He captures Adrea,taking her away with him……While Chrsiton himself survives sea monster attacks and the sinking of the Luminara. The two lovers, swept apart, must cling to their love and try to finf each other.

Each of the 13 tracks,including two major instrumentals,stand alone; they are snapshots of the epic story, with connective prose. This Project—Novel and CD written by the same autor—is a unique musical experience. Read the Novel, Listen tot the Music.

One thing comes in mind and one thing ONLY- H.G. Wells – Jeff Wayne’s “War of the Worlds”.

This is a magnificiant Record/Book Nuff said.

You Should all get your hands on a copy and be amazed.

An Epic Progressive Fantasy Journey

92 %

Ron “thedoorwaymaster” Vermulst