The album of the month June 2019: Eris Pluvia - Tales From Another Time
Eris Pluvia's story is peculiar, but also common to many other bands: they released an album in 1991, "Rings of Earthly Light", which contributed to the rebirth of the Italian prog scene, and then disappeared for many years until 2010, when they came back with "Third Eye Light" (AMS188CD). Despite the premature passing of the group's founding member and keyboard player Paolo Raciti, the group has nevertheless maintained synergy and inspiration in the making of the following "Different Earths" (2016, AMS276CD) and of this new and, in some ways surprising, "Tales from another time". A band in constant evolution, that have just released another significant piece of work in the current Italian prog panorama! A review of the album is on our CD/DVD review page
The album of the month May 2019: United Progressive Fraternity-Planetary Overload Part 1 - "Loss"
This new release is an ambitious undertaking that unites the Fraternity in the recording of two CDs worth of material that will delve deeper into the environmental issues that we all face as a united world. The albums, titled 'Planetary Overload 'Part 1: Loss' (Apr. 2019) & 'Part 2: Hope' (late 2019/early 2020), will focus on the problems we are already beginning to encounter on a troubled planet and expected to face with increasing severity in the near future, and taking immediate positive action to mitigate those effects to ensure humanity’s survival.
Led by great singer Mark Trueack (Unitopia), who's voice is in my opinion a cross between Chris Thompson and Guy Garvey, the band further consist of Steve Unruth (violin, guitars, flute, vocals), a.o.), Mark Franco (bass), Joe Toscano (drums), Marek Arnold (sax), Matthew Atherton (synths), Dan Mash (bass), Christophe Lebled (keys), Cornel Wilczek (orchestration). Again loads of guest appearances on the album by the likes of Michel St-Père (Mystery), Jon Davison (Glass Hammer/Yes), Nick Magnus (Steve Hackett), Michelle Young (Glass Hammer), Hasse Fröberg (Flower Kings), Steve Hackett, Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) a.o.
The album of the month April 2019: Supersister Projekt 2019 - Retsis Repus
With music which has been compaired by many reviewers as Canterbury Scene, Supersister could easily count itself among the best Dutch bands of the time in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Albums like Present from Nancy and Iskander still stand the test of time some 50 years later. On the new album, Retsis Repus - released under the name Supersister Projekt 2019, the recognizable Supersister sound is still here, as can be clearly heard in the opening tracks Memories Are New IV, with the highly recognizable Supersister organ sound. But on the other hand, a new sound has been added by the addition of violins and trombones. Both styles, for example, come together beautifully in For You And Nobody Else, and makes this Supersister sounds slightly like Big Big Train but with unusual tempo and tempo changes and a beautiful violin solo. In Next Door Movie, on the other hand, a vibraphone is being added. Guitars are absent, being somewhat of a trade mark of the band. A large number of guest musicians, including the rhythm section of the Golden Earring, the Dutch stand-up comedian Freek de Jonge (in Cuckoo) and Henk Hofstede of the Nits. Fans of Supersister will be more than satisfied with Retsis Repus. A more detailed review will follow shortly on our cd/dvd review page.