VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other (Eclectic Prog, 1970)

Review by VianaProghead — Review Nº 147

'The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other' is the second studio album of one of the most original British
progressive rock bands of the 70's, Van Der Graaf Generator, and was released in 1970. Although it can be
considered the second official studio album of the band, it's, in a certain way, the first proper album of the group.
This happened because their previous debut studio album, 'The Aerosol Grey Machine' should have been released
as a solo album of Peter Hammill, but due to a deal with the record company. It was released under the name of
Van Der Graaf Generator.

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SILHOUETTE The World Is Flat And Other Alternative Facts (Neo-Prog, 2017)

Review by kev rowland —

For me, I will always associate Progress Records with Hansi Cross, who sadly passed away earlier this year. But, although Hansi is no
longer with us, the label he left behind continues to release albums of incredible stature and worth. That is definitely the case with
Dutch band Silhouette's fifth studio album. 'The World Is Flat and Other Alternative Facts'. Somehow, I missed their last studio album,
although I did manage to hear their live album which was released earlier this year. I gave a 4 * review to their third album 'Across The
Rubicon' which came out in 2012, and there is no doubt in my mind this is superior.

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IQ The Seventh House (Neo-Prog, 2000)

Review by siLLy puPPy — After the critical success and arguable artistic peak of their 1997 album "Subterranea" which saw the band step it up in many ways in
compositional quality, the band IQ took their usual multi-year time off before releasing a new album with the bonus of a rerelease
of their demo "Seven Stories Into Eight" finding its way onto the CD format for the new ages. Living up to its numerical title THE
SEVENTH HOUSE is indeed the 7th studio album of Mike Holmes' and Martin Orford's successful neo-prog band that was one of the
major players of the great prog revival that swept the 90s after the botched attempt to go commercial at the tail end of the 80s with
their combo effect and oft-loathed "Nomzamo" and "Are You Sitting Comfortable" debacle. Not only did the band overcome the train
wreck with the strong comeback "Ever," but outdid themselves and the entire neo-prog scene with their amazing masterpiece
double album "Subterranea." Having enjoyed a stable lineup, THE SEVENTH HOUSE sees a return of the exact same members
including the amazing vocal skills of Peter Nicholls.

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WOBBLER From Silence to Somewhere (Symphonic Prog, 2017)

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush — "Masterpiece of the Year!"

Norwegian Symphonic Prog Rockers Wobbler are the surprise hit of the year with one of the best albums of 2017 "From
Silence to Somewhere". The album from the outset has the sounds and ear candy of the classic Prog Rock Of the golden 70's
era when Prog was at the peak of the mountain. So close in resemblance is the sound, one may be forgiven for thinking this
is an album from that era, comparing favourably with masterpieces such as Yes' "Close to the Edge", Genesis "Foxtrot", Banco
Del Mutuo Soccorso's debut and Gentle Giant's "The Power and the Glory". Similar to those albums, Wobbler feature an epic
multi movement suite clocking over 20 minutes. There are only 4 songs just like the classics of Yes, ELP and Genesis, and each
track builds on the next with Spiritual themes and metaphorical poetic lyrics. The vocals are so close to vintage Peter Gabriel
or Jon Anderson it is astounding, and so well executed by Andreas Wettergreen Str'mman Prestmo, who is wonderful on
guitar, glockenspiel, and percussion. Geir Marius Bergom Halleland is the lead guitarist, one of the best, Lars Fredrik Fr'islie is
a virtuoso keyboardist, and the complex rhythm section is made up of Kristian Karl Hultgren, bass, bass clarinet, bass pedals,
and Martin Nordrum Kneppen on drums, percussion, and recorder.

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GENTLE KNIFE Clock Unwound (Crossover Prog, 2017)

Review by Mellotron Storm — GENTLE KNIFE are an eleven piece band out of Norway and this is album number two for them. The thing that impresses me the most about this band are their ideas. This is album so proggy it isn't even funny. Lots of surprises and the male and female vocals have character. We get two woodwinds players, two sax players, a trumpet player and flautist along with the usual instruments.

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ART SPIKE SCHLOEMER Transfusion (Jazz Rock/Fusion, 2011)

Review by Cometa Rossa — I really was surprised to get so easily, what those famous names on the album cover promise. While
an - sorry: ugly - album cover like this is nothing less than suspicous, the music itself is just
brilliant. If you like Tribal Tech, Niacin, Hadrien Feraud's first album from 2007, Scott Kinsey or
Zawinul's Syndicate or some aspects of Jan Hammer and if you want to hear very good Jazzrock in that
style(s) without mainly being a copy of all those artists, but all the takes being emancipated,
valid claims on this territories, then get your 'Transfusion'. It's not difficult to find
sufficient samples in the net. If you like the samples, you'll enjoy the whole album, for sure.

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FEROZ Feroz (Crossover Prog, 2014)

Review by andrea — Feroz is Mexican band from Chihuahua that was formed in 2011. In December 2014 they self-released a very interesting
eponymous debut album with a line up featuring Marli Espinoza (vocals), Carlos Enrique Pineda (keyboards), Alfredo
Santana (bass) and Eli Rafael Carranza (drums). According to their website, they try to interpret with their music the
sounds of the desert and of the cities of Northern Mexico. I don't know if they reached their goal, but for sure on this
work the band showcase great musicianship and songwriting skills blending jazz, prog, folklore, ethnic flavours and every
now and again even a touch of electronica. The female vocals in Spanish are clear, always confident and warm, the organ
and keyboard work is excellent and the rhythm section always ready to set off for sudden changes in atmosphere and
tempo. The experimental attitude of the band never looses contact with melody and they are even able to incorporate
mariachi music in rock structures in an effective way. When I stumbled in this band for me it was very good surprise.
Anyway, you can listen to the album on bandcamp, so have a try and judge by yourselves!

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ALCEST Écailles De Lune (Experimental/Post Metal, 2010)

Review by ProgAlia — The main word that comes to mind for this album: Gorgeous. A few others: Ethereal, dreamy, lush, soothing. Maybe
sometimes also intense or somber. It's a succinct and heavily atmospheric album that knows its sound and knows
what it wants to do with it, and thus ends up being quite a joy to listen to.
I like the unpredictability of the songs.The harsh vocals bring a whole new level to Alcest's music. Far from being
depressing, this album is beautiful, tinged with nostalgia as always.
ALCEST combines several elements from shoegaze, black metal, ambient, and progressive all into one album. which is
extremely impressive and something not a lot of bands can pull off and sound GREAT doing it.
For fans of atmosphere and relatively pleasant-sounding, Écailles de lune is one of the most interesting and
fascinating albums you will ever hear.

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GAZPACHO March Of Ghosts (Crossover Prog, 2012)

Review by ProgAlia — This is one of the brightest post-rock/progressive albums, knowing that Gazpacho makes a type of progressive/post
artsy alternative rock that is similar to Marillion, Anathema, Kent or Porcupine Tree. It's slow, plodding post-rock with
melancholy melodies, diverse instruments and wistful vocals.
March of the Ghosts, the band's 7th record and second on KScope, is what I would call a really good record . I love the
instrumentation and the writing and the band's hybrid progressive sound definitely fits in with labelmates Porcupine
Tree and Anathema, which is a great compliment to the band. The 4 intertwined tracks 'Hell Freezes Over' I-IV, have a
really beautiful, anthemic chorus that finally culminates in something that borders on 'heavy' on the final track of the
album.

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