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Reviews of releases for 2009

Kevin Kastning / Sandor Szábó - Nógrád

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This international duo of guitar explorers offer here a collection of fourteen compositions that they recorded on September 22, 2009 in Nógrád, Hungary. By my count,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2020-02-19)

Big Big Train - The Underfall Yard

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Years ago after a discussion on a list, the topic of Big Big Train came up and I ended up listening to the first part of English Electric and it didn’t go down so well at the time (I...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-08-09)

Radio Noisz Ensemble - Yniverze

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I've always been drawn to one thread that came out of 60s music, a thing we often call world fusion or a hundred of other terms more or less meant to distill the essence of music that tends to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-07-05)

Polytoxicomane Philharmonie - Go Ape

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It seems that this modern German outfit transmuted into the Chickencage Experience and never went back, but they went out on a high point with this radical and surprising double album. In a genre...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-05-31)

Magma - K.A.

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If the Theus Haamtahk Trilogie was Magma's live return to form, than surely K.A. was the group's return to form in the studio. The music from K.A. was all written...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-02-15)

Contraction - Live 1974

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Like many fans of 70s Canadian progressive rock, I really enjoy the first two Contraction albums, but I really had no idea from those how truly professional and what a peak level the band was in...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-06-22)

Asia Minor - Crossing the Line

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Hailing from the same year and country as my previous selection, Asia Minor were actually formed by two young Turkish men in Paris, and despite their love for the English symphonic and progressive...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-02-23)

Asia Minor - Between Flesh and Divine

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If symphonic rock is defined by keyboard sounds that sit in for groups of strings and larger groups then it might be arguable if Crossing the Line truly fell in that category due to the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-02-23)

Area - Caution Radiation Area

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I've noticed on many Area fans' lists this one tends to drop a bit lower and I'd even put it in third place in their catalog. But it's...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-09-22)

Robert Normandeau - Figures

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Clocking in at exactly 60 minutes is Robert Normandeau’s latest release of acousmatic music. The opening piece is "Le Renard et la Rose" ("The Fox and the Rose"). This is...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-09-22)
 

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