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Album Review: Jon Buller – Come Awake (2022)

His first full-length release since 2009’s Light Up the Sky, Canadian worship artist Jon Buller has triumphantly returned to the album scene. The Juno-nominee came back very ambitiously with his announcement of, not one, but two full-length projects set to release in 2022. Recorded at Farmhouse Music in Vernon, BC, Buller’s first album of theContinue reading “Album Review: Jon Buller – Come Awake (2022)”

Every Steven Wilson Studio Album Ranked Worst To Best

Steven Wilson has certainly kept busy with his musical projects over the last few decades. A quick look through his discography will reveal his involvement as a main member in about 10 separate groups, production work with groups like Opeth and Anathema, and several remixes of classic albums from King Crimson, Yes, ELP, Jethro Tull,Continue reading “Every Steven Wilson Studio Album Ranked Worst To Best”

Album Review: The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky (1982)

As the music of the eighties came into bloom, and keyboards started taking their run of popularity, production in music would often switch from subtlety to pure overkill. That being said, plenty of music was still being made with intelligence and true production talent. Enter: Alan Parsons. Early in his career, Parsons was involved inContinue reading “Album Review: The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky (1982)”

Song Review: Excelsior – 20 Vision, Part I (2021)

Based in Manchester, UK, Excelsior is a one-man project overseen by Eros Spataro. Spataro, 17 years old, provides vocals, guitars, bass, keys, drums, and song-writing on his debut single, “20 Vision, Part I.” Clocking in at over eight minutes, the mini-epic track is separated into four distinct sections. The first section, “Cyclops,” is an awesomeContinue reading “Song Review: Excelsior – 20 Vision, Part I (2021)”

Album Review: Greta Van Fleet – The Battle At Garden’s Gate (2021)

Critical adversity is no stranger to Frankenmuth, Michigan band, Greta Van Fleet. Ever since the release of their 2017 double-EP, From The Fires, the group has faced major backlash from critics and music fans alike, calling out their Zeppelin-esque sound and style. Pitchfork even gave a coffee-spitting 1.6/10 rating on their review of GVF’s debutContinue reading “Album Review: Greta Van Fleet – The Battle At Garden’s Gate (2021)”

Album Review: Blue Öyster Cult – The Symbol Remains (2020)

However ironic it may seem, Blue Öyster Cult is one of those groups that has a very large cult following. If you’re a casual fan, odds are you can only name three songs, those being “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ For You,” and “Godzilla.” Still though, BÖC have released 15 studio albums in 50+ years,Continue reading “Album Review: Blue Öyster Cult – The Symbol Remains (2020)”

Album Review: Porcupine Tree – In Absentia (2002)

Steven Wilson is undoubtedly among the more eclectic modern artists. Although currently, he may be unapologetically submitting to pop (which fans have mixed feelings about) Wilson’s roots go much deeper than the singles for his upcoming album, The Future Bites, may suggest. Porcupine Tree, despite its origins as a Wilson solo-project, quickly evolved into aContinue reading “Album Review: Porcupine Tree – In Absentia (2002)”

Album Review: Chase The Bear – Chase The Bear EP (2019)

With more and more bands getting labeled the newest “saviors of rock and roll,” it’s easy for less well-known groups to lack the attention and praise they deserve. Enter: Chase The Bear. These Vancouverites may only have a self-titled EP released, but it certainly delivers on many nostalgic levels for fans of blues rock andContinue reading “Album Review: Chase The Bear – Chase The Bear EP (2019)”

DeYoung vs. Gowan: Who is the Better Styx Front-Man?

It isn’t often a band can continue after losing their frontman, let alone put out more good music, but that is exactly what Lawrence Gowan seems to have done for Styx. In 1999, Styx’s Dennis DeYoung, the vocalist and keyboardist, decided to leave the group due to health issues, creative differences, disagreements regarding touring, andContinue reading “DeYoung vs. Gowan: Who is the Better Styx Front-Man?”

Album Review: Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) (2013)

Being a musical artist in the modern world comes with many more challenges than it did in the twentieth century. One of these challenges is the risk of over-comparison to other artists, just look at Greta Van Fleet and some of the hate they receive. The concept of creating “your own sound” is hardly possibleContinue reading “Album Review: Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) (2013)”

Album Review: The Tragically Hip – We Are The Same (2009)

“The Hip” have always been one of the more fascinating bands in my eyes. Up in the Great White North, they’ve always been a favorite of Canadians, getting lots of radio airplay and topping the charts constantly. Outside of the country, however, they’ve never seemed to have had as much popularity as they deserve. AlbumsContinue reading “Album Review: The Tragically Hip – We Are The Same (2009)”

Music History: XYZ, The Super-Group That Could Have Been

In the early eighties, two rock behemoths were undergoing major lineup changes and breakups, yet their members were all looking to go in new directions with their music careers. For a short time, their paths crossed; let me tell you, it could have been amazing. As of December of 1980, British blues rock legends LedContinue reading “Music History: XYZ, The Super-Group That Could Have Been”

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