2016 – An Endless Sporadic – Magic Machine

This is their second full track album and Zach Kamins (guitar, keyboards) is still the genius behind this project. Their previous release from 2009 was produced by Roine Stolt and Jonas played bass. This time Roine appears on one track and Jonas plays bass on all tracks. Another honorable guest is Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) who appears on two tracks. Continue reading “2016 – An Endless Sporadic – Magic Machine”

2016 – Karmakanic – Dot

Jonas got his inspiration to start writing DOT when he read a text by famous American author and astronomer Carl Sagan a while ago. Sagan was talking about how small and insignificant we are in this vast universe. He found it fascinating to think that this little dot is all we are and all we’ll ever be. It gives us perspective and he thought perspective is a great tool for making good choices in life. Continue reading “2016 – Karmakanic – Dot”

2015 – Nad Sylvan – Courting The Widow

Nad Sylvan recently has been involved with Agents of Mercy, his Swedish Genesis soundscape project Unifaun, and Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited tours and releases. His style has been called a perfect marriage of vintage Peter Gabriel & Phil Collins and he brings back fond images of ’70s Genesis to everything he’s been involved with, and this solo album for InsideOut Records, Courting the Widow is no exception. Continue reading “2015 – Nad Sylvan – Courting The Widow”

2014 – Lalle Larsson – Until Never

Until Never is Lalle Larsson’s sixth studio album. In the past decade he has recorded several albums with Jonas for Karmakanic, Agents Of Mercy and a few others. This instrumental album is quite digestible and it’s absolutely not rock, but sometimes you can hear some similarity with symphonic rock in Lalle’s piano playing and in the guitar playing of Dutchman Richard Hallebeek. Continue reading “2014 – Lalle Larsson – Until Never”

2014 – Karmakanic – Live In The US

Karmakanic does not perform live tens of times each year, but when they show up on stage, then their show is simply great and something to look forward too. A live album with the best tracks from their last three albums. It’s a delicious mix of their modern-day progressive rock with interesting keyboard playing, melodic vocals, original guitar arrangements and sometimes delicate jazz flavors. Morgan Ågren is new in the band and he is a real asset. Continue reading “2014 – Karmakanic – Live In The US”

2013 – The Tangent – Le Sacre Du Travail

At the end of 2012 band leader Andy Tillison said that he had to disband his project The Tangent due to financial and health issues. But nothing is permanent, and everything changes. So, in 2013 he decided to go and work on a concept album because for a long time he wanted to write something in the style of Purple’s Concerto For Group And OrchestraThe Five Bridges Suite (Keith Emerson) or The Snow Goose (Camel). Continue reading “2013 – The Tangent – Le Sacre Du Travail”

2013 – The Flower Kings – Desolation Rose

Just one year after the critically acclaimed Bank Of Eden the Kings released another album: Desolation Rose. Real fans already have been used to the fact that single or double disk albums succeed each other quickly, so this was no surprise. But in the past decade there were numerous side projects for all band members and Roine was working hard with Transatlantic as well. Continue reading “2013 – The Flower Kings – Desolation Rose”

2012 – Lalle Larsson’s Weaveworld – Nightscapes

The Weaveworld Trilogy was written as an instrumental suite of three superbly played instrumental albums with the same concept and the same band. Nightscapes is the third and final album in this trilogy. The music is progressive rock, solidly rooted in premeditated jazz-rock and it shows the genious of Lalle Larsson and his compositional skills and playing qualities. He proves that he is probably the world’s best and most versatile keyboard player. Continue reading “2012 – Lalle Larsson’s Weaveworld – Nightscapes”

2012 – The Flower Kings – Banks Of Eden

Banks of Eden is the eleventh studio album by The Flower Kings and the first album with drummer Felix Lehrmann. Being the greatest and most original symphonic progressive rock band of the past decades, they manage to remain stylistically consistent with every new album. After their masterpiece The Sum of No Evil (2007) it took five years to release yet another masterpiece. Continue reading “2012 – The Flower Kings – Banks Of Eden”

2011 – Agents Of Mercy – The Black Forest

The third album of AoM is about the dark side of life and people. Around this time Stolt’s father had died and it seems that this inspired him a lot. In Kingdom Of Heaven Roine just sings one line: “No more fears, no more tears?” which could refer to his father’s death. His guitar playing in this song is also very sensitive and intimite. Continue reading “2011 – Agents Of Mercy – The Black Forest”