Prog for all types is on offer this week.
Hawkwind are back with the epic in an album called Onward. It is just what you would expect from Dave Brock and company, continuing their tradition of epic and grandiose space rock nuttiness. As always with this lot, if you are in the right mood to be taken away on their wafts of music it is an aural treat to behold. I found myself drifting with the music in some epic sci-fi way with a smile on my face in anticipation of what is to come. This is aural space-based sci-fi at its finest.
Lake of Tears have a live album in the form of By the Black Sea releasing on April 29 for its fans. This is quite the collection of tracks from the band in front of a good audience. Seventy-four minutes and 18 songs of proggy-tinged, gothic doom metal that retains the listeners’ attention is quite the feat. This bunch are good at not having tunes that bog down in some morass or other, keeping the vibe and also the mood as well. A great release for long winter nights with nothing on the TV.
Transatlantic are back once more with their epic prog-ness on Kaleidoscope. Yet again we have an album of music that should be too over the top and pretentious, but for all those most dedicated prog-heads. And, yet again, to dismiss it as such would be a mistake. The individual personalities of this supergroup continue to enthrall the keen listener with their clever way of knowing how to get things just right. Never too much, just enough and that is what is so awesome about this bunch.
XNA have released When We Changed You and what a release it is. This struck me as very English prog rock in the realm of Genesis and other ’70s greats. It is as quirky as the Canterbury Fair and doesn’t hold its punches. While never nostalgic tosh, there is something quite heartwarming at all. It is the type of prog that invokes scenes of a large, green park, with wine, cheese, sunshine, and a quaint English folk prog music fair.
Enjoy your variety of prog goodness this week and stay safe out there.