Steven Wilson

35 Tapes – Fabric of Time Review

35 Tapes – Fabric of Time Review

“Despite my general distaste for band names that include numbers, I was immediately struck by Norway’s 35 Tapes and how fitting a name that is. When I think of tapes I think of something old school, reflective and nostalgic. When I think of 35 tapes I think of King Crimson and Mellotrons. These qualities align with 35 Tapes and their new album called Fabric of Time. It advances through 45 minutes of progressive rock with a subtle lilt, unveiling more with repetitions in a way that feels like a tape unraveling.” Sticky enough?

O.R.k. – Screamnasium Review

O.R.k. – Screamnasium Review

“These guys create exciting and vital music that cannot be compared to that of Porcupine Tree. There’s a spontaneity here that is rivaled only by Boss Keloid – in fact, that’s a great comparison. O.R.k. may not be as heavy, but the quirkiness and unique delivery is there in spades, and Screamnasium is no exception.” Fewer quills, more thrills.

King’s X – Three Sides of One Review

King’s X – Three Sides of One Review

“2022 seems to be a year for bands I was a fan of in their heyday to reunite. A couple months ago we saw the release of the not-amazing-but-not-embarrassing new album from Porcupine Tree, Closure/Continuation. Back in January Jethro Tull released their first album in 19 years. Now this week we see a new album from the venerable melodic prog rockers King’s X. Three Sides of One is the band’s 13th album, and first since 2008’s XV. The trio have a combined age of 195, which is almost the same as Steel and I. That’s old, but age doesn’t bestow nor hinder success; songwriting does. Can Dug Pinnick, Ty Tabor, and Jerry Gaskill still write some great material?” These three Kings.

Steven Wilson – The Future Bites Review

Steven Wilson – The Future Bites Review

“Given that we’re no longer in the 1970s, for better and for worse, Steven Wilson is now the unwilling “King of Prog.” He’s the writer of what some consider modern classics; a remixologist extraordinaire; a sophisticated producer; a musical experimentalist; a successful imitator; and even a pop star. And yet it appears he’s still not the star he wants to be.” Once and future prog star.