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Steve Hackett – Under A Mediterranean Sky

Guitarist/composer Steve Hackett, famously known for being a member of Genesis in the 1970’s, has since his debut solo album Voyage Of The Acolyte in 1976 been constantly releasing material that’s shown his continuing exploration of music, undeniably inspired by his progressive tendencies.

While it is true to say that in the live realm he loves to tour his Genesis Revisited sets (and why wouldn’t he want to remind people of the inventive and furtive 1969-1976 Genesis material, as no one else from the band seems to), with his released studio material however, it is all completely original.

Steve says that during lockdown he was looking at photographs he and his photography buff wife Jo had taken during trips to different European countries, and was inspired to write pieces based on these. Because of this, Steve has written an album of pieces that are almost like the listener is on a trip around Europe.

The melodies and rhythms. The harmonies and accompaniment. All of these things wonderfully reflect the places that inspired Steve to write the music herein, and give us what I think is an album that is exactly what we need – something to remind us of the beauty that is out there when we are passed Covid-19, and can get back to some semblance of normality.

Within these pieces there are beautiful solo guitar pieces like the exquisite Lorato, or full on almost classical epics such as Mdina (The Walled City), and more. There is so much in here, and once again it shows his innate nature of constantly growing and exploring movement within music, and how liberating music can be.

This album is already a solid 5 out of 5 for me, and truly a standout in Steve’s already exemplary catalogue.

Reviewed on January 30th 2021.

Quick response – Panther by Pain Of Salvation

Reviewed September 6th 2020

After the release of the fabulous album In The Passing Light Of Day, main creative light of the band Pain Of Salvation Daniel Gildenlow has pieced together an equally fabulous follow-up.

The band’s music has continued to grow since Road Salt One, now nicely filling a great niche in the area between progressive rock and progressive metal, wonderfully incorporating elements from both!

This album takes the musical cues from their previous releases, and takes it up to that next step, creating something that is definitely them, but at the same time something new!

The lyrics continue that strong emotional feel that Daniel has become great at doing, as well as the wonderful way that he matches melody to lyric. He’s one heck of an emotional singer!

The music is wonderfully epic, going through numerous musical landscapes, once again perfectly matching the lyrical point of the songs. The fact that all of the members of the band, including Daniel himself, are such proficient musicians, helps to push that really well.

This album grabbed me from the very first moment, and never ever let me go! A truly great album in my opinion!