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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/lost-poets-insubordia-pt-ii/

Perhaps I’m showing my tastes here more than anything, but my experience of the Swedish music scene has been limited mostly to progressive rock, jazz, and black/death metal. There must be something in the water that produces so many excellent Swedish acts. From where I’m coming from as a listener, it’s refreshing to hear a pair of Swedes like The Lost Poets do a knockout rendition of a traditionally American style. The style, in this case, is American grunge. Nirvana‘s probably the first band to come into the minds of most at the mention of that 90s movement, but I’d argue it only achieved its true worth with bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. It’s to The Lost Poets‘ credit then that those are the bands I’m most reminded of while listening to Insubordia pt II.

True to its name, Insubordia pt II isn’t the beginning step for this band, who have been releasing consistent alt rock since 2014, beginning with the first part to this would-be series. By contrast however, Insubordia pt II is the first full-bodied album they’ve ever done. In many ways, it sounds like The Lost Poets have established themselves with this album. In contrast with the fervent prog and metal scenes, a more traditional rock group tends to have a harder time making waves abroad. Even if this proves to be the case for The Lost Poets, I don’t doubt for a second that the duo deserves to be heard. The songwriting here is tightly dynamic, and it comes with a dark and warm presentation that immediately puts the band on par with many of the very legends that influenced them.

Despite their Nordic background, The Lost Poets seem to go out of their way to sound like distinctly American. Swamp rock, blues and 90s alt grit are all mixed in together for something I’d imagine to hear popping up in Seattle. This isn’t a compliment nor a criticism; if anything, it demonstrates that these guys already have a solid grasp of the sound they want to go for. At the potential sacrifice of a truly unique style (which these guys may very well earn later down the road) the brooding threads of their influences have paid off. The vocals are thick and appropriately resonant, as are the band’s fuzzy riffs. Insubordia pt II‘s songwriting is remarkably consistent and in keeping with their style’s trademark moody tone, but I find myself most impressed with the way The Lost Poets bring their work to life.

I would be interested to see where The Lost Poets go with this Insubordia series. Make no mistakes: this is not a sequel so much as a promise kept. Although they’re still clearly in their opening stages, there’s a lot of potential in these guys, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear great things coming from them in the future.

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/lifewalker-rx/

Strange things have happened to progressive metal over the last ten years. The genre (if we can still call it that) has been witness to a firm schism between the bands who remain true to the conventional scope of prog, and a relatively new breed of bands with more modern, accessible aspirations. To me, djent represents everything that is both wrong and right with progressive metal as it currently is. The rhythmic, chuggy sound arguably hit its peak with TesseracT‘s Concealed Fate EP years back and has since felt painfully stagnant. While it wouldn’t be entirely fair to call Lifewalker a truly fresh breath of air for djent, the unabashedly poppy approach they employ on their seven song EP Rx quickly sets them apart from their peers, who often value technical wizardry over impactful songwriting. That’s fortunately not the case with these guys.

TesseracT are the closest comparison I might make with Lifewalker‘s sound at present. The djenty chug and crystaline digital production are here, as are vocals (offered here by Stephen Dodge) that don’t sound like they would have any regular place being on a metal album. This contrast between metal and pop puts Lifewalker in a fairly uncommon niche. On Rx, they easily take the TesseracT sound towards poppier heights, shifting the balnace and consequently coming across a particular sound they might as well call their own. Although I’m still unconvinced this pop-oriented style of vocals really works in their sound, they’ve got the pop bases nailed in their songwriting. The hooks are quick to pull you in, and a typically overblown production doesn’t stop them from pulling for the emotional heart of the listener.

The talent of these guys is undeniable. Coalescing from the ashes of Virginia Beach-area prog and metalcore acts, they’ve come together to offer up something that combines both and something more. With the debut Diagnose Me and this EP trailing by shortly after, they already demonstrate the technique and flair of a relatively professional group. Their appeal is sure to be limited from people looking for a true-to-form brand of progressive metal, but there’s no wonder why they’ve been hits with their given crowd and earned some posh opening spots already.


Reviewing a band like Lifewalker can brew a kind of cognitive dissonance. While I can’t say the modern pop angle really meshes with their prog metal influences (which usually tends to spite pop at every twist and turn) it undeniably gives Lifewalker a distinct edge in a style that usually breeds sameness and ennui. If you’re looking to see a face of progressive metal with the tact and sound that might actually stand to appeal to a present day mainstream audience, Rx is a worthy insight. Those looking for a more erudite sort of prog metal might look elsewhere.

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TalesFromTheTigerMoth
Edition 29 of Peter Jones’ ‘Tales From The Tiger Moth’ show is now available as a podcast!

Playlist:

  1. Francis Dunnery – Yellow Christian
  2. Alberto Rigoni – Free
  3. The Gentle Storm – Shores Of India
  4. Rainburn – Time Turns Around
  5. Haken – 1985
  6. Lionel Richie – Climbing
  7. Materya – Flowers And Lies
  8. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus
  9. Tony Patterson – Cast Away
  10. Tony Patterson – The Angel And The Dreamer
  11. Corvus Stone – Early Morning Calls (With Sean Filkins)
  12. Genesis – Mad Man Moon
  13. Red Bazarr – Sunset For A New World
  14. Kate Bush – Cloudbusting
  15. Big Big Train – Judas Unrepentant (Live)

TalesFromTheTigerMoth
Edition 28 of Peter Jones’ ‘Tales From The Tiger Moth’ show is now available as a podcast!

Playlist:

  1. Peter Ustinov – Mock Mozart
  2. Peter Sellers – Balham, Gateway To The South
  3. Stackridge – Pinafore Days
  4. Mahavishnu Orchestra – Wings Of Karma
  5. The Beatles – Glass Onion
  6. Ray Cathode – Time Beat
  7. Ray Cathode – Waltz In Orbit
  8. Michael Bentine – The Horse Show
  9. Johnny Dankworth – Experiments With Mice
  10. Dudley Moore – And The Same To You
  11. Cilla Black – Mucky Kid
  12. The Beatles – Helter Skelter
  13. Peter Sellers – Unchained Melody
  14. Charlie Drake – My Boomerang Won’t Come Back
  15. Paul Macartney – Live And Let Dye
  16. America – Tin Man
  17. Tommy – Pinball Wizard
  18. The Beatles – Piggies
  19. Flanders And Swan – An Ill Wind
  20. Mahavishnu Orchestra – Smile Of The Beyond
  21. Stackridge – Humiliation
  22. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – The Lark Ascending
  23. Sean Connery – In My Life
  24. Ivor Cutler – Deedle Deedle, I Pass
  25. Bernard Cribbins – Right Said Fred
  26. Spike Milligan – The Q2 Piano Tune
  27. Kate Bush – The Man I Love
  28. Phil Collins – Golden Slumbers, Carry That Wait, The End
  29. The Beatles – Goodnight

Edition 58 of Emma Roebuck’s Northern Star is now available as a podcast.

Playlist:

  1. Pallas – Northern Star
  2. Prince And Kravitz – American Woman
  3. Brock/Turner/Bainbridge – Black Corridor
  4. Liaison – Caught In A Landslide
  5. Galliard – Something’s Going On
  6. Hawkwind – King Of The World
  7. Man – Grasshopper
  8. Genesis – Burning Rope
  9. Joni Mitchell – Talk To Me
  10. Jaco Pastorius – Opus Pocus
  11. Red Bazar – Sunset For A New World
  12. Cosmograf – Into This World
  13. Jump – Old Gods
  14. Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood & Jeff Lynne – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  15. Simon House – Ice Raiders Of Charon
  16. Hawkwind – Solitary Man
  17. The Mars Volta – Roulette Dares (The Haunting Of…)
  18. Marillion – lavender
  19. John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest – Play To The World
  20. Yes – Machine Messiah
  21. Steve Hillage – Castles In The Clouds/Hurdy Gurdy Man

Edition 57 of Emma Roebuck’s Northern Star is now available as a podcast.

Playlist:

  1. Pallas – Northern Star
  2. Blakes 7 Theme
  3. Edgar Broughton – Psycopath
  4. Anekdoten Book Of Hours
  5. King Crimson – Frame By Frame
  6. Preacher – Vinyl
  7. Arena – Butterfly Man
  8. The Alan Parsons Project – Silence And I
  9. War Of The World – Forever Autumn
  10. Scarlet INside – She Should Have Died Hereafter
  11. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Jerusalem
  12. Jade Warrior – Yam Jam
  13. Oktopus – Minotaur
  14. Flying Colors – Bombs Away
  15. The Addiction – Dream Magic
  16. Howard Sinclair – My Drunken Guitar
  17. Rhenium – More Than Words Could Say
  18. Genesis – The Serpent
  19. Camel – Mystic Queen
  20. Yes – Everydays
  21. Muse – Megalomania
  22. Hawkwind – PXR 5

LFPT-New
I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 144 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. Steve Howe – Pennants
  2. Herd Of Instinct – Saddha
  3. Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride
  4. Jamoan – Pali Apo Tin Arxi
  5. Styx – Mr. Roboto
  6. Konchordat – Like A Heart Attack
  7. Yellow Matter Custard – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  8. Preacher – Aftermath
  9. Crack The Sky – Sea Epic
  10. Neil – Golf Girl
  11. Schicke Führs Fröhling – Tao
  12. Skywhale – Epicure
  13. Mike Kershaw – The City Of My Dreams
  14. Nine Stones Close – Lie
  15. Voyag3R – Theoretical Megastructure Found
  16. Karibow – E.G.O.
  17. Genesis – Carpet Crawlers 1999
  18. Muse – The Globalist

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Enjoy!