Press release



Pennsylvania Instrumental Guitar Virtuoso John Hahn Releases “Undiscovered World” Featuring “Headbanger” Drummer Carl Canedy of The Rods, and Canedy.

Fantastic guitar centric album with so much emotion and virtuosity. A stunning record, more like a work of art. Not too over the top but technically amazing, not too cliched but able to draw real emotion from the humble electric guitar. The arrangement of guitar melodies and riffs will tingle and tickle the ears all the while blowing your mind.

John Hahn is excited to announce the completion and release of his new John Hahn instrumental release, “Undiscovered World” Featuring Carl Canedy on drums.  

“Another impressive Cd from John Hahn. Progressive hard rock/metal melodic instrumentals with just the right amount of shred. Fans of earlier Dream Theater should appreciate the complexity of some of the tracks. A must for fans of guitar instrumentals.” 
~David T. Chastain – Guitarist, GM Leviathan Records

Early influences – John started developing his ear at an early age as his influences evolved drawing inspiration from “old school” guitar greats like, Ritchie Blackmore, Neil Schon, Michael Schenker and Steve Morse, and innovators like Eddie Van Halen, next wave players like George Lynch, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani who were blazing up the scene at the time. In later years, heavy influences included the likes of Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore, Greg Howe, John Petrucci, etc.

“Hey John, I bought the album on itunes, and I have to tell you that it’s absolutely amazing! The astounding technique, great song craft, and outstanding production make this album a joy and inspiration to listen to from front to back! Congratulations John Hahn!” 
~Paul Lidel – Guitarist, Dirty Looks, Dangerous Toys, 99 Crimes


Live Playing Experience – John gained very valuable performing experience touring the US and Canada where the band headlined packed venues as well as supporting such national acts as Ted Nugent, Foghat, Night Ranger and Winger, playing an average of 4 nights per week for 8 years…THAT’S OVER 1600 SHOWS!

In his own words… “Over these many years through my musical journey – playing, touring (estimated over 1600 shows), writing and recording, I have had the pleasure of meeting and making friends with so many people and have shared a lifetime of incredible memories! Guitar is my passion, and this new release is a snapshot of where I am at this point in time as a player and writer. It is my hope that as my style evolves, current friends and fans will enjoy the material as well as introducing a new audience to my music. I feel as though I have captured my best writing and playing in this release. Please spread the word…for many, my music is still an “Undiscovered World”.”

Into the Spotlight – While John Hahn had the club scene abuzz with his guitar wizardry, it was Shrapnel Records head Mike Varney who catapulted John to the national spotlight when he was featured in Mike’s Spotlight column in Guitar Player Magazine.  Additional notable national press would include John being featured in a “Guitar School Magazine” article where he was named as one of the “Next generation of guitar heroes”, “the Vai’s and Satriani’s of tomorrow”.

John Hahn “Out of the Shadows” – John’s instrumental debut release “Out of the Shadows” on Leviathan Records in the US, Zero Records (Japan), Killerwatt(Europe) shot him into the limelight gaining much international praise and recognition in such publications as Guitar World, Guitar School, Rip, Guitar Player and Guitar for the Practicing Musician.

John Hahn “Darkness Falls” – Energized to create another instrumental CD, John then turned back to his studio, composing musical pieces complete with solid foundation songs laden with his signature guitar work of melody, technique, emotion, dynamics, feel, flash and fury!

“John and I have been friends for a long time, I played drums on his first album and he played guitars on my “Headbanger” album. I’ve always loved his playing, but I also loved his writing. On this album (Undiscovered World) his playing has improved greatly which is hard to believe because he had very little room to improve. The song writing is just fantastic on this release. I love every cut, and it was an honor to contribute to this album.” 
~Carl Canedy – Drummer, Producer, The Rods, Canedy


Canedy “Headbanger” – John’s next musical endeavor again had him cross paths with The Rods drummer Carl Canedy who approached him to play guitars on Carl’s solo project “Headbanger”. On this release you can hear John’s signature style throughout this very powerful offering. John covered all rhythm and lead guitars, bass on one track and on two occasions traded guitar solos with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Chris Caffery!! In addition to Carl, John had the privilege of sharing sonic space with amazing vocalists including Mark Tornillo (Accept), Joe Comeau (Annihilator, Liege Lord and Overkill) and none other than the greatest metal voice of all time, Ronnie James Dio (vocal tracks pulled from previously recorded version of The Code)!

“A pleasant musical journey that does not tire even for a minute… His influences by guitarists like R.Blackmore, N.Schon, S.Morse, E.Van Halen, J.Satriani, S.Vai & J.Tafolla appear within his compositions. I choose tracks “Fuel Injection”, “Heaven’s Fury”, “Thrill Of The Chase” & “Close To The Edge”. Check this release… worth it!”
~ Harry Norumaniac – ALBUM REVIEWZ

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4th, 5th, 6th September 2020
Marillion join virtually with their fans, for a weekend of music and togetherness.


This coming weekend, UK Rock legends Marillion will come together with thousands of fans globally, for their first, and in the own words ‘hopefully only’, Marillion Couch Convention.


“We have a rare and beautiful relationship with our fans,” says Steve Hogarth, the band’s singer. “We wanted to do something to let them know that we are with them; find a way to show our appreciation for the support they give to us and more importantly in strange times like these, each other.”


The band will broadcast their three most popular gig films on YouTube across the three nights, with support acts, introductions from the band and even a live Q&A hosted by Prog Magazine editor Jerry Ewing. The band will also be hosting virtual Q&A’s with fans, music masterclasses, a quiz, fan club meetups with band members, and even a run-along with keyboard player Mark Kelly and a cocktail class with guitarist Steve Rothery. There are opportunities to win a virtual photo with the band, virtual coffee with a band member and all sorts of other competitions, including an online dog show and prizes for the best photos from the weekend.


Lucy Jordache the band’s manager for the last 20 years, says,
“When I realised that our 2021 conventions would not be going ahead, I wanted to give our fans something that might help them experience the amazing feeling our conventions famously have. As the COVID 19 crisis deepened, it became more and more important to bring our fans together in a virtual space, where they can feel the love and support from one another and the band.”


All events over the weekend are free. The band have pre-sold merchandise (t-shirts, cushions, wine and beer glasses, banners and even confetti) to help fans get into the spirit of the event, and a rarities auction will take place over the weekend. With tough times being experienced across the globe, Marillion were keen for this to be a free event. However, an online tip jar will be live all weekend, for fans who might want to help out Marillion’s crew who have been hit hardest by the lack of live events.
Hogarth adds, “We’ve been completely amazed by the response of our fans to the idea of the Couch Convention and the merchandise we created for it. We sincerely thank them for their continuing love and support and hope to see them out on the road soon.”


Marillion are a British rock band with a successful 40-year history. Their last studio Album F E A R, debuted at number 4 in the UK Album Charts, claiming a top 20 slot in many European countries and charting across the world including the United States.


The band are known for their uniquely close relationship with their fans, and are widely attributed with reinventing the way bands work commercially, including the revolutionary crowdfunding of their 2000 album Anoraknophobia.


Marillion held their first global convention in April 2002. And now play Marillion Weekends all over the world including their bi-annual hiring of Center Parcs in Holland where they play to over 3000 fans from over 50 countries.


Marillion Couch Convention 2020, 4th, 5th & 6th September 2020


New Album- Progressing into new territory!

We’re super stoked and honored to have been chosen to play next year’s RoSfest (May 8,9,10) in Sarasota, Florida!   Our goal is to have our new album ready for the masses by then.   You Have It All will consist of 7-9 tracks totaling more than an hour in length containing some powerful tracks such as “Conduit”, our first fully instrumental piece. It will include our latest single “Nothing Wrong”, an anthem of individuality and freedom, and our previous single “Beautiful Light” (our first waltz!)    Progressive rock fans will especially appreciate the TWO 15-minute tracks we have planned. The title track is a strong, edgy piece made up of several parts. The final epic piece “Flowing With the Change”  deals with acceptance of the past and looking into the future with exciting possibilities!

Lobate Scarp is the musical creation of Vocalist/ Keyboardist/ Composer Adam Sears. He is joined by Andy Catt (bass) and Andrea Whitt (viola/pedal steel), and a myriad of talented guest artists live and in the studio including Peter Matuchniak (Guitar), Hoyt Binder (Guitar), Michael Gerbrandt (Drums), Rachel Grace (Violin), and Danica Pinner (Cello). From progressive rock influences like Genesis, Yes, and Phish, to the rock sensibilities of bands like Kansas, Muse, Faith No More and Styx, and a pop infusion of catchy vocals like Simple Minds, The Killers, The Police, Queen, and Foreigner; Lobate Scarp’s unique Progressive Opera-Rock music will surely take you on a journey you won’t forget. Lobate Scarp’s full length debut album “Time and Space” was released on 12-12-12 and received accolades from all over the world. The album took 5+ years and 50+ musicians to make. In addition to vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, also recorded were Trumpets, Saxophone, Viola, Violin, Cello, Theremin, Glockenspiel, and a 30+ person choir singing in Latin. Percussionist Alex Acuña (Weather Report) appears as a special guest in the opening 15-minute title track and Rich Mouser (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic, Neal Morse) mixed and mastered the album. Steve Leavitt produced and engineered. The band’s newest songs appeared in the Spirals and Portals EP released with world-wide digital distribution though 80/20 Records in 2019. Lobate Scarp will be playing shows in 2020 with a newly formed line-up and they are excited to make their RoSfest Progressive Music Festival debut next May!

Tatsuya Yoshida and Zeuhl masters, Koenjihyakkei, will soon present an updated version of their classic “Angherr Shisspa” album, complete with live tracks from a 2005 concert in Japan.  “Angherr Shisspa Revisited” is scheduled for release later this month.


Progzilla Radio has the honor of premiering one of these live tracks, “Rattims Friezz”, to the world on our web page and on this week’s edition of The Progressive Tracks Show (#330), hosted by Mike “ProgTracks” Pollack.

Rattims Friezz” was performed at The Doors club in Hatsudai, Japan on 7 August 2005, and emphatically proves the ability of the band to play their exacting music in a live setting.

Track Artists:

– Yamamoto Kyoko / vocals
– Kanazawa Miyako / keyboards, vocals
– Komori Keiko / reeds, vocals
– Sakamoto Kengo / bass, vocals
– Tatsuya Yoshida / drums, vocals

Angherr Shisspa Revisited” is due for release (on digital download, coloured vinyl LP, and CD media) on SKiN GRAFT RECORDS on 20 September 2019:

Big thanks go to Mark Fischer at SKiN GRAFT RECORDS, for giving Progzilla Radio the opportunity to bring great new music to the world… and to YOU!


Following on from their rebirth seven years ago, The Brainiac 5’s evolution continues on Back To Shore. The band’s instinctive willingness to experiment is taken a step further. Usually, before starting to record, they’ve known what they’ll be doing. This time around, the approach has been totally new.

At the end of the sessions for their last album We’re Ready, the band were left with an unused, hypnotic loop, which they decided to send out to various ex-band members, friends and associates, whom they encouraged to expand on the track in whatever way they saw fit. Contributors included Brainiacs co-founder and poet Bert Biscoe; Cornish folk legend Chrissy Quayle aka The Mermaid of Zennor; reggae DJ and toaster Oxman; jazz saxophonist Oli Arlotto and Dave ‘Bagpipes’ Brooks of infamous ‘Balloon Dance’ comedy troupe, The Greatest Show On Legs.

The response to the process was extremely fruitful, leading to the creation of the four-part title track. The loop had a liberating effect, allowing the music to fly off in different directions, yet still sounding like a united whole. More players were invited to contribute to the project, while two more songs each were provided by Brainiacs guitarists Charlie Taylor and Duncan Kerr. From their psychedelic punk standpoint, the Brainiac 5 have ventured further than ever before, incorporating elements of folk, reggae, jazz and world music, resulting in the musical melting pot you hold in your hands.

Emerging out of the Cornish freak scene in the mid-70s, The Brainiac 5 migrated to London, causing a stir with their Mushy Doubt EP, earning such celebrity fans as John Peel and Alex Chilton, and prefiguring the early 80s psych revival. Splitting before their debut album World Inside (produced by Hawkwind’s Martin Griffin) could be released, they reconvened in 2012, going on to release a 10” EP (Space Is The Place), an early years anthology (When Silence Was Sound) and three new studio albums (Exploding UniverseJourney To XWe’re Ready), all of which have drawn praise from the likes of MojoThe WireProgRecord CollectorShindig,Vive Le RockLouderthanwarTerrascope and more…

The Brainiac 5 play a special album launch on 5 April at The Gunners, 205 Blackstock Rd, London N5.

Punk energy harnessed to a serious Ladbroke Grove attitude, the result a wonderful cornucopia of sound. Terrascope

If ever there was a bridge between punk and prog then this is it. Dancing About Architecture


Their eclectic music ranges from freak-outs to hints of jazz and bluebeat. Prog


Proper British festival music. **** Shindig!


This is acid punk at its best. **** RNR

2018 Progzilla Best of Albums

That time of year again as we look back on the last cycle of the music we love and want to share with the world.  The Wide variety of shows on Progzilla guarantees to provide something for every lover of the progsphere.  From Avant Jazz Prog to Cookie Monster Prog metal we have something that will tickle your fancy. The downside is having to collect the information compile it write the list, then actually schedule the music so you get a chance actually hear it outside their shows.

From Christmas Eve onwards from 10.00 am to 12.00 am  GMT/UTC  Ziggy The AutoDJ will be playing music from all the albums Listed below  there will be annoying voices or chatter from the DJs just music .

Progzilla wishes everyone the best of Holiday seasons and the proggiest of sounds!  2019 has a lot to live up to after the quality of the music at least if not in many other parts of life!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Jolly Solstice etc etc etc

Tune in to Progzilla Radio from Christmas  on

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So here are the selections:

Stacy Doller – Stacy Doller On Progzilla (Friday Nights 800pm to 10.30pm UTC/GMT)

Southern Empire – Civilisation
Circulus – Birth
It Bites – Live in London
Steve Hughes – Holding On To Normal
Phideaux – Infernal
Argos – Unidentified Dying Objects
The Paradox Twin – The Importance of Mr Bedlam
John Holden – Capture Light
Galahad – Seas of Change
Fractal Mirror – Beyond the Pale

Andy Wild – The Progzilla Files on Progzilla Sundays (6.00pm to 8.00 pm UTC/GMT 1st Sunday of The month)

Galahad – Seas of Change
Twelfth Night – Sequences
Shineback  – Dial

Tiger Moth Tales – Storytellers  2

Steve Blease – Sounds That Can Be Made (Monday 8.00pm to 10.30 pm UTC/GMT) and Heavy Elements (Friday 10.30pm to midnight UTC/GMT)

Haken – Vector
Redemption – Long Night’s Journey into Day
Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs
TesseracT – Sonder
Between the Buried and Me – Automata
Amorphis – Queen of Time
Bomber Goggles – Gyreland
Circles – The Last One
Temples on Mars – Temples on Mars
Saul Blease – The Great War

Peter Jones – Tales from The Tiger Moth (alternate Saturdays 12.00am to 3.00pm GMT/UTC)

John Holden, Capture light
Let’s Eat Grandma, I’m All Ears
Shineback, Dial
Sunchild, Messages from Afar: The Division and Illusion of Time
Kino, Radio Voltaire
Haken, Vector
Spiralmaze, Dunes Of Dorlmeus
John Beagley, As If
Rani Chatoorgoon, Chaotic Wonder
Robert Reed, Sanctuary iii

Jim Lawson – The Ancient One (8.00pm to 11.00pm UTC/GMT alternate Tuesdays)

Ring Van Mobius – Past The Evening Sun
Damanek – In Flight,
Malady – Tointen Toista,
Riversea -The Tide,
Mike Kershaw – Arms Open Wide,
The Windmill – Tribus,
Yuka and Chronoship – Ship,
Samurai Of Prog – Archivarium,
Sunchild – Messages From Afar
John Holden – Capture Light.

Tony Rowsick – Prog Watch (11.00pm to 1.00am GMT/UTC Wednesdays)

3.2 – The Rules Have Changed
Riverside – Wasteland
Perfect Beings – Vier
Southern Empire – Civilisation
Mystery – Lies And Butterflies
Yuka & Chronoship – Ship
Arena – Double Vision
Damanek – In Flight
The Pineapple Thief – Dissolution
Armonite – And The Stars Above

Cliff Pearson – Live From Progzilla Towers (Wednesday 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm UTC/GMT)

Southern Empire – Civilization

Phideaux – Infernal
Riverside – Wasteland
All Traps on Earth – A Drop Of Light
Damanek – In Flight
Gösta Berlings Saga – Et Ex
Rainburn – Insignify
Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly – Friendship
The Tangent – Proxy
Lazleitt – On The Brink
Twelfth Night – Sequences 2018

Sid Smith –  Progzilla Sundays – Sid Smith From The Yellow Room (6.00 pm to 8.00 pm UTC/GMT  3rd Sunday of the Month)

JOHN McLAUGHLIN – Live In San Francisco
JAKOB BRO – Bay Of Rainbows

SKYDIVE TRIO – Sun Sparkle
ELEPHANT 9 – Greatest Show On Earth
FIRE! – The Hands

Steve Petch – Progzilla Sundays – The Progmeister   (6.00 pm to 8.00 pm GMT/UTC  2nd Sunday of the month)

The Tangent – Proxy

Big Big Train – Merchants of Light
Adam Holzman Truth Decay
Damanek – In Flight
Spocks beard – Noise floor
Southern Empire – Civilisation
Yuka & the Chronoship – The Ship
Ring Van Mobius – Past The evening Star

David Elliot – The European Perspective (1.00 pm to 5.00 pm UTC Mondays)

Alco Frisbass – Le Bateleur
Jet Black Sea – The Overview Effect
The Kentish Spires – The Last Harvest
Koenji Hyakkei – Dhorimviskha
Lydian Collective – Adventure
North Atlantic Oscillation – Grind Show
Regal Worm – Pig Views
Sarcophagus Now – Sarcophagus Now
Sterbus – Real Estate/Fake Inverno
The Tangent – Proxy

Brian Watson  – Not The American Prog Show (6.30pm to 8.00 pm UTC/GMT Fridays) and Progzilla Sundays – The American Prog Show  with Mike Whitfield (6.00pm to 8.00pm UTC/GMT 4th Sunday of the Month)

The Tangent – Proxy
Glass Hammer -Chronomonaut
3rDegree – Ones & Zeros Vol 0
The Swan Chorus – The Swan Chorus
Phideaux – Infernal

Napier’s Bones – Monuments
Thumpermonkey – Make Me Young, Etc.
Yes -Fly From Here Return Trip
North Atlantic Oscillation – Grind Show
Fractal Mirror – Close To Vapour

Mike Whitfield – Progzilla Sundays -The American Prog Show  with Brian Watson (6.00pm to 8.00pm UTC/GMT 4th Sunday of the Month)

Fifth Species – Life In The Punch Line
Phideaux – Infernal
Glass Hammer – Chronomonaut
Southern Empire – Civilisation
The Tangent – Proxy
Mark Rowen – Radiance
Koenki Hyakkei – Dhorimviskha
Tiger Moth Tales – Story Tellers Part Two
All Traps On Earth – A Drop Of Light
Karmamoi – The Day Is Done

Mike Pollack – Progressive Tracks (10.30pm to midnight UTC/GMT Mondays)

Adam Holzman – “Truth Decay”
SONAR with David Torn – “Vortex”
Koenjihyakkei – “Dhorimvishka”
The Hypersonic Factor – “Inventions of Diffusion”
Far Corner – “Risk”
Spiralmaze – “Dunes of Dorlmeus”
Ángel Ontalva & VESPERO – “Carta Marina
El Tubo Elastico – “Impala”
All Traps On Earth – “A Drop Of Light”
Amgala Temple – “Invisible Airships

Shaun Geraghty – The Prog Mill (10.00pm to midnight Sundays)

John Holden – Capture Light.
The Tangent – Proxy.
RanestRane – Starchild.
Southern Empire – Civilisation.
Octavarium – Out of Time.
Damanek – In Flight,

Albion – You’ll Be Mine.
Argos – Unidentified Dying Objects.
Mark Rowen – Radiance.
The Windmill – Tribus

Graham Harfleet – The Progressive Rock Show (8.00 pm to 10.00 pm Sundays)

The Tangent – Proxy
Gleb Kolyadin – Gleb Kolyadin.
Damanek In Flight
Southern Empire – Civilisation
Yuka & The Chronoship – Ship
John Holden – Capture Light
 The Hypersonic Factor. Inventions of Diffusion
Dial by Shineback.
 Oceans of Slumber – the Banished Heart
 Riverside – Wasteland

Ian Fairholm – The Epileptic Gibbon (3.00pm to 5.30 pm UTC/GMT alternate Sundays)

 Sanguine Hum – ‘Now We Have Power’
180Gs – ‘Singin’ to God’ 3.
Thumpermonkey – ‘Make Me Young, etc.
Phideaux – ‘Infernal’
Nadia Struiwigh – ‘WHRRu’
Monobody – ‘Raytracing’
Mildlife – ‘Phase’
Matt Baber – ‘Suite For Piano and Electronics’
Jack O’ The Clock – ‘Repetitions of the Old City II’
Henrik Schwarz & Metropole Orkest – ‘Scripted Orkestra’

Emma Roebuck – Northern Star (8.00 pm to 11.00 pm UTC/ GMT Thursdays)

C:Live Collective – Fifth Estate
Damanek – In Flight
Pineapple Thief – Dissolution
The Tangent – Proxy
Vespero – Hollow Moon
Saul Blease – Great War
Jet Black sea – The Overview Effect
The Fierce and The Dead – Euphoric
Shineback – Dial
Andromeda Anarchia – Dark Matters

Graeme Murray he of thunderous bass and PALLAS OFFICIAL fame is making as solo album and has created a Patreon Page to help create the album!
Friends!! Welcome to my Patreon page!
Any fan of Pallas music will be waiting for this next step in his music career!
My name is Graeme Murray, I’m a Prog Rock musician based in Scotland.
You may know me better as the bass player, and co-founder of Prog band PALLAS.
Many of you will know who I am already!
Recently, we announced the cessation of Pallas as a working band. Not something I wanted, but with such a huge amount of music still within me I have decided that I want to continue writing, recording and hopefully, playing live again!!
consequently I have taken up the cudgels and I’ve started writing a solo album. I intend to keep the Pallas flame ALIVE! And to continue writing and performing music you love for as long as possible!



Bram Stoker – legendary Rock Band

Release new single:

‘Pictures of Light and Shade’

Released on Thoroughbredmusic/Proper Distribution


The single ‘Pictures of Light and Shade’, is a light and airy radio friendly song, along with more typical classical/rock Bram Stoker songs from the recent EP ‘Bete Noire’ and some great new material, will form a new album due out September 2018. 


Downloadable single link:




The current line-up has been together since late 2015, comprising founder member Tony Bronsdon – keys/vocals, Neil Richardson – guitars, Josephine Carfax – bass/vocals, and Warren Marks – Drums. They have been heavily rehearsing and composing new material. The new single Pictures of Light and Shade, plus the recent EP Bête Noire, which also has 4 brand new tracks which reflect compositions and recordings with influences of the old Bram Stoker’s heritage, but with a modern twist. What an apt day to release on Friday 13th!!


 Bête Noire – EP Track listing/download link:



  1. Choices
  2. Cut Down the Corn
  3. Gotta Get Out of Here  


Editor’s Notes:


Bram Stoker was formed in the summer of 1969 by Hammond organist Tony Bronsdon, guitarist Pete Ballam, drummer Rob Haines and bass guitarist Jon Bavin, in their south coast town of Bournemouth, England, UK.

Kindred spirits Tony, Pete and Rob were in separate bands at the time but collaborated on a project with Jet Harris (exShadows bass player). When the project ended they recruited bass player friend Jon Bavin. The chemistry was now right and Bram Stoker became their opportunity to explore and create their own music. They were young, enthusiastic and inspired by the current progressive musical trends.


After intense rehearsals in a room above a pub in Poole, the band went on the road. That summer of 1969 was the start of a busy schedule. The band’s live performances were well received and drew enthusiastic audiences. From the vast circuit of clubs, colleges and universities throughout the UK the band developed a loyal following.


Although influenced by the Gothic image, Bram Stoker chose its own musical direction, composing its own material and experimenting with new musical styles. Inevitably the band acquired the “progressive classical rock” label but succeeded in creating its own identity. The band’s focus was on stage performance and raw, powerful sound. Each member embraced fresh ideas and encouraged originality.


Tony Bronsdon’s classical training is augmented by a formidable technique, with a Hammond organ sound that is majestic, biting and haunting. His stirring ability to integrate his classical interpretation into their musical compositions – with drummer Rob Haines’ driving rhythms – defined the Bram Stoker sound.


Pete Ballam’s antics on stage were spontaneous and unpredictable, his legendary “Doppler” (a spinning speaker cabinet) had to be seen – and heard – to be believed. Rob Haines took an individual approach to his role in the rhythm section and created his own spinning cymbal, which – like Pete’s “Doppler” – is unique to Bram Stoker(evident on “Poltergeist“). Jon Bavin enhanced their compositions with melodic themes, ethereal vocals and dextrous bass lines.


One of their early gigs was as support act for The Who at Bournemouth Pavilion. Front man Roger Daltrey saw the potential and invited Bram Stoker to his home in Berkshire, where he made demo recordings of the band. After six tracks had been recorded The Who embarked on an extensive USA tour, so the demos were put on hold until his return. Derek Lawrence, record producer of rock band Deep Purple, showed an interest and more tracks were recorded in London’s De Lane Lea Studios with Deep Purple’s engineer, Martin Birch. A few months later Bram Stoker was signed up to an independent label owned by

Rolling Stones manager Tony Calder.


The band had also developed a keen following in Holland. Bassist Tony Lowe had then replaced Jon Bavin and the new line-up enjoyed a successful tour of that country in the spring of 1971. The “Heavy Rock Spectacular“album was released that same year.


Bram Stoker enjoyed remarkable interest from the music industry during the period from 1969 to 1972 and this is shown in the wake of the “Heavy Rock Spectacular“ album – from its original vinyl release by Windmill Records in 1972 through to its present CD format. The album became a collector’s item; an original vinyl LP is particularly valuable. Inevitable bootlegging ensued and CD copies of “Heavy Rock Spectacular“ appeared on various labels world-wide. Sales of the album continue unabated, and the band’s following on the Internet grows daily with fresh blood.


Bram Stoker re-formed in 2009 and composed new material. The band is now based in Salisbury, Wiltshire.


Adrian Collis