Všetky príspevky od Kev Rowland

Od roku 1990 do roku 2006 som vo Veľkej Británii viedol fanzin Feedback, písal som o kapelách, ktoré sa nikdy nevenovali mainstreamu, z ktorých mnohé boli v progresívnom undergrounde. Vytvoril som si úzke vzťahy najmä s mnohými britskými skupinami, vrátane písania bulletinu pre Freewill, koncertov pre Credo a písania úvodu do kompilácie OCMDII kapely Galahad. Preskúmal som doslova tisíce kaziet a CD skupín z celého sveta a mal som to šťastie, že som sa s nimi mohol rozprávať. Počas tohto obdobia som tiež prispieval do francúzskemu progzinu Acid Dragon, do známeho Rock 'n' Reel, ako aj pre webovú stránku Ghostland. V roku 2006 som sa presťahoval na Nový Zéland a vydávanie Feedback_u pozastavil. (Ten sa potom premenoval na Amplified, odkiaľ som na svoju žiadosť odišiel.) Produkoval som vyše 80 vydaní s viac ako 11 tisíc tlačenými stranami. Na Novom Zélande som prestal písať a recenzovať, ale postupne som sa vrátil na scénu a začal prispievať na mnohé stránky i do časopisov. Vložil som sa do toho s rovnakým zápalom, ako pred 20 rokmi. V roku 2014 som to však zastavil a začal pracovať na knihe, ktorá obsahuje všetky moje progresívne recenzie pre Feedback. Dokončil som ju na konci roku 2016. (Knihu The Progressive Underground Volume 1 vydali Gonzo Multimedia v roku 2018.) Píšem o rôznych hudobných štýloch, od akustiky a jazzu cez všetky typy rocku (progresívny, melodický, hard), až po najextrémnejší metal a avantgardu. Všetky moje recenzie sa objavujú v tlačenej verzii britského fanzinu Amplified (stále aktívny aj po 30 rokoch), tiež ich odosielam do týždenného elektronického časopisu Gonzo, poľského www.mlwz.pl (kde Artur uverejňuje každý deň niekoľko mojich recenzií v sekcii anglického jazyka), ďalej sú to stránky PowerofProg.com, HouseofProg.com, Progressor.net a ďalšie. Taktiež prispievam na www.Background.com, do francúzskeho progzinu Acid Dragon. Ak je skupina uvedená v príslušnom zozname, recenzia sa objaví aj na ProgArchives, všetky metalové na Metalmusicarchives a jazzové na Jazzmusicarchives. Uf! Snažím sa objaviť a propagovať „nové“ kapely, ktoré si to zaslúžia. V auguste 2019 ma oslovil zástupca stránky Rockovica.com a ja som súhlasil s publikovaním mojich článkov v slovenskom jazyku.

Madrigal ‎– Waiting… (1989)

Madrigal were originally formed in 1977 by David Cebert (keyboards) and Kevin Dodson (vocals, drums), since when they have undergone numerous personnel changes. In 1982, there was a change in direction and a change in name, as they became a covers band called UVU to earn some money. This lasted until 1985 when the band broke up, which featured the end of the writing partnership of Cebert and Dodson. VIAC Madrigal ‎– Waiting… (1989)

Waiting... Book Cover Waiting...
Madrigal
Prog Rock
Every Third Person Records
1989
CD
8

Krel – Ad Astra (1997)

There are arguably far too few bands trying to emulate the mighty Hawkwind, so when I saw that this CD was by a band that had completed a full tour with them as long ago as 1992, Iknew I was in for a treat. Then I read that Andy G had been inspired to set up the Dead Ernest label just to release this album and I was quite intrigued. VIAC Krel – Ad Astra (1997)

Ad Astra Book Cover Ad Astra
Krel
Space Rock
Dead Earnest
1997
CD
10

FANTASYY FACTORYY – TALES TO TELL (1997)

This is Alan Tepper’s second album, where a new rhythm section and also a guest flautist have joined him. Although both have been released in Germany by Ohrwaschl, his debut Ode To Life was also released in the UK on vinyl by ACME. VIAC FANTASYY FACTORYY – TALES TO TELL (1997)

Tales To Tell Book Cover Tales To Tell
Fantasyy Factoryy
Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock
Ohrwaschl Records
1997
CD, LP
7

Darxtar – Daybreak (1994)

As far as I am aware, this album is unavailable in the UK, which is a crying shame. Artur thought that I may be interested in this CD from Swedish band darXtar, and he is definitely right. The artwork gives a space rock feel to proceedings, and this is continued with the music. VIAC Darxtar – Daybreak (1994)

Daybreak Book Cover Daybreak
Darxtar
Space Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock
SBm Sweden
1994
CD
7

IQ – Tales From The Lush Attic (1983)

IQ’s debut vinyl album was released in 1983, initially only available through mail order or at gigs. At long last it has been released on CD in the UK (although it has previously been available as an import). VIAC IQ – Tales From The Lush Attic (1983)

Tales From The Lush Attic Book Cover Tales From The Lush Attic
IQ
Prog Rock, Neo Prog
The Major Record Company
1983
LP
5
CD Giant Electric Pea ‎– GEPCD1010 /1994/

RED JASPER – STING IN THE TALE (1990)

Fed up the current wave of progressive rock and looking for something more raw and raucous, yet played with great skill and dexterity? If that is the case, then Red Jasper are the band for you. I asked Davey how he would describe the sound of Red Jasper to the unknowing and was told “Motörhead meets Jethro Tull”. Curious? Read on. VIAC RED JASPER – STING IN THE TALE (1990)

Sting In The Tale Book Cover Sting In The Tale
Red Jasper
Prog Folk, Prog Rock
HTD Records
1990
CD, LP
9

Legend – Light In Extension (1991)

Legend were formed in August 1988 by keyboard player Stephen Paine, and after an initial period of instability the line-up settled down with Debbie Chapman (vocals), Paul Thomson (guitar), Ian Lees (bass), Chris Haskayne (drums) and Steve.
VIAC Legend – Light In Extension (1991)

Light In Extension Book Cover Light In Extension
Legend
Prog Rock
Pagan Media Limited
1991
CD
8

ABBFINOOSTY – THE WIZARD (1990)

Abbfinoosty are Asif Ali (27) on guitars and vocals, Bob Low (30) on drums, and Tony Norton (23) on bass and vocals, and they gig consistently in the London and Surrey area, recently playing a couple of dates at The Marquee. VIAC ABBFINOOSTY – THE WIZARD (1990)

The Wizard Book Cover The Wizard
Abbfinoosty
Prog Rock
Not On Label
1990
Cassette
3

Split Enz – True Colours (1980)

For anyone living outside Australia or New Zealand, it probably isn’t possible to understand just how big a band these guys were back in the day. Formed in 1973 by Tim Finn and Phil Judd, this was their fifth album, and the one which ultimately was their most commercially successful. VIAC Split Enz – True Colours (1980)

True Colours Book Cover True Colours
Split Enz
New Wave, Pop Rock
Mushroom
1980
LP
11
CD - Warner Music Australia ‎– 5419708114 /2020/

Molly Hatchet – Battleground (2019)

Pamätám si na moment, keď som sa prvýkrát stretol so skupinou Molly Hatchet. Bolo to roku 1979 a naša miestna rozhlasová stanica ju predstavila v rockovej show „Boogie No More“. Išlo o trojitý gitarový záprah – Dave Hlubek, Duane Roland a Steve Holland – ktorý poháňal správne južansky zastretý vokál Dannyho Joea Browna. A mne sa to veľmi zapáčilo. VIAC Molly Hatchet – Battleground (2019)

Battleground Book Cover Battleground
Molly Hatchet
Southern Rock, Hard Rock
Steamhammer
2019
2xCD, 3xLP
19

Nektar – The Other Side (2020)

Poznám prvých 11 albumov Nektar a práve som si uvedomil, že mi z nejakých neznámych dôvodov ušiel Prodigal Son z roku 2001. Na skupinu som však časom stratil stopu a od roku 2008, vydaním Book of Days, som nič nepočul.
VIAC Nektar – The Other Side (2020)

The Other Side Book Cover The Other Side
Nektar
Prog Rock
Cosmic Cowboy Records/Esoteric Antenna
2020
2xLP, CD
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