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.

The Flower Kings – Islands (2020)

The Flower Kings are back with their second album since their break, which saw long-time keyboard player Tomas Bodin no longer in the band. These days the line-up is Roine Stolt vocals, ukulele, guitars, additional keyboards and Hasse Fröberg (vocals, acoustic guitar), who has also been there since the beginning, bassist Jonas Reingold, who has now celebrated 20 years in the role, plus the new guys, Zach Kamins (keyboards) and Mirko DeMaio (drums). VIAC The Flower Kings – Islands (2020)

Islands Book Cover Islands
The Flower Kings
Prog Rock
Inside Out Music
2020
2xCD
21

David Kollar & Arve Henriksen ‎– Unexpected Isolation (2020)

The year when many of us found ourselves in unexpected isolation, and with their Prague concert cancelled in March 2020, David and Arve decided that if they could not express themselves together onstage then they would do so in the recorded medium. VIAC David Kollar & Arve Henriksen ‎– Unexpected Isolation (2020)

Unexpected Isolation Book Cover Unexpected Isolation
David Kollar & Arve Henriksen
Contemporary Jazz
Hevhetia
2020
CD
18

David Kollar – 10 Poems For Ronroco / Crime On The Bunny (2020)

These days most people think of David Kollar as Steven Wilson’s right hand man, but I first came across him in the band Komara which he formed with drummer Pat Mastelotto and Italian trumpeter Paolo Raineri back in 2014. VIAC David Kollar – 10 Poems For Ronroco / Crime On The Bunny (2020)

10 Poems For Ronroco / Crime On The Bunny Book Cover 10 Poems For Ronroco / Crime On The Bunny
David Kollar
Jazz Rock, Noise
Hevhetia
2020
2xCD
4x10

Blue Öyster Cult – Live At Rock Of Ages Festival 2016 (2020)

Since signing to Frontiers Music there has been a plethora of live releases from Blue Öyster Cult, and this one catches the band at the Rock of Ages Festival in Seebronn, Germany, recorded on July 30th, 2016. VIAC Blue Öyster Cult – Live At Rock Of Ages Festival 2016 (2020)

Live At Rock Of Ages Festival 2016 Book Cover Live At Rock Of Ages Festival 2016
Blue Öyster Cult
Hard Rock
Frontiers Music
2020
CD, DVD
11, 10

Blue Öyster Cult ‎– The Symbol Remains (2020)

I have been a fan of Blue Öyster Cult for more years than I care to think about, certainly more than 40, and the very first band shirt I ever owned was theirs. I remember proudly wearing it to my first ever metal gig, Saxon and Tygers of Pan Tang, when I was 17. VIAC Blue Öyster Cult ‎– The Symbol Remains (2020)

The Symbol Remains Book Cover The Symbol Remains
Blue Öyster Cult
Hard Rock
Frontiers Records
2020
CD
14

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