Joe Satriani, a man whose vibrant vibrato and spot-on guitar bendings I will always instantly recognize. As one of the few 80s guitar virtuosos he maintained a steady output of new solo material throughout his whole career, and successfully I might add. Thanks to that, he still is a household name in the guitar-loving community and released signature series of effect pedals, amps and guitars.
To be honest, I haven’t listened to all of his albums, but I’m very familiar with his style of instrumental music. His most distinguished skill is, that he can also, additionally to his amazing solo skills, perform Read the rest of this entry
The new studio album by the legendary rock band Deep Purple is their first in over seven years. Their lineup has not changed since the 2005 album Rapture of the Deep, even though they have been known to exchange band members every other year in the past. But with every new face, there also came a new sound. This makes it rather easy to differentiate between each era, especially considering the singers.
Still, all of Deep Purple’s newer records somewhat failed to impress me, lacking the untamed energy and brutish, youthful power that made them famous. I had no high hopes for this album, Now What?!. But maybe Read the rest of this entry
Spock’s Beard, the American band with the most catchy/clever/lame name, has been prog-rocking it out all over the world for over 20 years now. However, especially after the departure of their main songwriter (Christian-)prog-icon Neal Morse, they were or maybe still are struggling make ends meet, both financially and musically. With the help of outside songwriters they continued to release new albums on a regular basis, but failed to maintain the momentum and success of previous works. Before the making of this album their singer and drummer Nick D’Virgilio left the band to pursue a more lucrative job, but Read the rest of this entry
Porcupine Tree’s prog-prodigy Steven Wilson’s third solo album follows in the same vein of his previous musical work, but not in a literal sense. Staying true to the actual meaning of ‘progressive’, his approach to music and production remains to be in a perpetual, ever-changing state, so that each of his produced albums feature a slightly different and somewhat more matured sound.
As you can probably guess by now, I am a big fan of his work and his overall sound-ideas. But nevertheless, higher expectations might make it tougher for him to impress me. In his previous albums Insurgentes and Grace for Drowning Wilson managed to create sonically surprising and incredibly dynamic pieces of music that I have never heard or could even think of before. But, can he do it again? Read the rest of this entry