When Enuff Z’Nuff are at the top of their game, they’re a fantastic band. Their first three albums (‘Enuff Z’Nuff’, ‘Strength’ and ‘Animals With Human Intelligence’ rank among the best melodic rock and power pop discs ever. From that point on, you’ll find good songs scattered throughout their next half a dozen releases, but the cut and paste nature of these can be a little frustrating. From 1999’s ‘Paraphernalia’ onwards, the band seemed to settle into a pattern of bulking out “new” releases with bits and pieces from their extensive vaults. Their 2000 release ’10’ is a blatant example of this, having been pieced together from recordings made over the previous half a decade. Just one listen to ‘There Goes My Heart’ might even be enough to convince some listeners that the song had been kicking around even longer, such is its quality (being comparable to the best bits of the 1985 demos and the EZ’N debut album). Their 2004 release ‘?’ was even more scattershot, featuring new songs alongside a bunch of material dating back to the ‘Animals…’ sessions in 1992. Frankly, if the songs weren’t good enough in the 90s, they certainly felt like third division off cuts over a decade later.
For many prog rock fans, Rikard Sjöblom is a man who requires no introduction. Over the past few years, his multi-instrumentalist’s skills have become invaluable to the popular Big Big Train both in the studio and on the road.
Much loved prog rock band Lonely Robot return with a new album on July 17th. For the many fans who just can’t wait until then for their next Robot fix, a new video for ‘Spiders’ has been shared on YouTube.
In April 2020, Brazilian/American prog metal band Lufeh – named after their drummer Lufeh Batera – released their debut album ‘Luggage Falling Down’. Claiming to be for fans of Haken and Rush, the album displayed a strong balance between power, indulgence and melody.
On the heels of their debut single ‘Fuck Cyclists’, The Owen Guns return with a new track, the blistering ‘It’s Too Late’. Continue reading