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2014-10-31
McLatchey's Top Tier debuts today – Mike McLatchey hasn't written for Exposé for several years now, but we're welcoming him back to our "pages" with his occasional series of reviews of his favorite albums of all time. The reviews were originally posted on his Facebook timeline, but we're republishing them here for wider exposure. » Read more

2014-10-25
Jack Bruce RIP – The sad news reaches us that legendary bassist Jack Bruce died on 25 October 2014 from liver disease in Suffolk, England, aged 71. His work, first with Cream, and then on numerous solo releases as well as guesting with other artists, had a significant impact on the role of the bass guitar in rock music. » Read more

2014-10-20
Games for May festival announced – The first Fruits de Mer festival for 2015 is announced well in advance so no one can claim that they are too busy to attend, if you happen to be in Putney on May 24, 2015. » Read more

2014-10-17
Documentary about The Residents in the works – Since their beginnings back in the 70s, The Residents have amazed and confused those who heard their strange variety of music. Theory of Obscurity is a film about this strange avant-garde arts collective, and it's now in post production. » Read more

2014-10-02
Gentle Giant's Live at the Bicentennial Due out November 18 – Happy news reaches us from Alucard Music, official keeper of the Gentle Giant legacy, that a new archival live release will be out soon. The show took place July 3, 1976 at the Calderone Theater, Hempstead, Long Island, and was broadcast on a local radio station. » Read more

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The Gathering - Mandylion I've heard this group mentioned in the same breath as The Third and Mortal, so I decided to check out one of their releases. Hailing from the Netherlands, The Gathering is Rene Rutten (guitars,...  (1999) » Read more

The Worm Ouroboros — Of Things That Never Were
(AltrOck Productions Fading FAD011, 2013, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-11-20

Cover artWhile one might be mystified by the opener “L’Impasse Sainte Beregonne,” a sort of crepuscular instrumental prog dirge highlighted by electric guitar, flute, and bassoon, things take a more light, playful and colorful turn with “Shelieth,” seemingly inspired by classic period PFM, though not derivative in any sense. There must be something in the water in Minsk that produces brilliant musicians with outstanding compositional ideas. The band is nominally a four-piece with multi-instrumentalist Sergey Gvozdyukevich handling most of the writing, as well as the vocals, though guitarist Vladamir Sobolevsky has a strong hand in the arrangements, with bassist Alexey Zapolsky and drummer Eugene Zarkhin providing a solid rhythmic foundation that adds just the right touches to their sound. The wild card is reed player Vitaly Appow, from Rational Diet and more recently Five-Storey Ensemble, who appears on many of the tracks here, adding melodic counterpoint to Gvozdyukevich’s flute and keys. The album’s first vocal cut “The Pear Shaped Man” most definitely plays the Van Der Graaf / Hammill card, an influence that can be heard on some of the other tracks as the album proceeds, but nowhere more so than here. “Soleil Noir” starts by recalling the gentler side of classic period PFM, though this time with vocals, as it slowly morphs into a more edgy rock piece. The album’s darkest cut is “The Curfew,” one that may at different times recall elements of Magma, Present, or Art Zoyd; here electric piano duels with guitar and bassoon, with a funky zeuhl-like bass figure supporting, all topped off with mysterious chanting. “Dawn Angel” is a beautiful acoustic guitar duet that leads nicely into “Pirates in Pingaree,” a powerful, shifting symphonic piece that at times evokes classic Camel and other Canterbury and classic Italian influences. This Worm Ouroboros (not to be confused with a Bay Area post-rock band with the same name) pushes all the right buttons, and Of Things That Never Were is nothing if not a startling debut.

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