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2014-08-30
Glenn Cornick RIP – Glenn Cornick, the original bassist in Jethro Tull, has passed away at his home in Hawaii. He was 67 years old, and had been in hospice care for some time. Cornick appeared on This Was, Stand Up, and Benefit, as well as parts of Living in the Past. » Read more

2014-08-25
Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom Starts Crowd Funding Campaign – Ian Shirley of Record Collector magazine has a Kickstarter Campaign to reissue the lovingly restored music of his former band, The Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom. You can help Ian release this undiscovered music on vinyl! » Read more

2014-08-25
Il Tempio delle Clessidre DVD now out – The DVD of their monumental concert in Seoul in October 2011 is finally released! » Read more

2014-07-24
Fruits der Mer Announces Autumn Releases – According an email today from Keith Jones of Fruits de Mer, the next batch of vinyl is scheduled for release on September 22.  » Read more

2014-07-17
RIP Johnny Winter – Johnny Winter, a Texas-bred guitarist and singer who was a mainstay of the blues-rock world since the 1960s, died on Wednesday July 16th in his hotel room in Zurich. He was 70 and had been on tour in Europe. » Read more

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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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