All posts by Conor Fynes

  • Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere

    Agalloch is the uncommon result of an uncompromising vision and style. Though they’ve never let themselves be bound to one sound, their identity is strong and...

  • Delivery – Fools Meeting

    As was often the case for progressive albums released on the cusp of 1970, Delivery‘s one and only LP Fools Meeting sounds torn between prog innovations and the...

  • Opeth – Pale Communion

    Admittedly, I had avoided listening to the new Opeth record for a while before finally caving in and checking it out. It’s certainly not been for a...

  • Mice on Stilts – An Ocean Held Me

    Call them Anathema at their most meditative, The Dear Hunter at their most elaborately orchestrated, or evenKayo Dot at their most intimate and accessible. Either way, you wouldn’t be far...

  • Vintersorg – Naturbål

    Vintersorg is a band I would love to have been introduced to whilst I was still in the nascent years of my experience with the ‘extreme’...

  • Sabaton – Heroes

    By this point in their career, it seems as if Sabaton are virtually beyond the point of criticism. Say what you will about these military-obsessed Swedes; in...

  • Yes – Yessongs

    I’ll start this off by admitting that, for the longest time, I’ve had my doubts surrounding the worth of live albums. There’s a dimension of...

  • Yes – Open Your Eyes

    It seems mediocrity is the only thing that doesn’t excite me these days. Unfortunately, there’s a disproportionately large amount of it out there. In progressive...

  • Yes – 9012Live: The Solos

    9012Live is a whimpering example of a lost opportunity. With the Trevor Rabin era of Yes still making its first bold steps, a live album would have made...

  • SEVEN NINES AND TENS: Bunch of Numbers

    Although my city of Vancouver’s progressive rock scene may be seen as fledgling at best, a small handful of bands have created a lively underground....