All posts by Conor Fynes

  • Yes – Keys to Ascension 2

    Even if it fell short of its promise to bring back Yes as they were in their golden age, the Keys to Ascension duology made for a thankful respite,...

  • Yes – Keys to Ascension 1

    As well-intentioned as some of their reinventions may have been over the course of their career, Yes have been notoriously bad at handling lineup changes since their...

  • Dean Watson – Fantasizer!

    Upon occasion, I’ll open up a review of an album by commenting on its artwork, and this is one such case wherein I’ll indulge my...

  • Yes – Yesshows

    There seems to be a general consensus that Yes‘ first live album Yessongs is something of a masterpiece. At two hours and six sides long, it takes the...

  • 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...