All posts by Conor Fynes

  • 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....

  • OMNISIGHT: Roller Coaster Prog

    OmnisighT are, without the slightest doubt, one of my favourite local bands. Hell, calling them a ‘local band’ doesn’t even seem fitting- their stage presence...

  • Yes – Talk

    Talk is a point of confusion for me in so many ways. Long before I ever got around to checking out Yes‘ fourteenth album, I’d heard reports...

  • Yes – Union

    I can’t rightly decide whether Union was a good idea in concept or not. The idea of teaming up the ‘classic’ Yes with the fashionably poppish ’80s Yes is about as...