20 Essential Albums of 2018 by Kev Rowland

No. 1
Yagull – Yuna
Self-released
December 2, 2018
https://yagull-moonjune.bandcamp.com/track/yuna-2

No. 2
Galahad – Seas of Change

Self-released
January 22, 2018
https://galahad1.bandcamp.com/album/seas-of-change

No. 3
Michael – Alan Taylor Avalonia (The Sonnets of Guinevere)

Melodic Revolution Records
June 29, 2018
https://michael-alantaylor.bandcamp.com

No.4
Bomber Goggles – Gyreland
Melodic Revolution Records
March 21, 2018
https://bombergoggles.bandcamp.com

No. 5.
Tiger Moth Tales – Story Tellers Part Two
Self-releasedTalking Elephant
October 18, 2018
https://tigermothtales.bandcamp.com/album/story-tellers-part-two

No. 6
Ashley Hutchings – Paradise And Thorns
Talking Elephant
November 9, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Thorns-ASHLEY-HUTCHINGS/dp/B07GJFQ2CV

No. 7
Soft Machine – Hidden Details
Dyad
September 14, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Details-Soft-Machine/dp/B07F9G2JQX

No. 8
3.2 – The Rules Have Changed
Frontiers Music SRL
August 10, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Rules-Have-Changed-3-2/dp/B07D5R6GFK

No. 9 
Dream Aria – The Other Side
February 24, 2018
Self-released
https://dreamaria.bandcamp.com/album/on-the-other-side-cd

No. 10
Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear – Live in the Studio
Self-released
September 16th. 2018
http://www.iona.uk.com/albums/detail/id/36/live-in-the-studio

No. 11
Xavi Reija – The Sound Of The Earth
MoonJune Records
January 18, 2019
https://xavireija-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/the-sound-of-the-earth-hd

No. 12
Mystery – Lies
and Butterflies
Unicorn Digital 
Released July 14, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Lies-Butterflies-Mystery/dp/B07F7R8L1Q

No. 13
Damanek – In Flight

Giant Electric Pea
October 12, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Damanek/dp/B07GWJW463

No.14
Dwiki Dharmawan – Rumah Batu
MoonJune Records
May 15, 2018
https://dwikidharmawan-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/rumah-batu-hd

No. 15
Dialeto – Live with David Cross
Chromatic Music
June 4, 2018
https://dialeto.bandcamp.com/album/live-with-david-cross

No. 16
Mayan – Dhyana
September 21, 2018
Nuclear Blast
https://www.amazon.com/Dhyana-MaYaN/dp/B07GRRH5HC

No. 17
Carpe Noctem – Vitrun
Aural Music
October 5, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Vitrun-Carpe-Noctem/dp/B07GGRJWQZ

No.18
Ovrfwrd – Blurring the Lines (a democracy manifest ) ( 2018)
Sel-released
September 29, 2018
https://ovrfwrd.bandcamp.com/album/blurring-the-lines-a-democracy-manifest-2018 

No. 19
The C Sides Project – 10 Days
Self-released
October 26, 2018
https://csides1.bandcamp.com/album/10-days

No. 20
Ten Jinn – Ziggy Blackstar (A Tribute To David
Melodic Revolution Records
October 5, 2018
https://tenjinn.bandcamp.com/album/ziggy-blackstar-a-tribute-to-david-bowie

 

 

20 Essential Albums of 2018

One might consider this as a best of list for 2018, however, this list is not based on best selling or most popular releases, instead, what you will find here is twenty of my favorite studio release for 2018.

If you are one that has an open mind and loves all that music has to offer, then I implore you to check out each of the following albums, which you have not heard before and give them a few full spins.

2018 was a year filled with a diverse array of tasty delights all of which were released on one more of the following formats; CD Digital and even Vinyl. The albums are shown and listed alphabetically and not in order of most essential release as this is not a competition for best of, I consider all of these as essential albums of 2018.

Hopefully, you will find a fairly decent list of bands and their music.

Thank you,
Un-qualified-Kritic.

THE AARON CLIFT EXPERIMENT – IF ALL GOES WRONG
Self-released
Released May 4, 2018
https://theaaroncliftexperiment.bandcamp.com/album/if-all-goes-wrong

Árstíðir – Nivalis
Label -Season of the Mist
released June 22, 2018
https://arstidirsom.bandcamp.com/album/nivalis

Pete Berwick – Island
Self-released
December 5, 2018
https://peteberwick1.bandcamp.com/album/island

Borealis – The Offering
AFM Records
Released March 23, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Offering-Borealis/dp/B0792C44H3

Damanek – In Flight
Giant Electric Pea
October 12, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Damanek/dp/B07GWJW463

The Decemberist – I’ll Be Your Girl
Capitol Records
March 16, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Ill-Be-Your-Girl-Decemberists/dp/B0794MC5CZ

Evership – Evership II
Self-released
Released October 19, 2018
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/evership11

Galahad – Seas of Change
Self-released
January 22, 2018
https://galahad1.bandcamp.com/album/seas-of-change

Ghost – Prequelle
Loma Vista Records
Released  June 1, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Prequelle-Ghost/dp/B07BZBZ18R/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_1

Happy Rhodes – Ectotrophia
Numero Group
Released June 29, 2018
https://happyrhodes.bandcamp.com

Lo Moon – LM1
Columbia Records
Released February 23, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Lo-Moon/dp/B078Y2PMK7

Mystery – Lies and Butterflies
Unicorn Digital 
Released July 14, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Lies-Butterflies-Mystery/dp/B07F7R8L1Q

Phideaux – Infernal
Bloodfish Music
Released August 31, 2018
https://phideaux.bandcamp.com/album/infernal

Fernando Perdomo – Zebra Crossing
Self-released
Released November 9, 2018
https://fernandoperdomo.bandcamp.com/album/zebra-crossing

Riversea – The Tide
Self-released
Released April 23, 2018
https://riversea.bandcamp.com/album/the-tide-2

Sheverb – Chapter One
Self-released
Released June 29, 2018
https://sheverb.bandcamp.com

Southern Empire – Civilization
G E P Records Limited
Released July 20, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Civilisation-Southern-Empire/dp/B07F8D3VS3

Stvannyr – Secrets of the Runes 
Self-Released
Released October 1, 2018
https://stvannyr.bandcamp.com/album/secrets-of-the-runes

Michael – Alan Taylor Avalonia (The Sonnets of Guinevere)
Melodic Revolution Records
June 29, 2018
https://michael-alantaylor.bandcamp.com

Zoungla – There Will Be Dub
Self-released
Released October 19, 2018
https://zoungla.bandcamp.com/album/there-will-be-dub

 

 

ATREYU //IN OUR WAKE // SPINEFARM RECORDS

I first really started paying attention to Atreyu with the release of 2004’s ‘The Curse’, but although I grabbed all their albums up to 2009’s ‘Congregation of the Damned’ I hadn’t realized they had got back together after the hiatus following that to release an album in 2015, and here they are now back with the next, the seventh in their career. It is hard to believe that Atreyu has been together for twenty years now, as they still sound as angry as ever, mixing that aggression with melody and metal to create a sound designed to throw a mosh pit wherever they play. I also put them into the same category as Killswitch Engage and Avenged Sevenfold, all bands out there creating their own masterpieces and not worrying about the rest of the scene. There are parts of “The Time Is Now” which one would say belongs far more in the canon of their recent touring partners Slipknot than Atreyu. These guys have been turning it up and cranking it even harder than they used to, and took inspiration from their classic ‘Lead Sails Paper Anchor’ as they experimented and brought all the ideas under the Atreyu banner.

There is a freshness, which has been brought about by the way of working. “Every song with the exception of two was fully written in the studio,” says Brandon Saller (drums, vocals). “We’d split off into groups and crank out two ideas per day. We’d never written a fresh idea from scratch every day. Spontaneity makes things flow so much better though. We also never spread an album out like this either. We laid the foundation with five recordings, sat with them, and finished with a better picture of where we wanted to go.” Atreyu is very much back, and this reminds me so much of why I loved ‘The Curse’ when it was released. Methinks I need to dust that one off and put it on, as this has reminded me of what a powerful band they are. Superb.

8/10 by Kev Rowland

 

 

 

THE DAME // LOSING SIGHT OF WHAT YOU WANT // INDEPENDENT

This is the debut album from Dutch neo-prog band The Dame, which as the name might suggest is built heavily around the female lead singer, Marian van Charante. They have been gaining a lot of attention for their image and style, as apparently they aim to convey a feeling of the Roaring Twenties in what they do, although it must be said that with a download as opposed to a CD that isn’t necessarily apparent. For the most part, the keyboards are actually quite basic and in the background, but given that Thijs de Ruijter is actually the son of the guitarist Stephen and is just 16 years old perhaps that is understandable.

The songs feel like stories, which is very much a positive, and Marian moves between singing softly and bringing in elements of Alanis Morissette with her phrasing. It is pleasant enough, but this just doesn’t shine the way it should. Some of that is down to the arrangements which feel a little clunky at times, and the production which often pushes the snare drum over the top of the guitar. The use of acoustic guitar as an additional rhythm works well, but I can’t get nearly as excited over this as many others seem to be.

6/10 by Kev Roland

TOM SLATTER // SPIRIT BOX // INDEPENDENT

Tom’s last releases was as part of Murder and Parliament and their rather superb instrumental album. Here we find him back to his more usual state of affairs, blackmailing Gareth Cole (electric guitars) and Jordan Brown (acoustic bass, keyboards) to appear with him while he himself provides acoustic guitar and vocals. He describes this set as a collection of four murder ballads, and we get to meet some interesting characters during its 23 minutes. I have long felt that Tom was born in the wrong century, as I can imagine him sat in a dark corner of a pub somewhere as a traveling musician, singing and telling his stories to the brave souls willing to hear it (a bit like his gigs to be fair).

Tom has an incredible sense of humor, and if you don’t believe me then just follow some of his posts on Facebook, and he often portrays a steampunk image but what this all belies is that he is a very English musician and writer who deserves close attention. I haven’t heard all that he has released by any stretch, but everything I have come across has been quite superb. He has a way of telling stories which drag in the listener to sample the wares, with an incredibly complex acoustic guitar. He has become associated with the progressive scene, but he has as much in common with the folk crowd, and I would imagine him going down a storm at the Cropredy Festival. If you have heard any of his material already then I am sure you have lined up to purchase this, but if you are new to his style of English folk prog crossover then you owe it to your ears to find out more. https://tomslatter.bandcamp.com/album/spirit-box

8/10 by Kev Rowland

  

 

RoSfest – Regular Seat Tickets Are Now On Sale!

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RoSfest is in its 16th year and will be taking place on May 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2019.

RoSfest 2019 will take place on May 3rd through 5th, 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida.

Scheduled bands to play:
Friday, May 3rd – Cryptic Vision and Von Hertzen Brothers.
Saturday, May 4th – Entransient, Mile Marker Zero, Karmamoi, Phideaux and Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour with Martin Barre, Clive Bunker and Jonathan Noyce.
Sunday, May 5th – Edge of Reality, Traverser, Flor de Loto, and Riverside.

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