Album Review: Pope Francis – Wake Up!

I think we all read the headlines earlier this year: “Pope Francis to release prog rock album.” It’s enough to make you double-take, imagining the leader of the Catholic Church improvising solos alongside the likes of Steve Hackett and Steve Howe (#TrendyPope, or perhaps #PopeProg). Now this isn’t as radical as one would think, seeing…

Album Review: Waken Eyes – Exodus

Swedish music label Ulterium Records was kind enough to send me a promotion copy of heavy metal band Waken Eyes’ upcoming album “Exodus” last week. Having heard that both bassist Michael Lepond of Symphony X and drum god Marco Minnemann were two members of this amazing supergroup, I couldn’t listen to this album fast enough.…

Album Review: TesseracT – Polaris

Here we go again. With another major music release date happening this Friday, I’ve been gearing up for a busy weekend of listening and writing. Luckily, one of those upcoming albums was released early, made available to stream around the world this Tuesday. Thanks to progressive metal band TesseracT for making my job a little…