Top 20 Albums of 2015

As the year draws to a close, Crash And Ride Music has counted down its Top 20 Albums of 2015. It took some time to not only narrow down the large list to twenty, but to order them correctly as well. Keep in mind that only albums that were reviewed on the site were included…

Top 5: Best The Moody Blues Albums

English progressive/symphonic rock band The Moody Blues were considered one of the first inspirations for the progressive rock movement. With core members Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, and John Lodge, The Moody Blues have released sixteen albums over the span of fifty years, their most recent being “December” in 2003. With their trademark sound of numerous…

Album Review: Lucid Fly – Stasis

I always get excited when I find a new album with female-fronted vocals. There isn’t enough of those bands in the world. Luckily, Californian alternative/progressive rock band Lucid Fly has made their way into my life, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Although they are currently finishing up their upcoming full length album…

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.…

The Aristocrats – Tres Caballeros

In anticipation of my next concert this Friday, I want to share with you all the amazing supergroup The Aristocrats. Consisting of guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson), drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson), and bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani), this jazz-fusion/progressive rock band consists of some of the most well-renowned musicians at their respective instruments. Their…

Week in Review: 07/17/15

Starting every Friday, Crash And Ride Music is going to do one of the following posts: New Release Friday or Week In Review. Considering there weren’t any releases coming out today that interested me, I thought I’d write the site’s first Week In Review. Whether you can believe it or not, more happened in the…

Genesis – Duke

It’s difficult to mention Hackett’s performance on “Wolflight” without bringing attention to his original band Genesis. One of the most famous and successful progressive rock bands, Genesis has an interesting history, mixed with tension, turmoil, change, and division. I could easily suggest for my readers to pick up a copy of one of Genesis’ more…

Hemina – Nebulae

Searching through Progarchives over my Labor Day weekend, I stumbled across this next band. Earlier that weekend, I decided to learn some heavier music on guitar, which made me interested in finding some new harder songs to listen to. In comes Hemina, a band suggested numerous times on Progarchives. Hemina is a band from Sydney,…

Dream Theater – Awake

This next album comes from a band that has a long track record. Since the mid-80’s, this band has put out some of the most influential progressive metal album in rock music history. The band I’m referring to is Dream Theater. This five-piece from Boston consists of some of the most influential musicians in their…

Pink Floyd – Meddle

The album I will be reviewing today comes from a band that I’m sure everyone has heard of. The band I am talking about is none other than Pink Floyd. Whether you know of the band’s history or not, all you need to know is this foursome has produced some of the most influential albums…