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April 2017
1) Uriah Heep – 'Look At Yourself'/'Demons And Wizards'/'The Magician's Birthday' (BMG – Newly expanded double-disc editions)
2) Uriah Heep – 'Live '73' (BMG – Now on 180-gramme splatter-coloured vinyl)
3) Big Big Train – 'Grimspound' (English Electric Recordings – A new masterwork from the neo-prog titans!)
4) Vain – 'Rolling With The Punches' (Jackie Rainbow – A throbbing glam/sleaze/melodic rock masterclass)
5) Eclipse – 'Monumentum' (Frontiers – Yet more genius from Erik Mårtensson)
6) One Desire – 'One Desire' (Frontiers – A remarkable debut. Do not miss them on tour with the above)
7) Night Ranger – 'Don't Let Up' (Frontiers – As ever, consistency remains Night Ranger's watchword)
8) Steve Hackett – 'The Night Siren' (Inside Out – My, what a run of form this guy is on!!)
9) Procol Harum – 'Novum' (Eagle – What a band, fifty years… respect due!)
10) Alan Reed – 'Honey On The Razors Edge' (White Knight – Divine, tuneful prog from the ex-Pallas frontman)
11) House Of Lords – 'Saint Of The Lost Souls' (Frontiers – Album number ten from James Christian and company)
12) Dirty White Boyz – 'Down And Dirty' (Escape Music – A warm welcome back to Tony Mitchell, once frontman for Kiss Of The Gypsy)
13) Brother Firetribe – 'Sunbound' (Spinefarm – Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen delivers yet more high quality melodic reock))
14) Mike + The Mechanics – 'Let Me Fly' (BMG – You can't beat the power of a good song, well sung)
15) Rox – 'The Teenteeze EP' (Teenteeze – Three anthems from the now reunited and quasi-legendary UK glamsters!)
16) Kreator – 'Gods Of Violence' (Nuclear Blast – Still making a wonderfully ugly noise!)
17) Sari Schorr – 'A Force Of Nature' (Manhaton – Enjoyable blues-rock… I must check her out live!)
18) Renaissance – 'Illusion: Through The Fire' (Angel Air – Expanded re-boot of album from 2001)
19) Raveneye – 'Nova' (Frontiers – Okay, I'm a bit late with this one, but will check 'em out supporting Kiss)
20) Devilskin – 'Be Like The River' (Devilskin.co.nz – Attitude-charged, female-fronted rock from New Zealand)

March 2017
1) Steve Hackett – 'Genesis Revisited: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (Inside Out – Deluxe five-disc set of his spine-tinglingly excellent gig in 2013)
2) Pride Of Lions – 'Fearless' (Frontiers – Jim Peterik really is the king of melodic hard rock)
3) Thunder – 'Rip It Up' (Ear Music – It's a grower…)
4) Black Star Riders – 'Heavy Fire' (Nuclear Blast – They've stepped out of Lizzy's shadow at last)
5) Blackfield – 'V' (Inside Out – Geffen and Wilson are such a talented duo… this is superb)
6) Tim Bowness – 'Lost In The Ghost Light' (Inside Out – Beautifully mellow in feel, but the songs are fascinating)
7) Unruly Child – 'Can't Go Home' (Frontiers – A little on the light side, but the songs are superb)
8) The Mute Gods – 'Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth' (Inside Out – Incisive, dark, angry prog from the ever-impressive Nick Beggs)
9) Tokyo Motor Fist – 'Tokyo Motor Fist' (Frontiers – Terrible name, great band/project?)
10) Mike Tramp – 'Maybe Tomorrow' (Target – The Dane's third consecutive bullseye!)
11) Lionville – 'A World Of Fools' (Frontiers – Shattering the 'difficult third album' curse in style!)
12) Tokyo Blade – 'Knights Of The Blade' (Hear No Evil – Four-disc boxed set)
13) Jack Russell's Great White – 'He Saw It Comin'' (Frontiers – A little different, but rather enjoyable all the same)
14) Eden's Curse – 'Carnival' (AFM – Better late than never!)
15) Janus Stark – 'Great Adventure Cigar' (Earache – Hadn't played this in decades – no wonder Dave Grohl loved it!)
16) Over Kill – 'The Grinding Wheel' (Nuclear Blast – I'm trying to overcome a tendency to write off these guys… this kicks serious butt!)
17) Electric Guitars – 'Rock 'N' Roll Radio' (Target – Melodic hard rock administered with an AC/DC-esque punch)
18) Alcatrazz – 'The Ultimate Fortress Rock Set' (The Store For Music – A thorough six-disc audio-visual boxed set)
19) Edenbridge – 'The Great Momentum' (SPV – Melodic female-fronted symphonic metal… better than it might look on paper!)
20) Gravytrain – 'Staircase To The Day' (Esoteric Recordings – Dating back to 1974, this was the fourth, final and best album from the little-known British proggers)
21) Haken – 'Aquarius'/'Visions' (Inside Out – Newly re-mastered, expanded editions of their albums from 2010 and '11)
22) Quiet World – 'The Road' (Esoteric Recordings – Obscure yet quaint religion-driven concept piece from 1970, with guest Steve Hackett)
23) The Murder Of My Sweet – 'Echoes Of The Aftermath' (Frontiers – Female-fronted symphonic metal)
24) Stephen Pearcy – 'Smash' (Frontiers – Contains some great moments but also a whole lot of filler)
25) Stefanie – 'Stefanie' (Escape Music – Strong female-fronted AOR, backed by members of Shotgun Symphony and Prophet)

February 2017
1) Status Quo – 'Status Quo Live!' (Universal boxed set – the perfect send-off for poor ol' Rick… RIP, sir)
2) Uriah Heep – 'Look At Yourself' (BMG – Newly revised and featuring a bonus disc of 're-imaginings')
3) Maschine – 'Naturalis' (Inside Out – A second album from the Dunnery-approved proggers)
4) Marcus – 'Marcus' (Rock Candy – Once referred to by Sounds as "perhaps the greatest obscure heavy metal album of all time")
5) Michael Schenker – 'Michael Schenker Fest' (Inakustik – Double-disc, special guest-strewn show from Tokyo)
6) Pain Of Salvation – 'In The Passing Light Of Day' (Inside Out – Super-personal subject matter and very dark at times, but utterly fantastic!)
7) Hawkwind – 'The GWR Records Years 1988-1991' (Atomhenge – Three mid-era goodies, repackaged in a clamshell box)
8) Richard Marx – 'Greatest Hits' (Capitol – Record fair bargain… no guilt here; I love this fella!)
9) The Simpletone – 'Angels Share' (Thesimpletone.com – This band from Cambridge get better and better)
10) Sepultura – 'Machine Messiah' (Nuclear Blast – Quite possibly their best post-Max release!)
11) Bob Young – 'Back In Quo Country' (Hear No Evil – Star-studded expanded edition of Quo sideman's solo album from 1986)
12) Elaine Samuels And Kindred Spirit – 'Phoenix Rising' (kindredspiritband.co.uk – Fantastic, laid back folk-meets-prog fusion)
13) Freedom Call – 'Master Of The Light' (SPV – 'Metal Is For Everyone'… what a fuggin' brilliant song!!)
14) Kreator – 'Love Us Or Hate Us: The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1985-1992' (BMG – As my good friend Xavier Russell would say: Frash till death!)
15) The Struts – 'Everybody Wants' (Interscope – To my enormous shame, I've just discovered these guys)
16) Touchstone – 'Lights From The Sky EP' (Ministry Of Progression – Three new songs, and a fourth repeated in Polish!)
17) Blonde On Blonde – 'Rebirth'/'Reflections On A Life' (Esoteric Recordings – Two albums of Welsh prog-rock from the 1970s)
18) Kyla Brox – 'Throw Away Your Blues' (Pigskin – Smoky, soulful crooning… lovely stuff!)
19) Last Autumn's Dream – 'In Disguise' (Escape Music – Covers album, includes re-workings of songs by Angel, Loverboy and Sweet)
20) Gandalf – 'Journey To An Imaginary Land' (Esoteric Recordings – Re-issue of Mike Oldfield-esque obscurity from 1980)

January 2017
(*Note: Some of these are late either 'cos it took me a while to play 'em or to blag finished copies*)
1) Glenn Hughes – 'Resonate' (Frontiers – The Voice Of Rock returns firing on all six!)
2) Deep Purple – 'California Jam 1974' (Ear Music – One of the best rock concerts of all time!)
3) Hawkwind – 'The RCA Active Years 1981-1982' (Atomhenge – 'Sonic Attack', 'Church Of Hawkwind' and 'Use Your Masques' in a handy box!)
4) A Thousand Horses – 'Southernality' (Republic – Contains some quite brilliant Crowes-esque sounds)
5) Magnum – 'The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads' (SPV – Does what it days on the tin!)
6) Preacher – 'Aftermath' (Imer Records – Impressive, Floyd-esque melodic prog from Scotland)
7) Kaipa DaCapo – 'Dårskapens Monotoni' (Foxtrot – Roine Stolt and company deliver Stirring neo-prog)
8) Jenny Darren – 'Heartbreaker: Best Of 1977-1980' (Angel Air – Belting, raunchy rock, with some tracks featuring Nicko McBrain on drums)
9) United Progressive Fraternity – 'Fall In Love With The World' (Inside Out – Delicious, melodic and fruity prog-rock)
10) Thirsty – 'Albatross' (Thirsty Music – The second album from ex-Quireboy Guy Bailey and company)
11) Iamthemorning – 'Lighthouse' (Kscope – Hauntingly ethereal prog from St Petersburg, Russia)
12) Ina Forsman – 'Ina Forsman' (Ruf – Sultry, smoky blues-rock from a striking Finnish redhead)
13) Devin Townsend – 'Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall' (Inside Out – Four disc set of a quite preposterous gig from Aril 2015)
14) Dario Mollo's Crossbones – 'Rock The Cradle' (Frontiers – Meaty melodic rock, with vocals from Carl Sentence)
15) Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado – 'Songs From The Road' (Ruf – This guy is a blues powerhouse!
16) Evergrey – 'The Storm Within' (AFM – Swedish progressive metal, with a cameo from Floor Jansen)
17) Black Oak County – 'Black Oak County' (Mighty Music – If Black Stone Cherry had been born in Esbjerg, Denmark)
18) Mr Big – 'Bitter Streets' (Angel Air – Studio album the UK band… too schmaltzy but contains some very good tunes)
19) Leprous – 'Live At Rockefella Music Hall' (Inside Out – Two discs of Norway's modern prog-metallers performing onstage)
20) Eternal Idol – 'The Unrevealed Secret' (Frontiers – Classy, melodic, symphonic power-metal)

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