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–Show #34, May 26, 2018
Featuring music from Asgaerd, Atoll, Caligula’s Horse, D Project, Equal Vector, GPS, Harmony, Inner Odyssey, Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side, La Maschera Di Cera, Mark Papagno, Mostly Autumn, Perspective X IV, Platypus, Rated X, ReVamp, Sithonia, Southern Empire, Sweet, This Winter Machine, Trem Do Futuro, Ubi Maior, Visions Of Tragedy, and Wild Turkey.

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–Show #33, May 23, 2018
Featuring music from Abydos, Alaska, Corvus Stone, Cromwell, Eternal Legacy, Farmhouse Odyssey, Griot, Hemina, Isaiah, Jerusalem (UK), Karnataka, Le Orme, LRB, Man, Murple, Nathan, Osada Vida, Paris, Puppet Show, The Reasoning, Scapa Flow, Sylvan, Vision Divine, and Xang.

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–Show #32, May 19, 2018
Featuring music from After Crying, Calliope, Darwin’s Radio, Finnegans Wake, Goblin, Heart of Sun, I Am The Manic Whale, JPL, Krypteria, Labyrinth, Mangala Vallis, Phoenix Down, Rendezvous Point, Roger Hodgson, Schizofrantik, Stone The Crows, Sugarloaf, Taste, Tomas Bodin, Unto Us, Vitriol, and Walfad.

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–Show #31, May 12, 2018
Featuring music from Analogy, Aspera, Believe, Bryan Ferry, Cathedral, Comedy Of Errors, Dreamlost, Elegant Simplicity, Eureka, Flying Circus, Freedom’s Children, Gepetto, Hillward, Homunculus Res, Karibow, Loonypark, Morphelia, Nad Sylvan, Pantommind, Quantum Fantay, Seven Seraphim, Space Odyssey, Sun Caged, Treasure Land, and Yoke Shire.

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–Show #30, May 09, 2018
Featuring music from 35007, Anglagard, Arven, Cervello, Cheeto’s Magazine, Crescent Moon, Dec Burke, Eumeria, Eyefear, Final Conflict, Forever Twelve, Galadriel, Germinale, HeKz, Il Castello Di Atlante, Juke, Khymera, Lost Tales, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Port Mahadia, Sinister Street, The Tea Club, Tommy Bolin, and Winterstrain.

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–Show #29, May 05, 2018
Featuring music from Anekdoten, Asia Minor, Bram Stoker, Cellar Noise, Cosmos Factory, Dream The Electric Sleep, Eveline’s Dust, Flea On The Honey, Gomorrha, Hubi Meisel, Hughes Turner Project, Jim Griffin, Kharma, The Last Embrace, Lucifer Was, Mancunian Candidate, Neronia, Phoenix Again, Procol Harum, Rizengard, Silver Lake, To-Mera, Touch (OR), Voyager, Without End, Yes, and Yugen.

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–Show #28, May 02, 2018
Featuring music from Arcansiel, Astralia (IT), Aton’s, Baker Gurvitz Army, Cast, Coalition, Conception, Duty Free Area, Earth & Fire, Evership, Eye 2 Eye, Fruupp, Fuzzy Duck, Gecko’s Tear, Glass Kites, Jerusalem (SW), Jono, Karfagen, Kingfisher Sky, Lemur Voice, Proto-Kaw, Raw Material, Symfonia, and Ten Jinn.

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–Show #27, April 28, 2018
Featuring music from Ad Maiora, Anacondia, Aragon, Astra (IT), Big Picture, Blues Image, Canvas, The Custodian, Daphne, Dreyelands, Edith, Extreme, Fantasy, Half Past Four, IQ, Konchordat, Marathon, Panther & C, Queen, Rite of Passage, The Samurai Of Prog, X-Panda, Yoso, and Zinc.

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–Show #26, April 25, 2018
Featuring music from 10cc, Apocalypse, Area, Axon-Neuron, Biglietto Per L’Inferno, Casual Silence, Cloudscape, Damnation Angels, Elephants of Scotland, Excalion, Heart, Hidden Lands, John West, Kerry Livgren, Mars Hollow, Maschine, Mindfields, The New Grove Project, Red Jasper, Synaesthesia, Trevor Rabin, Versus X, and Zenit.

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Whitecave – Impressions (2018)

Whitecave_LobelyTraveller4 out of 5 Stars

Okay, I’ll admit, this was a rather strange review for me to write. Not when it comes to the music, mind you, but when it comes to the execution of the review itself. You see, in the past few years, my review-writing experience has been limited to providing overviews of only full albums, actual albums, and not (as in the case of these tunes by Whitecave) collections of individual songs released and available separately. In other words, I’m used to hearing songs in the order in which the album has been sequenced, with songs intended to be heard in a specific order and not in a random fashion. Now granted, the songs the band delivered to me did have not only a name, Impressions, listed in the “TITLE” field of the MP3 files, along with track numbers, so, in essence, could be deemed as an actual album, yet on the other hand, there is no specific album cover for Impressions, but separate cover art for each individual track.

Therefore, for the sake of “normal,” I decided to pretend this was an actual album and not a bevy of individual random songs, and the cover art I selected to accompany the review on my website is not representative of the “album” as a whole, but of one individual composition. Got it? Okay, now with that explained, let’s get to the content of the musical tracks.

As a whole, these eight songs—more than forty-six minutes of total music—offer up an enjoyable and lush soundscape of Symphonic Prog and Neo-Prog Rock in a style that typically brings to mind artists such as Pink Floyd, Airbag, Riverside, and Eloy, with (for the most part) relaxing atmospheres, mid-tempo rhythms, and somewhat spacey background accompaniments. In other words, the band doesn’t veer too far from this signature sound, offers no in-your-face power blasts or jarring tempo shifts or eclectic bits of strangeness to yank the listener into uncharted musical territory, staying rather neatly within a strict transonic avenue.

This is not to say that the tracks are merely duplicates of each other. Certainly not. The various melodies and chord progressions, as well as the sundry song arrangements and scoring, are quite distinct for each composition, yet each of the tunes laid out side by side (or back to back, as the case may be) are also uniform in their presentation when it comes to overall sound, style, and substance.

“Demented” kicks off the collection in fine fashion, and features Whitecave’s “signature” sound—grand and lavish keyboard washes (thanks to Cor Steijn), solid and steady rhythms (courtesy of Dick Wit), and biting and tasty guitar leads (deftly supplied by Hans Holema). Additionally, melodic bass runs also seem the norm (although the band is currently without a permanent bassist, it turns out that Holema supplied the majority of those tracks as well). Regardless, the full and lavish instrumentation displayed on this song seems straight out of the Pink Floyd playbook, while Holema’s vocal tone, range, and delivery style had me instantly imagining Eloy’s Frank Bornemann wielding the microphone.

“Tunnel of Life” is not only the lengthiest tune on offer, but certainly one of the most complex as well. Here, Steijn offers a wide variety of synth and keyboard sounds, including a magnificent “cathedral” organ, so when a guitar solo bursts forth in the tune’s mid-section atop the organ backdrop and a stoic rhythm pattern, it soars through the sonic heavens like a melodious and piercing comet. The same can be said for the song’s ending section, where Holema’s six-string riffs once again engage and captivate. One note, however: I’ll admit that some rather odd “phasing” effect happens in various sections of the song and does become a distraction, but after several listens, I eventually concluded this was unintentional, and instead was the result of a defective MP3 file and not some stylistic design on the group’s part.

Next up comes “Fresh,” the shortest composition included, and the only instrumental. Granted, not being a huge fan of non-vocal tracks, part of me looks upon “Fresh” as the weakest offering, while the other part of me can’t help but appreciate the searing guitar tones during the introduction and ending passages, as well as the spacey synths weaving in and around the laid-back guitar leads that dominate the main body of the piece. Nevertheless, were the track not included in this collection, I likely wouldn’t have missed it, but again, this is only since I prefer vocal tracks as opposed to instrumental pieces and nothing to do with the talent on display.

“Destruction in Paris,” however, is where the band once again regained my undivided attention. A beautifully tranquil and elegant grand piano introduction added another dimension to the group’s arsenal of sounds and atmospheres, and when the lazy rhythm kicked in, it provided a sedate yet steadfast foundation on which Holema’s emotionally melodious guitar leads could fully capture center stage. After an almost plaintive verse and chorus, the band abruptly interjects rat-a-tat rhythm breaks and blasts of sonic drama into the mix before a more uptempo mid-section ushers in another vocal segment, with the lyrics laden with invocations for survival. Then, the most chilling moment of the track arrives when an announcer’s voice interjects a brief “news report” about November 13th, 2015, the date when coordinated terrorist attacks upon Paris took the lives of so many innocent souls, atop a series of haunting chord patterns and sampled choir voices, along with another of Holema’s fierce and emotionally charged solos. My only complaint about this tune is that it doesn’t stretch out a bit longer, since the ending section is quite riveting.

The tune “Betrayal” is another highly dramatic piece revolving around human survival and man-made destruction—and once again, amid almost mournful synth chord sequences, the band appropriately elected to add sparse yet icy synth accents, forlorn guitar fills, and snare drum rolls that conjured up images of soldiers marching toward battle. The song slowly builds at a steady pace, the instrumentation growing in both volume and grit until the final brief sequence includes sounds of war.

After those two strikingly dark compositions, “Lonely Traveller” offers up a lighter ambience, a delightful respite from the emotional intensity of the former tracks. Here, a series of uplifting chord patterns, melodic and sprightly guitar and bass riffs, along with shifts in tempo and numerous rhythmic fills, plus widely varied instrumentation in the song’s different sections, makes for some solid progressive moments. Periodically, I’m reminded of old-time Eloy or Camel material, or perhaps modern-day Airbag, Mystery, and IQ styles, and this tune ultimately came to be my favorite track among the lot, one I find myself replaying quite often.

Similarly, the next track, “Tall (Lonely Traveller, Part 2),” summons up parallel feelings, the mood highly “proggy” and somewhat ethereal, but this time in a more Floydian manner with the overall arrangement a bit less complex. Played back to back, however, with the previous “Lonely Traveller,” these tunes make for a seemingly perfect introduction for listeners new to Whitecave, a flawless “sampler” by which to recruit more fans.

Finally, “Afterburner” is a track the band supplied to me only recently, yet I decided to nevertheless include it in this review since I found it highly enjoyable. With its punchy introduction, the inclusion of Hammond organ and a spirited and driving tempo, “Afterburner” comes as a surprise, yet a pleasant one. Indeed, after living with the previous seven songs for many weeks now, I found this tune’s meatier introduction and some sections in the middle a commendable change of pace, which adds yet another dimension to the group’s general style. Now I can’t help but wonder whether the band members may have also been influenced through the years by artists such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, or Presto Ballet. Regardless, with a wonderfully beefy guitar riff in the middle section, the lighter verses, some varying instrumentation and shifts in moods throughout, “Afterburner” provides another fine example of modern-day Prog-Rock with a “retro” flair, a style I have grown to appreciate more and more in recent years.

Therefore, after savoring Whitecave’s material far longer than normal before typing this review (thanks to real-life intrusions, and sincere apologies to the very patient band), I’ve concluded that with its seemingly wide range of inspirations, its obvious deftness when it comes to scoring, dramatics, and song arrangements, and each musician’s raw and undeniable talent, Whitecave is a highly promising band, with a lengthy and (hopefully) lucrative future in the stars. Indeed, with numerous memorable tracks available in this collection, I couldn’t help myself but to add one of them to an upcoming Prog-Scure Radio episode, and it’s an inclusion I look forward to providing for my listeners. Those music fans who are forever on the prowl for “fresh Prog-Rock blood” will most certainly find much here to enjoy, and I for one look forward to seeing what these creative gents will concoct in the future.

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–Show #25, April 21, 2018
Featuring music from 25 Yard Screamer, Adventure, Anasazi, Anguish, Atomic Rooster, Blue Shift, Bob Catley, Collage, DeWolff, Exises, Flashback Of Anger, Frumpy, Hasse Froberg & Musical Companion, Jeff Green Project, Lifesigns, Marillion, The Merlin Bird, My Soliloquy, Nuovo Idea, Psycorder, Stewart Bell, Vermilion Sands, Wings of Steel, and Xanadu.

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–Show #24, April 18, 2018
Featuring music from Ange, Aperco, Aquaria, Armaggedon, Astra (US), Billy Cobham, Camel, Chrome Shift, Deluge Grander, Eno, The Greatest Show on Earth, IO Earth, Karmakanic, Mad Fellaz, Metro Society, Multi Story, Not Otherwise Specified, Promenade, The Quest, Steve Hackett, Underground Railroad, White, and XNA.

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–Show #23, April 14, 2018
Featuring music from Abacus, Active Heed, Aeon Zen, Ancient Veil, Aura, Bader Nana, Black Bonzo, Cairo, The Chronicles of Israfel, Discipline, Echoes, Flamborough Head, Guilt Machine, Hoggwash, Lee Z, Mandalaband, McDonald And Giles, Quella Vecchia Locanda, Refugee, Scorpions, Synopsis, Twinspirits, Unifaun, Venturia, and Witsend.

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–Show #22, April 11, 2018
Featuring music from 3, Alice Cooper, Alphataurus, Aquelarre, Ashby, Ballo Delle Castagne, Blind Ego, Clepsydra, Daedalus, Everwood, For All We Know, Gamalon, Harlequin Mass, Landskap, Macroscream, Magellan, Native Window, Paice Ashton Lord, Resistor, Sunchild, Superior, Tiles, Wobbler, and Zorak.

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–Show #21, April 07, 2018
Featuring music from Akin, Anti-Depressive Delivery, Apple Pie, Ark, Buttered Bacon Biscuits, Climax Blues Band, Deep Limbic System, Event, Fright Pig, High Wheel, Julian’s Treatment, Magic Pie, Mindgames, Naked Sun, The Oneira, Presto Ballet, Ricochet, Stargate, Steel Mill, Symphony X, TCP, US, and Vangough.

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–Show #20, April 04, 2018
Featuring music from 7 Months, Abel Ganz, Acqua Fragile, Airrace, Armed Cloud, Backhand, Beggars Opera, Citizen Cain, Cloud Atlas, Dead Heroes Club, Elephant Plaza, Gillan, Horizontal Ascension, Kino, Man On Fire, Mayadome, Phoenix Eye, Quidam, Shadow Merchant, Supersister, Theo, Warpig, and Ywis.

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–Show #19, March 31, 2018
Featuring music from Ad Infinitum, Airlord, Anubis Gate, Barock Project, Christina Booth, City Boy, Diagonal, Epidermis, Focus, Heads or Tales, Innosense, Jeavestone, Light Damage, Mirthrandir, The Mute Gods, Pictorial Wand, Red Sand, Sieges Even, Sonus Umbra, Storm At Sunrise, Time Horizon, Unwritten Pages, and Xinema.

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–Show #18, March 28, 2018
Featuring music from Acute Mind, Akribi, Alan Reed, Anima Mundi, Beyond The Labyrinth, Colosseum II, Doracor, Dracma, Eyestrings, Galleon, The Heather Findlay Band, John Galgano, La Bocca Della Verita, Mahogany Rush, Metaphor, Niadem’s Ghost, The Psychedelic Ensemble, Quorum, Silent Voices, Status Minor, Subsignal, Tisaris, Touch, Triumvirat, Weed, and Zoundworks.

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–Show #17, March 24, 2018
Featuring music from The Adekaem, Amarok, Ascension Theory, East of Eden, Frost, Hostsonaten, Ibis, Michael Kiske, Minor Giant, Moth Vellum, Nemesis, No More Pain, Pallas, Ramses, Saga, Solstice, Split Enz, Strangefish, Teaze, Tr3nity, Vanishing Point, Wizards, and Zero Gravity.

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–Show #16, March 21, 2018
Featuring music from The Aaron Clift Experiment, Aisles, Angra, Argos, Chain, Derringer, Edensong, Gong, Hollow Water, Janison Edge, Kingcrow, Malibran, Millenium, Moving Gelatine Plates, Nathan Mahl, Overhead, Prophet, Salem Hill, Slychosis, Stolen Earth, Ten Years After, Threshold, Toto, and The Windmill.

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–Show #15, March 17, 2018
Featuring music from Aardvark, Also Eden, Astrakhan, Cyril, Egoband, Et Cetera, Frijid Pink, Hangover Paradise, Lazaro, Machiavel, Mantra Vega, Mother Black Cap, Native Construct, Odd Logic, Pinnacle, Quandary, Rare Bird, Silhouette, Spin Gallery, Stratovarius, Tempest, Vindictiv, and Wishbone Ash.

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–Show #14, March 14, 2018
Featuring music from Aether, Alliance, Arabs In Aspic, Ciccada, Dr. Z, Empty Tremor, Forgotten Suns, Ikarus, Locanda Delle Fate, Majestic, Mr. So & So, Nemo, Oak, Power of Zeus, Projection, Quatermass, Seventh Wave, Shadowland, Supertramp, Taproban, Tomorrow’s Eve, Ungava, Versus, and Wigwam.

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–Show #13, March 10, 2018
Featuring music from Akashic, Ampledeed, Ansottica, Ars Nova, Caravan, Day Six, Egdon Heath, Gracious, Hydrotoxin, Ignatius, Leap Day, Mad Crayon, Maxophone, Newman, Proteo, Samurai, Soniq Circus, Syzygy, Thank You Scientist, Tractor, Unreal City, VIII Strada, and World Trade.

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Show #12, March 07, 2018

Featuring music from AltaVia, Amon Ra, Apogee, Aquaplanage, Black Widow, Budgie, Cryptic Vision, Drifting Sun, Edenbridge, Haken, Izz, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, La Rossa, Mainhorse, Martigan, Morild, PBII, Shaman, Starcastle, Strawbs, Tinyfish, TNNE, Toehider, Under The Sun, Vertical Alignment, and World of Silence.

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Show #11, March 03, 2018

Featuring music from 41Point9, Affinity, Aphelion, Ariel, Dreamscape, Eyesberg, Frequency Drift, The Gourishankar, Hybrid Ice, InVertigo, Jade Warrior, Kestrel, Leitmotiv, Mike Florio, Mystery, Not A Good Sign, Profusion, Red Rose, Section A, Soul Secret, Taurus, Toad, and Wally.

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Show #10, February 28, 2018

Featuring music from A.C.T, Argent, Brother Ape, Chris, Dali’s Dilemma, England, FreddeGredde, GNP, Hatfield & The North, How Far To Hitchin, I And Thou, Jumbo, Krokodil, Magrathea, Nightwing, Osanna, Parzivals Eye (With Christina Booth), Ra’s Dawn, Seventh Wonder, Stackridge, Thought Chamber, Until Rain, and The Web.

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Show #9, February 24, 2018

Featuring music from Ache, Ageness, Alias Eye, Bigelf, Deep Purple, Emerald, Franck Carducci, Galaxy, Hypnos 69, Jeseter, Kayak, Lake, Magic Bus, Morgan, Pentacle, Silentium, Styx, Time Machine, Toxic Smile, Veda, Xandria, and Zen Carnival.

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Show #8, February 21, 2018

Featuring music from Aviary, Barclay James Harvest, Crises, Dominici, Equinox, Flying Colors, Gryphon, Heliopolis, Juvaliant, Lana Lane, Marsupilami, MindMaze, Oblivion Sun, Pagan’s Mind, The Room, Steve Hillage, Tempano, Theatre, Traumhaus, Unified Past, Warhorse, Witchwood, and Yes.

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