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2015 Preview: Steven Wilson, Blackberry Smoke, Toto & Queensryche

Looking forward to the finest the next 12 months has to offer.

From prog's wonder-boy to the returning AOR titans, these are some of the albums 2015 has in store.

STEVEN WILSON

  

Enigmatic 'auteur' completes fourth solo LP - contemporary concept and 'lonely Swedes' included.

  

Steven Wilson never learnt to read or write music. So his vocabulary for communicating musical ideas to his band is evocative, if a tad unorthodox. Phrases like ‘the lonely Swede’ – used to describe Guthrie Govan’s mournful guitar tone on Wilson’s 2013 album The Raven That Refused To Sing – have become familiar among devotees. A lot has evolved since, but the lonely Swede liveth on.

TURBOWOLF

  

Reaching a very weird place with the Bristolian avant-rockers.
 

Sometimes you have to suffer a little for your art, even when you produce anarchic rock’n’roll like Turbowolf. Co-produced by the band with Tom Dalgety (fresh from recording the Royal Blood album), Turbowolf’s second studio set, Two Hands, came together over two weeks in Monmouth’s Rockfield studios – on top of months in Dalgety’s small mixing room. 

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