Prog Round-up: December 2015
Geoff Barton on new releases from The Tirith, Witchwood, Soft Hearted Scientists, Heylel and Simulacrum
The Tirith: Tales From The Tower
Back in the early 1970s this Loughborough-based band were known as Minas Tirith, named after the mythical city in JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth scribblings. Re-forming in 2010, they shortened their moniker to the hard-to-pronounce The Tirith (especially if you’re Freddie ‘Parrot Face’ Davies). But that’s the only faux pas in an otherwise triumphant comeback that fuses Styx-like pomp rock with bluesy prog, guitarist Tim Cox evoking the spirit of Gary Moore with his delicious solos and punchy power chords.