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Prog Round-up: December 2015

Album Review

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.  

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