Zachary Nathanson

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I’m a freelance writer/blogger that started doing reviews nine years ago. I’m a fan of Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Heavy Metal, and Jazz Rock. Also a musician for 20 years. Music has been my friend since listening to the Beatles when I was a little boy. It wasn’t until I discovered Pink Floyd 20 years ago and it changed my life. Geek also, but the Progressive genre has still kept me going from day one. And there’s no stop sign for me. I also have a blog site in which I also do reviews since 2008 entitled, Music from the Other Side of the Room.

Articles by Zachary Nathanson

Joost Maglev – Alter Ego

It’s been seven years since multi-instrumentalist Joost Maglev has released his first full-length studio album, Overwrite the Sin. When I first heard the album, I was very impressed of what Joost brought to the table. It had this combination between AO …

Lost Crowns – Every Night Something Happens

It is challenging, complexity, surreal, twisted, and transcendental. Lost Crowns’ Every Night Something Happens is a great introduction to start 2019 off.

Talitha Rise – An Abandoned Orchid House

An Abandoned Orchid House is like a flower bursting into bloom in real time.

Deep Energy Orchestra – Playing With Fire

I wouldn’t call them a super group, because it would be too much of a cop-out. They are a family by working together as a team. And for me, Playing with Fire brings the Octet as one.

Sonar – Live at Moods

From the experimental, avant-garde, jazz, atmospheric, and creative forces behind their music, Sonar delivers the goods and the flaming fires that are on here. And it will never, ever burn out. I guarantee it.

Galasphere 347 – Galasphere 347

Listening to Galasphere 347’s sole self-titled debut release via Karisma Records this year, I had no clue on what adventures I was about to embark on.

Oak – False Memory Archive

How would I describe Oak’s music? Dark, pop, electronic, and a little bit nightmarish. After listening to their second album, False Memory Archive released via Karisma Records this year, I was completely spellbound right from the moment I put the CD on …

Steven Wilson – Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

This 2-CD/Blu-Ray set consists of Steven Wilson’s amazing performance at the Royal Albert Hall on the final night of his three sold out shows he did back in March of this year. Steven has been around from day one. As one of the founders of Porcupine Tr …

WorldService Project – Serve

WorldService Project’s Serve is a deliciously cooked meal that is mixed with both tabasco and wasabi sauce, done right.

3.2 – The Rules Have Changed

When I was listening to 3.2’s new album, I wasn’t just surprised, but a little emotional and knowing that the spirit of Keith Emerson shines very brightly on here. Robert Berry did something very special and honorable by making sure Emerson’s playing fills the puzzle pieces together.

Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo

Now this album didn’t grab me that much, however I could spot some very interesting touches that Khruangbin carry the flag. But they are very good and they have done their homework very, very well and capturing that spark.

Jeff Greinke – Before Sunrise

Brings the sound and vision of southern Arizona to life.

Homunculus Res – Della Stessa Sostanza dei Sogni

Della Stessa Sostanza dei Sogni is a dream-like adventure that has the listener encounter more and more scenarios and parallel doors to be opened.

Argos – Unidentified Dying Objects

While listening to their fifth album, I could hear some mixtures between symphonic and medieval influences, mellotrons, guitars, and with the sounds soaring through the skies, Argos is taking the listener on a magic carpet ride from start to finish.

Dee Snider – For The Love of Metal

Dee Snider’s ‘For The Love of Metal’ shows that the mastermind is back with a vengeance. And the new album brings him back as the beast is still reigning terror. And this time, there’s no stopping him of bringing the heavy metal genre back to the forefront and its roots.

Ring Van Möbius – Past the Evening Sun

This isn’t just a progressive rock band, but one of the most amazing up-and-coming bands to come out of Norway you need to check out.

Ayreon – Ayreon Universe: Best of Ayreon Live

When you watch or listen to the performance, you can tell that Arjen Anthony Lucassen himself has come a long way. And to bring the stories and the music to life on stage, it is probably, in my opinion, the biggest challenge ever.

Yuka & Chronoship – Ship

Ship is going to be one of the early favourites to be my album of the year so far. Yuka & Chronoship have come a long way.

My Indigo – My Indigo

My Indigo may not be everyone’s cup of coffee, but this solo project is Sharon’s wings to fly.

Sonar with David Torn – Vortex

I’ll admit, even though I’m not a gigantic Sonar fan, Vortex is a movie inside your head. In the closing words of Anil Prasad’s foreword notes that he did for the album, he said, “Music intersected with much humor, not to mention lots of fine wine and absinthe. Sit back, hit play and let these waves and particles wash over you.”

Kit Downes – Obsidian

It shows that Kit Downes is more than just a jazz musician, but also a composer and organist to create his arranging and composition with a piece of music as if it was telling a story from start to finish.

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