An underappreciated album: Steven Wilson – Insurgentes (2008)


When someone says “What do you think about Steven Wilson’s solo albums?”, you will probably hear conversations about the albums Hand.Cannot.Erase, Grace For Drowning, or The Raven That Refused To Sing… But, there’s also another solo album from sir Wilson, named Insurgentes. His first “sort of” solo album, that was released a year before Porcupine Tree’s last album The Incident, which is the year 2008. Continue reading

Personal Playlist by Iris (9 September 2016)


Another playlist? Again? There’s so much good music out there today that I just needed to make a new playlist again! Here we go!  Continue reading

Honourable Mention: Incredible Expanding Mindfuck (I.E.M.)


We all know that Steven Wilson is a musical centipede when it comes to making and producing music. Porcupine Tree, no-man, Bass Communion, just to name a few… But have you ever heard about his project named Incredible Expanding Mindfuck? Continue reading

So this was August 2016… WTF happened?!!


Please don’t tell me it’s going to be the September tomorrow… Ah crap, it will! Anyway, let’s tell you guys what happened in the month August!  Continue reading

Roving reporter’s latest news!


Hey! ‘sme! Yes, as you’ve probably seen on this website, I’m back on track with reviews, interviews and tons of other stuff! Wooptidoo! this is what I’ve been up to lately… Continue reading

A question for my lovely followers again!


Hey! ‘sme again! I have another question for you my dears! A lot of people are always interested in my interviews, reviews and playlists (thank you thank you thank you)! Some say that my reviews are on the short side, and some say that my reviews have the good length.

I prefer short-ish reviews, if a review takes more than 3 minutes for me to read I mostly ‘scan’ the most important parts of the review. Still, if there’s a need for longer reviews from me (more than 1000 words), and the need to go deeper into certain objects of the album, please let me know!

By the way, don’t forget to tune in to my show tomorrow on ISKC Rock Radio where you can catch my interview with Robin Wylie of 7sleepers (more information can be found here)!

A big hug from your roving reporter!

Iris, aka Ier!

PS: I made a new friend today! Isn’t my new friend cute?


Honourable mention: Big Big Train – Folklore (2016)


Oh my, where to start? Well, I have to admit, I never heard of the band Big Big Train before, until I listened to Stacy Doller’s Prog Britannia show (which used to be on, and now on Progzilla Radio). I really liked the songs that I heard, so I started to do some research. I thought it was a pretty new band, but I found out that the band exists for quite a while! I also just started to work for Background Magazine back in the early summer of 2015. I got my first batch of albums, and it included the Wassail EP of Big Big Train. I was very impressed by that EP, especially because of the title track Wassail (you can read the review of that EP here). Continue reading

So… This was July 2016… Please don’t tell me it will be August tomorrow!


Holy cra… smokes! Is it really the end of July? What happened? It looks like I just woke up from a coma, not knowing what happened over time! This summer is going way too fast for me!  Continue reading

A big update from your roving reporter!


Hey hey! ‘sme with some news again. As you may know, I’ve left House of Prog recently (if you haven’t read my statement yet, you can read it here). I got a lot of responses and sweet messages (mostly on Facebook) from friends, colleagues, readers, listeners, and even artists! I would like to thank everyone for their support, it means a lot to me!

While I left House of Prog I took some time to think. In the meantime several people of different radio stations and websites approached me, and I can’t thank them enough!

I would like to thank Ronald Krauwel of ISKC Rock Radio for making me part of the radio team! I’m already a frequent listener of several shows on ISKC Radio. I approached Ronald and asked if he was interested in my show, and he was! I’m considering doing a brand new show for my interviews, but I still need to think what’s best for it. I was also planning to do another new show as well, which I mentioned a few weeks earlier. I will let you know when I finally have everything sorted out.

Also a big thank you to Brad Birzer who made me part of the Progarchy team! I always love to read the latest news and reviews on their website, and now being part of the team is something very special!

Well, time for me to get things sorted out and to provide you more amazing stuff in the near future!

A big hug!

Iris, aka Ier!