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Blurred Vision: Organized Insanity

Canadians with a clear eye for what makes an iconic band.

Imagine a young band with the musical insight, creativity and confidence to take Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Styx as influences, and bring their own twist to these icons.

That’s what this Canadian trio have done. With a sympathetic production from Rush stalwart Terry Brown, their debut is intelligent pop rock, with a strong streak of modern progressive and psychedelic interaction. The strident No More War has genuine depth and emotional attachment (brothers Sepp and Sol Osley were brought up in war-torn Iran, which makes the message all the more authentic). As the album develops, you get sucked in by the way the band can take simple melodies and use them to explore more exotic soundscapes. Long May You Run has a mature arrangement, built on fragile, charismatic vocals and some beautifully sedate guitar work from Sepp Osley. The Keeper sees all three members (drummer Ben Riley completes the line-up) engaged in loquacious instrumental banter, while the title track is a tour de force of finely focused psychedelic musings. All has been brought to the highest possible standard, on a debut album that will surely be one of the best of 2015.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.