The Pineapple Thief: All The Wars

Rising progressive rockers smash through the bar

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For over a decade Bruce Soord has steered The Pineapple Thief down a path that has taken in proggy beginnings and a more alternative slant to noodly epics with ever-increasing acclaim. All The Wars arrives on the back of 2010’s well-respected Someone Here Is Missing and sounds like it’s the album that Soord and compatriots have been working towards for all those years.

The angular guitar stabs that populate opener Burning Pieces lend the band’s sound an almost Smashing Pumpkins-like contemporary feel. However, it’s the delightful swathes of orchestrated sound courtesy of the Prague Philharmonic that truly makes All The Wars the finest sounding TPT release to date.

An epic proggy feel takes catchy numbers like Last Man Standing, the title track, One More Step Away and Reaching Out into the modern prog firmament with a style and panache one always suspected them capable of. Now they’ve really delivered the goods.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.