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PROG Magazine issue 123 

Brons has Steve Vai sized axe chops but lets the Symphonic pallete do the Tolkien (sorry!), the widdle couched in beautifully realised mystical atmospheres that LOTR movie composer Howard Shore himself would be proud of

PROG Magazine issue 122 

The British guitarist has carved out a compelling musical niche for himself that is lovingly quilted by Celtic symphonies and draws much inspiration from the works of Tolkien. Expect a picturesque instrumental steeped in epic peaks, romantic pianos and emphatic guitar solos. 

PROG Archives 5/5

Every year, there are a few surprising, out of the blue and frankly world-class prog releases from lesser-known artists or bands that really keeps the flame of discovery alight […]
This album is absurdly entertaining, with an infinite sense of fairy tale magic, propelled by commitment, power and passion. No mush, no filler, no weak filling the blanks with needless notes. As such, this masterpiece is in my top 10 of 2020 releases, without the slightest hesitation       
http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=65050

Dutch Progressive Page DPRP : 9/10

 Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost is an album that works on every level, with stunning musicianship and melodies that I for one will never tire of hearing. Dave Brons set himself a monumental task with this album and has pulled it off in style.     
https://www.dprp.net/reviews/2020-012

Big Bang Prog Magazine (France) 

 This music thinks, breathes, weeps, and speaks to uscalling out to all who love progressive rock that is Celtic, symphonic and majestic.  

PROFIL PROG (Canada – review in French) 8.3/10

This album is epic in its braveness, kudos to Dave Brons for succeeding in bringing alive a romantic literary story that has been well worn over the years. By way of comparison this opus has turned out to be far superior to what MOSTLY AUTUMN produced in 2001. I write this as a huge fan of MOSTLY AUTUMN.
https://www.profilprog.com/chroniques-reviews-2/Dave-Brons

Metal Planet Music : (UK)

Not since Jeff Wayne’s legendary opus ‘The War of the Worlds’ have the twin arts of music and literature been so perfectly and wonderfully intertwined as they are in this new release from Dave Brons..
https://metalplanetmusic.com/2020/05/album-review-dave-brons-not-all-who-wander-are-lost

The Progressive Aspect .Net

Tackling one of the best-selling novels of all time, along with the huge popularity of the film trilogy and award winning musical score, is a bold undertaking. This said, Dave Brons has pulled it off and has produced an album which he has obviously painstakingly created, and I feel serves as a complimentary twist in the legacy of the Tolkien novel.
https://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2020/06/14/dave-brons-not-all-those-who-wander-are-lost/

PROGWERELD (Dutch prog site)

Not listened to such an impressive album for a long time. Dave Brons goes for gold!.
https://www.progwereld.org/recensie/dave-brons-not-all-those-who-wander-are-lost/

ProgRadar.org

This is an album that is to be both treasured and revisited frequently, as you let the music take you to a special peaceful place. I highly recommend this fine album to all. 
This album has a card from Dave that says ‘Adventures in music for Tolkien Fans, may it be a light to you in dark places when all other lights go out.‘ These personal touches from Dave really add value to what is an excellent package 
https://www.progradar.org/index.php/2021/06/16/review-dave-brons-not-all-those-who-wander-are-lost-by-john-wenlock-smith/

Sea of Tranquility.org

This is an album that is to be both treasured and revisited frequently, as you let the music take you to a special peaceful place. I highly recommend this fine album to all. 
This album has a card from Dave that says ‘Adventures in music for Tolkien Fans, may it be a light to you in dark places when all other lights go out.‘ These personal touches from Dave really add value to what is an excellent package 
https://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=22950

ROCK MUZINE (Holland) 96/100

It is not necessary to be a connoisseur of Lord of the Rings to enjoy these phenomenally constructed tracks.[…] What stands out time and time again is the great guitar playing. The balance between rock, symphony and Celtic music is perfect.
https://rockmuzine.nl/2020/01/05/dave-brons-not-all-those-who-wander-are-lost/

New-Prog-Releases Blog 

Tracks like The Riders Of Rohan and The Ring Bearers boast soaring instrumental flights, demonstrating Brons' virtuoso guitar playing and inventive soloing.... If I had to cite comparators, in addition to those already mentioned, I would add Iona, Mike Oldfield, Solstice and, for sheer audacity, Arjen Lucassen.
http://newprogreleases.blogspot.com/2020/02/dave-brons-not-all-those-who-wander-are.html

Prog Female Voices Blog

The huge ambition of this project deserves respect, especially as the result is up to par. Dave and his flamboyant guitar plunges us into the heart of an adventure that is thematically familiar but original in its approach. .
https://progfemalevoices.blogspot.com/2020/03/dave-brons-not-all-those-who-wander-are.html?fbclid=IwAR1-WN78oyhKyV5AVVF2qdNnm5fOgOu3NJ143g_hR_YpEpRBWKocdXi0a60

La Tierra Progresiva (Latin American Prog site)

This album is one of my favourites (...). I consider it to be one of the most memorable musical interpretations of Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien’s extraordinary literary work. .
https://latierraprogresiva.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR3YQW0-bL5vjvCa2ZttrXSWeeuUBw1QAXnU09V0alG1wES5sVGUTMCixTY

Phantom Tollbooth (USA) : 4.5/5

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost is a movie for your ears – but don’t forget to bring your heart and soul. This is a wonderfully produced labor of love that deserves a special place in your music library. Like in those wonderful books, you’ll get more out of Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost each time you listen.
http://tollbooth.org/index.php/current-issue/music-reviews/2502-brons-dave-not-all-those-who-wander-are-lost

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