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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2009 9:38:31 AM PST
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In what way is that relevant? Does it make the music less good or interesting or progressive? Or are you just biased???

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2009 10:02:29 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2009 10:54:39 AM PST
Well, I'm an aetheist, have been for years and I still am after listening to Sieges AND Neal Morse, I even like Kerry Livgren. So there's hardly any danger of becoming a Christian after hearing artists "preach". I actually think that's quite unfair i Sieges Even's case, I don't hear any efforts to convert anyone. Them singing about what THEY believe can hardly be called preaching. I can't see the need for warning people about the contents of the lyrics, let people find out for themselves and make up their own minds. Prog is riddled with meaningless and poor lyrics (i.e. Yes) anyway, so maybe that's not the most important element in this genre?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2009 11:31:37 AM PST
S. Davis says:
over the last 10 years i have discovered a good number of bands.mostly european in places where progressive/hard rock/metal is huge.some their first release was around 1995 through 2000-2003 and currently have releases out now to name a few .SYMPHONY X SHADOW GALLERY MOB RULES CLOUDSCAPE KAMELOT SUSPYRE ROYAL HUNT MAGNITUDE 9 PORUPINE TREE THOUGHT CHAMBER PLANETX/DEREK SHERINIAN all these are great bands and very underrated. other that i grew up on IRON MAIDEN DREAM THEATER BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN &HELL DIO MOTLEY CRUE TNT METALLICA MEGADETH ANTHRAX Y.MALMSTEEN DEEP PURPLE QUEENSRYCHE KISS AC/DC JUDAS PRIEST

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2009 2:35:09 PM PST
Jonas Mayer says:
I couldn't agree more and have the same background including being an altar boy:)
I've bought a number of what could have been excellent releases that were marred by over enthusiastic religious content. Neal Morse being the a prime example. Why do people like Neal, who find religion, feel the need to shout their joy from the roof tops on every friggin song?
I have far more respect for religious people who keep their beliefs to themselves unless asked.
On the other end of the spectrum I just purchased a release by a group called "It" entitled "Departure" which recieved a number of good reviews. The first song is entitled "God is Dead" and then proceeds to repeat the line over and over. The lyrics for the other songs aren't much better. I'll gladly take a Jon Anderson approach to lyrics any day of the week over this tripe. This one's gonna' wind up on my pile of "regret" purchases for 2009.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 4:23:44 PM PST
Scottiemon says:
First off...I am not into religious music at all, prog or otherwise. However, with that said, there is nothing wrong with someone proclaiming their love for God in a song, or base their music in that. It really is no different than someone who writes nothing but love songs, or kids music. There is nothing wrong with basing your band on a particular audience. There is a market for it, so they are tailoring to it. If you don't like it, don't listen to it and don't buy it. It really is that easy. Also, to think that Christian Prog is going to "convert" someone is hogwash. I listened to Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix. When I caught my girlfriend cheating on me, I did not grab a gun and shoot her. Anyone who is "brainwashed" by listening to any kind of music is just "drinking the kool aid" so to speak.
Enjoy what you enjoy, and peace out.....

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2009 6:02:00 PM PST
JP says:
S. Davis -

Symphony X's Russell Allen is one of my favorite singers. If you like him you definitely need to check out "The Battle", a CD he did with singer Jorn Lande - MAGNIFICENT vocals.

And Star One, a project by Swedish mastermind Arjen Lucassen, also includes Allen. With one exception, all the songs are about a sci-fi movie and he uses 3 THREE singers in addition to 2 female back-up singers.

Russell Allen, Threshold's Daiman Wilson and Edge of Sanity/Nightingale mainman Dan Swano. Like Allen and Lande the vocals are outstanding. (I'd also highly recommend Threshold and Nightingale, based on the bands you grew up with AND the ones you listen to now, I have NO doubt you'll like all of them.)

Master of Darkness, i.e. Star Wars, is my favorite track. In it Swano sings Luke's part, Wilson is Yoda and Allen is Darth Vader.

And all the songs are like that, a mix of all the vocalists.

I recommend getting the version with the bonus DVD, it also contains songs from Lucassen's Ayreon project.

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Posted on Dec 3, 2009 7:36:24 PM PST
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if the music is good enough - it doesnt matter to me at all what the lyrics are about. i can just tune them out and concentrate on the playing and the music behind the vocals. (for example - i have alot of italian prog, sung in italian, but i dont speak or understand italian. it doesnt affect my enjoyment of these albums at all).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 4:18:59 PM PST
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JP says:
I agree with Robert - are you people for REAL?!?!

Are you seriously saying that you wouldn't listen to (just off the top of my head) ZZ Top's Jesus Just Left Chicago or the Doobie's Jesus Is Just Allright JUST because Jesus is in the title and in the lyrics?!?!? (Or Morse's Help Me to name a good prog tune.)

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2009 1:55:57 PM PST
JP says:
D.

I definitely agree with you about (c)rap.

As for the rest....I guess we'll just agree to disagree (and I'm thinking about just deleting because this isn't really the forum for it anyway).

This is progrock.

And yes, when it comes to some words I am a horriblle speller.

Posted on Dec 5, 2009 2:11:41 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2009 4:52:04 PM PST
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JP says:
It's been a while since I had a prog "discovery", someone new to me, probably all the way back to Spring when I got It Bite's "The Tall Ships". And even that was mainly because I heard that outstanding guitarist John Mitchell (Arena, Frost, Kino) had joined them for that album.

Most of my recent purchases have been albums by bands I already had, such as Transatlantic's new one. And, definitely closer to the metal end of prog/metal, I recently got Threshold's "Dead Reckoning", Sylvan's "Force of Gravity" and Nightingale's "Invisible" (which completed my Nightingale collection).

But my most recent "pure" prog purchases were a pair of Rick Wakemans - his 2003 CD "Out There" and his new "Six Wives of Henry the VIII" DVD. As long as I have had the CD (35+ years) I never knew that he had NEVER played the album live in its entirety!! The reason for this event? The 500th anniversary of Henry's coronation! EXCELLENT DVD and I highly recommend it to any fan of his work.

And, of course, Riverside's "Anno Domini High Definition", a masterpiece of progmetal, the best album of the year (IMHO) and the PERFECT companion to the 2nd best release of the year - Porcupine Tree's The Incident.

D Bolger - I noticed your purchase of the remixed Court of the Crimson King, have you heard Greg Lake's "Live on the King Biscuit Flower Hour" CD? He had an excellent band for that solo tour (Gary Moore was his lead guitarist for the tour) and the CD contains THE best versions I have ever heard of both Court of the Crimson King and 21st Century Schizoid Man. It also has some solo material and a pretty good Lucky Man.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2009 12:52:38 PM PST
I agree with EVERY BAND LISTED, and would add the following:
5bridgeS
The Tangent (must-have for fans of ELP)
RPWL (GREAT German band that started as a Pink Floyd cover band)
Phideaux
Izz
Quidam (esp. appealing to Camel fans!)
Little Tragedies (out of Russia)
Ulver
Gazpacho
Mindgames
Pure Reason Revolution
Collage
Galahad (the English band, NOT the German)
Manning
Plackband
Nosound
Arilyn
Karmakanic (an off-shoot of Flower Kings)
Osada Vida
Mangala Vallis
Sunchild
IQ
Glass Hammer
Jadis
Pendragon
Magenta (must have for fans of Yes and Renaissance!)

and on and on and on.....I have discovered more new, talented bands in the last 5 years than I ever knew existed, and am learning of more every month.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2009 12:53:49 PM PST
Glad to see someone else has discovered Unitopia. "The Garden" is outstanding!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2009 8:42:06 PM PST
ProgInNJ says:
I like many in Robert's list - to this I add the newest Shadow Circus album, Whispers and Screams...it is new enough that it is not yet available on Amazon, but according to the band's newsletter it will be soon...In any case, I encourage anyone interested in good prog to check this out, it's a very powerful piece of work...

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 9:58:05 PM PST
Robert,

Ditto on the Unitopia. I noticed Collage on your list. Have you checked out Satellite yet? Essentially the same band, I highly recommend A Street Between Sunrise and Sunset.

Just got Anglagard's Hybris CD. Very good, mostly instrumental somewhat reminiscent of 70s prog but with a modern feel. What lyrics there are are in Swedish, which actually adds to the overall feel. The vocals become part of the music rather than being a distraction.

Another band that is new to me, but has been around for quite a while is Nektar. Book of Days is awesome!

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 1:11:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2009 3:27:07 PM PST
cds i've recently purchased and i am enjoying :

anekdoten - a time of day
nosound - lightdark
wobbler - hinterland
pineapple thief - tightly unwound

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 1:27:13 PM PST
prog rocker says:
I would say that the best recent prog albums that really break some new ground are

Blood by O.S.I.
sensoria by Headend
The Pirate, The Parrot, The Delusion by Dredg

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 7:35:24 AM PST
I wish that the album "Fate of a Dreamer" by Ambeon could be released again. I would love to have it.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 10:41:13 AM PST
W. Sheppard says:
I've been getting into the old Dutch prog band Earth And Fire. Recently, I got these:

Earth And Fire (1970)
Song Of The Marching Children (1971)
Atlantis (1973)

If Esoteric Records releases their fourth, 1975's To The World Of The Future, I'll get that one too. I hope they will, since it was Earth And Fire's final prog album. Unfortunately, the band went disco after that.

Lead singer Jerney Kaagman had a great voice and she was HOT!!
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