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Posted on Dec 17, 2009 2:21:44 AM PST
Josh Creasey says:
My most recent prog discovery is the band Unitopia. Great band. The Garden is a fantastic album. I'd love to hear more from these guys. Also, I'm getting into Between The Buried And Me. I've heard of them before for a few years, but didn't pay any mind to them until I got their new CD The Great Misdirect. Aside from the hardcore howling, there some awesome instrumentation and even some decent clean vocals as well, losts of different influences and moods.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2009 3:29:41 AM PST
Josh....interesting that you'd take a liking to Between the Buried and Me. My son is the bass guitarist.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 12:11:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2009 12:22:51 PM PST
Squire Jaco says:
Hey, fellow prog heads.
I've been listeing to a Cleveland-based band called Syzygy for the past ten years. (Used to be called Witsend.)
They only have 3 albums out, all great.
But their latest (Realms of Eternity) is a near-flawless progressive rock masterpiece, the likes of which you just don't hear about much anymore. It's kind of expensive here at Ammie, but it's selling for $12.99 + s&h over at kinesiscd.com.
Buy yourselves the best proggy Christmas gift available and snag a copy...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2009 1:38:41 PM PST
Jonas Mayer says:
I'm listening to My Space samples of "Realms of Eternity" as I write, great stuff!
It's always good to hear some first rate prog from the US. This is now definitely on my "to buy" list. I own the Witsend CD Cosmos and Chaos but haven't listened to it in eons. I'll have to pull it out, dust it off and give it another listen. Thanks for the heads up!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2009 1:54:06 PM PST
Squire Jaco says:
My pleasure.
I sneak in here once in a while to see what you folks are listening to too.
I've gotten a couple of good leads here and there, so thank YOU.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2009 8:35:43 PM PST
I still think that the best stuff now are new releases from the great prog masters. There is a new Jade Warrior out that is terrific, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (and don't forget Idiot Flesh if you can find them!), rumors of a new Le Orme, King Crimson, and Slapp Happy. Pfm and Banco are still going strong, but where is Umberto Balsamo? VDGG are doing great but Peter Hammill is in frail health. Hatfield and the North is touring all over the place and hopefully they will go back to the studio. Kevin Ayers has a new disc out ("The Unfairground"), and it is spectacular. The old members of Gentle Giant have reformed under a new name that I forget (check YouTube), and are recording new stuff.
Prog is indeed alive and well.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2009 11:26:34 AM PST
Robert Blanken....the band you refer to that was sort of a reformation of Gentle Giant is (was) called Three Friends, and featured former GG members Gary Green, Kerry Minnear, and Malcolm Mortimore. Word had gotten to me that later drummer John Weathers was spotted at a European gig the formation were playing and that he had a great interest in joining. The bad news is that (reportedly) Minnear has dropped out, so there goes a great deal of the songwriting, not to mention great vocals and keyboard playing. It will be a major feat, it seems, if this project continues. Sad to say, as they showed alot of promise.

Posted on Dec 19, 2009 5:53:41 PM PST
A. Lema says:
Big Big Train

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 6:15:55 AM PST
shawn says:
I haven't seen anyone mention Beardfish so I thought I may as well chime in ... They were supposed to be on the Prog Nation Tour this year and problems with their label "X'ed them from the tour... But I digress ... Sleeping In Traffic Parts One and Two are phenomenal albums in my opinion ... and definitely deserve a listen...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2009 9:09:51 AM PST
Jonas Mayer says:
I agree with Shawn, another great band from Sweden. I loved sleeping in traffic 1&2. I was less impressed with their latest release "Destined Solitaire". I'm still waiting for that one to click with me. I'm curious are you familiar with their earlier work pre pt. 1 and 2? How does it stack up?

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 11:46:28 AM PST
Sta rAngel says:
I just discovered I. Q and picked up their latest CD Frequency,and I was surprised at how this band plays so clear and precise.
The singer has stand out voice and the instrumentals are unique and intricate.

Anybody who is my age ( 52 ) and who lived through and loved the early seventies progressive movement ( especially fantastic bands like Emerson Lake and Palmer,Yes,Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd ) will love this band.

Also you can check out Transatlantic,Neal Morse,Spock's Beard,The Gathering,The Flower Kings,Glass Hammer,Dream Theater,
Shadow Gallery and Sirenia.

It may just be me but it seems that there is another progressive rock "BOOM " happening so.. Come all you old guys out there start listening again to some new music just like the old days only these are the children of the masters..new masters

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2009 12:25:59 PM PST
Sta rAngel says:
If , on the other hand you are like me and like to wander into a CD shop where all the good progressive rock is mixed in with the Death Metal and Satanic stuff etc..it is cool to find God working his way in through Neal Morse ( Chuckle,Chuckle )
I do see your point though-music is music and should stand alone without any kind of brainwashing or preaching but for a Christian like me who is also a hard core 70's prog rock and rock fan,I find most of the Christian music a tad boring and a put off but I still would like to hear some. ..so Neal is the guy who brings the two together Prog Rock and Cristian lyrics and concepts.But I'm 52 probably now an old fart.
I still listen to Zeppelin,Purple,Sabbath,Yes,Wishbone Ash,Tull,E.L.P,Floyd,Kings X,Dream Theater,The Flower Kings, Porcupine Tree and many more and I am not always sure where they are coming from but I don't care..I just love they way they do it.
One of my favourite albums is Relayer by Yes and I have no idea what John anderson is singing about but I just love the way Yes play it.
Greg Lake from E.L.P's Brain Salad Surgery sings " We pull Jesus from a hat,get into that.. "But I still love the album and find no problem with the lyrics.

One day I would like to walk into my local CD store and find Progressive rock having it's own section.
Now here's a question for you...if there is a HEAVEN and I hope there is,then who do you think would play in the Heavenly Progressive Rock band ( even if they had to be hired from non believers )?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2009 12:36:26 PM PST
Sta rAngel says:
Robert,you are a legend - I have been listening to Sarah Brightman singing Figlio Perduto from her La Luna album and I absolutely love it and all the words are in Italian.
Now can you name some of these Italian prog bands? I'd love to have a listen even though I cannot understand Italian.
But then again I wouldn't want here something which has EVIL lyrics in any language since Good and Evil transcend all beliefs.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 1:17:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2009 1:19:30 PM PST
Bklyn-Born says:
Sta rAngel: Two really great Italian prog bands are PFM: checkout "Chocolate Kings", "Photos of Ghosts" and "Live in the USA" (aka "Cook"), and Arti e Mestieri: "Giro Di Valzer Per Domani" and "Tilt" (these were a little hard to come by, but it appears that Amazon is offering a re-release, available after Jan 5th)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2009 1:27:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2009 1:34:25 PM PST
Sta rAngel, I am 53 and been there done that. If you like Shadow Gallery check out Cairo, Enchant, Dali's Dilemma, Tiles, Winds, Artention, Conception, The Jelly Jam, Platypus, Mullmuzzler, Aghora, Alas, Chroma Key, Ice Age, Mastermind, Pale Forest, Redemption, Stratovarious, Therion(after Vovin, they were death metal before that), Thought Chamber, Under The Sun, Jon Arch's EP A Twist Of Fate and Zero Hour. I'm sure I left some out. There is a couple of Italian speedprog in english that are good, Labyrinth and Vision Divine.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2009 2:07:21 PM PST
Zeddicus,
Yes, I'm not only familiar with Satellite, but I had much of their material before I discovered Collage, and A Street Between Sunrise and Sunset is my favorite by them. Thanks for bringing that one up!
I also have some Anglagard. I have to be in the right frame of mind to listen to them, as most of my prog tastes lean towards neo-prog (melodic prog) and sypmhonic prog. If you like Anglagard and Anekdoten, you may just like Wobbler, too. They have 2 CD's out, and both have very long songs on them.
If you have just recently discovered Nektar, you should check out their older material, esp. "Remember the Future", Down to Earth", and my personal favorite, "Re-cycled" (w/Larry Fast of Synergy on synths!!).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2009 12:34:28 PM PST
JP says:
Sta rAngel,

Frequency is ok (did you get the one with the DVD?) but, for me, IQ's best are Subterranea and Dark Matter.

And be SURE to pick up the 2 Frost* albums, Milliontown and Experiments in Mass Appeal. It's a supergroup that includes IQ's bassist and drummer along with outstanding guitarist John Mitchell (Arena, Kino, It Bites) and producer Gem Godfrey. Milliontown is the better of the 2 but I like both of them every bit as much as IQ, Milliontown even more!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2009 12:39:37 PM PST
JP says:
And I second the nomination for Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM to you newbies).

Blkyn-Born - did you see where they have a DVD, recorded on the reunion tour?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2009 2:00:57 PM PST
Jonas Mayer says:
Two more excellent recommendations of Italian prog (if you can find them) are
Il Trono Dei Ricordi self titled and New Trolls, Concerto Grosso/The Seven Seasons.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2009 1:01:31 PM PST
Angelo Coiro says:
KANSAS IS MY FAVORITE, bUT i RECENTLY DISCOVERED ELOY.
German prog rock from the 70's onward. Keyboard oriented with guitar too.
CAMEL IS fantastic too

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 12:58:42 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2010 1:00:35 AM PST
Sta rAngel

my favorite italian prog rock albums :
PFM - Storia Di Un Minuto
PFM - Per Un Amico
Le Orme - Felona e Serona
Le Orme - Uomo di Pezza

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 2:17:39 AM PST
Tnahpellee says:
What about Van Halen III? ;-)

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 7:53:42 AM PST
LiverDye says:
This year I made a deliberate effort to explore some new prog bands as opposed to the ones of the 70's vintage variety and discovered a few gems. Some of those gems are:
5BridgeS - The Thomas Tracks
Gazpacho - Tick Tock
Phideaux - The Seven

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 5:56:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2010 5:58:24 PM PST
Steve K says:
G'Day everyone,

After much thought on trying out a new band from either Opeth or Riverside, i went Riverside and wow Im not dissapointed!. I downloaded from itunes Rapid Eye Movement and am just loving it!.... The last song Ultimate Trip is great. So will be looking to get the newest ADHD next. Also Ive been having a listen to some OSI as well which will need further investigation.............

Steve K

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2010 6:11:51 PM PST
Sj

I just ordered a Pineapple Thief cd on Kinesis, but I'll get that Syzygy next pay day. Thanks for the recommend!

My latest discovery is BigElf. Got Closer To Doom and Cheat The Gallows and really like them so far. They seem to be real big in England.
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