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Initial post: Jan 30, 2009 7:34:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Apr 10, 2013 6:53:32 AM PDT
Until recently my prog rock awareness was limited to Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Kansas, Supertramp and Pink Floyd. Finding this forum has opened up a whole new world for me. I've become a prog fanatic almost overnight.

After much searching I finally took the plunge and bought 7 or 8 CDs by various new-to-me bands. Of the entire batch, my favorite (OK, other than Porcupine Tree) new discovery is by far Sylvan. Their CD Posthumous Silence may be the best overall CD I've heard since Dark Side of the Moon. Remember hearing that one the first time? After listening to Posthumous Silence (on headphones) start to finish I was simply stunned.

So how 'bout it? What new prog band have you "discovered" recently?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2009 8:20:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 30, 2009 8:36:14 PM PST
B.A.S. says:
interesting question!
made me realise i don't actually listen to any new 'prog'. i tend just to listen to 60s/70s prog and psych.
but i do listen to experimental new stuff like Animal Collective.
Posthumous silence sound good tho.
are Mew prog? their last album was certainly proggy in places, and very ambitious and cinematic. i definintely recommend Mew, best band ever from Denmark.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2009 8:34:15 PM PST

Though Sylvan is indeed a relatively new band, often classified as Neo-Prog, this thread could just as easily apply to 60s/70s bands. I also recently discovered Camel, to name but one. If I listed all of my recent discoveries though, this thread would be cooked before putting it on to boil!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2009 8:43:26 PM PST
B.A.S. says:
interesting you mention camel, cause i've recently been discovering the canterbury scene, and especially love david sinclair era caravan - he later joined camel. i cannot understand why caravan never made it big, they had great hooks and melodies, were amazing musicians and looked great.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2009 10:44:57 AM PST
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JP says:

But in the past 3-5 years I have "discovered"

Porcupine Tree
It Bites
Spock's Beard
The Flower Kings

And a few others I can't think of right now.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2009 2:07:19 PM PST
Hmm... are Fields Of The Nephilim prog? Progly not.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2009 4:04:42 PM PST
They sure have a proggy, ribbit ribbit, name.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2009 1:26:10 PM PST
I finally "got" Porcupine Tree this past summer - I'd heard bits and pieces over the last 10 years but these forums really pressed me to listen more closely and dive in deeper. They just sound great, that's all I can say.

Also recently I bought a few Van der Graaf Generator and Peter Hammill albums, and have been quite impressed, particularly with "Pawn Hearts" and most of the Hammill solo albums. It was almost 20 years ago that I first really gooned out on prog bands, but somehow VDGG had slipped through the cracks. Hard to believe, because they're one of the original masters. Pretty much an acquired taste though - I didn't like "H to He Who Am the Only One" the first time I heard it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2009 2:57:43 PM PST
Rare Goat,

I recently downloaded 2 or 3 VDGG albums from spiralfrog. One of them stareted playing while I was doing something, I suddenly recognized that I was hearing rather diverse sounds and wondered what it was. I had the same impression, that this music is not immediately accessable, but worth investing time to get to know. I haven't done it yet but plan to soon.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2009 9:33:36 PM PST
Sylvan was my biggest discovery of 2008, until I bought Unitopia's The Garden, and they became my band of 2008:

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2009 9:34:17 PM PST
The best new groups I've discovered would be Simon Says (Tardigrade) Sylvan ( Artificial Paradise) Knight Area with 2 CDs , Satellite (Sunrise to Sunset), Unitopia (The Garden), Ghost Circus, IZZ, Invisigoth, Riverside, Kino, Kaipa, Karmakanic, Karfagen, Frost and It Bites (Tall Ships) . This represents a large variety of sounds but for me thats what draws me to progressive rock, always looking for music that grows on you, over time, and generally gets better after each play.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2009 9:38:21 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2009 4:01:34 PM PST
JP says:
J.R. Flower King.

With Kino, Frost and It Bites "The Tall Ships" it sounds like you jumped into the deep end of the John Mitchell guitar pool!!!

I also like his playing and composing - I suppose you know of his "main" band Arena? I like Pepper's Ghost, The Visitor and Contagious (and the 2 corresponding EPs) the best but LOVE the concert DVD "Smoke and Mirrors" and think it belongs in every self-respecting Prog fan's collection!

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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2009 10:58:21 PM PST
JP I do have all the Arena CDs, including Into The Lions Cage which has one of my all time favorite, epic songs, Soloman! This was pre-Mitchell but an incredible piece of work that set the stage for their later releases. Lions Cage is one of those rare releases that I can't get tired of listening to. The interplay between soaring guitar and keyboards is amazing with all of the compositions fitting together making for a great listen! Check it out. Also, after listening to the It Bites "The Tall Ships" it should have been called KINO "The Tall Ships". Since Frances D. was the sound of It Bites, now with J. Mitchell on vocals, guitar and composing this should have been Kinos second release. It's all great music regardless.

Posted on Feb 6, 2009 12:55:43 PM PST
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Squire Jaco says:
Experienced a lot of new (for me) Italian prog lately: PFM , Banco, Locanda Della Fate, Maxophone, Arti e Mestieri. There's also a fairly new Italian band that's more in the progressive jazz vein called DFA. Killer chops.

Unifaun has a great "lost Genesis" cd out. I like the new Martin Orford cd.
Hmmmmm...Big Big Train. A Triggering Myth. Thieve's Kitchen. There's a ton o' great stuff out there - ya gotta do some research......

If you haven't been listening to the American band ECHOLYN, though, you've just been cheating yourself big time. Incredible musicians at every station, some of the best harmonies in rock, and new and interesting compositions. "Cowboy Poems Free" is possibly their best album (just re-issued & re-mastered), but "Mei" is right up there too. "As the World" is maybe their most 1970's-ish proggy cd. You can not go wrong with ANY of their cd's.

Happy hunting.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2009 5:46:59 PM PST
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JP says:
J.R. -

I was listening to The Tall Ships at work today and I definitely agree - reminds me A LOT of Kino.

I have all of the Arena's, including Songs From The Lions Cage and Welcome to the Stage. While they're all good but Pepper's Ghost, The Visitor and the Contagious EP (how can you lose with the 1-2-3 punch of Vanishing Act, I Spy and the title track?!?) are my favorites. The Cry is probably my least favorite.

Do you have the new Frost, Experiments in Mass Appeal? If so, what do you think of it? I don't think it's up to the standards of Milliontown but it's DEFINITELY worth the money!! I already have 1/2 of it on my MP3 player.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2009 8:48:32 PM PST
JP Haven't picked up Frosts' Experiments CD yet but I'd give Milliontown 5 Stars. Inventive powerful music that's challenging to the ears! It would be very difficult to release a follow up CD as good as Milliontown. I've read some mixed reviews but I like artists that aren't afraid to, shall I say Experiment! If anybody is a fan of Genesis "Trick of the Tail and "Wind and Wuthering" check out Unifaun. This was a 4 year project by two talented Swedish artists named Nad Sylvan and Bonamici. Nad, alone plays guitar, bass, keyboards, lead and backup vocals and drums. Nads' vocals are across between, believe it or not, Collins and Gabriel. They actually set out to release the songs Genesis never did. Tonight I'm putting on the headphones to listen to this music from start to finish as it is very well written and played and affecting me much the same way Genesis did many years ago. The instrumental song "ReHacksis" you'll swear is Tony Banks at his best! Each listen gets PROGRESSIVELY better, and that's the point!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2009 9:30:54 PM PST
JP Have you heard anything by the Polish band Satellite? They are similar in sound to Frost "Milliontown". The interesting thing about the group is the drummer writes most of the music. An earlier release of theirs is called Moonshine when they were known as Collage. Moonshine and Between Sunrise and Sunset would both rate 5 stars! I never tire of these releases.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 7:15:10 AM PST
Satellite may be my favorite band at this point in time. It started with Collage- Moonshine. Then virtually the same band became Satellite. They have released Between Sunrise And Sunset, Evening Games and Into The Night. You can't go wrong with any of these releases. Satellite has a new release entitled Nostalgia which is available as a limited edition now. It is scheduled for general release on March 10, 2009.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 9:22:00 AM PST
Satellite is definately one of my favorite discoveries - Sunrise to Sunset is the CD I've heard. The guitarist reminds me of Carlos a great deal, one of my all time favs. Great music from beginning to end, I often find myself singing tunes from this CD....You see the rain, I see a rainbow.

Sylvan's Posthumous Silence gets a second mention. It's about a man who discovers his daughters diary after her suicide. Wrenchingly exqusite. Or is it exquisitely wrenching? Either way the music is top notch, reminds me of Porcupine Tree with a touch of british indies like Keane or Snow Patrol. This is a whole album listen with no breaks between tracks.

I'm also enjoying Pure Reason Revolution's The Dark Third. Rich and multi layered. Both male and female lead vocals who are often singing different parts simultaneously.

Just purchased IQ's Ever and some RPWL. Anxiously awaiting their arrival.

Way too much great music, I could buy 10 CDs a month for the next 10 years and still want more....geez...

Hi, my name is Doug F....

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 4:59:41 PM PST
JP says:
I have heard of Satellite, but haven't HEARD them...yet. Based on these recommendations, I soon will! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 5:18:39 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2009 5:20:31 PM PST
JP says:

During our Sylvan discussions I think I forgot to mention......DON'T get their latest (not including the live one) "Presets". I don't know what they were thinking....maybe sounding like Nickelback was their grand idea for conquering America or something...but, I listened to it 2-3 times when it first came out, again about 2-3 months ago to see if my opinion changed, and doubt I'll ever listen to it again. About the only positive thing I can say is I'm glad I bought a used one!!

X-Rayed is probably my favorite by them, do you have it? It's one of those cases where one album (Posthumous Silence) is better overall but another album (X-Rayed) just happens to have that one song that is superior to anything on the better overall one. And, in this case X-rayed has two - "Lost" and "Given, Used, Forgotten", my 2 favorite Sylvan songs period. Lost is simply just a good song but one of those 10 minute songs that starts slowly and then builds and builds and, after it's over you go "wow".

In fact my ONLY problem with the new live album is that it does not have Given!!! But Lost begins the 2nd disc!!

If you like Silence and don't already have X-rayed, I have NO doubt you'll like it too.

I have 4 IQ CDs and like "Dark Matter" and the double disc "Subterrena" the best.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 7:40:27 PM PST
JP I agree with your assessment of "Presets" What the heck happened? If you haven't heard Artificial Paradise yet, check out the songs "That's why it hurts and "Timeless Traces , you'll get the same feeling "Given" gave you! All the other songs on this CD are top rate, unlike "Presets".

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2009 3:25:51 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2009 3:26:19 PM PST
JP says:
JR - of course I have Artificial Paradise , I just like X-rayed better and don't want to make Doug F spend ALL his money!!!!

But - you REALLY need to check out the Austrilian band Voyager. Their 2nd album "Univers" is the album I happen to be wearing out RIGHT NOW (we all have one).

JR and Doug F. - why don't y'all go to my personal page here on Amazon and send me an invite. I'd like to chat further and send some links along via e-mail. Heck, anyone is welcome to send me an invite, I LOVE talking about music, but you two in particular seem to have the same tastes as I do.
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