Most people have heard of progressive rock (or prog rock, or simply prog) but the great majority of them treat it with mild disdain (at best) or outright hatred (at worst). Most of the criticism is a mindless rejection based on current trends and a misunderstanding of the genre; “dinosaur” is a common term of abuse, neatly parodied by Adrian Belew on King Crimson’s 1994 album Thrak
There is an increasing quantity of literature on the subject, ranging from the analytical or academic (Edward Macan, Rocking the Classics; Kevin Holme-Hudson, Progressive Rock Revisited) to the fairly straightforward lists (Charles Snider, The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock.) There are also thousands of fans out there who not only continue to attend concerts, but also contribute to a growing network of fanzines and on-line forums. Fans are even served by Prog, a glossy magazine from Future Publishing now in its tenth year, entirely devoted to prog in all its forms
The ProgBlog has been put together to encourage discussion about progressive rock music illustrated by personal observation
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The original aim of the blog was to promote discussion about all and any facet of progressive rock but from time to time, bands and musicians contact ProgBlog with new prog-related material that they want to expose to a wider audience; ProgBlog's album of 2017 An Invitation by Amber Foil was one such approach. The DISCovery section has been introduced to better serve the requirements of musicians who contact ProgBlog with the aim of increasing the audience for their music; without music there can be no discussion of music. Discover some new music here
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Coming up - 2020 Porto Antico Prog Fest, Genoa 11/07/20
Album review: Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble – The Red Planet (2020)
Much anticipated but delayed for over two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Rick Wakeman has just released a new album.
Dedicated to all things Mars, The Red Planet represents another aspect of Wakeman’s continued fascination with space and promised fans a keyboard-heavy instrumental prog album in the style of his earliest solo work The Six Wives of Henry VIII from 1973.
The pop-up inside gatefold certainly points to unashamed prog,,, read the album review here
The latest ProgBlog DISCovery - Quantum (Sweden)
Quantum is Anton Ericsson, Oscar Lundin, Marcus Lundberg and Samuel Walfridssona, a progressive rock band from Stockholm influenced by music ranging from classic-era prog like Genesis or King Crimson, to extreme metal bands like Mastodon and jazz fusion in the vein of The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Quantum’s music is packed with aggressive dynamic shifts and memorable melodies; music that can shimmer one moment only to explode in the next. The material dips into jazz ballad and bursts of metal; it combines with expanded forms from European art music, exhibits flashes of math rock and blends intricate harmonies, all the while maintaining a focus on groove and melody, creates a sound that is quite something else
Read more about Quantum here