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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ProgBlog DISCovery

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

The ProgBlog Diary

A list of recent past, present and future happenings in the prog world

13 - September 2020


UK lockdown restrictions eased - record stores now open


July - August - September acquisitions


Gig reviews: 2020 Porto Antico Prog Fest, Genoa 11/07/20

Melting Clock - Abracadabra Festival, Villa Serra, Comago (GE) 13/9/20


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Album ReviewAyreon, Transitus (2020)


The conceptual themes of Arjen Lucassen’s Ayreon albums reflect their creator’s vast imagination. Transitus is the next album in the series and it’s both familiar and different from previous works. Once again Lucassen utilises a large cast of vocalists and supporting musicians, but rather than a science fiction theme, he's written a gothic ghost story set partly in the 19th century which he descibes as “without a doubt the most cinematic and outrageous album I’ve ever done.” Transitus is accompanied by a graphic novel drawn by the renowned artist Felix Vega.

Transitus will be released via Music Theories Recordings MTR 75623 on September 25th. Read Stefano's review here

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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

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