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09.09.2014 | 40 days ago | Posted at 11:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The thing about prog music—and many prog musicians are acutely aware of this—is that it's often pretty ridiculous. From the grandiose operatic undertones to the run-on song structures, the fantastical lyrics and the heaps of studio effects, the whole form is a celebration of excess, and during the genre's mid-'70s peak many of genre's top acts produced their best albums simply by trying to out...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013
 An instrumental Italian progressive-rock band with a cumbersome history and a cult following, Goblin built its vast reputation largely by composing scores for iconic horror films in the 1970s. Yet longtime keyboardist Maurizio Guarini prefers sci-fi movies
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Banks of Eden (Inside Out Music)

After a five-year hiatus during which members of The Flower Kings pursued outside projects, the Swedish proggers return with the long-awaited Banks of Eden. A beautiful-sounding album with all of the band's signatures—symphonic flourishes, a dash of...
Friday, Aug. 29, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Though The Flower Kings have at times been labeled prog-rock’s great white hope, and are now arguably one of the world’s leading prog-rock bands, they’ve at times had trouble finding their footing. The Sum of No Evil, the band's latest and most focused album in years (even with a running time of 75 minutes), tries to . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
Almost seven years ago to the date, on Sept. 14, 2001, The Flower Kings, now arguably one of the world's leading progressive-rock bands, played what just might rank among Shank Hall's most memorable and cathartic shows. "I remember that gig, and I remember those days vividly," says guitarist, vocalist and head Flower King Roine Stolt, when reminded that the Swedish band was on a rare U.S. tour as the tragedy of 9/11 unfolded. The Flower Kings opened their penultimate show of that tour with "Last Minute On Earth," the lead track from . . .
Friday, Aug. 1, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Arriving hot on the heels the ’90s hard-edged grunge movement, the music of Michigan’s Tiles nod to the days when Alice In Chains and Living Colour put a disguised, proggy spin on modern rock. Though retaining the era’s signature simple, no-nonsense fuzz riffs, Tiles makes a point of branching into far too . . .
Monday, June 9, 2008

13th Star (Chocolate Frog Records)

Some of rock’s most memorable albums have been recorded by artists in the midst of grief and despair. While 13th Star, a poignant reflection on love by the recently heartbroken Derek Dick—better known as Fish, former frontman of the seminal British progressive-rock band Marillion—may not go down as one of the . . .
Monday, April 7, 2008

Bushwhack (Bushwhack Entertainment)

Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree rank among the most common reference points for progressive metal in the early 21st century. Serious and technical, yet still melodic, both veteran bands have proven that complex music can find an audience—if not always mainstream acceptance. Now along comes Bushwhack, an all-instrumental quartet of college students from New Haven, Conn., that picks and chooses influences from Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree and other modern progressive
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008

Red Planet Boulevard (Think Tank Media/ProgRock Records)

After releasing nearly a dozen solo albums (and making numerous guest appearances on other artists’ records), it’s fair to say that California-based singer Lana Lane has established her own distinct voice. Unfortunately, more listeners overseas have probably heard that voice than here in the United States . . .

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