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i like dungen and amon dull II and os mutantes and king crimson and that sort of guff.
is a really good prog album . or try some Mahavishnu Orchestra (The Inner Mounting Flame), bit more jazz, but still prog.
some live Floyd
and Gong - 'You'
and Hawkwind - 'Space Ritual Alive'
of the early Amon Duul
Cardiacs....proggy math punk messed up time signature all over the shop stuff....go read about um on Wiki which is a decent write up(for wiki that is) then go check stuff out on the ol y'tube.
seen um 20 odd times....amazing live.
gösta berlings saga
and Three Trapped Tigers pretty proggy and good!
Astra - the Weirding
What do you mean 'more' you ungrateful, demanding little scrote.
Try 'please' next time, there's no need to forego politeness just because it's a web forum...
thread'll get deleted :(
yes it is
and give the albums "Octopus" and "Three Friends", by Gentle Giant, some close attention.
i was just giving it a little bump
buy their 2 CDs of their website - you won't regret
Any of the first four albums are best but as with Mahavishnu, pretty jazzy in places. Still ace though.
Yes - Fragile (even just for Heart Of The Sunrise!)
Can (if you describe them as prog!)
but then i realised i already did that 3 years ago so i'll just bump that thread then. ok.
gosta berlings saga are so good. well done anschul from the past.
Frances the Mute
Selling England By the Pound
Everyone Into Position
mclaughlin is brill but i don't want to ever hear a distorted guitar harmonising with a violin. my brain wont cross that line.
cheers, will have a look
I fear and distrust the prog tag (my dad's fault for making me listen to jethro tull at an impressionable age) and as a result I have to slide around the edges of the genre for fear of being tainted by cape and beard, so these might not be what you're looking for.
Turing Machine (their latest one at any rate)
A New Silent Corporation
Most stuff Gavin Russom works on (Crystal Ark, Black Meteoric Star)
just so everyone else knows though, i am entirely willing to go full cape.
If you want some Prog with some fire in its belly
if you're braver than i you could try the maclaughlin/santana album but i really can't stand the latter.
you've probably heard of most of these.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
the drumming on life divine is untouchable
Ach, who am I kidding, every thread is the right thread
you might like Chrome Hoof, Chrome (helios creed's original band), Faust, Neurosis, Kong, Shipping News, Sinaii, The God Machine.
That's a bit over the place tbh, but there's prog influences or the bands are from similar genres (krautrock and kosmiche).
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
Yes - Close to the Edge
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
Rush - Hemispheres
Camel - Mirage
Van der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts
Soft Machine - Third
Wishbone Ash - Argus
These ones aren't strictly 'progressive rock', but you'll probably did them if you like Amon Duul II:
Faust - Faust IV
Magma - Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh
Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame
Popol Vuh - Hosianna Mantra
Embyro - Embryo's Reise
Avoid anything by Tool, Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree 'cause they're all really mince.
Not even analogous to a religious experience. It is the Holy itself, the Divine Energy, the Confirmation
*a few Cardiacs songs possibly notwithstanding
hahah can't believe i wrote amon dull II up there. stupid bastard.
They're only the second-best band of all time, the TWATS
Pawn Hearts, Still Life and Godbluff, in that order, are *motherfuckers*
I'm on my phone right now so I have to be concise, but just you wait
(I endorse purty much everything else in this post tho)
but I'm not a huge fan so figured someone else would put it better
Neurosis and the lamentably-ignored Chrome Hoof especially. Fuck was their last album a lost classic
This post is so great.
due to being a big pansy about genre definitions and ting
and really prog, psych, krautrock, kosmiche, stoner and a bunch of other stuff crosses over. or at least enough.
i stopped short of going full synth and flinging names of wierd disco shit at him though.
GOBLIN! Get some of that down you.
ta very much.
tomorrow I'm posting about thirty completely different things, prog as a maximalist embrace of the musically restless
I'll look forward to that.
Very good list, Puds wins the thread
Roland Sebastien Faber
Kalson (digital baroque is a particular favourite)
Mogg & Naudascher
Brassica (in particular the track Ballo dei Morti)
Cerrone (the Supernature album, Cerrone 3 especially)
female of the species track. i wouldn't ask ANYONE to listen to their dire guff.
It's this act here; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_%28French_band%29 Start with Magic Fly.
They're fucking ace
Bloody superb album.
i can confirm tool are old old balls.
and then start talking about Neurosis? Wtd, DiS.
and i also had to de-tull myself. :D
if you're that clenched about genre boundaries, the synth stuff i recommended will make you have an anyeurism.
the wife and i have just had a night of the 'funny videos' thread, although the best one has quite a prog soundtrack
OK, first outta the gate is some sick shit from Norway with designs on restructuring yr face
Shining - In The Kingdom Of Kitsch You Will Be A Monster (their most perfect composition): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xze30kh6q3k
Shining - Blackjazz Deathtrance (fucking hell): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7JcovhZtY8
Their ex-keyboardist and 'other' compositional genius, however, was prog as BUTTONS!
William D. Drake - Homesweet Homestead Hideaway (just the loveliest thing, joy n tears all at once): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3uoARaBrMk
YOU JUST LOST YOUR MONEY
Lapsus Linguae - The Terse Crimp (four Scottish boys' strict religious upbringing is exorcised in a single outrageous wrestling-combination (oh look, I did the first comment saying exactly the same thing, fancy that)): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmT871PkLyM
Working For A Nuclear Free City - Do A Stunt (in the greatest possible world, this is every TV news theme; it's UNDER three minutes and will prog you into a cocked hat): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rssnmlh1Vdw
You call them 'of Montreal, sometimes'
No Conclusion (nine-minute break-up prog-out that will move you to PROGGY TEARS): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw1D1NYVyuM
Ye, Renew The Plaintiff (nine-minute mental-breakup prog-out that will move you to INSANITY): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FruCLjy7ZFQ
You all know about Mansun's Six so I'll just leave that one unYoutubed, but what about My Computer? Anyone remember THEM?
They did these two songs, both (hey guess) nine minutes long and both fucking in-credible, guitary singersongwriterness meets rave meets heartbreak meets proletarian struggle, all crashing ultimately into beautiful despair...
All I Ever Really Wanted Was A Good Time (one of the great song-titles, plus the first track on their first album): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhdoIAmP0eU
Pulling Myself Together (this should have basically ended all Britpop right there): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PMnvZ6_gBg
Blueberry Boat (the album) has to be heard to be believed; it's pop as performed on the flying trapeze. The albums Bitter Tea and Widow City are also brilliant but less prog (still pretty prog)
The best cut is debatable but I usually go for Chris Michaels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INOF67PMvjw or Chief Inspector Blancheflower: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qTkqFvftcE which are both exhilarating mindblowers with complex lyrical narratives and alternate male/female vocals OH IT'S SO PROG
it's a bit of a revelation, as i'd written them off as just another hyped indie bellend band.
they tried really hard, nearly did it too. but not quite, so no youtubes (their best two songs, Did You Miss Me and Murder Song, are more post-indie than prog)
nobody thinks it's their best album because it's totally off-the-deep-end completely-mad prog-as-all-hell clusterfuck-mayhem-insanity
might be album of the year, actually. just stunning, stunning music
If I told you it was one of the most glorious musical experiences of the last few years...(hails to Devin Townsend for EVER!!!!!!!!)
It's Whateley by the incomparable Thumpermonkey, of course.
Is it prog? (Is it doom? Is it art-rock? Is it slow-motion modern-classical played on guitars?)
You tell me.
here's Nancy Adam Susan to leave you wide-eyed and wonderin'
I was just doing a big sad face 'cause it's Devin Townsend
The greatest record of the last decade, now. All of it. 45 minutes of micro-engineered psychological mania and Gnostic foresight. Although you can turn off after the opening track, if you decide you don't like that sort of thing. Or if your shattered brain causes you to die and then faceplant your computer, thus logging you out. FOREVER.
just listen to it, might convert ya, dude's got more compositional talent in his farts than Porcupine Tree and Dream Theater combined
the music is all kinds of awesome. it reminds me of the bits in Metalocalypse where they'd have the mad mythology stuff unfolding.
and i'll be looking into buying that game.
whats the drama with devin townsend then puds, im totally ignorant, but incredibly nosey?
Briefly big in NME circles, it's important to remember that they were also an extremely brilliant prog* band with delirious 11-minute odes to alien invasion called Sky Babies up their sleeve
*meets classic metal, in a bar, during a fight
I mean, Kayo Dot. Might be a bit TOO far, this, but worth a shot if you can dig 18 minutes of calculated sonic destruction entitled '___on limpid form': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmx7ayXS6LU
Oh and there's the superb Extra Life too. Here's something brilliant (Blinded Beast) from this year. Naturally, it's their longest song, but what can you do? Slow as molasses at first. It stays that way. Honest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeXDFxetVmc
Used to be a fan of SYL and his earlier stuff back in the day, and I can see why he's so massively popular, but nowadays his music pretty much encapsulates everything I seek to avoid within my metal/prog, haha.
It's all just a bit too wanky (yep, I know this is a prog thread) and overly polished for my liking. There also seems to be this air of slightly sinister, forced wackiness that lingers over everything he does like some sort of distinctly unsettling odour.
she's probably right yknow
you cant expect to like everything.
as for wackiness, i can see what you mean, i've just got to the french singing bit with the sock puppet in the above video. i'd just edit that bit out like ive done with a few pieces of music which are more suites of music than 'just a song'. :D
this song goes through the self-knowingly-wacky looking-glass and comes out flaming majestic. i don't really like the ziltoid album myself, but trust me, this is a different kettle of fish, it's almost like a grand personal confession, a labour of self-love and self-contempt, an Apotheosis. and it's messy as hell, the opposite of polished!
Well, you have, you cheeky scamp, and just for that, here's something you won't have heard of, even if it's by a dude who's in Spiritualized and features all of Coil. It's a...a...a...um...nightmare. The best kind - an analogue-synth industrial electro-prog nightmare, if you dare.
Thighpaulsandra - Optical Black
well it's Oceansize and Youthmovies innit. Both exceptional, both deceased, and both so beloved on DiS that I don't think any Youtubes will be necessary (although I could be persuaded otherwise)
<ever so slightly>
Silent To The Dark by The Electric Soft Parade - a 3-minute bubblegum Britpop song gone terribly, terribly astray
...or HAS IT?
Thomas White wrote this when. he. was. blithering. sixteen.
I could have chosen any one of about 15 songs but this is probably their proggiest, which is the criterion this thread must ultimately be judged by: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4e6SEHBq30
...and Youthmovies - Last Night Of The Proms, which is by no means the longest song (it's like the second-shortest actually) on their superb, exquisitely-crafted album Good Nature which you all must hear if you haven't, but is just so ludicrously prog that oh come on man just LISTEN to it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIsTVDJ-m2k
well it's great too. find it. listen to the whole first album. then the second, the third, the EP and some of the 4th. yay.
OK well most of the really good stuff's been recommended anyway, but a little-known American gang known as Captain Beyond slipped the net. They did a self-titled debut record in 1972 that sounds like a classic str8-up rock'n'roll record for a short while until you realise that the tracks are all flowing into each other in increasingly cosmic ways and your mind is...kinda...expanding? One of the finest sequencing-jobs known to music, then, and a sign that prog can leap out of almost any corner...
^^^it's an album but it's only 35 mins, have a heart yo
They did Holes and Goddess On A Hi-Way and other limp shit like that!
Oh, and they did this. Open the video and gawp at the perfect title, the slightly diverting album-cover and the giggling descent into the sun that is the song itself...
namely Awaken: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98-iBpbEbNk
tho Gates Of Delirium ain't far behind along with And You And I, Starship Trooper, Perpetual Change *ok nuff*
a prog band disguised as an IDM duo :D
Well, they ARE! Or were for a couple of albums. Draft 7.30 foreverrrrrrrrrr
Warning: contains the universe, and is called Surripere, which might not be a Latin verb in the infinitive for 'to disintegrate the mind'
altho he skews MUCH more cape n wizard than I do (having just posted some Yes, the cheek of it!)
Oh, fuck it :D
STROOOKE ANNNNND PRAIIISE HIMMMMM
Start with a few of older ones:
Univers Zero - the best thing thing to come out of Belgium since the saxophone. The only 70s prog band that can top Van Der Graaf Generator in terms of darkness (though being largely instrumental, they aren't quite as 'visceral') and like VDGG are still going strong today. Much of this is less like 'prog' and more like menacing, brooding modern chamber music. While they remain obscure they are nowhere nearly as dated as much of the bands of their era.
Les Kobolds (actually this one's kind of chipper)
Only tangentially prog, perhaps, influenced mostly the krautier side of things, and sometimes categorised as experimental post-punk. I don't know what they were apart from fucking awesome. Way ahead of their time.
Makeshift Swahili (check out the proto-vokills :DDD)
Health and Efficiency
Thinking Plague - An American band sometimes heavily indebted to Univers Zero in terms of instrumentation and mood, though there is much greater emphasis placed on vocals and guitars.
Behold the Man
A band that's been going forever despite the fact that no fucker's ever heard of them. They have a pretty huge sprawling discography, much of which is pretty hard to obtain. Their 90s work is mostly like a proggier take on the math-rock of the time, they have often (and increasingly) made attempts at making eccentric pop records, the results of which are sometimes pleasing sometimes a bit rubbish. Practically none of the songs I would have picked are on the 'Tube, so I'll post a song from probably their most 'prog' album and an example of their early weirdness:
Theme from Shaft
Time Of Orchids - I have nothing to say except that these guys were utterly brilliant, toiling away in obscurity before finally breaking up in 07 :(
Industrial Avant-Jazz(???) with a downtuned fretless bass getting the everloving shit beaten out of it? Yes, ta. All of it can be found here:
Shame they were so short-lived
at... some point
a few people have told me cheer-accident would be one of my favourite bands (also nomeansno)
"Yeti" is one of my favourite albums of all time
my dog is whining, hiding his face. he knows.
awesome stuff :) and it's reminded me of another one I failed to post earlier...
will have to give 'heresie' a full listen soon
The Donkey-Headed Adversary Of Humanity Opens The Discussion........
(certifiably insane, fairly thespian dulcimer-metal-prog-fusion from America that sounds like Mr. Bungle if they were from the 22nd and 17th centuries simultaneously)
oh shit and why didn't I post any Mr. Bungle? Have a Stubb (A Dub) while I'm about it:
definitely the greatest song about the mortality of dogs ever written. meanwhile my own dog has just recovered after a univers zero-inspired tug-of-war fit
I already know This Heat and for fucking sure - what an awesome set of ideas they had!
without listening to My Ass Is On Fire immediately afterwards
^^^possibly the most jawdropping prog-metal song of the 90's? actually yeah, no, it just is. REEEEEEDUNDANT REEEEEDUNDANT REEE... DUNNNNNNDANT REEEEDUNDANT
what a song!!!!!! yesssss, gotta hear that whole album now
god that was beautiful, have heard that 'introducing lemon' and 'enduring the american dream' are both worth it too...but yeah, give me cheer-accident or give me death
Oxford's finest. This shit should come with a HEALTH WARNING, amirite?
gonna have to search for Thinking Plague - Behold The Man MYSELF, oh the HASSLE
oh wait no i don't, here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO85cTFgI_k
wasn't that lucky
as for how it sounds, holy shit! bringing the gorgeous tendrils of dissonance AND the rock. approve. that is some manic heart-of-darkness robot-abuse
needs to be digested in a relaxed state, yo, but the kayo dot comparisons are extremely encouraging
and so I leave you tonight with Koenjihyakkei - Grembo Zavia
like you're inside a computer game that is actually one giant glitch
but the second track on there is real good.
i like sound of animals fighting.
theShipment has dismissed it as a Led Zeppelin rip-off. Yeah, well it's a COSMIC Led Zeppelin rip-off. Set a course for the Beyond...
Danava - One Mind Gone Separate Ways
Give Panzer or Airborne from the debut a listen
Oceansize - Effloresce (One of the greatest debuts ever IMO)
Try Catalyst, One Day All This Could Be Yours or Massive Bereavement
Pure Reason Revolution (I can recommend all 3 albums)
Try Deus Ex Machina, In Aurelia, Bullitts Dominae, The Bright Ambassadors Of Morning, Black Mourning or Open Insurrection
I'm not really sure if they were "prog" as such, but they certainly fit with some of the other stuff posted in this thread, and are utterly brilliant and deserve to be much more well known...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl55AFCtqKc (this one feature's Mark E. Smith)
It's called Dragonslayer ffs
hell, <3 all of that.
I haven't heard their solo stuff yet, however.
This is fucking transcendent stuff...