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Old 03-24-2015, 04:28 AM   #11
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This wikipedia article sites Jethro Tull among Progressive Rock's most influential groups of the 1970's.
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Old 03-24-2015, 01:24 PM   #12
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Definitely a prog rock fan - Yes, Rush, Tull, Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson were in CONSTANT rotation in my younger years. On the metal end of things, just the big names like Queensryche and Dream Theater. Some Maiden, Metallica, and Megadeth could be considered progressive, so I'll include them.

I've tried listening to some of the newer prog rock and metal and a lot of it strikes me as a rehash of the 70's hayday. I do like some of it though...like Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Riverside, Spock's Beard, and RWPL. Then there are band like Primus and Muse which are more alternative, but considered prog in some circles.

Spock's Beard took me a while to warm up to. Initially they just sounded like they were trying to hard to be the next Yes or Genesis. At some point, I got turned onto Snow, which I thought was an incredible album, a concept album at that. Then going back to their older albums, they didn't sound as contrived.
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Old 03-24-2015, 01:52 PM   #13
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The Police hit the sweet spot for a little while before they pushed the button too hard and started to sound like they were more interested in wanking than in rocking.
Interesting...haven't heard this take before. Are you referring to the Synchronicity album? Sting's solo stuff?

Personally, I was on board up through the Soul Cages album (which is excellent), but kind of dropped off after that.
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Old 03-24-2015, 02:06 PM   #14
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Love prog rock/metal.

Riverside, Anathema, Katatonia, Porcupine Tree, Storm Corrosion, (new) Opeth, Fair to Midland, Blackfield, Swallow the Sun, Barren Earth...

I can go on and on,..
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Old 03-24-2015, 03:44 PM   #15
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Watchtower was a great prog-metal band out of Austin - one of Chuck Schuldiner's favorite bands and this album's title inspired the name of Chuck's post-Death band, Control Denied:

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What exactly do you classify as progressive rock/metal? It seems to vary from person to person, as do most musical genres.
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Old 03-27-2015, 07:43 PM   #17
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Progressive rock and metal combine blues based rock with other musical influences and styles....that could mean classical, jazz, folk, medieval, Latin, or anything see you can think of.

A lot of Prog incorporates fantasy/mythological lyrics/themes or just more serious or philosophical themes....so not sex, drugs and rock and roll.....that's right...AC/DC are automatically disqualified

Prog rock is about more than advanced technique....there are bands who I would never class as progressive bands who can outplay great prog bands with one hand tied behind their backs....it's about experimentation and fusion of style.

I'd definitely include the Mars Volta as a modern prog band because of style fusion...Metallica were rhythmically innovation but never a prog band.
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Dream Theater is my favorite prog-metal band.
Opeth has some prog songs too, am I right?
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Dream theater but before dramatic turn of event, chon, plini, animals as leaders, periphery, sithu aye, and polyphia.
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Prog-rock is something I can get into, at least the way I classify it in my head. I think of it as the kinda pretentious (and sometimes downright wussy) stuff from the mid 70s/early 80s: Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons Project, King Crimson, Yes, etc. You know, basically more exploratory rock, with string arrangements taking precedence over riffs a lot of the time, and weird synth shit, and where production is really everything.

I don't listen to prog-metal at all, but I feel like I'd still be able to pick it out. I guess I just think of it as heavy riffing that goes a little more out of the box, especially time signature wise.
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