To celebrate the two-year anniversary of this blog, I’m taking the opportunity to look back over some of the more than five hundred blog entries I’ve posted. I’ve conducted interviews, written essays and reviewed new albums, reissues and DVDs. Here’s a look at some modern progressive rock that has caught my attention.
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- Knight Area – A Dutch band, these guys lean in a very melodic direction; their album Realm of Shadows has gotten countless plays here.
- Jakko M. Jakszyk – This guitarist/vocalist was a member of the 21st Century Schizoid Band, and on his solo album The Bruised Romantic Glee Club he corrals some Very Heavy Friends into helping him out. I’ll have an interview with him later this summer.
- The Pär Lindh Project album Time Mirror is some seriously over-the-top symphonic prog, but it’s a helluva lot of fun. Enjoy the strong melodies, the high-flying virtuosity and have fun trying to count how many damn keyboards the guy uses. Wow.
- Mars Hollow makes a convincing argument that not all worthwhile progressive rock comes from outside the USA. Their self-titled album mines a Rush-like vein. Their newest is out very soon, and I’m looking forward to checking it out as well.
- Wobbler are a tradition-minded lot; their album Rites at Dawn sounds a bit like what Yes might have done in that quiet period between Relayer and Going for the One. Dig.
- The Pineapple Thief is a UK-based group that is sadly not well known in the USA. They combine the best elements of groups like Radiohead and Porcupine Tree, to name two, all the while crafting a sound that’s their own. I spoke at some length with band leader Bruce Soord.
- I discovered Polish progressive band Riverside through Pandora, and really dig a lot of their stuff. When they lean toward metal, I am a bit less interested. Leader Mariusz Duda released a fine, connected pair of concept albums under the Lunatic Soul moniker that are more atmospheric than his band’s work. Here’s our conversation.
- For me, the hands-down best progressive rock album of the last few years is X from Spock’s Beard.