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
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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
Canadian cellist and composer Raphael Weinroth-Browne released his instrumental solo album Worlds Within in January. Combining contemporary classical minimalism, metal, post-rock, and electronic music, the 40-minute composition utilises only cello and effects pedals, creating an absorbing soundscape. Read about Worlds Within here
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Ak’chamel is the stage name of a duo performing what can best be described as psyche-folk and they’re currently promoting a new vinyl / download release, The Totemist. They describe themselves as ‘enigmatic’ and ‘mysterious’, a depiction that is hard to disagree with – we’re given no names, no instrumentation, and very little background. The Totemist is not really normal ProgBlog fare but it's unusual, interesting, has a wide range of different instruments that are really well-played, and the production is excellent.
Recommended for anyone into psyche-folk, dark prog, or anyone who likes challenging world music. If you’re only interested in shamanistic-themed New Age CDs, you should probably give it a miss!
Read the full review here