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 ninth year, entirely devoted to prog in all its forms


The ProgBlog has been put together to encourage discussion about progressive rock music illustrated by personal observation


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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

Orquesta Metafisica was formed in Buenos Aires in 2009, named as a tribute to the early 20th century Argentinian writer, humorist and philosopher Macedonio Fernandez, known for his metaphysical writing, his investigation into reality and his mentorship to members of the Argentine avant-garde. Like Macedonio, whose writing is difficult to categorise, Orquesta Metafisica draws inspiration from rock, jazz, tango and contemporary avant-garde music to develop its own way of transmitting the mystery of life, defying easy categorisation


Orquesta Metafisica is due to release a CD of the next batch of tango-inflected theatrical free-jazz chamber-prog, Hipnotizados, on March 29th, previously only available through streaming site Spotify. A rewarding album for the adventurous, you can find out more about Orquesta Metafisica here


Prog magazine interview with Steve Hackett Amsterdam - King Crimson Hipnotizados