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Prog

Issue 114

Since its arrival at the tail end of the 60s progressive rock has offered the world some of the most fascinating music ever heard, in varying guises over the years. Prog magazine brings you the stories behind the people who create these astounding sounds and amazing music, be they the classic originators such as Genesis, Pink Floyd and Yes, to the 80s revivalists such as Marillion and IQ, all the way through to those musicians today who have done so much to help rejuvenate the genre such as Muse, Radiohead, Steven Wilson, Opeth and Anathema. In depth and behind the scenes stories of classic albums and tours sit side by side with widespread coverage of what‘s happening at today’s cutting edge of progressive music.

Land:
United Kingdom
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Future Publishing Ltd
Erscheinungsweise:
Monthly
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1 Min.
ed’s letter

Hello, and welcome to the new issue of Prog. I hope it finds you as well as can be expected. Reading Daryl Easlea’s fascinating cover story on Kate Bush’s 1980 album Never For Ever, I was most struck by one prominent fact: Never For Ever was the first studio album by a female artist to actually reach the No.1 spot in the UK album charts. Artists of the magnitude of Diana Ross and Barbra Streisand had both hit the top of the charts, but only with compilations. I find that quite astonishing given the wealth of amazing music that female performers have made over the years. Obviously things have moved on apace in the ensuing 40 years, but as last issue’s Greatest Prog Musicians Poll showed, attitudes towards female performers appear…

2 Min.
look out: frost*’s winter is coming!

British progressive rockers Frost* will release a career-spanning limited edition art book entitled 13 Winters through InsideOut on November 20. The eight discs contain remastered versions of the band’s three studio albums – namely 2006’s Milliontown, 2008’s Experiments In Mass Appeal and 2016’s Falling Satellites – an instrumental version of Falling Satellites, two live albums, this summer’s Others EP and finally This And That, a B-sides and rarities collection, which empties the band’s vault. According to keyboardist Jem Godfrey, 13 Winters was in part driven by InsideOut label boss Thomas Waber. “To some extent it was Thomas’ idea to draw a line under the end of the first phase of the band, summarising what we’ve achieved since signing to the label,” he says. The collection also marks the end of its original three-album…

1 Min.
dream theater unite two worlds on live recording

Dream Theater will release Distant Memories – Live In London on November 27 via InsideOut. It’s their second live album with the current line-up. The 21 song set is split between material from last year’s Distance Over Time album and Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes From A Memory, which reached its 20th anniversary in 2019. “I feel there was a similarity in the energy that went into both of those albums,” says keyboardist Jordan Rudess. “This album captures us in this time period really well. Since Mike Mangini has come in, Dream Theater shows have become much more refined and this album is indicative of that.” Available on CD and DVD formats, it was recorded at London’s Apollo Theatre.“It felt like two worlds coming together and it made for a really special show,”…

3 Min.
poisonous birds

CHIRRUPING CAN BE heard at the other end of the line. Not birdsong as such, more short, sharp, high-pitched tweets that proliferate the air, making it sound as though Tom Ridley from Poisonous Birds is calling from inside an aviary. Given the ongoing pandemic, the last thing we need now is a flock of toxic birds. “I had to look it up to see if there were any poisonous birds and there is one in Papua New Guinea,” he says, “but I don’t think they’re in Bristol so it’s okay.” The musician is calling from a park bench in Redland in the city that’s been his home for a good few years now. He grew up in Worcester, about an hour up the road, but considers himself “a second- or third-generation Bristolian”,…

3 Min.
asian death crustacean

“IN A SENSE we’re a band that shouldn’t really exist,” says Dan Peacock, guitarist of Asian Death Crustacean, purveyors of instrumental ambient jazz-metal. Peacock met drummer James Kay at a jam night where they bonded through improvisation, and Kay knew second guitarist Rob Doull from playing death metal together. Joined by bassist George Bunting, they decided to see what would happen if they took parts from all their favourite genres and stitched them together. “We had no idea whether this would all make coherent stuff,” says Kay. “There are parts of the music where it’s just jazz or just prog and other bits where it’s instrumental death metal or ambient electronic music. It has a shapeshifting identity, which is something we’re interested in keeping in the mix, rather than settling into…

5 Min.
dave brock

Eight years after their debut Stellar Variations, Hawkwind Light Orchestra have returned with their second album, Carnivorous. As on that 2012 release, this sees Dave Brock teaming up with Hawkwind bandmates – this time it’s Magnus Martin and Richard Chadwick – on a selection of songs that were recorded during lockdown. As Brock explains, the subject matter deals with the lighthearted side of the current pandemic, as well as more serious subjects. Is it true this began as a solo album for you? It did. That’s the way I saw this album. Richard would come down to my place for three days a week, and we’d record bits and pieces with me on bass. Then, when he went home I’d add guitar and keyboards, and it built from there with me also…