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Prog Issue 109

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.

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2 min
ed’s letter

Hello, and welcome to the new issue of Prog. I hope this issue finds you as well as can be expected under these most unique of circumstances. First of all, I’d like to thank all of you who bought the last issue of Prog. Obviously you can still buy Prog in the shops here in the UK, so our heartfelt thanks go to those who ventured out to buy it. More copies are now being made available to purchase online as well, and although we know there are currently some delays with the postal service, we hope these aren’t proving too frustrating for those who have bought their issues of Prog online. Of course we’re seeing big increases in people buying the digital version of the magazine–for many readers it makes a…

8 min
bloody well write

THE MISSING LINKS No revolution was to be found with regard to the greatest songs by Yes [Prog 107]. Sadly, all the old stigmas resurfaced like The Ancient, which is the worst side of Tales From Topographic Oceans, and, God forbid, don’t mention Union, or even Talk. Maybe my age is the key, as I reached my mid-teens as prog reached the end of its original time. That said, thanks to my brother’s record collection, I was already fluent in Tales…, and had always decided that Side 3 (The Ancient, of course) was my favourite side of the album. Actually (say it quietly), I’d always preferred Tales… to Close To The Edge anyway. When given the opportunity to vote for my favourite songs, I found it harder than I thought it would be.…

1 min
tweet talk

MARILLION @MarillionOnline Greetings from my garage studio! Listening to the writing ideas for the next Marillion album. It’s exciting and frustrating in equal measure as we can’t currently work together in the same room but I can tell that it’s going to be a great album! Stay safe and sane xx GODSTICKS @Godsticks Hope everyone is staying safe and looking out for each other! Big thanks to all the key workers in the NHS, education system and beyond who are keeping our country operating! What are you doing to pass the time? We’ll share what we’re up to as well NICK BEGGS @NickBeggs Went to the post office today and was informed by a member of staff that they had received overseas fan mail for me. Did I just wake up in the 80s? KAVUS TORABI @Knifeworld Fuck it all and…

3 min
haken complete story arc with sixth album virus

When British prog metal giants Haken release their sixth album, Virus, on June 5 via InsideOut, they’ll complete an ambitious narrative that began with 2013 song Cockroach King from their acclaimed third album, that year’s The Mountain. The title of the new 11-track record has no connection with the global health emergency, but instead indicates a theme that’s a direct follow-on from 2018’s Vector. “We always planned for Vector to be a double album,” says guitarist Richard Henshall. “So while we were writing it, we were deliberately saving some of the riffs and ideas for what would become Virus.” He adds: “In terms of the music it’s arguably our most eclectic album to date. Its influences range from Fear Factory to Elbow–so to make sure it sounded focused rather than derivative we had…

1 min
arabs in aspic’s own white album

Arabs In Aspic’s guitarist-vocalist Jostein Smeby says the Norwegian band have created a masterpiece of invention with their latest LP Madness And Magic, released via Karisma on June 12. “This is the most complex album we have recorded,” Smeby enthuses. “It shows the band’s playfulness at its best. No worries, no limits–you can feel that in our music. Madness And Magic is our White Album.” The title was suggested by their hero and collaborator Edgar Broughton, but the project’s direction changed when Smeby’s mother died, and he subsequently rewrote many of the lyrics–particularly after meeting a healthcare professional he called “Doctor Death.” “After two weeks at the hospital, he showed up like a diviner in white. He was not the guy I hoped would show up for the endgame. It was both fascinating…

1 min
prog off the road with covid-19 cancellations

Prognosis Festival have announced new dates of September 4-5, after the original March 20-21 dates were abandoned at Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The fourth annual Midsummer Prog Festival, set to take place in Valkenburg, also in the Netherlands, on June 1, has been rescheduled over a year later on June 26, 2021. Winter’s End Festival, planned for April 23-26 in Chepstow, has been moved back a year to April 22-25, 2021, with the intention of presenting the original line-up. Van der Graaf Generator and Lesoir both rescheduled their November dates, while the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band moved their farewell show from May 29 to December 18 at the original venue, London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Periphery announced that, “with heavy hearts,” their European tour was cancelled with no plans to reschedule. Ticket holders should contact…