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Issue 112

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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in this issue

2 min.
ed’s letter

Hello, and welcome to the new issue of Prog. This afternoon I spent a very enjoyable hour or so chatting with cover star Fish about his final album, Weltschmerz, his impending retirement and his plans post-making music. Towards the end it struck me that for the best part of the last 40 years, he’s been a constant in my musical enjoyment, given that Marillion’s Market Square Heroes was my gateway to progressive music. Over the years we’ve had more than our fair share of laughs, and while I totally understand his reasons for calling time on an impressive career, and certainly don’t begrudge that decision, I couldn’t help feeling a tinge of sadness. Johnny Sharp delves far deeper into Weltschmerz, those reasons and the ups and downs of the big man’s…

5 min.
bloody well write

BECAUSE HE’S WORTH IT I was having difficulty finding Prog 110 in my local supermarket when I finally spotted it had been filed in the women’s magazine section. This was no doubt due to the rather fetching cover photo of a young Mr Wakeman. I wonder if any housewives bought Prog hoping to find Rick’s tips on haircare and this season’s fashion essentials: a cape. In future I will check the women’s section just in case you ever put David Sylvian on the cover. Kevin Buttery, via email TURNED ON TO BIRO’S TUNES Nice interview with Colin Bass in Prog 111. Colin’s membership of Camel inevitably makes him the key draw for Prog readers, but I just wanted to point people towards Daniel Biro’s own catalogue, especially from a prog rock perspective to an…

1 min.
tweet talk

STEVE HACKETT @HackettOfficial Judy Dyble was a genuinely lovely person with a beautiful voice. I’m very sad to hear the news of her death. ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN @AnnekeAnnique Great to be singing in front of a (TV) audience again #methartenziel #metaalcathedraal MARK KELLY @markke11y The artwork for my upcoming Marathon album is being painted right now. The recording is finished. Mixing underway. Exciting times LONG DISTANCE CALLING @LDCBAND We are happy to be (re-) confirmed for Prognosis Festival in March 2021 in Eindhoven (NL)! RHODRI MARSDEN @rhodri Just fell down the stairs while looking at my phone. Idiot. Although it did add a bit of colour to an otherwise uneventful day. You have to get your kicks where you can these days, eh. IHSAHNOFFICIAL @Ihsahn_official Sampling some delicious #homebrew this weekend. Beer made by my friend @josteinau This is pro-level brewing, Cheers ROSS JENNINGS @RossWJennings Currently spinning the new @KansasBand…

1 min.

Prog is in rude health, I think we can all agree with that, however we choose to define the music. The great and the good continue to release new music or, at least, to tour their old music. New bands, judging by the Limelight pages and plethora of album reviews, continue to spring up. But what has happened to the UK bands holding the middle ground? admit some of this is personal opinion and may be related to where I live – in terms of live music, York had gone downhill rapidly even before Covid – but when I first got back into live music after an extended break, it didn’t take me long to discover (belatedly) Mostly Autumn, and from there Breathing Space, Odin Dragonfly, Panic Room, Touchstone, Manning, DeeExpus…

3 min.
it’s a dream come true!

“I love to play guitar and I wanted the spirit of that to be heard.” Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci reveals that the sense of joy emanating from his new solo album, Terminal Velocity, has come partly from his reunion with the band’s former drummer Mike Portnoy. The musician’s latest nine-track recording is out on August 28 via The Orchard Music. The follow-up to his 2005 solo debut, Suspended Animation, marks the first time the pair have worked together since Portnoy’s unexpected departure from Dream Theater in 2010. Up until that point, he’d been a key figure in every step of the prog metal band’s development since co-founding them as Majesty in the 1980s. “If you’re friends with somebody for 25 years, it doesn’t go away,” Petrucci says. “Our families are close and…

1 min.
ihsahn launches second ep of 2020

Norwegian prog metal mastermind Ihsahn will release Pharos, the follow up to February’s Telemark EP, via Candlelight Records on September 11. While its predecessor focused on his black metal heritage, Pharos moves further left-field, as the lead single Spectre At The Feast proves. Ihsahn reveals, “Telemark was about going back to my roots so, as a counterpoint, Pharos does the complete opposite of that. Across the two EPs I wanted to show the two extremes of the music I like to write. It was a really nice challenge to single out those two sides of my writing for each EP.” He adds: “Pharos has an outward gaze and a real sense of adventure to it. Musically, it’s a little more unfamiliar compared to what people expect from me. I wanted to challenge myself…