Articles tagged progressive rock

Hawkwind: The Charisma Years 1976-1979

The Charisma Years captures a band constantly on the verge of transition, willing to explore more commercial-leaning avenues without fully sacrificing their underground bona fides.

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Archive: The False Foundation

Despite some exciting and vital moments, The False Foundation struggles to cohere into a cogent statement befitting of a legitimately scary political moment.

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The Best Progressive Rock and Metal of 2016

The following ten albums rightly outshine the competition and best represent what made 2016 such a diverse and phenomenal year in progressive music.

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Steve Vai Brings Passion and Warfare to the Fillmore

The album cover features a quintet of fairies flying around Vai, suggesting a shamanic ability to traverse alternate dimensions. The album does exactly that, with Vai exploring bold sonic territory in a compelling manner.

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Opeth’s Fake Nikki Sixx: An Interview with Mikael Akerfeldt

Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt opens up about Opeth's 25 year career, the band's new album Sorceress, and his desire to score a Meryl Streep film one day.

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Crippled Black Phoenix - “Winning a Losing Battle” (premiere) + Interview

Hear the latest from heavy prog act Crippled Black Phoenix.

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27 Sep 2016 // 1:30 AM

Opeth: Sorceress

This third entry in Opeth's newest phase doesn't quite match Pale Communion, but it's still a wonderfully multifaceted journey.

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Mouth of the Architect - “Fever Dream” (premiere) + Interview

Hear "Fever Dream" from the upcoming Mouth of the Architect LP, Path of Eight, releasing October 7, as the band takes us through the album in this exclusive interview.

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The Dear Hunter: Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional

While it feels a bit too much like Act IV, Part II at times, Act V is still another magnum opus.

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7 Sep 2016 // 1:15 AM

Mike Keneally: Scambot 2

The most brilliant multi-instrumentalist you’ve never heard of releases a stunning new album that sounds like a rock opera co-written by Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut.

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15 Aug 2016 // 1:30 AM

Retrofuturism in French Electronic Music

A new collection provides powerful examples of French ambivalent modernity; at once futuristic, optimistic, erotic, humorous, restless, and apocalyptic.

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Phil Collins: No Jacket Required / ...But Seriously / Testify / Going Back

Featuring No Jacket Required, ...But Seriously, Testify, and Going Back, this set doesn't hold up nearly as strongly as one would expect (yes, even counting Jacket).

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The Pineapple Thief: Your Wilderness

Your Wilderness finds the Pineapple Thief refining its sound and bringing a much-needed cohesion to their brand of accessible prog.

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8 Aug 2016 // 6:42 AM

Dark Suns: Everchild

Touches of pop, avant-garde, and Euro-jazz rub shoulders on latest from formerly metal-driven unit.

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holon - ‘The Time Is Always Now’ (album stream) (premiere)

Certainly not for the faint of heart, holon’s newest should satisfy progressive rock fans of all stripes.

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Omar Rodríguez-López: Sworn Virgins

A series of cacophonous collages that'll only appeal to die-hard fans.

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The Other Side of Terry Reid

In the middle of his busiest year in recent memory, Terry Reid -- subject of documentaries, rarities releases, and even Johnny Depp's affection -- could not be more excited.

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Steve Vai: Passion and Warfare (25th Anniversary Edition) / Modern Primitive

The 25th anniversary edition of Passion and Warfare does something that anniversary reissues rarely do: provide a re-framing of a classic album.

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Shining: Blackjazz From the Band at the Edge of the World

For a band so out on a limb, so close to the edge of experimentation, to have come so close to mainstream success is a minor miracle.

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The Claypool Lennon Delirium: Monolith of Phobos

Les Claypool and Sean Lennon come together to do their best early ‘70s prog homage. The results are exactly what you’d expect based on the preceding statement.

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