“A Growing Talent on the Horizon!” – ‘Fata Morgana’ by Opus Symbiosis

Opus Symbiosis are a modern/experimental progressive rock band from Ostrobothnia, Finland. The band formed in 2003 with current members including Christine Sten (vocals), Victor Sågfors (guitar, keyboards), Daniel Hjerppe (drums) and Janet Kackur (bass) but the band often feature guest musicians on their studio releases. The band have released four albums since their formation, eachContinue reading ““A Growing Talent on the Horizon!” – ‘Fata Morgana’ by Opus Symbiosis”

“No Blank Drawn Here!” – ‘Anthology Of A Cave’ by About Blank

About Blank are an Italian heavy prog band which originally formed as a hard/alternative rock band in 2015. The members comprise of Marco Venturelli (vocals), Alessandro Ambrosio (guitars), Francesco Mazziotti (guitars), Enrico Scorzoni (bass) and Raul Zannoni (drums). Their latest release, ‘Anthology Of A Cave’ (2019), in their own words represents an experimentation with ‘aContinue reading ““No Blank Drawn Here!” – ‘Anthology Of A Cave’ by About Blank”

“Keeping Crimson Alive in 2020” – ‘Scarlet Hands’ by Shallow Green

Shallow Green are an American prog band from New Jersey which formed in 2018 when drummer John Bonacorso began to fulfil his desire to form a prog band by teaming up with guitarist and vocalist Jack Mangan. After holding auditions, Steve Riccobono was then picked to play the role of bass player in the bandContinue reading ““Keeping Crimson Alive in 2020” – ‘Scarlet Hands’ by Shallow Green”

“An Epic Debut in the World of Prog” – ‘Empty Circles and Grains of Sand’ by Dominic Sanderson

“Empty Circles and Grains of Sand” is a single release from an upcoming debut EP from British progressive rock artist Dominic Sanderson. Recorded and mixed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sanderson contributes an impressive level of musicianship similar to that of Steven Wilson in this track which includes him performing every instrument, writing and arranging the entire piece.

Oddsfiche: Sirius or Serious? Either Way… They’re Out There!

Oddsfiche is a Canadian post-psychedelic progressive rock band founded in 2016 by guitarist Duke Gray. Gray began Oddsfiche as a solo project before acquiring bassist Hratch Keoshkerian in 2017 and drummer/percussionist Kent Paris in 2019 (after many drummer changes). Their latest live performance in Toronto’s The Hideout marks a defining moment in Oddsfiche’s musical journey,Continue reading “Oddsfiche: Sirius or Serious? Either Way… They’re Out There!”

A Matter of Discipline – King Crimson’s ‘Discipline’

As an album this was brave in many ways; new line-up, new instruments and ambitious experiments with sound that certainly differs from the sound of earlier albums such as ‘Red’ and ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’. Therefore, it is fair to call this a true example of ‘prog’ rock due to Fripp’s determinationContinue reading “A Matter of Discipline – King Crimson’s ‘Discipline’”

Fear of Another Blank Planet…Or Our Own?

In the Porcupine Tree catalogue, “Fear of a Blank Planet” impresses me the most in many different ways. The subject matter was so relevant for the time of its release, dealing with the typical behaviors of the youth in society due to technology, drugs and mental health problems. The album only becomes more and moreContinue reading “Fear of Another Blank Planet…Or Our Own?”

Close to the Edge … Quite Literally!

September of 1972 marked the release of quintessential progressive rock album Close to the Edge, from Yes. Recorded in a period of approximately six months following the bands tour of previous album, Fragile. The band chose a different approach to song composition, with inspiration from classical music structure; the band composed three long tracks consistingContinue reading “Close to the Edge … Quite Literally!”