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More Prog Metal Bands Should Have Violins

Cydemind is a fairly new Canadian band playing instrumental symphonic progressive metal. With a violin. Which is cool. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-28)

You Need to Know More about Syrinx

One of the best discoveries of recent months came as a result of the reissue of Syrinx's music on RVNG. Here's a short documentary about the band to fill in a bit more. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-27)

Fantasy for Violin and Construction Equipment

Music can happen anywhere, right? Violinist Cornelius Dufallo takes up the challenge of creating music at a construction site.

In Situ-OMW: Cornelius Dufallo from National Sawdust on Vimeo.

(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-26)

Don't Shoot Them, They're Only Sax Players

Led Bib just keeps producing amazing music. Here's a video to go with a track from Umbrella Weather. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-19)

Garmarna - Graceful But Not Gentle

No one combines Swedish folk music with rock and electronics quite like Garmarna. Here's a tune off their sixth album from 2016. Google tells me that "Nåden" means "Grace." (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-19)

How Many Voices Does the Wind Have?

According to Dmitriy Fedorov, a leading Russian authority on the wind's voices, it's a million. This moody, abstract track is from his 2017 debut album. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-10)

Jesca Hoop Was Born to Do This

Singer Jesca Hoop has her own vision of how folk and rock can be melded together, as on this track from The House That Jack Built. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-03)

Between the Coma and Me

Between the Buried and Me have their own take on progressive metal, and this tune is a good example. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-30)

They Jibber, We Twitch

It is labeled as a "rehearsal" but most bands can only dream of such intense, precise playing. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-24)

On the Merits of Musical Insanity

Here is Cassiber in 1982, confusing a German audience with their extraordinary performance. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-24)

Latest news

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Jack o' the Clock and Zero Times Everything, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Tyrannosaurus Rex - Early reissues – Here we have the long-awaited reissue of Marc Bolan’s earliest recordings, back when Tyrannosaurus was spelled out in full and electric guitars were unusual coloring rather than the foundation...  (2001) » Read more

Terri Lyne Carrington - Jazz Is a Spirit – The talent of a prodigy does mature after a time, especially if surrounded by competent mentors in the entertainment industry. Terri Lyne Carrington came up from several very notable early appearances...  (2003) » Read more

Mick Greenwood - ...To Friends – Who is Mick Greenwood, might you ask? Apparently the man is American and made a ploy to become a pop star in the UK after being discovered in a New York club in the early 70s. He issued three LPs...  (2001) » Read more

Pain of Salvation - The Perfect Element: Part I – Pain of Salvation are one of the few bands that comes along every now and then and redefines their genre. I mean, I don’t even care much for this particular avenue of melodic prog-metal, the...  (2001) » Read more

Claudio Cordero - Enlace – One of the best young guitarists anywhere in the Americas, Claudio Cordero delivers the goods on this fantastic first solo effort. The CD is all instrumental, and features exceptional playing from...  (2008) » Read more




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