Im just a lover of music. Lost track of the music world in the mid 90s. Not before youtube and threads in all kinds of forums because of that I once again hooked in. Because of intense search on the internet (in relevant forums) I have the last two years discovered a LOT of interesting new bands I never heard of before.
- in contrary to what a lot of 'major' bands (and the major record companies of course) claim, the internet is indeed a True Gift from Heaven to all those people who do not feel attracted to the massively overhyped commercial CRAP you get to hear on the radio and read about in the popular magazines.
It enables us to make our *own* discoveries and boy, there is so much Underground Beauty to find out about out there in cyberspace! I'm not exaggerating when I say that since I've discovered YouTube, MySpace, music forums, etc., I've been buying about a ten-fold of the number of CDs that I used to buy before. No 'disappointments' anymore, either.
Heheh... sorry for my rather ecstatic earlier reply to your post, but it is indeed heart-warming to find someone mentioning a true gem like Antimatter
. What a fantastic band (or rather, project, from the ever leaving-and-returning Mick Moss & Duncan Patterson - of Anathema fame - fellows
) that indeed is. I had the pleasure to see them perform live a couple of months ago, in a little pub in Tilburg (capacity: 45 attendants) - and I barely ever witnessed so much emotion and passion conveyed by two fat, old, ugly guys on a barstool, using merely a semi-acoustic guitar, a mandoline and their beautiful voices...
BTW, where do you come from? Any opportunity to see plenty of proggie concerts where you live?
Here's one of their gems for you to enjoy:
Then don't call it a list of prog albums, because they're not.
That's YOUR opinion. Plenty others disagree with you on this here.
And it's not because Karin started the thread that she's now a judge on what opinion matters or not.
I can't remember ever having made such a claim.
To me, all it is about is whether the music is inventive, interesting, and most of all, moving
Basically you must be the only person in the world who think of progressive rock not as a genre.
Progressive Rock is indeed a genre, but one that is not easily defined. During the past 30, 40 years, it's been evolving constantly (I'd say that should be the key thing to something being called progressive
), and by now, there are many sub-genres, and with that, also the IMHO rather pointless battles among fans on what is prog and what is not. It is a debate that will never end, and well, it doesn't at all matter either.
As far as I am concerned, I fully welcome the imput from all sorts of different influences - post-rock, experimental, metal, gothic, drone, whatever - it's the evolution the genre needed, if it wouldn't be there, the genre would have died a certain death after Yes, Genesis & Pink Floyd either faded into oblivion (Yes), or became boring Enormodrome-acts. Just my humble opinion, of course - but from what I've been witnessing the past ten years or so, the genre is alive-and-kicking again, thanks to all the inspired youngsters who had the guts to pull out the old LP's from their parents' closets to discover that that 'old stuff' was actually very inspiring for them to incorporate the influences and come up with something new of their own!
Take a look at maybe the best prog rock site - http://www.progarchives.com
The prog rock you se as the only genre is only a sub-genre on that site. And every album I've listed and linked to is actually listed on that site.
I am a reviewer over there, and I can tell you, I don't always agree with the bands they allow to be added to that site - I mean, huh, Iron Maiden???
- but in all, there's still plenty of new additions that should be able to appeal to the 'Purists' (hi, Gu!
) as well.
Glad to see you active again
Took a bit of a break, but well... how can you stay away if you see so much great music being discussed in this thread? In other words: I'm back, yeah. Thanks for your kind words!