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The Sub-Genres of Progressive Rock.

Discussion in 'Progressive Rock' started by joe, Oct 14, 2010.

Select up to four of your favourite progressive rock sub-genres.

  1. Canterbury Scene

    9 vote(s)
    31.0%
  2. Crossover Prog

    6 vote(s)
    20.7%
  3. Eclectic Prog

    7 vote(s)
    24.1%
  4. Experimental/Post Metal

    4 vote(s)
    13.8%
  5. Heavy Prog

    16 vote(s)
    55.2%
  6. Jazz Rock/Fusion

    11 vote(s)
    37.9%
  7. Krautrock

    5 vote(s)
    17.2%
  8. Neo-Prog

    8 vote(s)
    27.6%
  9. Post Rock/Math Rock

    3 vote(s)
    10.3%
  10. Prog Folk

    9 vote(s)
    31.0%
  11. Progressive Electronic

    5 vote(s)
    17.2%
  12. Progressive Metal

    16 vote(s)
    55.2%
  13. Psychedelic/Space Rock

    13 vote(s)
    44.8%
  14. RIO/Avant Prog

    1 vote(s)
    3.4%
  15. Rock Progressivo Italiano

    3 vote(s)
    10.3%
  16. Symphonic Prog

    18 vote(s)
    62.1%
  17. Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

    4 vote(s)
    13.8%
  18. Zeuhl

    1 vote(s)
    3.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. joe

    joe Senior Member

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    Feel free to choose as many as you like.:grinthumb

    After all most of us live in a capitalistic and a democractic society.

    I'm voting for all except two.
     
  2. DaKillerWolf

    DaKillerWolf Cosmic Time Warp Warrior

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    In that case I would have voted for about 8 but too late now :bonk:
     
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    METALPRIEST Senior Member

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    Symphonic
    Space/Psychedelic
    Metal
    Hard Rock


    If I could have chosen a 5th? Cross Over :grinthumb
     
  4. DaKillerWolf

    DaKillerWolf Cosmic Time Warp Warrior

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    I voted Symphonic Prog, Psychedelic/Space Rock, Heavy and Eclectic Prog.
    I would have voted for Progressive Metal, Tech/Extreme Prog Metal,Canterbury Scene and Jazz Fusion if I was able to at that time. Love Italiano too ..

    to be honest I like atleast a couple bands in all the sub-genres.
     
  5. Soot and Stars

    Soot and Stars I AM SOOT! Staff Member

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    O.K. I'm with Snowblue as being confused about genres but I'm not thinking that's a bad thing. Personally I come into a forum to learn more about what I don't know and I think with your knowledge, DKW and Joe, that I could learn that I actually know a band or two from most of these genres which would help me define how to find more of them. For example, since The Decemberist are a Prog/Folk band I know I'm voting for them. That ones kind of obvious but some of them confuse me.

    Why does Mars Volta fall into heavy prog? I know their music is heavy but they are also very experimental! I mean some of their stuff is really out there sacrificing being aesthetically pleasant for sounds that even make the listener uncomfortable. Very weird stuff! So what crosses the line into Experimental Post/Metal where Tool ends up as I thought prog was automatically experimental with changes and such. Even my idea of pro is basically longer songs with lots of changes and experimental noise/ambiance. Also, what makes Miles Davis and Santana Jazz Rock as opposed to plain Jazz. Seeing the names makes me want to vote for that as well but I want to know why I'm voting as well. I think I understand Santanas placement more than Miles Davis but I only recently heard Miles Davis. Is he a little more eccentric than regular Jazz?

    I hope that wasn't to much thrown in at once but I feel this thread could be very educational and by the end instead of being confused we could all learn enough to vote like we're scholars in this! :grinthumb
     
  6. Sox

    Sox Avoiding The Swan Song

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    I like gear from all the choices Joe, but I picked out 4 that contain bands that I have listened to, collected and followed in depth.
    No real order.
    Heavy Prog
    Folk Prog
    Symphonic Prog
    Psychedelic/Space Rock
     
  7. joe

    joe Senior Member

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    Hey Soot,

    All good questions. I'll try and answer them from what I know.

    First of all, I stated in the opening that most artists can be defined by more than one sub-genre as their influences can include a wide range of different music. Sub-genres are a classification and are more of a guideline as to a definitive categoricalness. With that, an artist placed in a sub-genre best represents it's musical composition and structure. Again, it can and will be argued which for me I find interesting and a fun conversation.

    Your example of The Mars Volta and the conclusions you have attained are pretty much bang on IMO. Absolutely there is experimentation of jazz as well as psychedelia combining it with an overall hard rock approach. Ya, I guess you could also place them in the experimental/post metal sub-genre. I have no argument about that. There again there is no strict rule to where an artist can be placed.

    Jazz rock fusion artists have elements of progressive rock in thier music. Basically a mixture of jazz improvisation with the power and rhythm of rock. A lot of the bands from the Canterbury Scene also incorporate jazz. Again there is differences between jazz rock fusion as to other sub-genres of jazz like contemporary jazz. I'm sure you can hear the difference between Diana Krall and Miles Davis. I'm not being sarcastic as I'm just giving you an example.

    I hope this helps. I'm no expert and I tried to keep my explanations simple as possible.
     
  8. joe

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    Soot: I can barely keep my eyes open. Feel free to ask anything you like and I'll respond back tomorrow.:grinthumb
     
  9. Soot and Stars

    Soot and Stars I AM SOOT! Staff Member

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    I don't take offense about the Dianne Krall comment Joe! Sometimes putting a big contrast in front of someone is the best way to make someone get something. Like I instantly thought "Hey Miles is nothing like Kenny G either! Thank God!" :D So yeah, there are some fine lines between regular Jazz, Jazz Fusion and Elevator Jazz! :heheh: I guess the best way to learn would be to see if I'm correct when hearing what I think is progressive myself. One of my favorite groups period South FM I swear has elements of Crossover Prog. This is not an easy group to portray as there are only a handle of tracks to listen to period but I'll try to give you some examples and maybe you can tell me whether they feel prog at all, somewhat prog oriented or not prog influenced at all?

    A lot of members I associate with musically here have heard this one so I apologize for the repeated exposure but this is the best example youtube has of what I think is Prog affiliated:

    South FM-Vesica Pisces


    South FM-Regret
    (Right from the weird intro I feel for what was to be a single for them it's definitely a prog feel to me though a polished prog)


    South FM-Killing Me


    I get the feel more from listening to the albums and how the deeper cuts are a lot weirder in how they transition from song to song and how they play with verse and chorus structures within the song. They also have a lot of organic noise like a Mars Volta to end songs or be layered within. All things I think prog uses. Anyway, for this band this is the best I could give you in this thread. Curious how far off I am and whether or not there is something in the realm of prog similar to these guys because I love their sound!
     
  10. LG

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    I voted for all but 4 categories on Joe's list, I am definitely a "Proggy Fan"...:D
     

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