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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. Aktivator

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    LOve them all except Tech/Extreme Prog Metal and just a mild fan of some Progressive Metal.

    Top five I picked

    Canterbury Scene: Caravan, Gong, Soft Machine,Gigamesh, Hatfield & The North, National Health
    Jazz Rock/Fusion: Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Brand X, Weather Report, John McLaughlin, Shakti, Passport
    Psychedelic/Space Rock: Pink Floyd, Eloy, Hawkwind, Steve Hillage, Ozric Tentacles, Hydria Spacefolk, Spaced Out
    Symphonic Prog: Yes, Genesis, ELP, Camel, The Flower Kings, Spock's Beard
    Eclectic Prog: King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator, Gentle Giant, Beardfish


    after that its
    Prog Folk: Jethro Tull, Strawbs, The Decemberists
    Progressive Electronic: Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno
    Post Rock/Math Rock: Godspeed You!Black Emperor, Mogwai, Sigur Ros
    Rock in Opposition: Henry Cow, Univers Zero
    Rock Progressivo Italiano: Premiata Forneria Marconi, Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, Le Orme, Area
    Zeuhl: Magma, Koenjihyakkei
    Crossover Prog: The Moody Blues, Supertramp, Alan Parsons Project, Phideaux
    Heavy Prog: Porcupine Tree, The Mars Volta
    Krautrock: Can, Amon Duul II, Faust
    Neo-Prog: Marillion, IQ, Arena, Pendragon, Magenta
    Experimental/Post Metal: Tool, Kayo Dot, Maudlin On The Wall
    Progressive Metal: Ayreon, Riverside

    I could write a book on why I like one over the other but in the end almost all of it is amazing. While you could argue a bit about categories I think these are laid out better than most things I've read on the subject. If you don't know the basics of these genres and sub genres you may want to check out a few of those bands to see if that sub genre interests you.

    In regards to Miles Davis its not his whole catalog but only his late 60's and some of his 70's that I would consider in the prog realm. His 50's and early 60's is straight jazz. When I think of Fusion bands its Brand X, all the John McLaughlin bands, Weather Report etc.

    Some of the new bands post 90's are a bit harder to define because they have mixed a few sub-genres together or have changed over time. Porcupine Tree is a good example of that. Early stuff could fit post rock, symponic or space rock. Later on they took a harder edge. In my eyes Mars Volva doesn't really fix into any of the genres although they are prog.
     
  2. joe

    joe Senior Member

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    Great post Aktivator:grinthumb

    It's obvious to me that you're a man that has a deep appreciation for prog and a vast knowledge on the sub-genres.

    Fantastic summary. My sentiments exactly.
     
  3. DaKillerWolf

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    @ Aktivator

    Excellent add of Hydria Spacefolk to your Psychedelic/Space Rock example list.
    One my favorites in a sub-genre I have explored fairly deeply.
     
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    electric funeral Just listening music

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    I was introduced to Italian Prog by some great guys at PA. Like Premiata Forneria Marconi or just short PFM. Try Storia Di Un Minuto and Per Un Amico.

    Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, Darwin!, Io Sono Nato Libero and Banco from 1974 are their best.

    Le Orme - Felona E Sorona. And a fav of me Semiramis - Dedicato a Frazz.
    And there are loads more LG.:)
     
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    There seems to be a decent amount of interest in space rock here judging by the poll results. A really cool place I discovered years ago :
    www.Aural-Innovations.com

    I first heard Hydria Spacefolk,
    Presence, Siena Root , Wicked Minds, Areknamés and many others on the radio programs there and then bought the CDs from Jerry,the guy who runs the place. He is a really cool guy. He used to have a store that sold all kinds of different modern psychedelic/ space rock / progressive rock / stoner CDs as well a his radio station programs and review zine. Cool place that many of you may enjoy.

    Unfortunately, the store was discontinued due to lack of customers. I was one of his few loyal buyers it seems .....
     
  6. Aktivator

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    Yes there is tons of Italian prog something like 250 bands I believe. I run into this guy at nearfest that buys tons every year.
    here is a list
    Artists - Italian Progressive Rock
     
  7. Aktivator

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    Love Hydia. They did a killer set at NEARfest several years ago and been a big fan since. Present are great too.


    thanks
    great job starting it joe.

    Been looking and collecting prog since the 70's so I've done several rounds in each sub-genre. So much prog but I can't listen to it all the time. Too much other great stuff.
     
  8. joe

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    The list at the introduction of this thread isn't necessarily my favourites of each sub-genre, but was more of an overview of each.

    Here's my favourites:

    Canterbury Scene: Soft Machine, Caravan, Gong, Matching Mole, Robert Wyatt, Khan
    Crossover: Procul Harem, The Moody Blues, Rare Bird, Barclay James Harvest
    Eclectic: King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Beardfish, Family, East of Eden, Curved Air, Birds and Buildings
    Experimental/Post Metal: O.S.I., Gordian Knot, Isis, Indukti, Devin Townsend, Tool, Green Carnation
    Heavy Prog: Rush, Porcupine Tree, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep, Anekdoten
    Jazz/Rock Fusion: Mahavishnu Orchestra, Brand X, Passport, 7 For 4, Return To Forever, Maniege, Weather Report, Bozzio Levin Stevens, Karcius
    Krautrock: Can, Amon Duul II, Hairy Chapter, Brainticket, NEU!, Krokodil, Faust
    Neo-Prog: IQ, Frost*, Ad Infinitum, (not a big fan of this sub-genre; some/most of it's unlistenable for me)
    Post Rock/Math Rock: Red Sparrows, Mogwai, Russian Circles; (again not a big fan of this sub-genre)
    Prog Folk: The Pentangle, Gryphon, Jethro Tull, Strawbs, Comus, The Decemberists
    Progressive Electronic: Tangerine Dream('74-'77), Kraftwerk, Fripp and Eno, Brian Eno
    Progressive Metal: Riverside, Dream Thaeter, Fates Warning, Shadow Gallery, Therion, Ephemeral Sun
    Psychedelic/Space Rock: Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Eloy, Nektar, Jade Warrior, 35007, Hawkwind, Farflung, Mr. Quimby's Beard, Oceansize
    RIO/Avant-Prog: Henry Cow, Kayo Dot, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefhart
    Rock Progressivo Italiano: Maxophone, PFM, Area, Banco.....
    Symphonic Prog: Yes, ELP, Camel, Focus, Harmonium, Echolyn, Transatlantic, The Flower Kings, Spocks Beard
    Tech/Extreme Prog Metal: Blotted Science, Mastodon, Exivious, Spastic Ink, Opeth
    Zeuhl: haven't been there yet. Maybe one day.
     
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    Thanks for the recommends EF, I'll put them on my list.:cheers2
     
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    I voted for everyone because its prog thus its awesome
     

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