Why did I create this thread????
I have no clue, I'm really digging my music lately and just felt like sharing my recent discovery.
Just wondering if we have any fellow progressive rock fans in here. I know we have a few Dream Theater fans around these parts, any of you guys listen to other prog bands?
For those not familiar with this style, I'll provide a brief description - so you can skip this section if you like:
Progressive rock is rock, but just a bit more complex. Most rock that we grew up listening to and that is out today is based primarily on R&B and Country chords and structure, or at least shares many characteristics with those styles. Progressive rock is based more on classical technique and jazz progressions, making a bit more eclectic, and a good bit more complex in structure. A warning about prog rock, it's difficult for most people to listen to the first couple of times. People start hearing chords that aren't a straight major of minor variation of A, C, D, E, or G and start freaking out - so if you're gonna check out some of this stuff for the first time, give it a few listens before you give up on it. I get the argument that music should not have to be an acquired taste, but if you'll give it a fair chance and try different style of music, it'll broaden your horizons and make your overall music listening experience that much more enjoyable.
Some of you older guys may know group like Yes, Kansas, ELP, Rush. While they weren't the first prog groups ever, they pretty much put prog rock on the map as a legitimate genre and were essentially the pioneers of prog rock.
For us younger people, our choices of prog rock groups today are almost endless, though there are far less prog bands in the 'mainstream' music scene. Dream Theater is about as close as the prog world is today to that, and DT is far from mainstream. However, groups like the Mars Volta and Muse are gaining popularity, and may bring people over to the prog scene.
DT is what initially turned me on to progressive rock, and I've found several groups so far that I really like, just started listening to this style recently.
For you Dream Theater fans, check out Symphony X - they have a lot in common in terms of overall sound with DT.
A good DT knock-off group is DreamScape. They're not as good, but still better than most of the crap we have to choose from today.
Opeth is also another group to check out - "Drapery Falls" is one of their best songs - if you like it, you'll probably like them, if you hate it, you won't like them.
Muse is another group that falls into the prog rock category, but they're a different style altogether - you'll probably either love or hate them. Check out "Time is Running Out" - that's a pretty good representation of their newer stuff, and is more 'listener friendly' than some of their more complex tracks. Also, if you've heard "Never Enough" off DT's new Octavarium album, check out "Stockholm Syndrome" by Muse, some similarity between the two - No, DT did NOT rip off that song...
Porcupine Tree is a little on the lighter side of things, but they're still a favorite amongst alot of people on the prog scene.
Pain of Salvation is pretty heavy, any of you into a group like Pantera might like their stuff, they've also got a few songs that have a Korn-type sound to them...
Vanden Plas is another DT imitator that is pretty good.
I could go on all day with different stuff I've listened to just within the last week...
Anyone interested in giving this type of music a try should check out www.progarchives.com - there are free samples up there of almost every group, and there are thousands of groups. FYI, no samples of Muse up there, but all their albums can be listened to in full on their website...