Exhaustive Progressive Festival List 2024
Proglodytes
by Thomas Hatton
3M ago
Music festivals are the best way to tackle your band bucket list.   Here at Proglodytes, we thought we would try and compile a list of all of the progressive rock/metal music festivals that we knew of, in case there is one that is happening close to you. If you are aware of one that we left off, or if we need to update any details, please let us know, and we’ll make sure to keep it up to date. North America Terra Incognita Prog Festival Date: May 17-19 Venue: La Chapelle City, Country: Quebec, Canada Website: www.terraincognita.quebec Bands: Friday: Vecteur K, RP ..read more
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Album Review: He Was A God, “Muckraker”
Proglodytes
by Wyatt
4M ago
Ask any prog-lover in Connecticut, and they might tell you their state’s prog-metal scene is pretty sweet. One could even make an argument that the genre got its start in Hartford back in the early ’80s with Fates Warning. And even forty years later, we still find some incredible progressive rock and metal bands that call Connecticut their home. Bands like Mile Marker Zero and Earthside have gained steady followings over the past decade, with the latter currently on a US tour supporting Caligula’s Horse. Yet, the current scene doesn’t stop there; I could go through a laundry list of progressi ..read more
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Proglodytes Picks: 2023
Proglodytes
by Thomas Hatton
5M ago
2023 was such a busy year for the Proglodytes team, but we wanted to end the year right with a Proglodytes Picks list. Even in the craziest times, we get through it all with the help of amazing bands and artists. We at Proglodytes sincerely hope you check out these album recommendations and support these artists. Click on the album name to listen to and buy these amazing records. Cedric Peter Gabriel – i/o Peter is the ultimate perfectionist, forcing us to wait years for new music. But once again, he prices makes it worth the wait. Mike Keneally – The Thing That Knowledge Can’t Eat The conti ..read more
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Album Review: Dream The Electric Sleep, “American Mystic”
Proglodytes
by Thomas Hatton
1y ago
The “catchy but complex” paradox is an ever present problem in prog and prog-adjacent music. Can you write music that is complicated without overdoing it and putting off the average listener? Can you explore complex themes without coming across as preachy or ham-fisted? Exploring this tension is exactly what makes Dream The Electric Sleep so good. They somehow manage to write thematically and musically complex and dense music, but they also are able to pack it into anthemic rock with singable choruses and catchy melodies. And while I’d never knock a band for doing a really far- out concept (s ..read more
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Bent Knee releases new single, “Lawnmower”
Proglodytes
by Thomas Hatton
1y ago
From L-R: Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth, Chris Baum, Vince Welch, Courtney Swain After braving the pandemic as working musicians, Bent Knee embarked on a tour last year in 2022 that began with the bittersweet news that founding members Ben Levin and Jessica Kion would be leaving the band. A combination of post-pandemic existential rumination and the physical toll of the road led to an amicable split. Losing two key members in such a democratic band forced the group to make some tough decisions about moving forward. Should the band seek out new members? Should they try and shuffle instrument duties ..read more
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Interview with Dave Cobb about new project, Movie Jail
Proglodytes
by Thomas Hatton
1y ago
Photo by Nick Thelen Movie Jail might be a brand new band, but for those in the know, Movie Jail is more like a supergroup. Led by Dave Cobb (Nativity Singers, ATTEMPT), and featuring current and former members of Big Fresh, Jeanne Vomit-Terror, D.A.D., and frigidkitty, Movie Jail is a veritable who’s-who of Central Kentucky’s best musicians. The band recently released a critically acclaimed self titled EP, overflowing with subtle complexity, delicious hooks, and quirky but relatable themes. I caught up with Dave Cobb to talk about how Movie Jail came to be, as well as some of the themes and i ..read more
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Book Review: The Art of Darkness: The History of Goth by John Robb
Proglodytes
by Thomas Hatton
1y ago
Review by Cheyenne Hohman Having been a self-identified Sad Bastard all my life, I’ve read many books about goth bands, history, and scene apocrypha. The Art of Darkness opens with accounts of the goth scene’s heyday – the late 1970s/early 1980s – and gives a viscerally descriptive account of what a typical night out was like. The styles, the influences, and what sorts of creatures of the night you may encounter. But then we go to Chapter Two: The Fall of Rome! It’s irresistible to scribes of gothic history to talk about the actual historical Goths, who sacked Rome and plunged Europe int ..read more
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Album Review: The Mommyheads, “Genius Killer”
Proglodytes
by Thomas Hatton
1y ago
The older I get, the less genre labels matter to me. IAs a person who runs a music website that includes the word “prog” in the title, I find that particular genre label especially useless. While one can often find complex elements in progressive songs and music, the essential elements of any good prog rock song are, in the end, quite similar to the elements required for a good pop song, or jazz song, or reggae song, or really any song ever written in any genre. Are there memorable, interesting melodies? Are there any emotional, intellectual, or even spiritual elements that resonate? Does the ..read more
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Album Review: The Aaron Clift Experiment, “The Age of Misinformation”
Proglodytes
by Xerxes
1y ago
I first came across the Aaron Clift Experiment, a progressive rock band from Austin Texas, in 2015 when I stumbled across their sophomore album Outer Light, Inner Darkness. I had never heard of them before and was impressed by the both the songwriting and musicianship on the album. I liked it enough that I was happy to contribute to the Indiegogo campaign for their fourth album, The Age of Misinformation. The band has had nearly complete turnover since their 2015 effort, with Aaron Clift himself as the only remaining member, so it was to be expected that their newest album would have a differ ..read more
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Album Review: Haken, ‘Fauna’
Proglodytes
by Wyatt
1y ago
More than a decade ago, a guy told me to check out a band that reminded him a lot of Dream Theater. At the time I gave them a quick listen, but didn’t form much of an opinion of the music. About a year later, the bassist of the band I was playing in recommended that same group to me, following the release of their third album. Upon my initial listen to what would become the biggest song on that album, I actually winced, once again not very impressed at the time. But then I gave the whole album a shot, and everything changed. That band was Haken; the album was The Mountain. Most music fans hav ..read more
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