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|Favorite Progressive Bands|
The prog bands I dig the work of. Not in any kind of order, but my rdescriptions will note if a favorite among favorites.
Just getting these guys out of the way. Early Dream Theater was my real introduction to
progressive music of any kind, and I still hold their albums, all the way up to
Train of Thought, near and dear to me.
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
"If you think that it's pretentious, you've been taken for a ride". Amazing
lyrics, gorgeous synth tones, for that time or any other... Just really well
written stuff, too.
Their music is fun. It just is. It's well written, compelling, and above all else,
there is a sense of energy and fun. It took me back to how early Dream
Theater felt for me, when you could really feel the life in them.
This band became one of my favorites almost immediately. This is a favorite
among favorites. They're a whole package, complex and technical, yet so
playful and good at songwriting that you couldn't be blamed if you didn't
notice. Some great lyrics, as well.
They've always had a unique sound. Sure, you could trace influences back, this
sounds like that, this, that, blah blah, Dan Swano, blah blah, but it never quite
sounds all the way like anyone else but Opeth. Opeth is Opeth.
Close to the Edge
I think you can hear a lot of modern bands in their sound, obviously influential.
The opening track of the album I picked alone is explanation enough for
enjoying them- even if they did hit hard levels of excess at points in their
career, and veered into sellout territory in the 80's.
I love this band for their ability to both write very beautiful pieces of music,
and very rockin' songs.
Thick as a Brick
Amazing songwriting, good lyricist, the perfect mix of prog and folk. Growing
to be a favorite among favorites over time.
Tool has always been controversial, some would argue vehemently that they
are prog, some that they aren't. All I know is, I consider them prog, if not
from the start, then later in their career. Similarly to Opeth, Tool is just Tool.
This is a band I like quite a bit, would feel bad not putting on the list, but for
some reason, they don't click with me as well as one might expect. But they're
a great band, no doubt and influence on much music, including my own.
The Snow Goose
Camel is a band I haven't listened to enough, but one I knew was exceptional
from the first listen of the first album I obtained by them.
A master of being both progressive, yet memorable and contemporary. Steven
Wilson generally does not let excess or wankery cloud his musical vision.
Holy balls, this band. Capable of gorgeous soundscapes, chill saxophone
passages... And yet... Also incredibly ugly, murky, lumbering riffs in odd time
signatures. There's a reason Tool has cited this band as a big inspiration.
Beautiful & Monstrous
I love this band. Their music really resonates with me. Soaring melodies,
beautiful harmonies, delicious riffs... At least, for the moment, a favorite
among favorites. This particular album tickles my innards.
This entire album is just a single, ridiculously long eargasm. No matter how
long the songs, or where they, sometimes seemingly randomly- at least at first
listen- seem to shift... Always a pleasure. A definite favorite among favorites,
and a band that's really good at making me smile.
|Huh. Must have accidentally clicked reverse order, I'd prefer it be the other way around, order or no order. Also, I forgot to mention Spock's Beard. Oh well.|
|for 9, aenima is better but other than that good list|
|YoYoMacuso: It was definitely between Lateralus and Aenima, but I made a judgment call, I can't help but prefer Lateralus. I associate it with a specific time period, so I have a bias towards it. So, yeah.|
|sonictheplumber: I haven't gotten around to really listening to an album, but from what I've heard, I definitely dig them.|
|Props for 4|
|@sonic i've heard brain salad surgery which is commonly cited as their best, what else do you recommend|
|Paxman: Thanks! It's a great album, first I heard by them.|
sonictheplumber: first 4. Noted. Gonna snag them next chance I get.
|Tool got me into prog. Dream Theater REALLY got me into prog. King Crimson made me have sex with prog.|
|"yeah i saw elp in 73 it was crazy"|
get Trilogy, album slays.
|"yeah i saw elp in 73 it was crazy"|
you, too? didn't HJI open for them?
|Prog is pretty much designed for repeat listening in a lot of ways, anyway, so, noted.|
|Awesome list, though I definitely wouldn't place Dream Theater anywhere near my top. MASSIVE props for 4 however.|
|AllgabrielsAreGlass: Oh, Dream Theater's not my "top". No order on the list, the numbering is arbitrary. I just included them because they have a special place in my history, really. Thanks on 4. Gentle Giant need more love.|
|Oh ok, no problem then, just all out awesomeness.|
|This is a really nice list bro, most of these bands are among my favorites aswell. great pick of
albums for each band. Nice to see Haken getting some love.|
|CaptainDooRight: Thanks, man.|
Dimor: Thanks. I tried to pick the album by each band that stood out most to me, glad to see I'm not the only one that considers these among their best.
METALFACE666: Ehhh... They were progressive on Operation Mindcrime, but I have trouble considering anything else they did all that proggy, as much as I love 'em. I don't know about including them.
|That's a band I need to listen to. Going to give them a listen after I listen to Mekong Delta. |
|6 man...6 is just the best.|
|Six really is delicious. Fist album by them I heard, I stayed up all night listening to it over and over.|
|needs some beardfish|
|6 has Siberian Khatru which is like the best song ever. Love me some of the prog here especially 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13 and my favorite band ever Porcupine Tree.|
|this really is a good list|
|This is an awesome list.|
I feel the exact same way about Dream Theater. If I hadn't gotten into them, I would have never ventured into progressive music.
|Fantastimo - Led Zeppelin V|