The Hsu-nami have a unique sound, because, besides some proggy guitar work and drumming, they include an Erhu – a traditional Chinese instrument. How does it sound? Imagine the Kung Fu Panda soundtrack, but with a prog take. And equally epic.
It baffles me how unknow they are, given they’ve played in festivals, and even one of their songs was featured in the Beijing Olympics! But they seem to be working on their next album now, which I hope it’s out before year’s end. In the meantime, check the following tune – one of their finest compositions.
Post originally published on the Prog Talk FB page on 02/09/2015 by ~Sacul.
As weird a mix it might sound, the duo iamthemorning turn their talent for making passionate, heartfelt chamber music, with their love for prog – they’ve even covered Opeth songs.
Subtle strings, pianos, and ocassional guitars flow with Marjana’s angelical voice. Currently my favorite band from Russia – even great artists like Danny Cavanagh and Gavin Harrison have praised them.
The following song is the opener to their sophomore album, one of my favorite records of last year. The prog, and even some rock, is strong on this one.
Post originally published on the Prog Talk FB page on 16/09/2015 by ~Sacul.
So recently, black-metal band deafheaven announced the release of their third studio album New Bermuda. Their 2013 release Sunbather created a lot of waves in the Metal community for popularizing what some people describe as ‘colourful’ Black Metal.
It brought divided opinions, especially from black metal fans who saw Sunbather‘s optimistic approach to the genre as bastardizing. Continue reading →
Admittedly, I’m not a massive Floyd fan. Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall are especially hailed and praised by the average prog fan, but I find that the dark horse of their discography has to be the fantastic Animals, which is often left relatively underrated. Continue reading →
I was considering shoe-horning this into Frog’s ‘Length Matters’ segment, although this song’s length is laughable compared to the material in that section – however, I’d like to discuss power metal band Stratovarius’ attempt at a progressive epic: ‘Elysium’.
At 18 minutes, the song displays clear progressions in motifs and a shifting in tempo and mood to effectively convey the song’s ‘Valhalla’-esque concept. Continue reading →
At 57 minutes, this song spans 5 parts on 5 different albums. Beginning with ‘The Glass Prison’ – which might incidentally be the best progressive metal song ever written – on Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and ends with ‘The Shattered Fortress’ on Black Clouds & Silver Linings. Some people might add ‘The Mirror‘ from Awake as a sort of prelude to the suite, but is not officially part of it. Continue reading →
This 59:25 long song from the legendary prog rock band The Flower Kings is from their fourth studio album, Garden of Dreams.
If you don’t know The Flower Kings, it’s the original band of Roine Stolt, from the Transatlantic supergroup. The band was in fact created to play his solo album The Flower King live, but then stayed together and became one of the most iconic prog act in modern history. Continue reading →
We already spoke about The Tangent before in our Progscure Chronicles, but now they appear in Length Matters because of their epic, 63-minute, 5-part song and album ‘Le Sacre du Travail’, or ‘The Rite of Work’ for you non-French people. Continue reading →
Today, we’re going to talk about Trent Gardner’s (Magellan) Leonardo – The Absolute Man! This 66-minute prog rock opera is split into 18 parts on the record, of various length. It’s a story based on Leonardo da Vinci’s life, hence the title. There are a lot of guest musicians in there, including the well-known James Labrie and Steve Walsh! Continue reading →
Second installment of Length Matters! And this one is actually a Progscure Chronicles too!
We’re talking about Vultress‘ epic “Distance” suite. A heptalogy summing up to 76 minutes, with its longest subdivision being the almost-25-minutes “At The Edge”, which could be considered on its own one of the long prog songs out there. Continue reading →