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3.97 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Seconds Before Landing - I'm All Alone [USA] (4:39)
2. Fughu - Quirk Of Fate (feat. Damian Wilson) [Argentina] (6:43)
3. Traffic Experiment - The Weight Of The World [UK] (6:31)
4. Machines Dream - Broken Door [Canada] (5:58)
5. The Moonling - Backstage [Switzerland] (5:39)
6. Rolf Remlinger - Corrosive Exponent Too [USA] (4:06)
7. Riccardo Sandri - Campi Verdi [Italy] (7:26)
8. Cea Serin - The Victim Cult [USA] (7:56)
9. Overhaul - Three Judges [The Netherlands] (6:58)
10. Celluloid Winter - Feigning Insanity (Part I) [USA] (3:14)
11. The Amber Herd - Tin Man [UK] (6:59)
12. Fred Colombo - Midgar [France] (6:00)

Total Time 72:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Artists as listed

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Review by lucas
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4 stars Progstravaganza is a series of samplers that saw the light of day in 2010, at the instigation of enthusiastic founder of Prog Sphere website, Nikola Savic. The aim was to get the word out about new artists, be they self-produced or signed on a label, that lack exposure on the progressive scene.

After 20 samplers proposed in digital version, the talent digger decided to give his samplers a physical format. 'Beyond the frontiers' is the first of a series of samplers that will now be released as physical copies. Since this support doesn't offers the same time possibilities as digital versions, the number of artists sampled had to be reduced. The diversity in the material has also been restrained, for a specific focus on traditional progressive rock. The previous samplers proposed indeed a very wide range of musical styles, including ambient, jazz-fusion and extreme metal, besides progressive rock. The originality and the diversity of the bands' material on the new sampler allows nonetheless to realize that the current trends in progressive rock are far from being fixed and predictable.

As an example, one can senses the influence of trip-hop with Seconds Before Landing and their sensitive frailty, just like with the hybridous Fred Colombo where a Glass-like piano ensures the transition to a galloping progressive metal. The theatricality of Genesis can be witnessed in Fughu's music, who even benefit from the collaboration of the ever passionate Damian Wilson (Landmarq, Threshold) on vocal duties. As for Traffic Experiment, we navigate in cheerful pop seas yet with that 60's psychedelic vibe, where those exhilarating guitars and majestic Hammond fire on all cylinders. In a different range, Rolf Remlinger invites us to a devilish rockabilly supported by blazing guitars and keyboards. Conversely, our ears delight to a solar folk, first with Riccardo Sandri and a passion for traditional vibes, second with Celluloid Winter, in a more modern approach to the music. Progressive metal is not forgotten, as the music of Cea Serin, a band that went out of the silence after 10 years, is celebrated with its dynamic structures and a wide range of voices. One will also notice that Porcupine Tree continues to have disciples, with Machines Dream and their hazy music. Post-punk of the eighties is also feasting on the sampler, in its tribal form on one hand with The Amber Herd and their mesmerizing guitars, and gothic form on the other hand with The Moonling and their spectral guitars, together with the obviously snoring bass of Joy Division. With Overhaul, we are amazed by the diversity of the sound canvas, that ranges from symphonic pop to heavy prog and to traditional hard-rock and Chopin-like piano.

Progstravaganza is therefore the key to a very creative world, yet in need of help to surface from the vast progressive ocean. This projet is acclaimed by progressive rock lovers since its inception, and even if the number of bands sampled will be reduced with the new support, the diversity will still be there. A welcome return to ambient and extreme digressions is even planned on the forthcoming samplers. In short, this is a project to follow if you wish to be aware of the evolution of the progressive movement, and support original bands and artists. The release is planned for October 14th of 2014. The sampler can be pre-ordered at Progify.

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4 stars Having listened to this release in depth, a slight edit to my review this day, 11/2/15, but I will still maintain the 4 star rating, maybe closer to 3.5 now: I've found that people either love sampler CD's, or absolutely hate them. Personally, I've always found them enjoyable and look forward to ... (read more)

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