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    Posted: June 17 2019 at 07:26
Tried to post this in the collab section but it wouldn't let me.

There is a general consensus of the tag BRUTAL PROG as a bona fide subgenre of progressive rock. Many of the bands on this site are tagged under RIO / Avant but many have been rejected. It's a style of prog that is as brutal as metal but not quite fitting into the metal world but sometimes easily crosses over and still in some cases does qualify as experimental or avant-garde metal.

Looks like this topic has been suggested before but with no responses and then quickly locked.

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First coined by Weasel Walter of the band The Flying Luttenbachers, Brutal Prog describes a diverse array of artists working within the Progressive Rock and Avant-Prog idioms. Brutal Prog combines the intensity and sonic dissonance of genres like Hardcore PunkNoise RockNo Wave, and Free Jazz with the complexity and adventurousness of Progressive RockAvant-Prog, and Math Rock

Though the genre has its precursors (such as the highly influential group Ruins), its peak of popularity occurred in the early 2000s with bands like Upsilon AcruxHellaZsAhleuchatistasYowie, and Grand Ulena

Weasel Walter's own ugEXPLODE, as well as Skin Graft RecordsCuneiform Records and Tzadik, featured numerous Brutal Prog bands.

I recently also made a comprehensive list of BRUTAL PROG artists for my own amusement.

In addition to RYM recognizing this sub as a worthy addition, so do many other sites. 




Many others simply give multiple tags to cover it. Ruins is for example prog rock, noise rock, avant-garde jazz, harsh noise, zeuhl, avant-garde metal.

The tag is much more widely used than when the original suggestion was presented in 2006 so maybe it's time to consider it as a worthy new sub here.

First of all, is it even possible to add a new sub with the owner's involvement with the site?

Secondly, who else thinks it's a valid tag worthy of addition? 

Thirdly, if everyone does agree what would it entail if we added such a new sub to the database?

I've already made a comprensive list of worthy candidates so that aspect of the research has been done.

Let the comments begin! Wink




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote patrickq Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 17 2019 at 08:09
Why not? Jazz Music Archives and Metal Music Archives have many more subgenres and (in the case of MMA anyway) many fewer titles.
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Absolutely! Well, that is, if it's feasible while [email protected] is MIA. 

Brutal Prog is home to some of the most forward thinking bands out there. Even if the tag isn't added, I recommend checking out that list. 
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Since it's not a suggestion of a specific band I moved the topic here in 'Help Us Improve The Site' where I can see a thread like this being opened.

The answer to the question of the topic at hand is a no though, I'm not going by merits or familiarity with it or anything, adding a new genre seems to be another thing that isn't possible of doing without [email protected] Since he barely notices some other more serious issues I doubt he's gonna jump on this one.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote patrickq Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 17 2019 at 09:29
Originally posted by historian9 historian9 wrote:

Since it's not a suggestion of a specific band I moved the topic here in 'Help Us Improve The Site' where I can see a thread like this being opened.

The answer to the question of the topic at hand is a no though, I'm not going by merits or familiarity with it or anything, adding a new genre seems to be another thing that isn't possible of doing without [email protected] Since he barely notices some other more serious issues I doubt he's gonna jump on this one.

[email protected] sounds like a web wizard whos moved on from Prog Archives. Is that correct?
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^I don't know anything about his moving on or reasons for it, but he was the only web wizard around, yes. I think it will almost be a year since he visited.
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Well, he smashed the craptcha bug, didn't he ?

(so he must keep some kind of intervention - at least of pest control)
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Originally posted by historian9 historian9 wrote:

Since it's not a suggestion of a specific band I moved the topic here in 'Help Us Improve The Site' where I can see a thread like this being opened.

The answer to the question of the topic at hand is a no though, I'm not going by merits or familiarity with it or anything, adding a new genre seems to be another thing that isn't possible of doing without [email protected] Since he barely notices some other more serious issues I doubt he's gonna jump on this one.

Well he barely visits MMA either but we still got several new subs added last year. Just throw it on the list. I'm just putting it up for discussion in case it is ever possible to request such a thing. And curious as to what everyone else thinks.

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So would some artists be moved from other genres to Brutal Prog? Just curious.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jaketejas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 17 2019 at 19:08
As long as you don't call my subgenre Wussy Prog, I'm okay with it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Polymorphia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 17 2019 at 20:47
Originally posted by patrickq patrickq wrote:

So would some artists be moved from other genres to Brutal Prog? Just curious.
Probably. Most of the Brutal Prog that gets added here is put in either avant-prog or math rock.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 17 2019 at 20:52
I don't see this as necessary, since the RIO/Avant page mentions brutal prog and anything associated with the genre is placed there. Having brutal be a sub of the Avant sub just makes the most sense to me, as antying I''ve heard that gets tagged as brutal prog is in the avant field. 
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Originally posted by Man With Hat Man With Hat wrote:

I don't see this as necessary, since the RIO/Avant page mentions brutal prog and anything associated with the genre is placed there. Having brutal be a sub of the Avant sub just makes the most sense to me, as antying I''ve heard that gets tagged as brutal prog is in the avant field.
You wouldn't be wrong if you called it avant, but you also wouldn't be wrong if you called it math rock. It carries the defining characteristics of both, but doesn't much sound like the other bands in those categories. I think if you are looking for brutal prog bands, it would help to have a tag for it, but, on the other hand, RYM is many steps ahead of PA in that regard. I'm not sure how PA could compete.

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Originally posted by Polymorphia Polymorphia wrote:

Originally posted by Man With Hat Man With Hat wrote:

I don't see this as necessary, since the RIO/Avant page mentions brutal prog and anything associated with the genre is placed there. Having brutal be a sub of the Avant sub just makes the most sense to me, as antying I''ve heard that gets tagged as brutal prog is in the avant field. 
You wouldn't be wrong if you called it avant, but you also wouldn't be wrong if you called it math rock. It carries the defining characteristics of both, but doesn't much sound like the other bands in those categories. I think if you are looking for brutal prog bands, it would help to have a tag for it, but, on the other hand, RYM is many steps ahead of PA in that regard. I'm not sure how PA could compete.
 

No doubt RE: math rock. But at least from what I know of math rock, these bands are certainly much 'uglier' and out, which I would attribute to the avant influence. 

But then again, there is probably a lot of overlap between the avant-rock and math-rock worlds, at least theoretically. 
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Yeah, but there are many that have equal amounts of jazz influences. If we are all about lumping together then why are there three metal categories? Why not just Prog metal and be done with it? But we have extreme and experimental. If we were going to do lumping together then why not post-rock with post-metal and just call it post-prog! I suggested it because it seems to be a term that is popular now. If we don't care about being on the cutting edge of prog then it doesn't matter but it seems we should separate them just for those who don't want to wade through all the avant- just to find something brutally avant.

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I believe metal was split because it was just too large and unwieldy. Someone from the prog metal team can correct me if my memory is a failure. (It might have had something to do with all the extreme metal bands that were added that are quite a bit different from dream theater and the traditional prog metal stuff, as well.)
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What's the use of inventing artificial genres? And where we find brutal men to make a Brutal Team? Smile
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Originally posted by NotAProghead NotAProghead wrote:

What's the use of inventing artificial genres? And where we find brutal men to make a Brutal Team? Smile
All genres are invented and artificial. But I agree there's no need for this so called genre.

Like eclectic - brutal isn't a genre. Its possibly an additional descriptor. "Yeah they are avant but brutal". Ask for descriptors instead of even more silly genre-inventions.
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Is it time for Brutal Prog as a new sub?

naaaah, ELP is fine where it is!! TonguePigEvil SmileClown

Edited by Sean Trane - June 18 2019 at 02:52
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"Brutal" prog?? Do you have to hit yourself over the head with a blunt object when you listen to it? What a silly sounding genre name. 
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