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    Posted: February 19 2008 at 12:49
Hi I'm new here, but I'm not new in prog music.

I need help guys, I'm looking for a progressive rock band that has a lot of rythm changes such as symphonic prog and has ancient sounds something like egyptian music or ancient greek music. I don't know if any band like that exists but I'm sure someone here knows something like that.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2008 at 13:17
I don`t know. Have you tried listening to any of Gentle Giant `s stuff ? 
                
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2008 at 13:21
a lot of Symphony X references ancient mythology, but more so in a lyrical sense than a musical one. To me at least Yes's music feels ancient and grand, especially on Close to the Edge, Relayer, and Tales from Topographic Oceans.
if you want to go outside of progressive rock and you don't  mind death metal, you could try Nile. They play egyptian themed death metal that has an ancient sound.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2008 at 13:22
Try the New Percussion Group from Amsterdam.  They play wooden drums that are tuned that are the same type drums that the ancient people from Africa played.  Bill Bruford guests on one of their records.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2008 at 13:56
The Vangelis album Heaven and Hell is based on ancient Greek music.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2008 at 14:08
When sean said Nile, I thought of Nil, a French band. Copied from their PA page:

Their third effort, "Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinaļ" ("Forty Days On The Sinai"), is a conceptual work dealing with Ancient Egypt and old gods....the music is a mesmerizing melange of Mellotron and organ laden dark prog enmeshed with flute, searing guitar runs, Chapman Stick, dreamy female vocals as well as dramatic commanding male vocals (all vocals are in French).

A four star album for me but you better like long songs.  Only two on the 62 minute effort.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2008 at 14:28
Not sure I can help you in searching for ancient greek music in prog, but maybe I'll like some folk-prog or eclectic prog bands? Djam Karet or Ritual, for instance, - both of them are great!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2008 at 14:40
Gryphon used a lot of ancient instruments, like krumhorn for example. But perhaps not as ancient as you wish.
Embryo use instruments from all around the world, some of them pretty ancient too.
Not prog, but also using instruments from all around the world, some of them probably pretty ancient too: Hadouk, a French trio consisting of Didier Malherbe on all kinds of wind instruments, Loy Ehrlich on keyboards and hajouj (a kind of African bass) and Steve Sheehan on all kinds of percussion instruments.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2008 at 15:17
Originally posted by everyone

Try the New Percussion Group from Amsterdam.  They play wooden drums that are tuned that are the same type drums that the ancient people from Africa played.  Bill Bruford guests on one of their records.
I've got the Bruford one.  I believe it's out of print. Cry
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2008 at 20:36
Therion has some "ancient" sounds...especially on Theli, but they're not really prog.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2008 at 00:47
Originally posted by Slartibartfast

Originally posted by everyone

Try the New Percussion Group from Amsterdam.  They play wooden drums that are tuned that are the same type drums that the ancient people from Africa played.  Bill Bruford guests on one of their records.
I've got the Bruford one.  I believe it's out of print. Cry

That is horrible for such a cool album.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2008 at 06:59
Thanks all I'll try  "Quarante Jours Sur Le Sinaļ" by Nil

I'll try other ones too, so please go on with the recommendations.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2008 at 09:11
The new MCHH - or Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses if you like to be formal - EP includes a track called Manticore which begins with a very medieval sounding section, replete with tight drums and peculiar wind and string instruments. Sadly for you, the music still grows into an avant-chamber-post-rock-ified thing eventually...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2008 at 10:19
Originally posted by BaldFriede

Gryphon used a lot of ancient instruments, like krumhorn for example. But perhaps not as ancient as you wish.
Embryo use instruments from all around the world, some of them pretty ancient too.
Not prog, but also using instruments from all around the world, some of them probably pretty ancient too: Hadouk, a French trio consisting of Didier Malherbe on all kinds of wind instruments, Loy Ehrlich on keyboards and hajouj (a kind of African bass) and Steve Sheehan on all kinds of percussion instruments.
 
After Gryphon, check out Circulus. ("Taking retro to it's logical conclusion": Howard Moon, the Mighty Boosh.) 
 
Hadouk are great, but they only seem to gig in France, which is a great shame. I saw them in Amsterdam once, but that was a very special occasion.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2008 at 12:56
Originally posted by emdiar

Originally posted by BaldFriede

Gryphon used a lot of ancient instruments, like krumhorn for example. But perhaps not as ancient as you wish.
Embryo use instruments from all around the world, some of them pretty ancient too.
Not prog, but also using instruments from all around the world, some of them probably pretty ancient too: Hadouk, a French trio consisting of Didier Malherbe on all kinds of wind instruments, Loy Ehrlich on keyboards and hajouj (a kind of African bass) and Steve Sheehan on all kinds of percussion instruments.
 
After Gryphon, check out Circulus. ("Taking retro to it's logical conclusion": Howard Moon, the Mighty Boosh.) 
 
Hadouk are great, but they only seem to gig in France, which is a great shame. I saw them in Amsterdam once, but that was a very special occasion.

Hadouk played at the Berlin jazz festival in 2007.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2008 at 13:52
Originally posted by DJPuffyLemon

Therion has some "ancient" sounds...especially on Theli, but they're not really prog.


Good point about Therion, they indeed involve some 'ancient Egyptian and Babylonian' sounds.
Probably not really prog, but some quite good sounds.

Nile, as Dean mentioned, are in the same group of bands, regarding their sound.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2008 at 05:28
Maybe 666 by Aphrodite's Child, I don't know whether it's "ancient " enough.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2008 at 11:45
Yes "Tales from Topographic Oceans", it even has a song called "The Ancient"!
But i don't know if it's really what you're looking for. Nevertheless, a fantastic album!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 22 2008 at 00:49
Orphaned Land are an awsome progressive/experimental metal band from Israel who use a lot of traditional instruments in their music. They're included on this site, and there's a free mp3 stream.

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2019

Post metal band Neurosis also have a very ancient sound, and In the Absence of Truth by Isis does too (at least for me).


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 22 2008 at 02:48
My recommendations for NIL - Quarante jours sur le Sinai also. It fits greatly to your specifications: there certainly is a lot of rythm changes and very complex stuff like several overlayed simultaneous themes. It has  ancient egyptian sound as well, or more like ancient atmosphere. This album is easily one of the greatest records ever released IMHO. But beware, it may take time to get into.

As Vangelis is mentioned here, I really don't see much of ancient greece on Heaven & Hell, but do purchase Vangelis & Irene Papas albums Odes & Rapsodies, they are really deeply OLD! They may not be truly progressive, but they're brilliant stuff anyhow.

And then there is Seven Reich! That's made for you! Their albums Strinkadenn' Ys and Samsara are brilliant symphonic stuff in very traditional celtic and arabic influences! Even the arabic language Kabyle is used as well as a huge pile of traditional instruments. You should really check these out!

Also I recommend you the Spanish orchestras Triana and Mezquita and their first albums that I believe you would like.

And then there is of course the Rajaz of Camel. A very arabic symph album, mellow and smooth, an easy piece so there's not much of a complexity, but a very strong egyptian feeling.


Edited by Kobaia - February 22 2008 at 02:51
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