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    Posted: July 14 2014 at 06:27
Originally posted by Altairius

Is there any other symphonic / classic prog a la Sebastian Hardie / Windchase from Australia? I could go for some highly symphonic and/or melodic, classic style prog metal too. I know of Voyager and they'd be good if not for the stupid, out of place harsh vocals that they throw in there.


Hi Altairus,

I'm not familiar with much other Aussie prog specifically similar to Seb Hardie/Windchase - the Aussie bands around during the early '70's recorded prog albums based around mostly blues-based and/or psychedelic music, while most of the recent "prog rock" bands here in Oz seem to be way up at the heavy end of the musical spectrum.

Based on my CD collection, you may like to check out music by:
Unitopia (PA page at http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4175)
Anubis (PA page at http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5423)
Ben Craven (PA page at http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6615)
Rainbow Theatre (PA page at http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2006, reissued CD's readily available through Aztec)

If you do like Voyager, then I recommend:
Caligulas Horse (http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6310)
Breaking Orbit (http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7199)
plus the following band not on PA:
Domino (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Domino/44968871371), their "Arabic prog metal" is a bit ordinary but their singer Erica is great. Their album "Where The Desert Meets The Sea" may appeal if you want to hear several songs apparently inspired by "Kashmir".

FWIW I too would also really love to find more symphonic prog bands from Australia, for both my own enjoyment and my own community radio program, they'd make a welcome change from the endless.tech/extreme/djent scene here...classy though it is... Sleepy

EDITED POST: to insert quoted text and also the name of the Domino album.


Edited by David64T - July 14 2014 at 06:37
Seasons Of Change - weekly programme on community radio: http://seasonsofchangeradio.blogspot.com.au/
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^^^Great suggestions here!
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I love Australian prog! I don't know why, but it seems that every other new band that I find and absolutely love are either from Australia or New Zealand. I even posted a few of them on my blog!
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Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother

Scott, sadly your Cybotron post reminded me if when I left behind their `Implosion' LP at a record fair once so many years ago....I had never heard them at the time, but expected nothing special, so I didn't buy it. Of course, I've never come across it since and would LOVE to get a copy! Dirt cheap it was too....


I've never seen an original pressing of 'Implosion', but Aztec have re-released it on CD, readily available from their website or any retailer that stocks Aztec's releases.
They've just put out 'Monster Planet' as well. I assume the rest of the Cybotron discography will eventually follow.


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