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Avant-Prog

Avant-prog is an umbrella term which refers to any progressive rock artist with a strong leaning towards avant-garde and highly experimental approaches to music. Therefore, it includes the sub-genres of Rock In Opposition (see below) and Zeuhl in addition to general avant-prog artists.

Avant-prog is generally considered to be more extreme and 'difficult' than other forms of progressive rock, though these terms are naturally subjective and open to interpretation. Common elements that may or may not be displayed by specific avant-prog artists include:

- Regular use of dissonance and atonality.
- Extremely complex and unpredictable song arrangements.
- Free or experimental improvisation.
- Fusion of disparate musical genres.
- Polyrhythms and highly complex time signatures.

Most avant-prog artists are highly unique and eclectic in sound and consequently tend to resist easy comparisons. However, Frank Zappa is often cited as a major influence on many avant-prog artists due to his early adoption of avant-garde and experimental attitudes within a predominantly rock/jazz context.


Rock In Opposition

Rock In Opposition (RIO for short) is the name of a short-lived movement that has gone on to define a sub-genre of progressive rock, and which is now sometimes applied to musicians whose careers hadn't even started by the time the movement had ceased to exist in any official capacity. It is not synonymous with the term avant-prog, for whilst bands associated with RIO are (generally speaking) avant-prog in nature, most avant-prog bands are not associated with RIO.

The roots of RIO can be traced to Henry Cow, a UK progressive rock band with a distinctly avant-garde sound and left wing political ideology. Henry Cow toured extensively in Europe throughout much of the 1970s and came into contact with a few similarly inclined bands, in an ideological sense as much, if not more, than a musical one. These groups did not always have much in common stylistically, apart from a basic leaning towards fusing avant-garde qualities with elements of rock. Most of these bands were working independently at the time and had no distribution or realistic opportunity of touring outside their native countries. The idea of Rock In Opposition was to create an independent network of like-minded performers that would not be dependent on the largesse of major record companies for their survival.

Henry Cow invited four of these bands to play alongside them at the first Rock in Opposition festival on 12th March 1978, at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane in London. The British Arts Council helped the funding of the festival with a ú1000 grant. The Rock in Opposition slogan "The music the record companies don't want you to hear" was altered very slightly for the flyer advertising the first Rock in Opposition concert.

The five initial Rock in Opposition bands were:

Henry Cow (England)
Univers Zero (Belgium)
Etron Fou Leloublan (France)
Samla Mammas Manna (Sweden)
Stormy Six (Italy)

Three additional bands were later officially elected to the movement:

Art Zoyd (France)
Art Bears (England)
Aksak Maboul (Belgium)

The involved bands had many disagreements in a meeting at Sunrise Studios in Kirchberg, Switzerland in December 1978 about the purpose of the group, and its meaning. They eventually came up with a plan to continue their joint concerts. They organised three more festivals and co-operative record distributions but eventually the RIO group dissolved. It left behind a legacy that would initially be picked up by later projects from the many musicians involved with the original movement, and later on by artists inspired by the original RIO groups. Miriodor and Ensemble Nimbus are often said to be influenced by Samla Mammas Manna, for example, and are consequently sometimes referred to as RIO bands.

Since 2007, a contemporary RIO festival has been held most years in Carmaux, France. This festival has included artists closely associated with the original RIO movement alongside bands from the wider world of avant-prog and experimental music.

Dates of the original RIO festivals

12 March 1978 at New London Theatre, Drury Lane, London, England (set up by Henry Cow)
26 April 1979 to 1 May 1979 at Teatro dell'Elfo, Milano, Italia (set up by Stormy Six)
28/29 September 1979 in Uppsala, Sweden (set up by Samla Mammas Manna)
Bruxelles, Belgium (set up by Univers Zero)

Useful links

Information on RIO from Chris Cutler's website

Additional historical information on Squidco

Written/Compiled/Edited by past and present members of the RIO/Avant-Prog team

Current team members:
as at 20/05/2016

Raffaella (Raff)
Luca (octopus-4)
Ian (Nogbad_The_Bad)
Keishiro (DamoXt7942)
Ori (frippism)

RIO/Avant-Prog Top Albums


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HOT RATS
Zappa, Frank
4.32 | 836 ratings
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: ONE SIZE FITS ALL
Zappa, Frank
4.31 | 856 ratings
THE GRAND WAZOO
Zappa, Frank
4.34 | 166 ratings
IN EXTREMIS
Thinking Plague
4.32 | 215 ratings
WESTERN CULTURE
Henry Cow
4.52 | 49 ratings
TAIGA
OOIOO
4.46 | 61 ratings
H─XAN
Art Zoyd
4.28 | 271 ratings
SING TO GOD
Cardiacs
4.27 | 300 ratings
UZED
Univers Zero
4.40 | 73 ratings
N║ 6
Present
4.25 | 358 ratings
CHOIRS OF THE EYE
Kayo Dot
4.26 | 263 ratings
HERESIE
Univers Zero
4.38 | 72 ratings
BOOK M
Secret Chiefs 3
4.25 | 263 ratings
M┼LTID
Samla Mammas Manna
4.35 | 75 ratings
DECEIT
This Heat
4.30 | 105 ratings
ON LAND AND IN THE SEA
Cardiacs
4.24 | 234 ratings
A LITTLE MAN AND A HOUSE AND THE WHOLE WORLD WINDOW
Cardiacs
4.59 | 30 ratings
JACKSON
Korekyojin
4.49 | 38 ratings
LETTERS HOME
News From Babel
4.27 | 122 ratings
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Latest RIO/Avant-Prog Music Reviews


 Grand Opening And Closing by SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.81 | 99 ratings

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Grand Opening And Closing
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

4 stars Sleepytime Metal: 8/10

Cold and metallically pounding as industrial metal, featuring hypnotic rhythms, dissonance and viciousness typical of no wave, violently unpredictable and creative as true progressive music, with (numerous) momentaneous glimpses of Modernist Classical music, the GRAND OPENING AND CLOSING of SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM is a hell of a shower and a truly uncategorizable (other than as of "sleepytime metal") Avant-Prog album. From 1997's "alternative metal" (on SLEEPYTIME's peculiar style, filled with industrialness) to Powerless' no wave feel and twistedly funky bass line and despite a few dragging moments (such as of Sleepytime's intro or Ablutions) there's just way too many tasty avant-metal acts (except boring Sunflower) to NOT think of this as a sturdy-as-steel release.

I listened to SLEEPYTIME after being well acquainted with the band's successor, FREE SALAMANDER EXHIBIT, which is much tamer and within avant-metal and post-rock boundaries. Not disappointed at all to know how its progenitor is (which is, to say, pretty damn weird). Oh, and don't even get me started on their DIY instruments. Peak dadaism, if you ask me.

 Western Culture by HENRY COW album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.32 | 215 ratings

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Western Culture
Henry Cow RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

5 stars For many progarchives listeners Henry Cow will not be love at first sight. Their blend of avant-prog and free jazz improvisations on most of their albums will result in mixed opinions. Links to the Canterbury sound can be found, but the quirkiness and pop vibe are totally absent. I myself fell in love with this group after hearing 'Living in the Heart of the Beast' from the third album. On 'Western Culture' the band continues their composed avant- prog style beautifully, but without the vocals of Dagmar Krause. All tracks sound fresh and inspired, creating original atmospheres with a wide pallet of electronic and acoustic sounds. The musicians are all remarkable, yet no-one seeks to stand out as the compositions are tight and well structured. Lindsay Cooper stands out on this album as a great female composer, writing all the tracks of side two! Though I have some favorite moments like the middle section of 'The Decay of Cities' and 'Look Back', I must say every minute of this short album sounds impressive and otherworldly. True art. The sound is mixed in a way that it sounds a bit flat at low volume and huge & detailed at high volume. Recommended to progressive rock listeners who are ready to take yet another step after acquiring a taste for King Crimon's Lizard, Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom and Van Der Graaf's Pawn Hearts.
 Ambit by CELLAR AND POINT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.90 | 2 ratings

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Ambit
the cellar and point RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams

4 stars Chamber me gently.

"ambit" has been created and released by an electronika / jazz-oriented chamber septet The CELLAR AND POINT in 2014. According to my avantgarde progressive friend Ian, they launch avantgarde jazz rather than rock especially on stage (envy really), but this album sounds more of experimental jazz rock / chamber rock seriously. Their melodic and rhythmic lines are slightly complex and fastidious but mysteriously acceptable and addictive like multi-rhythmic fatal movement in a uterus. Sounds jazzier and less electronic than Microkingdom. Perfect for us to listen with a mixed but enjoyable feeling.

Tracks like "arc" or "purple octagon" produced with light rhythmic touches and streaming, floating melody lines are exactly our comfort. On the other hand, in "tabletop (a)" one of my favourite tracks and sorta masterpiece the audience could find the similar vein of jazzy King Crimson Discipline era seasoned with gentle chamber flavour, not sure if they might have been inspired by early 70s British progressive rock scene though. "f'nf canons i, op.16" has mystic instability in that we definitely get immersed. They might place uneasy tracks and peaceful ones alternately, well-balanced. Via "white cylinder (a)" or "white cylinder (b)" colourful sound / atmosphere / fluid variations can be heard. Not only jazz, avantgarde, nor electronic, but also hard rock, psychedelic, minimalism, or Canterbury ... continued until the titled epilogue flooded with mad dark ambient.

Quite flexible but incredibly crystallized. A fascinating stuff really.

 Keeping Score by JUMP FOR JOY! album cover Live, 2017
3.90 | 2 ratings

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Keeping Score
Jump For Joy! RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams

4 stars JUMP FOR JOY!'s second album "Keeping Score" is veiled in an avantgarde sleeve of eccentric memorandum-flooded pics, that obviously gives us (the audience) incredible expectation for the content. And we will notice their music theatre will never betray us at all. They say this album was recorded as a live one at the R.I.O. Festival (France) in 2016, where they would have gigged quite lively and delightfully we can imagine easily (yes as their moniker says!). Their creation sounds pretty vivid not only for our auditory sensation but also for our visual impression. Guess their stage and performance should have been perfect for a picture. Every single player in the music commune plays on the stage with his/her massive intention to create another dimensional sound world perfectly.

The topnote is quite complex. In the beginning weird synthesizer-oriented sound pressure like a crying kitty confuses us. Multistreaming hard-edged percussion, crazy tremendous saxophone plays, or gorgeous piano sound compilation is exactly their credential of avantgarde, innovation. It's very amazing their improvised sound production is completely harmonized and crystallized together although each of them is kinda musical giant. My favourite movements are second and third. The second one drenched in tunes / noises / samples improvisation sounds like sorta Krautrock like Mahogany Brain or Semool. Rhythmic unification cannot be heard anywhere but can suggest everyone plays with full smile and full mind. In the third movement, we can hear beauty in confusion. Beneath Yumi's piano and maybe Japanese voices, we can feel ethnic delight and tragic vibe whilst sensitive, complicated moment.

The whole album can be thought as a JUMP FOR JOY's theatrical, inspired suite. This musical nutrition will directly be digested and absorbed in your brain, with such an eccentric sleeve pic. ;)

 Midsummer Moons by ZORN, JOHN album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.91 | 4 ratings

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Midsummer Moons
John Zorn RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

4 stars One of John Zorn's more gorgeous albums was released, appropriately, near the summer solstice of 2017: ten exquisite and sometimes quite lively acoustic guitar duets, inspired by lunar imagery in the plays of William Shakespeare. As usual Zorn abstains from any performance credit (his greatest talent is a generous gift for collaboration), although he did of course write all the music, and also created the evocative collage on the inner CD flap: seaside castle ramparts and shadowy fishermen under a veiled full moon, with a skeletal arm rising portentously out of the surf.

The good news is that the album isn't one of Zorn's typically esoteric neo-classical algorithms. Each song instead recalls the elegance of his Gnostic Trio recordings, stripped to its otherworldly essence: 42-minutes of pure melodic beauty. The twin guitars can be soft as harps ("Silver'd in the Moon's Eclipse"), or reveal a surprisingly keen rhythmic edge ("Moon Take Thy Flight"). I would love to hear the same music interpreted by a sympathetic rock band: the results could be stunning, not unlike a resurrection of early Genesis. But the disarming simplicity of these unadorned instrumental arrangements, in the hands of two ace players, is reward enough.

The bad news is that the album might escape wider notice, buried as it is inside such a mammoth discography as Zorn's, itself likewise dwarfed within the expanding ProgArchives database. If Steve Hackett had released the exact same music (and he easily might have), I have no doubt these pages would be humming with admirers eager to extol its virtues.

In its own unassuming way the album would have to be counted among the best of the year: another quiet triumph for the tireless composer and arranger. The Bard himself describes it best, quoted inside the CD sleeve: "...pluck the wings from painted butterflies to fan the moonbeams from his sleeping eyes. Nod to him, elves, and do him courtesies."

 Sons Optiques by BREANT, FRANăOIS album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.18 | 13 ratings

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Sons Optiques
Franšois Breant RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Francois Breant was very active in the French music scene in the seventies with various bands and projects, but having a break in the late seventies allowed him to create two studio albums. He's mostly listed under Electronics based on the second album but this his debut is more in the Rio/ Avant style overall but there's more to this than that. Really cool to see Didier Lockwood on violin here having enjoyed his work with MAGMA and ZAO especially. Albert Marcouer adds cymbals and timbales and then there's bassist Guy De Lacroix who had a couple of stints with MAGMA and played on the "Attahk" album. We also get alto and tenor sax while Breant plays a variety of keyboards here.

"Les Journeaux Annoncent La Guerre Generique" got me going the first time I heard it as we get a strong UNIVERS ZERO vibe. Dramatic outbursts of drums, synths and more before a haunting calm arrives but then it kicks in again as contrasts continue. How beautiful is this just before a minute and then it kicks in again. So good! An almost silent calm arrives after 2 1/2 minutes before those dramatic outbursts return. Oh and check out the bass 3 minutes in.

"Vacances A Concarneau" has plenty of intricate sounds with some piano outbursts as the synths come in over top. It's all quite restrained. Some brief guitar just before a minute. The violin comes in ripping it up after 1 1/2 minutes. Themes are repeated then more violin around 2 1/2 minutes that's really impressive.

"De Retour A Paris" has some beautiful piano melodies as the sax joins in. The tempo picks up before 2 minutes as we get piano and sax leading. A calm takes over quickly though that is quite gorgeous with those vocal melodies helping out. It picks up again like before to that Symphonic sound that brings Oldfield to mind.

"Scenes De Foule Et De Pour Suite Pendant Le Carnaval" opens with outbursts of different sounds that will come and go then it settles into a piano, synths and timbales led groove. So much going on here though, bass too. Some vocal melodies come and go sounding like mellotron choirs before it turns avant before 2 1/2 minutes.

"Dilemma De Jeanne Au Restaurant Chinois" has these slowly pulsing synths to start as some sparse piano joins in. Some outbursts of sound and atmosphere follow. It picks up before 2 minutes with Marcouer doing his thing then it calms right down again with atmosphere and sparse piano coming and going. "Survol De Rio" is piano, synths, percussion, violin and more. A pleasant sound here. Sax before 1 1/2 minutes.

"Scenes De Mobili Sation Et Retrouvallies Avec Bruno" along with the opener are my favourites. This is the longest track at close to 10 minutes. Sounds like mellotron choirs again but it's real. Synths and atmosphere before a minute as the mood changes. Marcouer helps out here along with Lockwood. It seems to start over at 2 1/2 minutes with piano outbursts and atmosphere as we get some space too. Drums and violin a minute later as the music starts to come alive with energy. Atmosphere and violin melodies after 4 1/2 minutes as it changes again. Some interesting sounds here. Kind of haunting as well then it starts to build with plenty of synths and more.

"Briser Au Crepuscule Et Fin" ends it and we get piano, synths and violin coming and going. A GENESIS vibe with those synths before a minute surprisingly that will come and go. A change before 2 1/2 minutes as sounds pulse then sax and much more take over. It settles with piano and violin after 3 minutes.

The album cover with Breant pulling the film out gives us a hint at his idea for a sound and visual recording. Of course hanging out with a bunch of Zeuhl musicians over many years has to have an influence as well. A really solid album that Avant fans should appreciate.

 Operation: Mockingbird by FRENCH TV album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.70 | 22 ratings

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Operation: Mockingbird
French TV RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

3 stars I have to admit to liking this one more than most of their previous catalogue. The music has simplified and rounded it's acute, often jagged, edges in favor of an almost Smooth Jazz sound and feel--almost. The problem, however, comes in the feeling I have--almost constantly--that I'm listening to outtakes and experiments of Al Di Meola, Jan Hammer, and their collaborators in the early to mid-1980s.

1. "Ghost Zone" (2:29) synth wash-supported solo electric guitar opens the song while orchestral-like percussion play around in the background and wings. Is this a live-with-orchestra recording? (7.5/10)

2. "Noble Obelisk" (5:37) by the time the main instrument comes (electric guitar) in and the song has established its textural signatures, I am finding myself thinking of Jan Hammer, The Crusaders, and Al Di Meola. But the song never really settles into any kind of groove. As a matter of fact, you might say that by song's end I'm very confused as to what I just heard--what it's compositional purpose was. (8/10)

3. "Urgent Fury" (8:32) almost a parody of 1970s funk jazz fusion (led by such artists as the members of The Crusaders, Hubert & Ronnie Laws, Bob James, and even Jan Hammer and Al Di Meola) (7.5/10)

4. "Tree Incident" (7:40) again the music of Al Di Meola in the early 1980s comes to mind as I listen to this one. It's nice, pretty, with very competent musicianship, but something just feels old and borrowed. (8/10)

5. "Golden Pheasant Of The Infinite Reach" (10:41) interesting synth opening is spoiled by appearance of vintage keyboards, many of which are of that inferior sound gradient that I dislike from the late 1989s and 1990s. Plus, the song never really goes anywhere--other than the more melodic parts that sound as if they might be better served as a support vehicle for a Patti Austin or Teena Marie vocal. (7.5/10)

6. "Nimrod Dancer" (8:33) the Latin rhythmic structure and sounds once again bring up the Al DI MEOLA sound. Violin adds a Jean-Luc Ponty presence, otherwise, this is so Al Di. (7.5/10)

7. "Vigilant Sentinel" (10:40) (7/10)

8. "Silent Years" (3:48) old synths attempting a "pretty" almost minor-keyed Satie-like song. Nope. (6.5/10)

Three stars; a good album of vintage sounding jazz fusion.

 Hoping Against Hope by THINKING PLAGUE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.07 | 70 ratings

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Hoping Against Hope
Thinking Plague RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

5 stars Oh my gawd! This is the kind of stuff that gives me progasms! Colorado's coolest mutilators of pop melodies have once again delivered six intriguing tracks freshly collected from the meat grinder and shipped off to market. THINKING PLAGUE has been the nightmares of bubblegum pop addicts for over three decades now and continues to ratchet up the tension and complexity levels on every "whenever they get around to it" release. HOPING AGAINST HOPE is only the seventh studio album released since their debut which came out all the way back in 1984 when Madonna and Michael Jackson were ruling the world on the pop charts. Fast forward to 2017 and the sound that was established on the debut "A Thinking Plague" has kept the same formula of putting the extra helping of avant in the Rock In Opposition styled prog that takes what predecessors like Henry Cow and Art Bears began and put it all on steroids. HOPING AGAINST HOPE is one of the densest and most angular releases of the year and is guaranteed never to be played at wedding ceremonies or birthday parties for moppets.

At this point in the band's career, Mike Johnson is not only the founder but the only member to have been constant since album number one and what makes THINKING PLAGUE rise above the ranks of the ever growing list of avant-proggers out there is his unique classical and electronic music studies that have afforded him the luxury of crafting out an exquisite and decorative compositional style that actually pans out to be bona fide alternative arrangements rather than just striving to be weird for weird's sake and on HOPING FOR HOPE these talents have only grown into some of the most sophisticated and complex with a new sense of bravado. One of the sources for the more complex sounds emanating from my speakers is the addition of a second guitarist in the form of Bill Pohl which allows more colorful expressions of tangled counterpoints that take systems borrowed from the most convoluted jazz sounds and somehow sift them into a gnarled imbroglio of competing anti-melodies that avoid collision like a clever colony of ants. Phrasings, time signatures, tempos and timbres compete for dominance but ultimately cooperate to demonstrate the most alien of soundscapes possible.

Once again Elaine Di Falco joins the team on vocals with her avant-prog standard type of delivery which keeps the leash on the boys who seem like their chomping at the bit to fully blast off from the Dagmar Krause antecedents that allow some sort of logical placement of this intellectually challenging musical puzzle. The atmospheres are thick and intense like Holst's "Mars" segment on "The Planets" which warns of impending warfare of the world as the sax, clarinet, oboe and flute conspire to weave a web of startling counterpoints that inspire as much awe as a faux missile attack threat appearing on your cell phone text. Another factor that seems to have developed is a more sophisticated King Crimson sort of heavy guitar bantering which adds a major sense of heft to the established unnerving anti-melodies that ratchet up the tension and then successful bombard the ear canals with a sense of bombast on top of the sense of impending dread and apocalyptica that always hints at but never quite attains a logical resolution.

Stylistically HOPING AGAINST HOPE is very similar to previous THINKING PLAGUE works with four shorter tracks swimming amidst two bloated behemoths that extend over the ten minute mark. Also the tracks straddle around in the predictable unpredictable manner with only Di Falco's vocal trails providing some sort of thread that ties all the disparate counterpoints together, however the compositions have taken on a new sense of urgency like a village that has taken root next to a volcano about to erupt and the anxiety beckons a more vehement response. While placidity isn't unknown on HOPING AGAINST HOPE, it's the violent aftermath that sets this release apart from earlier albums and the compositions have taken on unthinkable complexities making the peregrination to a top ranking of a 10 on my personal progometer scale of complexity. While most prog bands well into their fourth decade show signs of wear and fatigue or at least complacency in their craft, Johnson and his THINKING PLAGUE seem re-energized and ready to float off to the next world without one little iota of compromise. If anything, a determination of creating the most mangled melodic complexities seems to be of a most exigent priority.

Once again THINKING PLAGUE creates another successful soundtrack for an alternative universe with cleverly crafted precision that leaves me gasping for air after the multiple series of prograsm inducing exaltation. While it's never a sure bet that Johnson and friends will ever deliver a new album filled with the usual suspects of highly-developed and subtle musical configurations, one thing is a given at this point and that is the fact that when they finally do arise from the PLAGUE cave under the cover of surreptitiousness, they are guaranteed to leave jaws gaping as they perform the avant-prog equivalent of Cirque du Soleil styled performances that always lead me to wonder how far the whole avant-prog thing can go. Apparently it's in no danger of running out of steam. This has probably reached the ranks of "In Extremis" in my book with its sheer audacity to unapologetically develop and drift in any direction seen fit. Stunning and utterly unique THINKING PLAGUE continues to dazzle as they effectively build upon what they've done before yet with the paradox of doing so in both logical and illogical manners. The only problem is that this is exhausting music but well worth the workout.

 Taiga by OOIOO album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.52 | 49 ratings

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Taiga
OOIOO RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars OOIOO are a collective of Japanese women with one mission in mind: to create some of the most intensely experimental avant-rock music out there. Boredoms drummer and co-founder Yoshimi P-We leads the gang in a percussion-focused psych-prog-world music mashup that sounds like little else on Earth. If you took Talking Heads at their most experimental and got them into a jam session with Magma, then pumped hallucinogenic gas into the studio, maybe something broadly similar would come out of the other end. I doubt it, though, because there's a certain pulsating intensity to this work which suggests a much more organised mind behind it than my analogy would allow for.
 BrossaKlitt by POIL album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.21 | 55 ratings

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BrossaKlitt
PoiL RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams

5 stars Consider artistic, musical innovation should be in fun and surprise. The audience should get amazed at what happens on stage 'beyond expectation', even if it's sorta funny, funky appearance / expression, rapid melodic development, or incredibly technical manner. For example a Japanese jazz rock combo Djamra always play with such a strong intention as above mentioned, and so do POIL, a French avantgarde / experimental rock trio, who have gigged with Djamra in Frankfurt a couple of years before. 'Dins O Cuol' their previous creation made me laugh out loudly and feel comfortable via their original vibes. This album 'Brossaklitt' released in 2014, notifies they've got more power, both experimentally and musically.

At first the third titled track is more than creative, via crazy complicated rhythm and melody lines plus meaningless, freakout lyrics gradation. Guess the audience cannot help laughing and enjoying purely like children by this performance on stage. Undoubtedly this is kinda innovation in the rock scene. The following 'Patachou' full of ethnic electronika and mysterious synthesizer-oriented sound brilliance (this is my fave too). Suppose we could dance to the tune regardless of its melodic, rhythmic complexity (wow). Also the next 'MAO' reminds us of the similar vein toward a techno pop sound era (like Yellow Magic Orchestra) some decades ago, but let me say again this electro spreader has their attitude for 'fun' obviously.

As though they would have hailed from another dimension, their creation is filled with electronic fantasy, complicated rhythm / melody lines, and amaze / fun for the audience without any suspicion (even in the shortest one 'Dins O Klitt'). 'Pikiwa' should be called as the compilation of their cynical historical musical database. Can I say here that I would like to attend their fantastic gig in near future?

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RIO/Avant-Prog bands/artists list

Bands/Artists Country
1870 (MIL OCHOCIENTOS SETENTA) Mexico
3 MICE Multi-National
5UU'S United States
THE A BAND United Kingdom
A-MUSIK Japan
A.P.A.T.T. United Kingdom
ABSOLUTE ZERO United States
AFENGINN Denmark
AFTER DINNER Japan
AFUCHE United States
AHLEUCHATISTAS United States
AHVAK Israel
AKINETËN RETARD Chile
AKSAK MABOUL Belgium
ALAMAAILMAN VASARAT Finland
ALBOTH! Switzerland
ALEX'S HAND United States
ALFIE RYNER France
ALTERED STATES Japan
AMOEBIC EMSEMBLE United States
ANATROFOBIA Italy
ANDREW MOORE'S CHAMBER WORKS United States
APPENDIX Slovakia
ARANIS Belgium
ARBETE OCH FRITID Sweden
THE ARCHESTRA Belarus
ARKTIS/AIR Austria
ARMON KUILU Finland
ART BEARS United Kingdom
ART FLEURY Italy
ART MOULU France
ART ZOYD France
THE ARTAUD BEATS United Kingdom
ARTERIA Mexico
ATHANOR France
ATOMIC APE United States
BABLICON United States
BANDA EL┴STICA Mexico
ARRIGO BARNAB╔ Brazil
BARNACLED United States
BARRICADE France
LES BATTERIES France
BBP UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA Czech Republic
BEGNAGRAD Yugoslavia
BOB BELL Canada
BEN LEVIN GROUP United States
BIG BLOCK 454 United Kingdom
BIG FARM United States
BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC United States
BISE DE BUSE France
IVA BITTOV┴ Czech Republic
BLACK ENGINE Italy
MICHEL BLANC France
BLAST Netherlands
BLITURI Canada
THE BLITZOIDS United States
THE BLUE SHIP United Kingdom
BONE Multi-National
THE BOOK OF KNOTS United States
BOREDOMS Japan
BOSNNIA Argentina
BOX Multi-National
FRANăOIS BREANT France
MARKO BRECELJ Yugoslavia
BREZNEV FUN CLUB Italy
BRIAN! United States
BROKEN.HEART.COLLECTOR Austria
HASSE BRUNIUSSON Sweden
BUILD United States
BULDOZER Yugoslavia
BZ BZ UEU Italy
CALOMITO Italy
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