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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 27/8/2014

Steve (HolyMoly) ... team leader
Luca (octopus-4)
Ori (frippism)
Ian (Nogbad_The_Bad)

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4.32 | 557 ratings
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4.31 | 584 ratings
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4.29 | 210 ratings
UZED
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4.29 | 189 ratings
A LITTLE MAN AND A HOUSE AND THE WHOLE WORLD WINDOW
Cardiacs
4.42 | 50 ratings
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Buldozer
4.28 | 157 ratings
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Univers Zero
4.26 | 205 ratings
SING TO GOD
Cardiacs
4.24 | 286 ratings
CHOIRS OF THE EYE
Kayo Dot
4.28 | 121 ratings
IN EXTREMIS
Thinking Plague
4.49 | 31 ratings
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4.24 | 144 ratings
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4.65 | 20 ratings
THE UNIVERSE WILL PROVIDE
Keneally, Mike
4.21 | 202 ratings
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4.54 | 25 ratings
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4.17 | 451 ratings
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4.16 | 351 ratings
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4.38 | 37 ratings
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 Overcoming-Up by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Overcoming-Up
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by XPEHOPE3KA

— First review of this album —
4 stars This is a keyboards dominated avant-prog album with complex programmed drums. I heard Ivan even saying it's hard to find a drummer in Saint-Petersburg to rerecord most of Roz Vitalis output live :) And I can assure you the drums don't sound weak at all! Next goes my collection of impressions by track.

3* Overcoming-Up 4:21 This is a slow-mid tempo composition with bass, percussions and IMO the most complex programmed drums on this album. Keyboards mood interchanges all the time from light and mellow to slightly robotic. But nothing special.

4* Madrigal 4:35 This starts with mellow keyboards, very inspiring, it somehow really finds the key to my heart. Some flute added to the mood 2 minutes in, then switch to guitar, all with merry spring lofty feel, especially when all instruments are playing. Close to being a masterpiece! 4* only for some lack of instrumentation and mood variation.

3* Journey of possible forgiver 6:47 Keyboards are supported by some percussion, bass and guitar. Everything is in slow-mid tempo. Becomes guitar-centric in the middle, rougher psychedelic edge. Then the tempo drops to slow, music starts to resemble environmental sounds, quite boring for the last 2,5 minutes. But the start is interesting enough.

3* Serene light 4:11 This starts with a slow soundscape with flute, bright-colored and mellow. Then there's a very pleasant piano part, augmented with other keyboards and bells. Coda is just a tad bit darker, gives a moody contrast. This composition might grow on me in the future...

4* Thorns of forgiving 7:23 It starts with synths + complex programmed drums, mid-tempo. Tense mood, "thorns" feel real! Then it develops into less demonic, intricate, robotic sound, likely to illustrate a forever working Rube Goldberg machine. There are some mood changes later on, until guitar effects take the lead at 5,5 minutes, leading to a slow keyboards coda. Also falls short of 5*.

5* Claws of winter (Blizzard paths) 20:54 Well, this is the main reason to buy this album :) Heavy synths + complex programmed drums, mid-up tempo, right as I like it! Then a turn to slow-mid keyboards+percussion, adding bass and then developing up to mid-up tempo the main theme, increasingly darker with guitar roaring support! I was clawing my way onto the ceiling! Another theme takes place with the same support, with a musically justified change to a low tempo space soundscapes, like "time to rest". In my case - time to fall off the ceiling!

Then the trick is performed with another keyboards theme: starts as slow-mid tempo bright piano+synths, then darker and with percussion. Not as dark (candy this time) as the previously, but still very cool! And again a change to a slow tempo, this time to guitar and synths effects + rythm section. And again slowly developing into heavy mid-up-tempo darkish keyboards, like two times before. But not for that long this time. Again a change to a synths effects which develop into a several minutes of tense piano soloing arriving at the main theme repetition and a noisy finish later on. By far this is the best epic Roz Vitalis have produced! Overall I have the feeling those sections might have been devoted to three winter months and piano soloing - for the start of the spring. Also I didn't hear the flute here, though a flautist is listed...

2* Overcome by uplift 4:41 Starts with synths effects and a flute, then guitar effects pick up the mood, then a solemn keyboards part, then just like what was in the start. All slow tempo and mellow. Might work for some mood, but after such an epic I found myself bored.

Time-weighted score 3.93

 Klossa Knapitatet by SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.08 | 100 ratings

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Klossa Knapitatet
Samla Mammas Manna RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Come 1974 and this genuine Swedish group would move on to the recordings of a new album.The destination was clear, the Decibel Studios with Anders Lind as a producer, the title was ''Klossa knapitatet'' and this work was recorded in just three days during November 74'.The artwork was now partly created by Tage Asen (who was responsible also for the cover of ''Maltid'') with the help of Anders Lind and Pelle Engman.The album was released again on Silence Records.

Gone are the discreet symphonic orientations of the debut in the name of an even more adventurous and complex sound with an evident R.I.O. approach, while an increase appears in the humoristic edges of the album, either being some playful tunes or the wordless falsetto vocals of the band.The role of the accordion and the acoustic piano is more dominant and so are the jazzy and folky orientations.The album was structured through some short instrumental introductions and longer, complicated pieces with endless tempo and mood changes, always fronted by a Nordic flavor, main reason setting the band part from other R.I.O.-driven groups of the time.To my ears they sound like a cross between RAGNAROK and GENTLE GIANT in this album, delivering intricate and highly technical musicianship full of sudden breaks, swirling around romantic tunes and jazzy arrangements, highlighted by the monumental accordion performance by Hollmer, a man who definitely introduced the instrument to Prog music.And then there is Apetrea's flawless and schizophenic guitar executions, supported by Hollmer's often atonal piano lines.The music sounds often chaotic, but it has a weird charm with all these twists and turns, listening to the 10-min. ''Liten dialektik'' is enough to understand the band's evolution, passing through Jazz, Folk and Rock themes in a blink of an eye.

An album created for those who dare to listen to frenetic, multi-influenced Rock music.Folky Prog/Jazz Rock with a clever addition of Scandinavian nuances.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 Swarm by ATOMIC APE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.65 | 14 ratings

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Swarm
Atomic Ape RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars Out of Mimicry Records comes a kind of action movie soundtrack Ó la Pulp Fiction or, as the album art indicates, a soundtrack appropriate for a modern King Kong movie--kind of Dick Dale meets Frank Zappa and the Pink Martinis on Broadway. The songs are all instrumentals and--did I mention--very soundtrack-ready (now somebody, please, make the movie!) though wordless voices are occasionally used in the mix as another instrument ("Passenger"). There are few with some klezmer feels to them ("Penumbra," "Heraklion," "Nerve Agents" and "Rhythm Futur"). The use of horns, accordions, heavily treated guitars, and many odd "incidentals" to augment the standard rock lineup is rather creative and refreshing. The band's leader is Jason Schimmel--formerly of acclaimed bands ESTRADASPHERE and THE ORANGE TULIP CONSPIRACY. I really enjoy every song--they all make me smile, they all make me want to dance, they're all unusual, quirky and, yes, freshly entertaining, but my favorites include:

Favorite songs: the Dick Dale-influenced opener, "Red Tide" (4:22); the hilarious 60s Samba "party movie" parody, "The Blind Snake Charmer" (4:38)--which could easily fit into a 60s James Bond or 70s Pink Panther movie (8/10); the eery, down tempo "Cabin of The Cursed" (3:58); the nearly KARDA ESTRA-like "Passenger" (4:14), and; the hip and upbeat "Refraction" (3:06).

A smile-a-minute masterpiece of perfect-for-a-soundtrack songs who just happen to be without a screen companion. Perhaps Hollywood will find this extremely talented orchestra and hook 'em up!

4.5 stars. We'll wait a while to see if this deserves to be remembered and treated as a "masterpiece of progressive rock music" as I'm not completely certain it fully belongs to the prog catalogue. But, then, there are The Cardiacs . . .

 Extractos by LEDESMA, JOSE LUIS FERNANDEZ album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.04 | 5 ratings

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Extractos
Jose Luis Fernandez Ledesma RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Ledesma followed his impressive debut from 1996 with yet another solo album called ''Extractos'', released in 1997 and belonging among the first productions of the emerging Mexican label Luna Negra.Most of the musicians appearing in ''Motivos para perderse'' are present here as well, but the line-up was actually quite expanded with 10 singers and musicians helping out in the 14 displayed compositions.Ex-Nirgal Vallis guitarist Alejandro Schmidt teams up with Ledesma again in one track, playing the electric guitar.

''Extractos'' sounds a step closer to atmospheric Prog Folk, having a more peaceful, gentle and relaxed side compared to Ledesma's debut, always driven by the Mexican's beautiful keyboard and piano passages and exhibiting an array of traditional instruments, the final result coming close to the mellow sound of Italian's HOSTSONATEN.The basic lines of the album are built around the work of Ledesma on acoustic strings and a nice combination of synthesizers, electric and acoustic piano, producing rural soundscapes with a slightly atonal mood and an overall ambiental approach.The music becomes occasionally richer with the addition of percussion, violin and wind instruments and obtains a dreamy feeling via the presence of the guest female vocalists.The MIKE OLFDIELD principles become also apparent during these tracks, some of them feature a discreet touch on electric guitars.Ethereal folky orchestrations with a genuine identity, which could have a been a little more energetic.But Ledesma never forgets about his previous days with NIRGAL VALLIS and certain pieces in here, especially the longer ones, still retain a symphonic atmosphere with more pronounced electric guitars and keyboards.The music of course remains very delicate and polished with some dark parts at times, led by Ledesma's tricky synth, organ and piano plays, which result to some fine instrumental Progressive Rock with a challenging sound.

I can't say that I am that impressed by this album after Ledesma's fantastic debut.It is less balanced and more towards ambiental Prog with folky colors, but the arrangements are always of high class with good use of acoustic instruments over a palette of keyboard flashing.Recommended.

 Oyster's Apprentice (with Karsten Vogel) by TAYLOR'S UNIVERSE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Oyster's Apprentice (with Karsten Vogel)
Taylor's Universe RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Taylor's Universe is such a special creature in the recent history of art-rock: this band led by Robin C. Taylor should be more acknowledged and appreciated by avant-rock and jazz-rock fans all over the world, but it remains only appreciated by a few despite the impressive quality of its discography. The item to be reviewed right now is "Oyster's Apprentice", an album that bears the peculiarity of comprising pieces that have been composed in various years: for instance, 'Lost Title' and 'Aiolos' are the older pieces, written in 1976, while 'Vue (Time Bolero)' is a bit younger since its inception dates back to 1979. The opener and the closer are the only tracks written in the new millennium. Well, this album is from 2005 and that's official, a historical fact. Taylor plays guitars, keyboards, percussion, even some recorder, but of course, he also benefits of the crucial presence of some guest musicians; the most featured one is sax/clarinet player Korsten Vogel, whose name is even highlighted on the cover. Let's check the repertoire itself now. The opener is entitled 'Ghost Reporters' and it flaunts a colorful mood filled with humorous nuances, which is largely due to the tropical feel toward the main motif is oriented; moderately complex moods, catchy horn arrangements and a great guitar solo somewhere along the road serve well as elements of sophistication. 'The Arrangement', in turn, closes down the album as an act of mischievous fun: it starts as a new version of 'Ghost Reporters' but soon turns into an exercise on spacey minimalistic avant-jazz a-la Tortoise, featuring harmonium and woodwind. What happens in the middle is a motivation for diverse pleasant experiences waiting to ornate the life of every potential listener. 'That Strange Plaza' states a sense of strangeness in its initial mysterious ambiences ? including the use of weird distorted sonic tricks ? but once the main body settles in, what we find and enjoy is a relaxed statement of nice, laid-back melodic developments where the synth layers and sax solos take center stage among the whole instrumental framework. 'Joe Hill's Recorder' and 'Lost Title' segue into each other, creating a fluid horizon of crafted melodic structures and refined arrangements. The main melodic focus has a graceful quality to it while it subtly alludes to grayish atmospheres and some sort of spiritual restlessness, but, all in all, it is the exquisite serenity of the interaction of drums and keyboards that prevails and, by doing so, the graceful quality happens to be inevitably dominant. Isn't that a strategy to enhance some sense of impending doom without letting the listener be totally aware of the doom's immensity? Perhaps, why not? 'Vue (Time Bolero)' is a track that certainly reveals a kind of scary atmosphere, almost like flirting with the dark musicality that makes up the standard of chamber-rock, but again, the mention of this particular standard is only a referential description. (Maybe the writer wasn't acquainted with Univers Zero when he composed this piece.) On the martial framework of the drum kit and the orchestral density created by the keyboard layers ? synth and harmonium ? lies the fog of limbo, filling the whole world; once the guitar furiously erupts into an intense, psychedelic solo, the wildness of something dangerous shows its face. It's a pity that this guitar solo should be so short, but it serves its purpose well, and shortly after, a magnificent alto sax solo (by Vogel, of course) states another classy moment of emotional tension (not unlike those solos provided by Mel Collins on KC's 'Starless'). 'Aiolos' is eerie and majestic, revolving around a simplistic motif and making it sophisticated in a most subtle way: it bears family resemblances with some compositions we find in other TU albums ("Return To Whatever", "Kind Of Red", "Worn Out"), and that's OK. The guitar solo played by guest Jon Hemmersam is not to be missed. 'Iron Wood' (a track written in 1989) starts softly, with the acoustic guitar assuming a protagonist role, but afterwards, once the ensemble settles the track's main body, the dynamics grows and the stage is set for a demonstration of the extroverted side of TU. Percussive ornaments and yet another great sax solo are noticeable factors for the groove's development. Well, at the end of the day, this is a great album, not as impressive as other albums that we know from the Taylor's Universe catalogue, but it has its own big merits.
 Sing To God by CARDIACS album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.26 | 205 ratings

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Sing To God
Cardiacs RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I must admit i'm a little intimidated doing this review, my first of a CARDIACS album. I really hadn't checked them out until last year mainly because of the descriptions I had read about their music being fast-paced with chipmunk backing vocals and that Punk flavour. None of those three descriptions appealed to me in the least. Well after their music finally became available again about a year ago I decided to give them a chance, and here I am back to report. Run! Do not look back! Haha, just kidding I highly recommend this double album with perhaps the most talked about album cover on the planet. It always gets comments from those who see it for the first time. I should mention that Steven Wilson thinks Tim Smith(CARDIACS leader) is a genius and stated that CARDIACS music is complex especially the way Smith interlocks passages together. Kavus Torabi from KNIFEWORLD who played in the CARDIACS claims "...Tim is a visionary man, every, every, EVERYTHING he wrote is extraordinary". So yeah there are a lot of CARDIAC fans out there who will convince you with passion that there is no greater band. This is melodic yet frantic music with clever lyrics to over simplify it. Tim Smith was a fan of Prog before he started this band in the late seventies. He was a big fan of HENRY COW and saw them in concert back in the seventies. So the music of CARDIACS is Progressive Rock, onlyTim has put his own stamp on it.

Up first on disc one is "Eden On The Air" which is mellow compared to what will follow but I really dig this tune. "Eat It Up Worms Hero" hits the ground running. This is intense and quirky just as you'd expect from this band. "Dog-Like Sparky" opens with piano before Tim comes in with vocals and zany music. You'll notice that some CARDIACS album covers feature dogs on them. I like when the female vocals come in. Great singer that Sarah Smith is. Such an amazing track. "Fiery Gun Hand" kicks into gear fairly quickly with drums leading the way. Vocals join in. Man this is crazy with the lyrics and intensity. Check out the guitar solo 3 1/2 minutes in! As Karvus says, CARDIACS rarely have guitar solos but when they do they are the best. One of CARDIACS greatest tracks for sure. "Insect Hoofs On Lassie" makes me laugh but then the humour in a lot of CARDIACS music does. Brilliant! "Fairy Mary Mag" is just a killer! Love the instrumental intro. Vocals arrive along with what sounds like mellotron. So good. It sounds like Zappa before 3 1/2 minutes. Themes are repeated in this one of my favs. "Bellyeye" is another catchy track with vocals and it's funny. "A Horse's Tail" is another uptempo song with some insanity, okay lots of insanity. "Manhoo" is pretty good but it hasn't actually won me over yet despite the many who love it. "Wireless" ends disc one and it's 8 1/2 minutes long. Man this sounds so amazing, it's just different in that you really need to hear it. Sarah sings on this one too along with Tim. The second part of this track called "Perl On The Sea" comes in before 5 minutes as we get the same melody but spoken words come in. This is really cool, especially when the spoken words stop and we get this atmosphere in the form of orchestration to end it.

Disc two begins with "Dirty Boy" without question my favourite track on here and I can't believe it goes on for almost 9 minutes. I can't see another CARDIAC's track doing for me what this song does. The guitar, the passionate vocals, the lyrics. I'm in awe of this track and will stop here before I just gush all over the place. "Billion" is a short(less than a minute) piece with reserved vocals and a cool soundscape. "Odd Even" is fantastic, very catchy. So many great tracks on this recording. "Bell Stinks" is a short and intense instrumental until it becomes dreamy then it kicks back in. "Bell Clinks" is the fastest paced tune on here. Even the vocals are going a million miles per hour. "Flap Off You Beak" opens with piano before the whole band joins in. It settles some when the vocals arrive. "Quiet As A Mouse" is short with samples of a conversation between two people then strange sounds when they stop. "Angelworm Angel" is fast-paced with vocals and it rivals "Bell Clinks" with it's break-neck speed. "Red Fire Coming Out From His Gills" is interesting with the tempo changes and lyrics. "No Gold" is also different with the softer vocals and more laid back sound. "Nurses Whispering Verses" is a top three song for me. It kicks in before a minute and then proceeds to kick some major ass. Man what a song! The final tune "Foundling" really intrigues me for some reason. It's partly the words and partly the more laid back vocals as the sound pulsates slowly when he's not singing.

Man what a recording this is. This was released back in 1996 after the band was well established. As double albums go there are some tracks I could do without yet the highs are addictive to say the least. Still I can't give this anything more than 4 solid stars, that may change down the road.

 Deceit by THIS HEAT album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.30 | 40 ratings

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Deceit
This Heat RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. THIS HEAT are an incredible Avant band out of the UK, and this is their second studio album released in 1981. The biggest surprise for me was that the drummer and leader is none other than Charles Hayward who was the drummer for QUIET SUN's "Mainstream" album. The cover art is classic as well but what about the music? Well I was reminded of FAUST more than any other band with those industrial sounding rhythms and how experimental this can get with all the tape loops(all 3 members use tapes). Still this has structured songs throughout the album but it is left of center in a big way. The lyrics are very political and at times angry reminding me of ART BEARS and HENRY COW.

"Sleep" is a short track just over 2 minutes that comes across as a demented lullaby for the insane. A mechanical rhythm here as reserved vocals sing about sleep. "Paper Hats" is cool with the guitar and a beat as the mono-toned vocals come in. He does scream blue murder(haha) at times. This is catchy though and the tempo picks up after 2 minutes before it settles to this really good sound before 3 minutes to the end. "Triumph" is experimental with accordion to start then we get clarinet? leading the way with intricate percussion sounds helping out. Vocals replace the clarinet 2 minutes in. The vocals do sound odd here. "SPQR" has an uptempo beat with over-lapping guitar like the way The Edge does it from U2. Vocals join in this deliberate sounding tune. "Cenotaph" is almost like a dirje and the subject matter is Remembrance Day. Vocals before a minute and they are a little different. It ends in an experimental way.

"Shrink Wrap" sounds like it was pieced together, it's an interesting track with some humerous vocals and words. Another mechanical rhythm here. "Radio Prague" has fast paced pulsating sounds with experimental noises and words. "Makeshift Swahili" is one of my favourites. Atmosphere as this cool sounding guitar comes in. Check out the demented vocals. Wow! An insane but incredible song. It changes around 2 minutes to a more normal sounding section then it picks up. Intense. "Independance" has the American Declaration of Independance being recited over an intricate instrumental display. An eastern feel comes in at times. "A New Kind Of Water" is another favourite of mine. A beat with guitar and more as the vocals join in. It kicks in to a fuller sound around a minute. What a great sound before 2 1/2 minutes with vocals. I love this section that goes on and on until the end. The final track is an experimental piece with church bells and various strange noises. Man this truly deserves the hype i've read from Avant fans around the globe. A must for you Rio/Avant fans.

 Ancestors' Tale by UT GRET album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.38 | 14 ratings

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Ancestors' Tale
Ut Gret RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by thedunno

4 stars The American band Ut Gret bring us a mix of avant-prog, retro prog, world music, folk and jazz. This is not music that jumps between styles, rythms and tunes within the space of seconds. No; Ancestors Tale is a remarkable accesible record. These are very coherent compositions while very diverse in styles and influences. There is some great playing and singing but it is all done with restraint and taste. It sounds very fresh and colourfull. For all the mellotron nuts among you: there is a fair bit of it on this album.

What is there not to like? well, nothing really. This is simply one of my favourite albums of the year.

I am tempted to give this album 5 stars as compensation for the many who gave this album 1 star (Have those people actually listened to this album more then once, or just listened to a few snippets on progstreaming and rewarded this experience by giving one star?) However, somewhere in the range 4- 4,5 is more realistic.

 Welcome... ... In The Void (with Richard Pinhas) by YOSHIDA, TATSUYA album cover Studio Album, 2014
2.69 | 4 ratings

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Welcome... ... In The Void (with Richard Pinhas)
Tatsuya Yoshida RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by admireArt

3 stars Thunder and lightning! But then again....

My first encounter with Tatsuya Yoshida, who co-composes, "Welcome... ... In The Void", 2014, alongside Richard Pinhas, is through this same record. This project was selected to be on Yoshida's PA section, although by the book, it should have been the other way around.

Drummer Yoshida finally was the one to subdue a bit, Pinhas' frantic obsession with Robert Fripp's self-named "Frippertronics". I mean, he uses them more than Fripp himself, who now constructs a more refined kind, named "soundscapes".

But no matter how much I appreciate and still want to appreciate Richard Pinhas own guitar language, it is always surrounded by this "cloudy aura" of sounding like a Robert Fripp's involuntary (?) clone.

Well, as told, Yoshida's thunderous and creative drumming kind of balances and keeps Richard, most of the time, busy doing what he does best, the daring and whirling guitar soloings mixed with an ever changing palette of strumming colors, like his great Heldon or his best early solo efforts. But although owning his own style, he falls off the wagon more than once. Damn!

Welcome.....in the Void, consist of 2, 30 min long each, non-stop, progressive psychedelic electronics. (A.V. to fit in!). There are extraordinary sections, of tumultuous and deep whirling inspiration, when both musicians form a perfectly balanced communion of excesses, going both ways of their performing skills. But inevitably, I can not keep my mind off, the constant and alien apparition of Pinhas' "Frippertronics".

Therefore, ***3, "Good! One way trip" PA stars.

 Vol. 33 (Mantra) by INFONIE, L' album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.23 | 4 ratings

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Vol. 33 (Mantra)
L' Infonie RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Dobermensch

3 stars This is album number two by that wacky assortment of Canadian oddballs and reprobates.

'Vol 3' reminds me quite a lot of the soundtrack from Jodorowsky's 'El Topo' film, with it's repetitive one note bass, sputtering horns and continuously crashing percussion.

Comprising just two long tracks - each one is very hypnotic and trance inducing. I can easily visualise this horde of musicians, bedecked in those dodgy togas and funny hats, performing this free-form orchestrated rabble rousing cacophony. Some may find it repetitive and annoying, but personally I really like this nonsense. It pushes all the right buttons with me. It's so self indulgent, without a care as to how many of the public were going to purchase a copy.

The longer it progresses, the more shimmering and interwoven all the sounds become. All stemming from the premise of a couple of notes at the outset which pretty much continue throughout.

It's all very acceptable to my weird ears and brain which has been infiltrated for decades by strange and wonderful music.

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1870 (MIL OCHOCIENTOS SETENTA) Mexico
3 MICE Multi-National
5UU'S United States
THE A BAND United Kingdom
A CLEAN KITCHEN IS A HAPPY KITCHEN Belgium
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
ALFIE RYNER France
ALTERED STATES Japan
AMOEBIC EMSEMBLE United States
ANATROFOBIA Italy
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
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
BEGNAGRAD Yugoslavia
BOB BELL Canada
BIG BLOCK 454 United Kingdom
BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC United States
BISE DE BUSE France
IVA BITTOV┴ Czech Republic
BLACK ENGINE Italy
MICHEL BLANC France
BLAST Netherlands
THE BLITZOIDS United States
BONE Multi-National
THE BOOK OF KNOTS United States
BOREDOMS Japan
FRANăOIS BREANT France
MARKO BRECELJ Yugoslavia
BREZNEV FUN CLUB Italy
HASSE BRUNIUSSON Sweden
BULDOZER Yugoslavia
BZ BZ UEU Italy
CALOMITO Italy
THE CAMBERWELL NOW United Kingdom
CAPILLARY ACTION United States
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART United States
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CARTEL CARNAGE France
CARTOON United States
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CATERPILLARMEN Iceland
CAZUELA DE CďNDOR Chile
CERBERUS SHOAL United States
CHARMING HOSTESS United States
CHEER-ACCIDENT United States
CH╩NE NOIR France
GUIGOU CHENEVIER France
CHOU PAHROT United Kingdom
CICALA-MVTA Japan
THE CLAUDIA QUINTET United States
COBRA United States
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COMBAT ASTRONOMY Multi-National
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COMMUNIO MUSICA Denmark
LINDSAY COOPER United Kingdom
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CREEDLE United States
CRO MAGNON Belgium
CTHULHU RISE Ukraine
CUCAMONGA Argentina
CULTO SIN NOMBRE Mexico
CURLEW United States
CUTLER AND FRITH United Kingdom
CHRIS CUTLER United Kingdom
RUBEN D'HERS Venezuela
DAIMON ORCHESTRA Japan
PATRICIA DALLIO France
DANISCO (FOR BEAUTY) France
DATE COURSE PENTAGON ROYAL GARDEN Japan
DEBILE MENTHOL Switzerland
DECIBEL Mexico
DEEP SWEDEN Czech Republic
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DANIEL DENIS Belgium
THE DESERTS OF TRAUN United States
DEUS NUVEM Brazil
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DIE KNODEL Austria
DISCUS Indonesia
DOCTOR NERVE United States
BOB DRAKE United States
TOBY DRIVER United States
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DUNAJ Czech Republic
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DUREFORSOG Denmark
EARDANCE United States
EBU GOGO United States
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ENSEMBLE SUPERMUSIQUE Canada
EPN TRIO Argentina
EREHIA Mexico
ERTH Costa Rica
ESKIMO United States
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EX-GIRL Japan
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EXTRA LIFE United States
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PAVEL FAJT Czech Republic
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FAT Canada
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UN FEST═N SAGITAL Chile
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FIRE! Sweden
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TIM HODGKINSON United Kingdom
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LES I France
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LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS United States
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THE MAGIC BAND United States
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MAN MAN United States
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MIRTHKON United States
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MMCIRCLE Canada
MOE! STAIANO/MOE!KESTRA! United States
MOMBU Italy
MONKEY PUZZLE TRIO United Kingdom
MOONCHILD TRIO United States
MORKOBOT Italy
MORVISCOUS United Kingdom
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MR. BUNGLE United States
MUCHO TAPIOCA France
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NORMAL LOVE United States
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NOW WE'VE GOT MEMBERS Norway
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THE PLASTIC PEOPLE OF THE UNIVERSE Czech Republic
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POIL France
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PRESENT Belgium
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THE SCIENCE GROUP Multi-National
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SHINING Norway
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SIX CYLINDRES EN V France
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