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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 Ł1000 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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4.32 | 1414 ratings
HOT RATS
Zappa, Frank
4.32 | 816 ratings
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: ONE SIZE FITS ALL
Zappa, Frank
4.31 | 840 ratings
THE GRAND WAZOO
Zappa, Frank
4.60 | 42 ratings
TAIGA
OOIOO
4.30 | 263 ratings
SING TO GOD
Cardiacs
4.31 | 206 ratings
WESTERN CULTURE
Henry Cow
4.33 | 160 ratings
IN EXTREMIS
Thinking Plague
4.43 | 68 ratings
Nş 6
Present
4.28 | 293 ratings
UZED
Univers Zero
4.46 | 56 ratings
HÄXAN
Art Zoyd
4.25 | 350 ratings
CHOIRS OF THE EYE
Kayo Dot
4.26 | 255 ratings
HERESIE
Univers Zero
4.39 | 69 ratings
BOOK M
Secret Chiefs 3
4.25 | 256 ratings
MĹLTID
Samla Mammas Manna
4.32 | 100 ratings
ON LAND AND IN THE SEA
Cardiacs
4.62 | 28 ratings
JACKSON
Korekyojin
4.36 | 70 ratings
DECEIT
This Heat
4.23 | 226 ratings
A LITTLE MAN AND A HOUSE AND THE WHOLE WORLD WINDOW
Cardiacs
4.50 | 36 ratings
LETTERS HOME
News From Babel
4.27 | 120 ratings
BARBARO (MA NON TROPPO)
Present
4.42 | 47 ratings
SIRENS AND SILENCES / WORK RESUMED ON THE TOWER
News From Babel
4.35 | 61 ratings
ZABRANJENO PLAKATIRATI
Buldozer
4.27 | 94 ratings
DUCK STAB / BUSTER & GLEN
Residents, The
4.23 | 140 ratings
HUONO PARTURI
Höyry-Kone
4.34 | 53 ratings
Гуси-Лебеди / GEESE AND SWANS
Vezhlivyj Otkaz
4.24 | 100 ratings
TRISKAĎDÉKAPHOBIE
Present
4.19 | 207 ratings
UNIVERS ZERO [AKA: 1313]
Univers Zero
4.56 | 25 ratings
ERROR
Orejas Y La Lengua, Las
4.36 | 44 ratings
VISION CREATION NEWSUN
Boredoms
4.24 | 82 ratings
U TOTEM
U Totem
4.30 | 54 ratings
RENCONTRES
Miriodor
4.21 | 97 ratings
AVANTI !
Miriodor
4.53 | 24 ratings
SOL CENTRAL
Ledesma, Jose Luis Fernandez
4.20 | 100 ratings
FAMILJESPRICKOR (FAMILY CRACKS)
Zamla Mammaz Manna
4.12 | 597 ratings
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: WE'RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY
Zappa, Frank
4.12 | 460 ratings
JOE'S GARAGE, ACT I
Zappa, Frank
4.22 | 78 ratings
JEAN LOUIS
Jean Louis
4.19 | 102 ratings
SHINY BEAST (BAT CHAIN PULLER)
Captain Beefheart
4.13 | 216 ratings
THE HENRY COW LEGEND [AKA: LEGEND OR LEG END]
Henry Cow
4.20 | 81 ratings
THE VIOLENCE OF AMATEURS
French TV
4.48 | 24 ratings
CLARA CROCODILO
Barnabé, Arrigo
4.17 | 102 ratings
LE POISON QUI REND FOU
Present
4.12 | 220 ratings
OF NATURAL HISTORY
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
4.59 | 18 ratings
PLAYS STANDARDS
Ground Zero
4.22 | 59 ratings
BERLIN
Art Zoyd
4.76 | 13 ratings
INTERZONE
Zorn, John
4.32 | 35 ratings
SCAMBOT 1
Keneally, Mike
4.46 | 22 ratings
FACTOR BURZACO
Factor Burzaco
4.24 | 47 ratings
POLYGLÖT
Volapük
4.07 | 473 ratings
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: ABSOLUTELY FREE
Zappa, Frank
4.41 | 25 ratings
CARTOON
Cartoon
4.20 | 60 ratings
JONGLERIES ÉLASTIQUES
Miriodor
4.40 | 25 ratings
STARS & HANK
Residents, The
4.07 | 465 ratings
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: UNCLE MEAT
Zappa, Frank
4.12 | 109 ratings
LICK MY DECALS OFF, BABY
Captain Beefheart
4.50 | 19 ratings
TUBARŐES VOADORES
Barnabé, Arrigo
4.15 | 77 ratings
EVIDENCE
Taylor's Universe
4.21 | 50 ratings
PERILS
Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses
4.26 | 39 ratings
PLJUNI ISTINI U OCI
Buldozer
4.58 | 16 ratings
THE LETTER
Cosa Brava
4.33 | 29 ratings
THE UNIVERSE WILL PROVIDE
Keneally, Mike
4.15 | 75 ratings
A HISTORY OF MADNESS
Thinking Plague
4.14 | 80 ratings
GREGORY ALLAN FITZPATRICK'S SNORUNGARNAS SYMFONI
Samla Mammas Manna
4.30 | 31 ratings
CERTAIN UNDISCOVERIES
Taylor's Universe
4.12 | 94 ratings
THE THIRD REICH 'N ROLL
Residents, The
4.12 | 93 ratings
PALACE OF MIRRORS
Estradasphere
4.17 | 61 ratings
PARADE
Miriodor
4.13 | 85 ratings
DOC AT THE RADAR STATION
Captain Beefheart
4.16 | 64 ratings
HUNGER'S TEETH
5uu's
4.49 | 18 ratings
DOMESTIC STORIES (WITH LUTZ GLANDIEN)
Cutler, Chris
4.72 | 12 ratings
CUATRO VISIONES
Arteria
4.51 | 17 ratings
THE CIRCLE MAKER
Masada String Trio / Bar Kokhba
4.21 | 45 ratings
VORTEX
Vortex
4.17 | 55 ratings
SYMPHONIE POUR LE JOUR OŮ BRŰLERONT LES CITÉS
Art Zoyd
4.25 | 35 ratings
GARMONBOZIA
Ensemble Nimbus
4.24 | 36 ratings
GRAND GUIGNOL
Naked City
4.07 | 131 ratings
KLOSSA KNAPITATET
Samla Mammas Manna
4.26 | 33 ratings
8.8
Silo, Le
4.02 | 595 ratings
APOSTROPHE (')
Zappa, Frank
4.36 | 23 ratings
ELÄINTEN FANFAARI
Kauhukakara
4.05 | 178 ratings
CALIFORNIA
Mr. Bungle
4.13 | 63 ratings
NOVA EXPRESS
NeBeLNeST
4.45 | 18 ratings
BOOK OF SOULS - FOLIO A
Secret Chiefs 3
4.08 | 106 ratings
SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA
Samla Mammas Manna
4.08 | 102 ratings
NAKED CITY
Naked City
4.01 | 542 ratings
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: OVER-NITE SENSATION
Zappa, Frank
4.49 | 16 ratings
AN A-BOMB TO WAKE UP
I Am Above On The Left
4.47 | 16 ratings
FLOATING OPERA
Tipographica
4.16 | 46 ratings
ENDANGERED
Far Corner
4.63 | 12 ratings
THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
Zorn, John
4.03 | 192 ratings
CLIVAGES
Univers Zero
4.62 | 12 ratings
HAPPY WRETCHED FAMILY
Non Credo
4.31 | 23 ratings
BOIL THAT DUST SPECK
Keneally, Mike
4.27 | 26 ratings
CARNIVAL DETOURNEMENT
Hamster Theatre
4.04 | 123 ratings
FIVE SUNS
Guapo
4.12 | 55 ratings
LES CYCLES DE THANATOS
Vortex
4.72 | 10 ratings
SANGROU
Satanique Samba Trio
4.10 | 59 ratings
GRINDSTONE
Shining
4.05 | 101 ratings
IMPLOSION
Univers Zero
4.03 | 123 ratings
HEATWAVE
Univers Zero

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Ahvak
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Ground Zero

Latest RIO/Avant-Prog Music Reviews


 Flying Food Circus by BRUNIUSSON, HASSE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.38 | 9 ratings

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Flying Food Circus
Hasse Bruniusson RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Zappy

4 stars The name Hasse Bruniusson should ring a bell for every Flower Kings enthusiast. Rising to some fame in the 70s with Swedish avant-garde / progressive-rock group Samla Mammas Manna (also Zamla Mammaz Manna), Hasse later joined The Flower Kings as a frequent guest-musician on the percussions, naturally adding his signature sound to their repertoire.

His compositions are mainly instrumental and tend to lean toward a more humorous and ironic character, yet remain very sophisticated musically and instrumentally, a description quite fitting to Frank Zappa's body of work as well. On this 2002 release Hasse is joined by his Flower Kings band-mate Roine Stolt on guitar/bass and Mats Öberg on synthesizer, each giving this record their personal touch. 'Flying Food Circus' is more focused than most of Hasse's other projects. The compositions are more elaborate and the flow of the entire album experiences fewer playful interruptions than one might come to expect from him.

Starting off with big applause from a fictitious audience 'The Instrument For A Good Dressage' kicks the record off with a simple melody over an upbeat polka rhythm. After this ironic start the song soon constructs it's path toward a more jazz-based temperament. Playful polyrhythmic and more complex harmonious progressions give way to a jam ending in the main theme. 'The Different Kind of Goodness' contrasts the opener quite well by introducing a softer side with a sweet, folkloric melody played on acoustic guitar, reducing the hurried pass established afore.

The record continues in this manner. Some parts strongly Polka and folklore infused, others leaning towards a more jazz-fusion oriented style. Roine Stolt's guitar playing sticks out and gives this record a collaborative sound, lending Hasse Bruniusson's compositions some The Flower Kings edge on the way. The vibraphone passages on 'Erfarenhelt Von Panopticon' and 'Collect Relapses' occur in unison with guitar and will surely spark a fire with every 'Inca Roads' devotee. On 'A Clown's Opinion' the long player presents itself at its most adventurous. Darker vibes underlay embellished synth passages with frantic melody and rhythm changes. It is here the fan of classic progressive rock will feel most at home.

The simple folkloric elements, even though beautifully executed, might dampen the enthusiasm of those who are looking to listen to a full blown progressive-rock journey. Fans of jazz-fusion break-outs on the other hand (think The Flower Kings 'Unfold The Future') will find plenty to enjoy on this candid release.

Expect highly accomplished musicianship, a great variety of approaches to composition and a good sense of humor.

 L'Agguato, l'Abbandono, il Mutamento by OTEME album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.04 | 4 ratings

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L'Agguato, l'Abbandono, il Mutamento
Oteme RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars Two years after the debut, after Giannotti has worked with NICHELODEON on "UKIYOE - MONDI FLUTTUANTI", the OTEME are back with their chamber rock orchestra. Like the debut album, there's a certain connection with King Crimson, but this time the melodic aspect is even more important since the opening track.

The album contains 7 very short songs, two longer that scores about 5-6 minutes and what in the vynil days would have been called a side-long track, scoring over 25 minutes.

The tracks are separate, not fading one into the other, but the album presents a good continuity and can be enjoyed in one shot. The vocal harmonies built by Stefano GIANNOTTI and Emanuela LARI are a bit more present than in the debut album. Together with the chamber orchestra arrangements they constitute the trademark of this band. "Camminavo", the track #3 is the perfect example. Listen to it and you'll know what I mean.

"Bianco Richiamo" is another highlight; the melody is strong with the lazy percussion in the background leading this instrumental to an unexpected follow-up as the "first" title track "L'Agguato" is. This is more challenging, I think it would be perfect for a contemporary ballet. The trilogy proceeds with "L'Abbandono". Once again, listening to this band I think to DEBUSSY. Not an easy listening also this, but the Arabesque progression has something magic. The last part of the trilogy: "Il mutamento" digs in the realm of concrete music. Nothing to envy to ART ZOYD, initially, but it's incredible as a bossa-nova interlude changes the mood leading to the return of the vocals after three instrumentals. Again the harmony produced by the two vocalists on "Dopo La Pioggia" is remarkable.

Now the suite: more than a suite is a very long song. Extremely good with consistent melodies and instrumental interludes flowing seamlessly with few exceptions but very well balanced. I must mention the high pitched voice of Emanuela LARI who in this song has also the possibility of singing out of the background. Honestly I don't know how to define this music without writing trivialities. I can mainly say that once you open the door of this magnetic song, you can't exit before it's finished...well, this is what epics are for isn't it?

A less than two minutes long coda remided me to "TERRE II", the last album of the French saxophonist JULIAN JULIEN. I would have placed this nice piece of music in a different place of the playlist, as after the epic it may seem a filler but it's not.

I like the debut a lot, but this second album is even better. Wear a good headphone and relax.

 Il Giardino Disincantato by OTEME album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.49 | 5 ratings

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Il Giardino Disincantato
Oteme RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars When a couple of weeks ago Claudio Milano has gifted me of the second album of OTEME I promised a review, but when I went to the band's page on PA, I have realized to have not written one about the debut. I was sure to have done it before.

So now I'm here relistening to an album that really impressed me when the ZART team evaluated the band for inclusion. First of all, I want to mention the lyrics. Non-Italian listeners will unlikely have the possibility to hear how deep and poetic they are, but in any case the beauty of this album is in the melodies, the armonies and the arrangements.

It goes from Crimsonian atmospheres, passing by a possible influence of BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, to reach soundscapes and chords reminding even to Claude DEBUSSY.

The kind of instruments used: harp, strings, oboe, clarinet, give some songs a chamber-rock mood but never too challenging. The influence of bands like ART ZOYD that the band itself consider as a source of inspiration can be found in the orchestration, but there's a lot of melody in all the tracks and it's not as dark.

It's a dreamy soundscape whose melodic integrity survives even in the most unusual chord passages. An example over all is "Dite A Mia Moglie", with a bossa-nova base of classical guitar reminding to the Tropicalia movement of Tom ZE' as base for Frippistic passages. Who has enjoyed the Itaian band AKT, will likely find similarities.

This album has no flaws and no fillers. The alternance between percussive and relaxed moments is well balanced and also the voice of Giannotti is well inserted in the mix so that it can considered an instrument itself.

A note apart for the title track: it's the peak of an excellent album. The instrumental part lead by the clarinet in a jazzy crescendo fading into a harp solo is amazing. People not familiar with Avant music can find in this album a good starting point.

 The Garden Of Earthly Delights by ZORN, JOHN album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.63 | 12 ratings

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The Garden Of Earthly Delights
John Zorn RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

5 stars There aren't too many musicians as prolific as John Zorn when it comes to releasing albums year after year. I think he's released 3 so far in 2017. My only taste of Zorn's music was "Naked Gun" which just didn't do much for me. Fast forward to early this year and a buddy gives me a copy of "The Garden Of Earthly Delights" and to be honest I wasn't expecting much at all. My mind went "pop" when I spun this for the first time and I kept waiting to be disappointed as it played out but I was only deeply impressed with what has to be described as Avant-Garde Metal. The band that came to mind most often was KAYO DOT as in "Choirs Of The Eye" although this isn't that extreme and there are no vocals except for the angelic female ones on the final track. The big surprise is how prominent the organ is by John Medeski, so impressive. This is complex and challenging yet there is variety and plenty of non-metal pieces as well. So much atmosphere on this album as well.

"Angels And Devils" has this insane intro that will make your hair stand up with how avant and powerful that guitar is, so experimental with dissonant sounds. The organ and drums seem to come out of this insanity to lead the way, killer bass too. The guitar is lighting it up after 1 1/2 minutes. So much depth to the sound here as themes start to get repeated late.

"The Infernal Machine" is where they take a step back as we get plenty of atmosphere that is dark and haunting. Headphone music right here until the riffs kick in around a minute reminding me very much of KING CRIMSON. Drums follow then organ. Fuzzed out guitar before 2 minutes then another guitar starts to solo over top. Back to the riffs 3 minutes in then an all out assault follows. Nasty organ runs too. So good!

"The Dragon Tree" has such a great sounding rhythm section. I mean the bass and drums kill throughout this album but man they slay here. Avant guitar over top but this is all over the place including being heavy and extreme. Organ before a minute as it settles back yet there's so much going on. Intensity returns before 2 minutes, then the guitar rips it up, soon it's the organ doing the same. Love that calm late to end it. What a track!

"Paean To The Prince Of Hell" has relaxed organ to start before a catchy melody takes over of picked guitar, drums, bass and more. This is good. Soon the organ leads the way as the bass and drums also impress. I like the Symphonic vibe after 2 1/2 minutes then later before 4 1/2 minutes. In between we get a change after 3 minutes to an experimental sound that will turn powerful. A favourite.

"Music Of The Flesh" opens with atmosphere and picked guitar. A great headphone song with all those interesting sounds. Organ joins in around a minute. It brightens before 3 minutes somewhat as we get some picked guitar which impresses. Suddenly 4 minutes in we get a wall of sound. Insanity! The guitar is shredding big time 5 minutes in. Atmosphere, guitar and a calm end it.

"Eve And Adam" is a beautiful track with picked guitar, bass, a beat and an organ melody. This is really good. The organ leads briefly when the guitar steps aside. "Mirror Image" starts off sounding similar to the opening of this album with extreme guitar and more. Like taking a brief beating before it settles in with floating organ and a killer rhythm section. Man this sounds amazing here. Soon the guitar replaces the organ before 1 1/2 minutes. The organ is back as they trade off before joining forces.

"The Garden Of Earthly Delights" is dark with tons of atmosphere to begin with and it's quite eerie too. The speakers are vibrating big time right here and there's mechanical noises that scrape along. Soon the guitar starts to come out of the approaching storm. The guitar speeds up before 2 minutes. This is like a soundtrack for a movie where there's lots of suspense. The organ arrives around 2 1/2 minutes, experimental stuff. It becomes more stripped down late with guitar and atmosphere.

"The Circuit" is a short, just over 1 1/2 minute piece. Avant guitar and complexity beyond imagination. The organ comes in taking no prisoners. Some jazzy bass lines will follow as the outrageous sounds continue. "Out Of The Eternal Sphere" ends it and man what a way to end it! Gosh I'm so moved by this beautiful song. Sara is the guest vocalist here with vocal melodies. Gulp! Gorgeous guitar melodies, subtle bass lines and floating organ as Sara arrives with her moving vocals. She stops before 2 1/2 minutes as the organ replaces her and man how good is John Medeski? She's back before 4 minutes to end it. Nice.

Darn near perfect as far as I'm concerned. If Zorn has anything else close to sounding like this one please let me know. One of the best from 2017 right here.

 Controlled Freaks by NOOUMENA album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.87 | 4 ratings

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Controlled Freaks
Nooumena RIO/Avant-Prog

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

4 stars Another metallic avantgarde King Crimson have come around us again. Six years before, a French experimental rock project "muffling their faces in a mysterious veil" NOOUMENA have shot an impressive debut creation, that would have reminded me of the same vein of King Crimson (vividly in my mind). Yeah in their second mind invasion "Controlled Freaks", the first bullet "Seeds, Needs" extremely strikes me with outrageous, improvised riffs, just like a spark deeply in my ear. Not only aggressive but also tragic and reflective are their repetitive phrases (sometimes a tad cynical and critical, in a fine sense). "Bamboozled" is another distorted sound / melody garden under the dark sky. Sensitive, dissected formulae and powerful rhythmic obsession is quite superb for us. Let me call them not simply avantgarde nor Zeuhl-ish but stoner diversified ... the good example is a melodically ambient convolution "Something Else", one of my favourites. Very sensational and a contrast between this track and the following "Concealed" filled with metallic / jazzy / psychedelic mixture is kinda important linkage. The last "Dog Eat Dog" (very ironic just like "prog is dead") is a genuine authentication of their eclectic soundscape. You cannot help listening to this magnificent creation without any breath ... woohoo.
 Suburban Savages: Kore Wa! by TR-OND AND THE SUBURBAN SAVAGES album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.69 | 7 ratings

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Suburban Savages: Kore Wa!
tr-Ond and the Suburban Savages RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Norwegian band SUBURBAN SAVAGES first surfaced ten years back, then going by the name Tr-ond and the Suburban Savages. A decade later they are back with a slightly expanded line-up and their sophomore production, "Kore Wa!", which was released by Norwegian label Apollon Records.

Suburban Savages as they appear as of 2017 comes across as a band that will be a perfect choice to seek out if you today have a strong fascination for the more accessible aspects of progressive rock, but would like to have a taste of what the more avant-oriented aspects of the genre may have to offer. "Kore Wa!" is an album that mix and blend aspects of both these approaches to the art of progressive rock in a rather successful manner, and as such merits a check by the curious as well as those with an already existing interest in material of a more avant-oriented nature.

 Suburban Savages: Kore Wa! by TR-OND AND THE SUBURBAN SAVAGES album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.69 | 7 ratings

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Suburban Savages: Kore Wa!
tr-Ond and the Suburban Savages RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

3 stars You can't deny that Trond (Panzerpappa) and his gang have been influenced by Japanese avant. But we are in Norway right? Don't matter... This is a very peculiar release, 10 years after their debut. They have now dropped the "TR-OND and the" from the band name leaving them as mere (sic) "Suburban Savages" - great match to the music - and perhaps one indicating more collaboration (?).

There is a lot going on here, from ethnic to avant-influences, some progressive electronic and a fair number of commercial/prog-pop elements. The vocals are strange and fitting, to say the least, without particularly standing out; the tonalities are quite obscure along with the mood of Kore Wa! A range of keyboard sounds transfer you from the far East to the folksy world, church organ sounds mix with moog guitars (great choice!) and cosmic sounds (listen to the highlight "Guzarondan" or the accessible opener "Fade Into Obscurity"). Tribal rhythms and intricate percussion are also frequent, adding to the ambience.

Cohesion is not the strongest attribute and you might find this album rather uneven at times but interesting throughout nevertheless. The deep, hypnotic, doomy start to "As I am Dying" gives its way to a 3+ minute immense and haunting improvisation on church organ which turns melodic mid-way. The closing "Docteur Mago" is not very different, albeit not as tight. The exploration journey peaks with the ultimately crazy title track where the band go berserk on sounds and vocals, clearly influenced by Japanese avant-prog.

Maybe not in my top-10 of the year, but surely in my top list of the most boundary-stretching efforts. Give it a try.

3.5 stars

 The Executioner's Lover by BLUE SHIP, THE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.00 | 1 ratings

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The Executioner's Lover
The Blue Ship RIO/Avant-Prog

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

— First review of this album —
3 stars A UK act The BLUE SHIP are one of promising chamber rock projects that launch cynical melodies and sorta epoch-making sound literacy. Sounds like they have various musically theoretical insights and techniques but do not stick to one genre nor one style but explore musical variation and diversity. Their debut (and only one so far) album "The Executioner's Lover" is fastidious one with distorted melody sweep, eccentric string stream, and decent pop essence. We can say that the soundscape of the album itself is light but plenty of complex kinds of flavour beneath their world, can't we?

Like a circus show, a pierrot le fou (maybe the frontman / vocalist Paul) keeps dancing in front of the audience, and some performers (especially two violinists Aaron and Daniel) play skillfully but weirdly, behind the master. The show is our pleasure indeed, and no tragic moment around them, but sadly looks like the creation's body might be too light for every progressive rock fan to accept enthusiastically. Their chamber sensitivity reminds me of the same vein like Lunapark Ensemble (no folksy texture in The BLUE SHIP though). This album could appeal to every genre fan but at the same time could not be so acceptable for him/her ... a tough stuff but this could be called as progressive, let me say.

 Operation: Mockingbird by FRENCH TV album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.10 | 10 ratings

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Operation: Mockingbird
French TV RIO/Avant-Prog

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

4 stars Another pleasure has come to me. This "Operation: Mockingbird" has been released in September, 2017 as a FRENCH TV's newest album, that I could not wait for until then.The previous creation "Ambassadors Of Good Health And Clean Living" is one of the best albums in 2016 for me, so I've listened to and digested their new album carefully, with having massive expectation and slight anxiety. Just the moment I completed this stuff, my tiny anxiety was blown away.

"Operation: Mockingbird" is full of unique musical ideas, cynical phrases, and auditory illusions. Like an expensive bottle of French wine or Opus One in California, there is a kind of complex harmony and delicate balance produced with lots of magnificent sound elements. Sounds like each of the elements cannot be matched with others, but as a matter of fact, all of them can be harmonized perfectly, with incredible complexity.

What I can clearly understand via this album, their sound structure smells of apparent humanity, that might be deeply in a mind of every French TVer. I cannot help feeling that this soundscape has broken naturally out through their session or play rather than been produced artificially by themselves. Very sensitive melodic / rhythmic construction is well matured, regardless of fragility. What a mystery, and decent explosion.

 Estacion De Sombra  by NAZCA album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.17 | 28 ratings

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Estacion De Sombra
Nazca RIO/Avant-Prog

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

4 stars After unleashing their debut album in a part of the world unaccustomed to such musical weirdness, the Mexican RIO chamber rock band NAZCA followed up their excellent first album with a more mature and further developed sound. While the debut could have easily been passed off as some long lost Univers Zero or Henry Cow artifact from the vaults, ESTACIÓN DE SOMBRA (season of shade) takes the "1313" meets "World Culture" sensibilities of the aforementioned influences and adds healthy doses of sophomoric characteristics that allow NAZCA to feel like they have come of age. While still dosed in lugubrious atmospheres that ring of classically trained compositions from the long lost world of Stravinsky heading towards Schoenberg, the band more confidently builds their chamber rock edifice with stronger elements that allow each segment to connect to a larger whole creating an ever expanding sum of the parts.

While the most noticeable distinction from the debut is the production with every one of the instruments shining like a bright star in the sky, the roles of the instruments are even more distinct and clearly delineate passages of counterpoints that attack at dizzying speeds. While the piano tends to range in the classical realms often entering angelic domains with prancing arpeggios, the violin, viola duke it out with the oboe and bassoon to create twisted angular rhythms and anti-melodies that act as terrifying micro-syncopations that display the uncanny talent of the band's members. The fact is that despite displaying their influences on their sleeves, NAZCA go the extra mile to match and at times even exceed their heroes across the Atlantic.

Overall, ESTACIÓN DE SOMBRA is a much more highly refined album than the excellent debut. The complexity is off the chart with every element seeming like it was designed to fit in its proper place. Seemingly less lugubrious and more playful, ESTACIÓN DE SOMBRA comes off as a more twisted take on adventurism than trying to evoke a state of emotional sadness and even delivers scant elements of jazz dispersed throughout the tangled web of syncopation and instrumental trade-offs. Unfortunately RIO was not the happening thing in Mexico back in 1986 when this was released and the band would soon part their ways but in their wake of dedication released two extremely strong albums that have pretty much gone under the radar as a whole new renaissance of RIO chamber rock bands have stolen their thunder throughout the ensuing decades. NAZCA were one of the earliest second wavers who took their game seriously and unleashed an amazingly brash, bombastic and confident second release.

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