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Prog Related definition



No musical genre exists in a vacuum. Not all of the bands that have been a part of the history and development of progressive rock are necessarily progressive rock bands themselves. This is why progarchives has included a genre called prog-related, so we could include all the bands that complete the history of progressive rock, whether or not they were considered full-fledged progressive rock bands themselves.

There are many criteria that the prog-related evaluation team considers when deciding which bands are considered prog-related. Very few bands will meet all of this criteria, but this list will give an idea as to some of the things that help evaluate whether an artists is prog-related or not.

1) Influence on progressive rock - The groundbreaking work of artists like Led Zepplin and David Bowie affected many genres of rock, including at times progressive rock. Although both of these artists created rock music in a dizzying array of genres, both contributed to the ongoing history of progressive rock several times within the span of their careers.

2) Location - Progressive rock did not develop at the same time all over the world. It may surprise some people that as late as the mid-70s the US had very few original progressive rock bands that did not sound like exact copies of British bands. Journey was one of the first US bands to present a uniquely American brand of prog-rock before they eventually became a mainstream rock band. We have collaborators from all over the world who tell us which bands helped the progressive rock scene develop in their corner of the globe, even if those bands were like Journey and were known more for being mainstream rock bands.

3) Members of important progressive rock bands - Although most of the recorded solo output of artists like Greg Lake and David Gilmour falls more in a mainstream rock style, their contributions to progressive rock in their respective bands insures them a place in our prog-related genre.

4) Timeliness - Like many genres, prog-rock has had its ups and downs. In the late 70s and early 80s prog-rock was barely a blip on the radar. During this time artists such as David Bowie and Metallica released albums that captured key elements of the spirit of prog rock and did so while contributing their own original modern elements to the mix.

5) Integral part of the prog-rock scene - Sometimes you just had to be a part of the scene during a certain time period to understand how some bands fit with the prog rock scene of their time. Although Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Wishbone Ash may seem like mere hard rock bands, in their time they stood apart from other hard rockers with their more serious lyrical content and more developed compositions. Put simply, in the early 70s every prog-rock record collector usually had full collections of all three of these artists. These three bands were very much part of the prog-rock scene without being total prog-rock bands them selves.

6) Influenced by progressive rock - From the late 60s till about 1976 the progressive tendency was in full effect in almost all genres of music. Once again, as we enter the second decade of the 21st century a melting pot of prog-metal, math-rock, progressive electronics and post-rock influences have once again made a progressive tendency in rock music almost more a norm than a difference. Yet in other periods of musical history receiving influence from progressive rock could really set a band apart and make them worthy of our prog-related category.
Being influenced by progressive rock is hardly the only factor we look at, and in some periods of musical history it is almost meaningless, but still, it is almost a given that most of the artists listed in prog-related were influenced by the development of progressive rock.

7) Common sense - Nitpicking over the above listed criteria is not necessarily the correct way to evaluate a band for prog-related. Sometimes you just have to use some common sense and look at the big picture.
A very good way to describe prog-related would be to imagine an exhaustive book that covered the history of progressive rock. Would such a book include references to led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven', David Bowie's 'The Man Who Sold the World' or Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'? Probably so.
- Easy Money

Prog Related Top Albums


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4.38 | 1048 ratings
LED ZEPPELIN IV
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4.52 | 281 ratings
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4.36 | 739 ratings
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Queen
4.30 | 883 ratings
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4.28 | 862 ratings
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
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4.22 | 798 ratings
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Black Sabbath
4.21 | 727 ratings
SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON
Iron Maiden
4.22 | 614 ratings
ARGUS
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4.21 | 600 ratings
THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS
Bowie, David
4.19 | 465 ratings
RISING
Rainbow
4.13 | 685 ratings
POWERSLAVE
Iron Maiden
4.16 | 446 ratings
HUNKY DORY
Bowie, David
4.10 | 694 ratings
SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH
Black Sabbath
4.10 | 677 ratings
MASTER OF PUPPETS
Metallica
4.08 | 688 ratings
MASTER OF REALITY
Black Sabbath
4.15 | 304 ratings
SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS)
Bowie, David
4.06 | 789 ratings
PHYSICAL GRAFFITI
Led Zeppelin
4.07 | 555 ratings
RIDE THE LIGHTNING
Metallica
4.17 | 225 ratings
SECRET TREATIES
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4.02 | 862 ratings
LED ZEPPELIN
Led Zeppelin

Latest Prog Related Music Reviews


 Metallica & Lou Reed: Lulu by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.08 | 218 ratings

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Metallica & Lou Reed: Lulu
Metallica Prog Related

Review by mlkpad14

3 stars Overall, LuLu is a good experimental album.

It has some drawbacks: it doesn't flow good, and I don't think Lou Reed's voice really fits with the instrumentals.

I love both Metallica and Lou Reed.

Metallica have always been ridiculed for their new material. St. Anger is one of my favorite albums of all time, and yet no one could stand their sound on that album. Metallica's new album is also awesome, yet people look down on it just because "the old stuff is better".

Lou Reed is an old rock n' roller, and a true 70s experimentalist. He has a real great voice; he's so talented with words. The Velvet Underground were groundbreaking when they came out - they are still a real treat.

Put that together... these artists were having fun. Atonal pieces are hard to get into; this one wasn't done the best either. Still good, though... Why all the hate?

 Hardwired...To Self-Destruct by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.55 | 82 ratings

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Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
Metallica Prog Related

Review by mlkpad14

5 stars 5/4/17 (3 1/2 stars) - "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" was 5 stars when it came out. Each single was major, and I stayed up all night listening to the album on the day of its release. What's more, that day I was packed with so much energy - in short, the album rejuvenated me.

The problem with the album is not that it isn't as good as Metallica's earlier stuff because honestly, it is still really good. Rather, the problem is that it just doesn't last. Unlike the true goodies and all the 5-star albums out there, it does not guarantee all those months and even years of listening. Hardly can most imagine the next generation listening to this album, and rather obvious is that absolutely no one in the generation afterward would have even heard of it.

As far as the album goes, people have managed to agree that it is pretty much modern-sounding thrash. "Hardwired" is most likely the craziest song on the album, with its three minutes of chaos. All the other songs are pinned at six or seven minutes, a reasonable length. While the first disc is half singles and all epics, the second disc is made up of slightly more gradual pieces. That is to say, they are still all thrash and epic, but not to the same extent as the first disc's

"Spit Out The Bone" was the perfect song to end the album, and the deluxe version's third disc had all of the right songs, as well. "Ronnie Rising Medley" and "When a Blind Man Cries" would have went unnoticed if they weren't included, and the older Metallica songs were surely some of their best.

In short, "Hardwired... To Self Destruct" is a fantastic album for Metallica to have released as possibly their last new studio work. On the other hand, it will be lost in time, and it has already lost its appeal to most of those that have excessively listened to it. It is quite sad... well, it is still awesome that they have made it this far. If Metallica can release another album just as good, I'm sure everyone will be flattered.

5/18/17 (EDIT: 5 stars) - I made the mistake to review this album before I saw most of it live. The second Metallica started with "Hardwired" my mouth dropped open and I was lost in a world of crazy fantasy. Honestly, as they continued through "Atlas, Rise!", "Moth Into Flame", and "Now That We're Dead"... It is awesome how my opinion changed so drastically!

This is an album for the centuries, and nothing Metallica has done or will do will EVER go to waste!

 St. Anger by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 2003
1.72 | 370 ratings

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St. Anger
Metallica Prog Related

Review by mlkpad14

5 stars St. Anger gets hate, but if someone were to forget Metallica's older releases maybe they would more so appreciate the album.

Actually, "St. Anger" happens to be one my favorite alternative albums and one of my favorite albums by Metallica.

James Hetfield has supported on many occasions the amount of anger and emotion that went into the album's making. He has stated that, "There's two years of condensed emotion in this. We've gone through a lot of personal changes, struggles, epiphanies, it's deep. It's so deep lyrically and musically."

To me, that is what this album stands for, and that is what the mood it conveys. So this album fits at times when I am really angry, or at times when I am, ironically, really happy.

The album, in my opinion, can be paired with other similar alternative albums such as Slipknot's ".5: The Gray Chapter" and Korn's "Path of Totality." At the same time though, it can be paired with thrash metal releases in the same category as most of Metallica's other albums.

The album is no doubt timeless, but it looks like nobody will ever realize so. Sad to say the least.

 Stop Making Sense by TALKING HEADS album cover Live, 1984
3.53 | 38 ratings

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Stop Making Sense
Talking Heads Prog Related

Review by poito

5 stars Maybe this is not the best selection of the many experimental lines explored by Byrne and company since mid-seventies, and may be this is the least Prog of their releases. But what the hell, it is not only a collection of their most digestible themes, they all are anthems of pop-art or whatever you call it. Even simple, this music is worshipped and has been contributed by dinosaurs as Fripp, Eno, and others, though they did not participate in the recording of this live collection. This album is universal. School teachers like it, and so do weight-lifters, iron maidens, catwomen, mad scientists and my neighbor upstairs. It must have something beyond catchy rhythms and suggestive lyrics. Just one for the road.
 Ride The Lightning by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.07 | 555 ratings

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Ride The Lightning
Metallica Prog Related

Review by poito

2 stars 2.5 As usual with this band, the themes are flat, a fast smashing beat and a guitar riff not particularly creative. It is difficult to find musical values, anything new, original, or imaginative. It is obvious the band does not have such skills. It is probably the less creative band in the heavy metal scene. Meat for angry teens. In this album, at least we may find some effort in thath they dare to include some acoustic notes and some themes with a structure other than a fast pounding beat. Even, some interesting themes, like the For Whom The Bell Tolls and the almost acoustic Fade to Black. No fireworks anyway. I have this idea that Metallica has been included in PA because some consider it had an influence on Dream Theater, a truly prog metal band. That is a very poor reason, and if that were true, it is not something DT may be proud of, and doesn't need it. I mean, we all were sinners back then, don't we?
 Master Of Puppets by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.10 | 677 ratings

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Master Of Puppets
Metallica Prog Related

Review by poito

1 stars The difference between heavy metal and death metal is already in the name. Death metal kills music, the bands just want to say loud they are angry and we are modfok. Is that a reason to be in PA? Even the worst album by metal drillers Iron Maiden, White Snake, Savatage, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, etc etc has more music inside. I grew up with heavy as most people did, and well, whoever says this MOP is at the same level as masterpieces like Fragile, Selling England by The Pound, Machine Head, or In the Court is simply an illiterate. I used to be an illiterate myself, but lucky me, I was educated by friends, and thousands of hours listening about everything. And when the time came I took care of not letting my children to listen to Sesame Street or Smurf music, or two-notes songs of any kind so to keep their young brains detoxified, and I was also very choosy when feeding them with heavy metal.
 ...And Justice For All by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.92 | 564 ratings

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...And Justice For All
Metallica Prog Related

Review by poito

1 stars Don't know what is this doing here. I mean, are we prog? Where is prog or anything related to prog in this band? I certainly do not understand the inclusion of famous bands in PA just because they are popular. It must be a question of money-makers,? again. Always there, always everywhere. Don't you realize that albums like this, which contains less than nothing in terms of inspiration, creativity, virtuosity, or anything is scored at the same level as all-time masterpieces? Who opened this door? This band is a factory product, a leftover of the disc-industry era, a bunch of hairy bodies scratching guitars, with less musical sense than a snail. Too bad PA let this in.
 Starman / John, I'm Only Dancing by BOWIE, DAVID album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1972
3.05 | 3 ratings

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Starman / John, I'm Only Dancing
David Bowie Prog Related

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I feel this single deserves a favourable review, since the only rating so far is two (?!) stars. Why, 'Starman' is simply a lovely Bowie classic! It may be rather naiive, but in a charming way. I guess it's among his best known songs, so no need to get into details. A little minus comes for the "laa la-laa la-laa" part going on and on a bit too long in the end. The song appeared on Bowie's breakthrough album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

'John, I'm Only Dancing' (not on any album originally, if I'm not mistaken) was also made into a promotional video at the time, and it has been featured on several Bowie compilations. A nice average song, not among his best, but nor is it one of his least interesting hits either. 3Ĺ stars, rounded down on a prog site.

 Pike 273 - Guillotine Furnace by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.95 | 2 ratings

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Pike 273 - Guillotine Furnace
Buckethead Prog Related

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

4 stars For those of us who are actually keeping up with the prolific world of BUCKETHEAD, it is a chore indeed to keep up with his incessant flow of albums in the never-ending PIKE series but after his release of "Pike 272 - Coniunctio" at the end of August, 2017 there has been an unexpected multi-month silence from the chicken lover most likely due to a touring schedule where i finally got to see dude in a live setting. While 2017 will not come anywhere close to his million albums of 2015, finally in December, BH releases his 30th album of the year

PIKE 273 - GUILLOTINE FURNACE. This is another one of those albums where every track has the title of the album only with an added "Part 1" all the way up to "Part 8." And like the majority of these types of albums, all these parts are really just, well, parts of a much longer track that takes up the whole album that clocks in at 28 minutes and 3 seconds but each "part" is really just snippets of smaller "parts" so in effect this is basically a bizarre display of surreality in full avant-garde mode

"Part 1" starts things off with a clucking keyboard part before a little solo erupts and gives way to a barrage of riffs interrupted periodically by electronic noises of various sorts. Sometimes these can deviate into pure ambient passages that totally shifts the mood into another musical universe. After a few of these it's apparent that this is one of those albums that shifts around from different styles willy nilly with no rhyme or reason. The initial guitar riffs pop in from time to time to remind you that the music no longer resides there but then it bounces around from funk to post-rock to blues rock and so forth

As "Part 2" begins it shifts from the bombastic soling that the previous track exited with and provides a serene ambient soundscape before erupting into alternative metal, industrial metal and some sort of avant-garde funk metal that is followed by good old fashioned funk for a while and then more riffing. Things change it up often and quickly as one style sticks around for a short time and then is replaced by another. Sometimes being weird electronically tinged funk and at other times being face-melting solos over bluesy metal. It only gets weirder and wilder with more disparate genre styles and experimental features peeking in and out of the incessant parade of changing-it-up

While "Part 3" begins with a processed funky bass followed by an eruption of guitar virtuosity, it becomes apparent that i would have to write a million word review to catalogue every single style shift that occurs with this one so in short, there's no need to chronicle this wickedly wild roller coaster ride into the avant-garde. This is one that is best experienced to believe as it's just too fertile and ambitious for words to convey. Just expect a wild ride where nothing stays same for long. The melodies change, the dynamics change, the tempos, the genres, the rhythms, the instruments, the time signatures, they all change it up and often

This is not the first style of eclectic excess that BH has done in this fashion but it remains one of my favorite types of albums where absolutely anything goes and the only constant is the unexpected. Another renegade egg has hatched and is growing up quickly into a beastly monster that cannot be contained. Be warned. This is really a musical trojan horse trying to take control of our brains. Oh my, i suddenly feel the urge to drive to the country and hang out with chickens. Oh nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

 13 by BLACK SABBATH album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.72 | 277 ratings

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13
Black Sabbath Prog Related

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Butler, Iommi and Ozzy reunited at last to construct what they were acutely aware may be the final Black Sabbath studio album, and perhaps under such circumstances it's understandable that they decided to take a long look backwards. Compare the structure of album opener End of the Beginning and the title track from the debut, for instance, and they're really rather similar, and final track Dear Father fades out into the sounds of a rainy thunderstorm just as the debut album faded in on one, tying the whole saga up in a blow.

In between those bookends, the boys deliver an album which, whilst I don't think it will ever rank on the same level as their early-1970s classics, is a more than appropriate swansong, taking the traditional metal style they originated and making it sing one last time and proving that they can still play slow, crushingly doomy metal which wouldn't sound out of place in a mix with Electric Wizard or Warning. If this truly is the end, it's not a bad way to go.

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