Various Artists — Progressive DisDURPance Vol.3
((Not on label) DURP no#, 2001, CD)
by Paul Hightower, Published 2002-09-01Here’s a compilation from the folks behind the German prog-rock fan-site DURP that serves as promotion for both the bands as well as the website. With Germans you’d expect a healthy dose of prog-metal and you certainly get it here. Bands like TellTaleHard and Prototype ply standard prog-metal fare with even the most successful, Tunnelvision, offering nothing new in this realm. We also get a dose of melodic prog pop from Canada’s Mystery and Americans Salem Hill, and there’s even a Peter Gabriel-like remix from Body Full of Stars. Things improve further with the tasty power prog rock of Agent Cooper and Sfumato, though the real gems in the collection are Yoke Shire’s richly atmospheric “The Brook the Mirror and the Maiden” as well as the prog-rock ethnic fusion of Paranoise. The surprise track from Germany’s Platos Halo mixes electronica and avant-pop with Kate Bush vocals that’s a nice change from the testosterone-fest flooding the rest of the disc. Much like Musea’s recent compilations the real worth of this set is that for less than the cost of a regular CD you can sample a whole slew of bands’ music. Plus there’s much here worth investigating, especially if your tastes lean toward the metal end of the spectrum. Side note: the sleeve notes use Enchant as a point of reference for several of these groups’ music. Just goes to show what Germany can do for a band.
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more