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More Prog Metal Bands Should Have Violins

Cydemind is a fairly new Canadian band playing instrumental symphonic progressive metal. With a violin. Which is cool. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-28)

You Need to Know More about Syrinx

One of the best discoveries of recent months came as a result of the reissue of Syrinx's music on RVNG. Here's a short documentary about the band to fill in a bit more. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-27)

Fantasy for Violin and Construction Equipment

Music can happen anywhere, right? Violinist Cornelius Dufallo takes up the challenge of creating music at a construction site.

In Situ-OMW: Cornelius Dufallo from National Sawdust on Vimeo.

(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-26)

Don't Shoot Them, They're Only Sax Players

Led Bib just keeps producing amazing music. Here's a video to go with a track from Umbrella Weather. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-19)

Garmarna - Graceful But Not Gentle

No one combines Swedish folk music with rock and electronics quite like Garmarna. Here's a tune off their sixth album from 2016. Google tells me that "Nåden" means "Grace." (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-19)

How Many Voices Does the Wind Have?

According to Dmitriy Fedorov, a leading Russian authority on the wind's voices, it's a million. This moody, abstract track is from his 2017 debut album. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-10)

Jesca Hoop Was Born to Do This

Singer Jesca Hoop has her own vision of how folk and rock can be melded together, as on this track from The House That Jack Built. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-04-03)

Between the Coma and Me

Between the Buried and Me have their own take on progressive metal, and this tune is a good example. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-30)

They Jibber, We Twitch

It is labeled as a "rehearsal" but most bands can only dream of such intense, precise playing. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-24)

On the Merits of Musical Insanity

Here is Cassiber in 1982, confusing a German audience with their extraordinary performance. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-24)

Latest news

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Anekdoten - Gravity – The most distinctive things about Anekdoten have always been overdriven bass, Mellotron, cello, and the vocals. This CD answers the question of what happens when you remove two of those elements,...  (2003) » Read more

Magma - Rock Duo »Magma« – As the story goes, this German duo was unaware of a French band with the same name, and they certainly bear no stylistic resemblance to their more widely known and prolific namesake. Drummer Siegfried...  (2004) » Read more

Ancient Future - Planet Passion – The previous release by this SF Bay Area world-fusion unit led by guitarist Matthew Montfort was 1993’s Asian Fusion (reviewed in Exposé #2), so after such a long lapse we were caught off guard...  (2003) » Read more

Mellow Candle - The Virgin Prophet – As the CD liner notes state, Mellow Candle's Swaddling Songs is the holy grail of folk rock. There really is no other album that even compares in this specific genre (Fairport Convention,...  (1996) » Read more

Oberon - Sonnet – Sonnet is an interesting collection. At its core are readings of 12 of Shakespeare's sonnets, eight of which come with a song. The readings are all by trained English actors that lend them a high...  (2000) » Read more




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