Pays : United States
Genre : Art rock
Dates : 1991
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To fully understand the contribution that Magellan, and Trent Gardner specifically, have made to prog music, one has to have a basic knowledge of the history of progressive rock. The genre (prog as it is affectionately known among its fans) started sometime in the late 1960's. The definitive date is a bit elusive to pin down as it depends on the individual definition of what is progressive rock. Many point to The Beatles' Sergeant Peppers album as the first progressive rock record, while others think more in terms of Procol Harum, The Moody Blues or King Crimson. The important point is that at some point with all the experimentation that was going on in the still fledgling world of rock music, bands started looking to more in terms of musical expression. That "more" for many artists became a blending of elements of classical and jazz into the traditional blues and soul tapestry that was rock music. This experimentation was presented in the forms of musical virtuosity, extended song lengths, complex compositions and lyrical (often difficult to comprehend) high-mindedness. They were reaching for and gaining new ground in their musical endeavors. Bands like King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Pink Floyd, Yes and Genesis became the kings of this musical realm. By the early 1970's the style had caught on in a big way, and there were new bands sprouting up all the time.
However, when the punk movement hit in the mid '70's, alongside disco, it, and the new wave that came after started taking away from progressive rock's shine. Bands like the Sex Pistols were being lauded as "new" and "fresh", while groups like Yes were being called "dinosaur rock", "pretentious" and less complimentary terms. In the midst of all this scrambling for shorter, simpler songs, prog rock's practitioners began fading away. Some of the bands starting changing their style to shorter, less adventurous, more "pop" sounds. Others simply disbanded; calling it quits in the mood of the time. H ...
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