Italian progressive music intrigues me, and while I cannot claim great expertise from much knowledge of the European progressive community, I can tell you this one thing for certain: Marco Machera is a very intriguing, insightful composer and performer.
Machiavel - Virtual Sun Review by G. W. Hill Virtual Sun is the latest by Belgian band Machiavel. It is definitely prog, but is also highly influenced by Zeppelin, and the dark side of music, somewhat in the vein of Marilyn Manson. More
Machiavel - Live Review by Gary Hill This one is hard to place in a category. Much of the album fits into metal, but other music here is prog, and some of it is neither prog nor metal.
Magellan - Innocent God Review by Gary Hill I've always really enjoyed Magellan. This band, in many ways, is the quintessential neo-prog band. Certainly they've always put a lot of old-school progressive rock into their mix of sounds.
Magellan - Symphony for a Misanthrope Review by Gary Hill I've seen pictures of the Gardner brothers, the backbone of Magellan, and if I didn't know any better I'd have sworn that I opened up a 401k with them. More
Magellan - Impossible Figures Review by Steve Alspach Free of label problems, the fifth album by Magellan, Impossible Figures, is a welcome sight for fans of progressive rock's Bee Gees - Brothers Gardner. More
Magellan - Hundred Year Flood Review by Gary Hill Taking their name from the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, one should see this group as wanting to take us on a musical journey of exploration. More
Magellan - Hour of Restoration Review by Gary Hill Magellan really seem to have a knack here for rapid-fire changes. As some have described the weather in the Midwest, if you don't like it, just wait a little while, it will change. More
Magenta - Metamorphosis Review by Gary Hill I’ve heard of this band for a while, but this is the first time I’ve actually heard them. Well, I have to look into them. More
Magic Mushroom Band - Singles and Rarities Review by Gary Hill I’ve got this included in the progressive rock section because it’s got a definite space rock vibe and has a lot in common musically with Pink Floyd and Hawkwind. More
Magic Pie - Circus of Life Review by Josh Turner I experienced much of this material live at RoSfest far before I ever heard the disc. While it was masterfully performed there, it is superbly done here. From the alluring intro to the clever finale, this seven-parter (a five-track plus two) shines with an intensity not entirely felt on the first one.
Magic Pie - Motions of Desire Review by Josh Turner They are purveyors of the latest trends in progressive music. Their album offers everything you'd expect to find on display from all the modern day greats plus various jam band antics and amenities. More
Magma - Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh Review by Bill Knispel Magma arose out of the French music scene of the late 1960's with a sound unlike any rock band from any region. Based around the spiritual jazz explorations of John Coltrane with lyrics in an artificially constructed language called Kobaian, Magma was the brainchild of drummer Christian Vander.
Magni Animi Viri - Heroes Temporis Review by Rick Damigella How long has it been since you did something adventurous and took a chance on a piece of music you knew nothing about and when listened to, couldn’t understand a word of what is being sung?
Magnum - Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow Review by Mike Korn This CD has really reawakened something in me that has been dormant for a long time. After immersing myself in the world of pure heavy metal, especially of the more brutal variety, I think I forgot how powerful pure melodic rock can be in the right hands.
Sean Malone - Cortlandt Review by G. W. Hill For my money fusion and progressive rock share so much DNA that they often cross into one another’s territory. More
Mama Sutra - 3 Review by Vivian Lee Mama Sutra is an independent acoustic trio from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 1998, the present lineup is Rick Frye (lead and backing vocals), Jeff Tinling (guitar and backing vocals), and Jason Schmidt (percussion, drums, keyboards, fretless bass, guitars, and backing vocals).
Man - Diamonds and Coal Review by Gary Hill This latest studio disc from Man showcases the type of sound that has typified their career. They play an organic form of folky rock that is essentially, but not always, progressive rock oriented.
Man - Sixty Minutes With... Review by Gary Hill Man is an intriguing band that really defies categorization. Certainly a lot of their music fits into the realm of progressive rock, but they’ve never been completely tied to that style.
Manes - How the World Came to An End Review by Gary Hill This is an amazing CD! I know I’ve seen these guys listed as a metal band, and a couple of the songs here might qualify, but that’s really limiting them. More
Mangrove - Coming Back To LIVE Review by Bill Knispel Mangrove is a 4-piece progressive band hailing from the Netherlands. Active in the scene since the mid-1990’s, the band released their debut (the mini-album Massive Hollowness) in 2001. Coming Back to LIVE is the group’s fourth release overall, a double live album recorded 4 November 2006 in Apeldorn Netherlands.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - The Roaring Silence Review by Gary Hill I don’t know if Manfred Mann’s Earth Band one hundred percent belongs in the category of progressive rock, but I think it can be argued to put them there. Certainly a lot of music in the 1970’s was influenced by prog (and carried element of it).
Mannheim Steamroller - Fresh Aire Christmas Review by Gary Hill Featuring a sound that is well based in classical and traditional music, this album is rather progish at times. In fact, there are moments that call to mind such people as Rick Wakeman and Mike Oldfield. More
Guy Manning - One Small Step... Review by Josh Turner Guy Manning makes intriguing music every time and this won't be the one to let you down. At this pace, he may never slip or fall. More
Marillion - Clutching at Straws Review by Tim Jones One of just four studio albums Marillion put out while Fish was still with them, Clutching at Straws delivers the expert lyrics and the heartfelt vocals that define the Fish-era Marillion. After this album and the band's tour, Fish left Marillion to work on a solo career; the music is awesome; the band chemistry wasn't.
Marillion - Marbles Review by Steve Alspach Aylesbury's finest come back with Marbles, their first studio 2-CD. Marbles is prog at its finest - the band knows how to write and play in a more conventional structure, but they haven't lost their knack to construct longer pieces that never meander. More
Marillion - Anoraknophobia Review by Steve Alspach Marillion continues its path towards solid, rock-based music with Anoraknophibia, their most recent release. The band has its feet planted firmly in 2001 with its music that never gets too adventurous or exploratory. More
Marillion - Radiation Review by Gary Hill Radiation is an album that shows a band stretching so far from their origins that they are essentially redefining themselves
Marillion - Marillion.com Review by Gary Hill Seeming to maintain some of the style of Radiation, this album also hearkens back to an older Marillion era while still reaching into the future.
Marillion - Fugazi Review by Josh Turner While Marillion is by no means a favorite among radio jockeys, it is an elite group to many progressive rock fans. More
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood Review by Gary Hill This album was my first exposure to Marillion, and the first thoughts that I had were that they sounded a lot like Genesis, and the real Genesis, not the pop stuff that the band was putting out by that time. More
Marillion - Afraid of Sunlight Review by Gary Hill Let me say for starters that I really like Steve Hogarth’s voice. I think he does a great job of serving as Marillion’s lead singer. More
Marillion - Happiness is the Road Volume 1: Essence Review by Bill Knispel Marillion has been fairly prolific over the past four or five years, releasing a regular stream of studio albums, live releases, DVDs and so on. When it was announced that the newest studio album would be a double, many people may have raised an eyebrow.
The Marsh - The Marsh Review by Gary Hill This is another band that's really hard to pin a label on. In many ways they have a lot in common with '60's rockers, but I also hear Niacin, Pink Floyd, Yes, Jellyfish, It Bites and even punk rock in their particular mix. More
John Martyn - Couldn't Love You More Review by Gary Hill OK, I get it, John Martyn’s not exactly prog rock, but in many ways he’s not far from it. While you most often see him listed as a “folk” musician, this disc proves that the man really had the jazz sort of thing covered.
John Martyn - Sixty Minutes with John Martyn Review by Gary Hill For those who wonder about why John Martyn is included in progressive rock there are a couple of reasons. For one thing, his jazzy mix of sounds doesn’t come all tha far from the more jazz-oriented mellow progressive rock.
Mask - Technopia Review by Gary Hill It’s still early and this is possibly the first 2010 disc I’ve heard – in fact, I’m pretty sure it is (since I often get discs weeks before release it's hard to be positive). More
Mastermind - Broken Review by Gary Hill I've seen these guys listed as progressive rock pretty much all over the place. There are some definite progressive rock tendencies here, but having not heard their previous albums, I can't attest to Mastermind fitting into that category. More
Mastermind - Angels of the Apocalypse Review by Vivian Lee On a friend's recommendation I gave Mastermind's newest a listen. Though Mastermind is relatively new to my ears, I recognized familiar elements of prog metal - crunchy, waily guitars, throbbing bass guitar and pounding drum section and keys and vocals delivering rhythmic beats, amazing melodies and virtuoso compositions with cerebral themes. More
Matching Mole - March Review by Steve Alspach Robert Wyatt once said in a “Musician” magazine article that getting sacked from Soft Machine was more painful to talk about than the “accident” in June 1973 that left him without the use of his legs. Now that’s painful.
William Maxwell - Cardinal Points Review by Gary Hill A solo album from Tempest bassist William Maxwell, this disc covers quite a bit of musical range. The material here ranges from solid prog to fusion. More
John McCormack - Peace of Mind Review by Gary Hill A word of advice to aspiring musicians, when you release your CD, give some serious thought to the cover. This disc has been sitting in a pile here at MSJ central, as the cover was so amateurish that I was afraid to spin it. More
Scott McGill / Michael Manring / Vic Stevens - Addition By Subtraction Review by Gary Hill Formed by Scott McGill (guitar) and Vic Stevens (drums), this is almost a band, but really a project. The duo, having played together in McGill's Hand Farm, recruited bassist Michael Manring (Attention Deficit) and keyboardist Jordan Rudess (Dregs, Dream Theater) to complete the outfit and record this album. More
Loreena McKennit - An Ancient Muse Review by Gary Hill OK, maybe this isn't actually progressive rock, but it seems as close a fit as any genre. Traditional olde worlde tones are brought to live in vibrant, contemporary arrangements on this disc.
The Meads of Asphodel - The Mill Hill Sessions Review by Mike Korn Every once in a while, a vague, undefined thing comes shambling out of the darkness and into the sterile, pre-packaged music scene. Yes, even in the world of extreme metal, where cookie-cutter bands are a lot more prevalent than hardcore headbangers would like to admit. More
Medium Underground - Second Sight Review by Tim Jones Medium Underground is a progressive rock band fronted by songwriter/guitarist/ vocalist/keyboardist Jim Noland. Four other members help fill in the holes.
Kurt Michaels - Outer Worlds Review by Rick Damigella If there is one thing that I really enjoy musically is a great mixture of guitar and electronic instrumentation. Whether it be classics like Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, the ambient recordings of The KLF or even the new age dreaminess of the music of Lanz and Speer.
Kurt Michaels - Inner Worlds - Part One Review by Gary Hill Kurt Michaels has created an ambient piece of music here that fits loosely into the progressive rock heading. Understandably music of this type is not the most dynamic or powerful sound structures one will find - such goes against the grain. More
Might Could - All Intertwined Review by Gary Hill It would be quite simple to do this review in one sentence by saying "if you like California Guitar Trio you will like this CD." The disc does sound that much like CGT. More
Steve Miller - Children of the Future Review by Gary Hill You’ll note that I’ve put this album in the “progressive rock” category. Do I consider Steve Miller to be a prog rock act? Overall, the answer would be a definite “no.”
Mindgames - Actors In A Play Review by Gary Hill Hailing from Belgium, Mindgames create a new form of progressive symphonic rock that is based quite firmly on the rich history of that musical style. More
Miriodor - Jungleries Elastiques Review by Gary Hill Fans of King Crimson should really find this album to be their cup of tea. Indeed, much of the disc feels like a take on the music of that band. More
Miriodor - Mekano Review by Gary Hill This is the latest release by Miriodor. The album carries on the sound of their previous album while moving a bit further away from the sounds of King Crimson and more into their own realm. More
Miriodor - Avanti! Review by Scott Montgomery If you are an avant-leaning prog-head and not previously heard of Miriodor, let me be the first to welcome you back to the surface from whatever rock you have been residing under! More
Erik Mongrain - Equilibrium Review by Josh Turner This is neither the intersecting points between supply and demand curves or that Matrix knockoff starting Christian Bale. Rather, it’s a solo effort from a Canadian musician named Erik Mongrain.
Monster Island - Dream Tiger Review by Gary Hill What an intriguing CD this is! It has a lot in common with early Hawkwind, but you will probably also make out Mother Gong in this mix. Sometimes you can hear The Violent Femmes, too.
Mooch - Dr. Silbury’s Liquid Brainstem Band Review by Gary Hill This is a double disc set from Mooch and while you might be reminded of The Beatles’ Sergeant Peppers… by the title, I don’t get the feeling this is any kind of massive concept album. Instead it’s a series of slices of electronic space rock with a strong emphasis on the “space” part of that moniker.
Mooch - 1967 ½ Review by Gary Hill Welcome to a CD of contradictions. This latest release from Stephen Palmer’s group Mooch is a trip back to the summer of love More
The Moody Blues - A Question of Balance Review by Steve Alspach The fourth album released by the Moody Blues between 1967 and 1972, A Question of Balance was the first album by the Moodies that didn't have any sort of coherent theme to it. It was still an influential album. More
Moon Safari - A Doorway To Summer Review by Josh Turner If The Beatles were to go the progressive route, this is where they would have gone. This band shares great harmonies in the vein of those famous four tenors from Liverpool. More
Patrick Moraz - Windows of Time Review by Gary Hill Patrick Moraz is every bit the keyboard powerhouse that Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman are, but he never seems to get the kind of respect they do. That’s a shame.
Patrick Moraz - Future Memories I and II Review by Gary Hill Patrick Moraz might not be the household name that Rick Wakeman is, but he definitely has plenty of prog rock cred built up. Stints in Yes and the Moody Blues will do that for you.
Morglbl - Grötesk Review by Gary Hill These guys have been around for ten years and this is the first I’ve heard them. That’s a shame because Morglbl (I wouldn’t try to pronounce it as I believe it could cause tongue injury) is one of the better fusion meets prog outfits there is.
Alan Morse - four o'clock and hysteria Review by Gary Hill When I popped this CD in I was kind of expecting something that would sound like Morse's band Spock's Beard. Had I read the press materials that came with, I would have realized that the ride in store was different, but I usually prefer to give first impressions the chance to sink in before clouding them with words written about the disc.
Neal Morse - One Review by Josh Turner While Testimony is spoken in the first person, One is in the third. Neal has the knack for relaying meaning through song. He tells a smooth flowing story, yet it's nowhere near a monologue. More
Neal Morse - ? Review by Josh Turner He did everything I would have asked of him and a whole lot more. This is his best album out of his most recent batches and one that rivals all the best from the year. More
Neal Morse - Sola Scriptura Review by Josh Turner This album is outstanding. If there was any stronger word to use in its place, I’d have chosen that instead to sanction my approval. More
Neal Morse - Testimony Review by Steve Alspach Neal Morse's first post-Spock's Beard album is a big pill to swallow - over two hours' worth of music that document Morse's conversion to Christianity. More
Neal Morse - Neal Morse Review by Steve Alspach On "Day for Night," Spock's Beard songwriter, frontman, and head whisker Neal Morse said that he wanted to put emphasis on the songs rather than the long suites so prevalent on their first few albums. More
Neal Morse - It's Not Too Late Review by Steve Alspach Neal Morse is showing that there are two sides to his musical persona - one as the leader of Spock's Beard, but another that shows that he is at home writing well-crafted rock numbers.
Steve Morse - Prime Cuts Review by Gary Hill Joining Magna Carta's Prime Cuts series is this release of music by Steve Morse. The majority of the material comes from three solo albums of his, Split Decision, Major Impacts 1, and Major Impacts 2. More
Steve Morse - Split Decision Review by Gary Hill According to the liner notes, this album is named "Split Decision" because Morse had in mind two different albums, one a hard rocking collection and the other a sedate set of pieces. More
Steve Morse - Major Impacts Review by Gary Hill Steve Morse has come up with a very intriguing concept for an album in this release. The disc is an all instrumental excursion through his varied influences. More
I suppose it makes sense that if Steve Morse can't really be pegged to any one style, it's because his influences can't be pegged either. On Major Impacts 2 Morse continues to pay respect to the musicians who caught his ear.
After Steve Morse found himself in Deep Purple by way of Joe Satriani's rather swift exit due to contractual obligations, or so the story goes, this was one of his opportunities to continue in the fiery direction he was going in on his solo albums with Dave LaRue on bass and Van Romaine on drums.
Scott Mosher - Deep Horizon Review by Gary Hill With Scott Mosher's latest release he continues a trend of producing extremely potent metallic progressive rock. It's amazing how he can continue to put out one album after another without any weak tracks or losers. More
Scott Mosher - Inferno Review by Gary Hill With Inferno Scott Mosher has shown once again that he is an incredible talent to be reckoned with in the harder edged prog field. More
Scott Mosher - Virtuality Review by Gary Hill Scott Mosher is an artist of considerable talent and ideals. The liner notes to his CD list a very extensive list of environmental, social and other idealistic charities that Mosher supports. More
Mother Gong - O Amsterdam Review by Gary Hill If Hawkwind were to perform with classical instruments it would sound a lot like this. That is, if every song were written around a poetry reading by a woman. More
Mother Gong - The Best of Mother Gong Review by Gary Hill A compilation of material from various discs by Mother Gong, this is an intriguing CD. The group performs a unique form of progressive rock that is thoroughly rooted in jazz traditions. More
The Move - Message From The Country Review by Gary Hill I'll admit right off the top that I'm not one hundred percent sure about including this disc in the progressive rock section. Still, in the early days of prog (and this one is from 1971) there was a lot of ancillary weirdness that got lumped into the sound. More
Mullmuzzler - Mullmuzzler 2 Review by Gary Hill James LaBrie's "solo" project Mullmuzzler has just released its newest, appropriately, if not imaginatively entitled "Mullmuzzler 2". More
Bill Mumy - Speechless Review by Gary Hill I definitely wouldn’t consider the bulk of Bill Mumy’s material to be progressive rock. However, this instrumental album would pretty easily fit into that category, and that is why I have included it there. More
While this is really more like dark electronic music, I’ve included it in the progressive rock section because it really isn’t that far removed from some stuff by other electronic groups that get set in prog.
My Only Danger - My Only Danger Review by Gary Hill I can’t tell you how often I get emails on myspace saying, “you have to check out this band, they are the next coming of Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Oasis all rolled into one,” or something like that. Most of the time the groups are generic and amateurish at best or terrible at worst. More