Saga - 10,000 Days Review by Gary Hill This CD should please long time fans of Saga. There’s not really a lot of surprises here, the disc feels like classic music from the band, but when it’s this good, who cares?
Saga - Worlds Apart Revisited Review by Gary Hill If the only track you've ever heard by Saga is “On The Loose” you probably don't realize that they are really a prog band. Certainly they lean often times toward more mainstream pop rock, but there is plenty of real prog in the mix.
Saga - Trust Review by Lorraine Kay Saga outdid themselves on this, their latest studio CD. After 30 years they have not lost any freshness in their music.
Salem Hill - Be Review by Steve Alspach Thank God for perseverance. Without it, Edison would have said "The hell with it, candlelight's not so bad," the book of Exodus would have been a lot shorter, and Salem Hill wouldn't have given us this crafty little gem. More
Salem Hill - Mimi's Magical Moment Review by Josh Turner They don't even sound like the same band and I hate to say it, that turns out to be a very good thing. I'd sooner think this was a new album by Kaipa or Kansas than by Salem Hill. More
Satellite - Into the Night Review by Gary Hill Polish band Satellite came from the ashes left behind by the destruction of Collage. This latest album by the band finds them showing a strong ability to blend neo and classic prog sounds into a mosaic that should please fans of both genres.
SBB - The Rock Review by Gary Hill The latest album from this Polish band, this disc is quite intriguing. The group put together a sound that’s sort of part 1970’s hard rock, part progressive rock, part pop rock and part fusion. More
Scenes - Call Us At The Number You Provide Review by Gary Hill While this band is being billed as prog metal, frankly, I think they fit more firmly into the progressive rock category. While there certainly is a lot of crunch on display here, they show a wider range of sounds than that limiting factor would seem to indicate. More
Don Schiff - Peering Over Clouds Review by Gary Hill Over the years several musicians have started using The Stick - an instrument that combines both guitar and bass like ranges into one instrument. More
Jason Schmidt - Banged Oddities Review by Vivian Lee "One person did this?"; a friend asked when I played this CD for him. He and I both liked "Tranquility"; an example of the power of percussion to command listeners' attention, even on a sub- or unconscious level. More
Secret Aging Men - Night Mowing Review by Gary Hill When I reviewed Secret Aging Men's last disc, Fully Functional, I commented on how their style of instrumental music was good, but there was too little variety. Well, the SAM (that's Secret Aging Men) gods have listened.
Secret Oyster - Straight to the Krankenhaus Review by Gary Hill I’ve read where a lot of people say that this disc is where Secret Oyster turned away from the prog rock meets fusion elements of their debut to turn straight jaxx. Well, they must have listened to a different disc that what I have here. More
Seer - 2020 Review by Gary Hill There is such a thing as too much of a good thing and moderation is often the key. That holds true in a lot of things in life. More
Tony Senatore - Holyland Review by Gary Hill Tony Senatore is one of an elite group of bassists who play the 12 string version of the instrument. This CD showcases a number of tracks featuring that instrument.
Sense - Going Home Review by Josh Turner Recently I poured myself a glass of lavender cola. Similar to this, it’s not likeable with the first sip.
Senses - Fields Unsown Review by Gary Hill The music on this disc is quite strong progressive rock by an independent band that should, if there is justice, begin getting some attention soon. The music herein is quite good, although there is a slight tendency for sameness. More
Septimania - Welcome To Septimania Review by Gary Hill A gent named Jonathan Thomas recruited a group of cohorts to produce this disc. I have to tell you, this isn’t really my cup of tea, but I know that there are a number of prog heads out there who are into just this type of music.
Seventh Season - Liquid Water Review by Gary Hill You know, this one I’ve gone back and forth on. I’ve been just about to throw it into metal and then suddenly I’ll hear something that makes me think prog. More
Shadow Circus - Welcome to the Freakroom Review by Gary Hill A new force in progressive rock, this band is a pretty cool one. Their musical arrangements are soaring and innovative and deeply rooted in traditional prog, but with a modern sensibility.
Shadow Circus - Whispers and Screams Review by Gary Hill When I reviewed Shadow Circus’ debut I remarked how I wished that lead singer and band founder David Bobick would unlearn all his musical theater techniques. More
Jeremy Shaw - Neptune Ensemble Review by Vivian Lee Neptune Ensemble is a solo debut effort by Chapel Hill, NC artist Jeremy Shaw. The album features guests Jonathan Robinson on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Marc Gratama on drums and backing vocals.
Billy Sheehan - Compression Review by Gary Hill Billy Sheehan is a bass legend, and, of course the bass work on this disc is very very good. Interestingly enough, so is the guitar, drums and vocal work. Even more interesting about that is the fact that Sheehan is responsible for the majority of that as well.
Billy Sheehan - Prime Cuts Review by Steve Alspach Ever play a bass guitar? "Strings" are a misnomer - they use great big, fat, wires. You have to work up some muscle in your fingers to aptly play a bass. More
The bass guitar is an instrument whose players are often overlooked, relegated to playing the rhythm hidden behind guitar heroes, singers and keyboard wizards. A few bassists have managed to put together chops and performances that allow them to rise above this status.
Derek Sherinian - Blood of the Snake Review by Gary Hill Derek Sherinian always seems to be looking for new ways to stretch out musically and this time around he's brought a lot of friends on board to help him in that process. The end result is Blood of the Snake, a disc that is arguably his most diverse. It also might well be his strongest album ever. More
With this CD Sherinian continues his tradition of creating hard edged prog that is quite firmly rooted in fusion. The disc succeeds very well in creating an energetic and considerably potent instrumental mode that sends the listener on a major journey.
Derek Sherinian - Planet X Review by Gary Hill This one really comes as a surprise to many. Coming from such gigs as Alice Cooper`s band and Kiss, when Sherinian joined Dream Theater, he was perceived as more the rock and roll type of style, and less prog.
Billy Sherwood - At the Speed of Life... Review by G. W. Hill Billy Sherwood has released this solo album and it is truly a solo work. He wrote all the songs and performs every bit of music on the disc.
Side Project - Our Last Album Review by Gary Hill I think it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that you've never heard progressive rock quite like this. If I had to put a label on it, I'd call it "funky urban jazz-oriented progressive rock." More
So many people these days give lip service to this charity or that, but you really have to admire the people who put their money (literally) where their mouth is. Such is the case with Simon Apple as they are donating a portion of the sale of each CD to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Simon Says - Tardigrade Review by Gary Hill Apparently the band Simon Says is a Swedish progressive rock band from the 1990’s. I had never heard of the band before, but after checking out this disc, I want more. More
Skeletonbreath - louise Review by Bill Knispel What do you get when you mix bass playing with occasional Zeuhl-ish tone, wildly expressive violin playing, and punk drumming? If you fueled the whole mixture with exceedingly large amounts of volume, and seasoned liberally with beer, and were very, very lucky, you just might come up with Rochester NY’s Skeletonbreath.
Alex Skolnick Trio - Last Day in Paradise Review by Gary Hill This new album by Alex Skolnick Trio is more than just a continuation. Sure there's a lot of great jazz trio music with elements of rock – the reason I put this under prog.
Alex Skolnick Trio - Transformation Review by Gary Hill Alex Skolnick is a true artist, not content to sit still in one musical genre. Certainly he is probably best known as the guitarist for the metal band Testament, his first professional gig. More
Skyron Orchestra - Situations Review by Gary Hill Well, to anyone who says that these guys don't belong in the progressive rock section, part of me agrees. I'm pretty evenly divided on where to put this one, but in the end I chose the prog side for a couple reasons. More
While the references seem to run the gamut between Pink Floyd, Nektar, Yes, Hawkwind and more AOR oriented varieties, the style of prog that The Skys play is modern with a lot of classic elements in place.
Snowy White and The White Flames - Live Flames Review by Bruce Stringer British blues legend Snowy White’s latest offering is an excellent live recording of moody, spatial music with rare a finesse and intelligence. As White’s first full-length live album (- not including the bonus The Way It Is… Live CD) it is a journey into the netherworld of modern ethereal blues with a “chill-up-your-spine” eeriness that simply draws the listener in.
Arianna Solare - Book of Us Review by Gary Hill This might not be the most obvious choice as a progressive rock CD. God knows, I catch enough headaches from readers and labels about what I do and don’t call prog rock, and,(although there are those who might disagree) I think I have a more liberal definition than many.
Soniq Theater - Enchanted Review by Gary Hill Soniq Theater is one man, Alfred Mueller, and this guy is talented! His newest release to fly under this banner is Enchanted, and it's full of all the instrumental progressive rock sounds and changes that you could possibly expect for one album. More
Space Ritual - Otherworld Review by Bill Knispel Being a Hawkwind fan these days almost feels like being a Marillion fan at the end of the 1980’s. With two decidedly different factions, one led by founder Dave Brock and maintaining the Hawkwind name, and the other led by founder Nik Turner under the name Space Ritual, fans have the benefit of twice as much music while perhaps bemoaning the fact that the two men simply can no longer get along.
Spaced Out - Spaced Out Review by Gary Hill Spaced Out (Antoine Fafard, Mathieu Bouchard, Martin Maheux, Louis Cote and Eric St.-Jean) have in their debut a solid album showcasing a progressive rock style that is based heartily in the fusion genre.
Many influences can be heard and many comparisons can be drawn, however, the outcome is quite unique. While one prescription dulls the pain, another treats the downing affects with a stimulating boost.
Speechless - Time Out of Mind Review by Gary Hill You may have never heard of Speechless, but if you are a fan of instrumental progressive rock, you really need to know that name. These guys have put together a disc of fusion meets traditional prog and vintage Rush that should be one of the most played instrumental CD's in your collection.
Spheric Universe Experience - Anima Review by Gary Hill I remember an old pun that said, “the problem with music today is too much sax and violins.” Well, you won’t find either of those here.
Spirits Burning - Alien Injection Review by Gary Hill I reviewed the Spirits Burning and Bridget Wishart CD in the last issue of Music Street Journal. This CD is the album Spirits Burning record about the same time as that one. More
Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart - Earth Born Review by Gary Hill Since this disc features performances from a number of people who have been involved with Hawkwind (most notably Wishart herself) comparisons to that band are obvious. A lot of the music lives up to that. In fact a good deal of this disc reminds me of a more pure progressive rock oriented Hawkwind with some serious jazz thrown into the mix.
Splinter - Dreamers Review by Gary Hill Those who think that there is no neo-prog that really encompasses the older world of progressive rock need look no further than this CD. It’s about as good as you get. More
Spock's Beard - Spock's Beard Review by Bill Knispel Spock’s Beard needs no introduction, as they are one of the highest profile American prog bands of the past 15 years..
Spock's Beard - Live Review by Gary Hill I have to admit, I haven’t seen Spock’s Beard live since the departure of Neal Morse. While this wasn’t a conscious decision, I have to admit to some trepidation about how the band would sound without their former front man. More
Spock's Beard - Feel Euphoria Review by Steve Alspach Well, it isn't the Spock's Beard that we've all grown accustomed to. With Neal Morse's departure, the band bares little semblance to it's old self, but that's not to say that the band hasn't lost its edge.
The parallels are amazing. A band, noticed for its work in progressive rock, releases for its sixth album an epic tale of a young man making his way in the world, only to have the band's lead singer surprisingly pack it in and leave the band.
The fifth album from Spock's Beard shows them to be at the forefront of current progressive music. In this album the band is able to play exciting, adventurous music without ever becoming self-indulgent or pompous.
Spock's Beard - Beware of Darkness Review by Gary Hill The leanings on this album are widespread (Neil Young, Yes, Beatles, King Crimson), and the changes are so fast as to be difficult to keep track of at times.
If ever there was a perfect dream team then it would have to be the bassist with one of the legendary bands joining forces with the guitarist from another of the bands in the prog pantheon, namely Yes and Genesis.
Star Nation - The Silver Age Review by Bruce Stringer Hawkwind drummer Richard Chadwick and ex-Hawkwind guitarist Jerry Richards play alongside musicians Steve Hayes, Alex Hart, Steve Taylor and scribe Sophie Knight on this album of industrial, post-punk, space-rock. The Silver Age is a thematic CD with many a surprise in stall for the listener and many interesting lyrics to puzzle over. More
Star Nation - Star Nation EP Review by Bruce Stringer The first thing to get my attention to this EP was the card CD sleeve design: didn't I see this in Chariots of the Gods? Dressed up as an independent CD single with lyric card inserts, this is a very interesting disc and a pity that it will probably never get the release it deserves. More
Starcastle - Song of Times Review by Gary Hill When Starcastle first emerged in the 1970's many labeled them as a Yes clone. There was a certain amount of truth in that label, but if you dug below the surface there were other elements there.
Starcastle - Citadel Review by Gary Hill Starcastle have gotten much criticism over the years for being "a rip off of Yes". Certainly the Yes influences are very strong, but honestly they really did their own take on those influences.
Starcastle - Starcastle Review by Gary Hill Starcastle have gotten much criticism over the years for being "a rip off of Yes". Certainly the Yes influences are very strong, but honestly they really did their own take on those influences.
Starcastle - Chronos I Review by Gary Hill This is a collection of early material from Starcastle. Rather than go with the standard best of type collection, this one is composed of nothing but unreleased material. More
The Station Myth - The Station Myth Review by Gary Hill While this may not be the type of music you first associate with progressive rock, this fits pretty well into that category. This is moody music, but more along the lines of later Radiohead, modern Marillion and Blackfield.
Stebmo - Stebmo Review by Gary Hill Often times there is a fine line between jazz and fusion and progressive rock. This CD seems to sit atop that line a lot of the time.
Jérémie Grima and Sébastien Bourdeix from The Black Noodle Project makeup Stereoscope. While I enjoyed The Black Noodle's second album, I can't say I was burning for another, what with all the other great music coming out.
Stratospheerius - Headspace Review by Greg Olma Stratospheerius is really a vehicle for the talents of Joe Deninzon. His electric violin is the main focal point of the music and although the other musicians in the band definitely hold their own, it would be hard to take him out of the equation.
The Strawbs - Hero and Heroine Review by Gary Hill Perhaps The Strawbs biggest claim to fame (at least in the U.S.) was the fact that Rick Wakeman had at one time been part of their ensemble. Well, that was a very short tenure and The Strawbs have a long career and a lot of albums without him. More
The Strawbs - Live At Nearfest 2004 Review by Gary Hill This live show from prog rock legends The Strawbs has just been released on CD. Much of the disc seems to be more along the lines of folk music, but then again, The Strawbs had a definite folk side to them. More
The Strawbs are an intriguing band. I know most people consider them progressive rock – and certainly some of their music qualifies. I put them in that category basically as a nod to general convention.
Arjen Lucassen is a pioneer of the progressive as he can always be found engineering new and innovative projects. He finds talent in all the right places and involves many gifted artists in all aspects of his music.
Daryl Stuermer - Go Review by Gary Hill Certainly Daryl Stuermer is probably best known for his work in the touring version of Genesis. The truth is, though, he's a great musician in his own right and Go is his latest disc.
Styx - Cornerstone Review by Greg Olma When Styx released Cornerstone, they seemed to switch directions after the relatively harder Pieces Of Eight. Here, the band gave Dennis DeYoung a little bit more space to explore his musical leanings.
The Sunny Era - Connection Lost Review by Gary Hill In many ways there seems now to be more of a current of breaking down musical barriers than there has been at any other time in history. Take this CD for an example.
Paul Sutin - Seraphim Review by Gary Hill This disc is a new age album that has a lot of keyboards and atmospheric textures. It’s quite pretty and relaxing. More
Swedish Family - Vintage Prog - The Best of SF Review by Josh Turner Being an avid fan of the latest progressive rock, I'm torn between the classic sounds from the seventies and releases just starting to surface. Back in the day when technology was young, progressive musicians had innovative ideas and clever new instruments. More
Sylvan - Posthumous Silence Review by Gary Hill I have to admit to ignorance when it comes to this band. Although they have been at it for a while, I had never heard of them before. More
David Sylvian - Brilliant Trees/Words With The Shaman Review by Steve Alspach With the demise of Japan (the band, not the nation, y’all), David Sylvian launched his solo career with Brilliant Trees. Some of the songs still have a dated feel to them, but it shows Sylvian to branch out musically.
David Sylvian - Secrets of The Beehive Review by Steve Alspach After the ambient efforts of Gone to Earth, Secrets of the Beehive found David Sylvian in a warm, almost romantic mood. Enlisting the arrangement talents of Ryuichi Sakamoto, this disc serves as an excellent starter to Sylvian and his music. The rich strings, coupled with Sylvian’s baritone, along with a curious lack of drums, envelop the listener.
The Syn - Original Syn 1965-2004 Review by Gary Hill This compilation is a bit of a mixed bag. The first CD is composed of songs from the first era of The Syn, while the second disc are tracks created by the 21st century rendition of the group. More
The Syn - Syndestructible Review by Gary Hill This is a reunion album from the band called "Syn." Haven't heard of them? Well, you probably will be familiar with their bass guitarist. More
The Syn - Armistice Day Review by Gary Hill This disc is composed of two new tracks from the Syn along with acoustic versions (recorded live at XM Studios) of some of their earlier tracks. In my estimation this is the strongest disc from the band to date. More