Hey! Listen to Gygax!

While "don't judge a book by its cover" is one of the most often repeated cliches, we all commit the sin of prejudgement on a daily basis. There's nothing to it; the vast amount of information and culture we c... Read More...

Satan – Cruel Magic

When metal was having another of its golden ages, like the one we're having these days, it spawned so many new bands that even some of the more important among them have been somewhat forgotten by the scene as... Read More...

Love Letter – Playing Prog Rock Fucking Loud

You know the part: the drums, thick and resonating, pick up pace, the bass licks in anticipation of the crescendo and all of a sudden the synths are there, Hammond goodness washing over the soaring guitar parts as the vocals explode into a high note. This structure of "ensemble buildup", where the entire band join forces to form the climax of a track, is a staple of many genres but progressive rock has always been the best at it. King Crimson's "Starless", Yes's "Heart of the Sunrise", Wishbone Ash's "Warrior" (containing one of the world's most famous and most forgotten solos), Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and many, many other tracks and albums come to mind. Even younger bands operating today and paying homage to the style (like Malady, Wobbler, Witchcraft and more) adopt the prominence of the climax and full band collaboration.