Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums

Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums

Images and Words behind Prog’s most celebrated albums 1990-2016

I’m a bit late in the game with this one, but I still feel it’s important to get the word out for it. Roie Avin is the founder of the Prog Report, a great website for all news prog, and has worked in the music industry a long time. He’s also a regular contributor to the Prog magazine.

This book is his love letter to the genre of his heart. Progressive rock, as it evolved during the 90s and 2000s. He covers over 50 albums in great detail. Starting with Queensryche’s album “Empire”, he walks as through the evolution of modern progressive rock as it goes from Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Marillion, Spock’s Beard, via Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Ayreon, IQ, onto Haken, Between the Buried and Me, and Devin Townsend Project.
Dream Theater members are especially visible here, seeing as they were (and are) one of the true trendsetters in progressive music, having inspired many younger bands, and being very prolific artists in their own right. Dream Theater itself is covered with four albums, and we also find Liquid Tension Experiment, Ayreon with “The Human Equation”, Transatlantic, Neal Morse and Flying Colors, all with members (current and ex-) of Dream Theater. 

Each album is described in detail with excerpts from interviews, the story of the creation of the album itself, and some fun tidbits you might not have been aware of. As well as covering the general impact the album has had on the genre. The insight we get into each album is great, and you’ll learn a bunch of stuff about the bands and the albums.

This book is a great tool to discover some bands you may not have been aware of. It’s a great gift to give a new prog fan. It’s a great coffee table book to incite discussion among fellow friends. And a great book just to read on your own to gain a lot of insight into the genre and the bands themselves. I highly recommend getting this book.

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