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Hi ya... Rob (guitarist/songwriter/vocalist) from Cruciform Soul
I grew up on all of the traditional sounding "prog"... Yes, ELP, Genesis, Tull, Rush, etc... funny thing is, I was also influenced by folk music, big band, heavy metal, and pure pop... with the advent of guitarists like Yngwie, neo-classical was added to my definition of prog. When I heard the Dregs, my interpretation changed again... My bassist, Randy George, who plays with Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy on solo projects, would define prog as everything that I find impossible to listen to for a long time, but that's "each to his own". As my appreciation grew, I took lessons from bands like KingsX, and Porcupine Tree, and molded them into my own "modern RUSH" sensibilities. Some would say classic RUSH is the only RUSH, I would say they GROOVE better than ever...For me having that groove that echos all the way back ELP's "Fanfare for the Common Man", is more important than a ton of time signature changes. I live in an area where prog is almost a dirty world, the home of grunge, Seattle. To them, prog = excess, and that was a war cry for the toppling of 80's rock, including bands like Dream Theater, Racer X, etc....Yet every time I've seen Rush here, they've sold out. But that's RUSH....My bassist tells me that when he, Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy play here (it'll be an honor to meet Mike, one of my 5 fave prog rock drummers), they'll be lucky to fill a room of 500... that's a shame...yet if we get to tour internationally (a possibility ,but something I'll with a grain of salt), most rooms we'd play will be SRO... there's a discussion prog in the USA vs. Everywhere else, what gives with the state of prog in the US, and why is it so marginalized? (or at least gives the appearance of such...).
Anyway, my belief is to put progressive rock into a box is to deny the very reason we call it progressive... Our own stuff flirts on the edge of prog, rooted more in straight rock with odd time signatures that appear to be 4/4... like I heard once, Rush does a very good job of "drawing a straight line through odd time"... We attempt the same thing. Is it prog? Only in the ears of the believer.
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At what point does a metal band start trying to hone in on prog genres as well as their own?
on reverbnation, there is no distinction in genre's...we get lumped in with metal bands with bad hair and a million tattoos...
you ask about the state of prog... there is no prog in seattle, and very little on the west coast of the us...
sometimes wish we were in the UK....