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new prog that is as good as GH

Post by craig » Wed Feb 05, 2003 4:13 pm

what's up? i am new to the forum. after being into 70s prog for the last couple of years i recently decided to check out the new stuff. i am on varacious quest for good new prog that uses vintage instrumentation (moog, mellotron, warm production). i am still warming up to flower kings after a few months but just heard GH a few weeks ago. instant euphoria!! these guys are truely picking up where yes and gg left off in 1980. it's vintige sound with brand new musical ideas and excellent production. so i plan on digesting GH pretty slowly. in the mean time. any suggestions from others in the forum about bands that are as good as GH as far as vintige instrumentation, origionality, and warm production. would love to hear from you.
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Post by gojira » Thu Feb 06, 2003 2:41 pm

Crucible from Connecticut, USA. Most people hear some 70's prog band influences, especially early Genesis. They also use vintage keyboards (Hammond, Mellotron, analog synths). I run their official website at http://spoon.5u.com/Crucible/main.html.

They have 2 CDs out, Tall Tales (1998) and Curtains (2001). The band is currently inactive while their keyboardist and main composer Tim Horan attends college.

Hear samples for Tall Tales at http://www.progradio.net/prog2k/crucible/index.htm, and for Curtains at http://spoon.5u.com/Crucible/discography.html#curtains. You can also catch the Studio M archive of their NEARfest '99 gig at http://www.studiomlive.com/nearfest99/crucible/index.html.
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Advent from New Jersey (I think), USA. They list their influences as "sources which range from music of the English and Italian Renaissance to church motets, from sea chanteys to film scores and such progressive bands as Gentle Giant and Procol Harum". (I hear a lot of GG in them.) They have one CD out, Advent (1997). It was thought to be out of print for several years (even the band thought so!), but ZNR recently unearthed a few copies. They have started work on their second CD.

Their website is at http://www.angelfire.com/nj/adventmusic/advent.html. Sample tracks are available at http://www.angelfire.com/nj/adventmusic/records.html.
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Alaska from Pennsylvania, USA. This band with a very large sound consists of only 2 members, John O'Hara on keyboards and Al Lewis on drums and vocals. Quoting from the Kinesis website: "Alaska play a very symphonic progressive rock that sounds like what might result if Yes dispensed with electric guitar. The keys are more Emerson than Wakeman, but singer Al Lewis really reinforces the Yes comparison."

They have no problem reproducing their huge sound live (without pre-recorded parts), mostly because O'Hara is a freaking octopus in performance!

They have one CD out, Alaska (1998). I've been in contact with them about their plans, and they've said they have material for a second CD, but that recording it has been a slow process. (Especially now that Al has joined Starcastle!) Their website is at http://home.earthlink.net/~alaska98/. Samples are at http://home.earthlink.net/~alaska98/tree/sounds.html, with the complete track IceSpirits at http://artists1.iuma.com/IUMA/Bands/Alaska/. The studio M archive of their NEARfest '99 gig is at http://www.studiomlive.com/nearfest99/alaska/index.html.


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Post by craig » Thu Feb 06, 2003 3:11 pm

g,
thanks for the recommendations. can't wait to check these bands out. if i find anything on my search i will post on the list. love those vintage sounds!!!!
craig

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Re: new prog that is as good as GH

Post by Guest » Sat Feb 08, 2003 10:43 am

craig wrote: these guys are truely picking up where yes and gg left off in 1980. it's vintige sound with brand new musical ideas and excellent production. so i plan on digesting GH pretty slowly. peace
craig


Hey Craig,
Welcome to the forum. The forum is actually pretty new, and sometimes very quiet and lonely. But we think things will pick up here as Nearfest draws near.
Regardless, thanks for posting. We're glad you've discovered GH!
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Post by Sam Gamgee » Sat Feb 08, 2003 9:51 pm

Yes, very lonely indeed. :( *sniff* Except it's not exactly quiet when I'm around... It takes two to have a conversation, but my good friend Fingolfin helps me with that... ;) It's still lonely though. Talk a lot, if you like. A lot is good. And enjoy the wonderful, the exciting, the Glass Hammer Forum. *applause*
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Post by Guest » Tue Feb 11, 2003 2:25 am

I second Crucible, in a big way!! I got to do the mix of their set on Pete Refro's Progday CD for that year. It was a rush job, but it turned out well. I hope they liked it!! Also, I give a big thumbs up to Alaska as well *g*

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Post by Alatar » Fri Feb 21, 2003 11:36 am

I'm new to this forum, hence the relatively late date of the reply to the original post.
Have you tried any of the seventies Italian bands? Felona e Sorona by Le Orme is a great place to start. Take a look at http://home.online.no/~schoenen/
for reviews of other seventies bands that may have past you by.

Of the more recent bands it might be worth trying Anglagard and Illuvatar, although Anglagard's albums are currently out of print.

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Post by MayorOfLongview » Wed Feb 26, 2003 8:19 am

Hi,
I saw your website and that you play lute and mandolin. Be sure to read the posts under 'instruments'. There are a couple of recorder fans here.
Welcome to the forum.
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