Progression Magazine

Progression Magazine The first and longest running magazine devoted to the world of progressive music. Now in its 23rd year! Since 1992, the journal of progressive music.
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Progression is a 116-page internationally circulated magazine devoted exclusively to progressive rock and related subgenres, including symphonic, neoclassical, fusion, progressive metal, space, ambient, avant-garde, electronic, world music, experimental, ethnic, instrumental rock, acid jazz, etc.

Notice: Progression Magazine has suspended publication as of issue No. 74 as we mull our way forward in these difficult ...
08/07/2020
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Notice: Progression Magazine has suspended publication as of issue No. 74 as we mull our way forward in these difficult times for print media and life in general. We will post updates here and in pertinent social media venues as it becomes available. Meanwhile, most back issues remain available for purchase by entering our web store here: https://store.progressionmag.com

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08/16/2018

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Progression magazine issue No. 74 has been mailed to all domestic and international subscribers, and now is available fo...
08/16/2018
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Progression magazine issue No. 74 has been mailed to all domestic and international subscribers, and now is available for single-issue ordering. Please visit our web store: https://store.progressionmag.com/

The online store for Progression magazine - the place to purchase or renew a subscription, and complete your collection of back issues.

OUR JAM PACKED SUMMER ISSUE NO. 74 IS NOW AVAILABLE!Progression magazine issue No. 74 has been mailed to all domestic an...
08/16/2018

OUR JAM PACKED SUMMER ISSUE NO. 74 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Progression magazine issue No. 74 has been mailed to all domestic and international subscribers, and now is available for single-issue ordering. Please visit our new web store: https://store.progressionmag.com/ The issue contains 104 pages of articles, insightful interviews and 100-plus reviews, including:

The Dixie Dregs (cover story) – in-depth interviews with founding members Steve Morse (guitar) and Andy West (bass) on the classic American progressive act’s latest comeback and sporadic career.

Steve Morse – in-depth interview with the American guitar legend on his colorfully varied career, from the Dixie Dregs to Kansas, Deep Purple and Flying Colors

Pendragon – interviews with duo Nick Barrett (guitars/vocals) and Clive Nolan (keyboards) on the band’s creative philosophy and future plans.

Saga – in-depth interview with vocalist Michael Sadler looking back on the Canadian group’s 40-year history and decision to retire from touring.

The Sea Within – the story behind progressive rock’s newest “supergroup” assemblage with observations from Jonas Reingold (bass) and Roine Stolt (vocals/guitar).

Cuneiform Records – in-depth interview with independent label founder Steve Feigenbaum on music industry trends precipitating his decision to cease producing new releases.

Spock’s Beard – bassist Dave Meros and singer Ted Leonard discuss the band’s 13th studio album, Noise Floor

Wobbler – an overview of this veteran Norwegian group as shared by leader/keyboardist Lars Fredrik Froislie

Jane Getter Premonition – interviews with guitarist Jane Getter and keyboardist Adam Holzman on the band finding its unique voice; also, the art of interpreting studio material on the concert stage.

RTFact – composer Yuri Volodarsky discusses the origin of his new recording project and plans for extravagant live performances.

Jerry King – interview with the Wisconsin-based independent progressive artist who has made a specialty of collaborating long-distance on multiple projects.

Dewey Gurall – the touching and intriguing story behind the late Progression writer’s lifelong love affair with music.

The surround-sound phenomenon – a primer on how best to enjoy recorded progressive music. Also included: an overview of the Jethro Tull boxed-set deluxe reissues featuring 5.1 surround-sound.

Cruise to the Edge 2018 – an in-depth look back at the most recent edition of this shipboard progressive music festival, including artist interviews.

ROSFest 2018 – a review of the longstanding progressive rock festival’s latest entry and last in Pennsylvania before moving to Florida for 2019.

Also in the issue – coverage of Robert Berry’s new album project featuring contributions from the late Keith Emerson, developments with the Kinesis progressive music mail-order service, an in-depth review of Jasun Martz’s new seven-disc boxed set and updates on forthcoming festivals.

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08/16/2018

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PROGRESSION MAGAZINE ON "CRUISE TO THE EDGE"Will feature full report on bands and activities in next issue of Progressio...
02/06/2018

PROGRESSION MAGAZINE ON "CRUISE TO THE EDGE"
Will feature full report on bands and activities in next issue of Progression.

Progression magazine at Cruise to the Edge! If you're aboard this week, please stop by the Progression table and say hi....
02/03/2018

Progression magazine at Cruise to the Edge! If you're aboard this week, please stop by the Progression table and say hi. We have single issues for sale and will be giving away three FREE prog CDs with every new subscription and renewal, including a King Crimson sampler, solo album by Markus Reuter (Stick Me) and the fantastic symphonic progressive opus "Hypatia," by Telergy (pictured). Looking forward to sharing great music with y'all!

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12/21/2017

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Progression magazine issue No. 73 has been mailed to all domestic and international subscribers, and now is available fo...
12/21/2017

Progression magazine issue No. 73 has been mailed to all domestic and international subscribers, and now is available for single-issue ordering. Please visit our new web store: https://store.progressionmag.com/

Featured in this information-packed 104-page issue:

* More than 100 CD and album reviews *

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE (cover story) – in-depth interview with the French electronic music pioneer who holds world attendance records for his extravagant open-air concerts. Jean-Michel shares his thoughts on many topics including the role of music in sociopolitical activism, concert security, and the future of electronic music.

TODD RUNDGREN – in-depth interview with the American art-rock legend, who reflects on his tour stint with last summer’s Yestival and what being “progressive” has meant to him through nearly five decades making music.

IAN ANDERSON – in-depth interview with the legendary Jethro Tull front man looking back on the band’s 50-year history. Ian shares details on upcoming album releases, including plans for a new studio disc in 2019.

NEARFEST RETROSPECTIVE – in-depth interviews with organizers Chad Hutchinson and Rob LaDuca, who perfected the progressive music festival concept through 13 editions of the North East Art Rock Festival in Bethlehem, Pa.

THE TANGENT – interview with band leader Andy Tillison, who explores the philosophy behind his music plus details on new album, The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery.

NAD SYLVAN – interview with the flamboyant singer/Steve Hackett band member about his evolving solo career and new album, The Bride Said No.

SONS OF APOLLO – interviews with drummer Mike Portnoy and keyboardist Derek Sherinian about their new progressive metal supergroup and debut album, Psychotic Symphony.

MARK TRUEACK – interview with the singer/composer about his former band, Unitopia, his upcoming new album with United Progressive Fraternity and other projects.

GLASS HAMMER – interviews with members Steve Babb and Fred Schendel looking back on the independent group’s 25-year run plus information on latest album, Valkyrie.

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT – interview with singer/multi-instrumentalist Candice Night about the first 20 years of her partnership with legendary guitarist/composer Ritchie Blackmore, plus info on the resurrection of Blackmore’s classic act, Rainbow.

SCHOOLTREE – candid first-person piece by composer/keyboardist Lainey Schooltree retracing the creative process behind new double-disc concept work, Heterotopia.

KARIBOW – interview with singer/composer Oliver Rusing about the concept behind this German group and new album, From Here to the Impossible.

MARK PAPAGNO – interview with the indie prog/fusion guitarist and details behind his newest instrumental work, The Man Whom the Trees Loved.

POWER QUEST – interview with keyboardist/composer Steve Williams on the British band’s resurrection after a three-year hiatus and new album, Sixth Dimension.

METALITE – article on the new Swedish symphonic metal act and album debut, Heroes in Time.

BRIAN TARQUIN – interview with the Florida-based guitarist/producer about his ongoing series of themed tribute albums with all-star lineups, and charitable endeavors.

FB1964 – article on new concept album Stortebeker, by German guitarist/composer Frank Badenhop involving an all-star cast of 41 guest contributors.

PROGDAY FESTIVAL, 2017 – an in-depth first-person perspective on the world’s longest-running progressive music festival by Sonus Umbra bassist Luis Nasser.

PROGSTOCK FESTIVAL, 2017 – overview of the New Jersey progressive music festival’s debut, with photos.

PROGTOBERFEST, 2017 – coverage of the Chicago-based festival’s third annual edition, with photos.

KING CRIMSON – live report from the eight-member classic group’s ongoing world tour.

RENAISSANCE -- live report from the legendary symphonic band’s recent orchestral tour.

DREAM THEATER – live report on the seminal progressive metal act’s Images and Words anniversary tour.

NIK TURNER – live report from the Hawkwind legend’s recent tour.

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: coverage of developments at the ECM label, the annual Rites of Spring Festival’s upcoming 2018 edition, the annual Cruise to the Edge 2018 lineup, Genesis reunion hopes, in-depth reviews of new album releases by Gentle Giant and Steven Wilson, plus more than 100 album and DVD reviews.

We at Progression today mourn the loss of one of our own: writer/reviewer Dewey Gurall, who passed away peacefully this ...
12/14/2017

We at Progression today mourn the loss of one of our own: writer/reviewer Dewey Gurall, who passed away peacefully this morning in his adopted country of Poland after a long illness. He was 57. Dewey was an excellent scribe and dieheard proghead whose articles and reviews were both insightful and full of personality. A Pittsburgh area native, he was a huge fan of Marillion, Steve Hackett and Kansas, plus many others. In recent years he brought to our awareness the fertile progressive music scenes in Poland and other European locales with typically keen perception and sensitivity. Dewey was a big-hearted maverick who marched to the beat of his own drum -- a one-of-a-kind guy. He leaves behind his loving wife, Karen, and grown daughter, Eve. He will be missed.

Progstock Festival 2017: Kudos to the man who made it all happen, against the odds -- Tom Palmieri. The event already is...
10/16/2017

Progstock Festival 2017: Kudos to the man who made it all happen, against the odds -- Tom Palmieri. The event already is confirmed to return in October, 2018. Acts slated so far include Enchant, Evership and Orpheus Nine.

Progstock Festival '17: The Tangent braintrust Andy Tillison (keyboards/vocals), one of progressive music's unique talen...
10/16/2017

Progstock Festival '17: The Tangent braintrust Andy Tillison (keyboards/vocals), one of progressive music's unique talents.

At Progstock 2017 ... The name begs explanation: "Tangekanic" is the cooperative blend of groups The Tangent (Britain) a...
10/15/2017

At Progstock 2017 ... The name begs explanation: "Tangekanic" is the cooperative blend of groups The Tangent (Britain) and Karmakanic (Sweden). Both are performing individual sets tonight with shared players. In the foreground is Karmakanic leader/bassist Jonas Reingold, during soundcheck.

Progstock Festival 2017: The Dave Kerzner Band leads Sunday afternoon tribute to Genesis and Kevin Gilbert, also with Pe...
10/15/2017

Progstock Festival 2017: The Dave Kerzner Band leads Sunday afternoon tribute to Genesis and Kevin Gilbert, also with Peter Jones and Francis Dunnery joining in ...

Now onstage at Progstock 2017 -- 3rDegree, working its way through whimsically complex sci-fi themed material ...
10/15/2017

Now onstage at Progstock 2017 -- 3rDegree, working its way through whimsically complex sci-fi themed material ...

At the Progstock Festival ... Guitarist Francis Dunnery (ex-It Bites) joined the Dave Kerzner Band for last night's head...
10/15/2017

At the Progstock Festival ... Guitarist Francis Dunnery (ex-It Bites) joined the Dave Kerzner Band for last night's headline show. Here is Francis with Dave at soundcheck.

10/14/2017

In Rahway, N.J.: Nice start to the inaugural edition of the Progstock Festival ... Intriguingly creative opening two hours by Rachel Flowers, Francis Dunnery and Pete Jones of Tiger Moth Tales, followed by a powerful symphonic set from Glass Hammer. Two full days to go!

Steven Joel Kretzmer is coming out of musical retirement to resurrect Rascal Reporters, a U.S.-based Rock In Opposition/...
09/05/2017
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Steven Joel Kretzmer is coming out of musical retirement to resurrect Rascal Reporters, a U.S.-based Rock In Opposition/Canterbury group from the '80s. In order to fund the comeback album's production he has released "A Special Taste of K." This offering delves into the musical genius of Steven's progressive instrumentals in preparation for release of the new Rascal Reporters work, "The Strange Case of Steve."

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08/31/2017

Important news update on the first annual Progstock Festival coming to New Jersey in October: The Dave Kerzner Band and special guests have been assigned the headline slot in place of Echolyn, which bowed out due to injury suffered by keyboardist Chris Buzby. Joining Kerzner's band is Pink Floyd backing vocalist Durga McBroom. Also, the festival's Kevin Gilbert tribute is expanding to include a tribute to Genesis. For further information, visit the Progstock website, www.progstock.com/2017/

A very special section in new issue No. 72 devoted to the music manuscripts Keith Emerson left behind. Copies now availa...
08/12/2017

A very special section in new issue No. 72 devoted to the music manuscripts Keith Emerson left behind. Copies now available: https://store.progressionmag.com/

The Progression magazine web store has been revamped and is easy to use. Please check out all the information on back is...
08/10/2017

The Progression magazine web store has been revamped and is easy to use. Please check out all the information on back issues going back decades and subscriptions. Lots of collectible items available! https://store.progressionmag.com/

Yes Wars! Read all about the budding rivalry between Yes and Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman in the new issue of ...
08/05/2017

Yes Wars! Read all about the budding rivalry between Yes and Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman in the new issue of Progression magazine now available. Order your copy today by visiting www.progressionmagazine.com

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08/01/2017

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ISSUE No. 72 NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER!Visit www.progressionmagazine.comIncluded ... Tina Guo (cover story) – in-depth int...
08/01/2017

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Tina Guo (cover story) – in-depth interview with the ubiquitous American cellist who is film score legend Hans Zimmer’s right-hand woman. Tina aspires to branch out from the world of soundtracks and classical performance into symphonic progressive metal with her own recordings/extravagant stage production. Says Guo, “I only recently booked my first formal solo show with full symphony, and I’m bringing my metal band along so they’re playing as well. We’re doing the entire Game On! album plus about 30 minutes of music from my previous albums, which mostly is film and TV music, so it’s in that vein. It’s going to be with orchestra and organ. It’ll be pretty bombastic, kind of like the Hans Zimmer tour.”

Keith Emerson’s unfinished legacy (cover story) – in-depth series of articles addressing unrecorded handwritten sheet music the late keyboard legend left behind, plus details on the forthcoming DVD release from last year’s Emerson tribute concert in Los Angeles. Included are interviews with Emerson friend/fellow keyboardist CJ Vanston, and Marc Bonilla (Keith Emerson Band guitarist/singer) who oversaw the DVD project. Says Vanston, “I haven’t begun to fully assess what’s there. There are songs, there’s some orchestral stuff. It’s so widely varied … from fractured little four-measure jotted-down things to finished 20-page whatever. I’ve got three or four document-sized boxes full of stuff.”

Ayreon – in-depth interview with Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen, in which he discusses his career trajectory thus far. Arjen talks about what drives him creatively and the inspiration behind new album The Source. Says Lucassen, “When I start a project I have no idea what it’s going to be, so everything I do is spur-of-the-moment. I just get some ideas, a few chords, melody or a chord progression, and I record it on a little cassette player. Then I get more ideas and sample all these ideas, still having no plan what the project is going to be.”

The two Yeses – article on the uneasy relationship between Yes and Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman in the wake of Yes’s recent induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Says Yes bassist/singer Billy Sherwood, “Yes has been filled with all kinds of tumultuous feelings ever since it started and throughout its evolution, and continues to go through those motions. As far as I’m concerned as a big Yes fan, the more Yes music in this day and age the better. One is called Yes, one is called Yes Featuring, so there you go. I’d go see both, personally.”

Allan Holdsworth – tribute to the late guitar icon on what made him special, including a personal essay from guitarist Scott McGill, who was strongly influence by Allan. Says McGill, “I would say that Allan Holdsworth’s impact on modern progressive rock, instrumental rock and metal was/is pervasive, profound, and will be permanent. He was known internationally as a musician’s musician, for all the right reasons.”

Styx – article on the classic band returning to its progressive roots on new album The Mission. Says guitarist/singer Tommy Shaw, “We are rough-edged and badass out on the road, and we know it. But while we were making this record, everyone got very real, dug down deep into unfamiliar territory and gave the performances you hear. Anything we can do to make the songs better, that’s what we do.”

Between the Buried and Me – interview with bassist Dan Briggs including details behind newly released concert recording Coma Ecliptic: Live. Says Briggs, “You feel the structure in the set, you know? Having that flow from song to song makes playing it live feel really good, as opposed to playing random songs from your career and trying to make them flow in some way.”

Fibonacci Sequence – article on the Wisconsin-based progressive band and its new album, Cinema Finis. Says drummer Tom Ford, “There were so many ideas and themes each of us brought to each song, and there’s only so much sonic space you can put these songs into. There is so much competition for space in our music!”

Nick Katona – interview with the owner/operator of prolific label Melodic Revolution Records. Says Katona, “I don’t know if I have a set formula or philosophy about the type of band that is good for Melodic Revolution Records. I love just about all styles of music. That said, first and foremost the artist must create music that moves me one way or another.”

Lonely Robot – article on the project led by well-traveled guitarist/singer John Mitchell, including details on new album The Big Dream. Says Mitchell, “There is a feeling [in progressive rock] that if you invite other people to your project, it invites other fan bases and helps establish the brand. But I wasn’t going to have anyone who was inappropriate or irrelevant.”

Lifesigns – a track-by-track sneak peek into the British group’s forthcoming second studio album, Cardington, courtesy of John Young and his mates.

La Bocca Della Verita – profile on the young Italian group and new album, Avenoth. Says keyboardist/bandleader Massimo Di Paola, “Our love for the bombastic symphonic style explains why we would like to work with a real orchestra someday. For our most epic and lyrical song, ‘Perduto Avenoth,’ we have an arrangement prepared for choir and orchestra.”

Ingranaggi Della Valle – profile on another young Italian group and its latest work, Warm Spaced Blue. Says guitarist/keyboardist Alessandro Di Sciullo, “All seven of us in the band have voracious appetites for music. All of us listen to music all of the time, including different genres ranging from classic prog bands to temporary pop groups. We find that we can draw inspiration from the most diverse sources as long as it’s music written and performed with passion.”

Brand X – update on the classic fusion act’s recent comeback, including the addition of drummer Kenny Grohowski and details on new double-live disc But Wait … There’s More! Says band manager Norman Bedford, “The drummer we’ve got now, in all honesty, is a better drummer. Kenny Grohowski is blowing people’s minds. After shows I’d say half of all [fan] comments were about this drummer. I remember one guy said, ‘Dude, I’ve been playing drums 30 years. I’m going home and burning my kit after seeing that.’ The guy is unbelievable.”

Gungfly – article on Rikard Sjoblom’s primary post-Beardfish vehicle and new album, On Her Journey to the Sun. Says Sjoblom, “With the breakup of Beardfish, all of the prog-related material I wrote needed to go somewhere. Gungfly was ready and able for this step.”

Corciolli – profile of the veteran Brazilian keyboardist with details on his new progressive-oriented album, Ilusia. Says Corciolli, “In many ways, our ‘ordinary’ lives have other, mysterious meanings that – most of the time – we are not aware of in the moment. But, after time passes, they emerge and take on other meanings. This is a very close analogy with the music.”

Pyramaze – keyboardist Jonah Weingarten discusses his role with the internationally based progressive metal act and shares background on new album, Contingent. Says Weingarten, “It portrays a last-ditch effort to save humanity, something I definitely believe we’re facing right now.”

Rites of Spring Festival, 2017 – overview of the annual progressive rock festival’s 14th edition, with photos.

Seaprog Festival, 2017 – live report on the now-annual event from Seattle, with photos.

Roger Waters – live report from the Pink Floyd kingpin’s U.S. tour.

Jobson/Bonilla – live report on the Eddie Jobson and Marc Bonilla “Fallen Angels” tour.

Riverside – live report from Poland on the group’s recent European tour and plans going forward.

Jean-Michel Jarre – live report from the master synthesist’s first American tour.

Deep Purple – live report from Europe on the classic group’s farewell tour.

Also in this issue: nearly 100 album, DVD and book reviews!

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