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  • Prog Blog: The Protomen (USA) announce first ever Australian tour
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    Prog Blog: The Protomen (USA) announce first ever Australian tour

    US operatic rockers The Protomen have announced their first visit to Australia, playing festival dates at PAX in Melbourne and Featherfest in Sydney, as well as sideshows in both cities. Well known to geeks and epic prog rock fans alike, the group have earned a dedicated following worldwide for their bombastic and theatrical approach to

  • Prog Blog: OM Announce Australian Tour For May
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    Prog Blog: OM Announce Australian Tour For May

    US outfit OM are bringing their unique blend of spiritually resonant and essential drone to Australia for a national tour this May. The band formed in 2003 from the rhythm section of the disbanded stoner doom metal band, Sleep, with a line-up comprised of Al Cisneros on vocals and bass and Chris Hakius on drums.

  • Prog Blog: Interview With Jeremy Galindo Of This Will Destroy You
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    Prog Blog: Interview With Jeremy Galindo Of This Will Destroy You

    Texas group This Will Destroy Youhave amassed a sizable underground following for their instrumental compositions, spanning ambient, melodic odes, to crushing ‘doomgaze’ atmospherics. Ahead of their first ever Australian visit in a few weeks, I got the word from guitarist Jeremy Galindo on a few choice questions covering their sound, touring and the musician’s life.

  • Prog Blog: Interview With Mark Trueack (Unitopia)
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    Prog Blog: Interview With Mark Trueack (Unitopia)

    Adelaide’s Unitopia have long been touted as one of Australia’s biggest progressive rock exports – everywhere except Australia that is. It’s indicative of their position in the world prog rock scene that they are able to release a prog tribute album and have it so well received, selling multiple pressings overseas and finally seeing Unitopia

  • Prog Blog: This Will Destroy You Announce First Ever Australian tour
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    Prog Blog: This Will Destroy You Announce First Ever Australian tour

    US ambient rock group This Will Destroy You have announced their first ever Australian tour for March 2013. The band rose to worldwide prominence with the release of their debut Young Mountain and since then have seen their popularity explode with a series of EPs and follow up albums S/T and Tunnel Blanket. Australian fans

  • Prog Blog: Unitopia Release ‘Covered Mirror’ Prog Tribute Album
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    Prog Blog: Unitopia Release ‘Covered Mirror’ Prog Tribute Album

    Much to the excitement of progressive rock fans around the globe, legendary Australian prog ensemble Unitopia have released a tribute album titled Covered Mirror. Featuring songs by the band’s influences, including prog and rock giants Yes, Genesis, The Flower Kings, Led Zeppelin and Supertramp, as well as lesser-known groups such as Klaatu, the album is

  • Prog Blog: 65daysofstatic Release ‘The Fall Of Math’
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    Prog Blog: 65daysofstatic Release ‘The Fall Of Math’

    UK electronic-rockers 65daysofstatic have released their seminal 2004 debut The Fall of Math in Australia for the first time. To celebrate the band’s recent Australian tour with sleepmakeswaves, the release comes as a deluxe edition featuring a plethora of rarities and unreleased material, including the hidden gems The Major Cities of The World Are Being

  • Prog Blog: 65daysofstatic Interview
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    Prog Blog: 65daysofstatic Interview

    65daysofstatic are UK electronic rock “legends” whose influence and significance amongst underground experimental rock artists is spoken of highly and consistently. They exploded onto the world scene with their innovative debut The Fall of Math in 2004, following up with the electronic-post-rock amalgamation seen on One Time for All Time in 2005. The success of

  • Prog Blog: Andrew Haug (AndrewHaugRadio/Contrive) Interview
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    Prog Blog: Andrew Haug (AndrewHaugRadio/Contrive) Interview

    Andrew Haug is a name many in the Australian heavy music scene will be familiar with. Over the last 20 years, he’s forged a career in radio and on the stage, both as the host of the hugely popular triple j program The Racket and as drummer for Melbourne metal outfit Contrive. Since his tenure

  • Prog Blog: Animals As Leaders Interview
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    Prog Blog: Animals As Leaders Interview

    Animals As Leaders are coming to Australia for the first time this November. The instrumental math-rock/metal trio have created quite a buzz since forming, with their impressive guitar chops being a much-talked-about aspect of their performance. Despite seemingly killing it with successful international tours, gear endorsements and being on every kid’s ‘best guitarist’ list for

  • Prog Blog: Between The Buried And Me Interview (Part 2)
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    Prog Blog: Between The Buried And Me Interview (Part 2)

    Recently I interviewed Between the Buried and Me singer Tommy Giles (see here) about the band’s upcoming tour of Australia. I had put the word out to BTBAM fans to send me some of the questions they wanted answered, but unfortunately we ran out of time on the phone for me to ask all of

  • Prog Blog: Between The Buried And Me Interview (Part 1)
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    Prog Blog: Between The Buried And Me Interview (Part 1)

    Progressive metal icons Between The Buried and Me are returning to Australia this November, following the release of their latest album The Parallax 2: Future Sequence next week. I spoke briefly to lead vocalist Tommy Giles ahead of the shows, asking about the process behind the album, life in a working band, and a few

  • Prog Blog: Meniscus In Europe (Part 3) Tour Diary
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    Prog Blog: Meniscus In Europe (Part 3) Tour Diary

    Sydney’s MENISCUS have recently wrapped up their first European tour – here’s the final instalment of guitarist Dan Oreskovic’s tour diary (following on from Part 1 and Part 2). GENEVA (8/7/12) I woke up at a service station, about an hour outside of Milan. I was really groggy, so I just stood outside the van,

  • Prog Blog: City Of Ships Interview
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    Prog Blog: City Of Ships Interview

    American heavy rockers CITY OF SHIPS are heading to Australia for the first time in July and August, touring with post metal giants ROSETTA. Their sound is a blend of atmospheric grooves with frenetic metal riffs. Eric Jernigan answered a few questions ahead of the tour. Prog Blog: This is your first visit to Australia; what

  • Prog Blog: Meniscus In Europe (Part 2) Tour Diary
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    Prog Blog: Meniscus In Europe (Part 2) Tour Diary

    Following on from their adventures last week (read here), Sydney instrumental rockers MENISCUS bring us Part 2 of their European tour diary. PRAGUE (30/6/12) Driving into the Czech Republic, we witnessed some of the most picturesque scenery on this tour to date. Arriving at Rybanaruby, we’re greeted by Alex, the promoter/sound guy, and his three

  • Prog Blog: Meniscus In Europe (Part 1) Tour Diary
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    Prog Blog: Meniscus In Europe (Part 1) Tour Diary

    Sydney instrumental rock legends MENISCUS are in the midst of their debut European tour, hitting 9 countries across 3 weeks. I asked guitarist Dan Oreskovic to keep us a tour diary to give folks back home a glimpse of what life on the Euro-road is like for an underground band… So far, it’s been hijinx

  • Prog Blog: Karnivool Interview
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    Prog Blog: Karnivool Interview

    Perth’s KARNIVOOL have gone from strength to strength since forming out of high school in 1997. They are now firmly established as Australia’s biggest progressive rock act (and indeed, one of the country’s most successful bands of any ilk). With 2 gold albums (2005’s Themata and 2009’s Sound Awake) and a successful touring history that

  • Prog Blog: Russian Circles Interview
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    Prog Blog: Russian Circles Interview

    Chicago’s Russian Circles are heading back to Australia and New Zealand this September and October for their second tour here (and for the second year in a row). The experimental metal trio’s massive live sound and solid work ethic has earned them a dedicated live following around the world, with their latest release, 2011’s Empros,

  • Prog Blog: Ne Obliviscaris Interview
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    Prog Blog: Ne Obliviscaris Interview

    Melbourne’s Ne Obliviscaris recently announced the release of their debut album, Portal Of I. It’s been 9 years since the band formed and during that time NeO have seen members come and go and an expensive and lengthy battle with immigration to retain their guitarist Benjamin Baret. Now the album is finally here and the

  • Prog Blog: Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving Interview
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    Prog Blog: Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving Interview

    Perth’s Tangled Thoughts of Leaving are heading to the East Coast of Australia for 2 eagerly awaited shows in Sydney and Melbourne this weekend, before returning home to share stages with Dead Letter Circus and The Ocean. The band dropped one of 2011’s most creative debut albums ‘Deaden The Fields’ and have inspired a bunch

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