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Progression magazine reviews Prog 2010

Progression, the long-standing prog-rock magazine, has reviewed Prog 2010 in their Autumn 2011 issue. Check out the Progression website for back issues.

There can never be too many books about progressive music, and here’s why: the genre is so vast that no two observers share exactly the same perspective on how it’s defined let along what artists are involved, past or present. So the more “angles” you get on the subject, the broader your general base of knowledge.

This work by Americans Tommy Hash and Rev. Keith Gordon is subtitled A Decade of Progressive Rock & Metal 2001-2010. Hash and Gordon subjectively cherry-picked interviews and album reviews from that period to illustrate their take on why, as noted in the intro, “The [past decade] has been the best for progressive rock, arguably, since the golden age of the 1970s.” Purporting to be neither scholarly treatise nor comprehensive reference work, Prog 2010 is a compendium of “magazine-style” pieces that invites skipping around to whatever catches your eye.

You likely will enjoy reading more about personal favorites and hopefully will make an interesting discover or two. Artists both familiar and curiously unfamiliar are included among the 36 interviews. Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, The Tangent, Pallas, IQ, Kino, Klaus Schulze, etc., share the pages with much lesser-knowns Six Gallery, Thunder, Crazy Lixx, Another Tragedy and Gronholm, among others. The CD reviews follow suit.

The book is a black-and-white mid-sized paperback, illustrated with small photos and CD booklet art. Introductory essays on “What Is Progressive Rock?” and “The Golden Years: Best Prog of the ’70s” offer helpful context to newbies but little for the seasoned diehard. A more comprehensive table of contents and tighter overall editing would’ve helped the presentation, but those are minor concerns. – John Collinge, Progression