Thursday, June 27, 2019

Prog Contest: Round 1, Match 7

There are only two first-round matches left to go. So here is Match 7:

Evership II

"They say you can't judge a book by it's cover, but apparently that doesn't hold true for records. This 2018 release contains the classic 70s inspired prog that you would expect from a cover like that. The production is up to date, but the music is classic (including a seven part, 27 minute long, closing number)... It's a testament to how long Friday's been running this tourney that I find myself rummaging through 2018 releases for obscure prog." - TwigTW




2973 La Nemica Dei Ricordi

"A band born in the 60s but that only managed to get published in the 2010s. 2973 (published in 2015) is a concept album that begins right after the end of the previous album: unhappy with our society, the protagonist talks with the dead to search for answers but ends up losing his mind; now, in this second album, he sails on a ghostly ship that will bring him closer to his inner self. The music sounds like Black Sabbath doing rpi, with a constant haunted house vibe (complete with sax) throughout and lots of keyboards. The singer isn't very gifted, but definitely fits the Halloween feel." - Sabrutin


So here, we have a modern American prog album (2018) vs. an Italian prog album that was recorded more than forty years ago, but only released in 2015. (It's as if we found it in a time capsule). Should be in interesting matchup.