Be Prog! My Friend 2018 - Day One: Preview
Internationalism rules as the 5th Chapter of Be Prog! My Friend kicks off in Bacelona on Friday 29th June, a day which will see the heavier side of prog flourish.
We preview what you can expect to see and hear…
The Andorran outfit, named after the Greek goddess Persephone, started life in 2001 and have released five albums to date, Aathma being the latest which came out last year.
These days we have genres within genres and sub-genres within those. Persefone fall into this realm with what is interestingly described as progressive death metal although we are not sure this is really accurate, they are definitely on the heavier side but with a great deal of technical speed that will set the tone for day one of the festival.
Check out the video for In Lak'ech for a taster of what to expect...
Life has not been easy for Baroness, a bus crash near Bath in 2013 saw injuries to their bass player and drummer which sadly saw them being replaced. This shows the resilience of guitarist and singer John Baizley and his determination to progress and carry on with the band.
Baroness continue the theme of progressive metal, yet they are a band of brightness for which each of their album titles refer: Red Album, Blue Record, Yellow & Green along with their last release, simply titled Purple, which came out in 2015. Last year Baizley stated that the band was currently in the writing phase for a new album so perhaps they will treat the audience to some new songs at Be Prog! 2018.
We are certainly hoping they bring a spash of colour to proceedings at Be Prog!
Pain of Salvation
Concept albums are often seen as being atypically prog and Pain of Salvation have taken this to heart with every one of their albums being conceptual driven by Daniel Gildenlöw who is the main songwriter, guitarist and singer for the band he formed back in 1991 as an 18 year old, although their history goes back even further.
Their sound is not quite typically progressive metal either. There is the usual riffage that is associated with this genre but there are also complex vocals along with lighter and heavier parts. And the songs are interesting too, covering subjects as God, humanity and existence as well as contemporary issues such as war and the environment. To our ears they are the definition of what modern progressive rock is all about.
Check out the stunning Meaningless video:
A Perfect Circle
Unless you have been living under a rock, the burst of activity that has surrounded A Perfect Circle has been deafening. Their UK dates sold out as quickly as they were announced. So an alternative is to watch them in Barcelona as they are the headline act at Be Prog My friend 2018.
And the band are on a roll at the moment too, in addition to their touring they have a new album out, Eat The Elephant which was released in April 2018.
Formed in 1999 by Tool’s Maynard James Keenan and guitar tech Billy Howerdel, A Perfect Circle released their first album, the highly critically acclaimed Mer de Noms, in 2000 and have produced several interesting releases since as the band ebb and flow between productivity and being on hiatus.
Reports from their current tour are that the performances are outstanding with an interesting selection of material played, which makes their performance at Be Prog! an even more appetising prospect.
Finishing off in the early hours, with what can only be described as a truly international day are Oranssi Pazuzu (that’s Finnish for orange Babylon wind demon) and they are certainly the biggest melting pot of musical styles ranging from psychedelic and space rock to black metal.
Coming across as a mix of early Pink Floyd and Hawkwind there is a dreamy, droney nature to their music, quite danceable in a hippy kind of way and probably the perfect way to end the day.