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Progressive Rock

Also known as art rock, the intention of this genre was to expand the limits of rock and roll. Gaining influence from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album. Generally speaking progressive rock music typically consists of long, complex instrumental passages, frequently accompanied by dramatic, grandiose flourishes that showcase the talent of the musicians.


Dario Margeli - Somebody Pull Me Up

Dario Margeli presents the music video of the song "Somebody Pull Me Up". ( "Somebody Pull Me Up" is an original song, written by its performer Dario Margeli, with socially conscious lyrics that talk about how regular people feel trapped in a social system of low paying jobs and bleak future. Emphasis has been put in writing a very original melody for the song. The recording has rock guitars by an experienced musician that goes by the artistic name of Hat Trick. His Psychedelic Glitter style of playing the guitars provides an energetic backing to the song. Like a friend said, it has Fuzz all over. The backing vocals are by producer JAKE of Aftershock Records. Dario Margeli has US Citizenship, with a degree from University of California, Irvine and he lived most of his life in California, while, at the moment, he is Europe based. "Somebody Pull Me Up" is Dario's third single. The previous one achieved 9,000 views on YouTube ( ) and an additional 4000 views for the various remixes. It was also featured on sites like UNOTV.NET ( and Screen Soda ( , among others. This summer saw the release by the California based record company "Now Again / Stones Throw Records" of an album on which Dario worked on, developing its booklet and as a consultant in 2010 ( ) . This album, also released on vinyl, has been very successful receiving praises in newspapers publications like LA TIMES, UNCUT Magazine. It was the excitement of working on that project that got me interested in writing my own songs again. Dario had already written and recorded demos in the early 90s, being also a bass player, but had to abandon it all once he started going to college. Dario first song release came in November 2010, and it was a collaboration via internet exchanges with Florida guitar player Hugh Williams. You can contact Dario via email or on Facebook (Add me):
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Karda Estra - The Atom Age Sense Of Impermanence

Karda Estra - new single released. Neo-classical, gothic, progressive project Karda Estra released a new free mp3 single this month entitled 'The Atom Age Sense Of Impermanence.' This is the first of a series of free mp3 singles to be released over the coming year to mark the 10th anniversary of Karda Estra.
Released:November 11th, 2007
Producers:Richard Wileman
Guest Musicians:Richard Wileman (composer, producer, classical, electric and bass guitars, keyboards, percussion, rastrophone), Ileesha Bailey (vocals), Helen Dearnley (violin), Caron Hansford (oboe), Amy Hedges (clarinet).


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San Francisco-Area Progressive Rock Band metaphor Releases Sci-Fi Rock Opera

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Following-up on the widespread critical and fan acclaim of their first two CDs, “Starfooted” and “Entertaining Thanatos,” Metaphor announced today the release of its much-anticipated third effort, entitled, “The Sparrow.” It’s a rock opera about the first Jesuit mission to another planet, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by celebrated author Mary Doria Russell. This well-honed progressive rock quintet, consisting of guitarist Malcolm Smith, keyboardist Marc Spooner, bassist Jim Anderson, vocalist/lyricist John Mabry, and percussionist Greg Miller, has crafted another unique and exceptional piece of music, thrilling listeners with its interesting polyrhythms, thoughtful and exciting vocal excursions, and a satisfying depth of harmonic ideas as the band continues to explore its evolving musical identity. “The Sparrow” tells the story of Father Emilio Sandoz, a Jesuit priest whose soul was shattered by what befell him on the planet Rakhat as part of the first manned mission to another planet and its civilization. Humanity has finally found evidence of extraterrestrial life when exquisite singing from another planet is detected on Earth. The Jesuits organize a crew for an expedition, and what it finds is a civilization beyond comprehension, leading humans to question the very meaning of what it is to be "human." The sole survivor of the ill-fated expedition, Father Sandoz, returns to Earth, and must explain what went wrong. Metaphor, with the author’s permission, has taken this timeless and thoroughly thought-provoking story and created music, in its own inimitable style, which brings a new dimension to the suspenseful, lively, and challenging tale. Visit Mary Doria Russell’s official website at A note of interest: astronomers reported earlier this decade that the lowest note calculated to be vibrating in the universe is a B-flat (Bb), fifty seven octaves below middle C and far below the range of human hearing. It is emanating from a black hole in the Perseus galaxy cluster, some 250 million light-years away. The Bb drone at 30.87 Hz represents the universal vibrating frequency. And so the drone heard at the beginning and end of Metaphor’s “The Sparrow” is a Bb – to represent both the distance in time and space of the story’s concepts, as well as the universal nature of music. More information about this new CD and the band is available at Distribution and retailer inquiries are welcome, by contacting
Released:September 5th, 2007
Genre:Progressive Rock
Guest Musicians:Metaphor
Catalogue Number:TA045
1 1. Inquisition (4.44)
2 2. Song from a nearby star (1:52)
3 3. Deus Vult (5:20)
4 4. Stella Maris (6:17)
5 5.Death in Eden (8:09)
6 6.Challalla Khaeri (11:46)
7 7.Garden Building (1:48)
8 8.Sick for what the heart wants (2:55)
9 9. stranded (8:22)
10 10. Flower harvest (1:50)
11 11. we are many and they are few (2:56)
12 12. mother night (4:49)
13 13. God will break your heart (6:42)
14 14. Afterture (3:16)

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