ATTACK OF THE PROGNOSAUR 2.0

June 29, 2011

My piece on Pinoy prog rockers FUSEBOXX is now up and running on the GMAnews.tv lifestyle channel.

If you like King Crimson, Yes, Rush, The Mars Volta, Coheed and Cambria, Mew and Dream Theater then you’ll like Fuseboxx’s new album Animated. Check it out and score a copy of the LP, now available at all major Manila record outlets.

Excerpts are below. Congrats, Fuseboxx.

Welcome to the Prog Suite

KARL R. DE MESA

06/28/2011 | 08:55 PM

Progressive Rock is what you get when you combine classical and jazz with the intensity of rock, played with on the dime precision and flawless technicality. The pioneers of this hybrid music combined a wide range of elements to come up with their unique sound.

Prog rock (or just prog) bands had two things in common: extended song structures that frequently eschewed the verse-chorus-verse of popular music, and intricate arrangements that needed high levels of skill from its players.

Often bombastic and long-winded, prog earned disdain as a “dinosaur” genre during the mostly punk and grunge dominated 1990s. It has since been given fresh life by modern groups like Mars Volta and Coheed and Cambria.

Fuseboxx is the hands down champion of prog in the country. They are famous for blowing away the judges and winning the Red Horse Beer Muziklaban Challenge back in 2003.

Later, the release of their self-titled debut album would throw open the floodgates of the local rock community for other like-minded rockers. They’ve also been headliners at the yearly event In-Progression, a festival for prog bands seeking to share original songs.

Read the rest HERE.

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