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    Japanese Rock...Prog or Not...

    I've been on a jag lately, mostly Acid Mothers Temple and Ghost. In general, I've found most of the Japanese rock I've heard to be high quality:

    Ain Soph
    Angel'in Heavy Syrup
    Ashada
    KBB
    Koenjihyakkei
    MONO
    nagasi ni te
    Naikaku
    Quikion
    Trio96
    Walrus

    Am I missing any bands that are must-hear? I really like Ghost: great playing, varying arrangements and they take risks album-to-album.
    For that which is not,
    there is no coming into being
    and for that which is,
    there is no ceasing to be;
    yea of both of these the lookers into truth have seen an end.
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    Symph:
    Pageant
    Teru's Symphonia
    Shingetsu

    All out keyboard attacks:
    Ars Nova
    Gerard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bungalow Bill View Post
    I've been on a jag lately, mostly Acid Mothers Temple and Ghost. In general, I've found most of the Japanese rock I've heard to be high quality:

    Ain Soph
    Angel'in Heavy Syrup
    Ashada
    KBB
    Koenjihyakkei
    MONO
    nagasi ni te
    Naikaku
    Quikion
    Trio96
    Walrus

    Am I missing any bands that are must-hear? I really like Ghost: great playing, varying arrangements and they take risks album-to-album.
    Mongol is a one off that kicks butt!

    They were more on the Fusion side of Prog, not really Symph, but of course 100% Prog
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    I'd try these for sure:

    Happy Family
    Pochakaite Malko (Laya and the EP feature Tsuboy from KBB)

    If you like the fusiony side:

    Igzit Nine
    Kenso
    Machine and the Synergetic Nuts
    Mongol

    Zeuhl meets ELP:

    Zletovsko

    I like the first four Ars Nova discs, but YMMV on these. I also like Bi Kyo Ran, but they are very like King Crimson. Parallax, their second album, is pretty worthy despite the obvious KC comparisons.

    Bill

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    Altered States-how to describe the music?.....avant-prog electric trio music(guitar, bass, drums), improvised(the group calls it "spontaneous composition").

    The groups' last three cd releases are 'state of the art'-Bluffs,BluffsII and Live In Tokyo are kick ass good.Live In Tokyo,particularly so,imo.
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    Bondage Fruit
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    Based on the bands in your list, Rovo is a band you might want to try. They are all over the map- with strong space rock tendencies.

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    Hey, you knew I was gonna post some Loudness sooner or later.

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    Beloved, but I don’t think they were mentioned yet: Mr. Sirius

    Underrated “proggy prog”: Providence, Outer Limits, TEE, Wappa Gappa.

    For all-out avant-garde synth-plus-female-vocals-plus-whatever freakout, definitely check out Wha-ha-ha



    For 70s stuff, try Sadistic Mika Band. I seem to be the only one on this board who really likes them, probably as folks are looking for unadulterated prog, and prog was just one facet of their very dense sound. First of all, they were probably the first “post-modern” rock band, years before that was “a thing,” alongside prog, we also get some hard rock, glam rock, 50s retro, Japanese traditional/folk, funk, calypso, jazz fusion, general weirdness and who knows what else thrown into the stew. They were a true original. Start with Black Ship (黒船).



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    Am I missing any bands that are must-hear? I really like Ghost: great playing, varying arrangements and they take risks album-to-album.[/QUOTE]



    Radwimps! Teenage Japanese rock(?) band. You're not going to find a proggier video on YouTube with 15 million views haha

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    How did we miss Outer Limits? Great band.
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    This has been a thread that is repeated from time to time, the usual suspects are already listed, and there many more, some that I always try to add to the list are:
    Shinsekai
    Tipographica
    Il Berlione
    Keep
    Space Circus

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    Last edited by MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER; 07-13-2013 at 12:45 AM.
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    For anyone who likes Machine and the Synergetic Nuts, I'd recommend Morsof and their sole album (that I'm aware of), "Heap." It ranks better than the first Machine... album but not quite as good as their excellent second.


    For some more interesting rock/avant/electronic/Krautrock music, check out The Boredoms and their excellent spin off OOIOO.

    Last edited by FredOCal; 07-13-2013 at 01:21 AM.

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    CHICK PROG FROM JAPAN!
    Last edited by Man In The Mountain; 07-13-2013 at 12:04 AM.

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    Kenso and Providence for me. Never really got into Ars Nova. There's tons and tons of Japanese music to discover, I've really not scratched the surface...

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    There are a lot of really good bands..

    Based on your list I would recommend to check out:

    Le*Silo
    Bondage Fruit
    Happy Family
    Pochakaite Malko
    Il Berlione
    Zypressen
    Tipographica
    Lacrymosa

    Some bands you should definetly at least try
    Outer Limits
    Providence (their second Album was just rereleased by Musea, by the way)
    Wappa Gappa
    Kenso
    Mr. Sirius
    Zonk Monk

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    A few faves of mine that are seldom mentioned: (Perhaps cos I'm the only one who likes 'em)

    Kimio Mizutani -'A Path Through Haze'
    V.A. -'Prospective Faces II'
    Mugen -'The Princess Of Kingdom Gone'
    Midas -'Beyond The Clear Air'
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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Midas -'Beyond The Clear Air'
    Got their newest and follow up to the debut "Touch the Clear Air" in just yesterday.
    Although not bad, it didn't impress me that much as their first.

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    Yellow Machinegun

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    I've never been big on Japanese symph, myself. One album not yet mentioned that is at the top of my list is Far East Family Band Parallel World. A pretty amazing psychy/space trip that's more in line with a lot of the mid 70s electronic Krautrock. A real standout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pr33t View Post
    I've never been big on Japanese symph, myself.
    As far as I can tell, there is no such thing.

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    I've always loved this guy - I guess it's up in the air whether or not you can call him prog but it's the sort of real expansive, quasi-orchestral, incredibly creative work that a lot of people around here dig


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