Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal

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Bazillion Points Books, 2010 - Music - 364 pages
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Revered former Metal Maniacs editor Jeff Wagner analyzes the heady side of metal in this exhaustive narrative history of a relentlessly ambitious musical subculture. Beginning with the hugely influential mid-1970s efforts of Rush and King Crimson, Wagner unfurls a huge tapestry of sounds and styles, including Queensryche, Fates Warning, and Dream Theater; extreme prog pioneers Voivod and Celtic Frost; Norway’s post-black metal avant garde acts Ulver and Arcturus; and the 1990s global movement that spawned Ayreon, Pain of Salvation, and others.

Fighting a tide of tradition and conservatism, progressive metal has proven to be one of the most viable, malleable forms in all of modern music; here its preeminent scholar tells the tale.
 

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When it comes to musical genre histories, deciding what groups to include or leave out can be more difficult than writing about them. That goes double for subgenres, in this case the fusion of ... Read full review

Contents

ATMOSPHERIC DISTURBANCE 1 InventionReinvention I
3
All Moving Parts
11
ByTor at the Gates of Delirium
23
Open Mind for a Different View
35
THE SCIENCE OF THE DAY 5 Passing the Threshold
49
Killed by Tech
69
A Constant Motion
91
A QUANTUM LEAP FORWARD 8 Sublimation from Underground I Voivod Celtic Frost
109
North America
147
Florida
161
From 2112 to 1993
181
GENETIC BLENDS
197
INTO DATA OVERLOAD
287
and the Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
330
Thanks
350
Copyright

Europe
131

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