The neo-progressive band Abel Ganz was formed in Glasgow, Scotland, by Hew Montgomery (keyboards) and Hugh Carter (bass, guitar) in 1980. Taking their influences from 1970s prog rock bands Genesis and Yes, the duo rounded out their group with guitarist Malky McNiven and drummer Kenny Weir. Receiving strong word of mouth for a demo cassette they recorded, the band added vocalist Alan Reed and recorded their debut album, Gratuitous Flesh (1984). Shortly afterward, Reed departed to become lead singer of Pallas, and McNiven left the group. Replacing the two members with Paul Kelly, the band continued touring. Carter then left Abel Ganz to concentrate on the group’s management and was replaced by Gordon Mackie. It was this lineup of the band that recorded Gullible’s Travels in 1985. For the next couple years, the band was an on-again-off-again project, but Montgomery, Carter, McNiven, Kelly, and Reed recorded a third Abel Ganz album in 1988, The Dangers of Strangers. The group’s most successful album; they were signed by the French label MSI, who released their back catalog on CD. The band soon added new members and moved toward more of an AOR sound, alienating Montgomery who left the group. The new lineup featuring Carter, Graham Strachen (vocals, keyboards), Robert Wilson (guitar), Colin Johnson (drums), Stuart Clyde (bass), and Chris Forsyth (vocals) recorded Deafening Silence in 1995. Montgomery and Carter then got back together again as Abel Ganz, while the rest of the band renamed themselves Empire. In October 1999, the new version of Abel Ganz signed to F2 Records.
A fine CD that sucked me in with each subsequent tune, from an Aussie artist I’d not heard of before. You’ll enjoy him.
Singer, guitarist, songwriter.
Getting from the roots of rock to mature into a more mellow country style has been gradual but on reflection, inevitable. The signs were there, the strong clear vocal style & the acoustic guitar with slide.
The influences of these varied styles are clear to be heard in the songs on Evergreen.
It all started……
First band ‘Rockpool’ was a 70’s and 90’s coverband, steering clear of the 80’s. The band was a good start to gain experience, but original music was always the goal.
Some members of Rockpool then formed ‘Pandora’s Box, an originals 5 piece band which focused on hard rock with strong but thoughtful progressions. After many gigs and recordings, the members went their separate ways.
Peter continued to write and record his own style of music, with genre not being a consideration at that stage. The focus was on sounds and progressions which lead to a variety of different styles and textures being created.
These can be heard on the album ‘Evergreen’. The culmination of many years work.
In 2013 Pete joined country rock band WildSeed as their lead vocalist & front man and is proving to be a good mix of ideas, sounds and styles. WildSeed will be gigging in the Sydney region in early 2014
The shortest track is 8:49. That tells you that you’re in for a prog treat.
Fatal Fusion is a progressive rock band from Oslo, Norway. The release of their debut album “Land of the Sun" in 2010 have received great reviews from around the world, and also got them nominated for "best debut album 2010" by Prog Awards.
Utilizing classic instruments, synths, mellotron and hammond organ as part of their sound, they pay homage to the progressive rock bands from the 70´s, whilst still aiming to create their own unique sound, blending in elements form different musical genres as rock, metal, blues, jazz, and latin.
They like to explore and mix styles together, trying to get a broad musical landscape.
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This is an album you should definitely listen to as an album all the way through. It’s really beautifully crafted. It holds a certain magic for me, similar to My Morning Jacket’s latest album. Proggy and Psychedelic.
" Antiphon is another impeccably realized meld of bucolic 70s folk and radio-friendly soft rock, as warm and assured as it is adventurous." (The Gaurdian)