A Beginner’s Guide to Brutal Prog 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

“It was hard to learn, hard to play, and hard to listen to.” That’s how Dave Stewart of the British band Egg described progressive rock, the high-minded genre that emerged in the late 1960s, and peaked into the mainstream—think Yes, Genesis, and Rush—in the following decade. As such groups grew to value technical prowess, extended suites, and fantasy narratives, prog became a pariah, part of the rock pomposity that punk reacted to.

But there were parts of prog that were pretty punk—the parts that Dave Weigel, author of The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock, calls “conflicting attitudes, discordant instrumentation, and jerky rhythms.” In the ‘00s, some underground rock bands locked onto these elements, taking cues from the early work of prog groups like King Crimson and Magma. The result was a harsher, more visceral strain, one that The Flying Luttenbachers’ Weasel Walter coined as “brutal prog.”