Ed’s Let­ter

Prog - - Ed’s Letter -

So the sixth an­nual Pro­gres­sive Mu­sic Awards has been and gone. And boy, what a night it was. A de­light­ful gath­er­ing from the pro­gres­sive world that re­ally does rate as prob­a­bly the most en­joy­able night we’ve hosted so far. The vibe in the room was in­cred­i­ble, and hope­fully some of that comes through in our cov­er­age of the night, which be­gins on page 34.

This is­sue we fea­ture an in depth in­ter­view with Opeth’s Mikael Åk­er­feldt, one of mod­ern pro­gres­sive mu­sic’s stan­dard­bear­ers. His band Opeth picked up the Best In­ter­na­tional Band gong at the Awards this year, and Dave Ever­ley’s pro­file of him (p 42) is one of the most re­veal­ing I’ve read, delv­ing deep into what makes this fas­ci­nat­ing and sin­gle-minded mu­si­cian tick.

And of course, not only do we fea­ture Opeth on the cover of this is­sue, but we have a fan­tas­tic live CD from the band that is un­avail­able any­where else. Recorded when the band per­formed with a choir and orches­tra in Plov­div, Bul­garia, it of­fers a unique in­sight into how the band’s mu­sic has evolved over the years. Quite the col­lec­tors’ item.

Chris­tian Van­der of Magma, the sub­ject of The Prog In­ter­view on page 92, is an equally ab­sorb­ing char­ac­ter with an­other in­cred­i­bly unique story to tell. Quite fas­ci­nat­ing to read where he got his first ever drum kit!

And of course, there’s the usual round up of what’s been hap­pen­ing on Planet Prog, from the re­turn of Brand X to the con­tin­ued pro­gres­sive shift of bands like En­slaved and The Con­tor­tion­ist.

I’ve just had a glance at the cover artists who’ll be grac­ing the cover of Prog be­tween now and the end of the year. Suf­fice to say, I think you’re go­ing to en­joy them. Un­til next month, prog on…

Jerry Ewing - Ed­i­tor

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