Timeline of progressive rock and progressive metal


Timeline of progressive rock and progressive metal

This is a list of events, artists, and albums constituting a timeline of major developments in progressive rock and progressive metal.

Contents

1962-1967 - 1968 - 1969 - 1970 - 1971 - 1972 - 1973 - 1974 - 1975 - 1976 - 1977 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008

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1962–1967

Newly formed bands

* Daevid Allen Trio (1963)
* The Wilde Flowers (1964)
* The Moody Blues (1964)
* Pink Floyd (1964)
* The Mothers of Invention (1964)
* The Syn (1965)
* Soft Machine (1966)
* Stormy Six (1966)
* Touch (1966)
* Barclay James Harvest (1966)
* Unit Delta Plus (later White Noise) (1966)
* Gong (1967)
* Genesis (1967)
* Jethro Tull (1967)
* The Nice (1967)
* Procol Harum (1967)
* Organisation (later Kraftwerk) (1967)
* Van der Graaf Generator (1967)
* Uriel (1967)

Albums =

* The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
* Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - "Safe as Milk" (USA) (1967)
* The Moody Blues - "Days of Future Passed" (England) (1967)
* The Nice - "The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack" (England) (1967)
* Pink Floyd - "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" (England) (1967)
* Procol Harum - "Procol Harum" (England) (1967)
* Soft Machine - "Jet Propelled Photographs" (England) (1967) - NOTE: Demo Recordings first released 1971 as part of the "Rock Generation" series by BYG Record - "Jet Propelled Photograph" was adopted as a title quite some time later
* Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - "Freak Out!" (USA) (1966)
* Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - "Absolutely Free" (USA) (1967)
* Frank Zappa - "Lumpy Gravy" (USA) (1967)

Disbandments

* The Syn (1967)
* The Wilde Flowers (1967)

Events

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1968

Newly formed bands

* Art Zoyd
* Can
* Caravan
* Henry Cow
* O Terço
* Yes
* Rush
* United States of America

Albums

* Caravan - "Caravan" (England)
* Family - "Music In A Doll's House" (England)
* Giles, Giles and Fripp - "Giles, Giles and Fripp" (England)
* Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention - "We're Only In It For The Money" (USA)
* Jethro Tull - "This Was" (England)
* Moody Blues - "In Search of the Lost Chord" (England)
* Pärson Sound - "Pärson Sound" (Sweden)
* Pink Floyd - "A Saucerful of Secrets" (England)
* Pretty Things - "S.F. Sorrow" (England)
* Procol Harum - "Shine On Brightly" (England)
* Soft Machine - "Volume One" (England, although the original album was only available in USA, an import in the UK)
* The Nice - "Ars Longa Vita Brevis" (England)
* United States of America - "United States of America" (USA)

Disbandments

*

Events

* Syd Barrett leaves Pink Floyd after an extended and notorious fling with hallucinogenic drugs which cause him psychological damage and his childhood friend David Gilmour joins the band.

1969

Newly formed bands

* Supertramp
* Atomic Rooster
* Curved Air
* Egg
* Focus
* Hawkwind
* King Crimson
* Renaissance
* Samla Mammas Manna
* Triumvirat
* Wigwam

Albums

* The Beatles- Abbey Road
* Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - "Trout Mask Replica" (USA)
* Caravan - "Caravan" (England)
* East of Eden - "Mercator Projected" (England)
* Fairport Convention - "Liege and Lief" (England)
* Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - "Uncle Meat" (USA)
* Frank Zappa - "Hot Rats" (USA)
* Genesis - "From Genesis to Revelation" (England)
* Gong - "Magick Brother" (France)
* Jethro Tull - "Stand Up" (England)
* King Crimson - "In the Court of the Crimson King" (England)
* Moody Blues - "On the Threshold of a Dream" (England)
* Moody Blues - "To Our Children's Children's Children" (England)
* The Nice - "The Nice" (England)
* Organisation - "Tone Float" (Germany)
* Pink Floyd - "Music From The Film More" (England)
* Pink Floyd - "Ummagumma" (England)
* Renaissance - "Renaissance" (England)
* Soft Machine - "Volume Two" (England)
* Touch - "Touch" (USA)
* Van der Graaf Generator - "The Aerosol Grey Machine" (England, although original album was released only in USA))
* Wigwam - "Hard 'n' Horny" (Finland)
* Yes - "Yes" (England)

Disbandments

*

Events

*Peter Banks leaves Yes, is replaced by former Bodast and Tomorrow guitarist Steve Howe.

1970

Newly formed bands

* Ange
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer
* Focus
* Gentle Giant
* Jackson Heights
* Khan
* Pentwater
* Queen
* Walrus

Albums

* Amon Düül II - "Yeti" (Germany)
* Barclay James Harvest - "Barclay James Harvest" (England)
* Beggars Opera - "Act One" (United Kingdom)
* Caravan - "If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You" (United Kingdom)
* Cressida - "Cressida" (United Kingdom)
* Curved Air - "Air Conditioning" (United Kingdom)
* Focus - "In and Out of Focus" (Netherlands)
* Frank Zappa - "Chunga's Revenge" (USA)
* Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" (USA)
* Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" (USA)
* Genesis - "Trespass" (United Kingdom)
* Gentle Giant - "Gentle Giant" (United Kingdom)
* Egg - "The Polite Force" (United Kingdom)
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "Emerson, Lake & Palmer" (United Kingdom)
* Jethro Tull - "Benefit" (United Kingdom)
* King Crimson - "In the Wake of Poseidon" (United Kingdom)
* King Crimson - "Lizard" (United Kingdom)
* Magma - "Magma" (France)
* Moving Gelatine Plates - "Moving Gelatine Plates" (France)
* The Nice - "Five Bridges" (England)
* Pink Floyd - "Atom Heart Mother" (United Kingdom)
* Rare Bird - "As Your Mind Flies By" (United Kingdom)
* Soft Machine - "Third" (United Kingdom)
* Supersister - "Present From Nancy" (Netherlands)
* Supertramp - "Supertramp" (England)
* T2 - "It'll All Work Out in Boomland" (United Kingdom)
* Walrus (band) - "Walrus" (United Kingdom)
* Van der Graaf Generator - "H To He Who Am The Only One" (United Kingdom)
* Van der Graaf Generator - "The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other" (United Kingdom)
* Wigwam - "Tombstone Valentine" (Finland)
* Yes - "Time and A Word" (United Kingdom)

Disbandments

* The Nice

Events

*Yes fires organist Tony Kaye, and replaces him with former Strawbs keyboard player and session musican Rick Wakeman. Anthony Phillips leaves Genesis, and is replaced by guitarist Steve Hacket. Genesis also changes drummers, losing John Mayhew and bringing in former child actor Phil Collins.

1971

Newly formed bands

* Kansas (Proto-Kaw)
* Matching Mole
* Camel
* Styx

Albums

* Amon Düül II - "Tanz der Lemminge" (Germany)
* Ash Ra Tempel - "Ash Ra Tempel" (Germany)
* Barclay James Harvest - "Once Again" (England)
* Barclay James Harvest - "Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories" (England)
* Can - "Tago Mago" (Germany)
* Caravan - "In The Land Of Grey & Pink" (England)
* Comus - "First Utterance" (England)
* Curved Air - "Air Conditioning" (England)
* Cressida - "Asylum" (England)
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "Tarkus" (England)
* Faust - "Faust" (Germany)
* Focus - "II (aka Moving Waves)" (Netherlands)
* Garson, Mort - "Black Mass/Lucifer" (Canada)
* Genesis - "Nursery Cryme" (England)
* Gentle Giant - "Acquiring The Taste" (England)
* Gong - "Camembert Electrique" (Various)
* Hawkwind - "In Search Of Space" (England)
* Ikarus - "Ikarus" (Germany)
* Jethro Tull - "Aqualung" (England)
* King Crimson - "Islands" (England)
* Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come - "Galactic Zoo Dossier" (England)
* McDonald and Giles - "McDonald and Giles" (England)
* Moving Gelatine Plates - "The World of Genius Hans" (France)
* Pink Floyd - "Meddle" (England)
* Soft Machine - "Fourth" (England)
* Supersister - "To the Highest Bidder" (Netherlands)
* Supertramp - "Indelibly Stamped" (England)
* Van der Graaf Generator - "Pawn Hearts" (England)
* Wigwam - "Fairyport" (Finland)
* Yes - "The Yes Album" (England)

Disbandments

*

Events

The new King Crimson Bruford joins has former Family bassist John Wetton.

1972

Newly formed bands

* Gilgamesh
* Goblin
* Hatfield and the North
* Tabula Rasa

Albums

* Agitation Free - "Malesch" (Germany)
* Älgarnas Trädgård - "Framtiden Är Ett Svävande Skepp, Förankrat I Forntiden" (Sweden)
* Ange - "Caricatures" (France)
* Ash Ra Tempel - "Schwingungen" (Germany)
* Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - "Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso" (Italy)
* Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - "Darwin!" (Italy)
* Barclay James Harvest - "Baby James Harvest" (England)
* Can - "Ege Bamyasi" (Germany)
* Caravan - "Waterloo Lily" (England)
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "Pictures at an Exhibition" (England)
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "Trilogy" (England)
* Flash - "Flash" (England)
* Flash - "In the Can" (England)
* Focus - "Focus III" (Netherlands)
* Franco Battiato - "Pollution" (Italy)
* Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - "Waka/Jawaka" (USA)
* Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - "The Grand Wazoo" (USA)
* Genesis - "Foxtrot" (England)
* Gentle Giant - "Octopus" (England)
* Gentle Giant - "Three Friends" (England)
* Hawkwind - "Doremi Fasol Latido" (England)
* Il Balletto di Bronzo - "Ys" (Italy)
* Jethro Tull - "Thick as a Brick" (England)
* Jethro Tull - "Living in the Past" (England)
* Khan - "Space Shanty" (England)
* Pekka Pohjola - "Pihkasilmä Kaarnakorva" (Finland)
* Pink Floyd - "Obscured by Clouds" (England)
* Premiata Forneria Marconi - "Per Un Amico" (Italy)
* Premiata Forneria Marconi - "Storia Di Un Minuto" (Italy)
* Renaissance - "Prologue" (England)
* Strawbs - "Grave New World" (England)
* Yes - "Close to the Edge" (England)
* Yes - "Fragile" (England)

Disbandments

* Khan
* Matching Mole
* Van der Graaf Generator

Events

*

1973

Newly formed bands

* Etron Fou Leloublan

Albums

* Area - "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Italy)
* Ange - "Le Cimetière des arlequins" (France)
* Badger - "One Live Badger" (England)
* Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - "Io Sono Nato Libero" (Italy)
* Camel - "Camel" (England)
* Caravan - "For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night" (England)
* Cyrille Verdeaux - "Clearlight Symphony" (France)
* Henry Cow - "The Henry Cow Legend (aka Leg End)" (England)
* Embryo - "Steig Aus" (Germany)
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "Brain Salad Surgery" (England)
* Flash - "Out of our Hands" (England)
* Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - "Over-Nite Sensation" (USA)
* Genesis - "Genesis Live" (England)
* Genesis - "Selling England by the Pound" (England)
* Gentle Giant - "In a Glass House" (England)
* Gong - "Angel's Egg" (Various)
* Gong - "Flying Teapot" (Various)
* Hatfield & the North - "Hatfield & the North" (England)
* Hawkwind - "Space Ritual" (England)
* Jethro Tull - "A Passion Play" (England)
* King Crimson - "Larks' Tongues in Aspic" (England)
* Le Orme - "Felona e Sorona" (Italy)
* Magma - "Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh" (France)
* Museo Rosenbach - "Zarathustra" (Italy)
* Nektar - "Remember the Future" (England)
* Mike Oldfield - "Tubular Bells" (England)
* Osanna - "Palepoli" (Italy)
* Pink Floyd - "The Dark Side of the Moon" (England)
* Queen - "Queen"
* Renaissance - "Ashes Are Burning" (England)
* Samla Mammas Manna - "Måltid" (Sweden)
* Semiramis - "Dedicato A Frazz" (Italy)
* Rick Wakeman - "The Six Wives Of Henry VIII" (England)
* Wigwam - "Being" (Finland)
* Yes - "Yessongs" (England)
* Yes - "Tales From Topographic Oceans" (England)

Disbandments

* Jackson Heights

Events

*Rick Wakeman leaves Yes after concluding the band's Tales From Topographic Oceans Tour, he goes solo following the success of his albums Six Wives of Henry VIII and Journey to the Center of the Earth. he is replaced by Yes by former Refugee Keyboard player Patrick Moraz. Founding member Phil Schulman ldeaves Gentle Giant.

1974

Newly formed bands

* Refugee
* Univers Zero
* SBB

Albums

* Ange - "Au-delà du délire" (France)
* Area - "Caution Radiation Area" (Italy)
* Arti + Mestieri - "Tilt" (Italy)
* Badger - "White Lady" (England)
* Barclay James Harvest - "Everyone is Everybody Else" (England)
* Camel - "Mirage" (England)
* Caravan - "Caravan and the new Symphonia" (England)
* Focus - "Hamburger Concerto" (Netherlands)
* Frank Zappa - "Apostrophe(')" (USA)
* Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - "Roxy & Elsewhere" (USA)
* Fred Frith - "Guitar Solos" (England)
* Genesis - "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" (England)
* Gentle Giant- "The Power and the Glory" (England)
* Gong - "You" (Various)
* Gryphon - "Red Queen to Gryphon Three" (England)
* Hawkwind - "Hall Of The Mountain Grill" (England)
* Henry Cow - "Unrest" (England)
* Jethro Tull - "Warchild" (England)
* Kansas - "Kansas" (USA)
* King Crimson - "Red" (England)
* King Crimson - "Starless and Bible Black" (England)
* Kraftwerk - "Autobahn" (Germany)
* Los Canarios - "Ciclos" (Spain)
* Magma - "Kohntarkosz" (France)
* Pekka Pohjola - "Harakka Bialoipokku (B The Magpie)" (Finland)
* Premiata Forneria Marconi - "L'isola Di Niente" (Italy)
* Queen - "Queen II"
* Queen - "Sheer Heart Attack"
* Refugee - "Refugee' (England)
* Renaissance - "Turn of the Cards" (England)
* Rick Wakeman - "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (England)
* Robert Wyatt - "Rock Bottom" (England)
* Rush - "Rush" (Canada)
* Samla Mammas Manna - "Klossa Knapitatet" (Sweden)
* Strawbs - "Hero and Heroine" (England)
* Supertramp - "Crime Of The Century" (England)
* Tangerine Dream - "Phaedra" (Germany)
* Triumvirat - "Illusions On a Double Dimple" (Germany)
* Wigwam - "Being" (Finland)
* Yes - "Relayer" (England)
* Todd Rundgren's Utopia - "Utopia" (USA)

Disbandments

* King Crimson

Events

* * John Rutsey leaves Rush to be replaced by Neil Peart.

1975

Newly formed bands

* Ambrosia
* National Health
* Triana

Albums

* Ambrosia - "Ambrosia" (USA)
* Ange - "Émile Jacotey" (France)
* Apoteosi - "Apoteosi" (Italy)
* Area - "Crac!" (Italy)
* Barclay James Harvest - "Time Honoured Ghosts" (England)
* Camel - "The Snow Goose" (England)
* Phoenix - "Cantafabule" (Romania)
* Caravan - "Cunning Stunts" (England)
* Carpe Diem - "En Regardant Passer Le Temps" (France)
* Chris Squire - "Fish Out of Water" (England)
* Clearlight - "Forever Blowing Bubbles" (France)
* Frank Zappa - "One Size Fits All" (USA)
* Fusioon - "Minorisa" (Spain)
* Gentle Giant - "Free Hand" (England)
* Harmonium - "Si on Avait Besoin d'une Cinquieme Saison" (Quebec)
* Hatfield & the North - "The Rotter's Club" (England)
* Hawkwind - "Warrior On The Edge Of Time" (England)
* Henry Cow - "In Praise Of Learning" (England)
* Jethro Tull - "Minstrel In The Gallery" (England)
* Kansas - "Masque" (USA)
* Kansas - "Song For America" (USA)
* Magma - "Live/Hhai" (France)
* Maxophone - "Maxophone" (Italy)
* Mike Oldfield - "Ommadawn" (England)
* Modrý Efekt - "Modrý Efekt & Radim Hladik" (Czechoslovakia)
* O Terço - "Criaturas da Noite" (Brazil)
* Pink Floyd - "Wish You Were Here" (England)
* Premiata Forneria Marconi - "Chocolate Kings" (Italy)
* Queen - "A Night at the Opera"
* Quiet Sun - "Mainstream" (England)
* Renaissance - "Scheherazade & Other Stories" (England)
* Rick Wakeman - "Myths & Legends of King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table" (England)
* Rush - "Caress of Steel" (Canada)
* Rush - "Fly By Night" (Canada)
* SBB - "Nowy Horyzont" (Poland)
* Soft Machine - "Bundles" (England)
* Steve Hackett - "Voyage of the Acolyte" (England)
* Steve Hillage - "Fish Rising" (England)
* Supertramp - "Crisis, What Crisis?" (England)
* Tangerine Dream - "Rubycon" (Germany)
* Triana - "El Patio" (Spain)
* Triumvirat - "Spartacus" (Germany)
* Van der Graaf Generator - "Godbluff" (England)
* Wigwam - "Nuclear Nightclub" (Finland)

Disbandments

* Hatfield and the North

Events

* Vocalist Peter Gabriel leaves Genesis at the end of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour, and is replaced as frontman by the band's drummer Phil Collins.

1976

Newly formed bands

*Brand X
*Alan Parsons Project

Albums

* Alan Parsons Project - "Tales Of Mystery & Imagination" (England)
* Ambrosia - Somewhere I've Never Travelled (USA)
* Ange - "Par les fils de Mandrin" (France)
* Art Zoyd - "Symphonie Pour Le Jour Ou Bruleront Les Cités" (France)
* Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - "Come In Un'Ultima Cena" (Italy)
* Barclay James Harvest - "Octoberon" (England)
* Brand X - "Unorthodox Behaviour" (England)
* Camel - "Moonmadness" (England)
* Caravan - "Blind Dog at St. Dunstan's" (England)
* Celeste - "Celeste (aka Principe Di Un Giorno)" (Italy)
* Cos - "Viva Boma" (Belgium)
* Crucis - "Crucis" (Argentina)
* Ethos - "Ardour" (USA)
* Far East Family Band - "Parallel World" (Japan)
* Genesis - "A Trick of the Tail" (England)
* Genesis - "Wind and Wuthering" (England)
* Gentle Giant - "Interview" (England)
* Gualberto - "Vericuetos" (Spain)
* Henry Cow - "Concerts" (England)
* Jethro Tull - "Too Old to Rock & Roll, Too Young to Die" (England)
* Jon Anderson - "Olias of Sunhillow" (England)
* Kaipa - "Inget Nytt Under Solen" (Sweden)
* Kansas - "Leftoverture" (USA)
* Klaus Schulze - "Moondawn" (Germany)
* Novalis - "Sommerabend" (Germany)
* Picchio dal Pozzo - "Picchio dal Pozzo" (Italy)
* Pollen - "Pollen" (Quebec)
* Popol Vuh - "Letzte Tage Letzte Nächte" (Germany)
* Pulsar - "The Strands of the Future" (France)
* Queen - "A Day at the Races"
* Rush - "2112" (Canada)
* Schicke Führs & Fröhling - "Symphonic Pictures" (Germany)
* Soft Machine - "Softs" (England)
* Starcastle - "Starcastle" (USA)
* Steve Howe - "Beginnings" (England)
* Van der Graaf Generator - "Still Life" (England)

Disbandments

* 10cc: Kevin Godley and Lol Creme leave to pursue solo projects.

Events

*

1977

Newly formed bands

* Aksak Maboul
* UK
* Toto

Albums

* Aksak Maboul - "Onze Danses Pour Combattre le Migraine" (Belgium)
* Alan Parsons Project - "I, Robot" (England)
* Anthony Phillips - "The Geese and the Ghost" (England)
* Barclay James Harvest - "Gone to Earth" (England)
* Bill Bruford - "Feels Good to Me" (England)
* Brand X - "Moroccan Roll" (England)
* Camel - "Raindances" (England)
* Caravan - "Better by Far" (England)
* Circus - "Movin' On" (Switzerland)
* Daryl Hall - "Sacred Songs" (USA) - produced by Robert Fripp
* Dixie Dregs - "Freefall" (USA)
* Eloy - "Ocean" (Germany)
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "Works Vol. 1" (England)
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "Works Vol. 2" (England)
* England - "Garden Shed" (England)
* Genesis - "Seconds Out (Live)" (England)
* Gentle Giant - "The Missing Piece" (England)
* Godley and Creme - "Consequences" (England)
* Gong - "Gazeuse (Expresso)"(Various)
* Grobschnitt - "Rockpommel's Land" (Germany)
* Happy the Man - "Happy the Man" (USA)
* Hawkwind - "Quark Strangeness And Charm" (England)
* Heldon - "6 - Interface" (France)
* Island - "Pictures" (Switzerland)
* Jethro Tull - "Songs From the Wood" (England)
* Kansas - "Point of Know Return" (USA)
* Locanda delle Fate - "Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Piu" (Italy)
* Maneige - "Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle" (Quebec)
* Mike Batt - "Schizophonia" (England)
* Modrý Efekt - "Svitanie" (Czechoslovakia)
* Mona Lisa - "Le Petit Violon de Mr. Gregoire" (France)
* National Health - "National Health" (England)
* Pentwater - "Pentwater" (USA)
* Pierrot Lunaire - "Gudrun" (Italy)
* Pink Floyd - "Animals" (England)
* Premiata Forneria Marconi - "Jet Lag" (Italy)
* Pulsar - "Halloween" (France)
* Queen - "News of the World"
* Rush - "A Farewell to Kings" (Canada)
* Styx - "The Grand Illusion" (USA)
* Supertramp - "Even in the Quietest Moments..." (England)
* Triana - "Hijos del Agobio" (Spain)
* Univers Zero - "Univers Zero (aka 1313)" (Belgium)
* Van der Graaf - "The Quiet Zone / The Pleasure Dome" (England)
* Yes - "Going for the One" (England)

Disbandments

* Abortive supergroup British Bulldog with John Wetton, Rick Wakeman and Bill Bruford only play a few rehearsals.
* Guitarist Steve Hackett departs Genesis to pursue solo work.

Events

*

1978

Newly formed bands

* Art Bears
* Sky - Herbie Flowers, Tristan Fry, Francis Monkman, Kevin Peek, John Williams
* Iman, Califato Independiente
* Twelfth Night

Albums

* Art Bears - "Hopes and Fears" (England)
* Atila - "Reviure" (Spain)
* Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - "... di Terra" (Italy)
* Barclay James Harvest - "XII" (England)
* Bubu - "Anabelas" (Argentina)
* Camel - "Breathless" (England)
* Cathedral - "Stained Glass Stories" (USA)
* Crack - "Si Todo Hiciera Crack" (Spain)
* David Gilmour - "David Gilmour" (England)
* Dixie Dregs - "What If" (USA)
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "Love Beach" (England)
* Fermata - "Huascaran" (Czechoslovakia)
* Flame Dream - "Calatea" (Switzerland)
* FM - "Black Noise" (Canada)
* Genesis - "And Then There Were Three" (England)
* Gentle Giant - "Giant For A Day" (England)
* Godley and Creme - "L" (England)
* Pierre Moerlen's Gong - "Expresso II" (Various)
* Grobschnitt - "Solar Music Live" (Germany)
* Iman, Califato Independiente - "Iman, Califato Independiente" (Spain)
* Happy the Man - "Crafty Hands" (USA)
* Heldon - "Stand By" (France)
* Henry Cow - "Western Culture" (England)
* Jeff Wayne - Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds
* Jethro Tull - "Heavy Horses" (England)
* Jethro Tull - "Bursting Out : Live" (England)
* MIA - "Cornonstipicum" (Argentina)
* Modrý Efekt - "Svĕt Hledaců" (Czechoslovakia)
* National Health - "Of Queues And Cures"(England)
* Peter Gabriel - "Peter Gabriel II (scratching fingers)" (England)
* Queen - "Jazz"
* Rick Wright - "Wet Dream" (England)
* Rush - "Hemispheres" (Canada)
* Shylock - "Ile De Fievre" (France)
* Steve Hackett - "Please Don't Touch" (England)
* Steve Hillage - "Green" (England)
* Terpandre - "Terpandre" (France)
* The Muffins - "Manna / Mirage" (USA)
* U.K. - "U.K." (England)
* Weidorje - "Weidorje" (France)
* Yes - "Tormato" (England)

Disbandments

* Henry Cow
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer
* Van der Graaf Generator

Events

*Rock in Opposition (RIO) is formed by Henry Cow, Stormy Six, Samla Mammas Manna, Univers Zero and Etron Fou Leloublan at the first RIO festival in London on 12 March. Art Zoyd, Art Bears and Aksak Maboul join RIO in December.

1979

Newly formed bands

* The Mnemonist Orchestra (developed into Biota)
* Marillion

Albums

* Aksak Maboul - "Un Peu de l'Âme des Bandits" (Belgium)
* Albert Marcoeur - "Armes et Cycles" (France)
* Arachnoid - "Arachnoid" (France)
* Art Bears - "Winter Songs" (England)
* Art Zoyd - "Musique Pour l'Odyssee" (France)
* Atlas - "Blå Vardag" (Sweden)
* Barclay James Harvest - "Eyes of the Universe" (England)
* Bill Bruford - "One of a Kind" (England)
* Camel - "I Can See Your House From Here" (England)
* Dixie Dregs - "Night of the Living Dregs" (USA)
* Eloy - "Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes" (Germany)
* Eskaton - "Four Visions" (France)
* Flame Dream - "Elements" (Switzerland)
* FM - "Surveillance" (Canada)
* Godley and Creme - "Freeze Frame" (England)
* Itoiz - "Ezekiel" (Basque Country)
* Jethro Tull - "Stormwatch" (England)
* Kansas - "Monolith" (USA)
* Laurent Thibault - "Mais on ne Peut pas Rever Tout le Temps" (France)
* Le Orme - "Florian" (Italy)
* Ma Banlieue Flasque - "Ma Banlieue Flasque" (France)
* Mezquita - "Recuerdos De Mi Tierra" (Spain)
* Mike Batt - "Tarot Suite" (England)
* Neuschwanstein - "Battlement" (Germany)
* Pink Floyd - "The Wall" (England)
* Robert Fripp - "Exposure" (England)
* Sky - "Sky" (England / Australia)
* Steve Hackett - "Spectral Mornings" (England)
* Steve Howe - "The Steve Howe Album" (England)
* Stormy Six - "Macchina Maccheronica" (Italy)
* Supertramp - "Breakfast in America" (England)
* Tony Banks - "A Curious Feeling" (England)
* Triana - "Sombra y Luz" (Spain)
* U.K. - "Danger Money" (England)
* Univers Zero - "Heresie" (Belgium)

Disbandments

* UK

Events

*Richard Wright of Pink Floyd is fired from the band by bassist, Roger Waters. However he is allowed back on "The Wall" tour as a paid session musician.

1980

Newly formed bands

*

Albums

* Abus Dangereux - "Le Quatrieme Mouvement" (France)
* Ain Soph - "A Story of Mysterious Forest" (Japan)
* Art Bears - "The World as It is Today" (England)
* Art Zoyd - "Generation Sans Futur" (France)
* Asia Minor - "Between Flesh and Divine" (France)
* Bill Bruford - "Gradually Going Tornado" (England)
* Cai - "Noche Abierta" (Spain)
* Caravan - "The Album" (England)
* Eskaton - "Ardeur" (France)
* Fred Frith - "Gravity" (England)
* Genesis - "Duke" (England)
* Gentle Giant - "Civilian" (England)
* Hawkwind - "Levitation" (England)
* Iman, Califato Independiente - "Camino del Aguila" (Spain)
* Jethro Tull - "A" (England)
* Jon Anderson - "Song of Seven" (England)
* Kansas - "Audio-Visions" (USA)
* Mike Rutherford - "Smallcreep's Day" (England)
* Patrick Gauthier - "Bebe Godzilla" (France)
* Peter Gabriel - "Peter Gabriel III (melting face)" (England)
* Picchio Dal Pozzo - "Abbiamo Tutti I Suoi Problemi" (Italy)
* Present - "Triskaidekaphobie" (Belgium)
* Rahmann - "Rahmann" (France)
* Rush - "Permanent Waves" (Canada)
* SBB - "Memento z banalnym tryptykiem" (Poland)
* Sky - "Sky 2" (England / Australia)
* Steve Hackett - "Defector" (England)
* Tako - "U Vreći za Spavanje" (Yugoslavia)
* The Muffins - "Open City" (USA)
* This Heat - "This Heat" (England)
* Wurtemberg - "Rock Fantasia Opus 9" (France)
* Yes - "Drama" (England)
* Zamla Mammaz Manna - "Familjesprickor" (Sweden)

Disbandments

*

Events

* Sky: Francis Monkman (keyboards) departs. Replaced by Steve Gray.

1981

Newly formed bands

* Asia
* Queensrÿche

Albums

* Barclay James Harvest - "Turn of the Tide" (England)
* Camel - "Nude" (England)
* Cartoon - "Cartoon" (USA)
* Dün - "Eros" (France)
* East - "Játekók" (Hungary)
* Eider Stellaire - "Eider Stellaire (K001)" (France)
* Eloy - "Planets" (Germany)
* Flame Dream - "Out In The Dark" (Switzerland)
* Fred Frith - "Speechless" (England)
* Genesis - "Abacab" (England)
* Godley and Creme - "Ismism" (England)
* Hawkwind - "Sonic Attack" (England)
* Kayak - "Merlin" (Netherlands)
* Kerrs Pink - "Mellom Oss" (Norway)
* King Crimson - "Discipline" (England)
* Kultivator - "Barndomens Stigar" (Sweden)
* Los Jaivas - "Alturas de Machu Picchu" (Chile)
* Mike Batt / Autopilot - "Rapid Eye Movements" (England)
* Mike Batt - "Six Days in Berlin" (England)
* National Health - "D.S. Al Coda" (England)
* Pallas - "Arrive Alive" (Scotland)
* Phil Collins - "Face Value" (England)
* Rush - "Moving Pictures" (Canada)
* Saga - "Worlds Apart" (Canada)
* Sky - "Sky 3" (England / Australia)
* Steve Hackett - "Cured" (England)
* Steve Howe - "The Bodast Tapes" (England)
* The Muffins - "185" (USA)
* This Heat - "Deceit" (England)
* Twelfth Night - "Live at the Target" (England)
* Univers Zero - "Ceux Du Dehors" (Belgium)

Disbandments

* Art Bears
* National Health
* Yes dissolves.

Events

* Robert Fripp and Bill Bruford form new band Discipline, but after initial live dates Fripp decides the band constitutes a new incarnation of King Crimson.
* After Yes, Chris Squire and Alan White try to put together XYZ with Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin, but the project fails to go beyond rehearsals and the recording of several demos at Chris Squire's home studio.
* National Health keyboardist Alan Gowen died.

1982

Newly formed bands

* In Cahoots
* IQ

Albums

* Art Zoyd - "Phase IV" (France)
* Asia - "Asia" (England)
* Begnagrad - "Begnagrad (Konzert for a Broken Dance)" (Yugoslavia)
* Bi Kyo Ran - "Bi Kyo Ran" (Japan)
* Camel - "The Single Factor" (England)
* Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - "Ice Cream For Crow" (USA)
* Debile Menthol - "Emile au Jardin Patrologique" (Switzerland)
* East - "Hűség" (Hungary)
* Etron Fou Leloublan - "Les Poumons Gonfles" (France)
* Genesis - "Three Sides Live" (England)
* IQ - "Seven Stories into Eight" (England)
* Isildurs Bane - "Sagan om den irländska älgen" (Sweden)
* Jean-Paul Prat - "Masal" (France)
* Jethro Tull - "Broadsword and the Beast" (England)
* Kenso - "II" (Japan)
* King Crimson - "Beat" (England)
* Los Jaivas - "Aconcagua" (Chile)
* Mike Batt - "Zero Zero" (England)
* Mike Oldfield - "Five Miles Out" (England)
* P.L.J. Band - "Armageddon" (Greece)
* Peter Gabriel - "Security" (England)
* Radio Noisz Ensemble - "Yniverze" (Germany)
* Rebekka - "Phoenix" (Germany)
* Rush - "Signals" (Canada)
* Sky - "Sky 4 - Forthcoming" (England / Australia)
* Stormy Six - "Al Volo" (Italy)
* Supertramp - "Famous Last Words" (England)
* Twelfth Night - "Fact and Fiction" (England)
* Univers Zero - "Crawling Wind" (Belgium)
* Von Zamla - "Zamlaranamma" (Sweden)

Disbandments

*

Events

*
Pink Floyd releases their movie version of The Wall.

1983

Newly formed bands

*Yes (reunited)
*Apocalypse
*Fates Warning

Albums

* Art Zoyd - "Les Espaces Inquiets" (France)
* Asia - "Alpha" (England)
* Bacamarte - "Depois Do Fim" (Brazil)
* Barclay James Harvest - "Ring of Changes" (England)
* Cartoon - "Music From Left Field" (USA)
* Eddie Jobson/ Zinc - "The Green Album" (England)
* Eskaton - "Fiction" (France)
* Etron Fou Leloublan - "Les Sillons de la Terre" (France)
* Genesis - "Genesis" (England)
* Godley and Creme - "Birds of Prey" (England)
* Ian Anderson - "Walk into Light" (England)
* In Spe - "In Spe" (Estonia)
* IQ - "Tales from the Lush Attic" (England)
* Kaseke - "Põletus" (Estonia)
* Marillion - "Script For a Jester's Tear" (England)
* Pallas - "The Sentinel" (UK)
* Pink Floyd - "The Final Cut" (England)
* Sky - "Sky 5 - Live" (England / Australia)
* Sky - "Cadmium" (England / Australia)* Von Zamla - "1983" (Various)
* Solaris - "Marsbéli Krónikák" (Hungary)
* Yes - "90125" (England)

Disbandments

*

Events

*John Wetton is fired from Asia in the middle of an American tour and is replaced by Greg Lake.

1984

Newly formed bands

*

Albums

* Bi Kyo Ran - "Parallax" (Japan)
* Barclay James Harvest - "Victims of Circumstance" (England)
* Camel - "Stationary Traveler" (England)
* Castanarc - "Journey to the East" (England)
* Craft - "Craft" (England)
* Gunesh Ensemble - "Looking at the Earth" (Turkmenistan)
* Roger Hodgson - "In the Eye of the Storm" (England)
* Isildurs Bane - "Sagan om den Irländska Älgen" (Sweden)
* Jethro Tull - "Under Wraps" (England)
* King Crimson - "Three of a Perfect Pair" (England)
* Marillion - "Fugazi" (England)
* Nazca - "Nazca" (Mexico)
* News from Babel - "Work Resumed on the Tower" (England)
* Not Drowning, Waving - "Another Pond" (Australia)
* Ozric Tentacles - "Erpsongs" (England)
* Pallas - "The Sentinel" (Scotland)
* Pocket Orchestra - "Knebnagäuje" (USA)
* Queensrÿche - "The Warning" (USA)
* Rush - "Grace Under Pressure" (Canada)
* Solaris - "Marsbéli Krónikák (The Martian Chronicles)" (Hungary)
* Thinking Plague - "A Thinking Plague" (USA)
* Twelfth Night - "Live and Let Live" (England)
* Univers Zero - "UZED" (Belgium)
* Uppsala - "Uppsala" (France)
* Roger Waters - "The Pros & Cons of Hitch Hiking" (England)
* David Gilmour - "About Face" (England)
* Art Zoyd - "Le Mariage du Ciel et l'Enfer" (France)

Disbandments

* Soft Machine

Events

* Sky: John Williams (acoustic guitar) departs. Remaining members tour Australia with Rick Wakeman.

1985

Newly formed bands

* Dream Theater
* King's X

Albums

* 5uu's - "Bel Marduk and Tiamat" (USA)
* Asia - "Astra" (England)
* Debile Menthol - "Battre Campagne" (Switzerland)
* Deyss - "At King" (Switzerland)
* Eddie Jobson - "Theme of Secrets" (England)
* Godley and Creme -"The History Mix Volume 1" (England)
* Gorizont (Horizont) - "Summer in Town" (Russia)
* Hawkwind - "The Chronicle Of The Black Sword" (England)
* Iconoclasta - "Reminiscencias" (Mexico)
* In Spe - "Typewriter Concerto in D" (Estonia)
* IQ - "The Wake" (England)
* Kenso - "Kenso III" (Japan)
* Kenso - "Music From Five Unknown Musicians" (Japan)
* Marillion - "Misplaced Childhood" (England)
* Minimum Vital - "Envol Triangles" (France)
* Patrick Moraz - Bill Bruford - "Flags" (England)
* Not Drowning, Waving - "The Little Desert" (Australia)
* Ozric Tentacles - "Tantric Obstacles" (England)
* Bernard Paganotti - "Paga" (France)
* Pendragon - "The Jewel" (England)
* Present - "Le Poison Qui Rend Fou" (Belgium)
* Rush - "Power Windows" (Canada)
* Supertramp - "Brother Where You Bound" (England)
* Robert Wyatt - "Old Rottenhat" (England)

Disbandments

*Pink Floyd dissolves.

Events

* IQ - vocalist Peter Nicholls leaves for personal reasons. Replaced by Paul Menel who debuts on 14/11/1985.
* Pink Floyd - Leader, bassist and lyricist Roger Waters leaves due to internal tensions within the band, and declares the band defunct, however the remaining members still continue, releasing "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" in 1987.

1986

Newly formed bands

* Emerson, Lake & Powell

Albums

* Univers Zero - "Heatwave" (Belgium)
* Genesis - "Invisible Touch" (England)
* GTR - "GTR" (England)
* Emerson, Lake and Powell - "Emerson, Lake and Powell" (England)
* Camberwell Now - "The Ghost Trade" (England)
* Shub-Niggurath - "Les Morts Vont Vite" (France)
* Bellaphon - "Delphi" (Japan)
* Ain Soph - "Hat and Field" (Japan)
* Nazca - "Estacion De Sombra" (Mexico)
* Coda - "Sounds of Passion" (Netherlands)
* Miriodor - "Rencontres" (Quebec)
* Pallas - "The Wedge" (Scotland)
* Biota - "Bellowing Room" (USA)
* IQ - "Living Proof" (England) - live

Disbandments

* Emerson, Lake & Powell

Events

*

1987

Newly formed bands

*Devil Doll
*Kingston Wall (Finland)
*Porcupine Tree
*Pink Floyd (reformed without Roger Waters)

Albums

* Barclay James Harvest - "Face to Face" (England)
* King Diamond - "Abigail"
* Yes - "Big Generator" (England)
* Marillion - "Clutching at Straws" (England)
* Jethro Tull - "Crest of a Knave" (England)
* Pink Floyd - "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" (England)
* IQ - "Nomzamo" (England)
* Art Zoyd - "Berlin" (France)
* Ezra Winston - "Myth of the Chrysavides" (Italy)
* Bellaphon - "Firefly" (Japan)
* Iconoclasta - "Soliloquio" (Mexico)
* Abel Ganz - "Gullibles Travels" (Scotland)
* Isildurs Bane - "Sagan om Ringen" (Sweden)
* Deyss - "Vision in the Dark" (Switzerland)
* Blind Owl - "Debut at Dusk" (USA)
* Thinking Plague - "Moonsongs" (USA)
* Doctor Nerve - "Armed Observation" (USA)
* Biota - "Tinct" (USA)
* Djam Karet - "The Ritual Continues" (USA)
* Nimal - "Nimal" (Various)
* Not Drowning, Waving - "Cold and the Crackle" (Australia)
* Roger Hodgson - "Hai Hai" (England)
* Roger Waters - "Radio K.A.O.S." (England)
* Outer Limits - "The Scene Of Pale Blue" (Japan)
* Rush - "Hold Your Fire" (Canada)

Disbandments

* Twelfth Night

Events

*Richard Wright brought back as paid session musician for Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse of Reason, is re-hired as part of the band again.

1988

Newly formed bands

* Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe

Albums

* Steve Hackett - "Momentum" (England)
* 3 - "To the Power of Three" (England)
* Phil Miller - "Split Seconds" (England)
* Godley and Creme - "Goodbye Blue Sky" (England)
* Halloween - "Part One" (France)
* Minimum Vital - "Les Saison Marines" (France)
* Edhels - "Still Dream" (France)
* Devil Doll - "The Girl Who Was... Death" (Italy)
* Nuova Era - "L'Ultimo Viaggio" (Italy)
* Vermilion Sands - "Water Blue" (Japan)
* Miriodor - "Miriodor" (Quebec)
* Galadriel - "Muttered Promises From An Ageless Pond" (Spain)
* 5uu's with Motor Totemist Guild - "Elements" (USA)
* Queensrÿche - "Operation: Mindcrime" (USA)
* Pink Floyd - "Delicate Sound of Thunder" (Live) (England)
* Phish - "Junta" (USA)
* Crimson Glory - "Transcendence" (USA)

Disbandments

*

Events

* Vocalist Fish leaves Marillion and is replaced by Steve Hogarth.
*Yes vocalist Jon Anderson leaves to form Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe.

1989

Newly formed bands

* Echolyn
* Enchant
* Iona
* Keep the Dog

Albums

* Fulano - "En El Bunker" (Chile)
* Jethro Tull - "Rock Island" (England)
* Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe - "Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe" (England)
* Pendragon - "Kowtow" (England)
* Ozric Tentacles - "Pungent Effulgent" (England)
* Phil Miller - "Cutting Both Ways" (England)
* Marillion - "Seasons End" (England)
* IQ - "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" (England)
* Peter Gabriel - "Passion" (England)
* Art Zoyd - "Nosferatu / F.W. Murnau" (France)
* Nuova Era - "Dopo l'Infinito" (Italy)
* After Dinner - "Paradise of Replica" (Japan)
* Kenso - "Sparta" (Japan)
* Tangle Edge - "In Search of A New Dawn" (Norway)
* Gorizont (Horizont) - "The Portrait of a Boy" (Russia)
* Isildurs Bane - "Cheval - Volonte de Rocher" (Sweden)
* King's X - "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska" (USA)
* Thinking Plague - "In This Life" (USA)
* Djam Karet - "Reflections From the Firepool" (USA)
* Biota - "Tumble" (USA)
* Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Faultline" (USA)
* Dream Theater - "When Dream and Day Unite" (USA)
* Not Drowning, Waving - "Claim" (Australia)
* Fates Warning - "Perfect Symmetry" (USA)
* Rush - "Presto" (Canada)

Disbandments

*

Events

*IQ - vocalist Paul Menel and bass player Tim Esau depart.

1990

Newly formed bands

* Big Big Train
* Tool
* Opeth

Albums

* Apocalypse - "Apocalypse" (Brazil)
* Barclay James Harvest - "Welcome to the Show" (England)
* Quaterna Requiem - "Velha Gravura" (Brazil)
* MCH Band - "Es Reut Mich F" (Czechoslovakia)
* Fish - "Vigil In a Wilderness of Mirrors" (England)
* Ozric Tentacles - "Erpland" (England)
* Ne Zhdali - "Rhinoceros And Other Forms Of Life" (Estonia)
* Minimum Vital - "Sarabandes" (France)
* Halloween - "Laz" (France)
* King's X - "Faith Hope Love" (USA)
* Tiemko - "Ocean" (France)
* Solaris - "1990" (Hungary)
* After Crying - "Overground Music" (Hungary)
* Ezra Winston - "Ancient Afternoons" (Italy)
* Devil Doll - "Eliogabalus" (Italy)
* Providence - "And I'll Recite an Old Myth" (Japan)
* Asturias - "Brilliant Streams" (Japan)
* Collage - "Basnie" (Poland)
* L'Ensemble Raye - "Meme en Hiver, Comme un Pinson dans l'Eau" (Switzerland)
* PFS - "279" (USA)
* Doctor Nerve - "Did Sprinting Die?" (USA)
* U Totem - "U Totem" (USA)
* Nimal - "Voix De Surface" (Various)
* Not Drowning, Waving - "Tabaran" (Australia/Papua New Guinea)
* Iona - "Iona" (England)

Disbandments

*

Events

*

1991

Newly formed bands

* Änglagård
* Eleven
* Pain of Salvation
* Sphere3

Albums

* Ain Soph - "Marine Menagerie" (Japan)
* Apocalypse - "Apocalypse" (Brazil)
* Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - "Da Qui Messere si Domina la Valle" (Italy) - Re-recording of Banco's 1st album and Darwin!
* Daniel Denis - "Sirius and The Ghosts" (Belgium)
* Deus Ex Machina - "Gladium Caeli" (Italy)
* Djam Karet - "Burning the Hard City" (USA)
* Djam Karet - "Suspension & Displacement" (USA)
* Doctor Nerve - "Beta 14 OK" (USA)
* Echolyn - "Echolyn" (USA)
* Fish - "Internal Exile" (England)
* Galahad - "Nothing is Written" (England)
* Genesis - "We Can't Dance" (England)
* Hawkwind - "Palace Springs" (England)
* Steve Howe - "Turbulence" (England)
* IQ - "J'ai Pollette D'arnu" (England)
* Jethro Tull - "Catfish Rising" (England)
* Kenso - "Yume No Oka" (Japan)
* Marillion - "Holidays in Eden" (England)
* Mastermind - "Brainstorm" (USA)
* Miriodor - "3rd Warning" (Quebec)
* Mr. Bungle - "Mr. Bungle" (USA)
* Not Drowning, Waving - "Proof" (Australia) - OST
* Ozric Tentacles - "Strangeitude" (England)
* Pendragon - "The World" (England)
* Porcupine Tree - "On the Sunday of Life" (England)
* Queen - "Innuendo"
* Rush - "Roll the Bones" (Canada)
* Motoi Sakuraba - "Gikyokuonsou" (Japan)
* Sepsis - "Литургия Безумия (Liturgia Bezumia)" (Russia)
* Yes - "Union" (Various)

Disbandments

* Keep the Dog

Events

* Yes becomes composed of an eight-man supergroup constituted by members from the "Yes West" camp (Squire, Rabin, White, and Kaye) and Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, and Howe. The band undertakes a world tour lasting into 1992.
* Freddie Mercury (Queen) dies of AIDS.
* IQ - Peter Nicholls (vocals) formally re-joins. Bass player John Jowitt replaces Tim Essau.

1992

Newly formed bands

* Emerson, Lake & Palmer reforms
* Spock's Beard

Albums

* Jadis - "More than Meets the Eye" (England)
* Asia - "Aqua" (England)
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "Black Moon" (England)
* Casino - "Casino" (England)
* Mike Oldfield - "Tubular Bells 2" (England)
* Iona - "The Book of Kells" (England)
* Roger Waters - "Amused to Death" (England)
* Pink Floyd - "Shine On" (9-CD box set) (England)
* Camel - "Dust and Dreams" (England)
* Porcupine Tree - "Voyage 34 - Phases 1/2 (EP)" (England)
* Xaal - "On the Way" (France)
* After Crying - "Megalazottak Es Megszomoritottak" (Hungary)
* Eris Pluvia - "Rings of Earthly Light" (Italy)
* Nuova Era - "Io e Il Tempo" (Italy)
* Calliope - "La Terra Dei Grandi Occhi" (Italy)
* Sithonia - "Spettacolo Annullato" (Italy)
* Il Castello di Atlante - "Sono io il Signore delle Terre a Nord" (Italy)
* Devil Doll - "Sacrilegium" (Italy)
* Il Berlione - "Il Berlione" (Japan)
* Ars Nova - "Fear & Anxiety" (Japan)
* Citizen Cain - "Serpents in Camouflage" (Scotland)
* Galadriel - "Chasing The Dragonfly" (Spain)
* Änglagård - "Hybris" (Sweden)
* Landberk - "Riktigt Äkta" (Sweden)
* Isildurs Bane - The Voyage - "A Trip to Elsewhere" (Sweden)
* Atavism of Twilight - "Atavism of Twilight" (USA)
* Dream Theater - "Images and Words" (USA)
* Kingston Wall - "I" (Finland)
* Tool - "Opiate" (USA)
* Pentwater - "Out of the Abyss" (USA)
* Hawkwind - "Electric Teepee" (England)

Disbandments

*

Events

* The Yes Union tour ends and the eight-man line-up falls apart.

1993

Newly formed bands

*Moongarden

Albums

* Barclay James Harvest - "Caught in the Light" (England)
* Camel - "Never Let Go" (England)
* Not Drowning, Waving - "Circus" (Australia)
* Daniel Denis - "Les Eaux Troubles" (Belgium)
* Jethro Tull - "25th Anniversary Box Set" (England)
* Ozric Tentacles - "Jurassic Shift" (England)
* Porcupine Tree - "Up the Downstair" (England)
* Porcupine Tree - "Voyage 34: Remixes - Phases 3/4 (EP)" (England)
* Iona - "Beyond These Shores" (England)
* Pendragon - "The Window of Life" (England)
* IQ - "Ever" (England)
* Kingston Wall - "II" (Finland)
* Philharmonie - "Les Elephants Carrillonneurs" (France)
* Deus Ex Machina - "Deus Ex Machina" (Italy)
* Montefeltro - "Il Tempo di Far la Fantasia" (Italy)
* Kenso - "Live 92" (Japan)
* Ain Soph - "Five Evolved From Nine" (Japan)
* Lars Hollmer & The Looping Home Orchestra - "Door Floor Something Window" (Sweden)
* Anekdoten - "Vemod" (Sweden)
* Devil Doll - "The Sacrilege of Fatal Arms" (Italy)
* Spacious Mind - "Cosmic Minds at Play" (Sweden)
* L'Ensemble Raye - "Quelques Pièces Détachées" (Switzerland)
* Echolyn - "Suffocating the Bloom" (USA)
* Echolyn - "..and Every Blossom (EP)" (USA)
* Discipline - "Push and Profit" (USA)
* Glass Hammer - "Journey of the Dunadan" (USA)
* Magellan - "Impending Ascension" (USA)
* Iluvatar - "Iluvatar" (USA)
* Nimal - "Dis Tanz" (Various)
* Steve Howe - "The Grand Scheme of Things" (England)
* Rush - "Counterparts" (Canada)
* Tool - "Undertow" (USA)

Disbandments

*

Events

* Frank Zappa dies of prostate cancer.

1994

Newly formed bands

*Little Tragedies
*Eyefear

Albums

* Asia - "Aria" (England)
* Big Big Train - "Goodbye to the Age of Steam" (England)
* Not Drowning, Waving - "Hammers" (Australia) - OST
* Yes - "Talk" (England)
* No-Man - "Flowermouth" (England)
* Pink Floyd - "The Division Bell" (England)
* Ozric Tentacles - "Arborescence" (England)
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "In the Hot Seat" (England)
* Jadis - "Across the Water" (England)
* Versailles - "Le Tresor de Valliesres" (France)
* Philharmonie - "Nord" (France)
* Halloween - "Merlin" (France)
* After Crying - "Fold Es Eg" (Hungary)
* Finisterre- "Finisterre" (Italy)
* A Piedi Nudi - "A Piedi Nudi" (Italy)
* Il Trono Dei Ricordi - "Il Trono Dei Ricordi" (Italy)
* Tipographica - "Tipographica" (Japan)
* Koenji Hyakkei - "Hundred Sights Of Koenji" (Japan)
* Ars Nova - "Transi" (Japan)
* Collage - "Moonshine" (Poland)
* Citizen Cain - "Somewhere But Yesterday" (Scotland)
* Landberk - "One Man Tell's Another" (Sweden)
* Pär Lindh Project - "Gothic Impressions" (Sweden)
* Änglagård - "Epilog" (Sweden)
* Roine Stolt - "The Flower King" (Sweden)
* 5uu's - "Hunger's Teeth" (USA)
* Djam Karet - "Collaborator" (USA)
* Enchant - "A Blueprint of the World" (USA)
* U Totem - "Strange Attractors" (USA)
* Mike Keneally - "Boil That Dust Speck" (USA)
* Dream Theater - "Awake" (USA)
* The EC Nudes - "Vanishing Point" (Various)
* Kingston Wall - "Tri-Logy" (Finland)
* Queensrÿche - "Promised Land" (USA)
* Fates Warning - "Inside Out" (USA)
* Steve Howe - "Mothballs" (England)
* Marillion - "Brave" (England)

Disbandments

* Änglagård

Events

* King Crimson reforms as a sextet.
* Pink Floyd goes on single largest tour the band has ever done. The tour is a hit, grossing a record US$ 300 million. It also marks the first time since 1975 the band plays Dark Side of the Moon live in its entirety.
* The "90125" era Yes releases "Talk" on Victory Records. Though plans had been worked on to include possibly Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman, Victory president Phil Carson insists on signing only Anderson, Squire, Rabin, White and Kaye. "Talk" marks the last album of this version of Yes.
* Dream Theater keyboardist Kevin Moore leaves the band to pursue a solo career. His replacement is former Alice Cooper and KISS keyboardist Derek Sherinian.

1995

Newly formed bands

* The Flower Kings

Albums

* Apocalypse - "Perto do Amanhecer" (Brazil)
* Ian Anderson - "Divinities" (England)
* Jethro Tull - "Roots to Branches" (England)
* Pink Floyd - "P*U*L*S*E* (Live)" (England)
* Pangée - "Hymnemonde" (Canada)
* Saga - "Generation 13" (Canada)
* Porcupine Tree - "The Sky Moves Sideways" (England)
* Ozric Tentacles - "Become the Other" (England)
* Iona - "Journey Into the Morn" (England)
* King Crimson - "Thrak" (England)
* Arena - "Songs From the Lion's Cage" (England)
* Steve Howe - "Seraphim" (England)
* Steve Howe - "Voyagers" (England)
* Hoyry-Kone - "Hyonteisia voi Rakastaa" (Finland)
* Aufklarung - "De La Tempesta.. l'Oscuro Piacere" (Italy)
* Deus Ex Machina - "De Republica" (Italy)
* Deus Ex Machina - "Non Est Ars Quae Ad Effectum Casus Venit" (Italy)
* Happy Family - "Happy Family" (Japan)
* Hawkwind - "Alien 4" (England)
* Tipographica - "The Man Who Does Not Nod" (Japan)
* White Willow - "Ignis Fatuus" (Norway)
* Collage - "Changes" (Poland)
* Anekdoten - "Nucleus" (Sweden)
* Landberk - "Unaffected" (Sweden)
* The Flower Kings - "Back in the World of Adventures" (Sweden)
* Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Dancing On A'A" (USA)
* Doctor Nerve - "Skin" (USA)
* Biota - "Object Holder" (USA)
* Mr. Bungle - "Disco Volante" (USA)
* Echolyn - "As The World" (USA)
* Iluvatar - "Children" (USA)
* Spock's Beard - "The Light" (USA)
* Marillion - "Afraid of Sunlight" (England)
* Dream Theater - "A Change of Seasons" (USA)
* Glass Hammer - "Perelandra" (USA)
* Shadow Gallery - "Carved In Stone" (USA)
* Opeth - "Orchid" (Sweden)
* Ayreon - "The Final Experiment" (Netherlands)
* The ancient veil - "The ancient veil" (Italy)

Disbandments

*

Events

* Tony Kaye retires from Yes while Trevor Rabin leaves the band to concentrate on soundtrack production. Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman rejoin Yes in what fans and critics alike call the reformation of "Classic Yes."

1996

Newly formed bands

* Mostly Autumn (England)
* Karnivool (Australia)

Albums

* Alex Lifeson - "Victor" (Canada)
* After Crying - "De Profundis" (Hungary)
* Ageness - "Imageness" (Finland)
* Änglagård - "Buried Alive" (Sweden)
* Apocalypse - "Aurora dos Sonhos" (Brazil)
* Arena - "Pride" (England)
* Asia - "Arena" (England)
* Ayreon - "Actual Fantasy" (Netherlands)
* Camel - "Harbour of Tears" (England)
* Cast (Mexican band) - "Beyond Reality" (Mexico)
* D.F.A. - "Lavori In Corso"(Italy)
* Deus Ex Machina - "Diacronie Metronomiche" (Italy)
* Devil Doll - "Dies Irae" (Italy)
* Discipline - "Unfolded Like Staircase" (USA)
* Divae - "Determinazione" (Italy)
* Enchant - "Wounded" (USA)
* Eyefear - "Edge Of Existence" (Australia)
* Finisterre - "In Limine" (Italy)
* Finisterre Project - "Höstsonaten" (Italy)
* IQ - "Forever Live" (England)
* King Crimson - "Thrakattak" (England)
* Koenji Hyakkei - "II" (Japan)
* Landberk - "Indian Summer" (Sweden)
* Le Orme - "Il Fiume" (Italy)
* Miriodor - "Elastic Juggling" (Quebec)
* Motoi Sakuraba- "Shining the Holy Ark" (Japan)
* Opeth - "Morningrise" (Sweden)
* Pendragon - "Masquerade Overture" (England)
* Philharmonie - "Rage" (France)
* Porcupine Tree - "Signify" (England)
* Quidam - "Quidam" (Poland)
* Rush - "Test For Echo"
* Sinkadus - "Aurum Nostrum" (Sweden)
* Somnambulist - "Somnambulist" (USA)
* Spock's Beard - "Beware of Darkness" (USA)
* Steve Howe - "Homebrew" (England)
* Symphony X - "Divine Wings of Tragedy" (USA)
* The Flower Kings - "Retropolis" (Sweden)
* Tipographica - "God Says I Can't Dance" (Japan)
* Tool - "Ænima" (USA)
* Yes - "Keys to Ascension" (England)

Disbandments

*

Events

*Pink Floyd get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1997

Newly formed bands

* Karnataka
* Farpoint
* Aenima

Albums

* Genesis - "Calling All Stations" (England)
* Iona - "Heaven's Bright Sun" (England) - live
* Apocalypse - "Lendas Encantadas" (Brazil)
* Big Big Tran - "English Boy Wonders" (England)
* IQ - "Subterannea" (England)
* Yes - "Keys to Ascension 2" (England)
* Yes - "Open Your Eyes" (England)
* Flash - "Psychosync" (England)
* Radio Massacre International - "Organ Harvest" (England)
* Roger Hodgson - "Rites of Passage" (USA)
* Marillion - "This Strange Engine" (England)
* Hoyry-Kone - "Huono Parturi" (Finland)
* Townscream - "Nagyvarosi Ikonok" (Hungary)
* Sigur Rós - "Von" (Iceland)
* Gatto Marte - "Danae" (Italy)
* Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - "Nudo" (Italy)
* H2O - "Unopuntosei" (Italy)
* Aviolinee Utopia - "Aviolinee Utopia" (Italy)
* A Piedi Nudi - "Eclissi" (Italy)
* Happy Family - "Tossco" (Japan)
* Gerard - "Pandora's Box" (Japan)
* Cast (Mexican band) - "Angels and Demons" (Mexico)
* Lizard - "W Galerii Czasu" (Poland)
* Pär Lindh Project - "Mundus Incompertus" (Sweden)
* Lars Hollmer - "Andetag" (Sweden)
* Isildurs Bane - "MIND Volume 1" (Sweden)
* The Flower Kings - "Stardust We Are" (Sweden)
* Volare - "The Uncertainty Principle" (USA)
* 5uu's - "Crisis In Clay" (USA)
* Djam Karet - "The Devouring" (USA)
* Boud Deun - "Astronomy Made Easy" (USA)
* Fates Warning - "A Pleasant Shade of Gray" (USA)
* Crucible - "Tall Tales" (USA)
* Spock's Beard - "Kindness of Strangers" (USA)
* Dream Theater - "Falling into Infinity" (USA)
* Pain of Salvation - "Entropia" (Sweden)
* Barclay James Harvest - "River of Dreams" (England-but released in Germany & Switzerland only) (Imported into uk)

Disbandments

*

Events

* Citing difficulties in agreements over management, Rick Wakeman again departs Yes. Longtime band affiliate Billy Sherwood joins as a full member. Keyboardist Igor Khoroshev also joins.

1998

Newly formed bands

* Cog
* Oceansize
* Olive Mess

Albums

* Present - "Certitudes" (Belgium)
* Godspeed You! Black Emperor - "f#a#∞" (Canada)
* Nathan Mahl - "The Clever Use of Shadows" (Canada)
* IQ - "Seven Stories Into Ninety-Eight" (England) - re-issue + re-recording of formerly cassette-only debut album
* Mostly Autumn - "For All We Shared..." (England)
* Marillion - "Radiation" (England)
* Apocalypse - "The Best of Apocalypse" (Brazil)
* Arena - "The Visitor" (England)
* Forgas Band Phenomena - "Roue Libre" (France)
* Priam - "3 Distances / Irregular Signs" (France)
* Deus Ex Machina - "Equilibrismo da Insofferenza" (Italy)
* Höstsonaten - "Mirrorgames" (Italy)
* Consorzio Acqua Potabile - "Robin Delle Stelle" (Italy)
* Ars Nova - "The Book of the Dead" (Japan)
* Ayreon - "Into the Electric Castle" (Netherlands)
* White Willow - "Ex Tenebris" (Norway)
* Interférence Sardines - "Mare Crisium" (Quebec)
* Pallas - "Beat The Drum" (Scotland)
* Morte Macabre - "Symphonic Holocaust" (Sweden)
* Pain of Salvation - "One Hour By The Concrete Lake" (Sweden)
* Grovjobb - "Landet Leverpastej" (Sweden)
* Roine Stolt - "Hydrophonia" (Sweden)
* IZZ - "Sliver of a Sun" (USA)
* Symphony X - "Twilight in Olympus" (USA)
* Salem Hill - "The Robbery of Murder" (USA)
* Steve Howe - "Quantum Guitar" (England)
* Thinking Plague - "In Extremis" (USA)
* Tortoise - "TNT" (USA)
* A Triggering Myth - "The Sins of Our Saviours" (USA)
* Glass Hammer - "On To Evermore" (USA)
* Liquid Tension Experiment - "Liquid Tension Experiment" (USA)
* Shadow Gallery - "Tyranny" (USA)
* Ad Infinitum - "Ad Infinitum" (USA)
* Explorer's Club - "Age of Impact" (USA)
* Opeth - "My Arms, Your Hearse" (Sweden)

Disbandments

*Emerson, Lake & Palmer
*Genesis

Events

*

1999

Newly formed bands

* Disen Gage
* Divinity Destroyed
* Project W.I.L.L. - http://will.pt.vu/, later reformed as Solarys, http://solarys.pt.vu
* Mastodon
* Muse

Albums

* Present - "No 6" (Belgium)
* Porcupine Tree - "Stupid Dream" (England)
* Ozric Tentacles - "Waterfall Cities" (England)
* Iona - "Woven Cord" (England) - live w/- orchestra
* IQ - "The Lost Attic" (England) - compilation of rare tracks
* Yes - "The Ladder" (England)
* Camel - "Rajaz" (England)
* Mizraab - "Panchi" (Pakistan)
* Marillion - "Marillion.com" (England)
* Jethro Tull - "J-Tull.com" (England)
* NeBeLNeST - "NeBeLNeST" (France)
* Sotos - "Sotos" (France)
* Solaris - "Nostradamus: Book of Prophecies" (Hungary)
* Sigur Rós - "Ágætis byrjun" (Iceland)
* Steve Howe - "Pulling Strings" (England)
* Steve Howe - "Portraits of Bob Dylan" (England)
* D.F.A. - "Duty Free Area" (Italy)
* Universal Totem Orchestra - "Rituale Alieno" (Italy)
* Finisterre - "In Ogni Luogo" (Italy)
* The Flower Kings - "Flower Power" (Sweden)
* Samla Mammas Manna - "Kaka" (Sweden)
* Opeth - "Still Life" (Sweden)
* Sinkadus - "Cirkus" (Sweden)
* Anekdoten - "From Within" (Sweden)
* Charming Hostess - "Eat" (USA)
* Mr. Bungle - "California" (USA)
* Spock's Beard - "Day For Night" (USA)
* Neal Morse - "Neal Morse" (USA)
* Dream Theater - "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory" (USA)
* Iluvatar - "A Story Two Days Wide" (USA)
* Liquid Tension Experiment - "2" (USA)
* Mushroom - "Analog Hi-Fi Surprise" (USA)
* Gordian Knot - "Gordian Knot" (USA)
* Deadwood Forest - "Mellodramatic" (USA)
* The Science Group- ("A Mere Coincidence" Various)
* Mostly Autumn - "The Spirit of Autumn Past" (England)

Disbandments

*

Events

* First annual North East Art Rock Festival (NEARfest), Bethlehem, PA (USA)
* Dream Theater replaces keyboardist Derek Sherinian with Jordan Rudess (ex-Dixie Dregs) after the success of the side-project Liquid Tension Experiment. Admitting that Dream Theater's decision was ultimately a favor, Sherinian goes on to establish a solo career and the metal fusion band Planet X with drummer Virgil Donati.

2000

Newly formed bands

* Planet X

Albums

* Little Tragedies - "The Sun Of Spirit" (Russia)
* Little Tragedies - "Porcelain Pavilion" (Russia)
* Little Tragedies - "Passions For Titanic" (Russia)
* Tool- "Salival" (USA)
* Godspeed You! Black Emperor - "Lift your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven" (Canada)
* Geddy Lee - "My Favorite Headache" (Canada)
* King Crimson - "The ConstruKction of Light" (England)
* Pink Floyd - "Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81" (England)
* Ian Anderson - "The Secret Language of Birds" (England)
* Iona - "Open Sky" (England)
* IQ - "Subterannea: The Concert" (England)
* IQ - "The Seventh House" (England)
* Arena - "Immortal?" (England)
* Porcupine Tree - "Lightbulb Sun" (England)
* Roger Hodgson - "Open the Door" (France)
* Volapük - "Polyglot" (France)
* KBB - "Lost and Found" (Japan)
* White Willow - "Sacrament" (Norway)
* Pain of Salvation - "The Perfect Element" (Sweden)
* The Flower Kings - "Space Revolver" (Sweden)
* Symphony X - "V" (USA)
* Species Being - "Orgone Therapy" (USA)
* Azigza - "Azigza" (USA)
* Spock's Beard - "V" (USA)
* Steve Howe - "Homebrew 2" (England)
* Kansas - "Somewhere to Elsewhere" (USA)
* Echolyn - "Cowboy Poems Free" (USA)
* Glass Hammer - "Chronometree" (USA)
* Transatlantic - "SMPTe" (Various)
* Ayreon - "Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer" (Netherlands)
* Ayreon - "Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator" (Netherlands)
* Planet X - "Universe" (USA)

Disbandments

*

Events

* Billy Sherwood leaves and Igor Khoroshev is fired from Yes. This leaves Yes for the first time in its history without a fulltime keyboardist.
* Little Tragedies grows from a three piece band to five.

2001

Newly formed bands

* EXIT project
* The Mars Volta
* Coheed & Cambria

Albums

* Asia - "Aura" (England)
* Little Tragedies - "Return" (Russia)
* Tool- "Lateralus" (USA)
* maudlin of the Well- "Bath" (USA)
* maudlin of the Well- "Leaving Your Body Map" (USA)
* Present - "High Infidelity" (Belgium)
* Mastodon - "Lifesblood" (USA)
* Spaced Out - "Eponymus II" (Canada)
* Pendragon - "Not Of This World" (England)
* Apocalypse- "Apocalypse Live in USA" (Brazil)
* No-Man - "Returning Jesus" (England)
* Thieves' Kitchen - "Argot" (England)
* Magma - "Trilogie Theusz Hamtaahk" (France) - 3CD live album showcasing many of their 70s compositions.
* Halloween - "Le Festin" (France)
* Divinity Destroyed - "Nocturnal Dawn" (USA)
* One Shot - "Vendredi 13" (France)
* Le Orme - "Elementi" (Italy)
* La Torre dell'Alchimista - "La Torre dell'Alchimista" (Italy)
* Koenji Hyakkei - "Nivraym" (Japan)
* Miriodor - "Mekano" (Quebec)
* Pallas - "The Cross and the Crucible" (Scotland)
* Isildurs Bane - "Mind Volume 2" (Sweden)
* The Flower Kings - "The Rainmaker" (Sweden)
* Olive Mess - "Live Without Audience" (Latvia)
* Opeth - "Blackwater Park" (Sweden)
* Djam Karet - "New Dark Age" (USA)
* Shadow Gallery - "Legacy" (USA)
* Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - "Grand Opening And Closing" (USA)
* Transatlantic - "Bridge Across Forever" (Various)
* Steve Howe - "Guitar Player" (England)
* Steve Howe - "Guitar Plus" (England)
* Steve Howe - "Natural Timbre" (England)
* Yes - "Magnification" (England)
* Marillion - "Anoraknophobia" (England)
* Dredg - "Leitmotif" (USA)
* Muse - "Origin of Symmtery" (England)
* Mostly Autumn - "The Last Bright Light" and "Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings" (England)

Disbandments

*

Events

* Dream Theater releases "Live Scenes From New York" which made headlines as the album's artwork (which was released before September 11, 2001) had an image of the New York City skyline "in flames", including a depiction of the World Trade Center. After the terrorist attack, the artwork was recalled and a new version was released. The original artwork is now a rare collectible. [http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Dream_Theater/Discography/album/P17134/R547799/]

* Transatlantic, a progressive rock "supergroup" that consisted of members from four of progressive rock's most popular modern bands, released their follow-up studio album titled "Bridge Across Forever". Members included Neal Morse (Spock's Beard), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater). [http://www.transatlanticweb.com/discography.php?p=bridge]

* Tool releases "Lateralus" and later tours with King Crimson. [http://www.wholenote.com/default.asp?iTarget=http%3A//www.wholenote.com/news/item.asp%3Fi%3D469]

* 70s progressive rock icons Yes release the album "Magnification". The album contains no keyboardist, but includes the backing of a symphony orchestra. [http://www.progreviews.com/reviews/display.php?rev=yes-mag]

* InProg takes place for the first time.

2002

Newly formed bands

*Mechanical Poet
* Riverside

Albums

* Bubblemath - "Such Fine Particles of the Universe" (USA)
* Camel - "A Nod and a Wink" (England)
* Coheed & Cambria - "The Second Stage Turbine Blade" (USA)
* Big Big Train - "Bard" (England)
* Dave Kerman/5uu's- "Abandonship" (USA)
* Deus Ex Machina - "Cinque" (Italy)
* Dream Theater - "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" (USA)
* Dredg - "El Cielo" (USA)
* Echolyn - "Mei" (USA) - Concept album in the form of one long epic length track.
* EXIT project - "Live Electricity" (Russia)
* Farpoint - "First Light" (USA)
* Glass Hammer - "Lex Rex" (USA)
* Hidria Spacefolk - "Symbiosis" (Finland)
* Höstsonaten - "Springsong" (Italy)
* Inviolet Row - "Consolation Prizes" (USA)
* IZZ - "I Move" (USA)
* Kaipa - "Notes From The Past" (Sweden)
* Karmakanic - "Entering The Spectra" (Sweden)
* Kenso - "Fabulis Mirabilibus De Bombycosi Scriptis" (Japan)
* Mastodon - "Remission" (USA)
* The Mars Volta -"Tremulant" (USA)
* Mats / Morgan - "On Air With Guests" (Sweden)
* NeBeLNeST - "Nova Express" (France)
* O.S.I. - "Office of Strategic Influence" (Various) - Supergroup with members from Dream Theater, Fates Warning, and Pain of Salvation among others.
* Olive Mess - "Gramercy" (Latvia)
* Paatos - "Timeloss" (Sweden)
* Pain of Salvation - "Remedy Lane" (Sweden)
* Planet X - "MoonBabies" (USA)
* Porcupine Tree - "In Absentia" (England)
* Rush - "Vapor Trails"
* Sigur Rós - "( )" (Iceland)
* Sotos - "Platypus" (France)
* Sphere3 - "Comeuppance" (UK)
* Spock's Beard - "Snow" (USA)
* Steve Howe - "Skyline" (England)
* The Flower Kings - "Unfold The Future" (Sweden)
* Tony Levin - "Pieces of the Sun" (USA)
* Uzva - "Niittoaika" (Finland)

Disbandments

*

Events

* Growing in popularity since its inception in 1999, NEARfest relocates to Trenton, NJ for the next two years to a venue that seats 1,850. [http://seaoftranquility.org/article.php?sid=43] [http://nearfest.com/]

* Neal Morse, the frontman and primary contributor for Spock's Beard, leaves the band and eventually pursues a solo career producing albums (progressive rock and otherwise) with strong Christian content. The band continues on without him. [http://www.dreamtheater.net/archive_transatlantic.php?y=2002]
* [http://www.progressiveears.com Progressive Ears] , an online discussion board, grows to 1,000 members and beyond. [http://www.progressiveears.com/stats.asp]

* Rush released their first studio album since "Test For Echo" in 1996. "Vapor Trails" will likely be better known for its controversial recording quality (critics panned it for being too loud and compressed). [http://www.prorec.com/prorec/articles.nsf/articles/8A133F52D0FD71AB86256C2E005DAF1C]

2003

Newly formed bands

*Pure Reason Revolution
*Black Bonzo

Albums

* Anekdoten - "Gravity" (Sweden)
* Apocalypse - "Refúgio" (Brazil)
* Arena - "Contagion" (England)
* Azigza - "Kriya" (USA)
* Cast (Mexican band) - "Al-Bandaluz" (Mexico)
* Coheed & Cambria - "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3"
* Divinity Destroyed - "Divinity Destroyed" (USA)
* Divinity Destroyed - "Eden in Ashes" (USA)
* Djam Karet - "A Night For Baku" (USA)
* Dream Theater - "Train Of Thought" (USA)
* Farpoint - "Grace" (USA)
* Frogg Café - "Creatures" (USA)
* Ian Anderson - "Rupi's Dance" (England)
* Jethro Tull - "A Jethro Tull Christmas Album" (England)
* Kaipa - "Keyholder" (Sweden)
* KBB - "Four Corner's Sky" (Japan)
* King Crimson - "The Power to Believe" (England)
* Kostarev Group - "Live@InProg 2003" (Russia)
* Knight Area - "The Sun Also Rises" (Netherlands)
* Krakatoa - "We Are the Rowboats" (USA)
* Little Tragedies - "New Faust" (Russia)
* Mechanical Poet - "Handmade Essence" (Russia)
* Mostly Autumn - "Passengers" (England)
* Neal Morse - "Testimony" (USA) - Morse's first album since splitting from Spock's Beard.
* No-Man - "Together We're Stranger" (England)
* Oceansize - "Effloresce" (England)
* Opeth - "Damnation" (Sweden)
* Pineapple Thief - "Variations on a Dream" (England)
* Riverside - "Out of Myself" (Poland)
* Satellite - "A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset" (Poland) - First album from members formerly of Collage.
* Steve Howe - "Light Walls" (England)
* Steve Howe - "Guitar World" (England)
* Steve Howe - "Elements" (England)
* Taal - "Skymind" (France)
* Muse -"Absolution" (Various)
* The Mars Volta - "De-Loused In The Comatorium" (USA)
* The Science Group - "Spoors" (Various)
* The Tangent - "The Music That Died Alone" (Various)
* Thinking Plague - "A History of Madness" (USA)

Disbandments

*

Events

* InProg takes place for the second time.

* The Mars Volta forms out of the punk group At the Drive-In and releases their first full studio album "De-Loused in the Comatorium". The album mixes elements of prog, post-rock, punk, Latin, and jazz. The release is very successful and becomes an example of progressive rock success in the mainstream. [http://bb.dreamworksrecords.com/sparta/printthread.php?Cat=&Board=UBB1&main=321476&type=thread] [http://www.drownedinsound.com/articles/7337.html]

* Robert Fripp and King Crimson release "The Power to Believe", their first studio album since 2000. [http://www.progreviews.com/reviews/display.php?rev=kc-tptb]

* The Tangent is formed and releases their first album "The Music That Died Alone". The initial lineup of this "supergroup" consisted of Andy Tillison & Sam Baine (Parallel Or 90 Degrees), Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, & Zoltan Czsorz (The Flower Kings), David Jackson (Van der Graaf Generator), and Guy Manning (Manning). It featured the epic track "The Canterbury Sequence", which was an homage to the Canterbury scene of the 1970s. [http://www.thetangent.org/]

2004

Albums

* 3 - "Wake Pig" (USA)
* Ahvak - "Ahvak" (Israel)
* Amarok - "Quentadharken" (Spain)
* Asia - "Silent Nation" (England)
* Ayreon - "The Human Equation" (Netherlands)
* Big Big Train - "Gathering Speed" (England)
* Black Bonzo - "Lady of the Light" (Sweden)
* Blackfield - "Blackfield" (Various)
* Cog - "The New Normal" (Australia)
* Dave Bainbridge - "Veil of Gossamer" (England) - solo album by Iona guitarist
* Disen Gage - "The Screw-Loose Entertainment " (Russia)
* EXIT project - "Quintet" (Demo-material released)
* Eyefear - "9 Elements Of Inner Earth" (Australia)
* Farpoint - "From Dreaming to Dreaming" (USA)
* Finisterre - "Le Meccanica Naturale" (Italy)
* Glass Hammer - "Shadowlands" (USA)
* Mizraab - "Mazi Haal Mustaqbil" (Pakistan)
* Guapo - "Five Suns" (England)
* Happy the Man - "The Muse Awakens" (USA)
* Apocalypse - "Magic-Radio Edits" (Brazil)
* IQ - "Dark Matter" (England)
* Karmakanic - "Wheel of Life" (Sweden)
* Le Orme - "L'Infinito" (Italy)
* Magenta - "Seven" (England)
* Magma - "K.A (Köhntarkösz Anteria)" (France)
* Marillion - "Marbles" (England)
* Mastodon - "Leviathan" (USA)
* Mechanical Poet - "Woodland Prattlers" (Russia)
* Neal Morse - "One" (USA)
* Myriad - "Natural Elements" (USA)
* Ozric Tentacles - "Spirals in Hyperspace" (England)
* Pain of Salvation - "Be" (Sweden)
* Panzerpappa - "Farlig Vandring" (Norway)
* Proto-Kaw - "Before Became After" (USA) - First reunion album from this pre-Kansas bunch led by Kerry Livgren
* RPWL - "World Through My Eyes" (Germany)
* Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - "Of Natural History" (USA)
* Steve Howe - "Masterpiece" (England)
* The Flower Kings - "Adam & Eve" (Sweden)
* The Tangent - "The World That We Drive Through" (Various)
* The Watch - "Vacuum" (Italy)
* White Willow - "Storm Season" (Norway)

Disbandments

*

Events

* Anton Kochurkin and Michail "Kotovsky" Finagin leave EXIT Project.

* InProg 2004.

* French 70s Zeuhl pioneers Magma release "K.A (Köhntarkösz Anteria)", a long anticipated follow-up album containing material written in the 1970s. [http://www.progreviews.com/reviews/display.php?rev=mag-ka]

* Happy the Man, a popular 70s American group who had reunited a few years earlier, release their first recorded studio album in 25 years titled "The Muse Awakens". [http://www.happytheman.com/images/album8.htm]

* Yuri Alaverdyan, the guitarist of Disen Gage, leaves the band and is replaced by Sergey Bagin.

2005

Newly formed bands

* Dominici (U.S.A.)

* We Are The Music Makers (U.S.A.)

* Solarys (Lisbon, Portugal), http://solarys.pt.vu, formerly Project W.I.L.L. (1999-2004)

Albums

* 3 - "Wake Pig" (USA)
* Arena - "Pepper's Ghost" (England)
* Robert Beriau - "Falling Back To Where I Began" (Canada)
* Cerebus Effect - "Acts of Deception" (USA)
* Coheed & Cambria - "Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness"
* Divinity Destroyed - "Eden in Ashes"
* Divinity Destroyed - "The Plague"
* Djam Karet - "Recollection Harvest" (USA)
* Dominici - "O3: A Trilogy, Part One"
* Dream Theater - "Octavarium" (USA)
* Echolyn - "The End Is Beautiful" (USA)
* EXIT project - "Hack The World" (Russia)
* Frogg Café - "Fortunate Observer of Time" (USA)
* Glass Hammer - "The Inconsolable Secret" (USA)
* Guapo - "Black Oni" (England)
* Indukti - "SUSAR" (Poland) - With guest vocalist from Riverside.
* IZZ - "My River Flows" (USA)
* K2 - "Book of the Dead" (England)
* Karnivool - "Themata" (Australia)
* Kino - "Picture" (England)
* Koenji Hyakkei - "Angherr Shisspa" (Japan)
* KTU - "8 Armed Monkey" (Various) - A collaboration between Kimmo Pohjonen and Samuli Kosminen with Pat Mastelotto and Trey Gunn of King Crimson.
* Machine and the Synergetic Nuts - "Leap Second Neutral" (Japan)
* Miasma & The Carousel of Headless Horses - "Perils" (England)
* Miriodor - "Parade + Live at NEARfest 2002" (Quebec)
* Mostly Autumn - "Storms Over Still Water" (England)
* Neal Morse - "?" (USA)
* Nil - "Nil Novo Sub Sole" (France)
* Oceansize - "Everyone Into Position" (England)
* Opeth - "Ghost Reveries" (Sweden)
* Pallas - "The Dreams Of Men" (Scotland)
* Pendragon - "Believe" (England)
* Porcupine Tree - "Deadwing" (England)
* Riverside - "Second Life Syndrome" (Poland)
* Roine Stolt - "Wall Street Voodoo" (Sweden)
* Satellite - "Evening Games" (Poland)
* Sigur Rós - "Takk..." (Iceland)
* The Fall of Troy - "Doppelganger" (USA)
* The Mars Volta - "Frances The Mute" (USA)
* The Mars Volta - "Scabdates" (USA)
* The Sound of Animals Fighting - "Tiger and the Duke" (USA)
* Underground Railroad - "The Origin of Consciousness" (USA)
* Van der Graaf Generator - "Present" (England)
* Wobbler - "Hinterland" (Norway)

Events

* 1970s progressive rock legends Van der Graaf Generator reunite and release a double CD titled "Present" which contained strong lyrical content and an entire disc of improvisations. [http://www.vandergraafgenerator.co.uk/present.htm]

* InProg turned into a two day international festival.

* Kino, a new progressive rock supergroup consisting of members from Porcupine Tree, Arena, Marillion, and It Bites is formed. They release their first album, "Picture" in 2005. [http://www.kinomusic.com/]

* Pink Floyd members David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright reunite with Roger Waters, the leading creative force of the band during its 1970s heyday, at Live 8 on July 2 in Hyde Park, England. Waters had acrimoniously left the band in 1985, and the quartet had last played together during a performance of "The Wall" in 1981.

* Former Gong drummer Pierre Moerlen died.

2006

Newly formed bands

* GPS
* Mother Military
* Grand Tour (Scotland)
* American Flag (USA)
* Pomme De Chien

Albums

* A Triggering Myth - "The Remedy of Abstraction" (USA)
* David Gilmour - "On An Island" (England)
* Disen Gage - "Libertage" (Russia)
* Little Tragedies - "The Six Sence" (Russia)
* Mastodon - "Blood Mountain" (USA)
* Proto-Kaw - "The Wait of Glory" (USA)
* Pure Reason Revolution - "The Dark Third" (England)
* Queensrÿche- "Operation: Mindcrime II" (USA)
* Spock's Beard - "Spock's Beard"
* Sympozion - "Kundabuffer" (Israel)
* The Flower Kings - "Paradox Hotel" (Sweden)
* Mostly Autumn - "Heart Full Of Sky" (England)
* Muse - "Black Holes & Reveletions" (Various)
* Kostarev - "Works 1978-2006" (Russia)
* The Mars Volta- "Amputechture" (USA)
* The Sound of Animals Fighting - "Lover, The Lord Has Left Us..." (USA)
* The Tangent - "A Place In The Queue" (Various)
* Tool - "10,000 Days" (USA)
* Univers Zero - "Live" (Belgium)
* Zaar - "Zaar" (France)
*Unjust - "Glow" (USA)
* Pomme De Chien- "The Death Of Logan"(Canada)

Disbandments

*

Events

* A combination of high-speed internet connections, MP3 compression, inexpensive streaming web servers, and the iPod/iTunes phenomenon has resulted in an explosion of internet radio stations devoted to playing progressive rock and other similar music. Some of these stations and radio programs have begun podcasting their programming, making it even more convenient to access music online. [http://psychevanhetfolk.homestead.com/PROGRADIO.html]
* Former Soft Machine member Elton Dean died.
* Former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett died on July 7 due to diabetic related complications.
* Former Hatfield and the North/National Health drummer Pip Pyle died in August.
* Josh Eppard and Michael Todd, the drummer and bassist respectively for Coheed & Cambria left the group for personal reasons. Eppard was replaced with Chris Pennie of The Dillinger Escape Plan fame, but Michael Todd returned to help finish recording their next album.
*Genesis announced plans to reunite for a reunion tour in 2007 with Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford being augmented by Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson. Members Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett would not take part.

2007

Newly formed bands

*
*Beggar's Loot
*Dennis
*White Nurse Gene
*Skyshroud Claim

Albums

* Abigail's Ghost - "Selling Insincerity" (USA)
* Between The Buried And Me - "Colors" (USA)
* Black Bonzo - "Sound of the Apocalypse" (Sweden)
* Big Big Train - "The Difference Machine"
* Little Tragedies - "Chinese Songs" (Russia)
* Coheed & Cambria - ""
* Damiera - "M(US)IC"
* Dominici - "O3: A Trilogy, Part Two"
* Dream Theater - "Systematic Chaos"
* Eyefear - "A World Full Of Grey" (Australia)
* EXIT Project - "Mystery Journey of Girl With Her Death" (Russia)
* Marillion - "Somewhere Else" (UK)
* Mechanical Poet - " Creepy Tales for Freaky Children" (Russia)
* Mechanical Poet - "Who Did It To Michelle Waters?" (Russia)
* Blackfield - "Blackfield II" (multi-international)
* Pentwater - "Ab-Dul" (USA)
* Planet X - "Quantum" (USA)
* Porcupine Tree - "Fear of a Blank Planet" (UK)
* Psyopus - "Our Puzzling Encounters Considered" (USA)
* Rush - "Snakes & Arrows" (Canada)
* Sonata Arctica - "Unia" (Finland)
* Apocalypse - "Apocalypse Live in Rio" (Brazil)
* The Fall of Troy - "Manipulator" (USA)
* 3 - "The End is Begun" (USA)
* The Flower Kings - "The Sum of No Evil" (Sweden)
* Thought Chamber - "Angular Perceptions" (USA)
* Anekdoten - "A Time Of Day" (Sweden)
* Coheed & Cambria - "" (USA)
* Oceansize - "Frames" (England)
* Pomme De Chien - "The Allegory of Benjamin Franklin" (Canada)
* Pomme De Chien - "Pandamonium" (Canada)

Disbandments

*

Events

* Canadian rock band Rush streamed their lead single "Far Cry" from their official website a day before releasing it to terrestrial radio stations.
* UK Progressive Rock festival SummersEnd announces its second year after a successful first year at the Robin venue in Bilston, Wolverhampton, UK.
* 1980s neo-progressive band Twelfth Night reunite for the first time since 1987 for sporadic live appearances.

2008

Newly Formed Bands

* Galexia - "Galexia" (USA)

Albums

* 7hz - "-" (Finland)
* Asia - "Phoenix" (England)
* Ayreon - "01011001" (Netherlands)
* Cog - "Sharing Space" (Australia)
* Farpoint - "Cold Star Quiet Star" (USA)
* Little Tragedies - "Cross" (Russia)
* Little Tragedies - "Paris Symphony" (Russia)
* The Mars Volta - "The Bedlam in Goliath" (USA)
* Meshuggah - "ObZen" (Sweden)
* Demians - "Building an Empire" (France)
* Mostly Autumn - "Glass Shadows" (England)
* Opeth - "Watershed" (Sweden)
* Pomme De Chien - "The Five Food Groups" (Canada)
* Pomme De Chien - "Untitled {Thoughts of You}" (Canada)
* Unjust - "Too Lose A Name" (USA)

Disbandments

*

Events

* Progressive Nation 2008 takes place, featuring Dream Theater, Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, and Three.
* Liquid Tension Experiment goes on a 10th anniversary tour.
* Rush's first drummer John Rutsey dies. Rutsey played on Rush's debut album.
* Rick Wright, keyboardist for Pink Floyd, dies of complications due to cancer.

See also

* Progressive rock
* Canterbury Scene
* Symphonic rock
* Avant-progressive rock
* Rock in Opposition
* Neo-prog
* Progressive metal
* Jazz fusion

Further reading

* Lucky, Jerry. "The Progressive Rock Files" Burlington, Ontario: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc (1998), 304 pages, ISBN 1-896522-10-6 (paperback). Gives an overview of progressive rock's history as well as histories of the major and underground bands in the genre.
* Macan, Edward. "Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture." Oxford: Oxford University Press (1997), 290 pages, ISBN 0-19-509887-0 (hardcover), ISBN 0-19-509888-9 (paperback). Analyzes progressive rock using classical musicology and also sociology.


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