From the remains of King Crimson, a latter-day supergroup. Bill Bruford and Allan Holdsworth left after one album, while Eddie Jobson and John Wetton stick together for another. From there, however, it was on to Asia.
Named after the portmanteau in Genesis' "Dancing in the Moonlight Knight, Unifaun began as "musical time travelling" between multi-instrumentalist Nad Sylvan and keyboardist Bonamici (Christian Thordin) to "write the songs Genesis never did". On every level, they succeded.
Led by the indefatigable Peter Hammill, perhaps the most original and significant group of the era; even "without the capes". Hammill is a complicated character, and so then is Van Der Graaf Generator: one moment placid and sympathetic, the next fierce and chaotic. His lyrics border the depth of literature, while his music, epic in nature, benefited from the band's original arrangements.
Jürgen Dollase's self-proclaimed "symphonic rock orchestra". Released four interesting albums that feature the drumming of Harald Grosskopf. Later albums had great covers but are of little interest to the progressive listener.