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Magma

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Perhaps most idiosyncratic of all progressives, Christian Vander's Magma documented the other-worldly parables of the planet Kobaia. The early side project Univeria Zekt album The Unamables is great introduction, but even their first two albums wouldn't prepare the world for the completely over the top epic Mekanik Destruktiw Komanndoh. Sung in Vander's self-created language, Magma's music a cross between Carl Orff, John Coltrane and some dark-ass heavy metal!

Founded: 1969

Location: Paris, France

Website: MAGMA - CHRISTIAN VANDER - STELLA VANDER - SEVENTH RECORDS

Mainhorse

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Swiss-born Patrick Moraz and Jean Ristori formed the band with vocalist David "Kubie" Kubinec (ex World Of Oz) and Bryson Graham, as Integral Aim, and later Mainhorse Airlines. Yugoslav Kubinec departed in 1970, the band shortened their name to Mainhorse, added Peter Lockett and signed to Polydor to release their eponymous album. Drummer Bryson Graham would later join Spooky Tooth.

Founded: 1968

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Marillion (Fish era)

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Marillion are the best known and most commercially successful of the "neo-progressive" bands from the 1980s. Singer Fish fronted the band through their first four studio albums, although each member became well-known as a musician in his own right. After Fish's departure in 1988, singer Steve Hogarth joined the band.

Founded: 1979

Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England

Website: marillion.com | The Official Marillion Website

Marillion (Hogarth era)

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After the departure of lead singer Fish, the band regrouped around new vocalist Steve Hogarth in 1989. After an album or two however, there's been no looking back: the band has gone on to create music far more original than their "neo-progressive" roots. Marillion remain the most successful groups of prog rock's "modern" era.

Founded: 1989

Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England

Website: marillion.com | The Official Marillion Website

Marillion release Brave Live 2013

Marillion have released another version of their epic album Brave, recorded earlier in the year, on multiple formats:
"Recorded on the 9 March 2013 at the Marillion Weekend in Centre Parcs, The Netherlands. This concert film features the whole of the Brave album performed in full plus over an hour of encores and extras. This unique event was captured in glorious high definition by 15 cameras in a purpose built arena, bringing you a truly unique event and a defining moment in Marillion’s live performance career."

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McDonald and Giles

Founding members of King Crimson

Founded: 1970

Location: London, England

Website: Michael Giles (Myspace)

Mezquita

Spanish progressive rock band from the end of the 70's.

Founded: 1973

Location: Córdoba, Spain

Website: Mezquita Myspace

Mona Lisa

French symphonic band hailing from Orleans.

Founded: 1973

Location: Orleans, France

Website: MONA LISA Le rock progressif francais

Moraz, Patrick

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Best known for his ever-so-brief dalliance with Yes, Swiss-born Patrick Moraz spent the early 70s prog-rocking with Mainhorse, and then in London with ex-Nice members in Refugee. After an unceremonious boot from Yes in 1977, Moraz began a prolific solo career, while also touring with the Moody Blues.

Founded: 1948

Location: Villars-Ste-Croix, Morges, Switzerland

Website: The Official Site of Patrick Moraz

Mother Gong

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Gilli Smyth, aka Shakti Yoni of Gong, launched Mother Gong to release her post-Daevid work. The mother of all things Gong, her collaborator in Mother Gong was Harry Williamson.

Founded: 1978

Location: Wales

Website: www.gillismyth.com