bloodfiend wrote:There's always some prog on the unsigned and Sophie stages somewhere, most metallers (myself included) find it chronically dull though, so big name prog bands are rare; we had Symphony X last year, but they've got much more of a power metal/heavy metal influence than the likes of Dream Theatre and Queensryche. We had Andromeda on the main stage in 2010 as well, but I really can't remember any other examples of prog bands on the main stage.
When the indoor was indoor, Vince was always booking that bloody Threshold band, who bored the fuck out of me. Also I remember Vandan Plas playing at the last indoor in 06, who were also unbearably dull.
A lot of what gets called prog metal is just long metal songs or just 'has keyboards' - I wouldn't call Evergrey prog but they get the tag, like Symphony X who are a better metal band than a prog one. I didn't see Threshold at BS but have seen them 10 times - once with that singer, who had a great voice but no prescence and the band weren't great. Since then they got better at writing punchier, more melodic songs with great choruses and got a much better frontman who could have sold the band to a metal/festival audience. For reasons best known to the core of the band, they froze him out and dumped him after stopping other band members from contributing to songwriter (guitarist Pete Morten also left) and they're carrying one with another singer/guitarist, so no idea if they've made a mistake, will see in November.
If you take prog as a means of doing thing with metal, not strictly the way it sounds then Shining, Moonsorrow, Ihsahn, Akercocke, Opeth, Devin Townsend, Mastodon, Goijira all have prog elements