blue wrote:prog riffs in all the wrong places in great songs = brilliant.
prog rock w/out songs = laaaaame.
odd times and syncopated insanity should be another tool in the box to wake listeners up and give them something to unfold over time. there's no difference between an uncompelling one-chord song and an uncompelling 10,000 chord song.
True, but odd time signatures should definitely be used wisely ... I've found in my progressive listening, I've found that more basic time signatures work better at powerful moments ... even a 5/4, 4/4, 2/4, etc. I found on the 24 minute epic Octavarium, the most powerful moment was a very strange time signature, and I find it hard to follow. Soloing on weird time signatures is cool ... like the many, many 19/16 grooves that Mike Portnoy pulls out, and definitely can mix up songs and add so much to them, but I think those strange time signatures definitely have a time and place and should be used responsibly.