First off Iíd like to humbly thank Adele Schmidt for sending me a copy of this amazing documentary. In many ways it echoes some ideas about the music business that were discussed on Before The Music Dies. While that documentary is coming from a more mainstream stand point, it does have some interesting ideas. I urge people that buy Romantic Warriors to check out Before The Music Dies.
Okay onward to this amazing progressive music saga. I have to say I feel quite intimidated by some of the more scholarly written reviews IĎve seen online. I do hope my basic language skills will convey my thoughts on my review.
Thereís many interview segments with bands like Cabezas De Cera, Cheer-Accident, Deluge Grander, DFA, Gary Green (Gentle Giant), Karmakanic, La Maschera Di Cera, Oblivion Sun, Paul Sears (The Muffins), Phideaux, Qui, Rob Martino, Roine Stolt and Gentle Giant.
Iím familiar with a good amount of those bands/artists above, so it was a pleasure to hear them speak about themselves and their love of progressive music. Iím constantly amazed at all the wonderful music that comes from this solitary genre. We the bands, and we the fans are united under this common ground. I donít think mainstream bands and fans can say the same.
Both Mike Potter and Phideaux have valid points about the current status of progressive music. To paraphrase Mike, this is the best time for progressive music and the torch does need to be passed along to this new generation of bands. Phideauxí point of that major labels are not looking for the progressive rock band/artist. Theyíre more in favor of less cerebral forms of music. Which is sad because true music is an art form and shouldnít be viewed as a commodity or in a business sense. The major record label of today doesnít allow a band or artist develop their wares. Itís like they so pressured to get singles out, that makes it harder for the progressive rock genre to thrive beyond itís cozy community.
On this DVD thereís so much to digest that for one or a half dozen viewings isnít enough even though the documentary is 95 minutes. You have almost lock yourself away from the world and watch this. I prefer to watch with headphones on, to get every note, every word in a crystal clear environment.
I like the segment about Orion Studios and wished there were more places like that for bands to play. I have yet to see a band there. Now that Iím on the east coast, Iíll have to get a ride down there someday to enjoy both the band play and the ambience of the atmosphere Iíve read so much about over the years.
I could go on and on but I think Iíll let you the viewer enjoy this dvd and form their own opinions. This dvd will be one of the very few in my collection that will get repeated as often as once a week, possibly twice a week.
This dvd has enough information for both the seasoned and newer fans of the genre. Hey, weíre always learning something new every day. I hope this DVD will be a wealth of learning for years to come. Highly recommended isnít enough for this documentary. It really should be in every progressive music fanís library ASAP!
Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on October 6th, 2010