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Arena vs IQ vs Pendragon vs Marillion - Discuss

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Initial post: 6 Feb 2009 23:21:03 GMT
Any thoughts ?

Posted on 7 Feb 2009 02:51:02 GMT
I did try with most of those bands...saw Marillion when they played at the old Marquee club on wardour street, that was before they released the first album. Saw IQ and also Pallas, also some really crappy ELP copy band called Daga Band. They were ok at the time, but as they were playing music from the early 1970's you could hardly call them 'progressive' I would cal them 'regressive'..nothing these guys did comes close to 'Close To The Edge' by Yes or 'Red' by Crimson! Ultimately they were worthless. It had all been done before (much better)!

Posted on 7 Feb 2009 20:20:38 GMT
Fair point re Close to the Edge - definitely a highlight in anyones list.

Posted on 24 Feb 2009 02:28:39 GMT
twelfth night

Posted on 24 Feb 2009 21:22:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Feb 2009 21:22:50 GMT
Ok I admit it I've not heard any twelfth night. Describe please. I can however totally recommend Knight Area (Dutch prog band).

Posted on 25 Feb 2009 18:15:26 GMT
AJ says:
Marillion - FISH era was brilliant - particularly Script, Fugazi and Clutching...

Posted on 20 Aug 2010 09:47:11 BDT
Ironspider says:
I also saw Marillion (pre-"Script..." with Fish jigging in the crowd to their version of 'You take the High Road'), IQ, Pendragon, Solstice, et al at the old Marquee on Wardour Street. Great days and mostly great gigs. Never saw Twelfth Night which I've always thought a great loss; musically very accomplished with a very distinctive sound and the late Geoff Mann challenged both Fish and Peter Nicholls (and possibly even Peter Gabriel) in the frontman stakes.

I wouldn't want to state a preference for one above the others (though sheer nostalgia would boost Twelfth Night to the top of the pile), but Marillion fell by the wayside when 'Kayleigh' was released and IQ have long since plateaued. Arena are not as good as they think they are, though every album has a few gems on it. I can't really comment on Pendragon as I haven't heard any recent material - I'm still debating on purchasing Pure!

These were all bands at the forefront of the prog-revival, but I think they've been surpassed by a newer generation, who no doubt owe them a nod of recognition, just as Marillion et al owe a nod in turn to Gabriel-era Genesis, King Crimson and the like.

I'd agree with Schizoid Mike on the regressive bands and there are quite a few still around. So rather than looking back and trying to decide who were the best, I'd rather look forward and track down newer bands who can pick up the prog-banner and lead the latest charge...

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2010 16:33:42 BDT
R. LAZENBY says:
I've followed Marillion since the Fugazi tour and i must admit, the music now is better although the vocals are to be a bit admired at times. I've been a keen Arena fan since "The Lion's Cage" and caught them live on the Immortal tour, again great music but poor vocals. I bought Pure by Pendragon from the reviews from Classic Rock magazine, the music is exceptional but again the vocals are awful. I haven't ventured into any of IQ music but personally I find the music output wonderful listening from the other 3 bands in question, it's just the singing that at times are their downfall. I would put the updated Marillion over the 4 without a doubt. Fish is by far a better musician without Marillion now.

Posted on 2 Feb 2011 19:06:07 GMT
Mark Colton says:
This is just a quick note to say that there's a new Credo track that can be downloaded from our website if any of you are interested in what we've been up to lately. The mp3 is about 23MB, so if you prefer just to listen, it's the first track on our myspace music player www.myspace/credogb. It's also on the cover CD of Classic Rock Prog Issue 14 (track 4), if you want a 'hard copy'.

I hope you like it. All the best,

Posted on 24 Feb 2011 23:01:25 GMT
KayJay S says:
Pallas are missing from the original list of bands as emerging when Marilion, IQ, pendragon and Twelfth night did. Only Marillion got the break to the bigtime...and what i want to say here is The new Pallas album XXV is superb, the best new prog album so far this year. check it out. They are also at High Voltage this year..
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