Sloche got their names from the dirty snow amassed in the streets (sleet or slush) but in the Quebec form. SLOCHE is one of those incredible bands from Quebec progressive explosion of the mid-70's that sadly only managed two albums. They sound like a cross of MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, a bit of GENTLE GIANT but mostly like their compatriot the incredible MANEIGE or the emotional OPUS-5.
Little known (unjustly) American progressive rock band of the mid-1970s. They only ever released one album, 'For You The Old Women' (1976), but their influence can be heard in many prog and neo-progressive US bands of the '80s and '90s (Happy The Man, Echolyn etc).
The 70s was the heyday for both progressive rock and Spanish rock in general. Mezquita combined the approach of bands like King Crimson and the prolific Italian Prog scene with a strong Spanish folk flavor.
Conventum was an eclectic band based in Montreal, Canada. Formed in the mid 70s around a collective of music, art, and theater people, the band recorded two albums, A l'Affut d'un Complot (1977) and Le Bureau Central des Utopies (1980).
NUOVA ERA were one of the first in the new wave of Italian progressives and also one of the most highly regarded. They are a symphonic quartet (or a quintet if you count the lyricist on album cover of "Dopo L'Infinito") with a style influenced by the 70's masters but performed with contemporary technology.
A true rarity on an unusual label for the Italian prog (Mercury), and for sure one of the longest LP names ever conceived, "Io Non So Da Dove Vengo E Non So Dove Mai Andrò, ..." is generally considered as one of the top albums in this style. A perfect record, very well played and sung by this band based in Milan.
(Note that the real name is Arachnoïd)
ARACHNOÏD is a French major progressive band whose music was combined the strengths of other French symphonic groups and dark progressive rock that recalled KING CRIMSON.
It’s better with two Jean-François and Denis have been playing together since the year 1987. They formed many bands that had short lives. These groups were composed of different members and with different « sounds » (classic rock, grunge, etc.). These formations have permitted them to gain a lot of stage experience.
As the progressive movement was making more and more adept in La Belle Province, more and more groups got contracts and as Celebration record lost Harmonium to CBS , they offered a contract to OPUS-5 .