The fine folks at Ibanez have sent out a new instrument, and while I wait for it to arrive, I’ve been taking a closer look at Jeff Wagner’s recent book “Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal.”
Jeff clearly has a passion for the many genres and sub-genres he writes about, but that doesn’t mean he is uncritical—he is as quick to point out absurdity as he is to praise virtuosity. He is uniquely qualified to write a book like this, and lucky for us, he did.
For fans of the genre, there is now a thoroughly-researched book that treats the topic with care and respect. For theorists and musicologists, there is now a definitive primary source for this genre of music, which should help provide a foundation for future research and critique.
Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602 for marginalia.
N.B. This is an unsolicited post.