Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s


This multi-national and ostensibly part-time progressive rock supergroup was formed in the summer of 1999 and comprises Mike Portnoy (20 April 1967, Long Island, New York, USA; drums; Dream Theater), Neal Morse (b. 2 August 1960, Van Nuys, California, USA; vocals, keyboards, guitar; Spock’s Beard), Roine Stolt (b. 5 September 1956, Uppsala, Sweden; guitar, keyboards, vocals; Flower Kings) and Pete Trewavas (b. 15 January 1959, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, England; bass, vocals; Marillion). Owing to the demands of the quartet’s full-time commitments, their debut SMPTe was written and recorded during a pressured and intense session that lasted a solitary week. Despite this time constraint, and the material produced being overtly influenced by bands such as Yes and Genesis, the album’s complex and lengthy tracks still retained an innovative and alluring edge that set them apart from many of their contemporaries. Although the band remains a lauded hobby for...

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