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Mean Deviation author Jeff Wagner on Used Bin Radio tonight

Tue, Feb 1, 2011@3:09PM | comments

A new book on the history of progressive heavy metal which I had first told you about way back in 2008 was finally released this past December. It's titled Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal and was written by former Metal Maniacs editor Jeff Wagner with a foreword by Steven Wilson. Wagner will be a guest on internet talk show Used Bin Radio tonight:

This week we're exploring the roots, history and impact of Progressive Metal as we welcome author JEFF WAGNER. His new book, MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal delves deep into the long tradition of sticking your heavy metal chocolate into my prog rock peanut butter to produce a tasty new hybrid. We’ll discuss the forefathers (Rush, King Crimson, Iron Maiden), the architects (Queensryche, Fates Warning, Megadeth), the innovators (Dream Theater, Savatage, Opeth) and all the sub-genres and minutia we can wrap our heads around. If you’re a regular Used Bin listener or just a rock fanatic tuning in for your first time, you’re gonna eat this up. Check out more details about Jeff Wagner’s book at ...

Rush is prominently featured in the book as one of the early pioneers of the progressive metal genre. There's even a chapter titled By Tor and The Gates Of Delirium. You can read some reviews of the book here and here, and learn more about the book at the publisher's website. You can listen live to Used Bin Radio on or tonight from 7PM to 10PM PST (10-1 EST). Past shows can be listened to via podcast at this link. Speaking of past Used Bin shows, Vertical Horizon frontman and friend of Neil Peart (F.O.P for short) - Matt Scannell - was a guest on the show earlier last month and the podcast was finally posted earlier today (thanks hermy). Matt has a great conversation with hosts Brad and Joe and talks a good bit about his collaboration and friendship with Neil Peart. You can listen to the podcast at this link.