"M" Bands

Namesort icon Founded Country
Mabel Greer's Toyshop 1966 A precursor to Yes (and post-Syn), the band was revived in 2014 by originals Clive Bayley and Robert Hagger, with Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood. Both songs "Beyond And Before" and "Sweetness" appeared on the first Yes... United Kingdom
Mackay, Andy 1946 Andy Mackay's place in history is as the sax player for Roxy Music. United Kingdom
Magma 1969 Perhaps most idiosyncratic of all progressives, Christian Vander's Magma documented the other-worldly parables of the planet Kobaia. The early side project Univeria Zekt album The Unamables is great introduction, but... France
Mahavishnu Orchestra 1971 Founded by guitarist John McLaughlin after his stint with Tony Williams Lifetime, Mahavishnu were perhaps the most successful fusion band, both artistically and commercially. United States
Mainhorse 1968 Swiss-born Patrick Moraz and Jean Ristori formed the band with vocalist David "Kubie" Kubinec (ex World Of Oz) and Bryson Graham, as Integral Aim, and later Mainhorse Airlines. Yugoslav Kubinec departed in 1970, the... Switzerland
Malherbe, Didier 1942 Aka Bloom-Dido Bad-de-Grass, Didier Malherbe's post-Gong work included the vastly underrated fusion outfit Bloom, before continuing into the 80s on a world-fusion path, which included work with Zao's Fran├žois "Faton"... France
Man 1968 Wales' favorite sons, Man rose to fame as a live act in the early 70s. As with any band on the United Artists label, the Manband are top shelf rock band. United Kingdom
Manfred Mann's Chapter Three 1969 Manfred Mann and Mike Hugg's jazz rock outfit pre-dated the Earth Band. United Kingdom
Manfred Mann's Earth Band 1971 South African-born Manfred Mann had a series of pop hits in the UK during the 60s. After a brief spell in the jazz-oriented Chapter Three (with Mike Hugg), Mann formed his progressive rock outfit, the Earth Band. United Kingdom
Manzanera, Phil 1951 Born Philip Targett-Adams, Phil Manzanera is best know for his role in Roxy Music. United Kingdom
Marillion (Fish era) 1979 Marillion are the best known and most commercially successful of the "neo-progressive" bands from the 1980s. Singer Fish fronted the band through their first four studio albums, although each member became well-known as... United Kingdom
Marillion (Hogarth era) 1989 After the departure of lead singer Fish, the band regrouped around new vocalist Steve Hogarth in 1989. After an album or two however, there's been no looking back: the band has gone on to create music far more original... United Kingdom
Maschera Di Cera, La 2002 Led by Fabio Zuffanti, La Maschera di Cera lead the new wave of Italian progressives. Italy
Mason, Nick 1944 Founding member of Pink Floyd United Kingdom
Matching Mole 1971 Wyatt's post-Soft Machine band United Kingdom
Maxophone 1973 Milan-based band had their eponymous album also released in the USA, with English lyrics. Italy
Mayall, John & The Bluesbreakers 1933 Led by John Mayall, the Bluesbreakers were a virtual who's-who of the British blues and jazz scene. The band that recorded 1968's Bare Wires eventually morphed into Colosseum. United Kingdom
McDonald and Giles 1970 Founding members of King Crimson United Kingdom
Mezquita 1973 Spanish progressive rock band from the end of the 70's. Spain
Michael Moorcock's Deep Fix 1975 Namesake sci-fi author and Hawkwind collaborator joined with Simon King and ex-High Tide members for a one-off album. United Kingdom
Midnight Sun 1971 Originally known as Rainbow Band, Midnight Sun were a Danish supergroup of sorts. Denmark
Missus Beastly 1968 Missus Beastly had two distinct eras during their existence; the first early one produced their debut, an album of atypical psychedelic rock for its time, and the second a much more promising fusion sound similar to... Germany
Moebius, Dieter 1944 A student of Joseph Bueys, Dieter Moebius arrived in Berlin just as the Zodiac Free Arts Lab was taking off, joining Kluster and later Cluster, a long-standing relationship he would share with Hans-Joachim Roedelius.... Germany
Mogul Thrash 1969 James Litherland led band from Scotland, featured John Wetton on bass and the "Dundee Horns", Roger Ball and Malcolm Duncan. Eponymous album is much in the vein of Colosseum's horn rock. United Kingdom
Mona Lisa 1973 French symphonic band hailing from Orleans. France
Money, Zoot 1942 Since the early 60s, George Bruno "Zoot" Money has been a fixture on the British music scene, as a bandleader (The Big Roll Band, Dantalian's Chariot), a musician (New Animals, Ellis, Grimms) and an actor. United Kingdom
Moody Blues, The 1966 The Moody Blues had rather humble R&B beginnings before discovering the Mellotron and making the switch to art rock. Although they became the first widely accepted progressive band, only their lyrics transcended... United Kingdom
Moraz Bruford 1983 Collaboration between two one-time Yes members. United Kingdom
Moraz, Patrick 1948 Best known for his ever-so-brief dalliance with Yes, Swiss-born Patrick Moraz spent the early 70s prog-rocking with Mainhorse, and then in London with ex-Nice members in Refugee. After an unceremonious boot from Yes in... Switzerland
Morgan 1971 Featuring the musical talents of Morgan Fischer, many of the members were previously in the British pop band Love Affair, who had a #1 hit in 1968 with "Everlasting Love". Switching gears to the progressive in the early... United Kingdom
Mother Gong 1978 Gilli Smyth, aka Shakti Yoni of Gong, launched Mother Gong to release her post-Daevid work. The mother of all things Gong, her collaborator in Mother Gong was Harry Williamson. United Kingdom
Move, The 1966 Hailing from Birmingham, The Move scored many hit singles during the psychedelic era, but unfortunately their albums, split between the rock-n-roll of Roy Wood and the classical inspirations of Jeff Lynne didn't chart.... United Kingdom
Museo Rosenbach 1972 Another band from the province of Liguria, Museo Rosenbach released one exemplary album of Italian prog before disbanding. Italy