Puppet Show is at the forefront of the long-time underground revolution known to its constituents as "Progressive Rock", or "Prog"... but their music transcends these boundaries into mainstream rock and beyond.
Hailing from the heart of the "Silicon Valley" in Northern California, Puppet Show plays in the spirit of '70's classic progressive bands, but with an updated, modern sound. They combine rich melodies with odd meter and textured vocals to create a sound which appeals to fans of both classic and modern prog. Their sound has drawn widespread comparisons...
"Genesis seems to be their obvious big influence to me..."
"This reminded me strongly of Marillion [and Genesis]..."
"they did not sound like another Marillion/Genesis clone"
"This band reminds me a little of Cairo..."
"...the only obvious influence I can pick out is early Kansas..."
"If had to compare them to [a modern band], it'd probably be Echolyn..."
"[Puppet Show is] heavily influenced by Saga and Dream Theater..."
"[their sound is] a mix of Procol Harum and UK, T. Rex and Marillion.."
...with such diverse comparisons as those, you'll just have to listen and decide for yourself!
Perhaps Chris Dixon of the Prog-Net web site said it best:
"Puppet Show is very difficult to categorize, but I suppose they could be summarized as symph prog with a large helping of attitude and aggression. I would not go as far as to say that they are a prog-metal band.
"Fantastically furious and complex one moment, subtle and contemplative the next; they avoid the primary weaknesses of the metal genre, such as overly crunchy and unrelenting guitar assaults. A great deal of emphasis is placed upon composition, which really keeps the epic works together and tight.
"Puppet Show will especially appeal to fans of progressive music who wish to hear more power and energy in their music, but are tired of bands being "something else" first, and progressive as an afterthought."