by Mike Mettler

Styx appears in Issue 72 of Progression Magazine to discuss the more progressive compositional aspects of the band's current, and quite brilliant, new studio album, The Mission. Says guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, "It's been so long since we made a Styx album like the ones we did before, because so much has changed."

In a story written by yours truly, your faithful Styxologist, Shaw, keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan, and Mission producer Will Evankovich all delve into the many prog-leaning elements of the new album, such as the innovative block of time-signature changes that occur during the most harrowing instrumental sequence of the song "Red Storm."

You can read a more detailed teaser from the Progression story itself and find out how to order a copy of the issue here (scroll to the bottom of the text block for the ordering info).