This is the first of a series of articles where I will explore the influence of extra-musical elements (literature, paintings, philosophy, etc.) in progressive rock. Because of its wide influence in this genre, Mythology will be spread in several articles.
Bands in all eras, styles, and countries have resorted to mythological stories or characters as a basis for their compositions. In some cases, the whole body of work is based on the musical representation of mythological stories or characters. Usually, this representation is reflected in the lyrics, but there are exceptional examples where only music is used to make a description. The first example, is one of my favorite works by Emerson, Lake and Palmer: