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Comment by O666 25 days ago
Pink FloydMyspace.com - The Endless River 2014
9.5
English/British Instrumental Prog Rock/Electronic
Perfect Floydian Album specially for P.F huge fans.Nostalgic and Magnificent. This album growing up in your mind after every listening.
Comment by O666 25 days ago
Mostly Autumn - Dressed In Voices 2014
8.0
Neo Prog Rock
They try to change their style slowly. This album closest to Neo than Folk.
Review by Time_Signature 28 days ago <Permalink>
Seven Year Storm - Aion I 2015, EP
9.0
Instrumental Prog Metal
Sean Lang, the main man of Seven Year Storm, Sean Lang, is a freelance drummer and drumming instructor who had been composing a lot of material for his own amusement which was never meant to be released. However, some of his friends liked it and suggested that he release it. And, voila, after a successful Indigogo campain, "Aion I" sees the light of day.

We are dealing with instrumental progressive metal here which, despite what one might expect, is not at all drum-centric. Granted, there are plenty of rhythmically challenging parts, and Sean Lang definitely gets to show off his chops, but the guitar is given just as much room, and the listener is treated to several impressive and shreddy guitar leads. Combining atmospheric keyboards and djenty rhythms, and adding a slight touch of jazz rock and loads of melody, this EP should definitely appeal to fans of modern progressive music. And those who do not like djent ned not worry. This is not a djent EP. It's a progressive metal EP that features a couple of djent elements among many other elements.

Needless to say, the musicianship and songwriting is top notch, and the production is also extremely professional for a self-released EP. The production nicely allows for the sweeping layers of sound to shine through in a balanced and harmonic way.

I definitely hope to hear more from Lang in the future. "Aion I" should appeal to fans of Animals As Leaders, Chimp Spanner, and Planet X.

(Review orginally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
Review by Time_Signature one month ago <Permalink>
Silent VoicesMyspace.com - Reveal The Change 2013
8.0
Prog Metal
This album is marketed as a progressive metal release, whereas Silent Voices' previous output are typically characterized as power metal albums. This album is called "Reveal the Change", and it may reflect a change in musical direction - I really don't know, because I have never heard their previous releases.

Anyway, if "Reveal the Change" is progressive metal, then it is perhaps best described as progressive metal lite - or maybe just very accessible progressive metal. "Reveal the Change" is largely characterized by straightforward riffage and catchy vocal melodies. There are plenty of elements from more traditional heavy metal and hard rock, as well as some more stuff. I do not really detect a lot of power metal on this album ther than a cople of scattered power metal aesthetics every now and then. There are not that many quirks, twists and turns.

I would not say reject the "progressive" tag, however, for a number of reasons. If we ignore the very last track, it may take a couple of listens, but then the listener will probably realize that the progressive nature of this album lies in the details. Firstly, the use of keyboards is definitely akin to what ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature one month ago <Permalink>
Knight Area - Hyperdrive 2014
8.0
Prog Metal/Hard Rock
Knight Area are perhaps best known as a neo prog rock band whose style contains the odd metallic element. However, with the addition of guitarist Mark Bogert and bassist Peter Vink, the band has taken their music in a considerably heavier direction to the point that, on the 2014 album "Hyperdrive", they venture so far into progressive metal and hard rock territory that the album (to me at least) is a bona fide progressive metal release.

The new heavy Knight Area is underlined by the hard rocking opening riff of 'Afraid of the Dark'. After an epic power ballad in the form 'The Lost World' with its power chords, Queen-like background vocals, and "Trick of the Tail"-inspired bridge, 'Bubble' kicks into a couple of heavy and groovy riffs. This track also features a bridge with a retro keyboard solo on top of an old school heavy metal passage. After another ballad in the form of 'This Day' (which, strangely, reminds me of the obscure Danish 80s prog band Zaragon), the listener is treated to a heavy and groovy tune in the form of 'Crimson Skies'. Slower, but also more melodic, is 'Avenue of Broken Dreams', which also features some quite aggressive riff-bursts in the transition between the verse and the chorus. 'Living in Confusion' takes a more AOR hard rock path, combining this with influences from ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature one month ago <Permalink>
Mekong DeltaMyspace.com - In a Mirror Darkly 2014
9.0
Technical Prog Metal
Mekong Delta are truly an underrated progressive metal band, who deserve much ore attention than they usually get. For one, their music is very original and seamlessly go back and forth between power metal, thrash metal, symphonic metal and progressive metal. Secondly, their music is at all times challenging to the listener. Thirdly, Mekong Delta is invariably associated with top notch musicianship regardless who's in the line-up at any given time.

On their latest album, "In A Mirror Darkly", they remind us of their excellence over the course of eight tight, yet totally mind-boggling, tracks (on some versions of the release, the two first tracks are conflated into one).

After a mellow, classically oriented introduction, the listener is treated to a challenging instrumental in the form of "Ouverture" and its relentless onslaught of notes, beats, and harmonies. In typical Mekong Delta fashion, the following track 'Armageddon Machine" offers a flurry of riffs and parts, all delivered in the same onslaught manner, with Martin LeMar's vocals floating on top of the instrumentation. 'The Silver in Gods Eye' is a slightly more amorphous affair, which also has a bit of a symphonic feel to ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature one month ago <Permalink>
AshentMyspace.com - Flaws of Elation 2006
10.0
Prog Metal
Originally released in 2006, "Flaws of Elation" is going to be reissued this year on Lion Music with new artwork, as a sort of follow-up to 2012's "Inheritance". When I heard "Inheritance", I was puzzled at the classification of Ashent as a dark prog power metal band, seeing how melodic and, to be honest, not very dark that album is (but still a very good album).

Having listened to the reissue of "Flaws of Elation", I now understand the dark prog power metal label. One "Flaws of Elation", Ashent draw much more extensively on dark power metal, and their guitars a crunchy and the riffs heavy, yet challenging (there are even some elements from extreme metal every now and then). While not as experimental in terms of texture as "Inheritance" is, "Flaw of Elation" still feature some nice textures primarily provided by the keyboards.

Now, "Flaws of Elation" is at heart very melodic, and there are plenty of guitar melodies, and also some nice guitar harmonies which seem to build on the foundation laid by Fates Warning on "Perfect Symmetry". Sophisticated and ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature one month ago <Permalink>
AshentMyspace.com - Inheritance 2012
9.0
Prog Metal
For a band branded as a dark progressive metal band, Ashent's latest effort is incredibly melodic. That is of course not a bad thing, and "Inheritance" is definitely a massive effort which is artistically successful.

Striking is, first of all, the massive crunch of the guitars and how this suits both the melodic harmonies and rhythmic ambiguities that abound on this fine album. The music is technically advanced, to be sure, but comes across inviting and accessible. The drumming is organic an full of fills and, while not overtly show offy, definitely not stuff that is easy to pull off. The bass has a nice broad and round sound, at times taking an almost lead-like position, but always providing the glue that holds the many textures on this album together. On the lead side, both keyboard solos and guitar solos reflect technically skilled musicians who know how to perform leads that showcase their skills without stealing the stage from the rest of the instrumentation.

I do not know if this type of ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature one month ago <Permalink>
Anubis GateMyspace.com - Horizons 2014
9.5
Prog Metal
Having released three very strong albums in a row, in the form of "Andromeda Unchained", "The Detached", and "Anubis Gate", the Danish progressive metal band's most recent, and eagerly awaited, album "Horizons" definitely has a lot to live up to. With no less than two line-up changes since "Anubis Gate", one might even be slightly worried that the new album may be sub par to its predecessors.

While I think that the previous three albums are slightly stronger than this one in some respects, there are some new elements on "Horizons" - probably adopted by the band as a consequence of the inspirations brought by the two new members - which I think enrich Anubis Gate's already interesting style of music. Firstly, I think that "Horizons" is musically the most varied album by the Danish band, as it explores both melodic pathways and heavier grooves. The rhythm guitar has become slightly more aggressive, which I appreciate, while the use of keyboards has become more prominent, which works very well here. Morten Gade Sørensen's drumming is both considerably technical and dynamic, yet also potent.

'Destined to Remember', which listeners might already be familiar with because an alternate version appeared in the ... -> show full review
Comment by floflo79 2 months ago
Pink FloydMyspace.com - The Dark Side of the Moon 1973
10.0
The album who made me discover prog. A travel through death, money and stress
Comment by floflo79 2 months ago
Pink FloydMyspace.com - The Wall 1979
10.0
A shock album with wonderful tracks and lyrics
Comment by floflo79 2 months ago
Mike Oldfield - Amarok 1990
10.0
A wonderful album with awesome melodies and great work on guitar. Magic.
Comment by floflo79 2 months ago
Florian Decros - Vango II 2015
8.0
Eclectic Prog Rock
Some great moments like the track Back In Everland. A indie artist who deserves attention
Comment by floflo79 2 months ago
CailynMyspace.com - Voyager 2015
8.5
Symphonic Prog Rock
A spacy and well composed album. A great beginning for 2015
Comment by O666 3 months ago
Bram Stoker - Cold Reading 2014
8.5
English/British Prog Hard Rock
Great Classic Prog Rock. Xover is a fair label for it. I love this album and listen to that over 3 times in a week.
Comment by Mike 4 months ago
Devin TownsendMyspace.com - 2014
8.8
Epic Prog-Related Metal
I love how Devin combines calmness and aggressive elements ... at times he forms huge walls of sound, but you can always discern the individual parts.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 4 months ago
OpethMyspace.com - Pale Communion 2014
8.9
Prog Rock
My least favorite album since Deliverance. Seems that the growls are gone, but the songs have become more cheesy. Had to wait for the final track to find the Opeth I really like.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 4 months ago
My Dying Bride - The Vaulted Shadows 2014, Compilation
9.1
Prog-Related Doom Metal
A compilation of the two EPs "The Barghest O'Whitby" and "The Manuscript". Classic depressive doom(death).
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Comment by Mike 5 months ago
ThresholdMyspace.com - For The Journey 2014
8.1
Prog Metal
Tired. That's the word I would use to describe this album compared to the magnificent March of Progress. All things considered, it's a solid release, but it lacks the drive and determination of Thresholds best releases. Ironically some of that shines through in the bonus track ...
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Comment by O666 5 months ago
Auxford - Отражение (Reflection) 2014
7.5
Prog Rock
A Crossover Prog Band with Very good instrumental part and songs.
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Neal MorseMyspace.com - Testimony 2 2011
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rushfan4
8.9
Symphonic Prog Rock
BumblefootMyspace.com - Little Brother is Watching 2015
 16 hours ago
Mike
7.8
Eclectic Non-Prog Rock
Hawkwind - Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music 1976
 18 hours ago
Jozef47
8.8
English/British Spacey Prog Rock
CailynMyspace.com - Voyager 2015
 7 days ago
lazland
8.5
Symphonic Prog Rock
Pink FloydMyspace.com - The Endless River 2014
 2 months ago
PowerWyrm
9.5
Prog-Related Rock
Kant Freud Kafka - No Tengas Miedo 2014
 3 months ago
Eneidaprog1714
8.4
Prog-Related
Dry River - El CIrco de la Tierra 2012
 3 months ago
darkmomo
10.0
Symphonic Prog Metal
Banda do Casaco - Coisas do arco da velha 1976
 4 months ago
filkarada
7.6
Prog-Related
Onevoice - A Sound & Space, Agreed 2013
 5 months ago
Svetonio
9.0
Prog Rock
Frequency Drift - Over 2014
 7 months ago
O666
8.0
Prog Rock
Generous MenMyspace.com - More Than Meets The Eye 2013
 9 months ago
Rune2000
Heavy Prog Hard Rock
Blind GuardianMyspace.com - At the Edge of Time 2010
 10 months ago
Bigmo
9.0
Symphonic Prog Metal
Pervy Perkin - Ink 2014
 12 months ago
manzanhop
9.5
Prog Metal/Rock
Asia - XXX 2012
 2 years ago
Lofcaudio
7.4
Comedy of Errors - Fanfare And Fantasy 2013
 2 years ago
Soul Dreamer
9.8
Symphonic Neo Prog Rock
OH.Myspace.com - Sleeping World 2013, EP
 2 years ago
Basil
8.9
Prog Rock
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IQMyspace.com - The Road of Bones
 #1

8.6 x10
Neo Prog Rock
OpethMyspace.com - Pale Communion
 #2

8.7 x8
Nordic Technical Prog Rock/Metal
TransatlanticMyspace.com - Kaleidoscope
 #3

8.4 x9
Symphonic Prog Rock
Pink FloydMyspace.com - The Endless River
 #4

8.1 x8
English/British Instrumental Prog Rock/Soundscape
Mostly Autumn - Dressed In Voices
 #5

8.5 x6
Neo Prog Rock
AnathemaMyspace.com - Distant Satellites
 #6

8.2 x7
Atmospheric Prog Post Independent/Metal
Frequency Drift - Over
 #7

8.5 x6
Prog Rock
AlcestMyspace.com - Shelter
 #8

8.4 x4
French Atmospheric Non-Prog Post Rock
GazpachoMyspace.com - Demon
 #9

8.3 x7
Psychedelic Neo Prog Rock/Independent
Perfect Beings - Perfect Beings
 #10

8.2 x7
Prog Rock/Metal
Major ParkinsonMyspace.com - Twilight Cinema
 #11

7.4 x7
Eclectic Prog Rock
Univers ZéroMyspace.com - Phosphorescent Dreams
 #12

8.4 x4
Instrumental Prog Rock in Opposition
Iluvatar - From The Silence
 #13

8.0 x4
Neo Prog Rock
PendragonMyspace.com - Men Who Climb Mountains
 #14

8.0 x5
Neo Prog Rock
Karfagen - Magician's Theater
 #15

9.0 x3
Symphonic Prog Rock
Kayo DotMyspace.com - Coffins On Io
 #16

8.4 x4
Avant-Garde Prog Rock/Independent
Dave Kerzner - New World
 #17

8.4 x3
Prog Rock
AgallochMyspace.com - The Serpent & The Sphere
 #18

8.7 x3
Experimental Prog-Related Post Doom Metal
Panic Room - Incarnate
 #19

7.9 x5
Prog Rock/Pop
Abel Ganz - Abel Ganz
 #20

7.6 x6
Neo Prog Rock