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Comment by O666 28 days 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 one month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 months ago
Auxford - Отражение (Reflection) 2014
7.5
Prog Rock
A Crossover Prog Band with Very good instrumental part and songs.
Comment by PowerWyrm 3 months ago
AgallochMyspace.com - The Serpent & The Sphere 2014
9.0
Prog Post Metal
A mix of the heavier stuff (Marrow) and the old stuff (Mantle, White), with a lot of acoustic/instrumental interludes. A good surprise.
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Comment by Mike 4 months ago
OpethMyspace.com - Pale Communion 2014
8.3
Prog Rock
"Dissonance by numbers" ... that came to my mind when I listened to this album. Gone is the inspired songwriting of old, and the occasional warmth and melancholy that always stood out for me in Opeth - an unfortunate trend that started on their previous album Heritage.
Comment by O666 5 months ago
Frequency Drift - Over 2014
8.0
Prog Rock
One of the best in 2014 (IMO)
Comment by O666 5 months ago
Minor Giant - On The Road 2014
8.3
Neo Prog Rock
Very good for IQ's fans.
Comment by O666 5 months ago
RPWLMyspace.com - Wanted 2014
5.5
Prog Rock
Oh No. I Liked them but this album ... disappoint me. I hope they back again!!!
Comment by O666 5 months ago
Abel Ganz - Abel Ganz 2014
9.0
Neo Prog Rock
Very good Album. I love this album.I think this album is their best (IMO)
Comment by PowerWyrm 6 months ago
Manowar - Kings of Metal MMXIV 2014
6.5
Non-Prog True Metal
A re-recording of the 1988 classic. Unfortunately, light years away from the original...
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Comment by PowerWyrm 8 months ago
AgallochMyspace.com - Pale Folklore 1999
9.2
Prog Post Extreme Metal
I've completely overlooked this album when I discovered the band, probably because I started with Dead Winter Days and hated the harsh vocals. But the rest of this album is marvelous, and I'm glad I fixed the mistake...
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Review by PowerWyrm 10 months ago <Permalink>
Peste NoireMyspace.com - L'Ordure à l'état Pur 2011
8.5
Medieval Prog-Related Punk/Metal
Medieval black metal band Peste Noire delivers here a very
controversial album. The dark lyrics based on medieval poems
have been replaced here by political pamphlets around very
modern subjects: ecology, social fracture, civil war... The
music, quite far from their black metal roots, is an eclectic
mix of punk/rock, ska, french folk, eurodance and avant-garde
metal. Vocals alternate between male and female, clean, spoken,
growls, carnivalesque... It's a mess, but a good mess. Most
funny album I've listened in ages.
Review by PowerWyrm 2 years ago <Permalink>
AnnihilatorMyspace.com - Feast 2013
7.0
Non-Prog Thrash Metal
Nice gory cover art... so did Annihilator move to death metal? Not really... In fact, it's probably their most balanced album since All For You.

Okay there are still a lot of fast paced thrash metal songs, but that's the trademark of Annihilator since the first day. However, this time, the band added more melodic songs ("No Surrender", "One Falls, Two Rise"), a ballad ("Perfect Angel Eyes"), even the guitar interludes are back. In the end, an enjoyable album.
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Review by Time_Signature 2 years ago <Permalink>
Lars Eric MattssonMyspace.com - Epicentre 2013
8.0
Prog Metal
Gutiar virtuoso and owner of Lion Music, Lars Eric Mattsson, has a shitload of albums under his belt – both as a solo artist and as a member of acts like Book of Reflections, Vision, and Condition Red. While there is no doubt that he is incredibly gifted and that, though Lion Music, he has made a tremendous effort in keeping progressive metal, neoclassical metal, hard rock, and melodic metal alive, I think that the quality of his output is varied. In 2011, he released the instrumental album ”Aurora Borealis” which I found underwhelming, while his 1998-album ”Obsession” (reissued last year) is absolutely brilliant.

This year, he released ”Epicentre”. While following the neoclassiclly oriented ”Aurora Borealis”, ”Epicentre” does not follow up on ”Aurora Borealis”. While the preceding album was quite onesided, this one is multifacetted, as Mattsson explores a range of expressions and vistas. Thus, we are treated to tracks, like 'Cinnamon' or the swinging 'Too Late', while others, like 'No Way, No Surrender' and 'Wait for the Sunrise' as well as the heavy 'Freedom Fighters' and 'No More War' are all out prog metal attacks in the form of complexly structured flurries of passages and sections. ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 2 years ago <Permalink>
Divided Multitude - Feed On Your Misery 2013
8.5
Prog Metal
The fifth album by Norwegian progsters Divided Multitude, ”Feed On Your Misery” was released earlier this year on Lance King's label Nightmare Records. Like many of their labelmates, Divided Multitudes explore the vistas of progressive metal and power metal.

Compared to many of the other artists on Nightmare's roster, Divided Multitude represent the heavier end of the progressive metal gamut, without ever entering into extreme metal territory. The music on this album is also more accessible than a lot of other progressive metal is, as Divided Multitude draw extensively on heavy riffage and larger-than-life melodies as hear in power metal. Moreover, vocalist Sindre Antonsen has adopted a slightly gruff singing style akin to what you might hear on a Pertness or a Symphony X album. His singing style thus adds a further edge to the overall sound of the album.

That being said, we are dealing with progressive metal, and the Norwegians do make use of complex song structures, and there are several twists and turns as well as changes in time and tempo. In the closing track 'Reborn' – perhaps the best track on the album – the listener is even treated to dissonant chords. The band's combination of twin guitars and keyboards makes for a nicely layered and kind of epic sound, which is in nice contrast with the heavy grooves and crushing riffs also heard on the album.

I think this is a pretty solid progressive metal album, an fans of both vanilla progressive metal and prog power metal should find ”Feed on your Misery” very enjoyable.

(review originally posted at metalmusicarchives.com)
Review by Time_Signature 2 years ago <Permalink>
A Cosmic TrailMyspace.com - II: Mistrel 2013
8.5
Instrumental Prog Metal/Rock
The second album by German instrumental progsters A Cosmic Trail, "II: Mistral" is marketed by its label Pure Prog as a progressive metal album.

This is not completely wrong, but there is more to the album's seven tracks than pure progressive metal. Granted, there are plenty of metal elements in the form of chucking riffs and distorted guitars accompanied by pounding drums. However, there are just as many atmospheric and mellow passages on the album as there are heavy ones, as A Cosmic Trail draws on other genres, such s jazz fusion and psychedelic rock as well as, of course, progressive rock. Much like the music on Yes' "Tales from "Tales from the Topographic Oceans", the tracks on "II: Mistral" have the form of massive auditive vistas with multiple layers and moods, ranging from the dark and bleak to the more uplifting.

This album is more than progressive metal, and it has just as much in common with the likes of Yes, Genesis, and King Crimson as it does with, way, Opeth or recent Enslaved. Still, there are enough metal elements on this album that, if you like progressive rock and also happen to be a metalhead, there should be plenty of good stuff for you on "II: Mistral".

(review originally posted at metalmusicarchives.com)
Review by Time_Signature 2 years ago <Permalink>
MayfairMyspace.com - Schlage Mein Herz, Schlage 2013
8.5
Prog Rock
In 1993, Mayfair released one of the most original progressive metal albums to ever see the light of day. A couple of albums down the line, the Austrian pioneers decided to call it a day, and their work remained obcure till they recently decided to get back together and, firstly reissued ”Behind...” on Pure Prog Records, and this year saw the release of their comeback album ”Schlage mein Herz, Schlage”.

The title track 'Schlage men Herz, Schlage' is a quite psychedelic affair with esoteric mildly distorted guitars and …, while 'Firestorm' is atmospheric and features some elements akin to alternative rock. The alternative mode and the atmospheric mood also characterizes the heavy and brooding 'Wwwrong', which also offers a sense of dark psychedelia as well as some more solid merallic riffage towards the end. 'Drei Jahre Zurück' combines minimalistic gutiar figures with driving, but melancholic, metallic pumping riffs. 'Abendp_rno' (I think it's Abendporno', which mean 'porno in the evening) combines metallic drumming with punky riffs and, 'Island' is a nother heavy and darkly psychedelic track with simpel clean guitars overlaid on top of atmospheric and noisy guitars in the background – not unlike what you might hear in drone metal or atmospheric and depressive black metal (without this song sounding at all like those two genres). 'Du Allein' is similarly dark, at time reminding me of a blend of U2 at their darkest and Paradise Lost at their lightest (check out the chorus). 'Tric Trac' is in the ... -> show full review
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5.5
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9.7
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IQMyspace.com - The Road of Bones 2014
 5 days ago
PowerWyrm
9.4
Neo Prog Rock
Steve Rothery - The Ghosts Of Pripyat 2014
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lazland
8.8
Neo Prog Rock
AyreonMyspace.com - Universal Migrator 1: The Dream Sequencer 2000
 10 days ago
Mike
8.8
Symphonic Prog Metal/Rock
Kant Freud Kafka - No Tengas Miedo 2014
 24 days ago
Eneidaprog1714
8.4
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 27 days ago
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10.0
Symphonic Prog Metal
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 2 months ago
filkarada
7.6
Prog-Related
Onevoice - A Sound & Space, Agreed 2013
 2 months ago
Svetonio
9.0
Prog Rock
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8.0
Prog Rock
Generous MenMyspace.com - More Than Meets The Eye 2013
 6 months ago
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Blind GuardianMyspace.com - At the Edge of Time 2010
 8 months ago
Bigmo
9.0
Symphonic Prog Metal
Pervy Perkin - Ink 2014
 10 months ago
manzanhop
9.5
Prog Metal/Rock
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 2 years ago
Lofcaudio
7.4
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 2 years ago
Soul Dreamer
9.8
Symphonic Neo Prog Rock
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 2 years ago
Basil
8.9
Prog Rock
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IQMyspace.com - The Road of Bones
 #1

8.4 x9
Neo Prog Rock
TransatlanticMyspace.com - Kaleidoscope
 #2

8.4 x8
Symphonic Prog Rock
Major ParkinsonMyspace.com - Twilight Cinema
 #3

8.0 x6
Eclectic Prog Rock
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 #4

8.5 x6
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AlcestMyspace.com - Shelter
 #5

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 #6

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Neo Prog Rock
OpethMyspace.com - Pale Communion
 #7

8.4 x6
Prog Rock
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 #8

8.1 x4
Neo Prog Rock
Perfect Beings - Perfect Beings
 #9

8.2 x7
Prog Rock
Univers ZéroMyspace.com - Phosphorescent Dreams
 #10

8.4 x4
Instrumental Prog Rock in Opposition
AnathemaMyspace.com - Distant Satellites
 #11

8.4 x5
Atmospheric Prog-Related Post Metal/Rock
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 #12

8.0 x5
Neo Prog Rock
AgallochMyspace.com - The Serpent & The Sphere
 #13

8.7 x3
Experimental Prog-Related Post Doom Metal
Panic Room - Incarnate
 #14

7.9 x5
Prog Rock/Pop
GazpachoMyspace.com - Demon
 #15

8.1 x5
Neo Prog Rock
CosmografMyspace.com - Capacitor
 #16

8.3 x4
Neo Prog Rock
Pervy Perkin - Ink
 #17

7.6 x5
Prog Metal/Rock
The D Project - Making Sense
 #18

7.8 x5
Neo Prog Rock
ThresholdMyspace.com - For The Journey
 #19

8.0 x4
Prog Metal
Steve Rothery - The Ghosts Of Pripyat
 #20

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