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Comment by Mike 3 months ago
Heart of CygnusListen - Tales From Outer Space! 2009
8.9
Spacey Prog Metal
Revisited this just now after quite a while ... this is a really, really beautiful EP. They really nailed the SciFi vibe and combined heart-warming melodies with energetic driving metal tracks. Can't wait to hear what they will do next, since at this time their Facebook page says "Hobbit Prog" ...
Comment by Mike 11 months ago
AyreonListen - The Source 2017
9.2
Prog Rock
This might quite possibly be Arjen's best effort yet. Flawless, impressive, super cool!
Comment by Mike 4 years ago
Devin TownsendListen - 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 Mike 4 years ago
ThresholdListen - 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 Mike 4 years ago
OpethListen - 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.
Review by Mike 5 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterListen - Dream Theater 2013
7.9
Eclectic Prog Metal
Not bad - bad also not really great. Granted, I've only listened to the album one time - but I very much doubt that it will grow considerably on me over time, because the songwriting leaves me unimpressed.

I can't help thinking that Portnoy's absence has moved Dream Theater closer to "normalty" - they still have an "out there" composer (Rudess), but I really miss Portnoy's over the top crazyness and his desire to incorporate an eclectic range of influences (ranging from 70s Prog Rock to modern Art Rock like Muse and Extreme Metal like Opeth) into the music.

On this album the most obvious influence is Rush - indeed, at one time the lyrics mention "restless angels" and I couldn't help thinking of Rush's recent album (Clockwork Angels), since the music was also a good match.

Having said all that, the album is very well made and nice to listen to, all the other DT ingredients are there ... even LaBrie's vocals are much better than usual. Alas, the inspiration for great tunes is sorely missed. I really prefer Haken's 2013 album "The Mountain" - no THAT's inspired songwriting, and musically easily on par with Dream Theater.
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Comment by Mike 5 years ago
Frank Flight BandListen - Remains 2013
7.5
Non-Prog Rock
The vocals are not my cup of tea, and the songwriting could be a little bit more inspired ... with that said, this is a more than decent album, and quite an improvement over the previous one. The production is really good, and the tracks are a joy to listen to, all with tasteful bluesy guitar leads, non-intrusive symphonic keyboards and quite some variation in style, bordering on, but never quite crossing into Prog.
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Comment by Mike 6 years ago
Paul GilbertListen - Vibrato 2012
8.7
Non-Prog Rock
Great slow pace guitar shred slash blues album, and as is always the case with Paul Gilbert: great musical humor. Prog Fans listen up: though the album is not prog, it includes the Yes masterpiece Roundabout as a bonus cover track!
Comment by Mike 6 years ago
Steve VaiListen - The Story of Light 2012
8.4
Non-Prog Rock
Nice - but not as great as Vai's truly classic albums of the 1990s. If you're a fan not only of Vai, but of nice guitar music in general - go for it, but it's not as bold and "out there" as his masterpieces of old.
Comment by Mike 6 years ago
CakeListen - Fashion Nugget 1996
8.8
Non-Prog Rock/Independent
This is my favorite Cake album - a timeless classic, as far as I'm concerned. Great music, about as dry and spartan as you can get, with great humor and a lot of class. Fuzzy dice like testicles and breasts bouncing on sofas meet Frank Sinatra ...
Review by Mike 7 years ago <Permalink>
Jack DuponListen - Démon Hardï 2010
8.5
Eclectic Prog Rock
This album presented me with quite a challenge - it's kind of dark-ish, but not quite. I settled for a combination of playful and eerie, which makes for quite a team. Add to that the element of improvisation, the eclectic mix of styles, the exalted vocals on some of the tracks - excellent!
Review by Mike 7 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterListen - A Dramatic Turn Of Events 2011
8.5
Prog Metal
 So far I've listened to the album three times, and while it is admittedly nice, I think it's one of the weaker DT albums. It's still quite good, but the words "haphazard" and "forced" pop up a bit too often in my mind when I'm listening to the album, particularly in the opening track. Mike Mangini is a great musician, but on this album the drums strike me as largely unimaginative compared to Portnoy's style. Of course one could also say that Mangini simply chooses to stay in the background and let the other band members shine (which definitely plays out well in that regard, particularly with Myung and LaBrie), and indeed I think that there's great potential for a truly great next album that hopefully won' t be recorded under such unfortunate circumstances.

The bottom line: a solid album, but ultimately falling short in terms of songwriting and inspired playing (don't get me wrong, there are plenty of inspired moments, it's just lacking compared to other DT releases) and thus a transitional step for the band, pretty much like Feel Euphoria was for Spock's Beard - at least that's my wish(ful thinking).
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Comment by Mike 7 years ago
Franck Carducci - Oddity 2011
8.4
Eclectic Prog Rock
I really enjoyed listening to this album. It's a well balanced mix of styles, mostly laid back, with a few odd breaks and time signatures thrown in, but more often than not on the lighter side of things as far experimentation is concerned, but nevertheless with solid songwriting and progressive tendencies throughout.
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Comment by Mike 8 years ago
The OrbListen - Metallic Spheres (featuring David Gilmour) 2010
8.7
Instrumental Prog Rock/Electronic
Nice! Two long tracks, some crazy segues, huge grooves with lush instrumentation, and Gilmour's leads blend in nicely.
Comment by Mike 9 years ago
In MourningListen - Monolith 2010
8.6
Eclectic Prog Extreme Metal
This actually isn't too progressive - the tracks have somewhat conventional structure, but they also feature the occasional extreme outburst (think Meshuggah or Opeth). All in all: A nicely done album!
Comment by Mike 9 years ago
The Dillinger Escape PlanListen - Option Paralysis 2010
8.5
Technical Prog Extreme Metal
I like the album - I guess you could say that it's "more of the same", but nicely done anyway. Listened to it the other day after the latest Elvis Costello album and thought: This is like the sonic version of contrast showering ...
Comment by Mike 9 years ago
Led Zeppelin - Mothership 2007, Best Of
9.1
Non-Prog Hard Rock
Every Led Zeppelin fan should get this release ... the sound quality is amazing.
Comment by Mike 9 years ago
SylvanListen - Force Of Gravity 2009
6.5
Neo Prog Rock
I really don't like this album ... at all. I loved Posthumous Silence and as far as overall style, musicianship and production are concerned this is just as good, but the sub-par songwriting combined with the overly theatralic/emotional singing ruin it for me.
Comment by Mike 9 years ago
Outre MesureListen - Abacadae 2009
8.8
Instrumental Prog Rock/Fusion
I really enjoyed listening to this album ... it's Avant-Garde music walking the fine line between Jazz and Rock, with much improvisation in it, very dynamic and not too easy to listen to if you're not used to it ... but it's also quite playful and not as gloomy as many other Avant-Prog albums that I've listened to lately.
Comment by Mike 10 years ago
Bohren & der Club of GoreListen - Dolores 2008
8.8
Instrumental Minimalistic Prog Post Rock/Jazz
Slow. Really Slow. Really, *Really* Slow. Very sparse ... the band set out a decade earlier to make Doom Metal music without guitars, and they've certainly come a long way. This isn't metal at all ... there aren't any guitars, and apart from the occasional crunchy jazz organ sound there isn't any distortion either. This is essentially very tasty, melodic Jazz music played very slowly over regular, but very minimalistic rock patterns.

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Pink FloydListen - Wish You Were Here 1975
 #1
9.8
English/British Minimalistic Prog Rock
Pink FloydListen - The Dark Side of the Moon 1973
 #2
9.8
English/British Minimalistic Experimental Prog Rock
Symphony XListen - V: The New Mythology Suite 2001
 #3
9.7
Technical Neo Classical Prog Power Metal
Steve VaiListen - Alien Love Secrets 1995
 #4
9.5
Instrumental Prog-Related Rock
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV 1971
 #5
9.5
English/British Epic Prog-Related Hard Rock
Neal MorseListen - One 2004
 #6
9.5
Epic Retro Prog Rock
Steve VaiListen - Passion And Warfare 1990
 #7
9.4
Instrumental Prog-Related Rock
MetallicaListen - Master of Puppets 1986
 #8
9.4
Technical Experimental Prog-Related Thrash Metal
Dream TheaterListen - Awake 1994
 #9
9.4
Technical Experimental Prog Metal
FantômasListen - Fantômas 1998
 #10
9.4
Avant-Garde Experimental Prog Metal
Blind GuardianListen - Nightfall in Middle-Earth 1998
 #11
9.3
Orchestral Prog Power Metal
Steven WilsonListen - The Raven That Refused To Sing 2013
 #13
9.3
Avant-Garde Prog Rock
AyreonListen - 01011001 2008
 #14
9.3
Symphonic Prog Metal/Rock
Symphony XListen - Paradise Lost 2007
 #15
9.3
Technical Prog Power Metal
Carl Orff - Carmina Burana 1937
 #16
9.3
Prog-Related Classical
Heaven's CryListen - Primal Power Addiction 2002
 #17
9.3
Eclectic Technical Prog Metal/Rock
Porcupine TreeListen - In Absentia 2002
 #19
9.3
Eclectic Prog Rock
Devin TownsendListen - Terria 2001
 #20
9.3
Experimental Prog Metal
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Heart of CygnusListen - Tales From Outer Space! 2009
 3 months ago
8.9
Spacey Prog Metal
Foo FightersListen - Concrete and Gold 2017
 6 months ago
8.8
Non-Prog Rock
The Night Flight Orchestra - Amber Galactic 2017
 7 months ago
8.8
Retro Non-Prog Rock
Steven WilsonListen - To the Bone 2017
 8 months ago
9.0
Prog Pop
Public Service Broadcasting - Every Valley 2017
 8 months ago
8.5
Prog-Related Rock
Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos 2017
 9 months ago
8.8
Prog-Related Rock
Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos 2017
 11 months ago
8.8
Prog-Related Rock
AyreonListen - The Source 2017
 11 months ago
9.2
Prog Rock
AyreonListen - The Source 2017
 12 months ago
9.2
Prog Rock
Dream TheaterListen - When Dream And Day Unite 1989
 2 years ago
8.1
Technical Experimental Prog Metal
Neal MorseListen - The Similitude of a Dream 2016
 2 years ago
9.0
Prog Rock
GhostListen - Meliora 2015
 2 years ago
8.8
Prog-Related Metal
Neal MorseListen - The Similitude of a Dream 2016
 2 years ago
9.0
Prog Rock
Blind GuardianListen - Imaginations from the Other Side 1995
 2 years ago
8.9
Heavy Prog-Related Power Metal
King CrimsonListen - Red 1974
 2 years ago
9.1
English/British Experimental Prog Rock
Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary 2016
 2 years ago
8.8
Heavy Prog Metal
Fates WarningListen - Theories Of Flight 2016
 2 years ago
8.7
Prog Metal
Cult of LunaListen - Mariner (with Julie Christmas) 2016
 3 years ago
9.0
Atmospheric Prog Post Metal
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