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Comment by Mike
Buckethead - Colma 1998
7.4
Instrumental Prog-Related Post Rock
A really strange album, at least if you primarily know
Buckethead as a technical, quirky guitar shredder. It is
entirely acoustic/instrumental, with sparse drums or electronic
loops. Ambient guitar music to chill out and relax, peaceful
and still. I like it!
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Comment by Mike 13 years ago
Metallica - Master of Puppets 1986
9.4
Technical Experimental Prog-Related Thrash Metal
If you're looking for the progressive moments, focus on the Battery intro & structure, the title track, The Thing that Should Not Be, Welcome Home (Sanitarium) and of course, the fantastic Orion.
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Comment by Mike
Labÿrinth - Freeman 2005
6.5
Prog Power Metal
I really liked this album when listening to it in the store ...
but it quickly paled on repeated listening. Maybe it's the
vocals ... I don't like the voice, and in my opinion he should
not sing that high but try to vary the phrasing instead. The
music is decent Power Metal with some almost-quirky keyboards
thrown in.
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Comment by Mike
Wobbler - Hinterland 2005
8.3
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Despite the obvious 70s prog affinity I really like this album
and don't consider it to be derivative at all. It sounds fresh,
inspired and vivid from beginning to end. Of course it is
retro, but in a good way.
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Comment by Mike
Age of Nemesis - Psychogeist 2006
7.6
Neo Prog Metal
They are copying Dream Theater a little bit - but unlike many
other bands, they sound like really early Dream Theater (When
Dream and Day Unite). The songwriting is decent, and they
manage to add quite some ideas of their own.
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Comment by Mike
Proto-Kaw - The Wait of Glory 2006
8.0
Prog Rock
I enjoy listening to this album ... it's a very well balanced
mix of retro 70s prog, album oriented rock and ethnic
influences (tribal/indian/folk). Musicianship is top,
songwriting is very decent and everything is absolutely
credible.
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Review by Mike 13 years ago <Permalink>
Dianne Reeves - Good Night, And Good Luck 2006
7.5
Retro Non-Prog Jazz
I really like Dianne Reeve's voice - Quite deep, but not as
deep as Cassandra Wilson. And I really dig her choice of songs
and her own compositions. Especially on this album it is a
really cool combination of Blues and Vocal Jazz. But there are
various other influences too ... lots of different kinds of
Jazz, Blues and then some.
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Review by Mike 13 years ago <Permalink>
Hidria Spacefolk - Balansia 2005
7.9
Instrumental Retro Prog Rock
I enjoyed listening to this a lot. It's nearly pure space rock
without any "distractions", it's basically one long jam with
songs that are essentially built as a set of improvisations
over a basic theme - mostly based only on one chord, a groove
and some riffs, but rately ever distinct melodies. If you're
into that sort of thing you'll definitely like the album, if
not then there's a chance that you'll find this quite boring.
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Comment by Mike
Quidam - Angels' Dreams 1998
8.5
Neo Non-Prog Rock
This is a really nice example of modern neo prog. Throughout
the album there are subtle folk influences.
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Review by Mike 13 years ago <Permalink>
Agalloch - The Mantle 2002
7.0
Minimalistic Experimental Prog Post Black Metal
A decent album, although I must admit that I don't understand
how others can think of it as a masterpiece, I do understand
how someone could like this album much more than I do. It's
really repetitive, mostly "eventless" and the occasional
growling vocals are uncalled for in my opinion. The folk
elements are implemented very nicely, but in the heavy parts
the drums are often a bit out of sync with the rest of the
band.
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Review by Mike 13 years ago <Permalink>
Empyrium - Weiland 2002
7.7
Minimalistic Prog-Related Post Rock
This is a really weird and unusual album. Made by metal
musicians, this is not metal at all - during some passages the
drumming reminds of metal, but there is no double bass. No
electric guitars either - only acoustic guitars, string
instruments, piano and occasional mellotrons. Vocals are really
diverse - male only, but in various different styles from
beautiful, majestic operatic vocals to ghastly growls.
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Comment by Mike 13 years ago
Pain of Salvation - Entropia 1997
8.9
Symphonic Technical Prog Metal
One of the most astonishing debut albums I've ever heard. Outstanding production, excellent musicianship throughout and amazingly fresh and innovative songwriting and lyrics.
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Rating by Mike 13 years ago
Shadow Gallery - Shadow Gallery 1992
7.0
Neo Prog Metal/Rock
Review by Mike 13 years ago <Permalink>
Dianne Reeves - That Day... 1997
8.2
Retro Non-Prog Jazz
I love that voice. Dianne has an unique talent to sing in the low registers with ease and a beautifully rich timbre. She doesn't overdo it though, like Cassandra Wilson sometimes does in my opinion.

A really cool and relaxed Vocal Jazz album, with a heavy dose of Blues in some tracks. A few tracks are not so good, but they're counterbalanced by some really awesome tunes.
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Comment by Mike 13 years ago
Death Angel - Act III 1990
9.2
Eclectic Non-Prog Thrash Metal
Brilliant! A real gem, absolutely essential for every half way decent Thrash Metal collection. I don't know where to begin ... it's almost flawless, yet not at all polished or overproduced. Some acoustic tracks, some fast tracks, some mid tempo tracks, and always a healthy amount of experimentation and unpredictability.
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Review by Mike 13 years ago <Permalink>
The Flower Kings - Adam & Eve 2004
6.5
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
I can't really put my finger on any specific problem with this
album - but somehow I think that it might be their worst. It is
not bad - but in my opinion it is just not as good as their
other releases, and at the same time it is quite inconsistent.
One of my favorite tracks is Vampire's View, but to be honest -
it sounds like a Pain of Salvation track.
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Comment by Mike
Little Atlas - Wanderlust 2005
8.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
I like the straight approach of Little Atlas ... they don't
attempt to be particularly quirky, strange or technical. Their
music is very balanced and mature, and not too derivative of
the 70s - apart from the occasional mellotron.
Comment by Mike
Edge of Sanity - Crimson 1996
7.7
Heavy Neo Prog Extreme Metal
I like it - but I fail to see the superior quality that others
see in this album. Maybe I need to listen to it some more, but
I think that it's quite boring in some passages, and even in
its good moments it's outshined by other key albums of the
genre.
Comment by Mike
Ayreon - Into the Electric Castle 1998
9.1
Symphonic Neo Prog Metal/Rock
One of my favorite prog rock/metal albums. I think that it's a
little bit better than The Human Equation - it's more original
and creative, while THE is more mature and balanced.
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Comment by Mike
Devin Townsend - Synchestra 2006
8.8
Experimental Prog-Related Metal
The track ratings pretty much say it all - I think that the
album is a little bit better than Terria, although my opinion
might change over time. But there's no doubt that this is a
masterpiece.
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