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Review by Mike 13 years ago <Permalink>
Fantô - Fantômas 1998
Avant-Garde Experimental Prog Metal
This is so unique and beyond any reference or tradition, and at the same time performed with such precision and stellar musicianship, that I cannot give this gem any less rating than masterpiece. I still cannot understand how such an album can exist at all, it's unreal. It's such a daunting task to create this weird concept and then to pull it through.

It's not really prog as in Symphonic Progressive Rock epics, rather the very opposite. There are hardly any tracks longer than 2:30, and no mellotron whatsoever, or any keyboards apart from strangely modified hammond samples. But I think that the whole album is an epic of sorts - it surely has recurring phrases, just not in a musical sense.

It surely is the first album I've ever heard to feature vocals throughout, but no lyrics - just vocal acrobatics of the kind that only Mike Patton dares to base albums upon. Add to that the Slayer drums mayhem by Dave Lombardo, and King Buzzo (Melvins), who manages to mogrify his puristic Les Paul & Amp to a similar extent that Patton does voicewise.

If you want to hear something COMPLETELY different, try this!
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Comment by Mike
Shadow - Legacy 2001
Prog Metal
This is not the best Shadow Gallery album ... but it get's a
high score from me because of the brilliant epic and the first
track. Colors might be the weakest track, but given some time
it begins to grow on you as well.
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Review by Mike 14 years ago <Permalink>
Pink - The Wall 1979
English/British Symphonic Neo Prog-Related Rock
IMO this is a masterpiece ... even though there are other Pink
Floyd albums that are even better - like Wish You Were Here and
Dark Side of the Moon. Those albums are more progressive in
many ways and an amazing team effort, whereas this is
essentially a Roger Waters solo album. It is also regressive,
it might even be considered easy listening by the standards
established by their previous albums. But then again
progressiveness and musical complexity cannot be the only
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Review by Mike 14 years ago <Permalink>
Dream - Images and Words 1992
Symphonic Technical Prog Metal
This IS prog ... but not traditional Progressive Rock. It is a form of Progressive Metal, but in the years to follow this release, bands like Pain Of Salvation stretched the boundaries of that genre much further. Yet this is an excellent release, featuring a wide bandwidth from soft pop ballads (Another Day) to ultra prog (Metropolis). I don't think that this type of music qualifies as Speed or Power Metal, as others suggested, because it's just so much different than other releases from those genres. Your typical Speed Metal fan would not listen to Dream Theater. Instead, he might consider it too progressive ...

But I have to admit that progressiveness in itself was probably not what the band had in mind when they created Images And Words. I think they really just wanted to create music that is interesting for the listener, and fun to play for the band. It may lack the seriousness of King Crimson, and the vocal arrangements of Gentle Giant, there's not even a mellotron ... but each track except the ballad has truly progressive elements.

The one outstanding track on this record is Learning To Live. It's really a good summary of all the other tracks, and it's a track the band almost always includes in the setlist. And of course Metropolis Pt.1, the first part to their masterpiece Scenes From a Memory, which was initially "just" a follow up song to Metropolis Pt.1 and then became a full concept album.
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