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Comment by Mike 10 years ago
Kristeen Young - Music for Strippers, Hookers, and the Odd On-Looker 2009
9.1
Avant-Garde Prog-Related Rock/Independent
What a voice! No, that wouldn't do this album justice ... the voice is magnificent, but the piano is even more prominent - and she's really taking it to the extreme. At first you might think "Tori Amos", but the music is actually quite different - definitely more aggressive (at least on this album) and more focused.
Comment by Mike 10 years ago
Joe Bonamassa - The Ballad of John Henry 2009
9.1
Non-Prog Blues
A really, really good blues album. Some covers, some original compositions ... great musicianship throughout, not just in the guitar department.
Comment by Mike 10 years ago
Heart of CygnusListen - Over Mountain, Under Hill 2009
8.9
Eclectic Prog Rock/Metal
Wow ... just wow *big grin*. Listen to this magnificent album, you just *have* to.
Comment by Mike 10 years ago
Beyond Twilight - Section X 2005
8.9
Experimental Prog Metal
I just listened to this again after quite some time (several years) and again it blew me away. If I had to say something negative about the album is that it occasionally gets a little bit cheesy story-wise ... but I don't mind at all. The songwriting is awesome, the musicianship flawless ... as is the production. If you're a fan of complex metal ... wrap your ears around this!
Comment by Mike 10 years ago
Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris 2007
9.0
Minimalistic Non-Prog Rock
I really love the QotSA style ... some people prefer Kyuss (the de facto predecessor) because of the more epic/psychedelic/improvisational style, but QotSA make up for that with magnificent songwriting and a really cool and fresh approach in terms of harmonic structure and weird instrumentation. Add to that a good dose of humor ... not so much in the sense of comedy, but as far as witty/"naughty" lyrics are concerned.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Lunatic Soul - Lunatic Soul 2008
8.7
Atmospheric Neo Prog Rock
This is the solo album of Mariusz Duda, known to most as the singer of progressive metal band Riverside. The music could be described as the atmospheric, thoughtful and non-metal part of Riverside, with a heavy dose of world music thrown in.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Enslaved - Vertebrae 2008
8.7
Experimental Prog Black Metal
I really enjoyed it, but IMO they should have used more clean vocals - the black metal type growls/shrieking doesn't always match the music, which is really diverse and eclectic beyond the typical atmospheric black metal.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Rose Kemp - Unholy Majesty 2008
9.0
Experimental Minimalistic Prog Rock
A very interesting blend of styles ranging from minimalistic singer/songwriter to heavy stoner rock/metal. Very strong songs, quite diverse, magnificent vocals ... wonderful!
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Cynic - Traced In Air 2008
9.1
Technical Prog Metal
A wonderful album ... a bit short, but also very concise and right to the point. The music is more melodic than their debut, it often reminded me of Aeon Spoke, which is a non-metal side project which is also quite recommended. This album is also a mix of rock and metal, there are some quite heavy outbursts of metal and the rest is rock. I think what amazes me the most is how they combine beautiful melodies and - occasional - highly technical playing with hints towards Fusion.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Venom - Hell! 2008
6.5
Non-Prog Thrash Metal
Underwhelming. I also can't hear anything Black or Death ... plain Thrash with slightly Anti-Christian lyrics.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Heavy Water Experiments - Heavy Water Experiments 2008
8.7
Heavy Prog Rock
I really enjoyed listening to this album. The music reminds me a bit of Anekdoten, but the songwriting is more eclectic ... I guess it's the somewhat gloomy mood and dense texturing. It's also quite heavy, but not in a metal sense at all, but the often distorted bass and "crunchy" rhythm guitar and keyboards. I also really like the often layered vocals, which - in concert with the other instruments - often create very dense arrangements, which can be difficult to digest for the listener ... but on this album it works quite well.

If you're into interesting, thoughtful music with the desire to be different both in songwriting and instrumentation ... please check this out, it's really good stuff. The album is available at cdbaby.com and emusic.com, too ... check out the links next to the album name!
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Miles Davis - In a Silent Way 1969
9.0
Instrumental Prog Fusion
Still very jazzy, and only very few rock elements. Keyboards are very present, and it might very well be the birth of fusion, but I don't consider the music to be very progressive. Of course it's very good though, both for casual listening (especially for Jazz newbies) and for experts/musicians.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Fear My Thoughts - Isolation 2008
7.5
Non-Prog Thrash Metal
A solid album ... but I'm not yet "digging" the songwriting.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Bumblefoot - Abnormal 2008
8.7
Eclectic Prog-Related Rock/Metal
If you're a guitarist and you don't know Ron Thal (aka Bumblefoot): You have to check this out. He's *very* skilled, but always puts songs above solos ... add to that a heavy dose of humor and - at least on this album - a good deal of raw punk attitude.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Earth - Hibernaculum 2007
8.5
Minimalistic Instrumental Prog Post Doom Metal
Wow. Just wow. The essence of "Slow". Also very, very minimalistic and sparse ... so quite unlike your typical Post-Doom Metal which is often dynamic and contains loud passages, quiet passages, sparse passages, dense passages ... this is static music which always stays in the same trod. Boring? Not at all. There are always little subtleties which you can focus on ... slight shifts in mood, the odd, faint major note in an overall minor setting.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Zero Hour - Dark Deceiver 2008
8.9
Technical Prog Metal
Wow ... what a change compared to their previous album! This is much heavier, almost sounds like Meshuggah at times, albeit without the growling. Very interesting songwriting / arrangement, *vaguely* reminding of Fates Warning, I guess particularly because of the vocal lines which remind a bit of Ray Alder.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Judas Priest - Nostradamus 2008
6.5
Symphonic Prog-Related True Metal
The album doesn't really convince me. It is a solid release and I am sure that many Judas Priest fans will enjoy it, but I found it a bit tedious to listen to in one sitting. In my opinion it is not varied enough both harmonically and as far as pace/dynamics are concerned. A possible point of reference would be Kamelot - The Black Halo ... that one is on the fringes of progressiveness, and I think that Nostradamus is at least one "notch" less adventurous. It also lacks the bite and aggression of Painkiller, one of my favorite JP albums ... it even seems a bit "tired" to me.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Contrarian - Minor Complexities 2007
7.4
Neo Prog Rock
An enjoyable listen, but the music seems a bit indecisive to me. There are lengthy non-prog Southern Rock style passages, but also quirky melodic prog parts, and sometimes the quirky bits seem a bit out of place and almost artificial.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Birds and Buildings - Bantam To Behemoth 2008
8.5
Instrumental Technical Prog Rock
Wow, what an eclectic mix of styles! Some songs lack a bit substance IMO, but there are some brilliant ones too, and people who dig spacey improvisation will probably love it.
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Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Pineapple Thief - Tightly Unwound 2008
8.6
Symphonic Prog Rock
Nice! Reminds me a bit of Porcupine Tree, but without their recently developed heavy edge.
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Ghost - Prequelle
 #1
9.1
Prog-Related Metal
Alice in Chains - Rainier Fog
 #4
8.8
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 #5
8.8
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 #6
8.7
Avant-Garde Prog Rock
Mogwai - Kin
 #7
8.5
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 #8
8.5
Prog-Related Metal
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Amorphis - Queen of Time 2018
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9.1
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Spock's Beard - Day for Night 1999
 5 months ago
8.1
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Ark - Burn the Sun 2001
 5 months ago
8.9
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8.9
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Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold 2017
 12 months ago
8.8
Non-Prog Rock
The Night Flight Orchestra - Amber Galactic 2017
 2 years ago
8.8
Retro Non-Prog Rock
Steven Wilson - To the Bone 2017
 2 years ago
9.0
Prog Pop
Public Service Broadcasting - Every Valley 2017
 2 years ago
8.5
Prog-Related Rock
Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos 2017
 2 years ago
8.8
Prog-Related Rock
Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos 2017
 2 years ago
8.8
Prog-Related Rock
Ayreon - The Source 2017
 2 years ago
9.2
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 2 years ago
9.2
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