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Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Era Vulgaris - What Stirs Within 2007
7.4
Experimental Prog Thrash Metal
I'm not quite sure what to make of this ... the vocals are Sludge/Doom, the music is mostly Thrash with some melodic twin leads (Power Metal) and a few Doom Metal parts, the whole album is moderately experimental. The band produced the album all by themselves - way to go!
Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Danny Gatton - 88 Elmira St. 1991
7.5
Instrumental Non-Prog Blues/Country
This is quite an anachronistical experience ... the music sounds just like the album cover suggests - 50s/60s twang, without modern influences. Only the interesting cover of the Simpsons Theme reminds you that this was actually recorded in the 90s ...
Comment by Mike 12 years ago
King Diamond - Give Me Your Soul ... Please 2007
7.8
Heavy Prog-Related Power Metal
A very good mix of traditional ("old school") heavy metal, power metal and of course a good deal of weirdness which is expressed mainly by the use of eerie background vocals (falsetto) with strange harmonic structures.
Comment by Mike 12 years ago
The Pierces - Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge 2007
7.8
Non-Prog Rock/Pop
The humor reminds me of The Beautiful South a little bit - it's not British at all though. Very nice voices and vocal harmonies throughout the album (twin female) with the music ranging from disco like grooves to alternative rock.
Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Twinspirits - The Music That Will Heal The World 2007
7.9
Prog Album Oriented Rock/Metal
Nice debut! The singer has a strong voice (reminds me of Graham Bonnet), the music is an interesting mix of AOR and Metal (which occasional ventures into Power Metal territory) with just the right amount of "quirks" which makes it prog, production is very good and songwriting could be a little more adventurous but never feels contrived.
Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Dead Air Radio - Signal to Noise Ratio 2007
7.3
Prog Metal
This sound very much like Dream Theater ... they borough specific riffs, chords/chord sequences, rhythmical trademarks, twin leads, guitar/keyboard breaks etc.. Apart from that it's a fine album, but I just can't stand the constant feeling of deja vú.
Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Estradasphere - Palace of Mirrors 2006
8.8
Oriental Instrumental Prog Rock
This is easily my favorite Estradasphere album. It's instrumental, but you don't really miss the vocals because the melodies are very strong and captivating. Add to that the near-perfect production and musicianship/choice of instruments ...
Comment by Mike 12 years ago
SikTh - The Trees are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild 2003
8.9
Avant-Garde Prog Extreme Metal
Quite a mix of styles ... but there's a concept behind it all, and I really enjoyed this musical roller coaster ride!
Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Luminous Flesh Giants - Duma i upadek 2006
8.0
Prog Metal
An interesting idea: melodic prog metal without vocals! Many of the riffs strongly remind me of Dream Theater, but on the other hand the album is available at no cost, and musicianship is rock solid and they add many interesting things to the equation.
Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Dälek - Absence 2004
7.7
Experimental Non-Prog Hip Hop
This is one of the very few Hip-Hop albums which I would call progressive ... very noisy, with a lot going on in the background layering, and even a few chord changes ;-)
Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Poor Genetic Material - Spring Tidings 2006
7.1
Symphonic Neo Prog Rock
This is tough to digest ... the musicians are trying hard, but essentially failing to create a convincing work of art. It has some nice moments, but also some dark patches.
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Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Estradasphere - Buck Fever 2001
7.6
Instrumental Prog Rock
In a nutshell this album continues where Mr. Bungle's California ended - it's much less weird and extreme though, apart from some rare heavy outbursts.
Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Black Symphony - Black Symphony 1999
8.0
Orchestral Prog-Related Metal
Not bad at all! At first I thought that Black Symphony were essentially a Therion clone, but this is actually a quite nice combination of different influences. I'm even hearing Savatage!
Review by Mike 12 years ago <Permalink>
Aetherius - All That I Need To Survive 2007
7.3
Prog Metal
This is a nice debut by a young band ... I enjoyed listening to the album but the timing is a bit "unstable" here and there, and the vocalist doesn't hit every note perfectly. He has a good voice though and reminds me a bit of Buddy Lackey (Psychotic Waltz). The music is a diverse mix of everything prog metal has to offer, ranging from a handful of death growls over melodic keyboard-driven prog metal to power metal. I'm very confident that these guys will eventually find their footing.
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Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Candlemass - King of the Grey Islands 2007
8.1
Retro Non-Prog Doom Metal
Nice! Doom Metal as it should be, with interesting songs, majestic riffs and awesome vocals.
Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Bryan Beller - View 2003
8.3
Instrumental Prog-Related Rock
A very enjoyable listen. Some people probably only know Bryan Beller as a member of Mike Keneally's band ... and this album reminds of Keneally's eclectic style on more than one occasion. But the music is generally less weird and complex ... a bit more accessible.
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Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Bob Harris - The Great Nostalgia 1986
8.9
Ambient Prog-Related Fusion
An absolutely wonderful album. I tagged it as Fusion ... but it's very calm and ambient, without drums. Very jazzy, with keyboards and brass instruments. But the main focus is on the vocals ... gorgeous layered harmonies. The lyrics are remarkably positive, and they blend perfectly with the music. This may even be the most uplifting music I've ever heard!

BTW: The album used to be very rare, but has recently been re-released on CD and mp3 ... you can listen to extensive samples (or purchase it) at CDBaby.com.
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Review by Mike 12 years ago <Permalink>
What's He Building In There? - What's He Building In There? 2007
8.3
Experimental Prog Extreme Metal
I really enjoyed listening to this fine piece of music ... thanks to the band for providing me with some samples for evaluation just prior to the album release (May 6th)!

Now on to the review: The album is a weird/technical/math extreme metal type of thing, vaguely reminding me of bands like PsyOpus and Behold... the Arctopus. Vocal styles are extremely diverse, ranging from growling through screaming to clean vocals which alternate between "typical" metal and borderline emocore. The music itself is quite technical, and although there are occasional soft/peaceful parts it can be a bit daunting to digest the whole album in one setting. The lyrics have an interesting concept: Instead of the usual verse/chorus concept they're more like stories with virtually no repetition/rhyming.

I'm giving the album 4 stars - musicianship is top notch, it's all very consistent and even with all the density and "mayhem" there are always (brief) moments of relative silence or simple riffs before then next onslaught. Personally I would have preferred some longer calm passages or whole songs (like the last track Avian Taxi) to provide more contrast and dynamics.

P.S.: I almost forgot one of the most important aspects of the band: humour. Well, humour combined with somewhat excessive violence - you can check out the band's homepage to see what I mean ... start with their hilarious biography/history.
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Review by Mike 12 years ago <Permalink>
Marillion - Somewhere Else 2007
8.1
Neo Prog Rock/Pop
It was released in Germany today and I already listened to it ... I like it very much. I'm not a big fan of Marillion and I only know a few of their albums (Script, Seasons End + some other tracks), but I like what they did on Somewhere Else. It's not too progressive (6/10, when Prog-Related would be 4/10 and the recently released Blind Ego - Mirror somewhere slightly above 5/10 ), but the occasional elaborate bass playing, clever use of effects and texturing + cool mood-swings together with the good songwriting really convinced me.
Comment by Mike
John Zorn - Six Litanies For Heliogabalus 2007
8.9
Avant-Garde Prog Metal
This is the third album of the stars/astronomy related trilogy
... and it's my favorite one. It has just the right mix of
melodic elements and what I'll call "chaos" in the track
reviews - the parts that consist of relatively free
improvising, only conducted/guided by Zorn. See the track
comments for further details!
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Ghost - Prequelle
 #1
9.1
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8.8
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8.8
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8.7
Avant-Garde Prog Rock
Mogwai - Kin
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8.5
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8.5
Prog-Related Metal
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Amorphis - Queen of Time 2018
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Prog-Related Metal
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Boss Keloid - Melted On The Inch 2018
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9.0
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9.1
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Spock's Beard - Day for Night 1999
 5 months ago
8.1
Symphonic Prog Rock
Ark - Burn the Sun 2001
 5 months ago
8.9
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Heart of CygnusListen - Tales From Outer Space! 2009
 9 months ago
8.9
Spacey Prog Metal
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
Prog Rock
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9.2
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