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Comment by PowerWyrm 6 years ago
CandlemassListen - Psalms For The Dead 2012
9.4
Non-Prog Doom Metal
My favorite Candlemass album. All compositions are very solid, the result is almost flawless. I just regret the "Iron Man" ripoff ("The Killing Of The Sun") and the last song ("Black As Time") with its pointless spoken part.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 6 years ago
Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol 2012
8.9
Non-Prog Metal
Clearly an Icon/Draconian Times ripoff. But at least it's a good ripoff...
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Review by PowerWyrm 7 years ago <Permalink>
UnisonicListen - Unisonic 2012
9.3
Non-Prog Hard Rock
A supergroup consisting of Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween), Kai Hansen (ex-Helloween, Gamma Ray) and members of Pink Cream 69. The music here is a very open mix of hard rock and heavy metal recalling everything these guys have done in the past. Speed metal (Unisonic), power metal (Never Too Late, Never Change Me), ballads (No One Ever Sees Me), mid-paced songs in the vein of Chameleon-era Helloween (Souls Alive, King For A Day), Journey-like soft rock (Star Rider)... even sounding Maidenesque sometimes (My Sanctuary).

A very enjoyable album...
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Comment by PowerWyrm 7 years ago
Devin TownsendListen - Ghost 2011
9.3
Ambient Prog-Related New Age
A gorgeous album, full of emotions.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 7 years ago
Alternative 4 - The Brink 2011
9.3
Atmospheric Prog-Related Metal
An enjoyable album from the new project by Duncan Patterson, albeit very similar to Anathema's eponymous album, Alternative 4.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 7 years ago
AlcestListen - Les Voyages de l'Ame 2012
9.7
Atmospheric Prog Post Black Metal
A beautiful album about death and rebirth. A perfect blend of atmospheric and post black metal.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 7 years ago
Stéphan FortéListen - The Shadows Compendium 2011
9.6
Instrumental Prog-Related Metal
Malmsteen meets Adagio. Great instrumental album.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 7 years ago
GlobusListen - Break From This World 2011
9.2
Orchestral Neo Classical Prog-Related Rock
Second album from Globus, and another gem. Same recipe of solid cinematic rock, this time more "classic" rock oriented. New to this album: some middle-eastern influences.
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Review by PowerWyrm 7 years ago <Permalink>
Morgan Ågren, Henry Kaiser, Trey Gunn - Invisible Rays 2011
6.0
Instrumental Prog Rock
I've listened to this album a couple of times in a row... and now I have a big headache.

By looking a the last Trey Gunn albums, I was expecting a spacey release with a lot of melodic moments... well, this is completely the opposite. Frenzy drumming, saturated guitar solos, long instrumental improvisations. This is more in the vein of King Crimson's Thrak/Thrakattack albums. Sometimes the three musicians play like they were performing three different tracks... Not really bad, some moments are even quite enjoyable, but in the end it feels repetitive... and literally heavy.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 7 years ago
MegadethListen - Th1rt3en 2011
7.8
Heavy Non-Prog Metal
A collection of new and old unreleased songs. Good old headbanging metal, enjoyable albeit repetitive.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 7 years ago
OpethListen - Heritage 2011
9.9
Atmospheric Retro Prog Rock
Sounds a lot like the past two albums, minus the harsh vocals and with a lot more 70's prog feeling... but I like!
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Review by PowerWyrm 7 years ago <Permalink>
My Dying Bride - The Barghest O'Whitby 2011, EP
9.0
Prog Doom Metal
After releasing the gorgeous symphonic/new age "Evinta" earlier this year, My Dying Bride comes back with more "classic" doomy EP "The Barghest O' Whitby". And a very challenging EP... consisting of only one song, but a 27+ minute epic!

My first impressions were mitigated... More harsh vocals than usual (and Aaron's harsh vocals don't sound as good as they were in the past), melodies similar to stuff they already did in the past, and even a pure death metal passage at the end.

But after a few listens, this EP really grew on me. It is like a longer version of one of my favorite songs from the early days "Symphonaire Infernus...", with everything from the old days -- doomy riffs, very slow pace, violin, growls -- mixed with the melancholic melodies of the most recent albums.

Highly recommended.
Review by PowerWyrm 7 years ago <Permalink>
John Wetton - Raised in Captivity 2011
5.5
Prog-Related Rock
Oh dear...
Bland compositions with a lot of cheese. Certainly John Wetton's worst solo album. Except the interesting title track, the short folkish song "Steffi's Ring" and the sad ballad "Don't Misunderstand Me", nothing truly shines out of this album.
Not mentioning the presence of Globus' song "Mighty Rivers Run"... Is this some kind of joke? Then it's a bad one... Why slaughtering such magnificent song with overdubbed vocals instead of re-recording it like he did with "Orchard of Mines" on Asia's "Phoenix" album?
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Comment by PowerWyrm 7 years ago
QueensrÿcheListen - Dedicated To Chaos 2011
6.5
Prog-Related Metal/Hard Rock
Another album, another musical style... This time, no progressive metal, but plain hard rock. Probably the album I like least, along with Q2K.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 7 years ago
King CrimsonListen - A Scarcity of Miracles (a King Crimson Projekct by Jakszyk, ... 2011
9.5
Eclectic Prog Rock
A little gem from members of the Crimson gang. No improv here... just soft tunes made to spend a nice relaxing moment listening to good music.
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Review by PowerWyrm 7 years ago <Permalink>
My Dying Bride - Evinta 2010, Compilation
9.9
Prog-Related New Age
An unbelievable album...

There is no trace of metal here. Just piano, keys, cello, Aaron's (mostly spoken) voice, and a female operatic singer. Of course you will sometimes recognize some of MDB's most well known melodies, but they are rearranged in a completely new fashion.

If you liked MDB's most quiet songs, like "For My Fallen Angel" or "Le Cerf Malade"... then this album is for you.
Comment by PowerWyrm 7 years ago
AmorphisListen - The Beginning Of Times 2011
9.5
Prog-Related Extreme Metal
The continuation of 2009's Skyforger, with a heavier sound: no ballads, harsh vocals on almost every song... stil retaining the folkish ambience that is Amorphis' trademark.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 8 years ago
(The Lord Weird) Slough FegListen - The Animal Spirits 2010
8.9
Retro Non-Prog Metal
Good old traditional metal. Very reminiscent of the first Iron Maiden albums.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 8 years ago
Joe Satriani - Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards 2010
9.8
Instrumental Non-Prog Metal
Probably one of the most melodic albums by Joe Satriani. Very enjoyable.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 8 years ago
TherionListen - Sitra Ahra 2010
9.7
Orchestral Prog-Related Metal
Clearly a step back from the previous album. More like a mix of the double Lemuria/Sirius B albums with some extreme parts but less metal parts... the orchestration is pushed in front again.
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