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First and foremost I am a long time music fan with Rush having been my favorite band for almost 20 years now, followed closely by Yes.  Progressive rock tends to be the dominant style of music that I listen to, however, I am a fan of much classic rock and more straightforward rock bands and artists as well.  I suppose that I am a prog fan trapped in a pop fan's mind.  I am also a long time fan of metal but I have my limits and I am quite adverse to extreme metal and extreme metal vocals.  My musical achilles heel seems to be the heavy metal pop ballad, which I have always had a soft spot in my ear for, no matter how cheesy.  My ability to rate music is quite limited, however, I do give it the old college try and hopefully there is some sort of pattern or consistency that can be found amongst my reviews.
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Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Ram It Down 1988
7.9
Heavy Non-Prog NWoBHM
Kind of like Turbo, this album is not up to the standards of the best of Priest, but this was released in my senior year in high school and the memories of head banging to this while hanging out with my high school buddies bring a smile to my face. Highlights are Ram It Down, Heavy Metal, Blood Red Skies, and Monsters of Rock. They also do an outstanding cover of Johnny B. Goode which got plenty of MTV air play back in the day.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Priest... Live 1987, Live
9.2
Heavy Non-Prog NWoBHM
The Priest's 2nd live album spanning their metal years from Hell Bent for Leather through Turbo. Almost all of the best metal tracks are here and this is an awesome listen. Sadly, I have never seen the Priest live and in person.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Turbo 1986
7.4
Non-Prog NWoBHM
In retrospect this album is probably quite a disappointment given the complete awesomeness of their previous albums but it is sort of a guilty pleasure album for me. I was a 16-year old at the time of this release and everyone knows what that is like, and songs like Private Property and Parental Guidance just spoke to me. I remember this album with fond memories.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Defenders of the Faith 1984
9.3
Non-Prog NWoBHM
This album just grabs you by the throat with the first notes of Freewill Burning and Eats You Alive to the finally multiply repeated chorus of Defenders of the Faith. What an awesome, awesome album. All tracks are highlights on this one.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Screaming for Vengeance 1982
9.5
Non-Prog NWoBHM
British Steel was the album that introduced me to Judas Priest and songs like Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight made me a fan. However, it was this next trio of albums that has made a lifelong fan of the Priest. This was their period of most commerical success which coincided with the popularity of MTV. All songs on this album are awesome, but the highlights are Screaming for Vengeance and of course the megahit You've Got Another Thing Coming.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Point of Entry 1981
8.0
Non-Prog NWoBHM
The 7th release from Rob Halford and company is good but not as good as its predecessor or its follow up. Highlights include Heading Out to the Highway and Hot Rockin'. Being the Priest it is hard to complain with the product but it just isn't quite as good as its surroundings might indicate.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - British Steel 1980
9.8
Non-Prog NWoBHM
This is the best of the best for the Priest and one of the absolute best heavy metal albums ever. British Steel is synonymous with Heavy Metal. Highlights are Breaking the Law, Living After Midnight, and Metal Gods. The only weak spot is United which is kind of a non-metal Anthem.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Unleashed In The East 1979, Live
9.0
Prog-Related NWoBHM
The first live Priest album finds them Unleashed In the East performing the best of their earliest songs live in Japan. A highly energetic performance with them in top form. The two guitar assault with Halford's golden pipes are almost as good as it gets.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Hell Bent For Leather 1979
9.3
Prog-Related NWoBHM
The fifth album from the Priest is heavy metal excellence. The Priest have "delivered the goods" with this release. Highlights are Delivering the Goods, Hell Bent for Leather, and Running Wild. Also includes a cool cover of Fleetwood Mac's Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown).
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Stained Class 1978
8.5
Heavy Non-Prog NWoBHM
Album number 4 from the Priest and the prog tinges are only slightly there. Now it is mostly metal. Highlights include Exciter, Invader, and Beyond the Realms of Death, but again no weak songs from the metal masters.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Sin After Sin 1977
8.9
Heavy Prog NWoBHM
The 3rd album from the Priest is still progressively tinged but they are becoming more of a metal band with each album. Highlights are Sinner, and Let Us Prey/Call for the Priest. Also, an enjoyable cover of Joan Baez's Diamonds and Rust.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
The Mars VoltaListen - The Bedlam in Goliath 2008
6.0
Heavy Prog Rock
I'm hoping that eventually The Mars Volta will click with me, but I have now listened to all of their albums and really haven't found all that much that I like about them. It is a shame because they are recommended to fans of Rush, which I am. Hopefully, it is a grower and one day I will fondly look back on the days when I didn't like these albums, before they became one of my favorites, but for now, yuck!
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Sad Wings of Destiny 1976
9.3
Heavy Prog NWoBHM/Hard Rock
Album number 2 from the Priest and this is even more progressive and more awesome than Rocka Rolla. Features spectacular songs like Victim of Changes, The Ripper (one of my all-time favorite songs), Tyrant, Genocide, and Epitaph. TO heck with it, all of the tracks are awesome.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Judas PriestListen - Rocka Rolla 1974
8.4
Prog Hard Rock
The debut album from the kings of British heavy metal. At this point, they were actually quite progressive before they went full-fledged metal. One of my favorite bands of all time.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
TransatlanticListen - SMPTe 2000
10.0
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
What can I say? I love this band and this album. A supergroup that is as good or better as its 4 parts. This album introduced me to Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, and Marillion, so that gives it bonus points.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
MarillionListen - The Best of Both Worlds 1997, Best Of
8.3
Neo Prog Rock
A wonderful compilation album consisting of 2 CDs of 29 songs. 14 with Fish on vocals and 15 with Steve Hogarth on vocals. A perfect introduction to Marillion.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
The Tangent - The Music that Died Alone 2003
10.0
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
An absolutely amazing album which I have loved since the first listen back in 2003. Definitely a must for fans of Roine Stolt and the Flower Kings.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
AlcatrazzListen - No Parole From Rock'n'Roll 1983
7.1
Non-Prog NWoBHM
I actually own this album on cassette. This is very early Yngwie Malmsteen. It sounds a lot like regular Yngwie Malmsteen. Good metal album. Great shredder guitar. Vocals are OK.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Henry Cow - Leg End 1973
8.0
Prog Rock in Opposition
One of my first forays into RIO, and I must admit I wasn't expecting to like this too much. In actuality this was an excellent album. A bit disjointed at times and the sax playing could be a bit too much at times but otherwise this is an excellent album.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Queen - Hot Space 1981
5.0
Non-Prog Rock/Pop
It is Queen so it is not so bad, but for Queen it is really bad. But I'll listen to just about anything for these guys so what do I know?
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Frequency Drift - Letters To Maro
 #1
9.3
Prog Rock
W.E.T.Listen - Earthrage
 #2
9.2
Non-Prog Album Oriented Rock
Auri - Auri
 #3
9.0
Prog-Related Metal
GazpachoListen - Soyuz
 #4
8.9
Neo Prog Rock
Judas PriestListen - Firepower
 #5
8.8
Non-Prog NWoBHM
Neal MorseListen - Life & Times
 #6
8.8
Non-Prog Si/So
Gleb Kolyadin - Gleb Kolyadin
 #7
8.7
Prog Rock
Joe Satriani - What Happens Next
 #8
8.7
Instrumental Prog Metal
Elephant9Listen - Greatest Show On Earth
 #9
8.7
Instrumental Prog Rock/Jazz
Path Of Ilya - Path Of Ilya
 #10
8.6
Instrumental Prog Rock
Ty TaborListen - Alien Beans
 #11
8.5
Non-Prog Hard Rock
IOEarthListen - Solitude
 #12
8.5
Neo Prog Rock
KamelotListen - The Shadow Theory
 #13
8.4
Prog Metal
Gong Expresso - Decadence
 #14
8.4
Instrumental Prog Canterbury
Karibow - The Unchosen
 #15
8.4
Prog Rock
Umphrey's McGeeListen - It's Not Us
 #16
8.4
Prog Rock
Galahad - Seas of Change
 #17
8.4
Neo Prog Rock
Homunculus ResListen - Della Stessa sostanza dei sogni
 #18
8.3
Italian Symphonic Prog Rock
Delusion SquaredListen - Anthropocene
 #19
8.3
Prog Rock
3RDegreeListen - Ones & Zeroes: Volume 0
 #20
8.3
Prog Rock
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Kayak - Seventeen 2018
 6 hours ago
8.1
Prog Rock
IssaListen - Run With The Pack 2018
 7 hours ago
7.7
Non-Prog Album Oriented Rock
Dukes Of The Orient - Dukes Of The Orient 2018
 9 hours ago
7.8
Prog-Related Album Oriented Rock
P.A.L. - Prime 2018
 10 hours ago
8.1
Non-Prog Album Oriented Rock
No Hot Ashes - No Hot Ashes 2018
 14 hours ago
8.1
Non-Prog Album Oriented Rock
Miriodor - Signal 9 2017
 14 hours ago
9.3
Instrumental Prog Rock/Jazz
Frequency Drift - Letters To Maro 2018
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Prog Rock
Elephant9Listen - Greatest Show On Earth 2018
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8.7
Instrumental Prog Rock/Jazz
GenesisListen - The Jackson Tapes 1970, EP
 2 days ago
7.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
GenesisListen - Live Over Europe 2007 2007, Live
 2 days ago
8.3
Prog Rock
GenesisListen - The Platinum Collection 2004, Compilation
 3 days ago
7.5
Prog-Related Rock/Pop
Gamma Ray - Heading For Tomorrow 1990
 3 days ago
7.8
Non-Prog Power Metal
GenesisListen - Archive - Volume 2: 1976-1992 2000, Best Of
 3 days ago
8.0
Symphonic Prog Rock/Pop
GenesisListen - Archive - Volume 1: 1967-1975 1998, Best Of
 3 days ago
9.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
GenesisListen - Calling All Stations 1997
 6 days ago
7.7
Prog-Related Rock
Auri - Auri 2018
 6 days ago
9.0
Prog-Related Metal
Saxon - Thunderbolt 2018
 6 days ago
8.0
Non-Prog NWoBHM
GenesisListen - The Way We Walk, Volume 2: The Longs 1993, Live
 6 days ago
8.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
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