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Comment by sabbacc108 20 days ago
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood 1985
8.5
Prog
The second side isn't quite as strong as the first, but this is otherwise up there with the band's debut.
Comment by sabbacc108 20 days ago
Marillion - Script for a Jester's Tear 1983
9.0
Prog
Strong first outing from these neo-proggers. The title track is a masterpiece.
Comment by sabbacc108 20 days ago
Marillion - Clutching At Straws 1987
8.0
Not as adventurous as their previous LPs, but worth a serious listen.
Comment by sabbacc108 20 days ago
The Ophelias - Green Girl 2019, Live
7.0
Rock
Compilation of live cassette recordings. Includes excellent version of "Nocturnal Blond"
Comment by sabbacc108 20 days ago
The Ophelias - O LIST! 2018, Live
7.2
Rock
A grab-bag of radio appearances, soundboard recordings, and audience tapes, this album includes a lot of good material, but will likely prove inscrutable to those not already familiar with the band.
Comment by sabbacc108 20 days ago
The Ophelias - Thus Spake Psilocybin 2021, Live
6.0
Prog-Related Rock
Compiled from various cassette sources, this album is a treat for fans, but likely inscrutable to anyone else.
Comment by sabbacc108 20 days ago
The Ophelias - Bare Bodkin 2017, Compilation
9.0
Eclectic Prog-Related Rock
 
Comment by sabbacc108 20 days ago
The Ophelias - The Big O 1989
7.5
Prog Rock
 
Review by sabbacc108 20 days ago <Permalink>
The Ophelias - Oriental Head 1988
8.5
Prog-Related Rock
 
Review by sabbacc108 20 days ago <Permalink>
The Ophelias - The Ophelias. 1987
7.0
Prog-Related Rock/Pop
 
Review by DamoXt7942 2 months ago <Permalink>
Helium Station - Sanctuary 2021
8.0
Prog Hard Rock
Kinda fascinating heavy-tinged rock sound seasoned with pop / catchy spices should be acceptable for me. A French rock project HELIUM STATION were founded in 2019 in Toulouse mainly by the frontman / multi-instrumentalist Fabrice LACOURT. "Sanctuary" was released in May 2021 as their second full-length album featuring Fabrice's incredible guitar technique and Benjamin MARMIER's superbly strict drumming. Though some tracks, especially the first two "Simple Life" and "One Night Pain" have drastically heavy / metallic texture flavoured with progressive essence, this album is created with decent rock structure plus apparent pop aroma.

"Simple Life" could be called a masterpiece for them I imagine. Fabrice's uptempo, energetic, vivid guitar playing definitely leads themselves to artistic progression. Female vocals are powerful too. Guess the audience would get drenched in their incredible fantasy and absorbed perfectly. Via "One Night Pain" we could feel that Haken meet Journey ... heavy rock with tasty understandable digestive melodic appearances. "Heaven's In Your Eyes" is one of my favourite blues rock tracks of theirs crystallized with powerful voices based upon deeply bluesy melody lines. "Be Yourself", that possesses delicious, delightful light touches, reminds me of a similarity to 70s discotheque music or something. The titled track involves quite mysterious, stable, settled atmosphere all around. On the whole, this opus is an excellent rock one with full digestive melody lines and acceptable rhythmic bases, not progressive enough though. A good creation, nonetheless. :)
Review by Time_Signature 2 months ago <Permalink>
Triton Devs - Stay Alive 2021
8.0
Prog Hard Rock/Metal
A collection of genre-bending songs that mainly draw on hard rock, heavy metal, and progressive rock - but also electronica, funk, and even extreme metal, this album is a very interesting listen. We are not dealing with progressive music in the sense of odd time signatures and super technical shoegazing instrumental performances, but it is progressive in terms of genre boundary transgression. The songwriting is interesting and the musicianship is top notch across the board: you got solid drumming, shreddy solos and all that good stuff. Rock fans that are looking for a breakaway from the confinements of genre conventions should definitely give this album a listen.
Review by DamoXt7942 3 months ago <Permalink>
Mira Snelder - Mourning Earth And Wounded Sky 2019
8.0
Prog Electronic/Rock
Electronic art rock cultivated with sweet pop and cool avantgarde nutrition. Forgive me not finding any good expression but her creation definitely has a great deal of charm. Mira is a Dutch solo artist utilizing digital audio workstation and other instruments. It makes sense via this album that she's been inspired by lots of musical essence like rock, pop, jazz, or classical. Not particularly leaning towards one specific genre, she's created her original soundscape featuring almost all of musical material. Regardless of such a serious title, "Mourning Earth And Wounded Sky" involves apparent emotional delight to the bright future, whilst launching current anxiety or conflict under such a terrible situation.

In general, she technically highlights her fascinating keyboard playing blended with complicatedly percussive (sometimes quirky) synthesizer sounds. Sometimes the electronika sounds like kinda old-fashioned computer game music but this is also good for us (aha I'm a middle-aged guy absorbed in computer games yeah!). The middle part of one of her masterpieces "Wounded Sky" reminds me of something like this, and simultaneously of oldie goodie memories in my young days. Yes today is tough like the ... -> show full review
Review by Mike 6 months ago <Permalink>
Steven Wilson - The Future Bites 2021
8.8
Prog Pop
A bold step in the right direction. To me, all of Steven's solo albums are precious in their own way, this one included. Not "prog" in the traditional sense, but beautifully made intelligent pop music, with a lot of subtle progressive touches that take some time to discover. I also love the sarcasm, the love/hate relationship with consumerism.
Comment by PowerWyrm 7 months ago
Katatonia - City of Burials 2020
9.8
Prog-Related Metal
Gorgeous album. My favorite of the last 20 years.
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Review by DamoXt7942 11 months ago <Permalink>
Kiku Latte - Fantasia 2019, EP
8.0
Prog Jazz/Rock
In any case, Japanese pop / rock fans love art rock. Likewise in the Japanese progressive rock scene. Some Japanese 'so-called-progressive-rock' projects run towards kinda artistic style, along with superficially complicated rhythm and melody lines, and eventually end up with unoriginal collectives. Sorry I do not know the reason KIKU LATTE (formerly known as CICHLA TEMENSIS) have experienced 4-year hibernation from 2012 until 2016, but surely they've revived due to admission of Kazumi (flute, ex-Naikaku), Hiroyuki (guitars), and Shingo (drums) ... and finally last year their third album titled "Fantasia" was released. Guess they would have squeezed all of their musical / artistic pleasure into this 22-minute creation. It's good you can find their pleasure itself easily via this opus full of acceptable phrases and reasonable movements. Yes, they keep the flautist Kazumi upon the front line like other combos featuring flute, but such delightful atmosphere should never exist without a decent, consistent rhythm section.

The first shot "Sorairo No Geranium (Sky-Blue Geranium)" has superbly cheerful disposition. Sounds like all of them be frank, ... -> show full review
Review by Mike 2 years ago <Permalink>
Haken - The Mountain 2013
9.0
Heavy Prog Metal/Rock
A flawless masterpiece. I really like all Haken albums so far (2020), but this one is just so beautiful and pure, yet at times really rough and sinister. A true work of art, with all the recurring themes and acapella bits. Wonderful!
Review by Time_Signature 2 years ago <Permalink>
Nemophila - Oiran 2020, EP
8.9
Non-Prog Metal
Japanese rock band Nemophila pretty much kicked Youtube's metal community's ass when they released a reheasal version of the track 'Oiran' whose heaviness and sheer brutality caused thousands of jaws to hit the floor all over the world. Eventually, the band released the three-track EP "Oiran" which, in addition to the title track, features 'Monsters' and 'Life'.

'Oiran' is a modern metal track that combines thrash metal with incluences from metalcore such as breakdowns and down-tuned guitars - and don't worry, we're not talking lame-ass trite breakdowns. Right from the get-go, we're treated to aggressive riffage, a superb rhythm section, excellent lead guitars, and absolutely magnificent vocals that combine aggressive screams with melodic rock belting. Seriously, this is probably one of the best - if not the best - metal track to emerge from the Jrock scene (a scene which seems to generally be thriving very well). The song is well-performed and well-produced. It's aggressive as hell and catchy as fuck.

'Monster's is more of a power metal track with modern synth ... -> show full review
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Review by Time_Signature 2 years ago <Permalink>
Dizzy Mizz Lizzy - Forward in Reverse 2016
9.7
Prog-Related Hard Rock
Despite the fact that they released only two albums in the 90s, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy - along with Kashmir, to be fair - were perhaps the most important band on the Danish alternative rock scene at the time. They eventually had a less-than-amicable split-up and, while Tim Christensen embarked on a solo career, the two other members took up regular day jobs, and that was the end of that adventure.

Or so it seemed, because the band decided to reunite and write new material, and in 2016, their comeback album "Forward in Reverse" saw the light of day.

And, boy, what a great album! From the opening instrumental track "Phying Pharao" over the uptempo rocker "Terrified in Paradise" and the heavy "Brainless" to the groovy "Mindgasm", we are treated to catchy and melodic hard rock tunes which capture capture the sense of Beatles-inspired sophistication that characterized the band's 90s albums. Even the ballads "Something So ... -> show full review
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Review by progshine 2 years ago <Permalink>
Opeth - In Cauda Venenum 2019
8.4
Prog Rock
I respect Opeth very much! And I still believe they are one of the most important/innovative bands of the last 30 years.
As the world sank with regrets over the group's changes since Heritage, I was curious to know where the band was going.

It turns out that the band... keeps going! After the great Pale Communion Opeth released a very weak album with Sorceress and I really didn't have much hope for the next album, but here they are with In Cauda Venenum!

First of all I need to get out of my head two little things that I noticed right away that are little easter eggs in the album (maybe there are more): The title of the album was obviouslyce mezzo-stolen from Italian Jacula's In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum. The album's opening track, Livets Trädgård, is a clear 'tribute' to the Swedish group Älgarnas Trädgård. Being Mikael Åkerfeldt an avid 70s Prog collector this is no surprise. This makes me a little unquiet, I still don't know why.

In Cauda Venenum is a record that should please fans of the band's new phase. Despite the completely unnecessary introduction (an instrumental introduction only makes sense if it is linked to the concept of the album, it is not the case here, at ... -> show full review
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Liquid Tension Experiment - Liquid Tension Experiment 3 2021
 49 minutes ago
rushfan4
8.9
Instrumental Prog Metal
Helium Station - Sanctuary 2021
 2 months ago
DamoXt7942
8.0
Prog Hard Rock
Steven Wilson - The Future Bites 2021
 2 months ago
Mike
8.8
Prog Pop
Triton Devs - Stay Alive 2021
 2 months ago
Time_Signature
8.0
Prog Hard Rock/Metal
Ne Obliviscaris - Portal of I 2012
 3 months ago
PowerWyrm
8.5
Prog Extreme Metal
Electric Mud - Quiet Days On Earth 2020
 2 years ago
Samurai
9.0
Prog Rock
Aquacadia - Into Atalantia 2019
 2 years ago
Hydrazine
8.8
Eclectic Prog Hard Rock
Entombed - Left Hand Path 1990
 2 years ago
Jozef47
9.6
Nordic Heavy Non-Prog Death Metal
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King 1969
 2 years ago
lazland
9.7
Eclectic Prog Rock
Metronhomme - 4 2019
 2 years ago
metronhomme
9.5
Italian Instrumental Experimental Prog Rock/Independent
OH.Listen - Metallia 2018, EP
 4 years ago
Basil
9.5
Symphonic Experimental Prog Post Metal
Marillion - F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run) 2016
 5 years ago
O666
9.0
Neo Prog Rock
The Novelists - DEMO 2014, EP
 5 years ago
Bigmo
8.0
Experimental Prog Extreme Metal
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Top Prog LPs of 2021
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Iluminae - Dark Horizons
 #1

9.3 x1
Neo Prog Rock
Sylvan - One to Zero
 #2

9.3 x1
Neo Prog Rock
CosmografListen - Rattaprante
 #3

9.2 x1
Prog Rock
Needlepoint - Walking Up That Valley
 #4

9.2 x1
Prog Rock/Jazz
Elephant9 - Arrival of the New Elders
 #5

9.1 x1
Instrumental Prog Rock/Jazz
French TV - All Our Failures Are Behind Us
 #6

9.1 x1
Instrumental Prog Rock in Opposition
Different Strings - The Sands of Time
 #7

9.0 x1
Neo Prog Rock
Dan Arsenault - Éminence
 #8

8.9 x1
Prog Math
Liquid Tension Experiment - Liquid Tension Experiment 3
 #9

8.9 x1
Instrumental Prog Metal
Downes Braide Association - Halcyon Hymns
 #10

8.8 x1
Prog Rock
Kerrs Pink - Presence of Life
 #11

8.8 x1
Prog Rock
Cult of Luna - The Raging River
 #12

7.7 x2
Nordic Heavy Prog Post Metal
Steven Wilson - The Future Bites
 #13

6.5 x2
Prog-Related Rock/Pop
Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Ding Dong, You're Dead
 #14

8.7 x1
Instrumental Prog Rock/Jazz
35 Tapes - Home
 #15

8.6 x1
Symphonic Prog Rock
Mahogany Frog - Mahogany Frog In the Electric Universe
 #16

8.5 x1
Instrumental Prog Rock
Transatlantic - The Absolute Universe: Forevermore
 #17

8.5 x1
Symphonic Prog Rock
Pentesilea Road - Pentesilea Road
 #18

8.5 x1
Neo Prog Metal
Napier's Bones - The Fields
 #19

8.5 x1
Neo Prog Rock
Resistor - The 5th Season
 #20

8.4 x1
Prog Rock