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Review by Mike 7 days ago <Permalink>
Black Midi - Hellfire 2022
8.9
Prog Rock in Opposition
Wow! Very nice, and a pleasant surprise after I had read a couple of reviews. This piece of rock is pretty much in opposition, and not for the faint of heart in terms of dissonance and roller-coaster-like changes in style and mood in rapid succession. But I'm buying the package, and I especially like the entire flow of the album, and appreciate the odd harmonic parts here and there that provide a nice and necessary contrast to the otherwise relentless onslaught.
Review by Mike 28 days ago <Permalink>
Kaprekar's Constant - The Murder Wall 2022
8.5
Prog Rock
Calm, gentle, symphonic ... somehow the whole album feels like a comfy chair, if that makes sense. Very harmonic and always cleverly shifting gears. Excellent vocals. Will be put on repeat ...
Review by Mike 28 days ago <Permalink>
Megadeth - Rust in Peace 1990
9.8
Technical Prog-Related Thrash Metal
The unofficial best Thrash album of all time. What else is there to say? Stunning musicianship, brilliant songs, relentless pace.
Review by Mike 29 days ago <Permalink>
The Tangent - Songs From The Hard Shoulder 2022
8.8
Prog Rock
Awesome! The album really has this sort of "tangential flow" going, meandering from theme to theme, but without getting repetetive or boring. Well done!
Review by Mike 29 days ago <Permalink>
Farpoint - The Journey 2022
6.0
Prog Rock
A decent effort! But then again I found nothing that stands out, and the songwriting is quite predictable. The band needs to find their niche and then try to fill it more boldly.
Review by Mike 29 days ago <Permalink>
Pure Reason Revolution - Above Cirrus 2022
8.5
Prog Metal
This flows nicely! Quite captivating, really tasty composition and an eclectic mix of moods.
Review by Mike one month ago <Permalink>
Porcupine Tree - CLOSURE / CONTINUATION 2022
9.2
Avant-Garde Prog Rock
A brilliant return! It is difficult to come out of a 10+ years hiatus. I really like that Steven chose to look forward, and the result sounds pretty unique. Reminiscent of old PT at times (e.g. Herd Culling harkens back to In Absentia days), but more often refreshingly aggressive and harsh, departing from the somber melancholy that had (threatened to) become a trademark.
Review by DamoXt7942 5 months ago <Permalink>
Petyr - Smolyk 2018
8.5
Psychedelic Stoner Prog-Related Hard Rock
Another incredible authentic stoner rock full of deep, heavy psychedelic aspects.

A California-oriented unit PETYR were founded as a stoner rock quartet by a professional skateboarder Riley HAWK. The second album "Smolyk" was released on April 30, 2018, following their first eponymous one, via Outer Battery Records. We can find their strong dignified positive intention massively inspired by stoner rock pioneers like Kyuss or Sleep, heavy rock vanguards like Black Sabbath, or psychedelic masters like Flower Travellin Band. Exactly we can say Heaven gives Riley two talents, skating and rocking. Through the whole creation, the magnificent hollowing-out sound gravity by the rhythm section - the bassist Luke DEVIGNY and the drummer Nick McDONNELL - should shape and determine their serious stoner appearance. Of course we must not avoid such a sarcastically hallucinogenic dissonance created with twin guitars by Riley and Holland REDD.

The crazy propagating combination mentioned above explodes from the very beginning of the titled masterpiece "Smolyk". Fantastically violent sound explosions cling to our heart and never let go. Such an energetic distortion in "Part 1" launched by four strengthened instruments is also addictive. In "Part 2" repetitive passion plays and loose, relaxing vocals ... -> show full review
Review by DamoXt7942 11 months ago <Permalink>
AL_X - Low Clouds 2020
7.0
Prog-Related Post Electronic
Greatly distorted but smooth attacks for my ears. AL_X aka Alex DUNFORD's solo project has launched dissonant atmospheric ambience for about a decade. This album "Low Clouds" was released as his third full-length creation in 2020 via a post-rock / ambient label Fluttery Records. This album gives us an opportunity to touch and enjoy his sensitive but magnificent fantasy. A bit thin rock-like texture is in his opus but we can enter his different-dimensional soundscape without any resistance.

Around him is something critical, just like the third track "Onwards", but no hoax-y conspicuous vibe cannot be heard all over. Every single phrase is simple, sticky, and hallucinogenic, but the collective of such repetitive moments produces comfort and pleasure. On the other hand, the complicated melodic structures created by his electric piano in "The Wait" sound delightful, beautiful but slightly tragic. The titled track possesses a well-matured, well-balanced combination of melodic dissections and pessimistic movements, as if we would watch him leading a lonely life. Anyway we can touch another pop / catchy potential of Alex in the following "Leaving The World Behind". This is the moment to find his colourful appearances amongst sincereness, seriousness, delicacy, and distortion.

As mentioned above, not enough rock-ish but pretty enchanting one, I'm sure.
Comment by sabbacc108 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
Marillion - Clutching At Straws 1987
8.0
Not as adventurous as their previous LPs, but worth a serious listen.
Comment by sabbacc108 2 years ago
The Ophelias - Green Girl 2019, Live
7.0
Rock
Compilation of live cassette recordings. Includes excellent version of "Nocturnal Blond"
Comment by sabbacc108 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
The Ophelias - Bare Bodkin 2017, Compilation
9.0
Eclectic Prog-Related Rock
 
Comment by sabbacc108 2 years ago
The Ophelias - The Big O 1989
7.5
Prog Rock
 
Review by sabbacc108 2 years ago <Permalink>
The Ophelias - Oriental Head 1988
8.5
Prog-Related Rock
 
Review by sabbacc108 2 years ago <Permalink>
The Ophelias - The Ophelias. 1987
7.0
Prog-Related Rock/Pop
 
Review by DamoXt7942 2 years 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. :)
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Big Big Train - Welcome To The Planet 2022
 one hour ago
Mike
9.2
Symphonic Prog Rock
Ozric Tentacles - Arborescence 1999
 2 hours ago
rushfan4
7.7
Instrumental Prog Rock
Ministry - Moral Hygiene 2021
 one month ago
PowerWyrm
7.8
Non-Prog Industrial
Petyr - Smolyk 2018
 5 months ago
DamoXt7942
8.5
Psychedelic Stoner Prog-Related Hard Rock
Triton Devs - Stay Alive 2021
 2 years ago
Time_Signature
8.0
Prog Hard Rock/Metal
Electric Mud - Quiet Days On Earth 2020
 3 years ago
Samurai
9.0
Prog Rock
Aquacadia - Into Atalantia 2019
 3 years ago
Hydrazine
8.8
Eclectic Prog Hard Rock
Entombed - Left Hand Path 1990
 3 years ago
Jozef47
9.6
Nordic Heavy Non-Prog Death Metal
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King 1969
 3 years ago
lazland
9.7
Eclectic Prog Rock
Métronhomme - 4 2019
 3 years ago
metronhomme
9.5
Italian Instrumental Experimental Prog Rock/Independent
OH.Listen - Metallia 2018, EP
 5 years ago
Basil
9.5
Symphonic Experimental Prog Post Metal
Marillion - F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run) 2016
 7 years ago
O666
9.0
Neo Prog Rock
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Top Prog LPs of 2022
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Big Big Train - Welcome To The Planet
 #1

9.2 x2
Symphonic Prog Rock
Pattern-Seeking Animals - Only Passing Through
 #2

9.0 x2
Eclectic Prog Rock
Kaipa - Urskog
 #3

8.8 x2
Symphonic Prog Rock
The Tangent - Songs From The Hard Shoulder
 #4

9.0 x2
Eclectic Prog Rock
Porcupine Tree - CLOSURE / CONTINUATION
 #5

9.0 x2
Avant-Garde Prog Rock
Fromuz - The Asymmetric Rules
 #6

8.6 x2
Eclectic Prog Rock
Star One - Revel In Time
 #7

8.6 x2
Prog Metal
Kaprekar's Constant - The Murder Wall
 #8

8.6 x2
Prog Rock
Derek Sherinian - Vortex
 #9

8.4 x2
Instrumental Prog Rock/Jazz
Pure Reason Revolution - Above Cirrus
 #10

8.4 x2
Prog Rock/Metal
Farpoint - The Journey
 #11

7.4 x2
Prog Rock
Black Midi - Hellfire
 #13

8.9 x1
Prog Rock in Opposition
The Dear Hunter - Antimai
 #14

8.8 x1
Prog Rock
D'Virgilio, Morse & Jennings - Troika
 #15

8.8 x1
Prog Rock
Ashenspire - Hostile Architecture
 #16

8.8 x1
Prog Extreme Metal
Tiger Moth Tales - A Song of Spring
 #18

8.7 x1
Prog Rock
James LaBrie - Beautiful Shade of Grey
 #19

8.7 x1
Prog Metal
Marillion - An Hour Before It's Dark
 #20

8.6 x1
Neo Prog Rock