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Review by Mike 22 days ago <Permalink>
Pymlico - Supermassive 2022
6.0
Atmospheric Prog-Related Jazz
I'm terribly sorry, these musicians are certainly very accomplished, but I find it boring.
Review by Mike 22 days ago <Permalink>
Fren - All The Pretty Days 2022
7.0
Symphonic Prog Post Rock
Decent musicianship, overall quite tasteful and certainly proggy - but also all over the place and meandering, and I kind of fail to see the point.
Review by Mike 22 days ago <Permalink>
The Mars Volta - The Mars Volta 2022
8.8
Prog-Related Post Pop
I like it! First listen, and it was really enjoyable. Much more melodic and accessible than their former selves, but the quirkiness is still there on a subliminal level. Highly recommended!
Review by Mike 2 months ago <Permalink>
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways 2014
9.0
Epic Non-Prog Rock
A timeless masterpiece. Simply beautiful, culminating in the majestic last track about the river flowing below Manhattan.
Review by Mike 2 months ago <Permalink>
Spock's Beard - Snow 2002
8.8
Prog Rock
This has aged EXTREMELY well. I really enjoyed listening to this album back when it was originally released, and I still really do. I also love Neal's solo albums that followed, as well as the awesome albums he released with his new band. But this one has its own unique charme, and that comes from the combination of Neal's presence and songwriting and the inspired contribution by all the other Spock's Beard members.
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Review by Mike 2 months ago <Permalink>
Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary 2016
8.8
Heavy Prog Metal
A really great album which I keep returning to consistently. Great songwriting, really memorable tunes, interesting twists and turns.
Review by Mike 3 months ago <Permalink>
The Night Flight Orchestra - Aeromantic 2020
8.8
Retro Non-Prog Album Oriented Rock
I think they really nailed it on this one. The perfect melodic "AOR" album, so uplifting, stellar vocal performance, tasty keyboards that bring a distinct 80s vibe (but not too much).
Review by Mike 3 months ago <Permalink>
The Decemberists - The Crane Wife 2006
9.0
Eclectic Prog Rock/Independent
Awesome. Hard to describe what sets this apart from other prog concept albums. Aside from the flawless musicianship, the eclectic instrumentation and all the other trimmings you would expect, I guess for me it is the really sinister humor. If you are the type of listener who will pay attention to the lyrics, proceed with caution, and take them with a grain of (sea) salt.
Review by Mike 4 months ago <Permalink>
Black Midi - Hellfire 2022
8.9
Prog Rock in Opposition/Independent
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 4 months 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 4 months ago <Permalink>
Megadeth - Rust in Peace 1990
9.5
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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago <Permalink>
Pure Reason Revolution - Above Cirrus 2022
8.9
Prog Metal
This flows nicely! Quite captivating, really tasty composition and an eclectic mix of moods.
Review by Mike 5 months 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 Mike 2 years 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.
Review by Mike 3 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 Mike 4 years ago <Permalink>
Ghost - Prequelle 2018
9.1
Prog-Related Metal/Rock
A timeless masterpiece. Ghost are often misjudged as a shallow/gimmicky band, but especially on this album they managed to combine deep lyrics about death and the shortness of life with grotesque humour, great melodies and awesome musicianship. Metal at its finest.
Review by Mike 4 years ago <Permalink>
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here 1975
9.7
English/British Minimalistic Prog Rock
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Review by Mike 4 years ago <Permalink>
Opeth - In Cauda Venenum 2019
9.1
Symphonic Prog Metal
A thrilling return to form! This album is a nice synthesis of Opeth's former heavy outings and the newer outputs, which were more than decent albums, but also seemed a little tame to me. There is no extreme metal on this album, but it is really dark in some places, a sinister roller-coaster ride. Takes a few spins to appreciate, as any decent prog album should.
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Porcupine Tree - CLOSURE / CONTINUATION
 #1
9.2
Avant-Garde Prog Rock
Charile Griffiths - Tiktaalika
 #2
9.0
Prog Metal
Devin Townsend - Lightwork
 #3
9.0
Epic Prog Metal
Big Big Train - Welcome To The Planet
 #4
9.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
Black Midi - Hellfire
 #5
8.9
Prog Rock in Opposition/Independent
Pure Reason Revolution - Above Cirrus
 #6
8.9
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 #7
8.9
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8.8
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8.8
Prog Post Extreme Metal
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 #12
8.8
Eclectic Prog Rock
Oceans Of Slumber - Starlight and Ash
 #14
8.6
Prog-Related Rock
Derek Sherinian - Vortex
 #15
8.6
Prog Jazz/Rock
The Michael Schenker Group - Universal
 #16
8.6
Neo Classical Non-Prog Metal
Anima MorteListen - Serpents in the Fields of Sleep
 #17
8.5
Instrumental Prog Rock
Playgrounded - The Death of Death
 #18
8.5
Prog Post Metal
Crippled Black Phoenix - Banefyre
 #19
8.5
Prog Post Rock
Avatarium - Death, Where Is Your Sting
 #20
8.5
Non-Prog Doom Metal
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 one day ago
8.5
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The Winery Dogs - Hot Streak 2015
 one day ago
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The Winery Dogs - Hot Streak 2015
 one day ago
8.5
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Bjørn Riis - Everything to Everyone 2022
 one day ago
8.0
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Devin Townsend - 2014
 one day ago
8.8
Epic Prog-Related Metal
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Epic Prog Metal
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 12 days ago
8.0
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Steve Vai - Inviolate 2022
 12 days ago
8.2
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Blind Guardian - The God Machine 2022
 12 days ago
8.0
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“Weird Al” Yankovic - "Weird Al" Yankovic 1983
 12 days ago
7.5
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Anima MorteListen - Serpents in the Fields of Sleep 2022
 13 days ago
8.5
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Antimatter - Black Market Enlightenment 2018
 13 days ago
8.8
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Avatarium - Death, Where Is Your Sting 2022
 14 days ago
8.5
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Katatonia - City of Burials 2020
 14 days ago
9.0
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Devin Townsend - Lightwork 2022
 14 days ago
9.0
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Katatonia - City of Burials 2020
 15 days ago
9.0
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 15 days ago
8.5
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