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Review by Mike 28 days 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 7 months 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 8 months ago <Permalink>
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here 1975
9.8
English/British Minimalistic Prog Rock
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Review by Mike 8 months 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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Comment by Mike 3 years ago
Heart of CygnusListen - Tales From Outer Space! 2009
8.9
Spacey Prog Metal
Revisited this just now after quite a while ... this is a really, really beautiful EP. They really nailed the SciFi vibe and combined heart-warming melodies with energetic driving metal tracks. Can't wait to hear what they will do next, since at this time their Facebook page says "Hobbit Prog" ...
Comment by Mike 4 years ago
Ayreon - The Source 2017
9.2
Symphonic Prog Rock
This might quite possibly be Arjen's best effort yet. Flawless, impressive, super cool!
Comment by Mike 6 years ago
Devin Townsend - 2014
8.8
Epic Prog-Related Metal
I love how Devin combines calmness and aggressive elements ... at times he forms huge walls of sound, but you can always discern the individual parts.
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Comment by Mike 6 years ago
Threshold - For The Journey 2014
8.1
Prog Metal
Tired. That's the word I would use to describe this album compared to the magnificent March of Progress. All things considered, it's a solid release, but it lacks the drive and determination of Thresholds best releases. Ironically some of that shines through in the bonus track ...
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Comment by Mike 6 years ago
Opeth - Pale Communion 2014
8.3
Prog Rock
"Dissonance by numbers" ... that came to my mind when I listened to this album. Gone is the inspired songwriting of old, and the occasional warmth and melancholy that always stood out for me in Opeth - an unfortunate trend that started on their previous album Heritage.
Review by Mike 7 years ago <Permalink>
Dream Theater - Dream Theater 2013
7.9
Eclectic Prog Metal
Not bad - bad also not really great. Granted, I've only listened to the album one time - but I very much doubt that it will grow considerably on me over time, because the songwriting leaves me unimpressed.

I can't help thinking that Portnoy's absence has moved Dream Theater closer to "normalty" - they still have an "out there" composer (Rudess), but I really miss Portnoy's over the top crazyness and his desire to incorporate an eclectic range of influences (ranging from 70s Prog Rock to modern Art Rock like Muse and Extreme Metal like Opeth) into the music.

On this album the most obvious influence is Rush - indeed, at one time the lyrics mention "restless angels" and I couldn't help thinking of Rush's recent album (Clockwork Angels), since the music was also a good match.

Having said all that, the album is very well made and nice to listen to, all the other DT ingredients are there ... even LaBrie's vocals are much better than usual. Alas, the inspiration for great tunes is sorely missed. I really prefer Haken's 2013 album "The Mountain" - no THAT's inspired songwriting, and musically easily on par with Dream Theater.
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Comment by Mike 8 years ago
Frank Flight Band - Remains 2013
7.5
Non-Prog Rock
The vocals are not my cup of tea, and the songwriting could be a little bit more inspired ... with that said, this is a more than decent album, and quite an improvement over the previous one. The production is really good, and the tracks are a joy to listen to, all with tasteful bluesy guitar leads, non-intrusive symphonic keyboards and quite some variation in style, bordering on, but never quite crossing into Prog.
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Comment by Mike 8 years ago
Paul Gilbert - Vibrato 2012
8.7
Non-Prog Rock
Great slow pace guitar shred slash blues album, and as is always the case with Paul Gilbert: great musical humor. Prog Fans listen up: though the album is not prog, it includes the Yes masterpiece Roundabout as a bonus cover track!
Comment by Mike 9 years ago
Steve Vai - The Story of Light 2012
8.4
Non-Prog Rock
Nice - but not as great as Vai's truly classic albums of the 1990s. If you're a fan not only of Vai, but of nice guitar music in general - go for it, but it's not as bold and "out there" as his masterpieces of old.
Comment by Mike 9 years ago
Cake - Fashion Nugget 1996
8.8
Non-Prog Rock/Independent
This is my favorite Cake album - a timeless classic, as far as I'm concerned. Great music, about as dry and spartan as you can get, with great humor and a lot of class. Fuzzy dice like testicles and breasts bouncing on sofas meet Frank Sinatra ...
Review by Mike 9 years ago <Permalink>
Jack Dupon - Démon Hardï 2010
8.5
Eclectic Prog Rock
This album presented me with quite a challenge - it's kind of dark-ish, but not quite. I settled for a combination of playful and eerie, which makes for quite a team. Add to that the element of improvisation, the eclectic mix of styles, the exalted vocals on some of the tracks - excellent!
Review by Mike 9 years ago <Permalink>
Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events 2011
8.5
Prog Metal
 So far I've listened to the album three times, and while it is admittedly nice, I think it's one of the weaker DT albums. It's still quite good, but the words "haphazard" and "forced" pop up a bit too often in my mind when I'm listening to the album, particularly in the opening track. Mike Mangini is a great musician, but on this album the drums strike me as largely unimaginative compared to Portnoy's style. Of course one could also say that Mangini simply chooses to stay in the background and let the other band members shine (which definitely plays out well in that regard, particularly with Myung and LaBrie), and indeed I think that there's great potential for a truly great next album that hopefully won' t be recorded under such unfortunate circumstances. The bottom line: a solid album, but ultimately falling short in terms of songwriting and inspired playing (don't get me wrong, there are plenty of inspired moments, it's just lacking compared to other DT releases) and thus a transitional step for the band, pretty much like Feel Euphoria was for Spock's Beard - at least that's my wish(ful thinking).
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Comment by Mike 10 years ago
Franck Carducci - Oddity 2011
8.4
Eclectic Prog Rock
I really enjoyed listening to this album. It's a well balanced mix of styles, mostly laid back, with a few odd breaks and time signatures thrown in, but more often than not on the lighter side of things as far experimentation is concerned, but nevertheless with solid songwriting and progressive tendencies throughout.
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Comment by Mike 10 years ago
The Orb - Metallic Spheres (featuring David Gilmour) 2010
8.7
Instrumental Prog Rock/Electronic
Nice! Two long tracks, some crazy segues, huge grooves with lush instrumentation, and Gilmour's leads blend in nicely.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
In Mourning - Monolith 2010
8.6
Eclectic Prog Extreme Metal
This actually isn't too progressive - the tracks have somewhat conventional structure, but they also feature the occasional extreme outburst (think Meshuggah or Opeth). All in all: A nicely done album!
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis 2010
8.5
Technical Prog Extreme Metal
I like the album - I guess you could say that it's "more of the same", but nicely done anyway. Listened to it the other day after the latest Elvis Costello album and thought: This is like the sonic version of contrast showering ...
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Retro Non-Prog Rock
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8.2
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The Night Flight Orchestra - Aeromantic 2020
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Retro Non-Prog Rock
Novena - Eleventh Hour 2020
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The Night Flight Orchestra - Aeromantic 2020
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65daysofstatic - replicr 2019
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9.1
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Flying Colors - Third Degree 2019
 5 months ago
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King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King 1969
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8.8
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Sons of Apollo - MMXX 2020
 6 months ago
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Amplifier - Amplifier 2005
 6 months ago
8.7
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Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caesar 2017
 6 months ago
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The Night Flight Orchestra - Sometimes the World Ain't Enough 2018
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