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Comment by Mike
Marillion - Script for a Jester's Tear 1983
8.0
English/British Neo Prog Rock
I never had much love for the sound of the 80s ... I'm trying not to be biased, but it is hard. It's a very solid album, but even with the production, overly emotional vocals and clichee rock guitar aside I can't see what's so damn special about it.
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Sieges Even - Steps 1990
6.0
Technical Prog Metal
I have a hard time getting past the vocals ...
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Lemur Voice - Insights 1996
8.1
Neo Prog-Related Metal/Rock
I enjoy listening to this album, but it seems to be a bit derivative. The biggest influence is Dream Theater, closely followed by Enchant and Rush. It's an honest effort though, with brilliant musicianship and lots of own ideas thrown in. If you like technical prog metal bands use should check them out!
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Epica - Consign to Oblivion 2005
8.8
Orchestral Prog Power Metal
I would prefer Epica to Nightwish anytime. Their music is just so much more credible to me - especially the vocals. At the same time the symphonic elements are much more sophisticated and more cleverly done. It also rocks - there are some amazingly heavy parts, different types of extreme vocals ... yet never cheesy. Perfect!
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Blind Guardian - Battalions of Fear 1988
5.5
Neo Non-Prog Speed Metal
All good qualities of Blind Guardian show on this early album, but musicianship and songwriting leave much to be desired. You can hear the shape of things to come - but I wouldn't recommend this album unless you're a completionist.
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Comment by Mike 17 years ago
Mike Keneally - The Universe Will Provide 2004
8.7
Instrumental Prog Rock
A very nice fusion of a fully fledged orchestra and rock band. Well, not exactly your typical rock band if you know Mike Keneally. Quirky and weird are words which begin to describe his style, it's all very creative and resourceful and the collaboration with the orchestra works amazingly well ... the guitar, bass and drums blend perfectly with the other instruments, reminding of the Zappa albums where he used a big ensemble, only that in this case even more instruments are used.
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Therion - Lemuria 2005
6.5
Orchestral Prog-Related Metal
Therion have come a long way as far as their musicianship is concerned. But the creativity and originality still leaves a lot to be desired, and I just can't find the relevance in their compositions.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute 2005
8.8
Eclectic Prog Rock
I like this album a lot ... but I must admit that I normally cannot stand listening to it in one setting, as there is simply a bit too much going on, and it's a bit like "complexity for the sake of complexity". But it is all very well done, they tried very hard to make this a good album, and they succeeded. So if you're into musical roller-coaster rides and don't mind experimental and unusual music with alternative roots, then this is for you.
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Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards 2000
6.5
Heavy Neo Non-Prog Power Metal
In my opinion the two very different concepts behind this project just don't mix. Maybe there is a way to successfully combine the Symphonic Power Metal of Blind Guardian with the raw-edged straight Power Metal of Iced Earth, but this is not it.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Radiohead - OK Computer 1997
8.7
Eclectic Prog Post Rock
I like Radiohead best when they find a good balance between catchy tunes, odd/quirky bits and brilliant political/social lyrics. So on this album I prefer the songs that they also published as singles, plus the more melodic ones. The dissonant, noisy songs on this album are good, but not brilliant - other bands do a better job at that kind if music. Still those songs are very worth listening to, and after all they provide a good contrast to the melodic ones.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Gojira - From Mars to Sirius 2005
8.8
Heavy Prog Extreme Metal
This is extremely cool. A really extreme kind of music, with sometimes quite brutal double bass drumming, heavy, thrash metal guitars riffing and growling/screaming vocals ... but it's not really aggressive, I'd rather call it hypnotic and even avant-garde to some extent. Meshuggah are an obvious influence - but more in terms of sound and texturing (Nothing/Catch 33) than complexity. Some parts also remind me of Devin Townsend ... sudden outbursts of heaviness followed by epic/majestic textural parts.

The album deals with issues like global warming ... saving the oceans, which explains the whale on the cover. If you can tolerate the heavy parts and the screaming then listening to this album from beginning to end can really take you on a fascinating journey through time, space ... and water.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance 2006
8.1
Non-Prog Metal
Wow! I was never too much into Katatonia, but I love this album even after one listen. It's reminding me much of Tool (the drumming and guitars) and Opeth (song structure, "mood swings" and clean vocals), but it's not really derivative - Katatonia have their own sound, and it shines through in every song here, with just a tiny bit more seriousness, ambition and - prog.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Dark Suns - Existence 2005
7.9
Experimental Prog Metal
I saw the band opening for Pain of Salvation in 2005, and they played many songs from this album. I like it very much, and I must say that there are some similarities to Pain of Salvation, although Dark Suns is generally more firmly rooted in Gothic/Dark/Alternative Metal, and only on this album they're now beginning to really move towards more epic and technically demanding songs.
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Comment by Mike
Katatonia - Viva Emptiness 2003
7.9
Non-Prog Metal
On this album Katatonia sound "mildly" progressive - it seems like they're trying to leave mainstream behind, but somehow can't cross the border. Some songs are quite interesting and experimental, others are mainstream and even venture into Nu-Metal territory.
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Allen - Lande - The Battle 2005
7.9
Neo Non-Prog Metal
This is a really well made melodic metal album - two magnificent vocalists, top production and decent songwriting.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth 1998
9.3
Orchestral Prog Power Metal
This is one of my most favorite albums of all time ... and it also happens to be one of the most controversial ones in terms of "prog status". Blind Guardian started as a plain speed/power metal band and then slowly developed and refined their style into something very unique ... a blend of medieval/folk, fierce speed/power metal and Queen-like vocal arrangements. The progressiveness lies in the way these elements are combined into a consistent work of art, which they succeeded in doing on some of their albums, most notably Imaginations from the Other Side, Nightfall in Middle Earth and A Night at the Opera. Out of these Nightfall in Middle-Earth is their ultimate achievement as far as I am concerned ... there are people who favor its successor (A Night at the Opera) because it's even more pompous, with slightly better production and more polished songwriting. But then again it doesn't have the sophisticated concept of Nightfall, which is another major asset which sets this album apart from other orchestral metal albums. It is based on Tolkien's Silmarillion ... but rather ... -> show full review
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Comment by Mike
Carptree - Man Made Machine 2005
8.1
Neo Prog Rock
Carptree really have an unique sound. Their vocalist may sound a bit like Gabriel, their instrumentation may be similar to other Scandinavian prog rock bands ... but to me their compositions are really not derivative. They have a good sense for really odd, but still quite harmonic melodies and arrangements.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Spock's Beard - Octane 2005
8.4
Technical Prog-Related Rock
I really like this album. Spock's Beard really found their footing with this album, on the previous one (Feel Euphoria) they seemed a little bit unsure to me, partly trying new stuff and emulating Neal's songwriting. On this album they are confidently moving away from 70s prog rock, towards a modern rock style that hasn't got "prog" written all over it. But he old quirkyness is still there, in small doses. What really counts is good songwriting, self confidence and credibility, and they certainly have all that.
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Comment by Mike
Buckethead - Colma 1998
7.4
Instrumental Prog-Related Post Rock
A really strange album, at least if you primarily know Buckethead as a technical, quirky guitar shredder. It is entirely acoustic/instrumental, with sparse drums or electronic loops. Ambient guitar music to chill out and relax, peaceful and still. I like it!
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Comment by Mike 17 years ago
Metallica - Master of Puppets 1986
9.4
Technical Experimental Prog Thrash Metal
If you're looking for the progressive moments, focus on the Battery intro & structure, the title track, The Thing that Should Not Be, Welcome Home (Sanitarium) and of course, the fantastic Orion.
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