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Comment by Mike
Labÿrinth - Freeman 2005
6.5
Prog Power Metal
I really liked this album when listening to it in the store ... but it quickly paled on repeated listening. Maybe it's the vocals ... I don't like the voice, and in my opinion he should not sing that high but try to vary the phrasing instead. The music is decent Power Metal with some almost-quirky keyboards thrown in.
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Wobbler - Hinterland 2005
8.3
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Despite the obvious 70s prog affinity I really like this album and don't consider it to be derivative at all. It sounds fresh, inspired and vivid from beginning to end. Of course it is retro, but in a good way.
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Age of Nemesis - Psychogeist 2006
7.6
Neo Prog Metal
They are copying Dream Theater a little bit - but unlike many other bands, they sound like really early Dream Theater (When Dream and Day Unite). The songwriting is decent, and they manage to add quite some ideas of their own.
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Proto-Kaw - The Wait of Glory 2006
8.0
Prog Rock
I enjoy listening to this album ... it's a very well balanced mix of retro 70s prog, album oriented rock and ethnic influences (tribal/indian/folk). Musicianship is top, songwriting is very decent and everything is absolutely credible.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Dianne Reeves - Good Night, And Good Luck 2006
7.5
Retro Non-Prog Jazz
I really like Dianne Reeve's voice - Quite deep, but not as deep as Cassandra Wilson. And I really dig her choice of songs and her own compositions. Especially on this album it is a really cool combination of Blues and Vocal Jazz. But there are various other influences too ... lots of different kinds of Jazz, Blues and then some.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Hidria Spacefolk - Balansia 2005
7.9
Instrumental Retro Prog Rock
I enjoyed listening to this a lot. It's nearly pure space rock without any "distractions", it's basically one long jam with songs that are essentially built as a set of improvisations over a basic theme - mostly based only on one chord, a groove and some riffs, but rately ever distinct melodies. If you're into that sort of thing you'll definitely like the album, if not then there's a chance that you'll find this quite boring.
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Comment by Mike
Quidam - Angels' Dreams 1998
8.5
Neo Non-Prog Rock
This is a really nice example of modern neo prog. Throughout the album there are subtle folk influences.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Agalloch - The Mantle 2002
7.0
Minimalistic Experimental Prog Post Black Metal
A decent album, although I must admit that I don't understand how others can think of it as a masterpiece, I do understand how someone could like this album much more than I do. It's really repetitive, mostly "eventless" and the occasional growling vocals are uncalled for in my opinion. The folk elements are implemented very nicely, but in the heavy parts the drums are often a bit out of sync with the rest of the band.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Empyrium - Weiland 2002
7.7
Minimalistic Prog-Related Post Rock
This is a really weird and unusual album. Made by metal musicians, this is not metal at all - during some passages the drumming reminds of metal, but there is no double bass. No electric guitars either - only acoustic guitars, string instruments, piano and occasional mellotrons. Vocals are really diverse - male only, but in various different styles from beautiful, majestic operatic vocals to ghastly growls.
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Comment by Mike 17 years ago
Pain of Salvation - Entropia 1997
8.9
Symphonic Technical Prog Metal
One of the most astonishing debut albums I've ever heard. Outstanding production, excellent musicianship throughout and amazingly fresh and innovative songwriting and lyrics.
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Rating by Mike 17 years ago
Shadow Gallery - Shadow Gallery 1992
7.0
Neo Prog Metal/Rock
Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Dianne Reeves - That Day... 1997
8.2
Retro Non-Prog Jazz
I love that voice. Dianne has an unique talent to sing in the low registers with ease and a beautifully rich timbre. She doesn't overdo it though, like Cassandra Wilson sometimes does in my opinion.

A really cool and relaxed Vocal Jazz album, with a heavy dose of Blues in some tracks. A few tracks are not so good, but they're counterbalanced by some really awesome tunes.
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Comment by Mike 17 years ago
Death Angel - Act III 1990
9.2
Eclectic Non-Prog Thrash Metal
Brilliant! A real gem, absolutely essential for every half way decent Thrash Metal collection. I don't know where to begin ... it's almost flawless, yet not at all polished or overproduced. Some acoustic tracks, some fast tracks, some mid tempo tracks, and always a healthy amount of experimentation and unpredictability.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
The Flower Kings - Adam & Eve 2004
6.5
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
I can't really put my finger on any specific problem with this album - but somehow I think that it might be their worst. It is not bad - but in my opinion it is just not as good as their other releases, and at the same time it is quite inconsistent. One of my favorite tracks is Vampire's View, but to be honest - it sounds like a Pain of Salvation track.
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Comment by Mike
Little Atlas - Wanderlust 2005
8.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
I like the straight approach of Little Atlas ... they don't attempt to be particularly quirky, strange or technical. Their music is very balanced and mature, and not too derivative of the 70s - apart from the occasional mellotron.
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Edge of Sanity - Crimson 1996
7.7
Heavy Neo Prog Extreme Metal
I like it - but I fail to see the superior quality that others see in this album. Maybe I need to listen to it some more, but I think that it's quite boring in some passages, and even in its good moments it's outshined by other key albums of the genre.
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Ayreon - Into the Electric Castle 1998
9.1
Symphonic Neo Prog Metal/Rock
One of my favorite prog rock/metal albums. I think that it's a little bit better than The Human Equation - it's more original and creative, while THE is more mature and balanced.
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Devin Townsend - Synchestra 2006
8.8
Experimental Prog-Related Metal
The track ratings pretty much say it all - I think that the album is a little bit better than Terria, although my opinion might change over time. But there's no doubt that this is a masterpiece.
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Rating by Mike
Pain of Salvation - Be 2004
8.6
Experimental Prog Metal/Rock
I wouldn't recommend this for Pain of Salvation newbies. It is a good album musicwise, but the concept is a little bit pretentious and - dare I say it - cheesy. Also, the focus is not as much on the music as it was on the first four studio albums. Some tracks are among Pain of Salvation's finest efforts though.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Mike Keneally - Dancing 2000
9.0
Eclectic Prog Rock/Independent
This is one of the more accessible releases by Mike Keneally. The album is a fascinating mix of genres and influences. Mike is backed here by a number of musicians. On stage MK & Beer for Dolphins usually are a 3 piece band, but here they're more like 8 piece - and then some. Some of the songs are really weird and Zappa-esque, but some are more in the Fusion style, and some are quite plain. But they're all really good, and an excellent starting point to get into the weird and amazing world of Mike Keneally.
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