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Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Porcupine Tree - Lightbulb Sun 2000
8.8
Psychedelic Prog Rock
Finally it was re-released, and I purchased it today. I now have all regular Porcupine Tree albums, and this is an essential one. Beautiful melodies, astonishing vocal arrangements and a broad range of styles.
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Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Ayreon - Elected 2008, EP
8.1
Prog Metal/Rock
How cool is that? Arjen Lucassen and Tobias Sammet join forces to record a cover of Alice Cooper's classic song "Elected".
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Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Soilent Green - Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction 2008
8.8
Cajun Technical Stoner Prog Death Metal
It's absolutely amazing how these guys shift from majestic Doom/Stoner Metal to Death Metal/Grindcore in the blink of an eye. The music is like a combination of Mastodon and Down, very technical and quirky, but also many calm/majestic parts with quite a few major chords as well. Together with Cajun/New Orleans acoustic parts this makes for a very interesting listening experience.
Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Avantasia - The Scarecrow 2008
7.8
Prog-Related Power Metal
Wow ... I'm slightly underwhelmed. This is decent melodic metal, but after the first two discs I was expecting a little bit more. Especially compared to Ayreon's 01011001 this is a bit of a let down.
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Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Enslaved - Isa 2004
8.1
Prog Black Metal
It may seem strange, but although this is Black Metal it sounds quite calm to me. It's quite melodic too, with the odd twist here and there, and vocals oscillating between ghastly screams and multi layered clean vocals. Very interesting!
Comment by Mike 15 years ago
RPWL - The RPWL Experience 2008
7.9
Symphonic Neo Prog Rock
Another nice release ... they still sound like a combination of Arena, Marillion and Pink Floyd, but I like their songs, and musicianship/production is very solid. On second listen it seemed a bit boring to me though ... at least some of the tracks.
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Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Devin Townsend - Accelerated Evolution 2003
8.7
Epic Prog-Related Metal
In a nutshell this is a less eclectic, less experimental and less progressive version of Terria. Devin's most accessible album to date, and I enjoy listening to it very much - great melodies on vocals and guitar, and his trademark wall of sound.
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Comment by Mike 15 years ago
To-Mera - Delusions 2008
8.5
Technical Prog Metal
A very good effort - it continues to grow on me with each spin. Very eclectic, with some really heavy parts and some calm, acoustic passages.
Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Death Angel - Killing Season 2008
7.5
Non-Prog Thrash Metal
I bought the limited vinyl edition (picture disc) because I absolutely adore their masterpiece Act III from 1990, and I had read in a magazine that this album could be compared to it. Well ... I'm sorry to say that it can't. Technically it's still melodic thrash, but the spirit's gone - no more magical melodies, riffs and interludes, it's "just" a decent album.
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Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Scorpions - Lonesome Crow 1972
7.1
Experimental Prog-Related Krautrock
This clearly isn't metal at all ... Krautrock and Psychedelic Rock are the obvious influences. There's even an experimental long track on the album!
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Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Scorpions - Virgin Killer 1976
8.3
Non-Prog Hard Rock/Metal
Their last album with guitarist Ulrich Roth, who was largely responsible for their psychedelic tendencies. It's also their last album which I would call rock ... after it their style moved decisively towards metal. A really good release, very energetic and musically quite impressive.
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Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Dark Fortress - Eidolon 2008
8.8
Epic Prog-Related Black Metal
Wonderful! Very well produced, but not too polished. Quite epic, but not too complex ... many interesting twists and turns, but never too flashy. Essential listening for every fan of Black Metal!
Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Dark Suns - Grave Human Genuine 2008
8.8
Experimental Prog Metal
Wow ... this album blew me away. I saw the band two years ago on tour with Pain of Salvation, and it seems like PoS left quite an impression on them ... they had already started to leave their gothic/doom roots at that point, but this here is fully fledged Progressive Metal which *almost* reaches PoS in terms of diversity and creativity. Be sure to check out the "GHG - Teaser" on their myspace page!
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Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Panzerballett - Starke Stücke 2008
8.9
Instrumental Technical Prog Metal/Fusion
Absolutely hilarious ... and musically very, very impressive. Even if you find Fusion only remotely interesting you *have* to check this album out.
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Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Prisma - Collusion 2006
8.2
Experimental Prog Metal
This really sounds a lot like Tool, especially because of the guitar sound and riffing. The vocalist is good but not as varied as Maynard James Keenan - he doesn't do the drawn out screams for example. Despite of the similarity to Tool the music is much less dark and menacing - imagine a combination of Tool, Oceansize and Amplifier and you're just about there.
Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Fantômas - The Director's Cut 2001
8.5
Experimental Prog Metal
An album which consists entirely of covers of famous horror movie themes ... I really like it. The absolutely free-style experimentation of the debut shines through here and there, but generally they stay close to the structure/form of the original composition. The brilliance and weirdness lies in how they add the unique style of their debut to these compositions.
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Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Fates Warning - Perfect Symmetry 1989
8.7
Eclectic Prog Metal
Very nice! It's less quirky and flashy than Dream Theater's When Dream and Day Unite, but also more intense and emotional. I really like the songs!
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Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Benedictum - Seasons of Tragedy 2008
8.2
Non-Prog Power Metal
A really good American Power Metal album ... amazing female vocals. The songs are quite interesting, there's a 10+ minute epic and an Accept cover.
Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Ayreon - 01011001 2008
9.3
Symphonic Prog Metal/Rock
I think this is Mr. Lucassen's best work so far. Production, musicians and especially the vocalists are nearly perfect, but what makes this album so unique and interesting is how it connects the previous albums ... they all become part of one largely consistent story (with the exception of Actual Fantasy of course). But not only the lyrics reference the previous albums, the songs are also re-visited and cunningly interwoven with new ideas. Pure brilliance!
Comment by Mike 15 years ago
Aeon Spoke - Aeon Spoke 2007
8.4
Prog-Related Rock
A fascinating album ... very strong songs, the overall style reminds me a bit of Blackfield but with less pathos. It's hard to believe that two members of Cynic play in this band ... it's not metal at all, it's not even heavy. I'm writing this after the second listen, and I'm almost certain this will continue to grow on me.
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Porcupine Tree - CLOSURE / CONTINUATION
 #1
9.2
Avant-Garde Prog Rock
Charile Griffiths - Tiktaalika
 #2
9.0
Prog Metal
Pure Reason Revolution - Above Cirrus
 #3
9.0
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
Ghost - Impera
 #6
8.9
Epic Non-Prog Metal/Rock
Ashenspire - Hostile Architecture
 #7
8.8
Prog Post Extreme Metal
The Dear Hunter - Antimai
 #8
8.8
Prog Rock
Pattern-Seeking Animals - Only Passing Through
 #11
8.8
Eclectic Prog Rock
Oceans Of Slumber - Starlight and Ash
 #13
8.6
Prog-Related Rock
Derek Sherinian - Vortex
 #14
8.6
Prog Jazz/Rock
The Michael Schenker Group - Universal
 #15
8.6
Neo Classical Non-Prog Metal
Playgrounded - The Death of Death
 #16
8.5
Prog Post Metal
Motorpsycho - Ancient Astronauts
 #17
8.5
Prog Post Rock/Metal
Cult of Luna - The Long Road North
 #18
8.5
Prog Metal
Kaprekar's Constant - The Murder Wall
 #19
8.5
Prog Rock
Star One - Revel In Time
 #20
8.4
Prog Metal
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Swans - Love of Life 1992
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7.8
Prog-Related Independent
Ulver - Scary Muzak 2021
 22 hours ago
Wave
Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth 1998
 22 hours ago
9.3
Orchestral Prog Power Metal
Between The Buried And Me - Coma Ecliptic 2015
 23 hours ago
9.0
Prog Metal
Ulver - Scary Muzak 2021
 2 days ago
Wave
Weezer - SZNZ: Autumn 2022
 3 days ago
7.5
Prog-Related Rock
Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary 2016
 4 days ago
8.8
Heavy Prog Metal
Anathema - The Optimist 2017
 4 days ago
Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here 2010
 4 days ago
8.9
English/British Atmospheric Prog Rock
Charile Griffiths - Tiktaalika 2022
 4 days ago
9.0
Prog Metal
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon 1973
 11 days ago
9.8
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Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth 1998
 11 days ago
9.3
Orchestral Prog Power Metal
Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth 1998
 11 days ago
9.3
Orchestral Prog Power Metal
Pagan's Mind - Enigmatic: Calling 2005
 11 days ago
8.7
Prog Power Metal
Noekk - The Water Sprite 2005
 12 days ago
8.2
Eclectic Prog Post Rock
Tool - Lateralus 2001
 12 days ago
8.9
Experimental Prog Metal
Steven Wilson - Insurgentes 2009
 13 days ago
8.8
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Symphony X - V: The New Mythology Suite 2001
 13 days ago
9.7
Technical Neo Classical Prog Power Metal
Steven Wilson - Insurgentes 2009
 13 days ago
8.8
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