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Review by Mike 15 years ago <Permalink>
Luca Scherani - Everyday's Life 2007
7.1
Italian Atmospheric Neo Prog Fusion
A very nice debut! I enjoyed listening to this album ... usually keyboard dominated albums are a bit less enjoyable for me, but there is much diversity, many different keyboard sounds from synth via vocal effects to e-piano and mellotron and some real guitars as well, acoustic and electric. There are two major things that in my humble opinion could be improved: Firstly the timing - particularly when many instruments are playing - felt a bit off to me in some parts, and secondly the melodic/harmonic structure is a bit too generic and sometimes almost sounded like a jam track with basic improvisation. But - as I said above - I enjoyed listening to the album, and I'm looking forward to the next one!
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Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Onségen Ensemble - Hottoizzoh 2007, EP
7.9
Experimental Prog Rock
Very nice! An eclectic mix of styles ranging from Anekdoten to Zeuhl by way of Guapo and King Crimson. It's on the darker/avant side, but with much melodic improvisation which lightens it up a bit. Can't wait to hear a full album!
Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Mindfunk - Mind Funk 1991
8.6
Non-Prog Rock/Metal
A very underrated gem in my collection ... even today, over 15 years after its release, the album still sounds fresh and not at all outdated. BTW: The band initially chose the name "Mind Fuck" but was forced by the record company to change it to "Mind Funk". So while their music features some funky rhythms here and there it doesn't have anything to do with Funk as a genre.
Review by Mike 16 years ago <Permalink>
Dirge - Wings of Lead over Dormant Seas 2007
9.1
Atmospheric Minimalistic Prog Post Doom Metal
This is my favorite Post Metal release of 2007 so far ... it's very diverse, there's a lot of noise, feedback and droning sounds but also melody and traces of "conventional" song structures. Vocals are "typically" Post Metal, but quite accessible and they match the music perfectly. Both musicianship and production leave very little to be desired, and even considering that this album clocks in at 120 minutes and the last track alone is 60 minutes long it never gets boring for me ... they never draw out a part for too long and there's always something new coming up.
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Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Baroness - Red Album 2007
8.4
Experimental Prog Post Metal
This is a quite interesting mix ... there are elements of Post Metal, but also quirky Math parts, and it all falls together nicely.
Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Jesu - Conqueror 2007
8.6
Ambient Prog Post Metal/Rock
Difficult to assign genre tags to this one. Massive slow paced metal riffs are Doom/Stoner Metal trademarks, but they are joined by minimalistic layers of echoing synths which you normally get in Post Rock. Add to that the generally positive vibe (major chords) which are also unusual for Post Metal ...
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Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Soundgarden - Down on the Upside 1996
8.4
Psychedelic Non-Prog Rock
This is really a remarkable album ... very mature, a rich blend of influences ranging from raw Punk through Led Zeppelin to Country and Metal. Superb songwriting, flawless execution ... what more can you ask?
Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Between The Buried And Me - Colors 2007
8.9
Avant-Garde Prog Extreme Metal
I really like the album, but somehow many of the aggressive metalcore parts seem a bit unnecessary to me ... which is a pity, because the album contains some brilliant and unusual approaches to songwriting, and - as usual - musicianship and production are superb.
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Review by Mike 16 years ago <Permalink>
Radiohead - In Rainbows 2007
8.8
Minimalistic Experimental Prog Post Rock/Independent
I'm writing this review as I listen to the album on my record player ... the vinyl edition is amazing, even topping the limited edition of Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet. Interestingly the vinyls are 45 rpm (and 180gr which goes without saying) which is usually only found in audiophile circles. Musically the album is quite strong, with a definitive move towards Post Rock. Overall its quite dark and moody, but also harmonically diverse and an eclectic range of rhythms, sounds etc..
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Comment by Mike 16 years ago
The Flower Kings - The Sum of No Evil 2007
7.6
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
A solid album, but it's really just "more of the same". It's not progressive in the literal sense ... and I can't find any highlights.
Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Porcupine Tree - Nil Recurring 2007, EP
8.8
Eclectic Prog Rock
Very nice, especially the track "What Happen's Now?". I think they should have put that on the regular FoaBP release as a last track - it works brilliantly as a reprise of Anesthetize.
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Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Frank Zappa - Make A Jazz Noise Here 1991, Live
9.1
Avant-Garde Prog Rock
This album is definitely *the* Zappa live album when it comes to Jazz ... I think it's much better than his Jazz studio albums (e.g. Jazz From Hell) because there's so much improvisation going on here and everything's top notch: musicianship, composition, production, mood, experimentality ...
Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Big Big Train - The Difference Machine 2007
8.5
Symphonic Prog Rock
Wow! This is really blowing me away ... my favorite Symphonic Prog Rock album of this year so far. It's really diverse - Gazpacho, Frost, The Tangent, Flower Kings all come to mind - yet they've found a very unique and interesting approach of combining these influences.
Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Jordan Rudess - The Road Home 2007
8.3
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Very well done ... not just Jordan, but all the other musicians involved. Cover albums aren't usually scoring too high in my book, but this is nearly perfect ... the mother of all prog covers if you will.
Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Adrian Belew - Coming Attractions 2000, Best Of
8.4
Experimental Prog Rock/Pop
What's with Mr. Belew's strange interest for the animal kingdom? It's not that I mind ... he mimicks animal sounds with his guitar - which we already know from his recordings with King Crimson (Dinosaur etc.) - like no other musician did before. It's all a bit dissonant and hardly accessible for your typical fan of Disney type animal-related stuff (e.g. Lion King), but this should be a quite entertaining listening experience for people who are into the avant-garde side of things.
Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Savatage - The Wake Of Magellan 1997
8.2
Prog Metal/Rock
I enjoy listening to the album, but somehow it leaves me cold. It seems strangely dispassionate to me ... but musically it's quite good, American style power/heavy metal on the lighter side combined with modern neo prog (Arena comes to mind).
Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Abigail's Ghost - Selling Insincerity 2006
6.5
Neo Prog-Related Rock
This album reminds me a lot of mid 90s Porcupine Tree combined with Neo Prog ... good music, good production, but not *that* original.
Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Era Vulgaris - What Stirs Within 2007
7.4
Experimental Prog Thrash Metal
I'm not quite sure what to make of this ... the vocals are Sludge/Doom, the music is mostly Thrash with some melodic twin leads (Power Metal) and a few Doom Metal parts, the whole album is moderately experimental. The band produced the album all by themselves - way to go!
Comment by Mike 16 years ago
Danny Gatton - 88 Elmira St. 1991
7.5
Instrumental Non-Prog Blues/Country
This is quite an anachronistical experience ... the music sounds just like the album cover suggests - 50s/60s twang, without modern influences. Only the interesting cover of the Simpsons Theme reminds you that this was actually recorded in the 90s ...
Comment by Mike 16 years ago
King Diamond - Give Me Your Soul ... Please 2007
7.8
Heavy Prog-Related Power Metal
A very good mix of traditional ("old school") heavy metal, power metal and of course a good deal of weirdness which is expressed mainly by the use of eerie background vocals (falsetto) with strange harmonic structures.
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