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Comment by Mike 17 years ago
Nevermore - Dead Heart, in a Dead World 2000
9.1
Technical Non-Prog Thrash Metal
One of the best modern metal albums ... nearly perfect in almost every aspect. Pure brilliance!
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death 2006
8.1
Non-Prog Metal
Many people are quite euphoric about this album - some even say that it's progressive. I don't think so ... they do pick up a lot of influences, including Dream Theater (usually it's the other way round). I think it works out, but it's not a brilliant release. I still prefer the classic releases from the early 80s ... true masterpieces, while this seems more like a rehash of all those albums while trying to sound modern.
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Blind Guardian - A Twist In The Myth 2006
8.2
Medieval Prog-Related Power Metal
I like the album, but I would have prefered a move back to the big concept and musical experimentality of Nightfall in Middle-Earth. Instead they chose to perfect the style they introduced on A Night at the Opera - an interesting mix of Power Metal, Folk and Queen-like vocal arrangements.
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Comment by Mike 17 years ago
Ayreon - The Human Equation 2004
8.8
Symphonic Prog Metal/Rock
What an amazing album! It's nearly perfect in every aspect. Compared to Into the Electric Castle it's a bit more polished and less experimental, but ItEC is not far behind. It's similarly to comparing Dream Theater - Scenes from a Memory and Dream Theater - Images & Words ... I simply can't decide!
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Frost - Milliontown 2006
8.3
Symphonic Neo Prog Rock
After the excellent release of The Tangent, this is another contender for best prog rock release of 2006 ... stunning musicianship, good balance between quirky parts and mellow songs, some weird - but not too weird - ideas, good vocals, excellent production, rock-solid songwriting.
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Becoming the Archetype - Terminate Damnation 2005
8.7
Technical Prog Extreme Metal
A very diverse album - extremely aggressive death growls and spacey drumless parts, and some really original riffs and styles.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Hammers of Misfortune - Locust Years 2006
8.7
Prog Metal
Awesome! It's difficult to put to words ... they manage to create a very unique sound. Driving, exciting metal, good vocals (mostly female), tasteful keyboards (mostly organ), and adventurous song structures both rhythmically and harmonically. They are quite original - I can't think of any other band with a similar sound.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea 2006
7.5
Free Form Experimental Prog Independent
There are these moments when you're listening to something and it alters or expands your perception of certain things. Well, listening to this album showed me that there are bands which are more experimental than some of the Avant-Prog stuff which I like so much. The Fiery Furnaces are not a Prog band, more like an experimental Independent band ... the album is a bit patchy, but the female vocals and keyboards create the necessary cohesion.

Only recommended for the fearless and open-minded listener!
Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Andy Timmons - Resolution 2006
7.9
Non-Prog Rock
Andy Timmons never sounded more like Satriani than on this album. It's decent, and some melodies are stunningly beautiful, as well as the tasteful Jazz voicings that he adds to the largely Blues/Rock dominated songs. It's not really an album for guitarists only ... if you like melodic instrumental Rock, then you won't be disappointed. It's just neither experimental nor progressive. Listening to the album I found myself craving a keyboard player many times ... but on the other hand a 3 piece band als has its appeal.
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Comment by Mike
Mannhai - Hellroad Caravan 2006
7.3
Retro Non-Prog Metal
I like the last track best - Stoner Metal with a symphonic touch. Unfortunately most songs on this album are Stoner Metal without any surprises ... occasionally they slow down the songs and get groovy/spacey, but not often enough for my taste.
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Comment by Mike
Muse - Black Holes and Revelations 2006
8.0
Non-Prog Rock
Wow, these guys are really ambitious. Although this is a Pop album first and foremost, they're adding an amazing number of different styles, from Spanish folklore to Stoner Metal. It's all very consistent though, and never patchy.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Mono - You Are There 2006
8.4
Japanese Instrumental Minimalistic Prog Post Rock
Mono are a Post Rock band par excellence. As far as I'm concerned they combine the best of all Post Rock styles ... the lush strings and symphonic elements of Sigur Rós, the Drone/Noise elements of GYBE, and some Alternative/Experimental influences. On this album there are no weak tracks, although the first track is a bit stretched out. My favorites are "Yearning" and "Moonlight" ... very diverse tracks which are Old School and innovative at the same time.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Saga - Trust 2006
7.6
Non-Prog Rock
This is my first exposure to Saga, and I enjoyed it. Most songs don't really grab me - they're kind of simplistic and (at least to me) not very interesting, but still decent. But a couple of songs are really nice, and more progressive than you would expect from a band that had their biggest hits in the 80s with a very much AOR/Stadium Rock oriented style. The good songs on this album reminded me much of Enchant, with a dose of (Non-Prog) Toto thrown in. Light Prog, but still!
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
X-Japan - Art of Life 1992, EP
7.3
Neo Non-Prog Power Metal
Listening to this nearly 30 minutes long epic left me with mixed feelings about this band. They are a Power/Speed Metal band, and they play in that fashion during about 50% of the track. There are progressive Power Metal bands, but X-Japan aren't one of them because they keep their Power Metal very simple most of the time, rhythmically and harmonically.

What makes this a progressive epic is the classical elements they add during the non-metal phases, most notably the excessive piano section from approx. 16:00 to 23:00.
Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Eidolon - The Parallel Otherworld 2006
7.8
Prog-Related Metal
This is a very pleasant listening experience for fans of Progressive Power Metal. There are some moments when the riffs remind a little too much of the obvious influences (see track comments) ... or where they dwell too long on one particular guitar riff, and you find yourself thinking about the skip button - but keep on listening, because it is good stuff.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Enslaved - Ruun 2006
8.7
Prog Extreme Metal
A very strong effort ... if you're new to Progressive Black Metal, then this might be a good starting point. It's not too revolutionary, but at least in three songs they manage to really leave the confinements of their base style, adding symphonic passages with a lot of guitar-based texturing and void of any drums, let alone blastbeats. I'm not sure about the necessity of the BM vocals though ... I much prefer the clean vocals, although I don't have a problem with growling in general.
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Review by Mike 17 years ago <Permalink>
Daedalus - Leading Far From A Mistake 2003
7.3
Prog-Related Metal
If you like technical prog metal (Early Dream Theater, Ice Age, Sieges Even) combined with a heavy dose of Italian Prog Rock, then this may be for you. It's a nice debut album by a young band, recorded with a small budget ... but the musicality is strong. They managed to really create interesting music, with the different moods and paces flowing organically. The vocalist is not on par with the others though, and currently (2006) they are recording a new album with a different man at the microphone.
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Comment by Mike
Black Sabbath - Sabotage 1975
7.3
Heavy Non-Prog Metal
It's an interesting album - it reminded me of Led Zeppelin, both the vocals and the occasional psychedelic effects. It's a little bit patchy, with a few short progressive songs (or parts of songs) and the majority rather plain heavy rock - which many people call an early form of heavy metal.
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Comment by Mike
Blind Guardian - Imaginations from the Other Side 1995
8.9
Heavy Prog-Related Power Metal
This is one of Blind Guardian's best efforts - if not THE best. It's a perfect blend of their raw Power Metal roots and the medieval, symphonic elements that came to full bloom on Nightfall in Middle-Earth ... another superb album, on which they lost a bit of their raw metal attitude.
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Comment by Mike
Sonata Arctica - Winterheart's Guild 2003
8.7
Non-Prog Speed Metal
These guys play FAST ... but also quite melodic. Their music is very classical, with lots of keyboard wizardry and cleverly constructed chord progressions, while maintaining a nice raw edge and drive. And of course they're not playing fast all the time ... they balance it out quite well with some ballads and poppish tunes.
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