User Page: PowerWyrm

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Comment by PowerWyrm 11 months ago
Katatonia - City of Burials 2020
9.8
Prog-Related Metal
Gorgeous album. My favorite of the last 20 years.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 4 years ago
Therion - Beloved Antichrist 2018
8.4
Orchestral Prog-Related Metal
Very ambitious project to make a 3-hour rock opera. Definitely too long...
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Comment by PowerWyrm 5 years ago
Adagio - Life 2017
9.8
Neo Classical Prog Metal
Back to the style of the first two albums. 2017's masterpiece.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 6 years ago
Alcest - Kodama 2016
9.3
Atmospheric Prog Post Black Metal
One step forward... and now two steps back. After delivering some very atmospheric post rock on the last album, the band went back to the mix of post black metal/shoegaze of Ecailles de Lune. Still a very strong album, but not my favorite.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 7 years ago
Saviour Machine - Legend Part III:II 2011
9.7
Middle-Eastern Orchestral Prog Metal
Too bad this (sort of demo) album was never released properly. From what I see from this rough mix, it was indeed their best album.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 8 years ago
Opeth - Pale Communion 2014
8.9
Prog Rock
My least favorite album since Deliverance. Seems that the growls are gone, but the songs have become more cheesy. Had to wait for the final track to find the Opeth I really like.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 8 years ago
My Dying Bride - The Vaulted Shadows 2014, Compilation
9.1
Prog-Related Doom Metal
A compilation of the two EPs "The Barghest O'Whitby" and "The Manuscript". Classic depressive doom(death).
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Comment by PowerWyrm 8 years ago
Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere 2014
9.0
Prog Post Metal
A mix of the heavier stuff (Marrow) and the old stuff (Mantle, White), with a lot of acoustic/instrumental interludes. A good surprise.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 8 years ago
Manowar - Kings of Metal MMXIV 2014
6.5
Non-Prog True Metal
A re-recording of the 1988 classic. Unfortunately, light years away from the original...
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Comment by PowerWyrm 8 years ago
Agalloch - Pale Folklore 1999
9.2
Prog Post Extreme Metal
I've completely overlooked this album when I discovered the band, probably because I started with Dead Winter Days and hated the harsh vocals. But the rest of this album is marvelous, and I'm glad I fixed the mistake...
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Review by PowerWyrm 8 years ago <Permalink>
Peste Noire - L'Ordure à l'état Pur 2011
8.5
Medieval Prog-Related Punk/Metal
Medieval black metal band Peste Noire delivers here a very controversial album. The dark lyrics based on medieval poems have been replaced here by political pamphlets around very modern subjects: ecology, social fracture, civil war... The music, quite far from their black metal roots, is an eclectic mix of punk/rock, ska, french folk, eurodance and avant-garde metal. Vocals alternate between male and female, clean, spoken, growls, carnivalesque... It's a mess, but a good mess. Most funny album I've listened in ages.
Review by PowerWyrm 9 years ago <Permalink>
Annihilator - Feast 2013
7.0
Non-Prog Thrash Metal
Nice gory cover art... so did Annihilator move to death metal? Not really... In fact, it's probably their most balanced album since All For You.

Okay there are still a lot of fast paced thrash metal songs, but that's the trademark of Annihilator since the first day. However, this time, the band added more melodic songs ("No Surrender", "One Falls, Two Rise"), a ballad ("Perfect Angel Eyes"), even the guitar interludes are back. In the end, an enjoyable album.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 9 years ago
Ulver - Messe I.X-VI.X 2013
9.5
Minimalistic Prog Post Rock
The sadest music I've listened in ages... Mimimalistic electronica backed up with a classical orchestra. Almost a requiem.
Comment by PowerWyrm 9 years ago
Orphaned Land - All Is One 2013
9.8
Middle-Eastern Prog Metal
This is their most melodic album to date. Shorter songs, less metallic, with the middle-eastern parts put in front. One of the best albums of the year...
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Comment by PowerWyrm 9 years ago
Black Sabbath - 13 2013
9.7
Non-Prog Doom Metal/Rock
Monstruously produced and doomy as ever! However, this clearly sounds like a swansong...
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Comment by PowerWyrm 9 years ago
Amorphis - Circle 2013
9.6
Prog-Related Extreme Metal
A step back from the previous albums. Less folkish, more metal-oriented. But still very enjoyable...
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Comment by PowerWyrm 9 years ago
Mono - For My Parents 2012
9.9
Instrumental Prog Post Rock
For all the parents in the world: we love you. And what better way to say it than with this gorgeous melancholic album.
Comment by PowerWyrm 10 years ago
Kong - Merchants Of Air 2012
8.2
Instrumental Experimental Prog Metal
Good rocking instrumental progressive metal. A bit repetitive for me... but still a solid album.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 10 years ago
My Dying Bride - A Map Of All Our Failures 2012
8.9
Prog-Related Doom Metal
In the vein of their last albums. Not bad, but after Evinta or even The Barghest O'Whitby, the songs lack originality...
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Review by PowerWyrm 10 years ago <Permalink>
Cradle of Filth - Midnight In The Labyrinth 2012, Compilation
9.3
Orchestral Non-Prog Rock
If like me you're someone that loves Cradle of Filth's music but hates the unbearable vocals they use... then this album is for you. A collection of re-recorded songs from their first albums in orchestral versions with only female vocals and male narration. No blastbeats. And no shrieks!

I just regret a few things: no "Bathory Aria" (maybe it was too long or already orchestrated enough in the original version), a pointless second disc (instrumental versions of tracks from the first disc that were already 80% instrumental), and only one new song (Goetia - clearly the worst of everything on the disc).

For sure, after listening to this record and checking the original versions, unless you're a hardcore black metal fan, you will find them quite horrible.
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Therion - Leviathan
 #1
9.4
Orchestral Prog-Related Metal
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Therion - Leviathan 2021
 20 days ago
9.4
Orchestral Prog-Related Metal
Ulver - Flowers of Evil 2020
 one month ago
9.6
Prog Post Rock/Independent
Leaves' Eyes - The Last Viking 2020
 2 months ago
8.7
Nordic Orchestral Non-Prog Extreme Metal
Ne Obliviscaris - Portal of I 2012
 7 months ago
8.5
Prog Extreme Metal
Joe Satriani - Shapeshifting 2020
 9 months ago
9.2
Instrumental Prog-Related Metal
Katatonia - City of Burials 2020
 11 months ago
9.8
Prog-Related Metal
Paradise Lost - Obsidian 2020
 12 months ago
9.3
Non-Prog Doom Metal
Green Carnation - Leaves of Yesteryear 2020
 2 years ago
9.9
Prog Post Metal
Testament - Titans of Creation 2020
 2 years ago
6.5
Non-Prog Thrash Metal
Nightwish - Human. :||: Nature. 2020
 2 years ago
9.6
Symphonic Prog Metal
Pearl Jam - Gigaton 2020
 2 years ago
9.5
Non-Prog Grunge
My Dying Bride - The Ghost of Orion 2020
 2 years ago
9.2
Prog-Related Doom Metal
Noekk - Waltzing in Obscurity 2019
 2 years ago
9.8
Prog Post Rock
Tool - Fear Inoculum 2019
 2 years ago
9.7
Prog Metal
Blind Guardian - Legacy of the Dark Lands 2019
 2 years ago
9.9
Orchestral Neo Classical Prog-Related Rock
Annihilator - Ballistic, Sadistic 2019
 2 years ago
5.5
Non-Prog Thrash Metal
Opeth - In Cauda Venenum 2019
 2 years ago
8.2
Prog Metal
Tarja - In the Raw 2019
 2 years ago
8.9
Symphonic Non-Prog Metal
Alcest - Spiritual Instinct 2019
 2 years ago
9.6
Atmospheric Prog Post Metal
(The Lord Weird) Slough Feg - New Organon 2019
 2 years ago
9.5
Retro Non-Prog Metal
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