Category: Neo-Prog

Opeth – Heritage

      Thom Jurek: ‘Heritage, Opeth’s tenth studio offering, finds the Swedish band abandoning death metal: no growled vocals, no blistering fast power riffs, no blastbeats. Mixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) and engineered by Janne Hansson, Opeth – Heritage is easily Opeth’s most musically adventurous — and indulgent — recording. Written […]

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Frost* – Milliontown

Frost* – Milliontown Prograrchives: ‘Simply put, a marvelous release. I can help use only superlatives for this debut album. Excellent musicianship, originality and freshness in aboundance in both rythm, arrangements and melodies, highly solid songwriting, and probably the best production I ever heard. The impression throughout the entire album is to be in the hands […]

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Pendragon – The Masquerade Overture

Pendragon – The Masquerade Overture Prognut from Progarchives: ‘Modern Symphonic Progressive Rock as it’s best. This is the ONE to get if you are new to Pendragon. Their best to date. From the beautiful pastoral “Paintbox”, to the Symphonic “Shadow” into the neo-prog “Master of Illusion”. The musicianship is just fantastic. Nick Barrett gives enough […]

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Steven Wilson – Hand Cannot Erase

Steven Wilson Hand Cannot Erase Thom Jurek: ‘In January of 2006, the remains of Joyce Carol Vincent, aged 38, were discovered in her London flat. She died in her apartment in late 2003, surrounded by undelivered Christmas presents. She was described as outgoing, attractive, and ambitious by neighbors, friends, and family, but somehow wasn’t missed. […]

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Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing

Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing       Thom Jurek ‘Over the past decade, Steven Wilson’s relationship with prog rock over has grown increasingly intimate. He previewed a killer new band on the live album Get All You Deserve — woodwind/multi-instrumentalist Theo Travis, keyboardist Adam Holzman, session bass and stick player […]

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Anekdoten – Until All the Ghosts Are Gone

Anekdoten – Until All the Ghosts Are Gone After their first two albums, very much in the style of King Crimson with some heavy Progressive Rock sound, the band has drift away a bit, by bringing down their sound with more peaceful songs on their last albums. The music contain that melancholic feel with long […]

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Gazpacho – Night

 Gazpacho – Night Progarchives: Reading the reviews and looking at the posts in several threads on Prog Archives, Gazpacho – Night is a killer CD that will be one of the highlights of 2007! Well, here is my analysis, track by track. 1. Dream of Stone (17:00) : This long composition sounds very compelling featuring […]

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Airbag – All Rights Removed

Airbag – All Rights Removed Progarchives: Norwegian band AIRBAG has been around in various incarnations for close to two decades by now, but the current version of the band sees 2005 as the formative year for their current endeavors. They issued their first album back in 2009 and, following two years of work, they reappeared […]

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Magic Pie – Motions of Desire

Magic Pie – Motions of Desire Prograrchives: 4,5 stars really ; One of the finest albums of 2005. “Magic Pie – Motions of Desire ” has nothing specific new to offer, it’s just that the music on this record is extremely enjoyable. The compositions are very well crafted, the melodies seem vivid and inspired and […]

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Spock’s Beard – The Light

Spock’s Beard – The Light Spock’s Beard – The Light is the 1995 debut album by American progressive rock band Spock’s Beard. The album features two different covers—one for its domestic release, and one for its European release. “The Light” has since become Spock’s Beard’s signature song. AMG Review:Spock’s Beard – The Light is the […]

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Unitopia – The Garden

Unitopia – The Garden Amazon.com: Australian prog rockers Unitopia are another well-respected new band signed by the leading Progressive Rock/Metal label InsideOut Music. Their 2-CD album, The Garden follows a general concept about life, doubts in oneself and death as one possible solution to escape. Unitopia s lyrics are full of engagement of their band […]

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Anathema – Weather Systems

Anathema – Weather Systems Anathema – Weather Systems is the ninth studio album of atmospheric rock band Anathema. Amazon.com: Anathema returns with Weather Systems, their 2012 studio album. the follow-up to We’re Here Because We’re Here. That album featured prominently in numerous end-of-year polls and the producer, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), has described it as […]

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