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Poll Question: Where do you stand on prog metal?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stool Man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2019 at 06:45
Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

I rarely see any posts or polls about prog metal so was just wondering what most on here think of it.



If I remember rightly, this forum had shed loads of Prog Metal posts and fans about a decade ago.
Then they must have gone elsewhere or shut up.

I'm not a fan of it myself, but then I stopped being a teenager before Dream Theatre started
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2019 at 09:36
Originally posted by Stool Man Stool Man wrote:

Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

I rarely see any posts or polls about prog metal so was just wondering what most on here think of it.



If I remember rightly, this forum had shed loads of Prog Metal posts and fans about a decade ago.
Then they must have gone elsewhere or shut up.

I'm not a fan of it myself, but then I stopped being a teenager before Dream Theatre started

What does being a teen have to do with liking prog metal? LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote questionsneverknown Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2019 at 11:51
Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

I wonder if there's a correlation between age and those who like prog metal vs those who don't. 

Potentially, but not in my case, I don't think. 

I'm of that age where my first beloved bands were KISS, AC/DC, and Judas Priest. Rush led me away from metal toward prog (going backward toward Yes, ELP, King Crimson, etc.), while I was also absorbing punk and post-punk. I pretty much ignored most of what was going on in metal during the hey day of hair and thrash. 

In the last ten years, though, I'd say the music that has thrilled me the most has been in various forms of metal (from Gojira, Alcest, Opeth, Sleep and Zeal + Ardor, and on and on). 

In terms of what this site has specifically labeled as progressive metal, I can say I adore Riverside (seen them twice live now) but Dream Theater have never clicked for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote micky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2019 at 12:05
Originally posted by Stool Man Stool Man wrote:

Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

I rarely see any posts or polls about prog metal so was just wondering what most on here think of it.



If I remember rightly, this forum had shed loads of Prog Metal posts and fans about a decade ago.
Then they must have gone elsewhere or shut up.

I'm not a fan of it myself, but then I stopped being a teenager before Dream Theatre started

oh you remember correctly. This forum crawled with those acne scarred blue balled scum haha. They were tolerated for some time but I remember well...the tipping point.. it was the poll I saw one day.. 'Petrucci's favorite breakfast cereal'. On top of nearly every single prog poll on the first page.. being DT related.

needless to say .. I lost my sh*t LOL.. and mustered the AR thugs and Symphonic horsemen and let slip the dogs of war.... and we ran down every single f**king DT fan we saw..the innocent and weak of convinction were easily displosed of... the fun ones were those mouthy enough to resist.. and they were shot down in cold blood.

as you say.. good luck finding that stuff.  The admins blasted those and the bloodbath that resulted in the forum during that time.. and purged the forum of those thread just as efficiently and we did of their fans. Zapped into atomic dust man.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fischman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2019 at 15:02
I'm about to turn 55 and I love prog metal. I was well past teenhood when DT dropped Images and Words and all I could say was "Where have you been all my life?"
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Originally posted by Fischman Fischman wrote:

I'm about to turn 55 and I love prog metal. I was well past teenhood when DT dropped Images and Words and all I could say was "Where have you been all my life?"

Before you heard I&W were you already a fan of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Queensryche? I won't include Metallica because they were thrash but basically I'm just curious if you were already a bit of a metal head when you first got into Dream Theater.

Anyway, I don't like metal or prog metal all the time but sometimes it definitely hits the spot. I can imagine it being good music for when you are in a bad mood and need something a bit aggressive to listen to to calm your nerves maybe.


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Difficult for me to find a great prog metal masterpiece. I like it, but love symphonic or neo prog.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Prog Sothoth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2019 at 16:25
The whole "metal is for teenagers" deal has pretty much lost its luster through the decades. At a metal gig I went to recently, featuring black and death metal bands like Dark Funeral and Incantation, there was a fair amount of gray hair in the crowd. Hell, some of these bands consist of dudes in their fifties. 

As for young metal fans, the scuzzy weed-scented long-hair types of the 80's have gradually been being replaced by a much nerdier crowd, at least it seems that way.

Also, if you are physically fit, don't buy a metal shirt at a gig. It's like the shirt gets wider towards the lower half. I guess it makes sense given that the average metal fan is either too chubby or scrawny for well-formed shirts. In fact, the best bet is getting an XL girls shirt. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cristi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2019 at 03:15
none of this options suits my take on this genre. 
I like it generally but I've heard some godawful stuff as well (but then again I can say this about any genre LOL)
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Originally posted by Prog Sothoth Prog Sothoth wrote:

The whole "metal is for teenagers" deal has pretty much lost its luster through the decades. At a metal gig I went to recently, featuring black and death metal bands like Dark Funeral and Incantation, there was a fair amount of gray hair in the crowd. Hell, some of these bands consist of dudes in their fifties. 

As for young metal fans, the scuzzy weed-scented long-hair types of the 80's have gradually been being replaced by a much nerdier crowd, at least it seems that way.

Also, if you are physically fit, don't buy a metal shirt at a gig. It's like the shirt gets wider towards the lower half. I guess it makes sense given that the average metal fan is either too chubby or scrawny for well-formed shirts. In fact, the best bet is getting an XL girls shirt. 

I'm laughing because you're spot on LOLClap.

I played in the scene for years in and around Boston/Manchester, and you described it to a T. Most band shirts suck now because they use those dense, heavy AAA cotton T's that are like wearing an egg carton. I got to meet Incantation a couple years back at MDF, great guys!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Arnulf Floyd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2019 at 08:41
I personally I am not so much in metal except Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Megadeth and Alice in Chains. I am a rock music lover. Symphonic prog, eclectic prog and heavy prog are my cup of tea on prog side
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2019 at 11:07
Originally posted by Arnulf Floyd Arnulf Floyd wrote:

I personally I am not so much in metal except Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Megadeth and Alice in Chains. I am a rock music lover. Symphonic prog, eclectic prog and heavy prog are my cup of tea on prog side

None of those bands are typically considered prog metal although imo IM and Metallica have had prog elements and moments at times. I can't really speak to JP but apparently they have as well(but maybe not to the same extent). 
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