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    Posted: June 24 2013 at 21:04
Ray Bennett and Colin Carter have revised "Flash," forty years (!) after their last LP!  They are getting extensive airplay in Europe, and many excellent reviews.  This is a very good review:


I reviewed this CD as four out of five, as it doesn't have the technical prowess on electric guitar that I like to hear.  
However, Bennett is no slouch, and he picks up bass guitar as well....I always considered him up with Squire, Strater and other masters of the Rickenbacker Bass back in the early 1970's.

I especially like how Carter's voice has matured over the years.  It's "smokier" and huskier now, and he's lost some of that annoying edge that he used to have on some songs.  I look forward to seeing them tour. 





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Big Big Train. English Electric, Part One and Two (released in 2012 and 2013) are fantastic.
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i agree- Riverside are making some of the best music they have ever made at this moment. Also Jaga Jazzist are peaking (see the bias with my profile picture)- some of the most innovative instrumental progressive jazz (not jazz rock) music. My personal, previous peaks were with Porcupine tree and Opeth around 2006/2007.

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I got to say, despite how consistent their whole entire career has been, Sigur Ros has been creating some of their best stuff in the more recent years, and they're coming out with a new one this June. And the fact they're getting so big now, it's great. I'm proud of them. I mean, they were on The Simpsons for christ sake. Like, that's awesome!
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Originally posted by Peter

Not me -- just ask my wife.

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Originally posted by Peter

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Phideaux have been there since 2007.
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They say that Riverside is finally hitting their maturity, though I've loved everything they've released.  I'll second Big Big Train (especially English Electric Part 1).  Haken, also, is on the way up.  Their next album (I hope) is gonna be killer---I don't even use that word!!
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Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad

While i like a lot on our list Rational Diet folded a couple of years ago with the former members becoming Five Storey Ensemble and Archestra. Antique Seeking Nuns have renamed themselves as Sanguine Hum and released two very good albums

Nice, I was wondering why ASN hadn't followed up their wonderful 2009 album. The Weight of the World is quite good, a bit more "streamlined" but the melodies are still rich. Five-Storey Ensemble is almost as good.


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I'm eagerly awaiting whatever Beardfish, Phideaux, and Moon Safari put out, I think they're all pretty popular. 
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Originally posted by King Crimson776

Including some good newcomers: Ciccada, Neal Morse (in some ways, Testimony 2 is his greatest for me), Luca Scherani, TEE, Lalle Larsson, Sunchild, Kotebel, Polite Refusal, Nick Magnus, Sky Architect, Unitopia, ARC, Kubusschnitt, David Minasian, Rational Diet, Helmet of Gnats, Nemo, Comedy of Errors, Accordo Dei Contrari, Abrete Gandul, When, La Coscienza di Zeno, Haken, Violeta de Outono, Inner Ear Brigade, I and Thou, Lifesigns, Henry Fool


Somewhat less recent: Miriodor, Tempano, Thieves' Kitchen, Cast, DFA, Abel Ganz, Martin Orford, Jannick Top, Big Big Train, 5bridgeS, The Box, Bernd Kistenmacher, Gösta Berlings Saga, Antique Seeking Nuns, Ageness, Cheer-Accident, Taylor's Universe, Beardfish, Panzerballett, Simon Steensland, Moonrise, Outer Limits, Moth Vellum, Hiromi, Viima (2006, as far back as I'll go)

Great second winds: Echolyn, Steven Wilson (not big on the last two from PT), Spock's Beard, It Bites, Thinking Plague, Univers Zero


They just keep being good: Steve Hackett, Peter Hammill, Mike Keneally, Kate Bush


While i like a lot on our list Rational Diet folded a couple of years ago with the former members becoming Five Storey Ensemble and Archestra. Antique Seeking Nuns have renamed themselves as Sanguine Hum and released two very good albums

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popular: Big Big Train, Steven Wilson, Beardfish, Swans, Anathema, Katatonia, Marillion, loads of stoner/psychedelic/doom stuff

musically interesting: Discipline, Big Big Train, Anathema, Beardfish, Echolyn, Vespero
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Let's see...

- There's a bunch of bands who've been chugging on for ages and who previously hadn't impressed me (or, going by ratings, the rest of the prog community) very much who at some point in the past few years suddenly got locked on to a good thing. Galahad, Big Big Train, Gazpacho, Phideaux from Doomsday Afternoon onwards, Final Conflict - I'd say all those guys are hot commodities right now.

- IQ have had a run of absolutely incredible albums since Ever, although when your run of top-notch albums lasts for over a decade I think it's past time to stop calling it a "peak" and start calling it a "plateau". Likewise, whilst I think Discipline's latest is incredible, it isn't really a peak because they've never produced a bad album.
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Some bands will 'peak' more than once but for me I think IQ has never been better yet some think they peaked on Ever.
But I think their last 2 cd's are the best work they have done.
I also think Wobbler is reaching their stride with Rites At Dawn....
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I would like to say that Beardfish is absolutely at the top of their game.  I am listening to their new album The Void nonstop in my car, and I highly recommend it.  When it first came out, I did not get it since it was so different.  It really hit me hard in 2013, and I think it could be their best.  I am a relatively new Beardfish fan, but they have become one of my favorites.

Frequency Drift is just amazing and their last two albums should be in everyone's playlist.  I think the new Riverside album is their best.  The new Spock's Beard album is their best since Neal left the band.  I think Kaipa deserves a mention for producing solid consistent output, and their last two albums are excellent.  Anubis has a new album coming out and their two previous efforts are excellent.

I will second many of the obvious choices like Anathema, Big Big Train, Echolyn, The Flower Kings, White Willow, Sigur Ros, Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett, Sylvan, Gazpacho, and Marillion.


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Including some good newcomers: Ciccada, Neal Morse (in some ways, Testimony 2 is his greatest for me), Luca Scherani, TEE, Lalle Larsson, Sunchild, Kotebel, Polite Refusal, Nick Magnus, Sky Architect, Unitopia, ARC, Kubusschnitt, David Minasian, Rational Diet, Helmet of Gnats, Nemo, Comedy of Errors, Accordo Dei Contrari, Abrete Gandul, When, La Coscienza di Zeno, Haken, Violeta de Outono, Inner Ear Brigade, I and Thou, Lifesigns, Henry Fool


Somewhat less recent: Miriodor, Tempano, Thieves' Kitchen, Cast, DFA, Abel Ganz, Martin Orford, Jannick Top, Big Big Train, 5bridgeS, The Box, Bernd Kistenmacher, Gösta Berlings Saga, Antique Seeking Nuns, Ageness, Cheer-Accident, Taylor's Universe, Beardfish, Panzerballett, Simon Steensland, Moonrise, Outer Limits, Moth Vellum, Hiromi, Viima (2006, as far back as I'll go)


Great second winds: Echolyn, Steven Wilson (not big on the last two from PT), Spock's Beard, It Bites, Thinking Plague, Univers Zero


They just keep being good: Steve Hackett, Peter Hammill, Mike Keneally, Kate Bush

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Peter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 28 2013 at 22:30
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Originally posted by Dayvenkirq

Originally posted by peart_lee_lifeson

I hate to say it, but Daniel Gildenlow's Pain of Salvation peaked around The Perfect Element / Remedy Lane in my opinion.  And, all the original members are no longer in the band.  But, I do still really enjoy their newer albums a lot.  Gildenlow has yet to disappoint me and his albums are the ones I look forward to the most.
And, all the original members are no longer in the band ... except DG.

Oops, duh. Confused
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Discipline. I love their latest, and I think the next couple of albums are going to be absolutely fantastic.

There are of course bands that never stop peaking, because they never released a dud. Here I am particularly thinking Dungen.

Edited by Guldbamsen - March 27 2013 at 21:24
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