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    Posted: January 15 2014 at 10:28
Lets hope so, I love Prog Metal but I am a Neo Prog fan more. My teenage years were around the time of IQ, Marillion, Pendragon, Twelfth Night and Galahad  the list can go on.... to name a few were up and coming and appearing on the Friday Rock Show etc.
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It Bites are still neo after all these years.
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Want to get my hands on this one. I did enjoy their first album 'Milliontown' and John Mitchell as a guitarist I think I'd put in my top 10 of all time favourites. Very very good player. One of Neo's best.
Nice to see it made your list for 2013 as well, Richard. Sorry the year hasn't been as good as the last for you, but it sounds like 'The Rockfield files' put a smile on your face.

cheers Nicholas, yep its been an ok year for me but then I simply don't have enough time or money to sift through everything out there. To some extent The Three Monks and Frost pulled the year back for me. Add possibly my favourite Spocks Beard album to date and Steven Wilson's superb album then perhaps I am being a bit overly down on the year. Some decent debuts as well  from Fright Pig , Sound Of Contact and Lifesigns. Did I say it was not  a great yearCoolLOL



And a big cheers you, Richard! Merry Christmas as well!
I'm glad to see and hear that 2013 gave you a few great spins...I think it's been an exceptional year for Neo Prog releases as well. I think one of the better Neo albums this year was Cosmograf's The Man Left In Space and T's Psychoanorexia. Catch ya in 2014 where I know and will be talking about IQ's upcoming new abum.
I think it's gonna be great, but FREQUENCY will be very tough to top!

IQ are always reliable so should be good although this will be the first album without any influence from Martin Orford so would be interesting to see if there is going to be a change of direction away from their signature sound. Would they risk it?! Ok probably not.Cool
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I sense no fear and no risk. IQ has a formula and its working. I think our little Neo hearts are in for it real good.
I would hope the next album would be a good blend between Frequency and The Seventh House.
Looking forward to another 13-14min epic. :)
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IQ are always reliable so should be good although this will be the first album without any influence from Martin Orford so would be interesting to see if there is going to be a change of direction away from their signature sound. Would they risk it?! Ok probably not.Cool

Probably won't but probably should!

The band has nothing to lose, and now would be the perfect opportunity for them to defiantly surprise us. `Frequency' offered little glimpses of what a new keyboard player could offer, while still playing it safe and not shaking the Orford sound too much.

But whatever they offer, one thing is for sure, they've never put out a single lousy album (everyone can argue amongst themselves over the merits or lack of of `Nomzamo' and `..Sitting Comfortably' if they like), so I doubt they'll disappoint us this time. They don't feel the need to drop an allbum every single year, they take their time crafting their work, to amazing results!


Great, optimistic attitude mr. Michael. I'm sure things are gonna materialize very well in the studio, and some familiar players are back into the fold. I'm especially excited about having Tim Esau on bass while Paul Cookieman returns to the snare throne. I'm very excited and yes it is my most anticipated release of 2014.
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Originally posted by richardh

IQ are always reliable so should be good although this will be the first album without any influence from Martin Orford so would be interesting to see if there is going to be a change of direction away from their signature sound. Would they risk it?! Ok probably not.Cool

Probably won't but probably should!

The band has nothing to lose, and now would be the perfect opportunity for them to defiantly surprise us. `Frequency' offered little glimpses of what a new keyboard player could offer, while still playing it safe and not shaking the Orford sound too much.

But whatever they offer, one thing is for sure, they've never put out a single lousy album (everyone can argue amongst themselves over the merits or lack of of `Nomzamo' and `..Sitting Comfortably' if they like), so I doubt they'll disappoint us this time. They don't feel the need to drop an allbum every single year, they take their time crafting their work, to amazing results!
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Frost - The Rockfield Files



Want to get my hands on this one. I did enjoy their first album 'Milliontown' and John Mitchell as a guitarist I think I'd put in my top 10 of all time favourites. Very very good player. One of Neo's best.
Nice to see it made your list for 2013 as well, Richard. Sorry the year hasn't been as good as the last for you, but it sounds like 'The Rockfield files' put a smile on your face.

cheers Nicholas, yep its been an ok year for me but then I simply don't have enough time or money to sift through everything out there. To some extent The Three Monks and Frost pulled the year back for me. Add possibly my favourite Spocks Beard album to date and Steven Wilson's superb album then perhaps I am being a bit overly down on the year. Some decent debuts as well  from Fright Pig , Sound Of Contact and Lifesigns. Did I say it was not  a great yearCoolLOL



And a big cheers you, Richard! Merry Christmas as well!
I'm glad to see and hear that 2013 gave you a few great spins...I think it's been an exceptional year for Neo Prog releases as well. I think one of the better Neo albums this year was Cosmograf's The Man Left In Space and T's Psychoanorexia. Catch ya in 2014 where I know and will be talking about IQ's upcoming new abum.
I think it's gonna be great, but FREQUENCY will be very tough to top!

IQ are always reliable so should be good although this will be the first album without any influence from Martin Orford so would be interesting to see if there is going to be a change of direction away from their signature sound. Would they risk it?! Ok probably not.Cool





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Frost - The Rockfield Files



Want to get my hands on this one. I did enjoy their first album 'Milliontown' and John Mitchell as a guitarist I think I'd put in my top 10 of all time favourites. Very very good player. One of Neo's best.
Nice to see it made your list for 2013 as well, Richard. Sorry the year hasn't been as good as the last for you, but it sounds like 'The Rockfield files' put a smile on your face.

cheers Nicholas, yep its been an ok year for me but then I simply don't have enough time or money to sift through everything out there. To some extent The Three Monks and Frost pulled the year back for me. Add possibly my favourite Spocks Beard album to date and Steven Wilson's superb album then perhaps I am being a bit overly down on the year. Some decent debuts as well  from Fright Pig , Sound Of Contact and Lifesigns. Did I say it was not  a great yearCoolLOL



And a big cheers you, Richard! Merry Christmas as well!
I'm glad to see and hear that 2013 gave you a few great spins...I think it's been an exceptional year for Neo Prog releases as well. I think one of the better Neo albums this year was Cosmograf's The Man Left In Space and T's Psychoanorexia. Catch ya in 2014 where I know and will be talking about IQ's upcoming new abum.
I think it's gonna be great, but FREQUENCY will be very tough to top!
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Frost - The Rockfield Files



Want to get my hands on this one. I did enjoy their first album 'Milliontown' and John Mitchell as a guitarist I think I'd put in my top 10 of all time favourites. Very very good player. One of Neo's best.
Nice to see it made your list for 2013 as well, Richard. Sorry the year hasn't been as good as the last for you, but it sounds like 'The Rockfield files' put a smile on your face.

cheers Nicholas, yep its been an ok year for me but then I simply don't have enough time or money to sift through everything out there. To some extent The Three Monks and Frost pulled the year back for me. Add possibly my favourite Spocks Beard album to date and Steven Wilson's superb album then perhaps I am being a bit overly down on the year. Some decent debuts as well  from Fright Pig , Sound Of Contact and Lifesigns. Did I say it was not  a great yearCoolLOL


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Frost - The Rockfield Files



Want to get my hands on this one. I did enjoy their first album 'Milliontown' and John Mitchell as a guitarist I think I'd put in my top 10 of all time favourites. Very very good player. One of Neo's best.
Nice to see it made your list for 2013 as well, Richard. Sorry the year hasn't been as good as the last for you, but it sounds like 'The Rockfield files' put a smile on your face.
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Richard, just about everyone I know loves the Comedy of Errors one, but to me it was the dud of the year. Certainly pleasant, melodic and upbeat, but so wishy washy I thought Charlie Brown was playing on it! It grew on me a little, but it's so squeaky clean I want to roll around in mud after I listen to it!

But even some of my good friends like Tom Ozric and Nick rate it very highly, so clearly I'm the one with the problem!

The most recent by Flamborough Head from a few months ago sits right at the top of Neo for me, check out Tsizrmay's (I bet I got that name wrong lol!) review from a few days ago, he totally praised it far better than I could have!
A lot of neo prog can be like that though. Someone once used the description 'polite' which is often very apt
I haven't heard of Flamborough Head but I've made a mental note to check them out.Thumbs Up


Certainly it's worth checking out an album that's worth 5 missing Rolex's!!!
E-Bay is pretty good for album prices by them...at least where I live though.
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I've got an album (which I bought at the exact time as those Twin Age albums) called `When Silence Will Be Unbearable' from 1996 by a band called Taliesyn. They're not on the Prog Archives, and there's barely a trace of them on the net, but they almost fit that same description you mentioned above - Neo-prog metal - with a ton of keyboards, crunchy riffs and a distinctive female singer! I think you in particular would really go for them! 70's Genesis with a harder grunt and a tough female singer. I'll have to see if I can find any clips of it.

Perhaps I should consider getting them added to the Archives, it's a fine little album!


 
This band was added to progfreak (in Prog Metal - 'discuss') by Thanos 4 months ago: http://progfreak.com/Taliesyn-157347.html?path=pa/recent. They have never been proposed for addition on here by a forum member as far as I know, but I have the CD on order, and if nothing develops within the next couple of weeks I'll try creating a thread for them in the New Suggestions forum. As you say though - not much info available for them at the moment apart from "Taliesyn is a Progressive Metal band from Duderstadt/Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, formed in 1993", and a list of the band members! Theyre on proggnosis though, as well as MMA: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_DETAIL.aspx?AID=3197, so I think they definitely need to be properly evaluated. Thumbs Up

Wow, David, this came out of the blue! I hope you have been able to track down the CD, the artwork is wonderful, and I still think they were quite a cool band! A bit rough around the edges in places, but they had definitie potential! I'll go dig the CD out for a fresh spin myself! Please keep in touch about it, and maybe we can organise about a proper proposal on the Forum!


Magic mike. I still don't know how you got one of those Twin Age albums. God...they are impossible to find and yes their isn't a whole lot of info on them. I really like them. Think they could have been huge like Twelfth Night if Geoff Mann didn't die. :(
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Originally posted by yam yam


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I've got an album (which I bought at the exact time as those Twin Age albums) called `When Silence Will Be Unbearable' from 1996 by a band called Taliesyn. They're not on the Prog Archives, and there's barely a trace of them on the net, but they almost fit that same description you mentioned above - Neo-prog metal - with a ton of keyboards, crunchy riffs and a distinctive female singer! I think you in particular would really go for them! 70's Genesis with a harder grunt and a tough female singer. I'll have to see if I can find any clips of it.

Perhaps I should consider getting them added to the Archives, it's a fine little album!


 
This band was added to progfreak (in Prog Metal - 'discuss') by Thanos 4 months ago: http://progfreak.com/Taliesyn-157347.html?path=pa/recent. They have never been proposed for addition on here by a forum member as far as I know, but I have the CD on order, and if nothing develops within the next couple of weeks I'll try creating a thread for them in the New Suggestions forum. As you say though - not much info available for them at the moment apart from "Taliesyn is a Progressive Metal band from Duderstadt/Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, formed in 1993", and a list of the band members! Theyre on proggnosis though, as well as MMA: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_DETAIL.aspx?AID=3197, so I think they definitely need to be properly evaluated. Thumbs Up

Wow, David, this came out of the blue! I hope you have been able to track down the CD, the artwork is wonderful, and I still think they were quite a cool band! A bit rough around the edges in places, but they had definitie potential! I'll go dig the CD out for a fresh spin myself! Please keep in touch about it, and maybe we can organise about a proper proposal on the Forum!
Yeah - the CD is on its way to me. As soon as it lands I'll upload the first and last tracks to YouTube so we've something pretty to put in the thread (and something for any visitors to listen to...), I'll speak to Thanos about any plans he may have for an evaluation in PM (I would think it fairly unlikely that the band will go far in that sub), and we'll hopefully sort something out from there. Smile
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Richard, just about everyone I know loves the Comedy of Errors one, but to me it was the dud of the year. Certainly pleasant, melodic and upbeat, but so wishy washy I thought Charlie Brown was playing on it! It grew on me a little, but it's so squeaky clean I want to roll around in mud after I listen to it!

But even some of my good friends like Tom Ozric and Nick rate it very highly, so clearly I'm the one with the problem!

The most recent by Flamborough Head from a few months ago sits right at the top of Neo for me, check out Tsizrmay's (I bet I got that name wrong lol!) review from a few days ago, he totally praised it far better than I could have!

A lot of neo prog can be like that though. Someone once used the description 'polite' which is often very apt

I haven't heard of Flamborough Head but I've made a mental note to check them out.Thumbs Up


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I never even knew that neoprog was dead! I suppose I need to keep up to date on things like this.

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^ He He, sophisticated selfpromo spamming. I should learn from that

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Originally posted by yam yam


Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother

I've got an album (which I bought at the exact time as those Twin Age albums) called `When Silence Will Be Unbearable' from 1996 by a band called Taliesyn. They're not on the Prog Archives, and there's barely a trace of them on the net, but they almost fit that same description you mentioned above - Neo-prog metal - with a ton of keyboards, crunchy riffs and a distinctive female singer! I think you in particular would really go for them! 70's Genesis with a harder grunt and a tough female singer. I'll have to see if I can find any clips of it.

Perhaps I should consider getting them added to the Archives, it's a fine little album!


 
This band was added to progfreak (in Prog Metal - 'discuss') by Thanos 4 months ago: http://progfreak.com/Taliesyn-157347.html?path=pa/recent. They have never been proposed for addition on here by a forum member as far as I know, but I have the CD on order, and if nothing develops within the next couple of weeks I'll try creating a thread for them in the New Suggestions forum. As you say though - not much info available for them at the moment apart from "Taliesyn is a Progressive Metal band from Duderstadt/Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, formed in 1993", and a list of the band members! Theyre on proggnosis though, as well as MMA: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_DETAIL.aspx?AID=3197, so I think they definitely need to be properly evaluated. Thumbs Up

Wow, David, this came out of the blue! I hope you have been able to track down the CD, the artwork is wonderful, and I still think they were quite a cool band! A bit rough around the edges in places, but they had definitie potential! I'll go dig the CD out for a fresh spin myself! Please keep in touch about it, and maybe we can organise about a proper proposal on the Forum!
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When Fripp and Hackett got out they were new and I first learned music in those years. DT and Meshuggah were inspiration for 90's kids and today's new players see them as foundation where the progression starts. The future is something we can not see today. Make a 70's style prog song and it's regression. Of course, there's always demand for that too. What is prog now is a standard tomorrow. Here's something I quite don't understand, but again, young players see things differently. Check out this:

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Will 2014 be the rebirth of Symphonic Prog?
Anglagard, Discipline, SB, TFK, Echolyn, and the rest, are all showing signs of melodicness. 
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