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Progressive Metal definition

This category represents the core movement of what is called "Progressive Metal" in the literal sense. It is a subgenre of progressive rock as much as it is a subgenre of heavy metal, and this is how its sound is defined: a blend of heavy, guitar-oriented metal music enriched with compositional innovation and complex arrangements, usually expressed through diverse instrumentation and often (but not always) with odd-time signatures. Common, but not essential to define the movement, are the frequent use of keyboards, high-pitched vocals, concept lyrical themes and tracks of longer duration. Similar to progressive rock, progressive metal draws influences from other genres, such as jazz/fusion, ethnic, classical and symphonic music.

The Origins:
The heavy sound of some of the progressive rock bands of the 70's has been one of the building blocks on which progressive metal was raised. Progressive rock pioneers such as KING CRIMSON and RUSH have often been acclaimed as the main influences of progressive metal bands. The other major influence has been the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) movement, and especially the twin-guitar arrangements of IRON MAIDEN, which have left their stamp on the early stages of the genre's development.

The Pioneers:
Often (and not unjustifiably) referred to as the "Big Three" of progressive metal, QUEENSRYCHE, FATES WARNING and DREAM THEATER have set the scene of what was to follow in the movement. The defining era for the genre was the second half of the 80's, among QUEENSRYCHE's "The Warning" (1984) and (most explicitly) "Rage for Order" (1986) along with FATES WARNING's "Awaken the Guardian" (1986) and "No Exit" (1988) releases. The former evolved on their pure American power metal beginnings, while the latter refined their technical/NWOBHM-influenced metal into more progressive forms. Although producing demos since the mid-80's as MAJESTY, DREAM THEATER's first release came in 1989 with "A Dream and Day Unite". The innovative use of keyboards along with influences from American heavy/power metal and progressive rock produced an original blend which was to be further refined in 1992's "Images and Words", which until this day remains next to "Progressive Metal" definition in any musical dictionary.

Among the pioneers of the genre, but enjoying less success and popularity, were PSYCHOTIC WALTZ and SIEGES EVEN. The former were essentially playing progressive metal as ASLAN in the mid-80's and developed a highly eclectic sound in the 90's. The latter's debut classifies them among the European prog-thrash pioneers but their music evolved to more melodic patterns and heavily influenced by RUSH in the early 90's.


Progressive metal is difficult to further divide in sub-genres but a number of tendencies or movements have been critical to the evolvement of its sound.

Traditional Progressive Metal
The style developed by the pioneers was fully established in the 1990s and includes a range of bands from the two sides of the Atlantic. Good examples in this movement are SAVATAGE, who expanded their heavy metal beginnings with operatic and progressive elements in late 80's/early 90's, while SHADOW GALLERY and SYMPHONY X emerged with a unique sound, each embodying a strong theatrical, symphonic and melodic approach. In Europe, SOUL CAGES continued the legacy of SIEGES EVEN in a more artistic path.

Power-Progressive Metal (American style)
The legacy of RIOT (the counterpart of NWOBHM sound in USA) and the early releases of QUEENSRYCHE and FATES WARNING heavily influenced a number of bands that were to develop a common sound towards the late 80's. Among the well-known representatives of what is called American Power Metal (e.g. VICIOUS RUMORS, HELSTAR), a small number of bands enriched their sound with progressive and epic elements. Probably, the most obvious examples of this movement are CRIMSON GLORY and HEIR APPARENT.

Power-Progressive Metal (European style)
This category includes a broad range of bands that could sound fairly dissimilar to each other but their music is significantly influenced by the European Power Metal (primarily German) bands of the 80's (e.g. HELLOWEEN, RAGE, RUNNING WILD). The earliest examples are probably BLIND GUARDIAN, ANGRA (although Brazilian, their sound is mainly European) and CONCEPTION. Slightly later, VANDEN PLAS, ROYAL HUNT, ELDRITCH and LABYRINTH gave rise to the popularity of the genre in Germany, Denmark and Italy respectively. The symphonic and neo-classical elements (made popular by YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) also found their way through power metal with bands like RHAPSODY OF FIRE and NIGHTWISH, whose style does not qualify as being progressive for many people. Nevertheless their music is quite demanding to play and contains many elements of serious classical composition and form.

Modern Progressive Metal
The second half of the 90's and the early 00's also saw newly formed bands expanding the boundaries of Traditional Progressive Metal via a number of ways: introducing electronic/spacey elements, investing heavily in lyricality and/or syncopation and further rhythmical experimentation. Also the idea of thematically conceptual albums has returned in accord with the practices of the Progressive Metal pioneers. Well-known examples in this category are AYREON, PAIN OF SALVATION and RIVERSIDE.


--- Definition by Thanos and the Progressive Metal Team, January 2012 ---

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 Underworld by SYMPHONY X album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.00 | 26 ratings

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Underworld
Symphony X Progressive Metal

Review by AndyJ

3 stars Symphony X's 'Underworld' is an album I've been anticipating ever since the band first spoke about it last year. Four years is a long time to wait between albums, but Symphony X have never been a band to rush releases out on a yearly basis, particularly in the later part of their career. While I've been really anticipating this record, I've also been a little bit worried about what it might contain, particularly after hearing the two pre-release songs ('Without You' & 'Nevermore'). Not that those songs were bad, far from it, but it confirmed that the band were continuing on with their newer song writing style.

My favourite Symphony X albums are their earlier ones - there is no denying that starting with the 2006 'Paradise Lost' the band underwent a fairly massive change in their style and song-writing approach, moving away from longer symphonic progressive works to faster and much heavier 'progressive thrash' style. A lot of the songs and riffs from the band since 2006 could easily fit into a technical thrash or melodic death metal band. This 'heavier and faster' approach was really solidified with the 2011 album 'Iconoclaust' and is definitely carried forward with much of the music on 'Underworld'.

So what about this album then. Don't expect to hear 'The Odyssey' or 'Divine Wings Of Tragedy' on this disc. There aren't any 'epic' old-school Symphony X tracks on here, which is a shame but not unexpected. Frankly I don't think the band will ever write material like that again. To be honest this album isn't even all that progressive - its actually quite a straight forward metal album most of the way through.

What you get on 'Underworld' is utterly sensational guitar playing from Michael Romeo, one of the absolute finest modern guitar players on the planet today. Some of his riffs are utterly mind-bending - as a guitarist myself I can't even fathom how he's able to play some of the parts on this album, such is the precision and speed of his riffs. Russell Allen sounds great as well - he couldn't sing poorly if he tried, so good is his voice! The music is mostly of the fast, thrashy melodic-death metal style, without the death metal growls. There are some softer moments, but actually they are pretty few and far between, as are the bombastic keyboard solos that were so prevalent in the earlier Symphony X releases.

If you like their newer albums you'll love 'Underworld'. If you consider their old work to be superior then 'Underworld' isn't going to change your mind one bit. I've only given this album 5 or 6 listens since buying it last week - its brilliant quality and for the guitar playing alone I would recommend it - but just don't expect 'The Odyssey', 'V' or 'Divine Wings' because you'll be disappointed! Rating wise I'm somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for this. I'll stick with 3-stars for its progressiveness, as a pure metal album its probably 4-stars...

 Distant is the Sun by VANISHING POINT album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.87 | 12 ratings

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Distant is the Sun
Vanishing Point Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Australian band VANISHING POINT started out towards the end of the 1990's, and in an 10 year long initial phase of activity released four albums and then more or less vanished following the release of the last of these albums in 2007. Come 2014 and they return with the CD "Distant Is the Sun", released through German label AFM Records.

The most striking aspect of this album isn't the chosen style of the band. The material contains enough twists and turns in structure, arrangements, pace and intensity to merit a description as a progressive metal band, and there are occasions where you can hear the affection the band has for good, old power metal too, and the liberal use of orchestration arrangements will make this a band with a strong appeal amongst a symphonic metal oriented crowd as well. But the stylistic diversity, even if ever so subtle at times, isn't the most important aspect of this album. In the like it or loathe it section this is one of those productions that revolves around intensity most of all.

The initial observation I get after listening to this production a few times, the last run through with full attention, is that I have a headache. Not because the music is lacking in quality or features any horrible details on any level. On the contrary, this is a very well made album on all levels, planned in details and executed to perfection is my impression. But it's also a rather intense affair throughout, an unrelenting attack that is hard to take in one sitting.

Dramatic orchestration details combined with staccato or chugging guitar riffs and rhythms of an equally dramatic nature goes hand in hand with loud, majestic guitar and keyboard arrangements, and whenever the keyboards or orchestration are toned down or when a more delicate piano motif are added to the proceedings instead, the guitars are given a loud and dominant role in the proceedings. Whether the songs are slow, midtempo or uptempo everything is intense and loud, with a dramatic flair, a loud mix or both of these combined. On the intensity scale this is a production that top range, and while we do get some sparse arrangements here and there with more of an atmospheric and careful nature they generally serve as instigators for the following intense attack. An intensity emphasized by the melodic, controlled yet also powerful lead vocals.

A couple of exceptions aside the songs are all striking, compelling and well made, and as I experience them relying fairly substantially on the high intensity to maintain tension and interest. Which is a make or break aspect of this production I guess, you really have to enjoy the in your face aspect of this album to be able to enjoy it, and if you crave details of a more careful, sophisticated nature this probably isn't an album that will intrigue you all that much.

So if you enjoy a band with a foot or so inside the progressive metal realm, liberally flavoring their compositions with aspects of power metal and symphonic metal, then Vanishing Point's most recent production "Distant Is the Sun" may well be an album that merits a check, and then first and foremost if you enjoy music of this kind that is fairly dramatic, loud and intense throughout.

 Dedicated To Chaos by QUEENSRYCHE album cover Studio Album, 2011
1.98 | 124 ratings

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Dedicated To Chaos
Queensr che Progressive Metal

Review by Necrotica

1 stars Let's face it: if you are familiar with the world of metal, then the name "Queensryche" is a household name for the band whose early works are well-regarded. Yet, everything since 1997's Hear in the Now Frontier has been extremely polarizing to old and new fans alike. There WERE signs of hope in the year of 2009 with American Soldier, an album that contained tracks with promising glimmers of the old style. So, we reach the biggest question of them all: What the hell were they thinking with this album???

Here's the thing; the band's recent output might have been lackluster, but nothing compares to the murderous peak they reach here. Dedicated to Chaos is a essentially a lengthy, boring tour of all that has gone wrong with Queensryche. Even a half-tolerable song in the form of the radio-friendly "Get Started" can't save the record from complete mediocrity in any case.

So, the biggest problem? Geoff Tate. You might be wondering: "How does Queensryche's general figurehead become the worst aspect of the album?" The problem is twofold: In his vocals and his lyrics. Most of his vocal output consists of weird off-key wails and spasms that don't sum up to much of anything (except getting incredibly annoying after a while); even his softer side has random out-of-place melodies and dynamics that don't even up with the sound. The lyrics, on the other hand, are ridiculously simple on the record, from the concept of (are you ready for this?) driving (*gasp*) to trying to unify the world in peace. Tate's subjects are overall very limited here, and the lyrics don't expand well on the premises.

The best song here is the aforementioned opener "Get Started," a very straightforward rock track with typical choruses and semi-decent vocals. The song isn't anything extraordinary, but at least the band seem to know what they're doing, and the track is fun to listen to now and again. Let it sink in, because this feeling doesn't last for too long.

When firing up the other tracks, one of the huge issues with the album is that it just drags and drags and draaaaaaags. It's understood that the band wanted to create an album with more rhythm (and that they did), but the rhythms could have at least been more exciting or stimulating; Instead, the band are content with using and recycling bored, tired drumming. Because of stuff like this, the 53:55 runtime truly feels like an eternity.

Another predicament is that there are some more experiments this time around, often with unfavorable results. The worst of this appears in "Hard Times" which mixes soul, reggae, space rock, and a couple of other genres into a mixing pot, but instead it ends up being very dispassionate-sounding and unconvincing with its influences. The atmosphere that is created only serves to drain any energy the song might have possessed.

This album is not an album where you see a bump in the road; In this album, you see a dark abyss with a small crevice of light seeping out of it. In other words, Queensryche are getting fewer and fewer chances to redeem themselves, and with this album, they just might have killed their career for good. What a shame.

(Note that this review was from 2011, and my thoughts regarding the final paragraph have since changed because of the band's new material with Todd LaTorre)

(Originally published on Sputnikmusic)

 Tribe by QUEENSRYCHE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.11 | 149 ratings

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Tribe
Queensr che Progressive Metal

Review by Necrotica

3 stars Geoff Tate and co. have certainly been dwindling for the last 15 years. Queensryche used to be known as one of the defining bands in the prog metal genre, but ever since 1997's Hear in the Now Frontier, they took on a more contemporary alternative style with hints of the old 'Ryche sound mixed in. What followed was an atomic bomb of backlash from fans who wanted the old classic sound of Queensryche back. So far, most attempts have still been in vain, but a couple of them have had some shining glimmers of the old days, including 2003's underrated Tribe.

One factor in attempting to bring success back to the band was to bring original guitarist Chris DeGarmo back to the fold for just this one album. However, when Sanctuary Records caught wind of this, they stated that DeGarmo returned as a permanent member, most likely to boost Queensryche's popularity and sales for the album. One thing can be said here: Chris's presence can clearly be felt here, and having him in the album marks a return to the quality not seen since Promised Land.

Unlike previous albums, Geoff Tate really keeps his vocals on the down low here, letting the other instruments shine. This also gives Tate a more diverse palette, especially in terms of the dynamics presented here. Every instrument is very balanced here as well, as supposed to the generally vocal/guitar fronted sound Queensryche usually possesses, giving every member a chance to show what they can do.

About the songs themselves, there are ten here, clocking in at 41:37. The short length of the songs keeps them from getting stale or boring, a problem Queensryche have been running into with some recent work (*cough* Dedicated to Chaos *cough*). "Open" is a great, well, opener and wastes no time cutting to the chase of the album's sound. There are explosive (though sometimes rather slow) choruses and sly verses that show more of that aforementioned diversity here. While I'm on the topic of diversity, this album also features the return of the saxophone used in Promised Land. On here, it's prominent on "Art of Life" and gives it a dark jazzy edge, fitting in with the rugged spoken verses.

A big highlight here is the title track, "Tribe." It starts out with a progressive 6/8 riff, and eases the distortion when the verse hits with more spoken vocals. The tension of the song never really lets up, though, until the chorus clashes with powerful soaring vocals and a heavy rhythm pacing things along. The song sounds like it could have been featured on Promised Land or even Empire to an extent.

Unfortunately, some latter-day Queensryche flaws are still present here, and heard the most on the final track, "Doin' Fine." I starts out promisingly enough, with a strong guitar riff and nice relaxed feel, but soon just turns lazy. Even with a short run-time of 3:54, the song drags on and on, and keeps you waiting for something interesting to show up. Really, that's the biggest problem with the album; Some songs are too draggy and lack the passion of the better songs. "Falling Behind" has a really apt song title in that sense; it starts out with a nice acoustic riff, but then just... never catches real fire.

However, the album is still very good, and is one of the best latter-day Queensryche albums you can get. Geoff Tate's vocals are still powerful, and Chris DeGarmo, while a bit restrained here, hasn't lost any of his touch. Overall, this is a solid album, and their best since Promised Land... that is, until American Soldier came along.

(Note: this review was originally from 2011)

(Originally published on Sputnikmusic)

 Dream Theater by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.40 | 605 ratings

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Dream Theater
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

2 stars If Dream Theater released a self-titled album 10 years ago, it would be synonymous with excellence in the prog-metal genre. It would erupt with creative instrumental virtuosity; explode with equal parts hooks, riffs, and brain-melting awesomeness.

But it's not 10 years ago. And it seems like it's becoming a tradition of mine to basically just whine about how mediocre one of the best prog-metal acts of all time has become. These days, a self-titled Dream Theater album means three things: generally cookie-cutter song writing, outstanding musicianship made boring by lack of enthusiasm, and vocals and lyrics that fall flat on their face.

"Dream Theater" (the album) is exactly what you expect at this stage in their game. It plays it safe, which isn't always a bad thing, but it certainly isn't going to pull the group out of a nearly decade-long slump of mediocrity.

After listening to this album a few times consecutively, I decided to perform an experiment. I listened to one of my favorite DT songs, "Glass Prison," and counted the number of times I was genuinely stimulated - emotionally, creatively, whatever. I counted 22 times. Then, I listened to this album's opener "Enemy Inside". The count: 4.

Reviews are much more honest when they take an album at its own merits, rather than comparing it directly against something else - but this should give you an idea of the overall feeling of "blah" that "Dream Theater" offers up.

OK, so what do we actually get with "Dream Theater"? The opener is a disjointed and silly instrumental that comes and goes without direction. It's not connected to any of the themes of the album, and is filled with Rudess' now cartoonish sounding keyboards. Off to a bad start.

"Enemy Inside" isn't a bad track; it's bottom-heavy, has nice soloing, hooks, and shows off some energy. Alright!

"The Looking Glass" is the band's now formulaic second-track single. Sort of middle of the road metal that would impress someone unfamiliar with the prog-metal genre. Pretty banal for people reading this review. I much preferred "I Walk Beside You" from Octavarium, which at least let LaBrie sing his heart out.

"Enigma Machine" is fast and heavy instrumental, and probably the best short track on the album, even though it reprises moments from "A Nightmare to Remember." Since we're talking instrumentals, I'll say a few words about Mangini's drumming. Overall, I'm not impressed. He certainly keeps up with the group and delivers a very precise performance, but doesn't have a faction as much personality to his playing as Portnoy. Portnoy, whom I've described as having George Lucas levels of creative douche-bagery, is at least exciting to hear play. Mangini could be a very realistic drum-machine for all I can tell by his lack of character.

"Bigger Picture," a power ballad, is pretty awful. It's trite and poorly written, giving us lyrics like:

Like a moth burned by the fire and driven to the flame (Prophecies' a blessing and a curse) I must bare this cross alone There's no one else to blame

Petrucci lyrics at their most contrived and uncreative. These are typical throughout the album, which by the way, are sung quite blandly by LaBrie.

"Behind the Veil" is basically the point of no return. It, and the following three songs pass by with a wimper of creativity and excitement. The three observations I raised earlier stick with you for about 25 minutes that basically just made me sigh and look at the clock.

The grand finale, "Illumination Theory," is the only reason any one will remember this album. It's sort of a sweeping epic that (surprise!) deals with issues of self-discovery and cartharsis... just like every other extended Dream Theater song (except that one about gay European vampires). It's actually pretty good; there is a lot of variety and compositional complexity. LaBrie actually sings like he still cares about being in the band, and the song's momentum gives us a lot to enjoy.

So a very mixed bag from Dream Theater's 12th album. In looking at my review history of the group, they have a 63% average... a poor score for a band with their impact on the genre. But, an appropriate average considering that's about exactly how I'd rate this group's self-titled release. Not terrible, but definitely not going to impress anyone new to the party.

Now excuse me, I'm going to go back listening to 6 Degrees of Inner Turbulence.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

 Images And Words by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.29 | 2267 ratings

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Images And Words
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by marcobrusa

4 stars My favourite DT album. Favoutite songs: Take the Time, Surrounded, Metropolis Pt. 1. Musicmanship is sharp and compositions are memorable. I like some pop so it doesn't bother me to hear catchy vocal melodies and harmonies. I consider negative (maybe this is true...) that DT forced other musicians to play at their level (because they became famous and so many bands want to be like them) and that, in my opinion, RUINED creativity and put virtuosity as a priority for DT musicians-fans. I DONT' WANT ANY MORE VIRTOUSITY UNLESS THERE ARE GOOD COMPOSITIONS TOO. 4/5 just for personal taste. I think this is a very good album but other albums by DT cannot compare to this one. Easily the best music DT ever made.
 A Dramatic Turn Of Events by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.88 | 1314 ratings

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A Dramatic Turn Of Events
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Years after the hype, years after the heartache, I've finally spent sometime with Dream Theater's comeback hopeful, and can say that A Dramatic Turn of Events is an enjoyable release, and that's about it. The album doesn't break new ground, doesn't make me cringe with terrible lyrics and bad song writing, and doesn't spark with the same creativity and energy from the band's peak output more than a decade ago.

So if that's what this album doesn't do, what does A Dramatic Turn of Events accomplish?

It gives us more than an hour of good songs written, performed, and produced in the usual Dream Theater style; complex instrumental playing hidden behind the veneer of simple song writing. There is a good mix of rockers, ballads, and epics here, including four songs that clock in at over 10 minutes. The band's playing is characteristically good, and occasionally excellent, and it really does feel like they put some thought into the variety on the album. The ballads are thoughtful, if not especially creative. There are a few songs that fall short, such as the bland "Build Me Up, Break Me Down," and the cartoonish middle-eastern pastiche that shows up for the instrumental section of "Outcry", but these moments are in the minority. "Bridges in the Sky" is easily the most creative track of the group, and "Breaking All Illusions" may actually make the DT highlight reel.

It took me a long time, and many listens of this album for me to decide what I thought about it. It didn't make a very good first impression, but I decided that this was probably due to my disgust over the previous two albums. A Dramatic Turn of Events didn't grab me, and with the exception of "Breaking All Illusions," it still doesn't. There's just nothing here that makes me melt with metal awesomeness like the band could years ago. With that being said, I still enjoy the serviceable songs and occasional standout moment or thoughtful lyric. Maybe its me, and I'm not the impressionable 20-something that fell in love with Scenes from a Memory and Images and Words. Maybe its the band, and they're so completely sick of making what is mostly the same music that their enthusiasm has all but evaporated. Either way, A Dramatic Turn of Events will please fans of the band who are expecting to hear more of their prog-metal champions keep at it, but it won't win anyone new. You've got to respect DT for their legacy and persistence, but there are other bands that are making more interesting versions of this music.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 3 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

 Universo Inverso by LOUREIRO, KIKO album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.21 | 16 ratings

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Universo Inverso
Kiko Loureiro Progressive Metal

Review by GKR

4 stars What an incredible album. Not that I didnt know that Kiko Loureiro was capable of doing such an ecletic sound: if you minimally follow Angra releases, will see that their first three albums (and especially Holy Land) is full of fusion with brazilian sounds.

But this album of Kiko Loureiros goes for another kind of stuff. Sure, brazilian motives are all spread around, but the most obvious mix is the heavy metal virtuosity of his guitar with the smooth jazz present in the first track, mainly, but in all album overall. Some of his playing remind me moments of Martin Barre, where the real thing is not solo and yes compose.

I wish all career of Kiko Loureiro were like this, because this album is great.

Not for fans of Heavy Metal, a true progressive fusion over here.

 A Life To Die For by ROYAL HUNT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.67 | 26 ratings

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A Life To Die For
Royal Hunt Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Danish band ROYAL HUNT have been a going concern for more than a quarter of a century, and as such merits a description as a veteran band at this point. They have twelve studio albums to their name, with a thirteenth just about to hit the market. "A Life to Die For" is their twelfth studio album, and was released through Italian label Frontier Music in 2013.

Royal Hunt is a band that have always been described as residing somewhere within the metal spectrum, with power metal, progressive metal and symphonic metal the most common descriptions given. The albums I've come across earlier have, arguably, been of a more progressive metal vein, but in the case of this 2013 production I'd say that the greater majority of the compositions have the strongest ties to the symphonic metal genre, with power metal as the main undercurrent.

As one would expect from a veteran act, this is a production that is well made and well produced, the technical aspects of this album have a high standard with impeccable quality. While perhaps not all that important, these aspects of a production does elevate the material quite a bit, the difference between a poor and a pleasant or a pleasant and a good end listener experience can often be tracked down to this, even if mix and production will always be coating and gloss that adds a final sheen. In this case these are important aspects of the album though, and not only due to the quality of the compositions as such, but due to the richly layered arrangements employed throughout that demands a detailed attention to mix and balance.

The material here basically revolved around digital orchestration and lead vocals. Royal Hunt have a strong lead vocalist in D. C. Cooper, and they make sure that his qualities are emphasized throughout. The rich orchestration courtesy of keyboardist AndrÚ Andersen is still the main dominating trait though, his keyboard arrangements a key aspect of all compositions throughout.

The songs actually appears to revolve a bit too much around the vocals and keyboards as I experience it though, as the bass, drums and guitars are toned down quite a bit and with little room for other instrument details to add subtler details or depth to the songs as they unfold. Combined with a smooth production and a certain tendency to singalong chorus sections with more of an AOR orientation the end result is, at least for me, just too smooth for me at times. Pleasant and well made, but lacking that slight edge that elevates the total experience to a higher place. Details and depth are the key words I guess, as well as a lack of marked contrasts.

But when the blend does get a few additional details added in, the end result does become all the more striking. The dramatic impact surges that is a mainstay feature on opening track Hell Comes Down From Heaven a good example of that, as are the richer orchestrated movements and stronger emphasis on quirkier instrument details on concluding and title track A Life to Die For. Both of those creations represent the 2013 edition of Royal Hunt at their best in my opinion, and should be regarded as the signal tracks on this CD as far as I'm concerned.

At the end of the day I find "A Life to Die For" to be a somewhat uneven production, always smooth and elegant, but for my personal taste somewhat lacking in the details and sophistication department for this album to come across as a vital and vibrant production. Those with a taste for progressive rock and metal exclusively may want to approach this one with a bit of caution due to that, but if you have a strong affection for symphonic metal, and a particular taste for well produced, orchestration dominated specimens of that kind in particular, then this CD can be regarded as a fairly safe purchase option for your musical needs.

 Guiding Lights  by SKYHARBOR album cover Studio Album, 2014
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Guiding Lights
Skyharbor Progressive Metal

Review by Wicket
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Probably one of the most pleasant surprises I've ever come across. Skyharbor's first album in 2012 was an intriguing listen, but never my absolute favorite. There were times the screams didn't make sense mingled with the heavier sections, before it all gave way to a peaceful serenity of distortion and electronic bliss. It would seem then, from a metalhead's point of view, that taking away the screams from a progressive metalcore outfit would ruin the sound.

On the contrary it doesn't. It makes it so much better. So much better, that it might be one of my favorite albums. Ever.

Something marvelous happened between "Blinding White Noise" and "Guiding Lights". Someone, either in the band or the studio realized that the sound the band developed might have been too ordinary, but realized that the juciest bits of the album were the subtle interactions between the power chords, the gentle choruses and those beautiful gaps of soundscapes. So, with this album, they got rid of the screaming. And the result is sensational.

I've always had a soft spot for catchy songs, songs you could jam out to in the car without getting strange looks from passerby (although I love songs like that as well). As such, I've continued this growing obsession for Porcupine Tree, Dead Letter Circus, Karnivool, and others. And there's something about this band that just clicks from the moment you press play on "Allure". Every time I review an album I really like, I always throw in that obligatory "special something" the band has that just locks me in and never lets me go.

This "special something" is immediately prevalent when "Allure" starts up. It starts off with a jazzy distorted chord, but soon after, heavy distortion and power chords give way to catchy choruses and beautifully laid back and melodic phrases between the guitars. And from the first listen, I notice something. This is something special. A catchy band, with secret phrases and melodies that glue me to their music, but are at the same time, fresh, original, inviting. It's a rare commodity, one that these guys better take to the bank, because they've stumbled across something amazing.

"Evolution" solidifies it. "Allure" is heavier, but a bit drawn out. "Evolution" is the epitome of this signature sound. The main theme kicks in this brutal djent-like distortion, but after displacing beat 1 in the connecting bridge, singer Daniel Tompkins just serenades with absolutely wonderful vocals. Even 5 years ago, heavy bands would've been shunned for incorporating vocals, but now it's important to survival, as evidenced by this shift in sound; it's made them better. The song is even structured similarly! After the verse comes a chorus, followed by a second verse. But then the prog influence kicks in and a sub theme is introduced underneath this laid-back haze of guitars and syncopated drumming, followed by a signature soundscape, filtered with only guitars, electronics and a subtle woman's voice piercing the veil, before the guitars brutally kick back in and pound the chorus home. It's one of the few moments in music I've ever dared to describe with words like "serene", "sublime", "breathtaking". But that's exactly what I've done.

And frankly, this recipe is used over and over again throughout the album. Never exactly to a T, but those crucial factors, the ethereal soundscapes and fluttering guitars, the beautiful vocals, the heavy distorted power chords, and just the overall ease and accessibility to these songs is mind blowing. It's one of few albums that's not only heavy, but it's an album I actually find relaxing! Soothing, calming. It's something else, for sure.

On top of all that, most of these songs, like "Allure", "Evolution", "Miracle", "Idle Minds", all of these songs have key phrases, key melodies and choruses that I remember. It's one reason I have these songs on my driving playlist in my car. Not only do they continue to move and relax, but they're also catchy! The songwriting is so impressive because the lyrics are staggered enough to not feel oppressive or repetitive, but in also repeating key choruses and melodies like traditional pop songs, there's a sense of familiarity to the song structures, and as a result, once they've finally sucked you in, then they drop out the drums and let the soundscapes of distortion, electronics and singing create a hypnotic potion of ambiance and serenity.

For someone who's had some mental issues in the past, and struggled with trying not to be socially awkward, I've hit moments of depression where I just needed something to kick me out of that funk, and ever since I've discovered this album, it's been the cure. I wouldn't call it a "thinking man's" album, but for those of you who tend to get lost deep in thought or just need something relaxing and out of the ordinary, trust me, this is an amazing blend of djent-influenced metal that's not only heavy, but also relaxing and catchy!

This is the album I think The Contortionist tried to make with "Languages", but this just has that special "it" factor that keeps me coming back for more. Fans of Dead Letter Circus, Karnivool, Breaking Orbit, Today I Caught The Plague, even Periphery and Animals As Leaders, all of you should give this album a listen. It sounds like a simple album, but combined with the fantastic production and quality of the sound, this is just something special that you cannot miss. Get it, somehow, please. Buy, download, steal this album, whatever you do. Just get it.

Trust me, your brain will reward you with fewer headaches in return.

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