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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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Progressive Metal Top Albums


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4.29 | 2915 ratings
METROPOLIS PART 2 - SCENES FROM A MEMORY
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4.28 | 2853 ratings
IMAGES AND WORDS
Dream Theater
4.25 | 1694 ratings
SECOND LIFE SYNDROME
Riverside
4.23 | 1223 ratings
THE PERFECT ELEMENT - PART 1
Pain Of Salvation
4.23 | 1154 ratings
REMEDY LANE
Pain Of Salvation
4.23 | 1074 ratings
OPERATION: MINDCRIME
Queensr˙che
4.20 | 1162 ratings
OUT OF MYSELF
Riverside
4.20 | 1285 ratings
ANNO DOMINI HIGH DEFINITION
Riverside
4.19 | 1157 ratings
THE HUMAN EQUATION
Ayreon
4.19 | 384 ratings
THE ART OF NAVIGATING BY THE STARS
Sieges Even
4.12 | 2069 ratings
AWAKE
Dream Theater
4.12 | 1940 ratings
SIX DEGREES OF INNER TURBULENCE
Dream Theater
4.17 | 391 ratings
A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY
Fates Warning
4.14 | 749 ratings
INTO THE ELECTRIC CASTLE
Ayreon
4.13 | 717 ratings
V - THE NEW MYTHOLOGY SUITE
Symphony X
4.14 | 407 ratings
PERFECT SYMMETRY
Fates Warning
4.16 | 300 ratings
THE FULLNESS OF TIME
Redemption
4.12 | 570 ratings
THE DIVINE WINGS OF TRAGEDY
Symphony X
4.21 | 147 ratings
PARADOX
Royal Hunt
4.11 | 547 ratings
ENTROPIA
Pain Of Salvation

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Latest Progressive Metal Music Reviews


 Distance Over Time by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.69 | 259 ratings

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Distance Over Time
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Zoltanxvamos

5 stars A Solid Performance, well wiritten, unbelievable sound quality but very overcorrected.

This album is like something robots would write, perfect timing (too perfect at that). My first complaint is that this album is so perfect that it lacks humanity, it's a very robotic album. Everything is overcorrected and sounds like it was drawn with midi instead of it being played with actual instruments. But that doesn't take away the fact that this album is actually really good. This album their best release since 'Black Clouds and Sliver Linings'. Lots of Solos by both Mister John Petrucci and Mister Jordan Rudess. Complex time signatures, complex guitar riffs by John that... well... let's say many guitarists will have stretch marks on their fingers if they even attempt half of these riffs. I actually can't believe I'm saying this about Dream Theater as they are nowadays, with the... other than impressive release 'The Astonishing' (Post-'The Astonishing' Era DT as I should say) but this album is actually gold. Its heavy, well written and might actually take over Train of Thought on my list. Dream Theater obviously wanted a clean album and they delivered an album that is as clear and clean as purified water. Well Done Dream Theater!

 MMXX by SONS OF APOLLO album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.70 | 21 ratings

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MMXX
Sons Of Apollo Progressive Metal

Review by NickCrimsonII

4 stars Sons of Apollo are back and start the new decade with a crushing new album! The 'super' in their supergroup label is once again justified brilliantly, not only because of the all-star line-up of Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan, Ron Thal, and Jeff Scott Soto but also with the incredible sound of this album that solidifies SoA as an excellent and important addition to the progressive metal universe.

The opening track 'Goodbye Divinity' was released as the first single and gave a glimpse of what the fans should expect about this new record. Sherinian's opening notes and the build-up with the other instruments remind a lot about 'New Millenium'. However, this is a not a DT remake but an excellent opening track that kind of continues the band's style from the previous album. We are presented with the sonic gigantism that these players are capable of delivering - Portnoy's inspired and destructive drumming, Derek's lush and menacing keyboard tone, Sheehan's crunchy bass lines, and Bumblefoot's guitar extravaganza. And above all, Jeff Scott Soto, whose flawless performance tops the one on 'Psychotic Symphony'.

'Wither To Black' is a groovier track but also upbeat, in a way. Definitely a track to headbang to, the catchy riff and the brilliant vocals are the highlights of this one, just to be followed by another incredible song - 'Asphyxiation'. Probably the heaviest track that features another memorable riff, great lyrics, and insane solos (What a surprise!). It showcases the proggier side of SoA mixed with their ability to create melodic metal pieces.

The fourth track 'Desolate July' could serve as the ballad of the album, opening up with Derek's piano and Soto's elegant vocals that lead up to the beautiful and powerful chorus. It captures the more emotional and lyrical side of the band that we are not exposed to too often. This leads to 'King of Delusion' that once again opens up with the piano continuing the 'slower' ending of 'Desolate July' but also reminding me of the band Far Corner and their first album. This leads to the thrashy breakdown that is like a sonic explosion. It is quite an enjoyable proggier track that consolidates the band's songwriting as a powerful yet intelligent one. Intelligent and interesting lyrics also roam the album adding more delicious cringe to the already astonishing album. The sixth track is also the second single off the album, 'Fall to Ascend'. And I must admit this might be my favorite track from the band. The mini drum solo opening, the vocal delivery and the catchy chorus all make up for a crushing prog metal track. But that's not all as the band decides to fill the second part of the song with majestic solos (five, if I'm counting right) that leave one speechless. The follow-up to this song, however, feels like the most disappointing track on 'MMXX'. This is, of course, 'Resurrection Day' and it fails to impress compared to all the rest that was on up until now. Not a bad track but a weaker one having in mind that the album has been flawless for six tracks straight.

So far, we get 7 tracks that are all of normal length for a progressive metal band (between five and seven minutes). So, of course, the final and closing track has to be a an epic - the 16-minute 'New World Today'. The cinematic and more ambient beginning lead to a spacy build-up that feels a bit Ayreon, a bit old-school Dream Theater. We get the main riff around the third minute with a groove that kind of disrupts the rest of the album. So far, the song does not seem like a memorable or impressive piece. However, the heavier transition around the sixth minute somehow 'saves' the song. BIlly Sheehan shines with a great solo that preceeds the instrumental part of the song that is, well, fantastic. I feel like they could have made this opus all-instrumental and it would've sounded much better and complete.

Overall, 'MMXX' is a great start to a new decade and a great continuation of what Sons of Apollo set as their sound. Brilliant instrumental work, as expected, numerous mind-blowing solos from all players, an even better vocal performance by Soto compared to the 2017 release, and thrilling songwriting. Yet, the last two tracks disrupt the beautiful sequence that comes before them.

The albums is quite solid and I can say without a doubt that it is a great addition to any prog rock/metal collection!

 Ending Themes - On The Two Deaths Of Pain Of Salvation by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover DVD/Video, 2009
3.95 | 111 ratings

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Ending Themes - On The Two Deaths Of Pain Of Salvation
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars I like this live album far more than the acclaimed "12:5" because it closely characterizes the typical output by Pain of Salvation - progressive metal in its core with various elements of alternative metal or rock. The band is in a great form, loud, energetic, giving an excellent choice of tracks from all albums and even a cover version of "Hallelujah". Rhythm section is excellent, drumming progressive and vocals top notch. The tracks from "Scarsick" sound better than on the studio album and listeners should forgive the band to try forays into disco because it belongs to the show. A highly recommended live testament of the band in their initial era.
 The Perfect Element - Part 1 by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.23 | 1223 ratings

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The Perfect Element - Part 1
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Pain of Salvation has now been fully embraced in their original mix of sounds and influences - alternative/prog metal and rock. The album is arguably less progressive than the previous one but is not less ambitious. "Used" is a great aperitif with volume contrasts, progressive drumming and appropriate guitar lines. The vocal is excellent and can easily take lead over all instruments - listen to the high-pitched heavy-metal like screams. "Ashes" is perhaps the most famous and romantic song by Pain of Salvation and will appeal to a lot of female proggers; however I consider "Morning of Earth" to be a tad nicer, flowing. "Idioglossia" is a heavy number reminiscent of Dream Theater. The downside is a repeated reference to "Ashes", the pros are ambitious rhythmic patterns. "Her voices" is another great creative number with oriental hints. The fact that there are more reflective, slow numbers here than on other PoS albums is confirmed by "Dedication" that has a lot of acoustic flavour and "King of loss" that is a bit too long for what it offers. Let's not forget about "Falling" that has excellent guitar soloing and synth in the background. The last, title track has the greatest flow and development. Tender guitar chords suit the gentle but massive chorus and it reminds me a bit of Devin Townsend. Overall, it is a quieter but nevertheless high quality effort.
 Tonight's Decision by KATATONIA album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.39 | 39 ratings

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Tonight's Decision
Katatonia Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Tonight´s Decision" is the 4th full-length studio album by Swedish alternative/doom/progressive metal act Katatonia. The album was released through Peaceville Records in August 1999. It´s the successor to "Discouraged Ones" from 1998 and there´s been a couple of lineup changes since the predecessor. Bassist Micke Oretoft has left (after a short stint with the band) and hasn´t been replaced, so guitarist Fredrik Norrman handles the bass on the album in addition to playing guitar. Lead vocalist Jonas Renkse has decided to solely focus on singing and therefore the drums are played by session musician Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, Bloodbath...etc.).

Stylistically the material on "Tonight´s Decision" continue the sad/melancholic and heavy doom laden metal style of "Discouraged Ones (1998)", although an alternative rock edge has sneaked in. The album opens with the extremely depressive "For My Demons", with Renkse, singing out his soul on the chorus, with the lyric line: "You would never sleep at night, if you knew what I've been through". The man literally sounds like he is crying while he is singing and his vocal delivery is pretty surely an aquired taste. Some will find it weak and pathetic, while others will fully embrace the deeply emotional and melancholic performance. I´ve heard both opinions expressed. Personally I respect Renkse and his voice and singing style, but on this particular album he sometimes takes his approach a bit too far towards the pathetic.

"Tonight´s Decision" is otherwise a good quality release by Katatonia, featuring high level musicianship, a well sounding production, and decent songwriting. The latter could have been much more memorable though, and there are generally a few too many tracks on the album, which don´t stand out much. Highlights include "For My Demons", "Right Into the Bliss", and the Jeff Buckley cover "Nightmares by the Sea". Upon conclusion "Tonight´s Decision" is an album featuring both great moments and less appealing ones. To my ears it´s among the band´s least interesting releases but a 3.5 star (70%) rating is still deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 Discouraged Ones by KATATONIA album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.95 | 35 ratings

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Discouraged Ones
Katatonia Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Discouraged Ones" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Swedish alternative/doom/progressive metal act Katatonia. The album was released through Avantgarde Music in April 1998. It´s the successor to "Brave Murder Day" from 1996. There´s been one lineup change since the predecessor as bassist Micke Oretoft has joined the lineup.

Katatonia are known to shift gears and change style between albums, but the change in musical style from "Brave Murder Day (1996)" to "Discouraged Ones" is the most radical stylistic change between releases in the band´s discography. While "Brave Murder Day (1996)" was obviously a move away from the blackened death/doom of "Dance of December Souls (1993)", and featured a track like "Day, which solely featured clean vocals, it´s still predominantly a death/doom metal release. "Discouraged Ones" features nothing even remotely connected to death metal. The music is still dark, melancholic, and at times relatively heavy, but it´s not really doom metal either. Instead a sedated shoegaze influence has sneaked in and also a couple of goth rock elements. Jonas Renkse has now fully taken over the lead vocal duties in addition to his drumming role, and all vocals on the album are clean. So no growling vocals on this one.

Once you´ve listened to the opening track "I Break", you pretty much know what you´re in for on the rest of the album. In that respect "Discouraged Ones" is a slightly formulaic and one-dimensional affair. It´s not a major issue though, as Katatonia do what they do very well, and as a listener you´re immediately sucked into a world of dark depression and deep melancholia that´s quite engaging. Renkse has a heartfelt and honest emotional delivery and paired with the heavy riffs and overall bleak atmosphere of the instrumental part of the music, "Discouraged Ones" comes off as a pretty convincing release.

The musicianship is decent, although Renkse won´t win any prizes for hitting the notes clean and his drumming is also almost painfully simple at times, but the sometimes rough and unpolished delivery is actually what makes "Discouraged Ones" such an interesting release. Renkse´s restrained and almost shy vocal approach makes him sound so sad and alone in the world, that the deep melancholy of the music sounds frightingly authentic. He is wearing his feelings on the outside here, and we as listeners are invited to share his pain. To some that may sound a bit pretentious, and Renkse voice and vocal style is probably an aquired taste, but he is defining for Katatonia´s sound.

"Discouraged Ones" features a heavy and dark sound production, which suits the gloomy music well. So upon conclusion it´s a good quality release by Katatonia. It´s of course a fanbase divider as a consequence of the radical change in style since "Brave Murder Day (1996)", but to my ears it´s a bold move from the band. "Discouraged Ones" is clearly not an album featuring a fully developed sound, and in that respect it´s the definition of a transition album, but sometimes the journey is more interesting than the end destination, and while that analogy isn´t completely true when speaking of Katatonia´s discography (which features several great albums further down the line), it´s still true to the extent that "Discouraged Ones" works well as an album in its own right. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 One Hour By The Concrete Lake by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.91 | 515 ratings

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One Hour By The Concrete Lake
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars This sophomore album starts more stereotypically like a progressive metal band.

The second track has the voice is so versatile and incredible flexible from conveying angry and tender feelings. The keyboards and rhythm section remind me of Dream Theater. "New Year's Eve" has a killer riff with rhythm changes, while "Handful of nothing" is the closest to heavy metal that the band has written until that point. "Home" has 75% of the song quite many mellow passages to be balanced by speedy drumming during the guitar leads. Digital piano decorates the song towards the end. "Black Hills" has a fantastic instrumental 2 minute section with killer guitar and semi-oriental chords. "Inside Out" looks promising at first sight, however, brings a motive that could be heard in another song already and the last 4 minutes are composed of silence and some demo-sounding section. Recommended to all fans of the band, however the band hasn't bring much new with this effort.

 Entropia by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.11 | 547 ratings

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Entropia
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars While Pain of Salvation never were my top favourite band, I've always respected their creativity, originality and gift. The band showcases a range of influence is far away from a typical progressive metal band.

The sound is more contemporary taking a few nods from alternative metal, American nu-metal/rock scene, 80's (listen to the keyboards in "People passing by", funky grooves, and of course, a few prog-metal acts such as Dream Theater. In contrasts to many other progressive metal bands, focus is more on songwriting and arrangements rather than flamboyance.

There are quite contrasts in the music, numerous mellow moments but also very loud passages with screaming and double bass drum. Melody and unexpected moves are strong weapons of that band. "People passing by" is one of the most eclectic songs with so many different sections, really inventive. "Revival" is reminiscent of Dream Theater hooks. "Void of her" is a sublime guitar/organ piece that carries motives from longer epics. Melancholy is not a typical trait by this band but nevertheless, traces of it can be found in beautiful chorus in "Nightmist" and "Plains of dawn" that highlights band's soft moments and vocal harmonies.

One of the most original progressive metal debut albums of 90's.

 One Dark by OCEANICA album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.91 | 2 ratings

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One Dark
Oceanica Progressive Metal

Review by Steve Conrad

4 stars The Spinnings, The Sighing, and Oh! The Singing!

Here seem to be the musings and the musicks of a sensitive soul, a solitary songsmith, the outpouring of hope, struggle, faith, despair, and love.

THOMAS BENEDICT HARRIS-HAYES has crafted a luminous, wistful, crisp, explosive, heart-tugging album, created it word-by-word, thought-by-thought, note-by-note...

...Into this touching, provocative, disturbing, heart-wrenching, ultimately dare I say it, spiritual work.

I was caught from the first winding of the clock, to the last vast orchestral echo of infinite call-and-response, waiting- waiting to see, to hear, to ponder what might come next, and what has just been said?

What is being proposed? What sin, what forgiveness, what childhood tragedy? What sensual joy and whispered commitment that although the river rises I shall not bend. And if it dries and withers, I shall celebrate the roots and bones?

What torment of loneliness and mind-chaos of the introverted spirit, and what entangled roots go so deeply?

We Are Challenged and Invited

To dance, to weep, to whirl, to lose the self, to realize we are found, to remember...

ONE DARK seemed to me to be a scintillating, writhing, lithe, tormented, worshipful meditation, and explosion of crisp guitars, cinematic sounds, and always...

That Dancing, Evocative, Wistful Voice

The voice, the vocals, the call-and-response, the wailings and whisperings, that cries, the promises, the desecrations and resurrections- all seemed to be the central instrument being wielded, manifested as light from the sun.

The Music

Lyrics which suggest, provoke, test, reveal, and yet conceal, walk hand-in-hand with sometimes gentle, sometimes fierce, metal/pop (sometimes subverted it seemed to me, for instance on "Towards the Sun")/rock/folk/ambient...

HARRIS-HAYES proved himself to be adept at utilizing bass guitar, drums, keyboards, orchestrations, choral passages, from the mighty and sublime, to the dying whispers of loss and darkness.

I was riveted.

My rating, easily 4 soul-wrenching stars, "Excellent addition to any progressive rock collection".

 Aliens In Wonderland by MIND KEY album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Aliens In Wonderland
Mind Key Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Mind Key were formed in Napoli some twenty years ago by in 1999 by Dario De Cicco (keyboards) and Emanuele Colella (guitars) who wanted to create a band that brought together Dream Theater, Symphony X, Evergrey, and Pain of Salvation with short direct hard rock numbers. They release their debut in 2004, played gigs with the likes of Dream Theater, Vision Divine, and Pendragon, before releasing their second album 'Pulse for a Graveheart' in 2009. This saw them with a new singer, Aurelio Fierro, and they again toured with the likes of Edguy, Vanden Plas, Europe, and Hammerfall, but the band then went on an extended break.

Now they are back, bolstered by a new rhythm section of bassist Lucio Grilli (ex-Soul Secret) and drummer Mirko De Maio (The Flower Kings, Hangarvain), and one has to wonder why they have been away for so long as this is high octane from the start and never lets up. I can certainly see where the guys get their inspiration from, but I am a little surprised not to find classic Stratovarius in the list as well as that style is all over this. Prog Metal, melodic metal, call it what you will, this is class from start to finish. Aurelio Fierro has a great voice, with an edge which gives it additional breadth and quality, combined with a great range. Add that to a rhythm section who are never going to just sit back and play gently but instead are driving and adding to the melody, and a keyboard player and guitarist who are locked together swapping leads and one is transported.

Thankfully the production is up to the task, and the result is an album that fans of bands such as Alcatrazz will also enjoy, with Colella proving he can shred like Malmsteen when the need arises. For fans of great rock music, let's hope we don't have to wait nearly as long for the next one.

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Progressive Metal bands/artists list

Bands/Artists Country
5R6 Ukraine
7 MONTHS United States
7DAYS Sweden
AAXSKFG Italy
ABANDONED STARS United Kingdom
ABERRANT VASCULAR Finland
ABODEAN SKYE United Kingdom
ABSOLACE United Arab Emirates
ABSTRAKT Poland
ABYDOS Germany
ACCOMPLICE United States
ACHING BEAUTY France
ACID RAIN Argentina
ACID RAIN Serbia
ACID RAIN Spain
ACUTE MIND Poland
AD ASTRA United States
ADAGIO France
ADHARA France
ADRAMELCH Italy
AEBSENCE Hungary
AEOLUS Netherlands
AEON ZEN United Kingdom
AETHERIUS United States
AFASIA Italy
AFFECTOR Multi-National
AFTER FOREVER Netherlands
AGE OF NEMESIS Hungary
AGHARTA Netherlands
AGNESIS Australia
AGNOSIA Greece
AGNOST DEI Russia
AGORA Mexico
AINA Netherlands
AKASHIC Brazil
AKRIBI Sweden
ALARION Netherlands
ALCHEMY ROOM Italy
ALCHEMY X United States
ALETHEIAN United States
ALEVAS Japan
REESE ALEXANDER United States
ALHMA MATER Spain
ALITHEIA United States
ALKEMYST France
ALKIMYA France
ALL THINGS FALLEN Sweden
ALL TOO HUMAN United States
ALOGIA Serbia
ALPHA GALATES Canada
ALPHA ZENTRADI United States
ALTERED SYMMETRY Colombia
ALTONA Turkey
ALTURA United States
ALY Mexico
AMARAN'S PLIGHT United States
AMARYLLIS Poland
AMASEFFER Israel
AMAZE KNIGHT Italy
AMERICAN HOLLOW United States
ANABASIS United States
ANACHRONOS Chile
ANACRUSIS United States
ANASAZI France
ANAXES Brazil
ANCIENT CREATION United States
ANCIENT CURSE Germany
JONATHAN ANDERSON United States
ANDRAGONIA Brazil
ANDROMEDA Sweden
ANGRA Brazil
ANGUISH Germany
ANIMA TEMPO Mexico
ANIMATIONS Poland
ANNON VIN Germany
ANOMALY Netherlands
ANOTHER LIFE Sweden
ANOTHER WORLD Switzerland
ANSATA Brazil
ANTALGIA Spain
ANTHRIEL Finland
ANTHROPIA France
ANTI CLOCK TOWER Germany
ANUBIS GATE Denmark
ANURYZM United Arab Emirates
ANVIL THERAPY Italy
ANVISION Poland
FARAZ ANWAR Pakistan
APHELION Italy
APPEARANCE OF NOTHING Switzerland
ARABESQUE Netherlands
ARASHK Iran
ARCH / MATHEOS United States
ARCH ECHO United States
JOHN ARCH United States
ARCHETYPE United States
ALEX ARGENTO Italy
ARITY United States
ARK Norway
ARKENTYPE Norway
ARKHE' Italy
ART AGAINST AGONY Germany
ART OF ILLUSION Poland
ART OF SIMPLICITY Greece
ARTENSION Multi-National
ARTIFICIAL LANGUAGE United States
ARTIFICIAL SILENCE United States
ARTIKON Bulgaria
ARTILECT United States
ASCENSION THEORY United States
ASHENT Italy
ASHLER Ecuador
ASMODEUS Czech Republic
ASPERA / ABOVE SYMMETRY Norway
ASPIC El Salvador
ASSIGNMENT Germany
ASTARTE SYRIACA Italy
ASTRA Italy
ASTRAL DIVE Italy
ATARÄXIA Spain
ATHEM United States
ATLAS CONCEPT United States
ATMA Canada
ATMOSFEAR Germany
ATOMIC CLOCK United States
ATOMIXYNERGY Italy
AUDIO INSIGHT United States
AUDITORY IMAGERY United States
AURA Italy
THE AURORA PROJECT Netherlands
AUSPEX France
AUTOMATA Chile
AUTUMN HOUR United States
AVALON Germany
AVANDRA Puerto Rico
AVELION Italy
AVIATIONS United States
AMADEUS AWAD'S EON Lebanon
AWAITING DAWN Germany
AWAX France
AXIAL LEAD Romania
AXIOM United States
AXIOS United States
SITHU AYE United Kingdom
AYREON Netherlands
AZAZELLO Russia
AZTEC JADE United States
AZURE AGONY Italy
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