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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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 Theories of Flight by FATES WARNING album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.58 | 10 ratings

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Theories of Flight
Fates Warning Progressive Metal

Review by ArtuomNechuev

5 stars Another Outrageous Album.

Although I've been listening to Fates Warning just a bit less than a year, great adoration and respect have appeared in my mind and soul. Obviously, the band led by it's eternal mastermind Jim Matheos shows the real progress in their music and attitude to its composition and performance. And the situation has carried on through the whole carrier. None of their albums I can name weak (even Night On Brocken and FWX). So Theories of Flight is no exception. It is a mystery to me how Jim Matheos manages incorporate contemporary elements, develop musically and lyrically, but preserve his own style and old spirit. The songs on the album (written mostly by Jim Matheos) are elaborated even more thoroughly than on the previous album and include interesting structures and multiple tempo and time changes. There a lot of heavy and intricate riffs with the use of counterpoint like in White Flag, beautiful flying melodies like in the title song, enough mellow places with clean and acoustic guitars like in The Light and Shape of Things, catchy choruses like in Seven Stars, clever and sincere lyrics in every song. Vocal delivery by Ray Alder is both highly emotional and powerful as always. Solos by guest guitarist Mike Abdow and long-time previous Fates Warning member Frank Aresti represent a great blend of melody and technical skills and fit perfectly in the songs. Boby Jarzombek weaves an incredible wave with his quite professional and sophisticated drumming which expands songs significantly. And of course Joey Vera delivers some prominent and well-fitting bass lines. The general expression from the album - excellent. Four and a half stars.

 Shifting the Equilibrium by UNIFIED PAST album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.05 | 26 ratings

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Shifting the Equilibrium
Unified Past Progressive Metal

Review by Mastyrx1979

5 stars I would suppose that the meaning of Unified Past is up for interpretation. To me I see four journeyman musicians who have brought their collective talents and influences to the world of progressive rock. In 2015 they release their new offering titled Shifting The Equilibrium on Melodic Revolution Records. From my observation I see four guys who have brought a little bit of every decade of progressive rock in the last 45 years and put it on one recording. When Stephen Speelman - Guitars, and I first made arrangements to get me a copy of CD to review, I honestly did not know what I was in for. After the first spin all the way through, I was very impressed. I can see why such respected publications such as Reuters, Yahoo News, Boston Globe and Bloomberg News has given this high regard. To top that off they also have received a huge billboard of advertising in Times Square in New York City. This praise has been well warranted. I have appreciated the originality of this project both instrumentally and lyrically. This is straight up pure power progressive rock that reminds me of the days of RUSH's Farewell To Kings, Hemispheres or 2112 to Emerson Lake and Palmer to even non progressive styles like Zebra and Triumph. There are 6 very different yet elegantly arranged tracks on Shifting The Equilibrium that clock in at a total of 56+ minutes. I will point of some highlights of each track on the album. Erasure Principle opens up with a great percussive intro with the cymbals playing a surround mix for the listener followed by a bass drum. Soon after the track takes a crunchy progression with a hard driving rhythm guitar before being followed up by the rest of the rhythmic section. The guitar deviates to some lead to rhythm interchanged before a very clean harmonic vocal from Phil Naro comes into play. Phil Naro's voice reminds me of a mix of one part Randy Jackson from Zebra meets one part Rik Emmett from Triumph and a final part Jon Anderson of Yes. Erasure Principle has a nice continuity of progression with various rhythmic sections, guitar solo's and neo progressive synths all interchanging at various signatures. Smile (In The Face Of Diversity) starts with a thunderous rhythm section and neo progressive synth in abstract harmony with one anther before settling in at the :50 mark. At the 1:29 mark the track takes a more traditional progressive metal approach much in the fusion area of say a Derek Sherinian with Planet X. This is also driven with great progressive keyboards driving the backbone. There are some proper breaks where the keyboard creates a great atmosphere for a isoalted vocal harmony before going back to straight away progressive rock time stamps. At the 5:29 mark Phil displays some semi melodic semi spoken word vocal styles. Stephen Speelman has some very tight solo's exchanging with rhythm portions. Etched In Stone begins with a electric acoustical guitar passage in harmony with the synth and midi programming. Once again the band employs a nice break where the vocals are isolated in harmony with the instrumental. The track takes on a good solid signature instrumentally to build harmony and melody on top one another. At the 3:00 mark the signatures going in and out wicked some very deep bottom bass progressions and guitar solo's. The vocal atmospheres get really tight on point in Etched In Stone. This is also a track that is a delight for the rhythm enthusiast with great tight drum bass harmonies. That is also with a perfect compliment from the stringed section between guitar and synths. At about the 6:45 mark the synth provides a flute like signature as a great harmonic melodic bridge. Peace Remains In This World opens up with a straight up power progressive passage of emotion that drives the lyrical content for the listener to follow in a groove laden manner. There is some great exchanges between the main rhythmic progression and guitar solo's that are really catchy. At times the track takes a semi pop sensibility. This is probably the heaviest track on Shifting The Equilibrium. Deviation From A Theme (Of Harmonic Origin) starts out with a power progressive fury. The band have definitely found their niche and identity on this one. This has some sick wicked straight away rock parts that break from time to time into a more lucid signature. There are big solo's and heavier bass to drum progressions. The guitar takes on effects as if speaking from time to time. The guitar in this reminds me a lot of Dave Bainbridge of IONA meets John Petrucci of Dream Theater. Deviation From A Theme (Of Harmonic Origin) is the only instrumental on the album that displays the band's instrumental prowess. Today Is The Day starts out with a very old school progressive psychedelic vibe much like Yes' Tales Of Topographic Oceans with some Sieges Even and Dream Theater combined elements. The keyboard atmospheres and rhythm atmospheres really gel in a tighten groove on this one. The lyrical content is one definitely influenced by Yes to Genesis. There seems to be a different instrumental with each verse and bridge at times having surround effects. In its 11:51 entirety, Today Is The Day has enough time signatures and progressions giving the listener the appearance the track is a 15:00 to 20:00 epic. Unified Past's Shifting The Equilibrium is on the edge of the evolution of cerebral progressive rock. Unified Past puts on both a instrumental and vocal harmonic clinic for how progressive rock is to be written, recorded, engineered and mastered. I can not wait to hear some of this in a live atmosphere. I give this a 5/5 for its spot on accuracy and thought provoking progressions.
 All Is Not For All by ANURYZM album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.75 | 3 ratings

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All Is Not For All
Anuryzm Progressive Metal

Review by Mastyrx1979

5 stars It seems they are able to construct oasis' and sheer paradise from out of nothing these days in the Dubai and Abu Dubai in the United Arab Emerites. Even with all the war and terrorism coverage western civilaization receive's the UAE seems to be a peaceful area where commerce and creativity can flourish out of the turbulent desert sands. This includes the progressive metal band Anuryzm. Not since the Tunisian powerhouse Myrath have I been this impressed with a progressive metal band from the middle east. Their compositions seem to have so many hooks rendering the listener a audio pin cushion. Although they list the bands that influenced them as Pantera, Symphony X, Megadeth, Dream Theater, Opeth, they are so much more than these. You certainly hear their influences, yet Anuryzm do it in their own unique style. To go on record here, they are one of the few progressive metal acts since Pain of Salvation that you can not typecast nor pigeonhole into anyone sub genre in the progressive metal scene. First they do something really odd and begin the album with a slow eccentric track that can be misconstrued as a power ballad with Mineral. This track has a beautiful way to open up the album and allow for the listener to get comfortable with their own audio experience. Soon after Mineral, they rip right into Full Agonist. Full Agonist rips into a perfect rhythmic machine between the bass and drums. Then a full all out guitar shred fest joins into the intro. This track reminds of many of the riffs heard on Symphony X's Odyssey album. It especially echoes shades of Wicked and King of Terrors . Just when the vocal hooks you that way soon comes a full on grunt that beckons Opeth's Deliverance. Full Agonist is a little taste of what is in store for the duration of the album. Humanoid opens up and reminds me of Death Angel's Ultra Violence album meets Pantera's Vulgar Display Of Power . It contains the the thrash metal style of Ultra Violence with a left hook of the vocals from Vulgar Display Of Power. You can truly see the depth and reach of Nadeem Bibby's vocal range. Depolarized starts with a beautiful semi acoustic introduction. It then proceeds to pick up with a really heavy handed bass and double kick drum passage done quite effectively by the combination of Rany Battikh - Bass & Imad Dahleh - Drums as a rhythmic collective. Depolarized also contains voice over spoken word portions that remind me of most Dream Theater albums over the course of the last 30 years. The Challenger has probably the most serious heavy handed intro, of all the tracks on the album. The immediate vocal harmonies in the intro remind me of Judas Preist's Living After Midnight. John Bakhos - Guitars nails it on this with serious interchangeable time signatures going in and out of 4/4 rhythms to finger tapping shred work that reminds me of early Steve Hackette riffs in the prog era of Genesis. Oceans Apart paints a beautiful acoustic bridge as it is at the half way point on the album. It is also the only instrumental on the album. Jay Jahed - Synth puts on a keyboard clinic on Oceans Apart giving the listener a beautiful yet subtle atmosphere. All Is Not For All the title track serves as the utility track. With a killer power opening of growl vocals on top of a progressive thrash passage, All Is Not For All most definitely allows you to hear the band as a collective in the whole of their individual parts and instruments. Great time signatures combined with beauty atmospheric harmonies on the ivory keyboards. 199x starts out with a thunderous intro before the guitars fall within the background. 199x is one of those beastly tracks with big thunderous rhythm sections and actual shredding. This also has a wicked background distorted fuzzy vibe on the keyboards with something that seems like a lost art nowadays. That lost art being a actual guitar solo. This track also contains elements of Opeth's last two albums Heritage and Pale Communion crossed with vocal elements of Hansi Kusch of Blind Guardian. Impermanence begins with a eerie passage on the keyboards before hitting the clutch and transmission time signature wise with a galloping Iron Maiden type of progression. Impermanence is relentless with the band firing its full and true arsenal of talent. The growl vocals have elements that remind me of Amon Amarth mixed with Symphony X and a little of Seiges Even with the instrumental portions. Perispirit contains a wonderful semi acoustical opening with warm vocal melodies. Soon after the instrumental section hooks you in with every section and second. Then the vocals are as if taking the leash of a beast. The vocals going in and out between growls that are damn near black metal to cleaner more conventional vocals. As far as the arrangement of tracks is concerned, Perispirit is could not be a more perfect track to close out this masterpiece. Listening to this All Is Not For All was my introduction to Anuryzm . It was a damn good and solid introduction. It makes you hunger and thirst for more. All Is Not For All has a wonderful vibe about it where you are now in anticipation to hear it in a live setting. Trust me I am not kissing anyones ass here. I am giving this a 5/5 for the skillful mastery and the overall arrangement of the tracks as they lay on the album.
 A Dream in Static by EARTHSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.06 | 50 ratings

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A Dream in Static
Earthside Progressive Metal

Review by RuntimeError

4 stars I've been trying to find new music this year, and so far I've found surprisingly lot good stuff, this certainly belongs to that category, whilst not being my thing per se.

Earthside's debut is a form of cinematic modern progressive metal, whose closest rival I'd say is the French Hypno5e. The music is very grandiose and very well structured while keeping a meditative approach. The production is quite fantastic, as every detail in the instrument can be distinguished. The instruments work very well with each other and their timbre fill the audio spectrum perfectly. It is produced by David Castillo so that's not surprising.

The album opens very strongly with 'The Closest I've Come' which goes through many fantastic sounding modern prog metal riffs and letting the listener to really sink in to the athmosphere. The pauses/breakdowns are filled with interesting keyboard sounds that remind me of some newer sci-fi movie soundtracks.

'Mob Mentality' features some nicely sung vocals. Not the greatest vocalist in terms of range but there is some nice power present. The keyboard/string arrangement is quite fantastic here. I suggest you listen how they move with the guitar riffs. Fantastic.

The title track is quite weak unfortunately. It continues with much of the same ingredients than the previous song but the riffs are much weaker, the vocals are high pitched and rather too 'american' if you will. This one ends quite nicely with some heavier stuff however.

As far as I know, all the band members are music grads and the next instrumental song 'Entering the Light' features some great synth arrangements that go with the marching rhythm. This song builds into the next one, which again goes to this modern type of progressive metal riffing right from the start. Nothing special in this song, but certainly enjoyable in all aspects.

'Crater' is one of my favourites. It's quite simple actually but it follows a nice formula with excellent lead guitar arrangement with the vocals. A lot of chug-chug but it's not overdone fortunately.

'The Ungrounding' goes into some djenty stuff (which I hate ofc) but the annoying palm mutes are thankfully eased quickly and the song builds into quite fantastic jamming where the keyboard arrangement once again is superb. People who enjoy these modern chug-chug riffs are in for a treat , because this song is also very well written as it keeps the focus throughout the song.

The last track starts very slowly with some Radiohead type of aesthetic. This one alternates a lot between heavy sections and softer sections until reaching a climax. The end is filled with some horn type of sounds that are very nicely done. I enjoy this last track quite a lot since it reminds me of an old 007 film song somehow.

This is a very strong debut in this genre but somehow I felt there was too much repetition in the guitar work to make it superb. I wish they would consider the guitars more for the next record. Vocals need to be better as well to reach a stellar level. Otherwise, highly recommended.

 Nebulae by HEMINA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.87 | 125 ratings

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Nebulae
Hemina Progressive Metal

Review by poito

2 stars When I reviewed SYNTHETIC, the first release by this Australian band, I concluded by wishing them to find their own signature in the future. That album consisted in a large blend of arrangements and effects from the Prog Metal catalog, nicely assembled as long tracks, a well-intentioned work, even impressive for a debut, but with little personality, nothing new in the scene. In this second NEBULAE the band did find a signature... but it is not of theirs. It truly seems a different band. They've enrolled in the growing list of Djent sounding bands, with that strong rhythmic line of quaquacks everywhere smashing your ears. All compositional effort they had cultivated so hard in the past is gone. Obviously making quaquacks is easier. Anyone can do that, guys. Too bad. This is music for teenagers of today. Tomorrow it'll vanish. The most interesting track is a sung duet ballad called Soulmates, off the line of the album. Some bits of good taste can still be appreciated in the closing track Otherworldly. What can I wish them for the next? Maybe, going back their steps and start all over again? Pity they turned the clay into a tourist shop figurine.
 Synthetic by HEMINA album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.93 | 215 ratings

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Synthetic
Hemina Progressive Metal

Review by poito

3 stars When listening to this Synthetic one can feel a strong effort in the blending of music derivatives from the Prog Metal shop, good guitar riffs, nice and varied melodies, some keys, enough changes of tempo, but in the end, nothing surprises you. I do not mean the album bores, for sure it doesn't, but you will not remember it for any original addition. The sounds are all in the catalog, so are the riffs, some changes of tempo are artificially brusque and could have been better worked out, the drums are standard rock, and some voices are thrown in the middle of the long tracks because they have to. The overall product is ok, but no fireworks this time. Let's wish Hemina will find a signature in the future, because they have the bricks. 3.5.
 Meridian by HELIX NEBULA, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Meridian
The Helix Nebula Progressive Metal

Review by poito

4 stars Who wants vocals in a Prog band? I mean, Prog is creation, and very few singers play. This band is a good example that music goes directly to the guts not the brains. Without voices one may taste the plate with no distraction. This first EP by the Prog Metal band Meridian is a pure joy of guitar riffs, six tracks of similar structure: one starts riffing the other follows and up to the end. It takes a high dose of talent to craft such amount of solos without making it repetitive. This is not music for all ears, it will bore symphonic lovers, but if you come from rock, you have an appointment in Meridian. The bass-drum section is a bit naif, just serving a background for guitars to shine. It is fresh, it may go a bit rough, but these guys play the hell good guitar! 3.5 rounded up.
 Promised Land by QUEENSRYCHE album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.94 | 330 ratings

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Promised Land
Queensr che Progressive Metal

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Best 90's Queensr che album

3.5 stars

After their disastrous MTV attempt "Empire", QUEENSR?CHE decided to go back to a progressive approach on "Promised Land". However, in 1994, traditional heavy metal from the 80's was agonizing, whereas grunge, alternative rock and electronic music were greatly developing. Therefore, instead of reproducing the complex elaborated structures of "Operation: Mindcrime", the band decided to try something new by incorporating different musical styles. Still influenced by PINK FLOYD, but also by recent grunge bands such as PEARL JAM and even Eastern music, the compositions are more modern and innovative, resembling no other at the time.

Elegant and refined as always, this adventurous opus is well rooted in the 90's and not totally metal. It alternates atmospheric, gloomy, somber, melancholic, spacey, tortured and even slightly electronic passages. The range of addressed themes is also quite wide: reincarnation, isolation, alienation, madness, consumer society...

The ambient opener "9:28 A.M." is a short concrete music piece composed by drummer Scott Rockenfield. Quite surprising, the dark "I Am I" contains heavy riffing guitars and middle-eastern sonorities, installing an oppressive ambiance. Magic! The powerful "Damage Case" is great and sinister too. On the contrary, the enjoyable floydian piece "Out Of Mind" is acoustic and calm. "Bridge" narrates the relation between Chris de Garmo and his father, who died during the album recording sessions. A song also driven by the acoustic guitar, but a little boring tune. The proggiest song of the record is undoubtedly the title track, tortured and depressive. It features original elements such as discrete futuristic sonorities and especially - and for the first time - Geoff Tate playing saxophone! His solo is just mesmerizing! It's certainly not every day that you hear this jazz instrument on a metal disc.

Also pretty uncommon, "Disconnected" deals with American consumerist society and features Tate on saxophone again, supported by groovy riffing and electronic sound effects. Driven by DeGarmo's piano, "Lady Jane" is a touching power ballad about the influence of commercials. Then comes the heavy alternative rock "My Global Mind", efficient and catchy. The last two songs are unfortunately not the best part of the record. The rock ballad "One More Time" is average and a bit repetitive, whereas the acoustic closer "Someone Else?" sounds rather cheesy.

Anyway, "Promised Land" still remains adventurous and pleasant. I would like to hear this mixture of various styles more often. QUEENSR?CHE has definitely emancipated from their primary IRON MAIDEN influences here. Although uneven and containing less memorable melodies, the music is quite unique and refreshing. A genuine trip into the depths of your mind and the illnesses of modernity. Truly progressive stuff, but not by the common approach of most prog metal bands.

If you're looking for long complex metal compositions such as DREAM THEATER, this is not the one to pick. Nonetheless, if you want something original and depressive, this album is what you need. Recommended to metal or even to alternative hard rock fans!

 Operation: Mindcrime by QUEENSRYCHE album cover Studio Album, 1988
4.21 | 928 ratings

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Operation: Mindcrime
Queensr che Progressive Metal

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Operation: Progmetal

4.5 stars

What an evolution since "The Warning", released only four years before! Initially considered as an IRON MAIDEN rip- off, QUEENSR?CHE has simply offered to the world one of the very first metal concept album. Later, vocalist Bruce Dickinson himself will admit that MAIDEN's most progressive album of the 80's - the very good "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" - was not as elaborated as this opus. Furthermore, people often even assimilate "Operation: Mindcrime" to a heavier version of PINK FLOYD's "The Wall". Indeed, the compositions are ambitious, elegant and refined. However, is this comparison really justified?

The lyrics narrate the story of Nikki, a former junkie frustrated with contemporary society. He will become part of a secret revolutionary organization, led by a political and religious leader nicknamed Doctor X. This mysterious demagogue manipulates Nikki with his heroin addiction and brainwashing for a political murdering operation called 'Mindcrime'. How does all this musically translate?

After the short spoken introduction "I Remember Now" comes "Anarchy-X", a powerful instrumental opening. "Revolution Calling" is a great heavy metal achievement with its uncommon drumming and beautiful guitar solo. The title track is an enjoyable mid tempo 80's hard metal with a cool bass line, whereas the aggressive and complex "Speak" is just a prog metal little gem of and features numerous changes. Then arrives "Spreading The Disease", both threatening and epic, followed by "The Mission". I'm not a big fan of this song which I find rather average.

The second half is bit darker. Longest and most progressive track, the 11 minutes theatrical "Suite Sister Mary" alternates dark and haunting atmospheres. Undoubtedly the highlight of the disc! The band's initial IRON MAIDEN roots are still slightly perceptible with the energetic "The Needle Lies". After the short ambient sung transition "Electric Requiem", "Breaking The Silence" is heroic and touching, due Geoff Tate's typical plaintive singing. "I Don't Believe In Love" is also pleasant, while the short interludes "Waiting For 22" and "My Empty Room" are calm, pretty and floating. The record concludes on a sinister and pessimistic tone with "Eyes Of A Stranger".

"Operation: Mindcrime" is just one of the most important albums of the progressive metal genre. Although a little pompous at times and still sounding very eighties, it provides sophisticated compositions, rhythm changes, and the inspiration is overall constant. Is this an "heavy metal opera"? Maybe... If so, this deserves to be transcribed in a movie, like "The Wall". Maybe this will be already the case when you'll read this review...

Now that we talk about it, how does this disc finally compare to PINK FLOYD's well-known double opus? Well, here the music only borrows 70's progressive elements, as the palette of instruments and ambiances are not as wide and varied. The short interludes and tracks complexity can remind "The Wall" in the spirit, but I find the general comparison a little too exaggerated.

Neither similar to FATES WARNING's dark tortured style nor to DREAM THEATER's, "Operation: Mindcrime" still remains QUEENSR?CHE's summit and a major influence of the genre. Highly recommended to prog metal fans!

 The Warning by QUEENSRYCHE album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.66 | 235 ratings

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The Warning
Queensr che Progressive Metal

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Maidensr che

First studio album but second release by QUEENSR?CHE, "The Warning" is pretty much in the style of their self-titled debut EP: heavy metal in the vein of MAIDEN, with elegance, melodies and only slight progressive touches. Partially inspired by George Orwell's 1984, the compositions, were quite elaborated and refined compared to other metal bands, and deliver an impression of grace carried by Geoff Tate's incredible vocal range.

The powerful and epic opener "Warning" is just great! "En Force" is also nice with its galloping riff, whereas "Deliverance" is a little more original with its melody changes. More complex and melancholic, "No Sanctuary" calms down the pace, while the cool "N M 156" sounds a bit futuristic. More personal and in the style of QUEENSR?CHE's next opuses, the aerial "Take Hold The Flame" is touching, due to Tate's particular plaintive and piercing singing.

On the contrary, "Before The Storm" and "Child Of Fire" are neither very original nor remarkable, but remain however pleasant. More interesting is the 10 minutes mini-epic "Roads To Madness", the only genuine progressive track of the disc. On a dark and haunting ambiance, this evolving suite alternates slow, thrilling and hazy atmospheres, as well as heroic passages. One of QUEENSR?CHE's best tracks from the 80's.

With "The Warning", the Americans have not fully emancipated from their British metallic elder brothers yet. Not as complex and sophisticated as, say, FATES WARNING, the music is still very influenced by IRON MAIDEN. Nonetheless, although lacking originality and personality, the quality and inspiration are already present and the compositions display discrete melodic and progressive elements that will developed in their further records.

A promising and convincing first studio album anyway. I'm warning you: If you're looking for challenging songs, do not pick this one, but if you just want powerful and elegant 80's heavy metal, "The Warning" is exactly what you need!

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