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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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IMAGES AND WORDS
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SECOND LIFE SYNDROME
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ANNO DOMINI HIGH DEFINITION
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OUT OF MYSELF
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4.19 | 1085 ratings
THE HUMAN EQUATION
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SIX DEGREES OF INNER TURBULENCE
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Redemption
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 The Source by AYREON album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.89 | 164 ratings

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The Source
Ayreon Progressive Metal

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Modern progressive music icon Arjen Anthony Lucassen returns in 2017 with `The Source', the ninth studio album under his Ayreon project banner. Another double CD sci-fi concept work that has the Dutch multi-instrumentalist joined by a range of vocalists and guest musicians, `The Source' is a return to the stronger heavy metal sound of most previous Ayreon works after 2013's `The Theory of Everything' removed much of the harder riffing (it's certainly a heavy rock opera, but definitely not a `prog-metal' album at all!), but like that same album, Lucasssen has gone all `Tales from Topographic Oceans' again and served up four side-long multi-suite pieces of twenty-plus minutes in length (labelled as `Chronicles' here), and it's one of his most ambitious and varied works to date.

Everyone loves prequels, right?! Well, sarcasm aside, with `The Source', Arjen offers a tale set before all the previous albums, detailing a planet overrun by a computer given artificial intelligence and the protagonists of this apocalyptic story fleeing to start a new life on strange alien worlds, and the challenges that come with that. It's a little silly, but admirably richly realised by ambitious lyrics presented through a range of characters given voice by vocalists from various prog and metal-related acts such as Nightwish, Epica, Edguy, Blind Guardian, Mr Big, Dream Theater and others, as well as boasting musical contributions from players in Marillion, the Aristocrats, After Forever and more. But front and center is multi-instrumentalist Lucassen, a performer of immense skill and variety, and he and his musical companions have delivered another sterling musical and artistic statement.

For `Chronicle 1: The 'Frame', a moody scene-setting premonition delivered by Jamie Labrie introduces the first three track arc. The twelve and a half minute proper opener `The Day the World Breaks Down' is frantic and pounding, a crash of fancy violin-lifted orchestral-like overtures obliterated by relentless heavy-metal riffing, dazzling synth runs and breathless vocal histrionics. The second half coasts into a reflective interlude of bluesy guitar and sparkling piano, that also reminds that the best Ayreon moments are when the various fragments hold tight compact tunes with recurring choruses that serve as stand- alone songs in their own right. Folk-tinged prettiness weaves in and out of `Sea of Machines' gutsy crunch, and the malevolently over-dramatic `Everybody Dies' mixes in everything from Dream Theater-like bombast given a touch of retro- prog keyboards and playful back-and-forth vocal responses (there's definitely a touch of Queen buried in there too), and it sounds like Arjen might have been listening to those rollicking symphonic fanfares of the classic early Italian prog PFM albums!

Despite its bludgeoning mud-thick riffing and rousing repeated chorus, the chiming guitars throughout the opening movement of the Second Chronicle's `Star Of Sirrah' remind of both Pink Floyd's `Sheep' and Porcupine Tree's `Time Flies'. `All That Was' is a swooning violin female-fronted folk ballad with heavier bursts that wouldn't have sounded out of place on Lucassen's Gentle Storm album `The Diary' from 2015, and unsurprisingly with its title, `Run! Apocalypse! Run!' (just look at all those exclamation marks!) is a dizzying maddening sprint of runaway break-neck keyboard soloing, crushing guitars and wailing frantic vocals. This first disc concludes with `Condemned To Live' that mixes in everything from stark vocal contemplations, moody cello and violin backings to its heavy drama.

`Chronicle 3 - The Transmigration' and its opening passage `Aquatic Race' kick off with some hilariously shrieking boisterous multi-vocal choruses frequently reprised throughout, and some snarling metal riffs that remind of Black Sabbath are broken up by dreamier interludes. While `The Dream Dissolves' is mostly a luxurious folk-flecked ballad, it culminates in a glorious synth solo from Mark Kelly that harkens back to the early years of his own band Marillion, and alongside a sleek electric guitar solo from Suncaged's Marcel Coenen, the duo deliver a classic sounding pure Neo Prog climax. Eastern-flavoured vocal drones, operatic purrs and a pinch of Jethro Tull-like flute weave throughout `Deathcry Of A Race', and `Into The Ocean' is a ballsy Hammond-dominated pounding arena rocker that falls somewhere between Deep Purple and the Dio-fronted era of Black Sabbath!

`Chronicle 4 - The Rebirth', `Bay Of Dreams' creeps with pulsing electronic programming and glistening guitars as it grows in power, and `Planet Y Is Alive!' is one of the most amusing moments of the disc, a thrashing blast of crunching drumming and an absurdly delirious chorus (and a spacey guitar solo in the instrumental break from The Aristocrats' Guthrie Govan is lovely)! The reflective ballad `The Source Will Flow' floats with a multitude of dreamy harmonies from several of the singers, the joyous and vocally gospel-tinged `Journey To Forever' is tinged with ringing mandolin among its chugging riffing, and `The Human Compulsion' is a final heavy curtain call for all the performers before the gloomy electronic fragment `March Of The Machines' and its eerie spoken word finale wrap the disc in a surprisingly dark and intense manner.

As always with the Ayreon works, there's a touch of kitsch and amusing over-seriousness that sometimes renders parts of the music a little overwrought and hammy (yet Arjen himself is very amusing and self-deprecating!), but there's such a conviction and attention to detail to the material here, and it's also extremely admirable that Lucassen is so proud of his prog-rock self- indulgences! The reliance on metal elements means that `The Source' perhaps doesn't have the versatility or crossover appeal that `The Theory of Everything' might have had for a wider audience, and on the surface it looks a little intimidating trying to approach its eighty-eight minute length, but constant replays reveal a sweeping, grand work that successfully flows between passages and belts you around the head with its attacking heaviness. Ayreon fans are sure to love it, and its another very accomplished, slick and bombastic masterwork from the reigning king of grandiose metal storytelling.

Four and a half stars.

 A Sense Of Change by SIEGES EVEN album cover Studio Album, 1991
4.01 | 145 ratings

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A Sense Of Change
Sieges Even Progressive Metal

Review by poito

3 stars 3.5 stars Rough beauty. That's how I would label this album by the German band SE. They have such a clear and pounding sound that it may appear a bit crude at first, straight to the brains. Had it had a bit of lubricant wax it might be more digestible and accessible to a larger audience. If I were to credit cliches, this is the way I would expect German prog would be, but we know quite a few examples of smooth and mellow bands from Kant's homeland. I think the rudeness comes from the trio format of instruments (guitar, bass and drum) plus a singer (a bit dull). The music is made of a succession of instrumental additions instead of layers. It reminds Rush and second King Crimson era (the bad one), with the powerful guitar filling everything. No keys, and the bass is a bit shy, what leaves the drums alone in the front to duel with the guitar or the voice. The drummer is passable, a bit frugal and stiff for my taste. A couple of tracks are kind of melodic, such as Change of Seasons played with cello, viola and violins, my favorite, while the others experience with Rush/KC derivatives, but never reaching the brilliance and musicality of the Canadians. Worth to step by Dimensions, with some surprises, as a Spanish guitar, and in which the singer and the bass get the marks. The album lacks high moments and some recognizable motifs. It is excessively aseptic in my view. While it is pleasant for listening, it leaves little afterwards.
 Your Favourite God by LETHAL album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1995
2.95 | 2 ratings

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Your Favourite God
Lethal Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Your Favorite God" is an EP release by US progressive/power metal act Lethal. The EP was released through Massacre Records in 1995 and bridges the gap between the band´s debut and second full-length studio albums "Programmed (1990)" and "Poison Seed (1996)". There´s been one lineup change since the debut album as guitarist Dell Hull has been replaced by David McElfresh. The original version of the EP featured 5 tracks, while the 1997 reissue features the bonus track "Balancing Act".

The music on the EP continues the progressive US power metal style of "Programmed (1990)" but adds a more heavy and dark edge to the band´s sound. Progressive metal had changed rapidly in the years between the band´s debut album and "Your Favorite God", and while Lethal still sound like themselves (guitar/vocal driven progressive power metal rooted in 80s heavy metal), they´ve clearly also listened to the contemporary version of progressive metal and developed their own sound with it. Hard edged chugging riffs weren´t exactly the order of the day on "Programmed (1990)", but you´ll find plenty here.

The musicianship is on a very high level, which is no surprise if you´re already familiar with "Programmed (1990)". Lead vocalist Tom Mallicoat is still a great asset with his high pitched singing style, but he is actually a bit more varied on this release using lower registers and a more raw singing style too. Lethal is a very sophisticated band in the way they arrange their tracks and in how they incorporate details, but structurally this is still pretty basic vers/chorus based tracks, with the rare excursion into more progressive territories. The first four tracks on the EP are heavy and dark, but "The Real", which closes the original version of the EP, is a power ballad type track, which is slightly lighter in mood.

"Your Favorite God" is a well produced release with a dark and heavy sound, which suits the heaviness of their "new" style well. While I´m not completely sure that I prefer this new heavier progressive/US power metal sound to the more melodic US power metal style of Lethal´s debut album, I understand the need to change with the times and add some heaviness to their sound. Not that it did anything for them commercially, and artistically they still lack a 100% unique sound to elevate them to a higher level. Still a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

 Insights by LEMUR VOICE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.37 | 35 ratings

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Insights
Lemur Voice Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Insights" is the debut full-length studio album by Dutch progressive metal act Lemur Voice. The album was released through Magna Carta Records in 1996. Lemur Voice was formed in 1993 under the Aura monicker but soon changed their name to Lemur Voice.

The music on the album is "classic" 90s progressive metal highly influenced by Dream Theater. I hear a few nods towards 90s Fates Warning, and the more rock oriented sound of Enchant too, but it is Dream Theater I'm reminded of most often during the 8 track, 56:57 minutes long album.

The music is generally very keyboard heavy, but also features some very intricate rhythmic playing (tempo- and time signature changes are played with natural ease), heavy riffs and melodic solos, and a high pitched lead vocalist in Gregoor van der Loo. The music is very dynamic with both heavy rhytmically complex chugging sections, and more subtle piano/vocal sections, and longer instrumental sections. The band are very well playing and Gregoor van der Loo is a relatively skilled singer too. His vocal melodies aren't that memorable though, and even though the music on "Insights" is very melodic in nature, it actually features very few memorable hooks.

"Insights" is relatively well produced, but the longer you get into the album the less interesting the sound becomes. I'm not sure what it is, but it's like the production at times lacks a bit of punch and the whole thing comes off as a little too polished and nice.

Upon conclusion "Insights" is a hard album to rate fairly. On the surface it's easily a 4 star (80%) rating, because of the professionalism on display. The compositions, the musicianship, and the sound production are all features of a relatively high quality, but when you dig a bit deeper, the music is actually a bit more shallow than what initial impressions might reveal and the band also lack an original sound. Still it's a relatively strong progressive metal release and hardcore fans of the genre might find it more enjoyable than I do, so a 3.5 star (70%) rating isn't all wrong.

 Divulgence by ORGANIZED CHAOS album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.82 | 2 ratings

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Divulgence
Organized Chaos Progressive Metal

Review by gogyly

5 stars I must admit that i'm biased toward this band. They first album come as beautiful surprise although sometimes inconsistent it was pleasure to hear metal band that couldn't be more distant from DT clones. And today i listened couple of times their new masterpiece and oh boy, masterpiece it is indead. You can never expect what lies behined next corner of this album but they somehow manage to stay on (somewhat) commercial side of composition. Band succesfuly blend jazz, etno, funk and metal elements and on this album it's please my ears, not finding hard to grasp and comprehend ideas, with explosions of a very heavy and almost djent style gutars over all songs.

Album is beautifully sung by Vladimir Lalić mastermind of this band and perfectly played from musicians with some serious skills. I give high recommendation toward this album. Production is on high level also. I realy like the sound of the bas, it's so rich and warm, with some very weird sound effects.

People who like Pain of Salvation crossbreaded with some serious heavyness don't look any further, this is the real deal. Definitely in my top 10 progressive metal albums this year.

 Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg by RIVERSIDE album cover Live, 2017
4.36 | 27 ratings

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Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. If your a RIVERSIDE fan this is a must. This was recorded live in Tilburg, Holland on October 18, 2016. There are 100% no overdubs, so what you hear is what the audience heard. My fear is that this is the last live album we'll hear from this band although I hope they have lots of live material in the vault. After Piotr's passing I'm just afraid this band is done. I hope I'm wrong as this is a band I have a lot of history with and I also feel that their very best albums were their most recent studio recordings. They just keep getting better. We get 13 songs over about 105 minutes of music in this double disc affair. Every one of the six studio albums they have released is represented here with at least one track. Pretty cool.

One of the things that does impress me about this concert is that the band decided to change the songs up some, usually during the intro but not always there. Funny but I've complained about ballads since I was in my late teens over so many bands that had to throw in a sappy ballad because the record label wanted it or they thought it would be a hit. Well this band RIVERSIDE just hit me where it hurts with these ballads I'll tell you. The emotion I have felt this week listening to this, lots of wiping of the eyes. Interesting that this is the big appeal for me with this this live album while FATES WARNING's 2017 live release "Awaken The Guardian Live" was more about passion and head-banging. I surprisingly prefer the RIVERSIDE album.

My top five would include the opener "Lost" which for some reason reminds me of IONA when I hear it. Also "Conceiving You" which might be my favourite ballad of all time. I adore this track. They change the intro up here but when that piano arrives and Duda starts to sing I can't even tell you how I feel. "Saturate Me" just makes my top five but when the chorus arrives before 2 1/2 minutes it's pure emotion for me. "We Got Used To Us" hits a little to close to home for me. You know as I write these words for these songs I have them playing and it's hard to write if you know what I mean. I just can't get over how this music moves me. Piotr impresses me 4 1/2 minutes here. Check out Duda and the piano that follows. Gulp. "Found" is my final top five. Guitar leads instead of piano here during this ballad. Duda's warm vocals would melt the hardest heart. Check out the emotion as he almost quivers with that last word.

Thanks Piotr I will not forget what your guitar playing has meant to me over the years. I can't say goodbye though, just not there yet.

 Voices In My Head by RIVERSIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
3.59 | 212 ratings

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Voices In My Head
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by daFigz

4 stars The more I listen to Riverside the more I become enthralled with their incredible brand of Neo-Progressive Rock. On the EP, 'Voices in My Head' which was quickly deleted by the band [Or, by the label?] for reasons I do not understand. So far, as I build my collection of this band's output, it has become one or two songs scattered throughout the entire catalog that bother me. The bother is I'm not a fan of Metal growling [Track 7, 'Loose Heart'] or speed drumming. But, these cats keep that well under control and to a minimum' Which is to say, even I manage to find a context for the growl and decide it belongs to and/or is well-suited for the song it embellishes. However, I still object to speed drumming. With 'Voices'' Duda's vocals are sublime. Lyrically the storyline is intelligent. The production values are superb. Piotr Grudziński's guitar is incredible along with Piotr Kozieradzki's powerful drumming and lastly the gorgeous keyboard & piano accompaniment of Michał Łapaj found throughout the LP adds an additional degree of sophistication to an already highly sophisticated band. Track 3, 'Dna Ts. Rednum Or F. Raf' [Translated means, Far from understand] with its powerful instrumental bridge richly colored electronics and further demonstration of Grudziński's terrific guitar playing is my fav. With three live tracks and a video included, it is a truly welcome addition to my library. Here's my suggestion: A major discovery for me in 2017, this band gets repeat listens nearly every day. This EP is no exception. Seek this gem out and add it to your collection. Cheers!
 Awaken the Guardian Live by FATES WARNING album cover Live, 2017
3.95 | 9 ratings

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Awaken the Guardian Live
Fates Warning Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Seems like a long time since I've done so much fist pumping and head-banging while driving my car, talk about distracted driving! FATES WARNING is my favourite Prog-Metal band and John Arch is right at the top as one of my all-time favourite vocalists. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest Prog-Metal albums ever created in "Awaken the Guardian" the band decided to bring back the original lineup and do a couple of shows. One in Germany at the "Keep It True XIX 2016" festival and one in Atlanta at the ProgPower XVII festival. You can get the deluxe version which features both concerts but with pretty much the same set list except for one song switched out, or the double disc that I have of the German show which has the complete "Awaken The Guardian" album played live on disc one and the encores on disc two which feature two tracks from the debut "Night On Brocken" and two from the followup "The Spectre Within".

They stay fairly true to the original songs and if you know the album "Awaken The Guardian" then you will experience that same dirty, muddy and heavy sound that fans heard back in 1986. John would leave after this album and eventually audition for DREAM THEATER who had just lost their original singer. John would later appear on stage with FATES WARNING in 1994 then disappear from sight. That is until a call from FATES WARNING lead guitarist Jim Matheos asking John if he'd be interested in singing for a new project he was putting together called OSI. Hard to imagine Arch singing with that band but anyway he declined but his interest in singing became renewed and he contacted Jim about doing some recording. Mike Portnoy wanted in and add Joey Vera(FATES WARNING) on bass and we were blessed in 2003 with a John Arch solo album called "A Twist Of Fate". And it's a 5 star monster in my opinion. By the way Arch and Portnoy were friends before DREAM THEATER was even a band.

Arch would later join Jim again for that ARCH/ MATHEOS album that kicked some serious ass. I have to say that Arch simply blows me away with his vocal melodies or wordless melodies whatever you want to call them. He's part Cheyenne and I don't know if that's part of it but I love when he does that. It's a big reason why THE PINEAPPLE THEIF's "Your Wilderness" was so amazingly good because Bruce decided to add a lot of vocal melodies. I won't bore everyone with a track by track review since I've reviewed all of these songs at some point in the past. The two that stand head and shoulders above the rest off of "Awaken The Guardian" are "Guardian" and "Prelude To Ruin" and yes that's where all my carrying on took place usually while driving my car(haha). I love that they included four songs from the first two albums for the encore even though both of those recordings are only 3 star works in my opinion. "Damnation" is absolutely stunning and one of my favourites from them. It's all good though as Arch, Matheos, Aresti, DiBiasi and Zimmerman put on one heck of a show. Congrats guys! What a performance! The album cover is gorgeous as well as they change it up a little from the original.

 Legends Of The Shires by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.11 | 126 ratings

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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by Booba Kastorsky

5 stars I'm a big fan of Damian Wilson voice, and I was upset when I heard he had to leave the band. I think very few vocalists in the modern rock music can be compared to Damian. And 2 CDs? How do you mange to compose and record so much good music? Most modern albums that last 70 minutes have at least 20-25% garbage because, let's face it, it's hard to record 70 minutes of quality material every year! So, I approached this work with a healthy doze of skepticism. But the further I went into the record, the more I liked it! Firstly, the quality of songwriting is very high. Some songs are stronger than others, but there is NO fillers or weak songs here that should be dropped! Each song has a "hook" and memorable theme. Arrangement is excellent too: guitar and keys solos are well-balanced and last exactly as long as necessary, and rhythm section as steady as usual. No extra wanking or flashing. Experience and maturity.... Oh, and vocal.... Well, Glynn is not Damian, that's for sure, no "pipes" here, but his voice fits the music perfectly: it has emotions and warmth. So, I have no complains about his performance! Secondly, sound quality is top notch! Those guys are not involved in Loudness War! Each instrument, each solo is well recorded and properly sounded. Ok, style.... I guess this is softest Threshold record they ever produced. There are plenty of metal moments there, but it also has many quieter moments that are far from metal territories. In fact, often it sounds similar to "classic" period of Arena circa Visitor and Immortal?, and keys play more prominent role here than before. I don't give 5 stars very often, to say at least, but this record, despite its length as close to perfection as it can be. Bravo, Threshold!
 The Source by AYREON album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.89 | 164 ratings

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The Source
Ayreon Progressive Metal

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

5 stars Arjen's latest magnum opus "The Source" is actually a prequel of past release "01011001". In a similar vein to Lucassen's past works this colossal double CD album is conceptual and features a plethora of special guests. Each artist portrays an integral character in the story.

James LaBrie as The Historian, Tommy Karevik as The Opposition Leader, Tommy Rogers as The Chemist, Simone Simons as The Counselor, Nils K. Rue as The Prophet, Tobias Sammet as The Captain, Hansi Kürsch as The Astronomer, Mike Mills as TH-1, Russell Allen as The President, Michael Eriksen as The Diplomat, Floor Jansen as The Biologist, Zaher Zorgati as The Preacher, among others. The musicianship is a quality virtuoso lineup with artists borrowed from prog and metal bands and Arjen leads the way with his integral guitar style.

From the outset the album has a much heavier metal feel than other Ayreon works, it certainly rocks but of course there are ballads and haunting atmospheres throughout. There are some wonderful tracks to savour here. Everybody Dies is infectious and Star Of Sirrah has a wonderful spacey soundscape. There are exciting dynamic tracks such as Run! Apocalypse! Run ! And then some beautiful passages like Condemned To Live.

The second CD is the third Chronicle The Transmigration opening with the glorious complex Aquatic Race until Into The Ocean heralds the next Chronicle The Rebirth. Things slow down into ethereal atmospheres with Bay Of Dreams but the pace quickens with the pounding Planet Y Is Alive!

There's so much to enjoy on this album. The music is diverse and ranges from complex time sigs and instrumental breaks to beautiful passages especially with the vocals of Simone Simons and Floor Janssen who at one point brought tears to my eyes such was the beauty of their delivery. This is an emotional album that cries out for the Alien planet that is dying, along with The Forever an Alien race on the verge of extinction. Will it survive the devestation of an apocalyptic future? There is hope but where does it come from? Listen and you'll discover for yourself.

Ayreon never disappoints as far as I'm concerned throughout the visionary catalogue of Arjen. "The Source" is another Masterclass release with towering vocals and powerhouse musicianship. One of the greatest releases of 2017.

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