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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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 Last Fair Deal Gone Down by KATATONIA album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.56 | 24 ratings

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Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Katatonia Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

5 stars For my tastes this is where KATATONIA finally found their sound and could do no wrong. Yes "Discouraged Ones" will always be one of my top albums by this band but that was a unique album in that it was an incredibly sad record and also a transitionary recording as well, and these are not a negative things at all in my opinion. Everything about this album trumps the previous record "Tonight's Decision". There's better vocals and song writing from Jonas as I feel he has finally hit his potential here. Also the sound here couldn't be better, crystal clear as they say and this is also much more dynamic and powerful as they really do kick some ass on this album. Oh and as a bonus Anders the long time guitarist decided to use mellotron on this record which really adds a lot to the sound. Travis Smith is back doing the cover art and his bleak style fits the music perfectly.

I can't do a top three as eight of the eleven songs on here are incredible and I really like the other three, so yes five stars seems appropriate. "Dispossession" sounds incredible when it kicks into gear before 30 seconds. Such a deep and powerful sound as the guitar starts to solo over top. Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in as it settles, mellotron too. Love the contrasts between the powerful and mellow sections. A cool passage starts after 4 minutes with atmosphere and strummed guitar, almost psychedelic sounding then it kicks back in before 5 minutes. Nice. "Chrome" is a great track and probably my favourite. Check out that melancholic guitar intro which is promptly blown away before a minute with power. The drumming impresses here. Reserved vocals and sound 1 1/2 minutes in then it kicks in hard after 2 minutes as the vocals continue. He sings "Burn down my house, make something happen, stab me in the heart... 'cause I'm so distracted, I am slightly shocked by how things keep going like a dead man's clock."

"We Must Bury You" has some disturbing lyrics but man what a great tune. Strummed guitar and vocals lead the way early and we get some mellotron before it kicks in hard before a minute. Jonas sings with passion "We must bury you, we must bury you, we must bury you so deep that none can find you." I skipped writing down the disturbing lyrics from earlier in the song. The contrasts between the powerful and mellow are so good! "Teargas" hits us with an all out assault quickly but it settles down just as fast with reserved vocals. The chorus is intense and moving as Jonas sings "What is it in my eyes, a piece of glass. Is this the time I should be on my knees for you, is this your way telling another has been found. Now I know teargas in my eyes." Gulp.

"I Transpire" hits the ground running then it calms right down after a minute with mellotron, vocals and more. How good is the chorus as it kicks back in. Contrasts continue. He sings "Do they know I'm afraid, so afraid. They depend on my worries so I know I'm awake, I'm right in the circle now, I am with them." Hair-raising imagery. "Tonight's Music" is another good one as they contrast the heavy and mellow sections well. Such a sad tune lyrically but then Jonas has this gift for writing melancholic music. "Clean Today" has some cool lyrics about hope. Some heavy riffs in this one as well which surprised me the first time I heard it.

"The Future Of Speech" opens with mellotron and picked guitar in this atmospheric intro. It kicks in hard with vocals arriving just before a minute. The laid back intro with mellotron returns as this continues to be contrasted with the powerful passages. Guitar only before 4 minutes then it kicks back in. So good as Jonas sings with emotion "A brand new day it can't get worse, hear myself say it can't get worse." "Passing Bird" is different as he tells a story about a girl. A melodic and mid-paced tune with the focus on the relaxed vocals. I really dig the lyrics, mellotron and depth of sound here. "Sweet Nurse" is another good story about a girl. I'm touched by this one and I really like the chorus, it's so uplifting. "Don't Tell A Soul" ends it and it starts with laid back guitar, bass and a beat as the mellotron joins in. Riffs follow around a minute in then vocals. I like the drumming here and the ripping guitar before 4 minutes as the vocals stop. Riffs and vocals return around 5 minutes in.

A top three album for me for 2001. A really good place to start as well in my opinion with this band.

 Magic Machine by ENDLESS SPORADIC, AN album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.20 | 6 ratings

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Magic Machine
An Endless Sporadic Progressive Metal

Review by Grand Master Cuz

4 stars How in the hell has nobody reviewed this yet? Seriously!!! It even features Rudess.... Something needs to change with this site. Anyway, to put it simply, this album sounds like a Camel had sex with a stolen Pineapple in an old theater's elevator during a dream, oh yeah and a bunch of muscular mimes were making noise somewhere in the distance. If you are already a fan of this band, boy are you going to enjoy this. I play dumb little games to this album, I [%*!#] to this album, I sleep to this album. Enjoy.

If you arent... Listen to this album now!!

 Velvet Thorns  by SONIC DEBRIS album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.52 | 6 ratings

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Velvet Thorns
Sonic Debris Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Sonic Debris - one of the unknown prog metal acts from Norway with almost 2 decades career so far has 2 albums in their pockets so far, but the debut is the most intresting one from the two. Velvet thorns is the name of their first album, released in 2000. Well, what we have here is pretty good, this is the type of prog metal that I'm not so atached, but I like it untill some point. Imagine a combination of Rush with Faith No More and add prog metal chops on it the result is Sonic Debris. The vocalist remind me in many places with Bono from U2 but in combination with the instrumental passages he is quite ok. Short pieces, almost all are under 5 min time, but each tune is well constructed and played. Half complicate type of prog metal, with most of the time back ground keyboards as suport, the guitar has an important role here. All in all a decent debut in prog metal scene, nothing groundbreaking, but pleasent most of the time.

 Tonight's Decision by KATATONIA album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.42 | 19 ratings

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Tonight's Decision
Katatonia Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After making some seriously big changes on their previous album "Discouraged Ones" the band is back for album number four. Released in 1999 we get about 56 minutes of music. This one is my least favourite KATATONIA album along with the debut for very different reasons. "Tonight's Decision" is surprisingly polished and commercial sounding in my opinion. I never thought I'd say that after what they gave us on the three previous records although certainly "Discouraged Ones" put them in this direction. Jonas sounds like Robert from THE CURE at times here which isn't a bad thing. He's also off the drum kit here as Dan Swano has taken that role on as a guest here.

While this is my least favourite KATATONIA album I must say it's my favourite cover art. Travis Smith was brought in to do this and man he came up with a classic. Travis is my favourite cover artist by the way, I just love his style. My top three tracks are "For My Demons", "Right Into The Bliss" and "Black Session" with honourable mentions to "Strained" and "A Darkness Coming". Songs that really annoy me as being too commercial sounding are "I Am Nothing" and "In Death, A Song". They also cover Jeff Buckley's "Nightmares By The Sea". So 3 stars for this one as there's too much here that rubs me the wrong way despite the fact that there's some really excellent songs on here.

 Discouraged Ones by KATATONIA album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.97 | 19 ratings

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Discouraged Ones
Katatonia Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Some words from the liner notes paraphrased at times. After the European tour for "Brave Murder Day" in the Fall of 1996 the band felt the instant signs of stagnation and all attempts of writing new material came to a halt out of frustration. They just weren't able to develope a new album under the same circumstances and formulas that worked in the past. They came to the conclusion that things had just grown different as their prospects had changed. It was time for the big change and as Jonas once said he was a "wreck" about the thoughts of singing in that clean style plus what would their fans think of this new sound as they would leave Doom Metal in their past. Certainly the song "Day" from the previous album with Jonas singing clean vocals was the inspiration for this new direction. Jonas couldn't do the growls any more as his throat was damaged from singing in that style and they didn't feel comfortable bringing in a new singer. Also they knew they couldn't count on friend Mikael Akerfeldt to be available to sing in the studio or on tour as he was busy with OPETH. Nice of Mikael to come in though and help Jonas with his singing by being the vocal producer on this album, no doubt giving Jonas many tips along the way. They decided to drop the twin lead guitars, double bass drumming, extreme vocals, excessive song lengths and even their old pentagram tinged logo which now didn't seem appropriate for this new direction they were going. So in came harmonic vocals paving the way for a tremendously emotional lyrical delivery and traditional song structures to keep the songs more precise and intense.

"Discouraged Ones" is an album about despair, loneliness, loss, desolation and fear as the album's title would suggest. Jonas sings and plays drums here and he won't be the main drummer again in the studio until 2012's "Dead End Kings" as he would focus on being the singer. I can't get over how much better Jonas' vocals sound on this album when compared to his singing on the track "Day" from the previous album. Of course it's shocking hearing how different the band sounds too with these catchy yet melancholic tracks. Early fans for the most part were not happy with this new direction but I am so glad they went this way. In fact this album is one of my all time favourite KATATONIA albums. There was a creative new birth as it were when they decided on this new path and so "Discouraged Ones" benefits from this new found energy and excitement from the band. I can't just pick my usual top three songs because the first four tracks along with "Saw you Drown" and "Instrumental" are all so amazing.

"I Break" is a heavy song with those down-tuned guitars and sound but it's really uplifting to me. Check out the line "The weakness of hope is the strength of decline". "Stalemate" is again heavy, melodic and mid-paced. The vocals once again shine as does the atmospheric guitar. I really dig the atmospheric instrumental section starting at 2 1/2 minutes. So good! "Deadhouse" is another classic track and I adore the sound here. It does settle right down before a minute with vocals but then it picks back up as vocals continue. Contrasts continue. Killer tune. "Relention" is that a word? Anyway it is a moving song including the guitar melodies as the drums and bass beat and throb. A calm as the vocals arrive around a minute. Great chorus too as contrasts continue.

"Cold Ways" features grinding guitars and pounding drums to start as the vocals come in as it settles after a minute. Vocals impress 3 1/2 minutes in. Catchy, heavy with plenty of low end sounds as usual. "Gone" reminds me of ANATHEMA around the "Judgment" era. "When I was thinking this was something permanent you were already thinking of going away". Gulp. "Last Resort" has this great sound before 2 minutes. Some strong lyrics here and interesting sounds after 2 1/2 minutes. "Nerve" has some nice deep sounds instrumentally.

"Saw You Drown" is heavy with guitars and drums standing out. It calms right down when the reserved vocals arrive. It becomes so uplifting before 1 1/2 minutes and contrasts will continue. This would be the title track for the EP teaser they would release before this album. The band really liked it and it deals with the obsession of drowning in water or mentally. "Instrumental" is what it says and man I'm so into this one. It sounds like synths, actually mellotron and it's so melancholic. Guitar to the fore around 2 minutes. "Distrust" ends it and it opens with perhaps the heaviest section on the album as the vocals join in singing "Running my way towards oblivion". It's lighter on the chorus and I like the guitar solo 3 1/2 minutes in that goes on for some time.

There are two bonus tracks on my issue, first "Quiet World" that didn't make it onto this album but was good enough to be added here. It's one of the few KATATONIA tracks to be written by Nystrom the guitarist. It conveys the lonely and uneventful feeling of trying to get on with life during a useless stage of your life. "Scarlet Heavens" is 10 1/2 minutes long and it reminds me a lot of PARADISE LOST. It's surprisingly uptempo. It was recorded on a very cold day in February of 1994 as the band took the train for a free recording session at Dan Swano's studio. This was after the success of their debut album when they were looking for a new label. Nystrom says "This song was our one and only unique attempt of dressing KATATONIA in a frilly white shirt stained with red wine".

Man I highly recommend this album, one of KATATONIA's best in my opinion.

 Brave Murder Day by KATATONIA album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.51 | 21 ratings

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Brave Murder Day
Katatonia Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I must admit I was shocked to see KATATONIA added to the site here, especially after being rejected a couple of times. I thought Dean made a good point in one of the discussions about this band by stating that all of us want our favourite bands on this site so we can discuss and review the music that means so much to us. Of course the problem is that some of our favourite bands don't qualify to be on here. So I was content to let this dream of KATATONIA being on here disappear. It's interesting that their latest album is what has qualified them for PA. A Prog-Metal album of sorts with longer songs. Interesting because their first two albums featured long tracks already which they would get away from on their third album "Discouraged Ones".

Fellow Swedes Jonas Renkse and Anders Nystrom formed the band in the early nineties and they have been friends since they were very young. Both were fanboys of PARADISE LOST and in fact loved the British Doom Metal scene which also included MY DYING BRIDE and ANATHEMA. They liked that atmospheric dynamic to the music. They were already huge Death Metal and Black Metal fans, especially of fellow Swedes BATHORY, so they created something unique by combining these sub-genres to create their own sound. OPETH and ENSLAVED would also do this adding melodic passages and atmosphere to that extreme sound. Heavy yet beautiful and sad. Gothic but with that harsh metallic edge.

And speaking of OPETH, we get Mikael Akerfeldt a friend of the band singing the harsh vocals on "Brave Murder Day" KATATONIA's second album because Jonas torched his vocals singing in that extreme manner on the first album and the tour that would follow. Jonas would sing on the track "Day" with clean, mono-toned vocals, and while fans of the band generally hated that tune it is perhaps the most significant track in their discography because it would lead to Jonas being the full time singer and of course using clean vocals only. And while "Day" is my favourite song on here, Jonas' vocals aren't the greatest but they will improve in a major way on the albums that would follow.

I don't own the debut "Dance Of December Souls" but have heard samples, and I can say that the first two albums do little for me. Death Metal fans seemed to hate the new direction they would go after this second album. For what it's worth RYM has "Brave Murder Day" rated as their best studio album. So count me in the minority as I love sad and melodic music and I feel that "Discouraged Ones"(third album) is the first great KATATONIA album, and I'm so glad they went in that direction. And while I feel that a lot of sad music is beautiful and moving, I feel that their first two albums are depressing and cold.

So "Brave Murder Day" is considered one of KATATONIA's best yet I'm not feeling it even with Akerfeldt on here. Lots of twin lead guitars, repetition, double bass drumming, growls and long songs on the first two albums, but like with ANATHEMA I prefer them when they cut out much of their Death Metal influences. Heck even the album covers that follow would improve over the first two. 3 stars.

 The Old Man and the Spirit by BEYOND THE BRIDGE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.61 | 52 ratings

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The Old Man and the Spirit
Beyond The Bridge Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars This wasn't an easy one to review. Not because it's inaccessible - it firmly falls under the likes of Dream Theater, latter-day Vanden Plas, Dreamscape and so on (the "esoteric prog power metal with pop sensibilities and operatic pretensions" style, with less emphasis on solos and with a female voice thrown in). But because of the ambitious concept, almost a story and dialogue set to music. What are these guys, in their late 20s and already talking about old men and their spirits? There's no song you call pull out for a distillation of their style - many tracks don't really end but merge into another for a symphony kind of feel. Well I must say for a metal band they handle their ideas admirably. The music is not original, but has a few distinctions of its own, and the overall concept is above the norm.
 One Hour By The Concrete Lake by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.93 | 441 ratings

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One Hour By The Concrete Lake
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

2 stars I'm a bit, I don't know, bewildered I guess it's the word, with this album. The first Pain Of Salvation album, Entropia (1997), was indeed rough, but it's compositions were full and ready to go and promissed a bright future for them (which they did have). With One Hour by the Concrete Lake (1998) it seems the band didn't have time to mature their ideas and it shows on almost every track. On top of that the production sounds really amateur. On their first album producer was Midnight Sun's Anders Theander, this time the band produced it themselves and it shows.

One Hour by the Concrete Lake (1998) feels like a demo, and if a new listener would start with this band they would go away, right away. One Hour by the Concrete Lake (1998) doesn't portray at all what the band would carry on to be during their next period (2000-2007).

I would avoid this one if you're not a really big fan of the Swedes.

 Limbosis by ABSTRAKT album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.54 | 10 ratings

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Limbosis
Abstrakt Progressive Metal

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

3 stars Despite have a very interesting flow and THE epic of the year in the album's opening song, "Teratoma" (10:38) (10/10), the album eventually grows old and almost too weird and quirky for my tastes with each song seeming to take too long to develop or having too many stop-and-start moments. I really enjoyed it first listen but, as I said, it quickly grew old and lost its initial luster. The sound and dramatic style seems to become repetitive and boring-- and, at times, too RIVERSIDE-ish. Still, a really interesting and enjoyable collection of songs--each of which stands very well on their own but lose their fresh, innovative feel as a collective. Great drumming and amazingly creative keyboard and effects play throughout. The guitar work is where Abstrakt's music really suffers. Their lead vocalist, Krzysztof Podsiadlo, is very talented with his theatric, MORRISSEY-like voice but I think the band has to figure out how and where in the mix to present Krzysztof's stories.

2. "The Bus" opens very well with a great vocal, but then, in the third minute, shifts into a stereotypic metal song. The instrumental section in the fourth minute is nice with an unusual chorded guitar lead (which then becomes repeated ad nauseum). The vocal is quite theatric throughout--as if there is a stage show to accompany its performance. At 4:25 things quiet down a bit--which becomes the pattern: soft section alternated with poor guitar power chords. The electric guitar lead work is so deliberate and methodical that it is awkward, perhaps even embarrassing. (7/10)

3. "The Clockhouse" (7:37) includes a great use of female background vocals and overall spaciousness (9/10).

4. "Wolf" (10:24) is another song that tries so hard but betrays this band's lack of compositional and technical maturity. Some really nice lead guitar work in the third and fourth minutes. The heavy, power chord guitar dominated mid-section almost works with its keyboard, vocal and drumming excellence. The music (vocals and chord progression choices) in the eighth minute through to the end are horrible--embarrassingly so--totally unworthy of such a talented band. (5/10)

5. "Bloody Mary"(10:40) has great sound, keyboards and effects to produce an awesome atmosphere but it never seems to go anywhere--which gets old over it first seven minutes--and then disappoints hugely when it does finally kick into gear for the final three minutes (7/10).

6. "Liar's Symphony" (6:33) also has incredible sound--creates a wonderful atmosphere over the first two-thirds of the song, but disappoints with its climax (8/10).

7. "Greatnot" (8:48) is great for being more stable and even keeled start to finish (9/10).

8. The finale, "Journey" (10:23) is another odd one in that it's four parts are not necessarily cohesive (except for the drumming and, perhaps, the story line)--and yet it shows potential and holds the listener for its promise and possibilities. The dark, brooding opening section is straight out of RIVERSIDE's repertoire, the middle section sounds a bit like a SMITHS song, the third section is plastered by an over-dominant two-chord power chord, while the end section of sound effects of metal and glass objects again simply mystifies. (8/10).

A band with some great sound, creating great atmospheric textures, but that somehow goes off in odd and unsatisfying directions when it amps things up--usually in the middle or ending sections. Huge potential--definitely a band I will be watching.

A good three star album; good but non-essential.

 Rage For Order by QUEENSRYCHE album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.99 | 306 ratings

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Rage For Order
Queensr che Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Rage for Order is where I and the critical consensus around Queensryche part ways - whilst many consider it a substantial improvement over The Warning and an important stepping stone on the way to fan favourite album Operation: Mindcrime. I agree to the extent that this is a transitional album between the sound of their debut and Operation: Mindcrime; my basic disagreement is that I do not consider this an improvement. Whereas The Warning left me energised, Rage For Order leaves me cold, not quite feeling progressive enough to scratch the progressive metal itch and feeling a little too calculated to be an enjoyable bit of melodic metal. Plus I find that at this point Geoff Tate's singing style starts to lurch into self-parody.
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