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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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4.29 | 2243 ratings
IMAGES AND WORDS
Dream Theater
4.28 | 2307 ratings
METROPOLIS PART 2: SCENES FROM A MEMORY
Dream Theater
4.26 | 1294 ratings
SECOND LIFE SYNDROME
Riverside
4.24 | 990 ratings
THE PERFECT ELEMENT PART 1
Pain Of Salvation
4.22 | 859 ratings
OPERATION: MINDCRIME
Queensrÿche
4.21 | 896 ratings
REMEDY LANE
Pain Of Salvation
4.20 | 1010 ratings
ANNO DOMINI HIGH DEFINITION
Riverside
4.20 | 962 ratings
THE HUMAN EQUATION
Ayreon
4.19 | 880 ratings
OUT OF MYSELF
Riverside
4.19 | 308 ratings
THE ART OF NAVIGATING BY THE STARS
Sieges Even
4.16 | 555 ratings
V: THE NEW MYTHOLOGY SUITE
Symphony X
4.13 | 1547 ratings
SIX DEGREES OF INNER TURBULENCE
Dream Theater
4.20 | 243 ratings
THE FULLNESS OF TIME
Redemption
4.11 | 1633 ratings
AWAKE
Dream Theater
4.13 | 719 ratings
BE
Pain Of Salvation
4.12 | 583 ratings
INTO THE ELECTRIC CASTLE
Ayreon
4.13 | 368 ratings
ROOM V
Shadow Gallery
4.17 | 197 ratings
INTO THE EVERFLOW
Psychotic Waltz
4.13 | 314 ratings
PERFECT SYMMETRY
Fates Warning
4.21 | 135 ratings
MERCY FALLS
Seventh Wonder
4.16 | 206 ratings
A SOCIAL GRACE
Psychotic Waltz
4.13 | 289 ratings
A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY
Fates Warning
4.15 | 195 ratings
TEMPLE OF SHADOWS
Angra
4.09 | 475 ratings
LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT 2
Liquid Tension Experiment
4.12 | 258 ratings
THE BLACK HALO
Kamelot
4.09 | 437 ratings
ENTROPIA
Pain Of Salvation
4.16 | 168 ratings
STREETS - A ROCK OPERA
Savatage
4.09 | 448 ratings
THE DIVINE WINGS OF TRAGEDY
Symphony X
4.23 | 105 ratings
PARADOX
Royal Hunt
4.11 | 274 ratings
DISCONNECTED
Fates Warning
4.11 | 261 ratings
TYRANNY
Shadow Gallery
4.24 | 92 ratings
THE TOWERS OF AVARICE
Zero Hour
4.10 | 288 ratings
PARALLELS
Fates Warning
4.06 | 754 ratings
SHRINE OF NEW GENERATION SLAVES
Riverside
4.06 | 473 ratings
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Ayreon
4.23 | 81 ratings
RITUAL
Shaman / Shaaman
4.13 | 146 ratings
THELI
Therion
4.10 | 175 ratings
A GENTLEMAN'S HURRICANE
Mind's Eye
4.08 | 224 ratings
CRITICAL MASS
Threshold
4.05 | 349 ratings
MARCH OF PROGRESS
Threshold
4.12 | 125 ratings
CALLING THE EARTH TO WITNESS
Darkwater
4.05 | 248 ratings
SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE
Arch / Matheos
4.10 | 134 ratings
VOVIN
Therion
4.10 | 135 ratings
CELESTIAL ENTRANCE
Pagan's Mind
4.08 | 166 ratings
THE ORIGINS OF RUIN
Redemption
4.05 | 217 ratings
THE GREAT ESCAPE
Seventh Wonder
4.04 | 223 ratings
NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH
Blind Guardian
4.24 | 59 ratings
COSMOGENESIS
Gru
4.04 | 216 ratings
TALES OF THE SANDS
Myrath
4.14 | 89 ratings
DELUSIONS
To-Mera
4.21 | 64 ratings
GRITARÉ
Matraz
4.09 | 117 ratings
JEREMIAS - FORESHADOW OF FORGOTTEN REALMS
Circle of Illusion
4.03 | 211 ratings
BURN THE SUN
Ark
4.07 | 137 ratings
THE TIDE, THE THIEF & RIVER'S END
Caligula's Horse
4.06 | 151 ratings
IN SEARCH OF TRUTH
Evergrey
4.04 | 189 ratings
CHRIST 0
Vanden Plas
4.28 | 45 ratings
JOURNEY OF A ROUGH DIAMOND
Mind Key
4.00 | 272 ratings
RAGE FOR ORDER
Queensrÿche
4.17 | 65 ratings
MENTAL TORMENTS
Spheric Universe Experience
4.03 | 169 ratings
HOLY LAND
Angra
4.57 | 23 ratings
SONGS FOR INSECTS
Thought Industry
4.01 | 201 ratings
SYNTHETIC
Hemina
4.08 | 98 ratings
ABYDOS
Abydos
4.18 | 58 ratings
INTELLIGENT DESIGN
Shaolin Death Squad
3.97 | 412 ratings
ONE HOUR BY THE CONCRETE LAKE
Pain Of Salvation
4.10 | 84 ratings
IN YOUR MULTITUDE
Conception
4.20 | 50 ratings
JUST THE TWO OF US ME AND THEM
Mindflow
4.08 | 84 ratings
SECTION X
Beyond Twilight
3.99 | 194 ratings
OCEANBORN
Nightwish
4.08 | 84 ratings
SANCTUS IGNIS
Adagio
3.96 | 299 ratings
PROMISED LAND
Queensrÿche
3.99 | 170 ratings
IMAGINATIONS FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Blind Guardian
4.02 | 120 ratings
EDGE OF THORNS
Savatage
4.00 | 136 ratings
BEYOND DAYLIGHT
Vanden Plas
4.14 | 55 ratings
MI KUBBESI
Nekropsi
4.01 | 126 ratings
A SENSE OF CHANGE
Sieges Even
3.94 | 453 ratings
THE ODYSSEY
Symphony X
4.31 | 32 ratings
TO DIMENSION LOGIC
Vauxdvihl
4.00 | 140 ratings
HARVEST AORTA
Ephemeral Sun
3.97 | 194 ratings
UTOPIA
Distorted Harmony
4.01 | 121 ratings
FIVE DEADLY VENOMS
Shaolin Death Squad
4.02 | 109 ratings
UNDERWORLD
Adagio
4.00 | 133 ratings
GUTTER BALLET
Savatage
3.98 | 166 ratings
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
Blind Guardian
4.00 | 124 ratings
TRANSCENDENCE
Crimson Glory
3.99 | 137 ratings
FOR THE LOVE OF ART AND THE MAKING
Beyond Twilight
4.13 | 52 ratings
5TH SEASON
Dreamscape
4.66 | 16 ratings
MODS CARVE THE PIG
Thought Industry
3.95 | 221 ratings
HYPOTHETICAL
Threshold
4.00 | 114 ratings
HOPE
Myrath
3.98 | 126 ratings
NEBULAE
Hemina
3.97 | 130 ratings
EXILE
To-Mera
3.89 | 1298 ratings
A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS
Dream Theater
3.98 | 112 ratings
MIRAGE - A PORTRAYAL OF FIGURES
Flaming Row
3.94 | 206 ratings
SUBSURFACE
Threshold
4.31 | 27 ratings
OMNIEM
Jinetes Negros
3.95 | 156 ratings
SING-ALONG SONGS FOR THE DAMNED & DELIRIOUS
Diablo Swing Orchestra
3.95 | 158 ratings
VOICE IN THE LIGHT
Amaran's Plight
4.03 | 67 ratings
DARK DECEIVER
Zero Hour
4.01 | 76 ratings
GAIA
Mago de Oz

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 Night On Bröcken by FATES WARNING album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.64 | 108 ratings

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Night On Bröcken
Fates Warning Progressive Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
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2 stars FATES WARNING was formed all the way back in 1982 in Hartford, CT in the midst of the NWOBHM really taking the world by storm. In the beginning the band consisted of the twin guitar assault of Jim Matheos (the only constant member since the beginning) and Victor Arduini, drums handled by Stever Zimmerman, bass by Joe DiBiase and the trenchant vocal duties of John Arch whose well developed tenor head voice earned him comparisons to Geoff Tate of Queensryche and Midnight of Crimson Glory, but as the majority of reviewers of this album have already pointed out, it's Iron Maiden who gets most of the credit for pretty much all of the influences on board on this debut release NIGHT ON BRÖCKEN. The title comes from a mountain in Germany associated with witches in Goethe's "Faust."

It's hard to believe this band would go on to become one of the most innovative progressive metal bands of the ages on this release. First of all there is nothing progressive here at all and it is debatable if there is really anything original at all to be heard. To me this sounds like an Iron Maiden demo in a parallel universe where Bruce Dickinson was in the band at the beginning and recorded a demo or two. I have a highly sensitive ear to plagiarism and it doesn't get any stronger than on this first album. Not only does Arch nail Dickinson's vocals in tone, register and intensity but the guitars and bass perfectly mirror Maiden's thundering galloping and chord progressions. The three albums "Number Of The Beast," "Piece Of Mind" and "Powerslave" are the fertile grounds of choice to copy here and it sounds to me like they simply rearranged riffs, leads, drum rolls etc to create newly assembled songs with new titles.

Just a few examples: "Kiss Of Death" uses a "2 Minutes 2 Midnight" riff and "Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariners" gallop. "Night On Bröcken" employs a "Quest For Fire" drum roll which is followed by the band almost exactly like the original. "Shadowfax" copies "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)." I could go on and on about which track rips off which riffs, lead, drum roll etc but.... yawn! The acoustic "S.E.K." may be the most original piece on here sounding like something different but unfortunately it only lasts over a minute. This one is an extreme disappointment. Not progressive. Not original. Not even a decent copycat job. I can stand it from time to time when a band simply nails every aspect of the band they are ripping off but in the case of NIGHT ON BRÖCKEN i find it hard to even sit through it without cringing. If you want a really good Iron Maiden clone band then go straight to Russia's АРИЯ (Aria) who not only matches Maiden's intensity and skill sets but also adds some original touches to the mix. This, i'm sorry to say, does none of that. For completists only.

 Odyssey / Scala by TESSERACT album cover DVD/Video, 2015
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Odyssey / Scala
TesseracT Progressive Metal

Review by Mebert78

— First review of this album —
4 stars There is no bigger fan of Tesseract's Altered State album than me. I saw the band twice after that album's release in 2013 -- once that fall in Brooklyn, and once the next year in Manhattan just prior to vocalist Ashe O'Hara's departure -- and to say I immensely enjoyed both shows is an understatement. The energy coming from both the band and crowd was insane. Needless to say, I was eager to relive some of the tour's magic -- and that's where this live CD/DVD, Odyssey/Scala, comes into play. It's the band's first live audio/video release.

As much as I looked forward to the album, I admit I was ready for a letdown for two reasons: 1) O'Hara, who had captivated me on Altered State, doesn't perform on this album as Daniel Tompkins has resumed his role as vocalist; 2) Century Media Records released a video clip, "Concealing Fate (Parts 2 and 3)," a month earlier on YouTube, and I found the editing to be rapid and disorienting. But I approached the release with an open mind. The DVD kicks off with the silhouette of band members as they take the dark stage at Scala, a night club and music venue in London where the footage was filmed on Nov. 6, 2014. And within seconds, the band explodes with an unexpected, yet awesome, opener: "Singularity." The band just continues to rip through their technically-complex catalog from there with surgical precision.

The past two years have been an important time for Tesseract with their popularity beginning to skyrocket due to the success of Altered State, which was nominated for Prog magazine's 2013 Album of the Year. This live CD/DVD captures the lineup in the midst of that upswing. It's akin to Dream Theater's "Live in Tokyo" VHS in 1993. You're seeing one of the next big progressive metal bands in their element after their breakthrough album. You're seeing the hunger of a young band, a crowd's passion for that band's innovative sound, and the band's desire to blow the balls off of everyone watching. It's something that can't be recaptured a few years from now. This is the moment. And Tesseract bottles it perfectly with Scala.

Yes, the editing is a little quick at times, but it's not as bad as I thought upon watching the clip online. In fact, I liked the camera angles. I felt like I'd viewed the show from every nook and cranny of Scala. One moment you're practically on top of the drum kit of Jay Postones, the next you're right alongside the fast fingers of guitarist Acle Kahney, then you're getting a glimpse of the bare feet of bassist Amos Williams. I also liked the high number of audience shots. Some concert videos often overlook the fans, which can give a sterile vibe. But not here. This captured the head banging, crowd surfing, and fist pumping of all in attendance.

My only complaints are the omission of "Exiled" and Tompkins' occasional use of falsetto on Altered State tracks in spots where O'Hara belted them at full strength. As an Altered State junkie, that's a no-no for me. But it seemed like it was only a stylistic choice by Tompkins, who showed in other tunes that he can hit high notes with the very best of them. He'd also performed with the theatrics and emotion of Geoff Tate, which is right up my alley. While I prefer O'Hara's voice, there's no doubt that Tompkins has a much better stage presence.

The live CD is also just as on-point as the DVD. The band sounds terrific and you can even hear the crowd chant "one more song" at the end of the disc, which includes an assortment of performances throughout Europe and Russia in 2014. The album's digipak even features one particularly silly picture of the band all sitting on rocking chairs on a store's front porch. They're all straight-faced except for Postones, who is clutching a giant lollipop and smiling widely. It shows a refreshingly funny side of a band that makes some very serious music.

In closing, Odyssey/Scala is a must-have for any Tesseract fan. But, of course, what really matters is whether the band can continue their upswing on their next album later this year. It's going to be hard to top Altered State, but this band has the talent to achieve anything.

- Michael R. Ebert (progzombie.blogspot.com)

 Step Beyond by WITHOUT WARNING album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.96 | 5 ratings

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Step Beyond
Without Warning Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Third album of this discret band and finaly thier swansong named Step beyond from 1998. Well, I like this band, they had solid musicianship and some pretty good albums, specially thir second one Belive. On step beyond the production is great, and aswell some great pieces here like opening title track, some more to check out are Turning page or the longest tune The embrace, very nice arrangements, prog metal with musical intricacies and very good voice. This album aswell like previous ones, are more towards the type of prog metal without unnecesarry show of on instrumental passages, all is well constructed. A band that is my opinion needed a more recognition, they are pretty good. 3.5 stars for this one, on same level with previous ones.

 11:59:59 by ALCHEMY X album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.16 | 6 ratings

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11:59:59
Alchemy X Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "11:59:59" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US, New Jersey based progressive metal act Alchemy X. The album was released through Unisound Records in July 2003. Information about Alchemy X are rather sparse, but the band apparently formed around 1999 and released "A Delicate Balance (1999)" and 4 years later "11:59:59" followed. As of now (May 2015), they haven´t released anything since.

The music on "11:59:59" is progressive metal and pretty much continue where the music on "A Delicate Balance (1999)" left off. That means pretty standard nineties progressive metal influenced at various points by artists like Dream Theater, Fates Warning and Symphony X. The instrumental musicianship is decent and lead vocalist Bob Mitchell, who has taken over the vocal duties from Martin Morin since the release of the debut album, does a decent job too. The sound production is a bit of an issue, which was also an issue I had with the debut album, so it´s a bit disappointing that Alchemy X have not done something about it for this release. If anything the sound production is even weaker on "11:59:59" than was the case on "A Delicate Balance (1999)".

Unfortunately the songwriting has not improved either, and again we´re treated to some rather generic sounding progressive metal that desperately seems to scream for something original or memorable for the listener to hold on to. Like the case was with "A Delicate Balance (1999)", this album isn´t completely bad or anything like that, but it´s just very standard quality material and a 3 star (60%) rating is fair.

 A Delicate Balance by ALCHEMY X album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.05 | 3 ratings

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A Delicate Balance
Alchemy X Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "A Delicate Balance" is the debut full-length studio album by US, New Jersey based progressive metal act Alchemy X. The album was released through Plastic Giraffe Productions in February 1999. Information about Alchemy X are rather sparse, but the band apparently formed around 1999 and released "A Delicate Balance" and 4 years later "11:59:59" followed. As of now (May 2015), they haven't released anything since.

The music on "A Delicate Balance" is what I would call traditional nineties progressive metal (progressive metal with keyboards, although the keyboards are not the dominant instrument on the album. That's the guitars). I hear influences from acts like Dream Theater, Fates Warning and Symphony X. The band are relatively well playing and lead vocalist Martin Morin is fairly skilled. The vocal melodies aren't that memorable though and it's in the songwriting department that Alchemy X aren't comparable to the artists mentioned above. The sound production, while not terrible or anything like that, also leaves a bit to be desired. It simply lacks power.

So while "A Delicate Balance" is a professional sounding release and it's relatively enjoyable while it plays, it doesn't exactly leave a lasting impression, or provide Alchemy X with a recognisable signature sound. To my ears they are pretty generic sounding and an example of very standard quality nineties progressive metal. Still a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

 At The Edge Of Time by BLIND GUARDIAN album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.65 | 101 ratings

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At The Edge Of Time
Blind Guardian Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'At the Edge of Time' - Blind Guardian (74/100)

Regardless of the places they've ventured since, I believe Blind Guardian's career-defining arc ended with A Twist in the Myth. The disappointing Follow the Blind notwithstanding, each subsequent album sought to outdo the previous installment in progressive ambitions. This arc, as steady as it was, culminated in near-overwhelming proportions with their seventh LP A Night at the Opera, an over-the- top musical feast with every element in their sound amplified to its conceivable limit. Although fans were even further polarized by Blind Guardian's decision to break the arc for a relatively accessible, song-based collection with A Twist in the Myth, I think it stood as a natural part of that evolution. They had a proper rising action with their first five albums, a climax with Nightfall in Middle-Earth and A Night at the Opera, and with A Twist in the Myth, they had their natural denouement.

But where does that leave Blind Guardian's more recent output; specifically their eighth album At the Edge of Time? There's some optimistic part of me that would like to see this as a brand new chapter in the band's development; they're arguably more confident in themselves in this decade than they ever have before. As I continue to listen to the album however, I get the impression that At the Edge of Time ushered in the truly post-classic era in their career. It is not as ambitious nor as challenging as A Night at the Opera, nor is it as stylistically risky as A Twist in the Myth. Rather, this is Blind Guardian taking a long look at their past achievements, and distilling their most characteristic elements to make a veritable fan-pleaser of an album. All the things you know and love (or hate) about the band are on At the Edge of Time; and though it doesn't sound like they pushed themselves here the way they have on albums past, I'd be lying if I denied the fact these ingredients have resulted in an immensely solid album nonetheless.

In a broad sense, At the Edge of Time represents the ultimate stagnation of Blind Guardian's sound. Everything-- the larger-than-life choruses, the fantasy-themed lyrics, the bombastic orchestrations, the mandatory minstrel ballads, the Queen-tinged guitar leads, the symphonic epics and the speed-fueled power metal assaults-- have been heard on albums past. Following A Night at the Opera and its natural rebuttal in A Twist in the Myth, I don't believe there were further heights they could take the music. As it happens, At the Edge of Time only appears to advance their art in terms of sheer budget; the production is sharper than it ever was before, and they finally have a live orchestra to match their symphonic ambitions. The music itself however, for all intents, is built from entirely familiar ingredients. At the Edge of Time was not an exciting development in their career; it began the purely fan-pleasing phase of their career that their most recent album Beyond the Red Mirror has only seen fit to continue.

And yet I love the album.

I've enjoyed it as much as any power metal album to come out this decade. Is this shamelessly hypocritical fanboyism at its worst? Possibly; but I think there is more to it. I really believe that only a band with a style as individual and distinct as Blind Guardian could risk stagnating on their pre-existing laurels and still create exhilarating art. Even without the impression of adventurous spirit that made Somewhere Far Beyond and others such classics, At the Edge of Time is filled with memorable songwriting, brought to life with much of the same attention to detail that has kept me coming back to their back catalogue. For one, "Tanelorn (Into the Void)" stands among the very best of the fast songs they've done; the chorus is one of the most exciting vocal arrangements I've ever heard from Hansi, and the song's arguably even better than "The Quest for Tanelorn" off Somewhere Far Beyond almost two decades before it. By this point in their career, Blind Guardian know how to milk the best out of their style.

"Valkyries" is another favourite of mine off the album; as energetic and epic as a power ballad has any right of being. As much as I could predict the presence of their mandatory plunge into acoustic minstrelsy, "Curse My Name" is a particularly good acoustic tune from them; comparisons with "A Past and Future Secret" off Imaginations from the Other Side wouldn't go unfounded. "Sacred Worlds" and "Wheel of Time" evoke the band's more orchestrated, epic side. It's on these tracks that the album's most notable innovation- a live orchestra- are highlighted. Although Blind Guardian take a similarly bombastic "Hollywood score" to their orchestrations like Rhapsody of Fire and Nightwish, it's surprisingly refreshing to hear the band finally working alongside a full-blown accompaniment.

Though I may cite "Ride into Obsession" and "Control the Divine" as less memorable songs, they're perfectly capable tracks in their own right. At the Edge of Time benefits from the fact that it has no truly weak links to it. By this stage of their career, Blind Guardian are clearly aware of what does and doesn't work in their formula. Although I would have imagined the 'same-old' approach to their albumcraft would have resulted in a less inspired performance, Blind Guardian sound as passionate in their execution as ever here. The album benefits from one of Hansi Kürsch's greatest vocal performances. Particularly on "Tanelorn (Into the Void)" and "Curse My Name", he amply demonstrates that his voice has lost none of its power with age, and we should continue to expect the best from him.

My obvious cynicism aside; Blind Guardian show some major confidence in themselves with At the Edge of Time. They have a perfect grasp of their style, and know exactly where they want to go in their music. For good and bad alike, Blind Guardian have reached full maturity.

 Riddles, Questions, Poetry & Outrage  by LEVIATHAN album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.11 | 9 ratings

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Riddles, Questions, Poetry & Outrage
Leviathan Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars One of the lesser known prog metal acts from the 90s is for sure the americans from Leviathan. Even they released 3 albums in mid to late 90s they disbanded in early 00s and then reform to release two more albums few years back. Well, the best offerings are the first 3 albums, with a plus on their second offer from 1996 named Riddles, questions, poetry and outrage I don't know why this band didn't recive more reviews or ratings across the years, this album in particulary offering some great prog metal totaly a typical for prog scene, that is meaning they don't sound at all like DT for instance or Shadow Gallery. Is a perfect example of a band trying to push against the flow of that period. The music is not overly complex but there are some very nice instrumental sections. A combination of Fates Warning/Queensryce and similar with bands such as Clockwork also from USA and few more. Pieces like opening Census Of Stars or Madness Endeavor showing exactly the potential of this band, excellent prog metal from clean voices to inspired instrumental parts, this was the prog metal from the 90s, a well written and performed style. To me a truly great album that desearves a far more recognition. 3 solid stars rounded to 3.5 for sure.

 Heavy Meddle by MAGIC ELF album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.15 | 13 ratings

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Heavy Meddle
Magic Elf Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Magic Elf - an excellent instrumental heavy prog/prog metal with a slightly jazz fusion elements thrown in here and there is from New York, USA with two albums in their pockets so far. The second album from 2003 named Heavy meddle is a real gem of an album, really some fantastic passages here, the cherry on the cake is for sure Carl Roa - the head of the band and the guitarist. I can say easy wow, what a great underated guitarist, he playing so easy on the instrument. Reminescent in many places with Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse, Rush and in same league with another obscure band from USA named Wyzards, same aproach , musicaly speaking. Very freash pieces where Carl Roa simply shines, there is some intense instrumental arrangements here (all albums is instrumental) that typical energic heavy prog with some fantastic musicianship. Also there are some complicated, twisted and technical stuff here but aswell combined with a more melodic orentation - the resul is really inspired and pleasent. All pieces are great, not a single weak moment here. Heavy meddle is regarded among fans as the best from the two released albums of the band and one of the major instrumetals albums of last decade. The quality of the music is high calibre and for that reason I can only recommend this one to all fans of instrumental prog to check it, belive me worth every second. A very nice art work too. 4 stars easy, top notch release.

 Age of Elegance by LORD BANE album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.07 | 4 ratings

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Age of Elegance
Lord Bane Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars This totaly unknown US prog metal band named Lord Bane released as far as I know only one album in 1994 named Age of elegance and then gone into oblivion and disbanded in early '00. They reunite but under diffrent name - Morpheous releasing one album in 2003 named Needle's eye. Well, what we have of Age of elegance is something like a tribut to Queensrycke, Fates Warning and Crimson Glory, that epic prog metal with soaring vocal parts and quite good guitar passages. For me the forte point on this album is the voice of Shawn Ame, I like this type of vocals, very much founded later one on quite many prog metal acts, among others on Mercury Rising or australians Eyefear. For me the best tune is Fawns, excellent prog metal from early days of thys style when not every band sounding like DT. A nice obscure record, nice art work aswell. For me a good one and desearve 3 stars.

 The Forgotten Tales by BLIND GUARDIAN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1996
3.66 | 43 ratings

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The Forgotten Tales
Blind Guardian Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'The Forgotten Tales' - Blind Guardian (78/100)

Blind Guardian are one of those bands with a style so unique as to be inimitable. You'll never find someone covering a song of theirs that does the original justice; their music is indelibly tied to a sound only they can provide. Conversely, their grasp of character makes them uniquely predisposed towards performing great covers of their own. It's not just the voice of Hansi Kürsch that really makes their covers truly 'work', nor is it Andre Olbrich's distinctively playful guitar work or even the band's heady rhythm section. A fine part of what makes them so successful with covers is the fact that they choose songs that are perfectly suited to highlighting aspects of themselves that are already present in their own music, even if it's not obvious on paper. The Forgotten Tales has several of these gems and much more. When all the lights go down and I'm looking for something just a bit different from their usual fare, this compilation encompasses their best-loved odds and ends, and shouldn't be dismissed as the sort of 'hardcore fans only' fare that releases of this sort usually amount to.

The Forgotten Tales was released a year after Imaginations from the Other Side was unveiled to the world; as such, I think it allows us to glance into a different side of the band in the midst of their creative peak. For an album essentially cut between curious covers and alternative renditions of existing songs, this release feels remarkably well-sculpted. Although I couldn't quite see myself recommending the album to someone who wasn't already enamoured with any one of their full-lengths, it is really to Blind Guardian's credit that much of the material here is memorable in its own right. A few of the alt versions are potentially even superior to their original counterparts.

It is strange to think that a couple of the cuts here were among my first experiences of Blind Guardian. I remember seeing the video of their "Mr. Sandman" cover and having a good laugh over the heavy metal spookification of an innocent pop standard. Their Beach Boys covers of "Surfin' USA" and "Barbara Ann" (originally by The Regents) are just as silly, but every bit as fun. After the comic dust settles however, it's actually impressive that Blind Guardian managed to take classics from another genre and make them their own. Covering Mike Oldfield's "To France", they make the song their own in such a way that it sounds like they penned it themselves. Hansi Kürsch is gifted with a unique voice that could make Mariah Carey covers potentially enjoyable to listen to, but the entire band inject themselves into these songs. They have substance and thought behind them; call them curiosities if you will, but these covers deserve more than to be tossed away after a single listen.

The alternate versions are even more interesting to me. It's as if Blind Guardian are covering themselves; the essence of each song remains intact, but each carries a different mood. In most cases (their more elaborate arrangement of "Black Chamber" notwithstanding) this entails the song getting softer, but not 'unplugged' as it were. The orchestral and folky instrumentation that tends to get sidelined in their full-length material takes centrestage on these versions, and it sounds just as thoughtfully arranged as something you might hear on one of their more substantial releases.

Compared to a lot of the money grabbing [&*!#]streaks that usually pass for fan comps, The Forgotten Tales is pretty incredible. It doesn't leave anywhere near the mark of Imaginations from the Other Side or another of their full-lengths, but it does dare to be listened to and enjoyed as much. Put simply, this is a collection of well-crafted outcasts; few of them would have rightly fit on a real album, but placed together they're pretty endearing, and should be experienced by anyone who calls themselves more than a casual fan of the band.

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