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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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4.29 | 2285 ratings
IMAGES AND WORDS
Dream Theater
4.28 | 2354 ratings
METROPOLIS PART 2: SCENES FROM A MEMORY
Dream Theater
4.26 | 1327 ratings
SECOND LIFE SYNDROME
Riverside
4.24 | 1007 ratings
THE PERFECT ELEMENT PART 1
Pain Of Salvation
4.23 | 910 ratings
REMEDY LANE
Pain Of Salvation
4.21 | 876 ratings
OPERATION: MINDCRIME
Queensr che
4.19 | 1020 ratings
ANNO DOMINI HIGH DEFINITION
Riverside
4.19 | 902 ratings
OUT OF MYSELF
Riverside
4.18 | 980 ratings
THE HUMAN EQUATION
Ayreon
4.20 | 313 ratings
THE ART OF NAVIGATING BY THE STARS
Sieges Even
4.13 | 1578 ratings
SIX DEGREES OF INNER TURBULENCE
Dream Theater
4.20 | 242 ratings
THE FULLNESS OF TIME
Redemption
4.15 | 577 ratings
V: THE NEW MYTHOLOGY SUITE
Symphony X
4.11 | 1671 ratings
AWAKE
Dream Theater
4.13 | 725 ratings
BE
Pain Of Salvation
4.12 | 595 ratings
INTO THE ELECTRIC CASTLE
Ayreon
4.18 | 201 ratings
INTO THE EVERFLOW
Psychotic Waltz
4.13 | 370 ratings
ROOM V
Shadow Gallery
4.17 | 212 ratings
A SOCIAL GRACE
Psychotic Waltz
4.13 | 319 ratings
PERFECT SYMMETRY
Fates Warning
4.21 | 139 ratings
MERCY FALLS
Seventh Wonder
4.16 | 201 ratings
TEMPLE OF SHADOWS
Angra
4.13 | 298 ratings
A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY
Fates Warning
4.10 | 468 ratings
THE DIVINE WINGS OF TRAGEDY
Symphony X
4.13 | 265 ratings
THE BLACK HALO
Kamelot
4.16 | 173 ratings
STREETS - A ROCK OPERA
Savatage
4.23 | 109 ratings
PARADOX
Royal Hunt
4.08 | 768 ratings
SHRINE OF NEW GENERATION SLAVES
Riverside
4.09 | 441 ratings
ENTROPIA
Pain Of Salvation
4.09 | 481 ratings
LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT 2
Liquid Tension Experiment
4.25 | 91 ratings
THE TOWERS OF AVARICE
Zero Hour
4.12 | 260 ratings
TYRANNY
Shadow Gallery
4.11 | 280 ratings
DISCONNECTED
Fates Warning
4.10 | 298 ratings
PARALLELS
Fates Warning
4.07 | 471 ratings
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Ayreon
4.24 | 80 ratings
RITUAL
Shaman / Shaaman
4.13 | 149 ratings
THELI
Therion
4.06 | 345 ratings
MARCH OF PROGRESS
Threshold
4.10 | 176 ratings
A GENTLEMAN'S HURRICANE
Mind's Eye
4.08 | 227 ratings
CRITICAL MASS
Threshold
4.07 | 241 ratings
SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE
Arch / Matheos
4.08 | 206 ratings
TALES OF THE SANDS
Myrath
4.11 | 139 ratings
VOVIN
Therion
4.12 | 124 ratings
CALLING THE EARTH TO WITNESS
Darkwater
4.06 | 212 ratings
THE GREAT ESCAPE
Seventh Wonder
4.10 | 136 ratings
CELESTIAL ENTRANCE
Pagan's Mind
4.26 | 56 ratings
COSMOGENESIS
Gru
4.22 | 63 ratings
GRITAR╔
Matraz
4.11 | 114 ratings
JEREMIAS - FORESHADOW OF FORGOTTEN REALMS
Circle of Illusion
4.07 | 165 ratings
THE ORIGINS OF RUIN
Redemption
4.09 | 127 ratings
HARVEST MOON
Votum
4.14 | 89 ratings
DELUSIONS
To-Mera
4.04 | 227 ratings
NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH
Blind Guardian
4.08 | 134 ratings
THE TIDE, THE THIEF & RIVER'S END
Caligula's Horse
4.05 | 175 ratings
HOLY LAND
Angra
4.04 | 191 ratings
CHRIST 0
Vanden Plas
4.32 | 42 ratings
JOURNEY OF A ROUGH DIAMOND
Mind Key
4.03 | 212 ratings
BURN THE SUN
Ark
4.19 | 63 ratings
MENTAL TORMENTS
Spheric Universe Experience
4.05 | 154 ratings
IN SEARCH OF TRUTH
Evergrey
4.01 | 282 ratings
RAGE FOR ORDER
Queensr che
4.57 | 23 ratings
SONGS FOR INSECTS
Thought Industry
4.09 | 99 ratings
ABYDOS
Abydos
4.01 | 207 ratings
SYNTHETIC
Hemina
4.18 | 58 ratings
INTELLIGENT DESIGN
Shaolin Death Squad
4.11 | 82 ratings
IN YOUR MULTITUDE
Conception
4.20 | 50 ratings
JUST THE TWO OF US ME AND THEM
Mindflow
3.97 | 413 ratings
ONE HOUR BY THE CONCRETE LAKE
Pain Of Salvation
4.09 | 84 ratings
SANCTUS IGNIS
Adagio
4.00 | 183 ratings
UTOPIA
Distorted Harmony
4.08 | 84 ratings
SECTION X
Beyond Twilight
4.02 | 128 ratings
A SENSE OF CHANGE
Sieges Even
4.03 | 123 ratings
EDGE OF THORNS
Savatage
4.02 | 138 ratings
BEYOND DAYLIGHT
Vanden Plas
3.99 | 198 ratings
OCEANBORN
Nightwish
4.15 | 56 ratings
MI KUBBESI
Nekropsi
3.96 | 307 ratings
PROMISED LAND
Queensr che
4.31 | 32 ratings
TO DIMENSION LOGIC
Vauxdvihl
3.94 | 472 ratings
THE ODYSSEY
Symphony X
4.02 | 114 ratings
HOPE
Myrath
4.01 | 121 ratings
FIVE DEADLY VENOMS
Shaolin Death Squad
4.64 | 17 ratings
MODS CARVE THE PIG
Thought Industry
4.00 | 138 ratings
GUTTER BALLET
Savatage
4.02 | 110 ratings
UNDERWORLD
Adagio
4.00 | 126 ratings
TRANSCENDENCE
Crimson Glory
3.98 | 168 ratings
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
Blind Guardian
3.97 | 170 ratings
IMAGINATIONS FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Blind Guardian
3.99 | 137 ratings
FOR THE LOVE OF ART AND THE MAKING
Beyond Twilight
3.95 | 223 ratings
HYPOTHETICAL
Threshold
3.98 | 139 ratings
HARVEST AORTA
Ephemeral Sun
4.33 | 27 ratings
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Micic, David Maxim
4.11 | 52 ratings
5TH SEASON
Dreamscape
3.99 | 113 ratings
MIRAGE - A PORTRAYAL OF FIGURES
Flaming Row
4.00 | 102 ratings
UNDERWORLD
Symphony X
4.31 | 27 ratings
OMNIEM
Jinetes Negros
3.94 | 209 ratings
SUBSURFACE
Threshold
3.95 | 161 ratings
VOICE IN THE LIGHT
Amaran's Plight
3.97 | 118 ratings
EXILE
To-Mera
4.36 | 23 ratings
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Fughu
3.96 | 124 ratings
NEBULAE
Hemina

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 12:5 by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Live, 2004
4.42 | 250 ratings

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12:5
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review N║ 13

This is my second review of a live album on Progarchives, it's my first review from the band, and it's also the second time I'm going to start reviewing a group, beginning with a live album. The first was 'Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends' of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. With '12:05', when I saw the high ratings given to this Pain Of Salvation live album, on this site, and because I love the band, I became very curious about it. So, soon as I could, I ordered to my supplier to buy it. When I got the album, I realized why it was so very well rated on Progarchives.

In general I prefer studio albums, instead live albums, in the most of the cases. I've especially two main reasons for that. First, usually the studio works are better recorded and produced than the live. Second, very often, the songs are played alive much in the same way that they were performed on its studio versions. In my opinion, a good live album must have the tunes slightly different and performed with other free creativity, than the original studio versions.

Pain Of Salvation is a Swedish tech/extreme progressive metal band founded in 1991, which is, in my humble opinion, one of the best and most original progressive bands in our days. The name Pain Of Salvation signifies, the meaning of balance, taking the good with the bad. It's also a good expression, in everyday use, when something doesn't go the way you planned.

'12:05' is the debut live album of Pain Of Salvation and was released in 2004. It was recorded from a live concert in the band's hometown of Eskilstuna, in Sweden on 12 May 2003 at 12:05. It's an unplugged live concert, totally performed alive with only acoustic instruments. Personally, I enjoy very much music performed with acoustic instrumentation. A performance like this is much more pure, clear and simple, and usually has more passion and naturality.

After 'Remedy Lane', the group engages in the Swedish assembly of the musical piece 'Jesus Christ Superstar', and were being responsible for implementing those songs. Before they do a new album, the band did acoustic shows in Sweden, presenting new approaches to some of their old songs. From those live performances, it would be born this fantastic debut live album, '12:05'.

The line up on '12:05' is the usual in those days. However, the musical instruments played on the live concert are very different from those who are usually used by the band. So, we have Daniel Gildenlow (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Fredrik Hermansson (grand piano and harpsichord), Johan Hallgren (lead and backing vocals and acoustic guitar), Kristoffer Gildenlow (backing vocals, acoustic bass and cello) and Johan Langell (backing vocals and drums).

'12:05' has sixteen tracks. It has songs from all the band's studio albums, until that moment, except from their second studio album 'One Hour By The Concrete Lake'. The album is divided into three parts. The first part is Book I: Genesis ' Brickwork Part 1, which is divided into 5 tracks: 'Leaving Entropia T5 A', 'This Heart Of Mine T5', 'Song For The Innocent T5', 'Descend 1' and 'Leaving Entropia T5 B'. The second part is Book II: Genesister, which is divided into 6 tracks: 'Winning A War T5', 'Reconciliation T5', 'Dryad Of The Woods T5', 'Oblivion Ocean T5', 'Undertow T5' and 'Chainsling T5'. The third part is Book III: Genesinister - Brickwork Part 2, which is divided into 5 tracks: 'Ascend 1', 'Ascend 2', 'Second Love', 'Ashes T5' and 'Descend 2'.

The songs aren't simply the original studio versions played with acoustic instruments. Most of the music here was rearranged with the addition of some new parts. It happened because the group didn't want to simply release a normal Pain Of Salvation live album, but do a live performance, taking a more personal and different approach to the old material. Basically, what they wanted to do was to perform a new album with the old material, and they did it very well.

Conclusion: '12:05' is, in my humble opinion, a very tasteful album and a truly masterpiece in terms of live recordings. It's a must have for almost Pain of Salvation fans, especially for those who aren't fanatic metal heads. If you are a mature metal head that doesn't need everything to be hardcore, put your doubts aside and get it. For those who prefer a more traditional approach to the progressive style of music, and have been turned off by the group's more metallic musical approach to date, should also check it out. Finally, if you are a music fan in general, get it, because this is a wonderful album, with emotional music, full of creativity and performed live flawlessly. The final result of '12:05' is a superior acoustic live album, which sounds to a new musical work. Probably, this is the Pain Of Salvation most accessible album, and for those who doesn't know the band yet, I really suggest they begin with this album. This is with any doubt one of my favourite live albums ever, especially in terms of acoustic performances.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Apocolokyntosys by EMPTY TREMOR album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.92 | 8 ratings

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Apocolokyntosys
Empty Tremor Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars One of my fav musicians from prog metal zone ever are for sure the italians from Empty Tremor. the first two albums released by this band are excellentm being among the best in this genre, at least for me. The first album was released in 1997 and is named Apocolokyntosys. Well, this is in same league with the best of the 90s prog metal, and I mean Images and words, Carved in stone by Shadow Gallery and so on, the influences are also present on this album but is no clone for sure. What impress me every time I am listning to this first offer is how strong musicianship is, the keys and guitars are very well melted together, nice complicated shift, moods, lots of tempo changes, as might be a prog metal album. Also the singer is great, even has that LaBrie tone, Giovanni De Luigi knows very well to sing, from mellow sections to much more rockier, a good singer. The first piece is for sure my fav - The eyes of universe - is simply killer, one of the best I have ever heared in prog metal, great ideas and top notch musicianship + a great vocal passages all over. The rest of the pieces are aswell strong with no weak moments. All in all a not so well known band and album in prog metal field and is a damn shame, but belive me this guys knows bussines, specially the first two albums (this one and Eros & Thanatos) are excellent and recommended albums to all prog metal listners, worth every second. For me an easy 4 stars, nothing compares to old prog metal, the one made in the 90s.

 Underworld by SYMPHONY X album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.00 | 102 ratings

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Underworld
Symphony X Progressive Metal

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Another triumph for Symphony X!

The band have come a long way since their early days when The Divine Wings Of Tragedy and V: The New Mythology Suite made the band a staple name among the progressive metal fans. They even managed to attract the attention of non-metal fans with The Odyssey (specifically it's opus title track) and Paradise Lost. I was personally not a big fans of those last two album since I felt that Symphony X were losing their heavy metal and neoclassical metal influences in exchange for the more straight symphonic metal. Luckily, the release of Iconoclast changed all that by featuring some of the band's heaviest material to date while toning down the symphonic metal side of their sound.

After another four years where Russell Allen managed to keep busy by releasing a bunch of Adrenaline Mob albums plus one new Allen/Lande and Level 10 release respectively, Symphony X suddenly returned with another heavy set of tracks. Underworld sounded initially as business as usual for me since the record continued their classic mix of heavy metal and power metal with a slight shift towards the latter while still maintaining their progressive metal aura.

Two differences that were very clear between Iconoclast and Underworld where the slight shift in tone from almost thrash sounding riffs, on the former, to heavy metal and the other differences being the shorter songs. After a few more spins of the record it was also clear that Underworld was a much more accessible record with most songs featuring memorable melodic hooks and choruses. The first single, Nevermore, being the only exception due to it's strong riffs and verses but completely anticlimactic chorus that ruins the momentum that the rest of the composition manages to build up.

After that weaker intro the album actually gets better with each new track. The title track, Charon and Swansong being some of the highlights in this very solid mix of compositions. It all comes to a triumphant finish with the album's final track. Appropriately titled, Legend managed to completely knock me off my feet by delivering one of the bands stronger tracks in their entire discography. Yes folks, I'm talking about the same quality as Communion And The Oracle and the title opus from The Divine Wings Of Tragedy! The only downside is that the track is merely 6,5 minutes long but I definitely respect Symphony X for not milking the track and instead making it straight and to the point.

If you're a fan of Iconoclast then this album will be an easy purchase for you. Fans of the early Symphony X will probably also enjoy Underworld since there is a stronger power metal emphasis here than what the band have had in years, still I respect them for not taking this influence too far. Hence, you won't find another Of Sins and Shadows or Evolution (The Grand Design) here. What you will find are a bunch of really awesome tracks that are extremely catchy and heavy while maintaining the band's signature progressive metal sound.

***** star songs: Underworld (5:48) Charon (6:07) Legend (6:30)

**** star songs: Without You (5:51) Kiss Of Fire (5:10) Hell And Back (9:24) In My Darkest Hour (4:22) Run With The Devil (5:38) Swansong (7:28)

*** star songs: Overture (2:13) Nevermore (5:30)

 Outworld by OUTWORLD album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.17 | 21 ratings

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Outworld
Outworld Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars OUTWORLD is a fantastic power metal album with strong progressive elements!I had the chance to discover this album several years after it was released!It's a sensational album,made by very competent musicians which shows the endless ways of expression for this type of music!The feeling after a first audition of this album is the one of amazement,because this guys are so impressive in their interpretation-WOW!The instigator of this album is Mr Bobby Williamson,the guy which started after this project ,the amazing band EUMERIA!In OUTWORLD we find the killer guitar shredder-Rusty Cooley-a monster guitar player ,with a fantastic brilliant wizardry!All his solos are impressive,trully fabulous!Also,the keyboard work is colossal,the duels with the guitar are absolutelly sensational!Both are agressive and spectacular and show the fantastic chemistry between this two out of this world musicians-Williamson and Cooley!The voice is impressive too,but it's a little too hysterical sometimes in my humble opinion,in Rob Halford's high register-that's a compliment,but sometimes it's exagerated!Kelly Carpenter has an amazing voice,but here he is pushing some limits,screaming at an unbelieveble level!he's known from BEYOND TWILLIGHT ,but there he sang in a totally different vocal register!!!The bass work and the drumming is phenomenal too!!!Overall,a great musical discovery,a great album,a pure ear delicacy for both fans of power and prog metal lovers!!!!4-4,5 stars without any hesitation!!!
 Rebel Mind by EUMERIA album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.31 | 21 ratings

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Rebel Mind
Eumeria Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

5 stars REBEL MIND is that kind of album which makes such a strong impression on every music fan at the first audition ,and the only expression you can have is-WOW!Absolutelly,this is a more than impressive album of US prog metal which has the gift to put the listener in a state of musical enchantment and fascination!Honestly,I can say that I had the same reaction only after I made the first audition for albums such as-DREAM THEATER-IMAGES AND WORDS....QUEENSRYCHE-OPERATION MINDSCIME...WATCHTOWER-CONTROL AND RESISTANCE....DALI'S DILEMA-MANIFESTO FOR FUTURISM...LEMUR VOICE-INSIGHTS....ALTURA-MERCY.....SHADOW GALLERY-CARVED IN STONE.....ZERO HOUR-TOWERS OF AVARICE....ETERNITY X-THE ADGE...Albums,which I consider to be milestone albums in prog metal!REBEL MIND is so well done,performed,produced,everything is close to perfection under all aspects!Definitelly,the first thing that "hits"your ears is the voice of the guywho sings in the band-absolutelly sensational,just perefect for this type of music!Powerful,yet melodic or agressive when necessary-a wide range of vocal expressions-absolutelly fantastic!Then .the majestic skills of the guitarists-trully fabulous technical registers,diverse and varied,plus the fantastic virtuosity of the keyboard player,the mastermind under EUMERIA-Mr Bobby Williamson,a magician of the keys!!!The rhythm section is amazing too,the drumming work is fabulous and the bass lines are killer too!!!Definitelly,a band of aces,very skilled musicians-top class!Musically speaking,the style is pure prog metal,muscled and melodic in the same time,technical but not in excess,with strong and very articulated compositions and a majestic interpretation for all the young musicians from the band!No weak track,that's rare...If I can choose,find a similar band to EUMERIA,definitelly I would choose LEMUR VOICE,and that's a compliment!!!For me,this is 5 stars album,the production of Jacob Hansen is colossal too and brings a major plus to the album!All my respect and admiration and we wait the second volume asap,please!
 #eMotion by ULYSSES album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.95 | 2 ratings

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#eMotion
Ulysses Progressive Metal

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars The Emptiness Will Vanish ...

I already liked the foreunner album 'The Gift Of Tears' and without thinking twice took the unexpected chance to pick up their new release. The band's comeback needed a proper time again - just let me introduce it like that, since we are speaking of seven years, at least when it comes to a new studio output. Also, it's interesting to know that the line up has not significantly changed during this period, only Gijs Koopman comes along participating as the new bassist.

The well-matching team around guitarist Sylvester Vogelenzang de Jong and Ron Mozer on keys are dealing with human emotions here, this is quite obvious. Each song points to a particular one - featuring an appropriate story behind. Hence this might be considered as a concept album for good reason. Musically '#eMotion' provides fine melodic progressive metal which - not really surprising - basically includes a bunch of heavy guitar riffs and symphonic keys.

As always the quality of the compositions makes the essence, defines all the difference. So this is another example where it all evolved to an extraordinary experience, the longer I was listening. On one hand - speaking of the accessibility - nearly every song features another melody variant and something to sing along. Otherwise, while including several instrumental passages in between, this also will be a pleasant listen for a progressive rock fan who is searching for variety and creativeness.

To name a few specials let me emphasize those growls light on Disgust or the last three minutes of Anticipation which are thrilling due to a fantastic mellotron extension. Sadness shows nice female backing vocals and finally, closing with an intriguing electronic beat, the album excerpt Fear tops it all. I can't get enough of this! Well, secondarily I would say here we have Michael Hos' most emotional vocal presence to state.

Mixed by Guido Aalbers - while taking a recording period of one and a half years - '#eMotion' is something matured, full of comfortable compositions. Not to forget that the band's rhythm backbone makes a substantial contribution too. If somebody should need a comparism I would see them on a level akin to Evergrey, Threshold or Aeon Zen. Album release will be in September, it's worth it, their music does not solely apply to designated prog metal fans.

... And You'll Be Complete One Day

 Soul Seasons by SANVOISEN album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.00 | 4 ratings

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Soul Seasons
Sanvoisen Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Sanvoisen is one of the forgotten, totally unnoticed bands fromn early '90 from Germany, with 2 albums on the market released in 1994 and respectivly this one second offer from 1997 Soul seasons. Then they disbanded few year later and gone into oblivion. First, even they had some worthy concerts across the years opening for greats such as Saxon or Uriah Heep, they remaining unkown in progressive/ power metal zone . Second, the sound is typical teutonic in aproach like many german bands from that era, combining very eficient in places prog metal with power metal elements. I think the second offer is the best from the two, but both have same level. Nothing spectacular here, but good album. Similar with bands such as Queensryche, norwegians from Conception , canadians from In the Nmae and so on. A worthy one that desearves from me 3 stars, all pieces are ok, nothing more, nothing less
 Underworld by SYMPHONY X album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.00 | 102 ratings

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Underworld
Symphony X Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

3 stars On Underworld, Symphony X continues with the fantasy-themed, gothic-tinged, prog-lite power/thrash style of their last few albums, but tilted more toward power metal than the thrashy riffs of Iconoclast. This means there are better pronounced melodies and sing-along choruses (and references to 80s cheese metal), although to someone who is not in love with metal, all of Symphony X probably sounds the same.

The guitarist and the singer are super-talented, of course, but I feel that most of the songs follow the same predictable formula - consisting of a, admittedly, kick-ass riff, a sing-along chorus and a show- offy solo. No one should hold against Sympnony X the fact that they toned down the progressiveness and neo-classical influences of their early days, but there are literally hundreds of bands playing the same style. And even the fact that Symphony X do it better than most doesn't elevate this album in my book.

 Voices In My Head by RIVERSIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
3.62 | 181 ratings

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Voices In My Head
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by ergaster

3 stars 3.5/5

The second Riverside release, Voices in My Head, was offered as a sort of placeholder for the fans, after the excitement of the first album and while they waited for the next. It is brief, as befits an EP, presenting five new tracks and three live performances of songs from Out of Myself. It showcases the gentle, acoustic side of the band, and is notable for being the first studio appearance of their new keyboard player Michał Łapaj, who had taken over from Jacek Melnicki.

The new tracks on Voices in My Head are all ballads save one (which is exceptional in more than this), essentially acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards, and Duda's lovely voice. The three live tracks were taken from a show played in Warsaw in 2004, and maybe can be regarded as a road-test to see how well Łapaj was going to fit in.

Overall the EP is pleasant, the tracks short, beautiful, acoustic guitar and piano; but too many ballads in a row leads one to perhaps forget that this is (theoretically) a Riverside release and not a Mariusz Duda solo effort with guests. Still, these songs arrow straight for the heart, taking full advantage of the delicately intimate side of Duda's voice and lyrics, silky and yearning. "The Time I was Daydreaming" and "Acronym Love" (which would re-emerge a decade later as a somewhat re-worked live showstopper) are the best songs along that line.

And then...the remarkable "Dna Ts. Rednum Or F. Raf", with its too-clever-by-half backward title, charges headlong into the middle of this otherwise rather sedate set: a rocking, chugging track with a rumbling bassline and compelling hypnotic rhythm (no live drums, but drum machine), it thunders along powerful and unique, and remains one of the outstanding tracks in the entire Riverside canon. I don't know if it ever got played live, but it might be worth seeing -- this track at full bore has roof-raising potential.

Overall, Voices in My Head lacks the stylistic variety and signature sound associated with Riverside as a band; it seems more a Duda/Łapaj effort, with some Grudziński thrown in. I tend to sample this EP rather than listen to it through: "Dna Ts. Rednum Or F. Raf" has become a staple, and a couple of other tracks get play depending on mood. I think what we have is what it was intended to be: a collection of extra tracks assembled to help fans endure the wait between albums. It certainly does not have the status or quality of the band's other EP.

 Anno Domini High Definition by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.19 | 1020 ratings

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Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by ergaster

4 stars 4.5/5

And then there were four....

Mariusz Duda, when interviewed, often likes to draw attention to a couple of things: that Riverside has a recognizably distinctive sound, and the band does not like to remain static in that sound. These facts are abundantly clear nowadays, but I warrant that even after three albums, the second point was not so obvious. The Trilogy introduced an unmistakable Riverside-ish musical Gestalt, one that essentially defined them and even though there were some differences from album to album (especially in regard to how heavy they became), there really was a unity of sound that likely has helped pigeonhole them in the "progressive" category from which it is proving difficult for the guys to extract themselves (in fact, anyone who has paid any attention at all to interviews and comments over the past couple of years will realize that being styled 'progressive metal' is somewhat of a Duda bugbear).

Anno Domini High Definition (ADHD), their fourth album (with its four-word title and double-entendre acronym) was the first album where this desire for stylistic change became undeniably manifest. And what a change it was. It must have seemed as if they were not just abandoning their lush progressive roots, but dropkicking them into the next solar system. The guys took their sumptuous atmospheric sound and slammed it head on into a heavy metal wall; they embraced it so enthusiastically one might even suspect they were eager for a change. The lush keyboards acquired a much harder edge. The guitars are dense and raunchy and full of relentless energy, the bass punchy and riff-heavy, taking the lead like it had never done before. Piotr Kozieradzki must have been in drum heaven on this one, with his extensive death metal background. No acoustic guitar, no ballads, no real soft pieces except the start of "Left Out'. For all that, Duda's first point stands: There is no doubt we are listening to Riverside -- their distinctive core stands untouched.

The album is a departure in more ways than music. It looks very different: designed by Travis Smith, but with a glaringly bright red cover instead of the more subdued, darker tones he is noted for. And it was not recorded at Serakos Studio by the by the Szredniccys, but elsewhere, by others. Taken all together the message is clear: Pay Heed, Things Have Changed.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that ADHD may well be the band's most polarizing album. There are those who didn't know what to make of the sudden swerve away from the great sweeping soundscapes of the Trilogy and towards sheer headbanging metalness, and for whom this album sees little play; on the other hand I know of folks who aren't necessarily fans, but when they do play a Riverside album, this is the one they reach for. And then there are the fans (I among them) that ended up embracing the album completely and unreservedly. It did take me a while to come around to it, but if the criteria of consistency, energy, performance, song writing skill, lyric chops etc. mean anything at all, this album surpasses all the rest of the discography in almost all categories. Whatever the case, it sure as hell worked. The result is a mighty, in-your-face, relentlessly kick-ass chordfest that set the band's bar high enough they have not yet managed to surpass it. In short: this album is astonishingly good.

If Inspiration had been largely somnolent for REM, she awoke with a vengeance for ADHD. "Hyperactive" begins the album with a simple introductory piano theme and then kicks into high gear; from there and through the rest of the tracks the album really never lets up. All the songs demonstrate the band's complete mastery over intricate and shifting song structures but in metal mode this time, and all of them are compellingly, blazingly powerful and consistent. There are, however, a couple of clear standouts.

"Driven to Destruction" begins with a massively iconic opening bass line, upon which the buzzing guitar riffs, dense keys and drums build relentlessly into a monster, chugging track. Duda punctuates his deceptively soft vocals with barks, growls and distortion, and Mitloff drums like he is having the time of his life. This song is as heavy as all getout.

But the real revelation, the mightiest track on the album, and perhaps the only one that can rival "Second Life Syndrome" as the greatest song the band has ever produced, is the extraordinary "Left Out". It just might be the perfect Riverside song, the acme of their collective achievement. Every single element works exactly as it should, and where it has the edge over "Second Life Syndrome" is in the lyrics, which may well be among the finest that Mariusz Duda has yet written for Riverside. This massive epic is a musical and emotional tour de force, a marvel of songwriting; it begins here and eleven minutes later ends up way over there, and you have no idea how that happened...but it is an exhilarating ride.

As it turns out, ADHD was the first album in a new trilogy, a set of albums whose lyric themes continue to address Duda's intense interest in being human and coping in a complex, ever-changing, often distressingly impersonal world, but from a more sociological, less psychological perspective. ADHD may also represent some of the most mature, smartest, and directly incisive lyric writing he has done for Riverside, with the possible exception of the Memories in My Head EP.

To my mind this is the Riverside album where everything coalesced, where all the elements finally come together: ambition, superb performances, intricate and astonishing song writing, beautifully evocative lyrics, all built on a rock-solid foundation of sheer exhilaration. At a shade over 44 minutes in length, it is their shortest studio album to date, but this length (very probably a deliberate result of Duda's continuing fascination with number games ' note the four word title) may well have worked in its favour. There is not a wasted note or riff or idea on this album. It is heavy and tight, monstrously hard and joyful; I'm sure I could quibble about details here and there, but you know, they really are not worth mentioning.

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