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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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Progressive Metal Top Albums


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4.29 | 2631 ratings
IMAGES AND WORDS
Dream Theater
4.29 | 2694 ratings
METROPOLIS PART 2 - SCENES FROM A MEMORY
Dream Theater
4.26 | 1538 ratings
SECOND LIFE SYNDROME
Riverside
4.23 | 1128 ratings
THE PERFECT ELEMENT - PART 1
Pain Of Salvation
4.22 | 1051 ratings
REMEDY LANE
Pain Of Salvation
4.21 | 958 ratings
OPERATION: MINDCRIME
Queensr che
4.21 | 1163 ratings
ANNO DOMINI HIGH DEFINITION
Riverside
4.20 | 1041 ratings
OUT OF MYSELF
Riverside
4.18 | 1073 ratings
THE HUMAN EQUATION
Ayreon
4.19 | 348 ratings
A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY
Fates Warning
4.14 | 1807 ratings
SIX DEGREES OF INNER TURBULENCE
Dream Theater
4.15 | 646 ratings
V - THE NEW MYTHOLOGY SUITE
Symphony X
4.18 | 350 ratings
THE ART OF NAVIGATING BY THE STARS
Sieges Even
4.18 | 281 ratings
THE FULLNESS OF TIME
Redemption
4.11 | 1916 ratings
AWAKE
Dream Theater
4.13 | 677 ratings
INTO THE ELECTRIC CASTLE
Ayreon
4.14 | 369 ratings
PERFECT SYMMETRY
Fates Warning
4.11 | 806 ratings
BE
Pain Of Salvation
4.12 | 520 ratings
THE DIVINE WINGS OF TRAGEDY
Symphony X
4.13 | 404 ratings
ROOM V
Shadow Gallery
4.16 | 238 ratings
A SOCIAL GRACE
Psychotic Waltz
4.16 | 221 ratings
TEMPLE OF SHADOWS
Angra
4.10 | 602 ratings
LOVE, FEAR AND THE TIME MACHINE
Riverside
4.16 | 222 ratings
INTO THE EVERFLOW
Psychotic Waltz
4.10 | 523 ratings
LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT 2
Liquid Tension Experiment
4.16 | 203 ratings
STREETS - A ROCK OPERA
Savatage
4.07 | 924 ratings
SHRINE OF NEW GENERATION SLAVES
Riverside
4.09 | 506 ratings
ENTROPIA
Pain Of Salvation
4.10 | 346 ratings
PARALLELS
Fates Warning
4.20 | 130 ratings
PARADOX
Royal Hunt
4.16 | 162 ratings
MERCY FALLS
Seventh Wonder
4.23 | 102 ratings
THE TOWERS OF AVARICE
Zero Hour
4.10 | 288 ratings
THE BLACK HALO
Kamelot
4.14 | 164 ratings
THELI
Therion
4.26 | 82 ratings
RITUAL
Shaman / Shaaman
4.08 | 321 ratings
DISCONNECTED
Fates Warning
4.05 | 552 ratings
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Ayreon
4.07 | 272 ratings
SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE
Arch / Matheos
4.12 | 152 ratings
VOVIN
Therion
4.07 | 254 ratings
CRITICAL MASS
Threshold
4.09 | 186 ratings
A GENTLEMAN'S HURRICANE
Mind's Eye
4.06 | 281 ratings
TYRANNY
Shadow Gallery
4.53 | 32 ratings
LAST FAIR DEAL GONE DOWN
Katatonia
4.08 | 187 ratings
THE ORIGINS OF RUIN
Redemption
4.07 | 190 ratings
HOLY LAND
Angra
4.05 | 246 ratings
NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH
Blind Guardian
4.22 | 68 ratings
GRITAR╔
Matraz
4.09 | 150 ratings
CELESTIAL ENTRANCE
Pagan's Mind
4.04 | 230 ratings
THE GREAT ESCAPE
Seventh Wonder
4.10 | 130 ratings
CALLING THE EARTH TO WITNESS
Darkwater
4.24 | 59 ratings
BILO 3.0
Micic, David Maxim
4.08 | 138 ratings
JEREMIAS - FORESHADOW OF FORGOTTEN REALMS
Circle of Illusion
4.03 | 229 ratings
BURN THE SUN
Ark
4.05 | 165 ratings
IN SEARCH OF TRUTH
Evergrey
4.11 | 98 ratings
DELUSIONS
To-Mera
4.00 | 318 ratings
RAGE FOR ORDER
Queensr che
4.56 | 25 ratings
SONGS FOR INSECTS
Thought Industry
4.19 | 64 ratings
MENTAL TORMENTS
Spheric Universe Experience
4.02 | 212 ratings
CHRIST 0
Vanden Plas
3.98 | 387 ratings
MARCH OF PROGRESS
Threshold
4.05 | 140 ratings
TRANSCENDENCE
Crimson Glory
4.00 | 248 ratings
AWAKEN THE GUARDIAN
Fates Warning
4.01 | 222 ratings
OCEANBORN
Nightwish
4.10 | 94 ratings
SECTION X
Beyond Twilight
4.03 | 155 ratings
HARVEST MOON
Votum
4.08 | 107 ratings
ABYDOS
Abydos
4.18 | 61 ratings
MI KUBBESI
Nekropsi
4.27 | 44 ratings
JOURNEY OF A ROUGH DIAMOND
Mind Key
4.03 | 143 ratings
A SENSE OF CHANGE
Sieges Even
4.03 | 149 ratings
EDGE OF THORNS
Savatage
4.01 | 171 ratings
THE TIDE, THE THIEF & RIVER'S END
Caligula's Horse
3.99 | 239 ratings
TALES OF THE SANDS
Myrath
4.02 | 160 ratings
GUTTER BALLET
Savatage
4.19 | 55 ratings
JUST THE TWO OF US ME AND THEM
Mindflow
4.02 | 152 ratings
BEYOND DAYLIGHT
Vanden Plas
3.94 | 514 ratings
THE ODYSSEY
Symphony X
3.98 | 199 ratings
UTOPIA
Distorted Harmony
4.58 | 21 ratings
MODS CARVE THE PIG
Thought Industry
4.13 | 65 ratings
COSMOGENESIS
Gru
3.95 | 344 ratings
PROMISED LAND
Queensr che
4.06 | 94 ratings
SANCTUS IGNIS
Adagio
3.96 | 249 ratings
HYPOTHETICAL
Threshold
4.02 | 116 ratings
UNDERWORLD
Adagio
3.98 | 175 ratings
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
Blind Guardian
4.00 | 133 ratings
FIVE DEADLY VENOMS
Shaolin Death Squad
3.99 | 145 ratings
FOR THE LOVE OF ART AND THE MAKING
Beyond Twilight
4.26 | 36 ratings
TO DIMENSION LOGIC
Vauxdvihl
3.98 | 169 ratings
VOICE IN THE LIGHT
Amaran's Plight
4.11 | 60 ratings
GUIDING LIGHTS
Skyharbor
3.92 | 473 ratings
ONE HOUR BY THE CONCRETE LAKE
Pain Of Salvation
4.09 | 66 ratings
INTELLIGENT DESIGN
Shaolin Death Squad
3.95 | 214 ratings
QUIET WORLD
Native Construct
3.94 | 227 ratings
SUBSURFACE
Threshold
3.94 | 222 ratings
THEORIES OF FLIGHT
Fates Warning
3.97 | 139 ratings
THE FALL OF HEARTS
Katatonia
3.94 | 222 ratings
SYNTHETIC
Hemina
3.96 | 148 ratings
HARVEST AORTA
Ephemeral Sun
4.10 | 56 ratings
5TH SEASON
Dreamscape
4.56 | 18 ratings
BILO 2.0
Micic, David Maxim
3.95 | 173 ratings
BLOOM
Caligula's Horse

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Latest Progressive Metal Music Reviews


 The Last Sunset by CONCEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.47 | 50 ratings

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The Last Sunset
Conception Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

2 stars Let's be honest here, the only reason anyone actively seeks this band out post-1998 is mostly due to vocalist Roy Khan, who would achieve worldwide success with the band Kamelot after Conception disbanded. And I shamelessly joined those ranks when I tracked down this little nugget of joy; 'The Last Sunset'.

It's an alright album, though to be honest, there isn't really a lot to comment on. The music is decent enough, the playing is of a high standard and Khan's singing is good, but a lot of the vocal melodies aren't very inspiring or interesting. There's some nice exotic-sounding guitar licks which give the band a hint of their own identity, but overall, a lot of the songs seem formulaic.

'War of Hate', 'Fairy's Dance' (admittedly I really like this song), 'Another World' and 'Among the Gods' are all good tracks that make Conception's debut worth checking out, but there's just too much unmet potential here for this to be anything more than a decent outing.

 Awake Demos by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2006
2.45 | 38 ratings

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Awake Demos
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

2 stars As would be expected when any band releases an album consisting of demos, these tracks lack the polished production or finesse that a band like Dream Theater are known for, thus making this one strictly for the diehard fans.

Most of the songs are near-identical to how they appear on the 'Awake' album, with the only noticeable changes being slight differences to some arrangements, lyrics, guitar riffs or keyboard solos.

If you like 'Awake' then it's a nice look at how the songs were originally arranged, and as usual with this band, the musicianship is fantastic. However, because this is nothing more than a demo album, this is best kept for the Dream Theater collectors who need to own everything.

Like me. And my bank account does not approve.

 Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.14 | 1807 ratings

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Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

5 stars And so after the success of Dream Theater's magnum opus concept album 'Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory' comes the dreaded follow-up album, in which endless possibilities usually lead to outcomes that divide fans. In this case, whilst the band had always tread a thin line that equally balanced both the metal and the progressive elements of their music, from this album onwards they would begin to shift more towards the heavier side of things, with harsher vocals and heavier guitar riffs.

Consisting of just six songs which are spread out over two discs (the title track taking up the entire second disc, at 42 minutes), 'Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence' sees the band tackling some serious issues, ranging from alcoholism and addiction, religion, scientific advances, moral dilemmas and mental illness. Every song full of incredible musicianship and intricate structures that flow smoothly without compromising quality.

The title track, a 42-minute piece split up into eight individual tracks, is the true centerpiece of the album. With a vast range of heavy and soft parts, huge orchestral arrangements and virtuoso musicianship, this is a true gem in the Dream Theater discography. And as evidenced in tracks like 'The Glass Prison' (one of my all-time favourites!) and 'The Great Debate', the interplay between all the members, in particular guitarist John Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan Rudess, is unmatched by any other band.

A truly polarizing album in the groups back-catalog, how much you like the metal aspects of Dream Theater's music will determine if you'll like the direction the band are going in from here, and while 'Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence' may not be as highly regarded as 'Images and Words' or 'Scenes from a Memory', it is still an essential addition to any music collection.

 Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes From A Memory by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.29 | 2694 ratings

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Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes From A Memory
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

5 stars They say an animal is most dangerous when backed into a corner, and that could not be any more evident than Dream Theater recording their magnum opus, 'Scenes from a Memory'.

With record label pressure and the business side of the music industry taking its toll on the band (and most specifically on drummer Mike Portnoy) during the release and touring of previous album 'Falling Into Infinity', it was now a time to go hard or go home. Dream Theater wanted to be left alone to write their own music, that would appeal to their own fan base, without the interjection of any record label executives who didn't understand the band, their fans, or their genre of music. It was do-or-die as the band stood on the brink of self-implosion, but they stood tall and delivered an album that is highly regarded as not only their finest work, but one of the greatest albums progressive metal has to offer.

Based around the story of a man who is a reincarnation of a girl that was murdered, and how he revisits his past life in his dreams (or something like that!), the concept is highly ambitious and complex, especially with all the different characters being voiced by James LaBrie. But it doesn't detract from the quality of the music, and with the usual awe- inspiring prowess you'd come to expect from progressive metals most famous band, this is an album where the band fire on all cylinders.

'Home', 'Fatal Tragedy', 'One Last Time' and 'Strange DÚjÓ Vu' are some of many highlights on this album, although it's hard to pick just a few, as the album from start to finish is one giant highlight reel. And of course, the absolute peak of Dream Theater's technical ability, instrumental track 'The Dance of Eternity', will encourage listeners to throw away whatever instruments they're learning as they slowly realize how they'll never be this good.

A record that belongs in any metal or prog collection, 'Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory' started the upward momentum that truly put Dream Theater's careers and lives in their own hands, and has endured as one of the greatest concept albums of all time.

 Rapid Eye Movement by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.77 | 787 ratings

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Rapid Eye Movement
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Compared to other Riverside albums Rapid Eye Movement is just average. But it's miles away over the average of prog-rock releases from the last decade!

Riverside tried to become a bit more accessible in this one, sacrificing their most progressive side in some tracks while maintaining their trademark of strong bass lines, atmospheric keyboards, detailed drumming, great riffs and solos, alongside with tortured lyrics. It was a bit shocking for the fans of the band back in 2007 and considered as a step back, but ten years after the release of the album we can appreciate the tremendous quality of the songs without prejudice and look at this record as the unique and especial step further in the career of the band that undoubtedly is.

Beyond the Eyelids, nevertheless, follows the path of Second Life Syndrome with an intricate and strong beginning, very progressive and even darker as their previous compositions. The chorus is great and so is the final atmospheric solo. Rainbow Box has a brutal initial bass which opens a song which talks about metal illness and the effects of its treatment. Intense, good and why not, with some Porcupine Tree influences.

02 Panic Room has some electronic basis in the vein of the EP Voices in my Head. The great chorus and the incredible final part polish one of the hits of the alum, with lyrics based on the splendid videogame Silent Hill 4: The Room. This two tracks are more direct, not so progressive and they brought a not very welcomed new style for Riverside. But I find both songs just awesome!

But for the fans of Second Life Syndrome, Schizophrenic Prayer brings the mood of this album back, with its insidious vocal melodies at the beginning. The rhythmic base is original and unique, and the ending of the song is a bit more conventional, but very good nevertheless. And also fantastic is Parasomnia, which contains the darkest lyrics of the album and one of the most progressive instrumental developments. I specially love the section after "Drugged from sleep?" Pure Riverside magic!

Through the Other side is a fine acoustic song in the vein of Us from Voices in My Head (this EP totally introduced the style of Rapid Eye Movements) which is a welcomed changed of intensity in the album. Sadly, Embryonic is another acoustic track but not so good this time, giving the impression that the album lost a bit direction at this point, despite the good guitar solo towards the end of the song.

Cybernetic Pillow tries to get the album back on track, but it's not as good as the first five song. The Tool-based riffs are just fine, and after the chorus we can hear a typical Riverside melody. Just Ok. But luckily Ultimate Trip saves the album from disaster, because is one of the best song included here, and also the most uplifting one. It has an outstanding instrumental work, even with some classic hard rock influences and another incredible final section, which contains the best guitars of the album and a very good bass line.

I had the luck to enjoy Riverside playing this song with my beloved wife in Madrid, back in 2011, and it was just unforgettable! Since then, I like Ultimate Trip even more.

Conclusion: Rapid Eye Movement is not perfect. It suffers from a clear drop after the just fine Through the Other Side because of two lackluster songs, and this gives the false impression that this album is worse than actually is, because it contains six other tracks which can easily be considered true Riverside classics. And taking in consideration the quality of this band that's just awesome.

In addition, the slight musical change to make some songs a bit more accessible was not very well welcomed by fans of the first two albums back in 2007. But after ten years I consider this album even more especial for that reason, despite the initial shock that we had the first time we heard it. And sincerely, it also contains some of the best and darkest lyrics of the band's history.

Best Tracks: the whole Fearless section plus Ultimate Trip.

My Rating: ***1/2, rounded up to four stars.

 Dance of December Souls by KATATONIA album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.49 | 28 ratings

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Dance of December Souls
Katatonia Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Considering that classic doom metal does not stand the test of time very well, I can say that Dance of December Souls is a very good example of that sub-genre!

Produced by the extreme metal guru Dan Swan÷, this album has a very good sound with rich keyboards played by Swan÷ himself. And maybe because his influence this album has some progressive and experimental passages which makes this record also interesting for prog fans who are not really into doom metal.

Let's talk about the songs!

Seven Dreaming Souls is an atmospheric and gloom intro made of strange vocals and keyboards, which leads to Gateways of Bereavement, a song which contains some acoustic guitars mixed with the typical doom metal riffs inspired by Black Sabbath, alongside a good keyboard work and rhythm variations. All this announces that this band is a bit more than the habitual doom metal of the 90's, more progressive and experimental than similar acts.

In Silence Enshrined has a very melancholic beginning with beautiful doubled guitars. But after that another good doom metal riff appears, accompanied by powerful drums. Later, we can find another entanglement of riffs and fine melodies, with even sections which sound like traditional heavy metal.

Without God has another strong riff and double pedal drumming, followed by some terrifying growls and melodies. But at this stage of the record, the music starts to be a bit repetitive. This track is one of the best of the album, but it sounds just like more of the same. Luckily, Elohim Meth acts like a blow off valve with its instrumental acoustic melody. Very good!

Velvet Thorns is a 13-minute-long tour-de-force of beautiful doom melodies and intricated guitars and keyboards, with another heavy metal sections towards the end. Good but irregular. And the same can be said about Tomb of Insomnia. If you like the rest of the album, you will like this last song? Otherwise you'll be bored to death, despite its (ridiculous) Love Story homage at the end.

Dancing December closes the album with a beautiful set of guitars and keyboard, incorporating a final riff where we can foresee what Katatonia would do in the future, once their doom years were done.

Conclusion: Dance of December Souls is not the typical doom metal album, despite being considered a classic of this genre. Just like in The Silent Enigma from Anathema here we can find a band trying to achieve new textures for this genre, incorporating tons of keyboards and progressive passages. The result is an album hard to listen for classic prog-rock fans, but a gem for progressive and experimental metal lovers.

Nevertheless, I can't give more than three stars because its repetitiveness and some dull moments, especially in the longest songs, which I find too irregular and unnecessarily long.

Best Tracks: Gateways of Bereavement, Without God, Dancing December.

My Rating: ***

 Voices In My Head by RIVERSIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
3.58 | 204 ratings

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Voices In My Head
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars While lacking the quality of full length releases, Voices in my Head still delivers a unique experience!

Recorded after the release of Out of Myself and prior to the masterpiece Second Life Syndrome, Riverside consolidated its line- up with this EP which has a good production and some very good ideas.

Us follows the melancholic path of Out of Myself, but it contains a surprising acoustic guitars work. Acronyum Love starts with a beautiful piano which introduces a real classic of the band, with wonderful and very elegant guitars (we miss you, Piotr!) and a final accelerated part in the vein of Out of Myself.

Dna Ts. Rednum Or F. Raf, despite its weird title has introduces fine electronic rhythms and beautiful vocal melodies. The long instrumental part together with the electronic sounds is some kind of advance of what the band would do in the future with Rapid Eye Movement.

The time I was Daydreaming is another acoustic song in the vein of Us, but this time with a glimpse of trip-hop in the guitars and rhythm, typical also from Out of Myself with another intense and dramatical ending. Stuck Between has also a bit of trip- hop influence and it has an excellent layer of keyboards and guitars, very good combined, together with a fine bass and very good harmonic voices. These voices are left alone at the end of the track to close this fine collection of new songs in a very good way.

After the new songs we encounter live versions of I Believe, Loose Heart and Out of Myself, very good played and with enough variations to be enjoyed despite being heard a thousand times in Out of Myself.

Conclusion: with this EP, Riverside experimented with more acoustic sections and more trip-hop melodies than in Out of Myself. This was a cult release these days, so they were allowed to do that without receiving the anger of fans. The result is a very interesting disc with four good songs and a true Riverside classic, which is Acronyum Love.

Maybe is not an essential addition for every prog-rock collection, but it's obligated to hear this album if you like Riverside, because it's very important to understand their first years as a band and know their influences.

Best Songs: Us, Acronyum Love, The Time I Was Daydreaming.

My rating: ***1/2, rounded down to three stars.

 Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg by RIVERSIDE album cover Live, 2017
4.74 | 18 ratings

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

Review by Spook76

5 stars I have written but a few reviews here but this album is an absolute masterpiece. Yes, it is almost impossible to find being sold only on Riverside's EU tour. I had to pay the princely sum of $60 to get it from Discogs but it was worth every penny. A slight different take on classic Riverside songs and the flow between the songs is beautiful. There seems a more harder and faster pace than the studio versions. Like their last live album 'Reality Dream' this is almost a concept live album. Beith the last album of irreplaceable, great and unfortunate late Piotr Grudziński, Riverside's guitarist it will stand a tribute to him and maybe Riverside itself.
 Revoiced by DREAMSCAPE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2005
3.93 | 11 ratings

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Revoiced
Dreamscape Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

4 stars After 2004's 'End of Silence', Dreamscape went back to re-record a number of songs from both of their first two albums with current vocalist Roland Stoll. The result, 'Revoiced', is a fantastic slice of progressive metal that pretty much negates the bands earliest releases, but also offers up some of their most definitive work.

Musically similar to Dream Theater (which prog metal band doesn't get that clichÚ thrown at them?), Dreamscape display dazzling instrumental abilities, with great interplay between guitars and keyboards, and a strong sense of melody that means that even the heavier moments still feel graceful, without being overbearingly brutal.

The production is fantastic, and really gives everyone ample space to shine, and Roland Stoll's voice is a much better fit for this band than his predecessors. Songs like 'Thorn in My Mind', 'Alone', 'Winter Dreams', 'When Shadows Are Gone' and 'She's Flying' are all fantastic examples of prog metal, and really demonstrate how gifted this German five- piece is.

The melodic tendencies of the band make this a more accessible release if you're an old-school prog fan looking to dabble in some prog metal, but find yourself deterred by the more heavier stuff. Overall, 'Revoiced' is an exceptional progressive metal album, that serves as a great starting point if you're new to Dreamscape.

 Very by DREAMSCAPE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.39 | 24 ratings

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Very
Dreamscape Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

3 stars My first experience with Dreamscape came through the 'Revoiced' compilation, in which they had re-recorded the best songs of their first two releases with then-current vocalist Roland Stoll. While I found their debut, 'Trance-Like State' to be a huge disappointment, 'Very' steps up musically, with all-round better songwriting, and with better production that gives everything a bit more punch than before. However, the album as a whole still feels lacking.

For one thing, similar to before, I find the re-recorded versions with Roland Stoll to be the more definitive versions of these tracks. While 'Very' vocalist Huby Meisel has a nice, clear and somewhat majestic voice, it still doesn't feel powerful enough to match the music.

Much like every progressive metal band, the comparisons to Dream Theater will be everywhere, but one thing I really dig about Dreamscape is how much more melodic their music is. Even the heavy riffs have a sense of elegance about them. Songs like 'Thorn in My Mind', 'When Shadows Are Gone', 'Winter Dreams' and the 'Panterei' trilogy are all excellent tracks that combine crunchy, heavy guitars with beautiful keyboard melodies.

But, of course, these songs all appear on 'Revoiced', which means that while 'Very' is a good album, and definitely an improvement upon the band's debut, it still feels like it can be discarded now, and left merely for the collectors.

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