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No musical genre exists in a vacuum. Not all of the bands that have been a part of the history and development of progressive rock are necessarily progressive rock bands themselves. This is why progarchives has included a genre called prog-related, so we could include all the bands that complete the history of progressive rock, whether or not they were considered full-fledged progressive rock bands themselves.

There are many criteria that the prog-related evaluation team considers when deciding which bands are considered prog-related. Very few bands will meet all of this criteria, but this list will give an idea as to some of the things that help evaluate whether an artists is prog-related or not.

1) Influence on progressive rock - The groundbreaking work of artists like Led Zepplin and David Bowie affected many genres of rock, including at times progressive rock. Although both of these artists created rock music in a dizzying array of genres, both contributed to the ongoing history of progressive rock several times within the span of their careers.

2) Location - Progressive rock did not develop at the same time all over the world. It may surprise some people that as late as the mid-70s the US had very few original progressive rock bands that did not sound like exact copies of British bands. Journey was one of the first US bands to present a uniquely American brand of prog-rock before they eventually became a mainstream rock band. We have collaborators from all over the world who tell us which bands helped the progressive rock scene develop in their corner of the globe, even if those bands were like Journey and were known more for being mainstream rock bands.

3) Members of important progressive rock bands - Although most of the recorded solo output of artists like Greg Lake and David Gilmour falls more in a mainstream rock style, their contributions to progressive rock in their respective bands insures them a place in our prog-related genre.

4) Timeliness - Like many genres, prog-rock has had its ups and downs. In the late 70s and early 80s prog-rock was barely a blip on the radar. During this time artists such as David Bowie and Metallica released albums that captured key elements of the spirit of prog rock and did so while contributing their own original modern elements to the mix.

5) Integral part of the prog-rock scene - Sometimes you just had to be a part of the scene during a certain time period to understand how some bands fit with the prog rock scene of their time. Although Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Wishbone Ash may seem like mere hard rock bands, in their time they stood apart from other hard rockers with their more serious lyrical content and more developed compositions. Put simply, in the early 70s every prog-rock record collector usually had full collections of all three of these artists. These three bands were very much part of the prog-rock scene without being total prog-rock bands them selves.

6) Influenced by progressive rock - From the late 60s till about 1976 the progressive tendency was in full effect in almost all genres of music. Once again, as we enter the second decade of the 21st century a melting pot of prog-metal, math-rock, progressive electronics and post-rock influences have once again made a progressive tendency in rock music almost more a norm than a difference. Yet in other periods of musical history receiving influence from progressive rock could really set a band apart and make them worthy of our prog-related category.
Being influenced by progressive rock is hardly the only factor we look at, and in some periods of musical history it is almost meaningless, but still, it is almost a given that most of the artists listed in prog-related were influenced by the development of progressive rock.

7) Common sense - Nitpicking over the above listed criteria is not necessarily the correct way to evaluate a band for prog-related. Sometimes you just have to use some common sense and look at the big picture.
A very good way to describe prog-related would be to imagine an exhaustive book that covered the history of progressive rock. Would such a book include references to led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven', David Bowie's 'The Man Who Sold the World' or Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'? Probably so.
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 The Pit by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.14 | 3 ratings

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The Pit
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars PIKE 36 - THE PIT is the 24th album released in the PIKE series by BUCKETHEAD in 2013 and the 65th overall solo studio album. This is yet another eclectic instrumental album that BH graces us with his instrumental prowess and production handled by Dan Monti and Albert once again. This PIKE has SEVEN tracks all titled "The Pit" Parts 1-6 and then a differently named track and is one of this weird, wild and experimental albums that everyone seems to hate?. except ME!

PART ONE begins with a strange echoed guitar and ambient background and then incorporates a percussive background and secondary guitar embellishments. It remains a bit slow tempoed

PART TWO steps it up and creates an alternative metal madness

PART THREE is imperceptible from pART tWO and continues the same chordage. 



PART FOUR continues the momentum of pART tHREE and then changes up the alternative metal riffage a bit. Nothing outstandingly original but it rocks?and has staccato action



PART FIVE turns into a heavier but similar riff and stays that way


PART SIX changes into a stranger heavy riff with a lead guitar and rhythm guitar together but then creates an even heavier and more off-kilter time sig and then breaks into a more normal alt metal riffage but then unexpectedly changes into a soft passage of ambience with a clean guitar riff that echoes slightly. This continues until the end



THE PENDULUM swings toward the mellow side. A slightly classical acoustic guitar riff emerges after a bit of silence with a touch of background ambience. It pretty much stays this way but is actually quite a nice pleasant guitar sequence. It is mellow but has an ambient soul to it. Love this one

Overall this one has great moments but lots of just ho hum monotony. A good but non-essential whole

 Thank you Ohlinger's by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.14 | 3 ratings

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Thank you Ohlinger's
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

2 stars PIKE 35 - THANK YOU OHLINGER'S is the 23rd album released in the PIKE series by BUCKETHEAD in 2013 and the 64th overall solo studio album. This is yet another eclectic instrumental album that BH graces us with his instrumental prowess and production handled by Dan Monti and Albert once again. BUCKETHEAD released PIKE 35 without releasing a PIKE 34 and that remained a mystery until he solved that problem by releasing "Pike 34 - Pikes" after "Pike 39 - Twisterland" finally filling in the gap that led to speculation of chicken insanity in the works.

"Thank you Ohlinger's" (9:19) begins as one of those alternative rocker instrumentals where the guitars, bass and drums all create a loud distortionfest. The riffs change up a bit here and there but remain grungy, on full energy and distortion. There are different time sig changes here and there but it never deviates too much from an alt metal riffage salute. Slightly sounds like the riff from "Shyboy" on David Lee Roth's "Eat Em And Smile" at times but also sounds like an Eddie Van Halen riff as well but ultimately has a lot of changes to keep it from being a rip-off if of any kind

"Unopened Boxes" (5:09) has a frightening guitar opening sequence with hyperactive percussion and then becomes a heavy riff that changes it up sequentially. This one is OK but really isn't anything that great. Heavy riffs, mediocre drum machine. Nothing PIKEs haven't dished out before

"Way In The Back" (2:16) begins another heavy alternative metal riff with slightly off timings but fairly repetitive in chord progressions. Somewhat interesting echo effects when chords are sustained. A heavy bass and drums join in and it creates a nice heavy metal track with slightly weirded timings but all in the alternative metal playbook. This one works for me fairly well

"Manila Envelopes" (2:16) is a super heavy alternative metal rocker with somewhat jarring timings but fairly easy to grasp

"Alphabetical Order" (3:00) is a surprising weird number. It starts off with hyper freaky guitar, strange bass line and THEN breaks into an alternative metal groove but changes it up again with several new guitar riffs, timings that have freakiness, fairly standard metal riffage and then takes it further. By far, the most interesting track on the album

"Window Clip" (3:35) is yet another fairly straight forward alternative metal rocker but turns into a funky metal behemoth.

"Shoe Lock" (2:30) is another bluesy heavy metal rocker that is fairly predictable and not too exciting as it's all been done before

"Telling Number" (3:39) starts with an interesting guitar riff in the treble range adds some bass and drums and sounds like an Eddie Van Halen type of thing but becomes more alternative metal in riffage. Actually kind of melodic and good guitar work. Nice although not terrible original or anything

A PIKE with interesting moments but not outstanding. Many tricks have been performed by many ponies of the past

 Pumpkin by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.82 | 3 ratings

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Pumpkin
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars PIKE 33 - PUMPKIN is the 23rd album released in the PIKE series by BUCKETHEAD in 2013 and the 63rd overall solo studio album. This is yet another eclectic instrumental album that BH graces us with his instrumental prowess and production handled by Dan Monti and Albert once again. This is the first example of BUCKETHEAD's fascination with the Halloween holiday and really a precursor to the 2015 thirty one day countdown to Halloween. This one is totally dark ambient and experimental. All Tracks are titled PUMPKIN PIKEs 1-18 and this was the very first PIKE to be available totally free of charge. This one clocks in at 31:10 and all tracks kinda run into each other sometimes but not always and is a fairly short creating a true album feel. Actually this totally brings a 70s Goblin soundtrack feel to mind, so if ya dig em, then you'll dig this on a more wacked out level. This is the first evidence that BH is a gifted sound collage / ambience musician as well as all else

FIRST track starts out with spooky keys but becomes a very strange sound collage of a buzzer sound drone, thunderstorm sort of ambience with a strange series of mixed overlapping effects ranging from a sorta goat vomiting effect to a bang on the plumbing pipes with effects type of thang. Pretty cool for a weird freaky type of atmospheric development. 2 stops and 3 begins with a rather Japanese koto type of string sound and an avant-garde background but quickly turns into 4, a totally ambient track that has rhythm at times and at times not. Very Coil or Throbbing Gristle actually. Track 5 turns into more Japanese string traditionals with more industrial Nurse With Wound type action. Track 6 sorta continues the Japanese thing with industrial noise. It has only the slightest melodic development. A very strange collage effect at this point.

SEVENTH track is a less Japanese electro continuation of the album but track 8 but then becomes samisen-ish. Track 8 sounds like an electro-pig in its short duration but cedes to Japanese traditional while adding background electronic piggery. Track 9 continues this while track 10 emphasizes Japanese samisen strings and track 11 continues it. Lotsa background ambience while samisen string pluck in erratic manners continuing the overall theme.

The rest of the tracks are short and run together and create an eerie Japanese meets American horror soundtrack. This one is pretty cool as an ambient, freaky, scary, bizarre creation. I've always been a fan of BH's most experimental and psychotic offerings and this one is definitely in the top tier of bizarre and wild offerings. There is nothing metal about this one. This is ambient and synthesized to the max. It is freaky and incorporates Japanese stringed instruments to the mix. I find it works well for me. Ends playing a banjo competing with dark ambience. Something i will be revisiting!

 Rise of the Blue Lotus by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2013
1.18 | 3 ratings

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Rise of the Blue Lotus
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

1 stars PIKE 32 - RISE OF THE BLUE LOTUS is the 22nd album released in the PIKE series in 2013 by BUCKETHEAD and the 62nd overall solo studio album. This is yet another eclectic instrumental album that BH graces us with his instrumental prowess and production handled by Dan Monti and Albert once again. This one only has THREE tracks and clocks in at at 29:35 and all tracks are clearly separated. With a title like this i was expecting yoga class music and this is a mellow album but it is better than the previous turkey

"Mountain Cabin" (6:29) begins with a somewhat echoed guitar riff and cymbals and drumbeat and then becomes a mellow rocker. I like the way the clean guitar echoes. The songwriting isn't exactly brilliant but at least it's a pleasant listen

"The Flooding Of Plain" (10:11) starts off with a very slow clean guitar and a little light percussion and then becomes one of those super mellow tracks with a repetitive songwriting structure where a riff plays over and over and a very subdued lead adds a counterpoint. This one does sound more like yoga music but too aggressive for that and not relaxing enough for the experience

"Rise Of The Blue Lotus" (12:55) is slightly more upbeat by upping the tempo a couple notches but still has that clean guitar and held back percussion feel. It also utilizes the same formula of repeating a simple chord sequence. Ugh, my worst nightmares come true. This IS a repetitive ad infinitum track!

The first track is listenable but the rest BOOORING! Fans of BH's mellow albums that have no creativity and utmost predictability will love this crap. I, on the other hand, do KNOT

 Pearsons Square by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2013
1.14 | 3 ratings

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Pearsons Square
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

1 stars PIKE 31 - PEARSON'S SQUARE is the 21st album released in the PIKE series by BUCKETHEAD in 2013 and the 61st overall solo studio album. This is yet another eclectic instrumental album that BH graces us with his instrumental prowess and production handled by Dan Monti and Albert once again. This one only has FOUR tracks and clocks in at at 33:40 and all tracks are clearly separated. The true mystery remains as to what the title means, but in the end all these PIKES are relatively surreal and it really doesn't matter

"Pearson's Square" (5:50) starts off with a clean guitar and subdued percussion and then breaks into a clean guitar riff slowed down and a lazy drumbeat. This one pretty much stays mellow and slow and is one of those downbeat clean guitar types of tracks from albums like "Colma" and "Electric Sea." OK, but i think all these types of tracks sound the same, so i'm quite bored by it

"Eagle's Nest" (6:29) is another slow clean guitar track. It's pretty much like track one. At this point i can tell that this album is one of those uniformly mellow albums where all the tracks sound alike. It will attract all the BH fans who like this mellow stuff but don't get his heavier and avant-garde albums. As a musician myself i'm all for the adventurous ride. While i do not dislike this type of music, BH offers nothing new to the ideas presented in all the other albums that sound like this that came before. Boring

"Eagle's Flight" (11:42) Well, with a title like this for the track do you expect a punk rock version of Disney On Ice? Of course not. You expect a nice fluffy track that rides on the wind like parasails hovering over an acoustic guitar landscape. This one pretty much continues the rhythm, beat and melody of "Eagle's Nest" which SOOOOO did not need to be extended. This goes on with a repetitive chord structure for nearly 12 minutes with nothing interesting in the songwriting department. In fact it's a total waste of time and a punishment for my sins

"Hearts Delight" (9:39) is yet another slow, mellow, clean guitar track that pretty much sounds like the rest. The tone is the same. The tempo is the same. The arrangement is the same. The length is nauseatingly the same. Yawn!

This album was a totally waste of my time. No variety, no creativity only repetitive chord structures ad infinitum that take the "Electric Sea" mellowness approach to a nauseating monotony that was a chore to sit through. I totally like good acoustic / mellow music but this is super ridiculously boring and i'm being kind by not degrading it further

1/2 star

 Mannequin Cemetery by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.86 | 3 ratings

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Mannequin Cemetery
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars PIKE 30 - MANNEQUIN CEMETERY is the 20th album released by BUCKETHEAD in 2013 and 60th overall. This album has NINE tracks and clocks in at 30:28 aAnNdDd all instruments are played by BUCKETHEAD but production is by Dan Monti and is a heavy rockin' album that take an alt metal feel and unleashes new forces. Overall an OK but brilliant album

"Melted Glasses" (2:45) begins as a rather industrial metal sound as heard on Ministry's "A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste" but then becomes a groove metal riff thang. The riff is hard and heavy and has a nice grungy effect but nothing OMG

"Purse of Holes" (3:29) is yet another heavy and fast groove metal track that has a bass edge with hard riffs and grunge groove distortion. It eventually develops into a cool Pantera-esque "Far Beyond Driven" type of vibe

"Cobwebs in the Calf" (3:46) starts out with a only slightly distorted bluesy riff and then becomes a really heavy bluesy riff. It changes into a really distortion heavy alternative metal riffage kind of track

"Faded Fingernail Polish" (3:24) is basically a continuation of the groove metal riffage of the previous track. Nothing new and innovative but grungy and groovilicious for sure! :O :P :Y

"Hat That Smells Like an Old Bookstore" (2:28) is another heavy grungy alternative metal rocker that sounds a lot like previous tracks. OK, but nothing OMG

"Where Rings Were" (3:33) is very grungy, down tuned and chord oriented. There are also speed oriented riffs that rock the house in fastulous ways

"Piles of Parts" (3:19) is a totally different track as it has a very Van Halen feel to it. "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" comes to mind but then becomes a heavy metal riffage behemoth in the same style but more progressively laid out. Pretty cool although simply rhythmic and although there are somewhat proggy developments is pretty much a heavy metal rocker that slightly deviates from the norm

"Shoes Without Socks" (3:08) is the reason i keep getting sores on my feet! Musicallly this is a heavy alternative metal rocker that is very fast in tempo, highly distorted in tempo and likes to get ahead of itself in the riff department

"Mannequin Cemetery" (4:36) is probably the most interesting track on the album as it starts out with a strange alternative metal riffage but continues that riffage as it picks up steam and creates a slightly altered take on alt metal. It's fairly by the books but has just enough mojo to create a pleasant down tuned distortionfest that creates the ultimate alt metal celebratory feel

All performed well but nothing on here is exciting or catches me off guard. There exist too many other PIKES that are truly interesting and innovative to consider this one anything special. Basically this is an alt metal feast that has some groove metal inserted into the overall alt-ness of the whole thang

 Pilgrimage by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.57 | 209 ratings

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Pilgrimage
Wishbone Ash Prog Related

Review by maryes

3 stars WISHBONE ASH "Pilgrimage", although in majority of his total time (45:13) don't present a really prog music , With the exception of the two initial Tracks "Vas Dis" and title track "Pilgrimage"( two great musical ideas) the rest of the album is much more a hard- rock album with some soft passages which slightly reminds or suggests progressive music. So... will be enough an analysis of two above mentioned tracks. In fact the two tracks are very similar in construction, a repetition of a same theme during the most or total time - the first track "Vas Dis" shows a excellent duet guitars/vocals and is their major attraction ! The second track after a almost pastoral passage brings the same repetition of bass/drums rhythm and a chorus in a counterpoint with the instrumental part ( not in duet , like in previous track ) This only two tracks in my opinion don't makes a great collection item, by this considerations my rate is 3 stars !!!
 Second Nature by FLYING COLORS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.88 | 133 ratings

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Second Nature
Flying Colors Prog Related

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars First, a confession: when I picked up this CD at my local library (a blind choice of an unfamiliar band, discovered entirely by chance) I had no clue to the stellar pedigree behind it. Neil Morse and Mike Portnoy, the stateside half of TRANSATLANTIC, recording alongside the guitarist and bass player from THE (DIXIE) DREGS? With marquee value like that, it was easy to overlook the red flag raised by the addition of a lead singer (Casey McPherson) recently signed to the Hollywood/Disney record label...a potential kiss of death, for discriminating Prog fans.

The supergroup was assembled by executive producer Bill Evans (no relation to the late, great Jazz pianist, sadly), and 'assembled' is definitely the right word. This is a quintet manufactured to strict industry standards, less a band than a boardroom committee of seasoned professionals, tasked with single goal: to make and market virtuoso pop music.

And if that agenda recalls the similar mission of groups like ASIA and GTR, imagine the disillusion of your harder-to-please Proghead friends after hearing the band's 2012 debut. The name-brand talent attracted some notice in these pages, but judging from a recent shortfall of reviews those high hopes have cooled for this sophomore effort. Which is a shame, because it's clearly the better album, with a far stronger rapport between each player.

Not surprisingly, there's a lot of Neil Morse's fingerprints on the music, but thankfully none of his backwards theology. The album's first and longest track, the mini-epic "Open Up Your Eyes", might have been an outtake from an early SPOCK'S BEARD session, and is almost matched by the inaptly titled bookend of "Cosmic Symphony", really three shorter songs awkwardly spliced into an attractive 12-minute suite. These two longer pieces give the musicians plenty of room to strut their stuff, more so than the clutch of pop songs and power ballads between them, all of them textbook models of AOR anonymity.

Maybe the project should have come with its own PMRC warning label: "Caution - Musicians Performing Below Expectations". And yet by its own narrow standards the album actually works very well, unlike the similar (and often sorry) mainstream digressions of other Proggers tempted by the fruit of commercial redemption. The longer songs show a tentative sense of renewed ambition, up to a carefully circumscribed point. And the lack of any self-conscious boilerplate Prog Rock keeps the music more honest, if less interesting, than anything by TRANSATLANTIC: a fraternal twin with the same genes but no outward resemblance.

The original plan, to "make new-fashioned music the old fashioned way" (quoting the Flying Colors website) might seem like a recipe for anachronistic kitsch. But it beats the contrary formula embraced by so many Neo-Prog acts, of regurgitating old-fashioned music the new-fashioned way. If the project continues we might, with any luck, hear the more creative instincts of Morse, Morse and Co. rise higher to the surface. Watch this space...

 Splatters by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.86 | 3 ratings

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Splatters
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars PIKE 29 - SPLATTERS is the 19th album released in the PIKE series by BUCKETHEAD and the 59th overall solo studio album overall. This is yet another eclectic instrumental album that BH graces us with his instrumental prowess and production handled by Dan Monti and Albert once again. This one only has FOUR tracks and clocks in at at 31:03 and all tracks are titled SPLATTERS Parts ONE thru FOUR.

"Splatters 1" (10:28) starts out with a pyrotechnic electronica display accompanied by loose wire metal guitars. It meanders through electronically embellished metal and trades off with different aspects creating a strange robotic atmosphere at times. The solos and electronica mix up and a funky bass line appears intermittently. This is really a strange amalgamation of musical elements and actually works. Weird!

"Splatters 2" (3:41) begins strangely with a synth pop type of bass line and drums but has a slight funk edge to it that takes off with weird note slides and scorching lead guitars. This is a major metal crunchy weird track that alternates speed and effects but pretty much keeps an overall melodic march in tact

"Splatters 3" (4:05) starts with a really deep bass line that almost sounds like the strings are about to fall of the instrument and then is joined by a seriously altered grunge distortion and guitar solo. This one has an interesting melodic structure with quirky time sigs but really relies on all kinds of flashy solos and electronic wild embellishments. Pretty cool actually

"Splatters 4" (12:49) starts off with a slightly bluesy metal sound in mid-tempo. It drops and allows a funk bass that has sort of a show tune quality to it and then a guitar solo joins in and creates a plethora of tricks and trinkets up BH's sleeve. This is a long track and it basically keeps an underlying melodic development but tweaks it in a very psychedelic yet aggressive way. It changes up the tempo and delivers harsh electronic weirdness to the overall sound. It's rather like a Jimi Hendrix track on 21st century steroids. Not a bad track actually. It keeps things moving about and doesn't allow the listener to get bored.

This one is pretty cool but not outstanding in the creativity department. While the instrumentals are off the chart cool, the actually songwriting isn't amazingly stellar. I do find this to be a nice listen though as i didn't get bored throughout the entirety of the album but at the same time it doesn't quite elevate itself into the extreme avant-garde BUCKETHEADness that pleases me the most.

3.5 stars rounded down

 Feathers by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.86 | 3 ratings

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Feathers
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars PIKE 28 - FEATHERS is the 58TH solo studio album by BUCKETHEAD

It is the 18TH album released in 2013

It contains SEVEN tracks

It clocks in at 31:39

BUCKETHEAD plays all the instruments

Dan Monti and Albert once again handle the production aspects

"Feathers" (2:48) starts things out with a rather generic alternative grungy metal thang. although it has scorching solos never really deviates from the predictable. meh

"Claw Station (2:13) is another heavy alternative metal track but has some electronic smoothing-out-the-warts type of effects going on. There are also some interesting solo guitar insertions into the mix

"Mill (5:13) is another average alternative metal track with nothing exciting :(

"Faded (6:32) is yet another alternative metal track with nothing interesting happening. Yet another alternative metal track by the numbers

"Cactus Spines (4:45) starts out very mellow and has a rather ambient feel with single keyboard notes. Actually it continues this way. It is a very slowed down jazz guitar shtick much like Django Rheinhardt on valium. It never deviates from molasses mode and creates a very downer mood

"Lake Whisperer (3:36) picks things up a bit and creates a rather accessible funk number. It varies in speed but keeps a uniform mood. The keyboards are very 70s and i the bass fuzz is quite pleasant. It actually sounds like variations on previous BH albums. This one is nice

"Rooster Row (6:32) takes things into a totally new arena by starting out with a firecracker supply of electronic effects and a totally ripping guitar solo wankfest. The emphasis on this one is to blend the hyperactive guitar solos with electronic effects. The drums are fairly mid-tempo most of the time despite the guitars being totally freaking out totally. I like this one. Very cool

Overall this one is quite pleasant but not the cream of the crop. Pleasantry doesn't make excellence. All the ideas presented here have been done much better in the PIKE series but this is a nice pleasant album if you simply can't get enough of these things

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