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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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4.38 | 996 ratings
LED ZEPPELIN IV
Led Zeppelin
4.36 | 704 ratings
QUEEN II
Queen
4.51 | 229 ratings
BLACKSTAR
Bowie, David
4.29 | 841 ratings
PARANOID
Black Sabbath
4.27 | 819 ratings
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
Queen
4.23 | 762 ratings
BLACK SABBATH
Black Sabbath
4.21 | 699 ratings
SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON
Iron Maiden
4.22 | 583 ratings
ARGUS
Wishbone Ash
4.22 | 550 ratings
THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS
Bowie, David
4.18 | 443 ratings
RISING
Rainbow
4.13 | 654 ratings
POWERSLAVE
Iron Maiden
4.15 | 411 ratings
HUNKY DORY
Bowie, David
4.11 | 635 ratings
MASTER OF PUPPETS
Metallica
4.10 | 665 ratings
SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH
Black Sabbath
4.17 | 270 ratings
SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS)
Bowie, David
4.08 | 515 ratings
RIDE THE LIGHTNING
Metallica
4.05 | 749 ratings
PHYSICAL GRAFFITI
Led Zeppelin
4.05 | 652 ratings
MASTER OF REALITY
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4.18 | 215 ratings
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Latest Prog Related Music Reviews


 Wishbone Ash by WISHBONE ASH album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.81 | 224 ratings

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Wishbone Ash
Wishbone Ash Prog Related

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Woolier and looser than the sound of their enduring breakthrough album, Argus, Wishbone Ash's debut album certainly doesn't offer crystal-clear and finely crafted compositions on the level of those offered on that album. It makes up for it, however, by delivering six tracks of bluesy hard rock with the occasional progressive inclination here and there, especially on the two long tracks on side two where the band allow themselves to spread out and jam a little. If you want more like Argus, then you're looking in the wrong place (and I'm not sure they ever quite recaptured the magic ingredients that went into that album), but if you are not averse to a bit of mildly psych-tinged jamming then this is a fun listen.
 Pike 245 - Space Viking by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2017
1.00 | 1 ratings

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Pike 245 - Space Viking
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

— First review of this album —
1 stars BUCKETHEAD (as Bucketheadland) / Pike 245 - Space Viking / 2nd release of 2017 / All instrumental / Contains 3 tracks / Clocks in at 30minutes 30seconds / everything played by Buck-buck-buckethead

'Space Viking (To Bernie Worrell, the greatest music maker of all) (21:29) swallows up 2 thirds of the PIKE's real estate and is one of the many ambient lullaby tracks. Ugh! My least favorite kind and at this time length i predict a serious snoozer-ama. It begins with a clean guitar melody and ambient backings. A bass is used sparingly and percussion is limited to cymbal action. As i suspected. This is nice mellow background music for surfing the web but totally boring otherwise. Nice production and would sound brilliant if he hadn't done this type of album a million times before but the problem is that it is repetitive and has no musical composition taking place. It is simply a loop of a simple riff that repeats to infinity. Really? How many times can BH repeat this same booooooooring type of track? Mellow is fine and dandy but what if Barry Manilow only wrote 'Mandy' and changed it around slightly for 100 times? In fact i'd rather listen to Manilow over this sterilized crap any day. The worst of the worst. Total sewage sludge on smear nursing home toilets. I'd rather watch paint dry than listen to this one more time

'Litten Well (3:20) picks up the speed and has a more percussion oriented groove with the clean guitar echoed more and sounds more akin to a folk rock track from Kansas or some other 70s prog folk entity. After the last dud any change is welcome of course but this pretty much takes the same timbres and tones and makes an interesting musical creation without wearing out its welcome. Perfect sounds, perfect composition and perfect time length for ideas presented. See BH? It's not the hard. Spare us of the long winded crap like track one and make decent albums where EVERY track is worthy of investing our limited life span for a listen

'Ever' (5:41) starts out sounding more rock oriented with echoey more distorted guitar and bass and drums. It picks up speed right away and then has a heavier drum and more distorted guitar but it stays in mid tempo range and reverts to slow. This type has been done to death as well since it has been featured on many a PIKE.

After a promising first PIKE of 2017, i'm immediately hit by a total dud. The second track is moderately interesting but nothing to warrant a special effort to hear this one. As far as i'm concerned this PIKE is total filler in a sea of releases that contain many traces of greatness. Is the point of these crap albums to create a contrast for a higher appreciation of the excellent ones? Hmmm'. maybe the chicken lover isn't so stupid but i'm not a believer that crap needs to fill the cracks between releases that are worthy of entering my ear canals. Overall i'm thoroughly bored by this rotting piece of excrement

 Pike 244 - Out Orbit by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Pike 244 - Out Orbit
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars BUCKETHEAD (as Bucketheadland) / Pike 244 - Out Orbit / 1st release of 2017/ All instrumental / Contains 4 tracks / Clocks in at 27minutes 57seconds / everything played by Buck-buck-buckethead

"Invisible Railroad" (4:35) the first PIKE of 2017 finds the chicken lover in a feisty mood as this one starts out on full electrical output and excessive decibelage in full action with thrash metal guitar riffs whizzing by at the speed of light. It also shows the playful side is still in tact after a less than stellar 2016. BH changes styles up often ranging from thrash metal to alternative metal and even slows things down into clean echoey space guitar territory. Also on board are Van Halen type riffs, bluesy soloing and a few proggy time sig freak outs. Great track and i hope this presages great things to come

"To Infinity And Beyond (dedicated to Craig Sager) (4:05) starts with the echoey clean guitar groove with some spacey guitar effects that overlap. A nice melodic development unfolds as sound effects come and go that augment the grooves. There is a nice production that is as glossy and shiny as a new penny at the bottom of an acid bath. Every little sound is crystal clear and the mixing of the disparate elements is remarkable. The bass and drums are separate but equal and the guitar groove is catchy as hell as the sound effects serve to add exclamations of gleeful energy punctuating the musical equilibrium

"Out Orbit" (14:47) the title track is the longest and swallows up half the real estate. Uh oh. Better be good. Starts out with a bluesy semi-distorted guitar and a simple drum beat with bass. A nice processed sound of something accompanies. A funk guitar joins in intermittently as the industrial effects churn on. The echoey space guitars join in with the rest and a party is afoot! Enough. It's time for a short guitar solo, no wait, how about a weird little teapot ceremony in music, no how about, well lots of things. The track begins to change things up every few measures ranging from funk guitar to strange indescribable combinations of things. While the changes are drastic in many cases, the flow remains with the melody remaining in tact no matter how weird it gets. Even some Renaissance type scales find their way along with funky bass. Despite the melodic continuity, the tempo can speed up or slow down and the percussion tends to lazily follow along never dominating. Amazingly despite the time length, BH manages to add enough spice to the gumbo pot to keep this one strummin' and hummin' along in a most pleasantly interesting way. Lots of ideas morph and twist and turn in unexpected directions but the melodically rooted element ties it all together in a way that makes it fun just like a roller coaster ride or in this case a space ship cruise. This is after all quite the space rock experience done like no other

"Assortments (4:30) begins things off with a bluesy guitar riff that reminds me of hard rock bands from the 70s but still very much sounds like BH in the melodic development and little quirks that are instantly recognizable. Of course it doesn't take long for things to change up as the hard rock becomes more alternative metal in structure and intensity but still retains a bit of that bluesy rock sound even when it's most at odds.

An excellent PIKE to start off the new year and all tracks except the final one actually kept me quite captivated if not exactly blowing me away. Partially because the ideas are not new but BH has regained some mojo and found a nice way of sprucing them up. The newer production techniques that he's been implementing have surely helped and it's now easier to separate different tracks of sound groups than on earlier PIKEs. Hopefully more of these are in the hatchery

 Rising by RAINBOW album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.18 | 443 ratings

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Rising
Rainbow Prog Related

Review by LadyScarlet

5 stars Rising is easily the best studio album ever released in my opinion. The style on the album is perfect, early Heavy metal mixed with classical music, dragons and wizards, and with a bit oriental harmonies. There is so much stuff on this album that pioneered a whole genre. Those who credit Motörheads drummer for being the "inventor" of heavy metal drumming should check out the drumming on "A Light in the Black". It is so powerful, and for 1976, those bassdrums are impressive!! Blackmores (and Careys) solo on the same tune is the best example on how you should take a solo over a ONE chord progession. Perfect dynamics, melody, swing and technique. "Stargazer" is just the best track ever written! So incredibly simple, but still not in a way. I love the oriental bits in that one too. "Tarot Woman" is another favourite of mine, and also an example of Blackmores unique simplicity in the riff! You can´t talk about Rising without mentioning Dio either. His voice is a one of a kind, and on this album it is more mighty than on any other record. I love all the songs on the album, but the ones mentioned is probably my favourites. The stomping, Purple-like tune "Starstruck" is worth a mention too. If you don´t own this album, buy it and play it till it gets worn out! You will be a happier man after that!
 One by MINDFIELDS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.01 | 19 ratings

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One
Mindfields Prog Related

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Mindfields were a Polish five-piece who recorded just the one album back in 2007, and then no more. Well, that's not exactly true as drummer Tomasz Paśko (who also provided the lyrics, which are all in English) has a day job in the wonderful Milennium, while guitarist Marcin Kruczek is in Moonrise, and he and keyboard player Rafał 'Karmel' Muszyński provided the music. The line-up is completed by bassist Wojtek Famielec (later in Redemptor and Disperse) and singer Rafał Gołąbowski. So, was this ever meant to be more than a one-album project? Hard to tell this far down the track, but what they have left behind is an album that is certainly worth searching out for those who enjoy great songs, heavily influenced by the likes of Camel and Alan Parsons Project.

Like those bands, this album contains music that has plenty of space within it, and a lightness that combines with melodic, almost pop, sensibilities. Although the rhythm section has an important part to play, the ear is drawn mostly to the deftness of touch displayed by Marcin. This guy can play, really play, but this is far more than just shredding, it is all about playing exactly the right notes in the right style to create the impact. Rafał also has a wonderful touch, and this is clear when he is playing piano as opposed to keyboards. This is a multi-layered sound, music that is both timeless and ageless, and although the vocals have their part to play, and are sung in a delicate manner, I found myself happier when listening to the lengthy instrumental passages. Ideas are bounced between the two main protagonists, and when the time is right then the guitar crunches hard, but that is just to provide the counterpoint to the next delicate passage. Five proper songs, with three vignettes (one of which, 'Sunrise', is a beautiful demonstration of what is so good about acoustic classic guitars), there is a great deal depth, a wonderful world to be discovered.

This is a beautiful album in just so many ways, and now that ten years has gone past possible the time is right to do another? Please?

 Brave New World by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.98 | 502 ratings

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Brave New World
Iron Maiden Prog Related

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Brave New Maiden?

"The return of Bruce Dickinson", "And Then They Were Six", "And Then They Were Three Guitarists"... All that's fine, but all that's for what? Much ado for nearly nothing...

The reintegration of IRON MAIDEN's historical frontman and guitarist Adrian Smith showed great promises for the band lovers. The entire "golden" line-up is back, furthermore with nineties' guitarist Jannick Gers! What else could any fan dream for? In addition, unlike the past decade, the revival of heavy metal of the 2000's were a favorable context of the genre! Unfortunately, even this is not sufficient to recover the inspiration vanishing since 1990. If you're expecting a return of the grandeur of the 80's, renewal, or just something refreshing and catchy, you may be quite disappointed. To be honest, the compositions even difficultly matches the troubled and uneven MAIDEN waters of the 90's.

Named after the well-known eponymous book by Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World" does not take many risks. Like "Virtual XI", the music is overall insipid and lengthy. It contains even fewer interesting tracks than its predecessor. A continuity, as "The Mercenary", "Dream of Mirrors" and "The Nomad" were initially composed for the 1998 album. A global impression is that IRON MAIDEN's asperities developed in 20 years are progressively disappearing: very few memorable melodies, remarkable bridges, breathtaking soli or galloping bass. The same dish, but without flavor. By the way, in case you're wondering about the three guitars, they are hardly audible and fail to bring something to the songs.

In addition, this will be the last collaboration with historical artist Derek Riggs, and he only illustrated the top half of the cover. Furthermore, Martin Birch, the band's producer since 1981's "Killers" has been replaced. There are signs that do not lie...

Concerning the rare good passages, the rocking "The Wicker Man" clearly does the job as an MAIDEN opener with its powerful theme, but it's just an illusion. The only genuine originality here is "Nomad" with its mystical Middle- Eastern-ish atmosphere. We haven't heard this since 1984's "Powerslave"! Recovered creativity? In fact, the calm beautiful section borrows an extract from 1974's BECKETT's "Life's Shadow". A bit lengthy, but overall quite good. "The Fallen Angel" average but has its moments. The rest of the disc rather flat and boring.

As a fan of IRON MAIDEN's eighties' albums, from their first self-titled opus to "Seventh Son", and of "The X-Factor", I was really disappointed by what was announced as the resurrection of an iconic and influential metal institution. I felt like if I was fooled by the product.

Steve Harris and co. were one of the few to entirely redefine the genre in the 80's. The 90's musical melting pots were a difficult context for traditional metal bands, and MAIDEN didn't make exception, delivering just a few interesting tracks inside average albums. The departure of high-pitched vocalist Bruce Dickinson was an occasion for renewal, seized with the dark and progy "The X-Factor". However, this evolution divided the fan-base, so the musicians decided to return to a secure path by going back to their original recipe, but without the inspiration and the spiciness.

Since the controversial 1995 opus, it seems that the band is on auto-pilot (no pun intended), gave up their creativity and will to try something new. This had to happen, "Brave New World" clearly marks the turning point: IRON MAIDEN has lived and now became a pale copy of itself. For sure, same can be done for other numerous artists of all genres, but here the difference is that the music doesn't match what was proclaimed as a renaissance.

"Brave New World" is an aseptic and overrated album. Too polite, neither raging, nor really epic nor adventurous compared to what modern progressive metal bands were proposing at the same period. A new MAIDEN yes, but not very brave...

 Maiden Japan by IRON MAIDEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1981
3.28 | 45 ratings

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Maiden Japan
Iron Maiden Prog Related

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I remember this one being released in Brazil and costing the same price as a full length LP! Of course, 12 inch EPs were something of a novelty by then and I guess most store owners though that if it looked like a LP and had the same size then it was an LP, no matter if the total time was only 16 minutes of music. The same happened to a few 12 inch EPs of the time (U2 and Dio), and most fans felt betrayed. Anyway, this was, for a long time, the only officially available live recording of Iron Maiden with Paul Di' Anno as their lead singer for a long time. Later the complete Tokyo show of their 1981 tour of Japan would be found as The Big Heat bootleg CD, with 73 minutes of running time.

As for the EP itself, the band delivers a terrific performance, as usual, with specially energetic versions of Killers and Innocent Exile. Unfortunately, Di´Anno voice is not at his best. It seems his drinking and drug habits were beginning to take their toll. Small wonder he was fired after this tour. But it is still Iron Maiden, and although their singer was not sounding as good as he was in the studio, the sheer power of all band members and the high quality of the songs made this EP worth buying it at the time. It seems that Maiden In Japan (a really good pun!) was never released in the CD format on its own (but it did appear as a bonus CD for one of their early albums reissue). I can only recommend any people interested to try to find the complete show version. It is really worth it.

 Virtual XI by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.31 | 285 ratings

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Virtual XI
Iron Maiden Prog Related

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Basic XI

2.5 stars

With the dark and creative "The X-Factor", MAIDEN showed they can renew without betraying themselves. Despite all this, the fan-base was divided about this orientation, but especially about new singer Blaze Bayley, who couldn't match Bruce Dickinson's high-pitched vocals during concerts on old songs. Therefore the band decided to go back to basics.

"Virtual XI" abandons the controversial sinister atmosphere and doom incursions of its predecessor for typical IRON MAIDEN stuff. However, although more dynamic and classic, this eleventh studio album presents some major flaws. The first one is obvious. Bayley's low tone was well suited for somber and mid-tempo compositions, like on "The X- Factor", but, as mentioned before, not adapted to epic maidenien tunes. Second, some tracks do clearly not justify their 8-9 minutes duration. This disc contains too much repetitions and offers not enough variety. Finally, and most important, surely wanting to please the fans, the Englishs didn't take many risks on this one. Simplistic and averagely inspired music for an uneven result.

Nearly half of the material is good though. "Futureal" is quite pleasant, fast-paced and punchy, typically in the direct lineage of MAIDEN's openers. Beginning with delicate arpeggios, soft and heavy passages, "Lightning Strikes Twice" takes us by surprise with its ferocious riff and main theme. It rocks! Nonetheless, the memorable title from "Virtual XI" is undoubtedly "The Clansman". Inspired by the movie "Braveheart", this epic possesses is a powerful hymn, crafted for and still played at concerts. The tapping at the end is just gorgeous! Freeeedooooooom! "When Two Worlds Collide" is average but has enjoyable moments.

And... that's it. The other tracks are boring, too long and definitely repetitive. No memorable tunes, no breathtaking bridges. A good example is the longest track of the record, "The Angel And The Gambler", which does certainly not deserve its 10 minutes duration. A little originality is "Como Estais Amigos", soft and melancholic, but not really Spanish sounding and a bit deceiving.

As a return to the original recipe, "Virtual XI" is an half-failure. There are a few interesting tracks, more suited for the vocal range of Dickinson, however the rest is flavorless, basic, lengthy and not varied enough. Not too bad, not the worst MAIDEN album of the 90's, just unequal. So if you don't know this disc, do not skip it.

This eleventh opus will be the second and last recorded with Blaze Bayley. The band asked him to leave, and historical singer and guitarist Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith will come back. But was it worth it?

 The X Factor by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.25 | 302 ratings

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The X Factor
Iron Maiden Prog Related

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Maiden's best 90's album is also its darkest

After two average albums and Bruce Dickinson's departure in 1993, the survival of IRON MAIDEN was questionable. Despite the loss of their charismatic frontman, the band decided to pursue the adventure, by recruiting Blaze Bayley from WOLFSBANE. However, the new singer hasn't really the same vocal range as its predecessor as his high-pitched predecessor, his tone is a lot lower. How to solve the problem? Well, unfortunately for Steve Harris, but fortunately for us, the bassist was then facing personal issues in his life, so he will restranscribe his state of mind in the songwriting. Therefore the musical ambiance is somber, sinister, which is a novelty in the group's history, and perfectly fits Bayley's low tonality by allowing him to affirm his identity.

"The X Factor" simply features the darkest compositions ever written by IRON MAIDEN. At last, after several years, the band's music finally evolve and find their marks in the 90's. The tempo slows down, the songs are sometimes heavy, sometimes doomy, sometimes progy, but always with their own touch of epicness. Furthermore, despite a duration of more than 70 minutes, the longest studio opus ever recorded by the musicians back then, the quality is quite homogeneous. There are no genuine bad song. No title track either, the only other record making exception being "Piece of Mind". To sum up, even if you already know your 80's MAIDEN, you'll hear something different here... Don't worry though, this is still IRON MAIDEN, but with new clothes, for an unique result...

... Also unique in terms of cover art. For the first time, Derek Riggs was not collaborating, the well-known mascot is not hand-drawn but represented by a kind of model which looks like it's straight out from an horror movie. No cartoonesque Eddie here, the poor creature seems really tortured and suffering. This is getting serious! Some countries will even censor it and the artist will have to propose an alternative cover, with a wider angle of view. By the way, who is responsible for this disturbing gory picture? Hugh Syme, who usually takes care of... RUSH's. Not really in the same register...

The beginning of the disc is flawless. The more than 10 minutes duration of "Sign Of The Cross" haven't been seen since "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" from 1984's "Powerslave"! Best song of the disc, this progressive suite is simply a little gem! The slow overture with Gregorian chants distillates a somber ambiance, to then turn more aggressive, dark, and even haunting at times. Don't worry, the powerful bridge shows this is still Harris and co. at commands. Wow! THE 90's MAIDEN epic! The very good mid-tempo "Lord Of The Flies" possesses a cool bass, a catchy tune as well as a gloomy atmosphere. Last of the opening trio, and first single of the album to be released, "Man On The Edge" is a fast efficient punchy rocker. The delicate acoustic intro of "Fortunes Of War" can remind "Fear of the Dark", but the overall is quite different. In fact, without the galloping maidenien solo, it could nearly pass as doom metal! "Look For The Truth" is in a similar style than its predecessor, a bit more heroic.

"The Aftermath" displays a tragic atmosphere, while "Judgement Of Heaven" is a little less sinister. The only genuine average title of the record. On the contrary, "Blood On The World's Hands" one of the best moments of the second half. An unusual composition for MAIDEN with its surprising bass and doom tonality. Very nice! The cool and glorious "The Edge Of Darkness" and "2 A.M." are more typical. As the disc opened with a progressive track, it also concludes with another one. In addition to its different ambiances and numerous changes, "The Unbeliever" is quite in the style of 90's modern modern prog bands, with real pieces of maiden in it. A pretty good surprise at the end of the record!

This tenth studio release is an interesting mixture of dark, doom and progressive elements, done the IRON MAIDEN way. Don't expect fast-paced direct tunes here, nor fantasy prog, the leitmotiv here is "atmosphere". Sometimes the loss of an important member can result in unexpected welcomed consequences as the unknown offers also chances to renew. Although a bit lengthy, these 71 minutes of music proves that Harris and co. can evolve without losing their own identity. If only they could have done that again...

There are many ways to describe "The X-Factor": MAIDEN's darkest effort, one of their post-80's bests, their 90's best, in fact their only truly good studio opus from this decade and better than their 2000's albums. To be honest, the Englishs' last creative works since and for a long time...

So, is a new MAIDEN born? The band will unfortunately wear this dark outfit for this very unique representation. After 1996, the music will go "back to basic" (without 's')...

 Led Zeppelin II by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.95 | 780 ratings

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Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Prog Related

Review by The Jester

5 stars After the release of their debut album, the band started touring without a break, in order to promote it. But at the same time, they were recording new material for the next album at any place they could find, between the concerts. Finally, Led Zeppelin II came out on the 22nd of October 1969, just a few months after Led Zeppelin I. The album's promotion was based on the slogan: 'Led Zeppelin - The Only Way to Fly'. In this album the band seems to leave aside the Blues influences that were obvious in the previous album, trying to make a turn to a heavier, guitar-driven sound. (Led Zeppelin II it has often been described as the band's heavier album). Led Zeppelin II was the band's first album that reached at No.1in both USA and UK, remaining on the charts for a long time. With this album, Led Zeppelin established themselves as a very big name in Rock music, and their fame will continue to grow with the release of the next 2 albums. As for the album's legacy, Led Zeppelin II has been acknowledged by many critics and music writers as one of the most influential albums of Rock music, and has earned several accolades from music publications, frequently placed at - or near - the top of "Best Album" lists. The sound of Led Zeppelin in this album is considered as one of the 'cornerstones' of what was later named as Hard Rock and/or Heavy Metal. Speaking for myself, LZII was one of the very first albums I ever bought on vinyl when I was 13 years old, on the day my parents bought me my first lame Hi-Fi system. Since then, I have listen to it hundreds ? if not thousands ? of times, and I leterally grew up with it. (Together with many other classic albums of Rock music). I really don't know if it really deserves 5 stars, but I can't put any other rating to it. So, 5 stars from me!

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