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Heavy Prog definition

Heavy Prog defines progressive rock music that draws as much influence from hard rock as it does from classic progressive rock. In simple terms, it is a marriage of the guitar-based heavy blues of the late 1960s and 1970s - artists such as Cream, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath - and the progressive/symphonic movement represented by King Crimson, Yes and Genesis.

The electric guitar, amplified to produce distortion (or 'overdrive') is a crucial element, providing the 'heavy' tone required for this aggressive style, and later for the British and North American heavy metal of the late 1970s and 80s. The primary rock format of drums, bass and guitar with keys and/or vocals on top is represented strongly in heavy prog. The presence of the Hammond organ with its deep, intense rumble was also common among harder progressive groups such as ATOMIC ROOSTER. Although certain other acts, such as King Crimson and Jethro Tull, utilize a heavy guitar, bass and keyboard sound, the bulk of their work over the years puts them in a different category.

Bands that represent Heavy Prog would include RUSH, PORCUPINE TREE, THE MARS VOLTA, URIAH HEEP, TEMPEST, BLACK WIDOW, DR. Z,ATOMIC ROOSTER, WARHORSE, BIRTH CONTROL, TILES.

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4.41 | 1967 ratings
MOVING PICTURES
Rush
4.38 | 1660 ratings
HEMISPHERES
Rush
4.35 | 1537 ratings
A FAREWELL TO KINGS
Rush
4.30 | 1425 ratings
PERMANENT WAVES
Rush
4.23 | 1815 ratings
IN ABSENTIA
Porcupine Tree
4.22 | 1856 ratings
FEAR OF A BLANK PLANET
Porcupine Tree
4.22 | 950 ratings
DE-LOUSED IN THE COMATORIUM
Mars Volta, The
4.18 | 675 ratings
THE MOUNTAIN
Haken
4.16 | 536 ratings
SALISBURY
Uriah Heep
4.09 | 1502 ratings
2112
Rush
4.08 | 1512 ratings
DEADWING
Porcupine Tree
4.09 | 988 ratings
THE SKY MOVES SIDEWAYS
Porcupine Tree
4.08 | 752 ratings
VISIONS
Haken
4.07 | 753 ratings
AQUARIUS
Haken
4.09 | 466 ratings
LOOK AT YOURSELF
Uriah Heep
4.15 | 276 ratings
FROM WITHIN
Anekdoten
4.05 | 721 ratings
FRANCES THE MUTE
Mars Volta, The
4.15 | 227 ratings
SOUND AWAKE
Karnivool
4.01 | 1092 ratings
LIGHTBULB SUN
Porcupine Tree
4.03 | 520 ratings
DEMONS AND WIZARDS
Uriah Heep

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 In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster by ATOMIC ROOSTER album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.74 | 128 ratings

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In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster
Atomic Rooster Heavy Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars The final of the holy trinity of the first three classic Atomic Rooster albums, Vincent Crane and his cohorts here delivered another scorching set fuelled by his brimstone powered Hammond organ on 1971's `In Hearing Of'. A winning mix of heavy proto-prog, lightly R&B, blues and funk influenced rockers and some brooding ballads, plus their delicious and borderline wicked occult tinged trademark lyrics all still make an appearance. However, despite still being very heavy, what makes the album stand out is a slightly lighter touch resulting in perhaps their most mellow, even introspective album, especially coming after all the bluster and noise of the Carl Palmer-powered debut or the aggressive stomp of `Death Walks Behind You.' It's a collection of eight piano/organ driven hard-rocking tunes, without a single poor moment on the entire LP.

`Breakthrough' may be one of the most restrained pieces to appear on an Atomic Rooster album, a classy album opener with an unhurried dramatic build delivered by sophisticated piano and Paul Hammond's commanding drumming, Pete French's raspy vocal delivering the necessary emotion to convey the pleading words. `Break The Ice' is a spiky and addictive guitar-driven rocker with call- and-response-like Hammond purrs and aggressive drumming, and Pete gets to let rip with a suitably throat-shredding vocal. Ballad `Decision Indecision' is one of the warmest Rooster moments ever to appear on one of their studios discs, with a moving thoughtful vocal and some lovely restrained piano that lifts into uplifting clouds of bliss in the soaring middle. `A Spoonful of Bromide...' is a snapping rocker, a frantic piano and Hammond organ soaked instrumental with relentless charging drumming and cymbals with wailing electric guitar full of fire from John Cann.

The classic Rooster track `Black Snake' slithers with a murky unease, Vincent Crane taking the lead vocal and asking "What's in the dark that makes you feel so wild...?". Fuelled by deceptively soothing coatings of wavering Hammond that makes you feel like you're levitating in air, the piece is simply dripping with temptation and lust. Knowing the demons the late Mr Crane went through in his life gives the track an even more ominous and unsettling quality, but his playing and his voice are so full of inspiration and passion. The up-tempo dirty rocker `Heads In The Sky' offers scuzzy heavy metal riffing and wild drumming in the style of Black Sabbath, only with more lashings of rippling and spirited Hammond organ soloing over the top. `The Rock' is a sweaty grooving instrumental with horns and feedback-drenched electric guitar eruptions. There's a sly menace to album closer `The Prince' (even more hammered home with more occult themed lyrics), with a maddening repetition to the piano and drums, not to mention some forceful screeching vocals that makes it quite overwhelming. Pay close attention to the contradictory lyrics, the protagonist clearly having made a very bad deal with a Devil and being confronted with his actions. Powerful stuff.

This particular version of Atomic Rooster would split almost as soon as the album was released, making it all the more special, unique and distinctive. You can't go wrong at all with the first three Rooster albums, and the furious spirit present on this album, as on the earlier two as well, is truly infectious. It's further proof what a talent the troubled Vincent Crane was as a musician, his organ and piano workouts positively crackling with energy, and he's ably backed up by a trio of other great musicians here who get plenty of standout moments throughout as well. The occasional lighter flourishes resulted in one of the most varied and easy to enjoy Atomic Rooster albums, and it's more evidence of what a fine band they were, making `In Hearing Of' is an impossibly strong and always consistent collection of hard-rocking organ-driven tunes, and proto/heavy prog lovers will likely already know they need to own this.

Four stars.

 Overloaded by RIGONI, ALBERTO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.95 | 9 ratings

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Overloaded
Alberto Rigoni Heavy Prog

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Overloaded is the fourth solo album by Alberto Rigoni, a talented bassist and composer from Montebelluna, in the province of Treviso. It is dedicated to the memory of bassist Randy Coven and during the recording sessions Alberto was helped by Denis Novello (drums), Federico Solazzo (keyboards), Simone Mularoni (guitars), Marco Sfogli (guitars) and Fabrizio "Bicio" Leo (guitars). The album was self-released in 2014 and features a nice artwork by Chris Van Der Linden that in some way tries to describe its musical content. In fact, Overloaded was conceived as a conceptual work inspired by some issues of the contemporary society: "I think that everything is going too fast today and one of the reasons is technology: hyper fast communications (mostly through social networks), multitasking activities, tons of information as well as misinformation, products, services? In a couple of words ? we are OVERLOADED! The Internet has changed our lives, and even though it is indeed a great tool we have to be careful and use it judiciously. Excessive use may cause several diseases such as stress, depression, and social isolation", explains Alberto Rigoni on his website. Anyway, there are no liner notes nor lyrics to explain the concept behind the music and the storyline is completely up to your imagination...

The short, hypnotic opener "What's On Your Mind?" sets the atmosphere with a question and pulsing bass lines in the background evoking strange psychoanalytical sessions. Then, with the title track the rhythm rises and you're drawn in a vortex of energy: "Overloaded" is an excellent track, very rich in ideas and with a touch of exoticism.

The following "Chron" is frenzied and conjures up the images of a wild race against the clock that never stops... Next come the calm, dreamy "Floating Capsule", where you get lost in space and time, and the aggressive "Corruption".

The title of the following "Ubick" recalls a 1969 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick that takes place in a world where technology has advanced to the extent of permitting civilians to reach the Moon, and psi phenomena are common. In the novel Ubik is the name of a powerful substance but can be also considered a metaphor for God... Well, the music here is absolutely sparkling and I think that it would be a perfect score for a sci-fi film or a technological thriller!

"Multitasking" is a short track where the bass plays all the multiple roles and leads to the powerful, vibrant "Liberation" while the reflective "Glory Of Life" concludes this interesting album where there's no room for boredom. Anyway, have a try and judge by yourselves: you can listen to the complete album in streaming on bandcamp.

 Fourth Wall by YSMA album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Fourth Wall
Ysma Heavy Prog

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars What's the meaning of "progressive", anyways? I've seen intense forum arguments about this very question, and the sides usually come down to two ideas: either progressive music is a certain sound dating back to the 70's, or it is a nonspecific term for music and artists that change, grow, mature, and feature a few vague characteristics, such as the use of odd meters and such. My answer? What does it really matter? Bands like Germany's YSMA are progressive no matter how you look at them, and they are truly progressive (in my opinion) in that they have changed their style, taken feedback to heart, and had the balls and the good spirits to invest in themselves.

Yes, YSMA is a perfect band for the progressive label. This instrumental five-piece last released a good album called "Vagrant", an album that wandered a bit too much, as I felt the band wasn't very sure or definite in their compositions. They're back now, however, with a wonderful album called "Fourth Wall", which has surprised me in many ways. Gone are the nomadic melodies that never seem to latch onto greatness, and in has come a mature, purposeful composition style that is a delight to hear. Yes, YSMA, like the men they are, have decided to take advice and to take it to heart in the best way possible.

Very possibly, the reason behind this new success is the addition of a missing piece to the puzzle: the new keyboardist Arne Timm. His addition to the band has filled in the gaps that were somewhat noticeable the first time. Before, there were melodies that seemed incomplete or did not come 'round and tickle your spine; now, however, there is an extra layer of sound and composition that feels very complete and very, very groovy. In fact, all of the players are on fire here. Arne's keys vary vastly in tone, and they are always providing wonderful accent and atmosphere to the Haken- esque technical grooves. Fabian Schroer and Daniel Kluger provide a wide array of guitars, too, ranging from bright acoustics to rolling electric riffs. Alex Schenk more than impresses on bass, as I feel his dynamic playing is the rock upon which YSMA's sound is built, as YSMA's sound has pieces of math rock present, certainly. Lastly, Jens Milo on drums collaborates many times with Alex's bass to form some seriously delightful rhythms.

YSMA has grown. The songs are meaningful and have personality now, such as the end of "Four Seconds West". Another example, "A Beaver's Tale", delights with funkiness, or, my personal favorite, "Jester" is an absolute masterpiece where all these musicians come together into a single unit. Of course, then you have the two-part "Sun" that features some stark flute for good measure, and the ending track "Pseudopolis" that finishes this album in style.

All around, then, "Fourth Wall" is head and shoulders above "Vagrant", and I might even say that it is the best instrumental album of 2014 thus far. These guys have really come together, not only in playing, but also in composition and direction. I don't think that "Fourth Wall" is their masterpiece quite yet, but I expect that very soon. It's only a matter of time with the quality and inspiration evident in this new album.

 Splitting Ions In The Ether by ST. ELMO'S FIRE album cover Live, 1998
3.75 | 7 ratings

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Splitting Ions In The Ether
St. Elmo's Fire Heavy Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars St. Elmo's Fire could have lived up the hype if formed around mid-70's, but the attack of New Wave, Disco and Punk reduced their chances to success and apparently led to instability within the group.After line-up changes and a few more demo recordings the Cleveland-based quintet disbanded in May 1981.Paul Kollar, who by the 90's had moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, sat down with Mark Helm to work on new and old pieces of the band.The thirst for a reunion led to the establishment of the Sprawling Productions label, on which they released the CD ''Splitting ions in the ether'' in 1998, a good chance for anyone not owning the band's rare 1980 vinyl to listen to St. Elmo's Fire's innovative sound.

But the whole story about this release was the bonus material placed next to the four tracks of the vintage vinyl record of the band.''Searching for food'' is a surprising intro to say the least, a spacious Electronic ambience with a cinematic, almost cosmic atmosphere with grandiose synths and sound effects, leading to the powerful ''Gone to ground in the Khyber pass''.Some 8 minutes of complex Progressive Rock with a tremendous opener, led by a symphonic atmosphere similar to ELOY and based on the majestic sound of Mellotron, before getting in the mood of a Heavy Prog vessel with complicated guitar moves and a steady rhythm section, revisiting the orchestral lines of the opening minutes towards the end.''The balrog'', ''Parasites and bureaucrats'' and ''Aspen flambe'' were all included in ''Live At The Cleveland Agora'', but the 11-min. follower ''The Reluctant bride'' is yet another great piece and fine example of the band's versatility.This could be propably placed next to the early KING CRIMSON offerings, but here the intricate guitar lines and sinister textures are combined with a big symphonic sound, propelled by the mighty Mellotron of Stephen John Stavnicky, some rural passages with interesting flute work and the always atmospheric use of synthesizers.Complex, typical US-styled Prog Rock, similar to PENTWATER and YEZDA URFA.Then comes ''Fantasy come reality'', another piece included in ''Live At The Cleveland Agora'', before the band revisits the principles of ''Red''-period KING CRIMSON with the guitar manifest of ''The abduction'' with its haunting rhythms, complex twists and heavy overtones.The 9-min. farewell ''The Nuremberg Waltz'' is more of the same, dense and excessive guitar-oriented instrumental music with tons of breaks and a slight RUSH nuance next to the powerful and complicated KING CRIMSON experiments along with another short dash of Mellotron majesty.

Complex US Prog with King Crimson as a guiding light, surrounded by influences from Rush, Yes and Yezda Urfa.Interesting and pretty intricate material for fans of captivating, mostly instrumental Prog Rock.Recommended...3.5 stars.

 The Gift of Awareness by P.A.W.N. album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.82 | 2 ratings

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The Gift of Awareness
P.A.W.N. Heavy Prog

Review by odinalcatraz

5 stars I suddenly heard this band all over Indie radio in the last few days. I assumed they were well known. I am still listening as I type this. Heavy prog? That wasn't obvious at first, then a hint of Dream Theater appeared. I love early-ish DT and Ayreon. I only now looked and see that they are the first 2 bands mentioned in their bio. Mostly, this is nothing like either of those bands. It is very complex and at the same time, totally melodic/Classical. I've never been a fan of female vocals but this is a big exception! This is an amazing album. Switching from Arjen's heavy guitar sounds to Middle Eastern and changing speed when they feel like it even. My kinda thing. Very innovative. If I wasn't in Corvus Stone I would happily audition to get in this band! Reading about the sad loss of one of the original members was a shock. Long may the duo and friends continue!
 Anabasi Road by ANABASI ROAD album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Anabasi Road
Anabasi Road Heavy Prog

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Anabasi Road are a young band from Reggio Emilia that came to life in 2009 with the aim of blending prog, hard rock and blues with a touch of freshness and a great passion for vintage sounds. The name of the band refers to the Ancient Greek and evokes a hard march uphill. After a good live activity on the local scene, in 2014 they self-released an interesting eponymous album with a line up featuring Andrea Giberti (vocals, harmonica, keyboards), Massimiliano Braglia (guitar, drums), Alessio Gambarelli (guitar), Riccardo Vecchi (bass), Luca Orlandini (keyboards, organ, piano) and Nicholas Corradini (drums, guitar). Although they can't be considered the most original band on the rich current Italian prog scene, Anabasi Road are a talented bunch of musicians and on their debut album they showcase a good potential. If you like bands such as Wicked Minds or Psycho Praxis I'm sure you will appreciate this work as well.

The opener "Pleasure In Me" starts by nervous electric guitar riffs and dark organ waves. The music and lyrics describe a haunting presence and an insane, dangerous passion that rises like dust on the road while a strange, silent feeling sets hope and time on fire. The following "Clashing Stars" is a kind of wild prayer to the sky for a new life and tells about a desperate, merciless need for vendetta in an endless war where there's no room for respect and pity.

Next comes the disquieting "Dreaming For You" where the music and lyrics describe a strange experience: a restless dream, a fall into a windy grave, a lapse of reason with blind lies whirling inside your mind... It leads to the long psychedelic blues "Say Man", haunted by the ghost of Jim Morrison.

"Guerra Mondiale" (World War) is the only track sung in Italian on the album and I think that it's a real pity that the band didn't exploit more their native language. It begins by a delicate piano pattern, then the music and lyrics describe the feelings of a soldier in a dark, wet night before the battle... There's blood on the ground and on the hearts, you can hear cries and shouts, marching men and bombs falling all around... A great track!

The following "Maybe Tomorrow" is full of rebellious energy and invites you to fight against the people who try to manipulate your conscience and your mind. It leads to the long, dark "I Walk Alone" that depicts in deep red colours a man possessed by a haunting vision who looks at him through a shining glass. Filled with pain and rage, with no hope nor God, now he walks toward his new dark Lord... The bluesy "Requiem" concludes the album with no prayers, no cries and no shouts but a great electric guitar solo.

On the whole, a good album for classic rock lovers. Anyway, you can listen to the complete album in streaming on bandcamp: have a try and judge by yourselves.

 Fear Of A Blank Planet by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.22 | 1856 ratings

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Fear Of A Blank Planet
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by stefanblazanovic

3 stars So for my first review I've decided to go with "Fear of a Blank Planet" By the band Porcupine tree. To get things started I have to say that this is a great album. But it isn't the greatest album by them. Why? Well you notice in this album that the music has increased in quality. They've turned more progressive so we'll be noticing longer songs, different time signatures But as the lyrics go.... well it's the worst lyrics I've seen in any album by porcupine tree. It sounds like something linkin park, deftones, and KoRn would write on their albums. It's whiny, annoying and more importantly... It's about teens which the target audience is for teens.

Fear of a Blank Planet (B+)

My Ashes (D+)

Anesthetize (A-)

Sentimental (C+)

Way out of here (C+)

Sleep Together (B)

Overall Album (B) or 3.5 Stars

Fear of a blank planet will bring a lot of surprises to a porcupine tree fan because this album is much heavier than previous album "Deadwing". And quite frankly I enjoy the instrumentals, they bring a lot of life into the song but the lyrics draw me out and I have to constantly remind myself that I'm listening to porcupine tree.

Fear of a Blank planet is a great opener track. It's catchy, melodic, heavy and proggy in some parts. and it has that porcupine tree feel throughout the song, The lyrics are a problem like I've stated before but I enjoy this song very much and it's the second best song out of the album. My Ashes is a very weak song in the album and I tend to zone out while listening to the song so giving a review would be unfair so I'll skip it. Anesthetize.... The closest thing porcupine tree has come to a masterpiece. This 17 minute epic is one of the best progressive metal songs I've heard in a long time. The 3 parts to anesthetize are interesting because not only they sound different but the transition into each part fits prefectly so it maintains that flow throughout the song. And the last part is one of the most beautiful things I've heard in a while.

Sentimental... don't have much to say about this song. The soundscapes sound great but overall a decent song nothing special. Same applies to Way out of here, Steven's vocals are great in the song but otherwise I find myself skipping this song. Sleep together..... What a song. It's a different song but in a good way. It's their most experimental song in the album but they seemed to have nailed it. It's a nice song with a nice outro at the end closing off the album.

Overall I think this album is great but not their best for sure. While the album holds some amazing songs. The album holds some bad apples which I usually find myself skipping. But would I waste my 10 dollars to get this album? No. The album is good don't get me wrong but unless I was a diehard porcupine tree fan I would get this album. But as a casual prog rock listener. I would pass it and get something else. It's not that it's a terrible album and I would get it if was on sale. but if it wasn't for Anesthetize.... this album rating would go lower and I think we all know that....

3.5 Stars

 On The Sunday Of Life.....  by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.03 | 622 ratings

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On The Sunday Of Life.....
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Porcupine Tree didn't exist as an actual band when this first official album was released in 1992. So it makes sense that the effort was an ersatz affair, cobbled together from a pair of older audio- cassette recordings made by a precocious youngster named Steve Wilson, barely out of his teens at the time.

The fantasy 'band' would later come to vivid life as a legitimate group. But in the beginning Wilson imagined them as post-modern, psychedelic teeny-boppers, with fanciful stage names like Timothy Tadpole-Jones and Sir Tarquin Underspoon. The band's drummer, much like the nominal Echo of earlier Bunnymen fame, was a rhythm box known as The Expanding Flan.

The music itself is mostly atmospheric jams with ambient filler, anchored by several outright, airtight pop songs, many of them sporting odd, processed vocals making Wilson resemble Alvin the Chipmunk (in "The Nostalgia Factory"), or a pre-pubescent Geddy Lee (in "Linton Samuel Dawson", name-checking a non-existent light-show operator: Porcupine Tree's own imaginary Pete Sinfield). At least one song, the bouncy "Jupiter Island", sounds atypically not unlike a techno-pop Thomas Dolby hit. And the punchline is further telegraphed by titles recalling Monty Python ("No Luck With Rabbits") or The Mothers of Invention ("Message From a Self-Destructing Turnip").

Much of the album is hard to reconcile with the distinctive Heavy Prog of later PT releases, although a measure of foreshadowing can be heard in the fan favorite "Radioactive Toy", and the nearly eleven-minute "It Will Rain For a Million Years". The former in particular, with its convincing Dave Gilmour guitar mimicry, helped earn the fledgling band its now overused nickname of Porcupink Floyd.

Steve Wilson may have invented the fictitious group as a joke, but without real musicians he wouldn't be able to fashion anything like a stable musical identity until after the project took on a life of its own. There are times when he overplays his youthful enthusiasm, in the abundance of backward tape effects, random voice samples, and so on. And at 75-minutes the album might have been effectively condensed even further from its original sources. But for a homemade studio experiment it offers ample proof of Wilson's skill and confidence on either side of the microphone: as a producer and a performer.

Consider it as a collection of unpolished demo recordings...not for an upcoming album, but for an entire future band.

 Caress of Steel by RUSH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.54 | 922 ratings

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Caress of Steel
Rush Heavy Prog

Review by Fearabsentia

5 stars Rush-Caress of Steel

Rush will always remain a favorite band of mine, they were in a sense the band that got me into progressive rock. I decided to show some love to an underrated gem in Rush's discography and one of my all time favorite progressive rock albums.

I can understand that this album is a bit hard to digest, on one side you have three shorter hard rock tracks and on the second side you have two prog epics. The opener 'Bastille Day' is one of my favorites, with some great driving riffs. 'Lakeside Park' is a lighter feel-good song, it sounds very peaceful and makes a nice balance between styles. 'I Think I'm Going Bald' may seem odd at first, but taking as the joke it was meant to be, it's pretty good.

The first epic on the album 'The Necromancer', is a continuation of the epic from the previous album, 'By-Tor and the Snow Dog'. The song features many heavy to soft transitions that would characterize much of Rush's later works. It also shows the appearance of spoken word, which would show up again two albums later on my favorite Rush song 'Cygnus X-1'. The second epic is the nearly 20-minute 'The Fountain of Lamneth', where Neil Peart shows some of his best drum work around the 5-minute mark. Again, this epic shows much of what Rush would later use in more critically acclaimed epic like '2112' or 'Xanadu'.

Overall, this is my favorite of the classic Rush albums and should not be skipped. This is the album that shaped them into the prog rock band they are known to be today.

 D'AccorD III by D'ACCORD album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.51 | 49 ratings

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D'AccorD III
D'AccorD Heavy Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars Today I am lucky in my journey through new prog. Earlier today I enjoyed Lazuli and now I am appreciating D'AccorD. For people who don't know "D'AccorD" is a Norwegian band which made their debut album in 2009, another one in 2011 and now 2014 their third "D'AccorD III" has been released. Until now 2014 hasn't been Sweden's but Norway's year in prog. Many of the best records until now from this year has come from our neighbour in the west.

The cover is artistic. An orange colour and a delightful eye with a mermaid and a wave build up it. The album's line up is Daniel Maage who sings and plays flute, Årstein Tislevoll who plays keyboards, violin, guitar and mandolin, Fredrik Errol Horn who plays keyboards and saxophone, Stig Are Sund who plays guitar, Martin Sjöen who plays bass and Bjarte Rossehaug who drums. These six persons have done a wonderful reocrd that I think you all will like. From the first moment to the last it's energetic and full of examples of great music. "D'AccorD III" starts perfectly with "These last todays" a grande and mightly song with many instruments and we hear from the beginning that the singer sings very well(10/10). I find similarities with the vocalist in Beardfish's voice. Besides the first song the two "Mon-Sat: Part I & II" are my favourites(10/10). These songs have a particular lovely melody and a lot of similarities with Genesis. The keyboard line I think has connections to Trespass. "Song for Jethro" is more acoustic and must be a tribute to Jethro Tull(9/10). "Ibliss in bliss" is another example of great hard rock(9/10). D'AccorD also has a lot in common with Uriah Heep which could be heard in "Mr.Moonlight"(8/10). I could compare it with Uriah Heep's "The Wizard".

This competent and complete band are a perfect discovery for people who love traditional prog rock and traditional hard rock. Fans of the bands I have mentioned should check this but the band has its own characteristics too. The vocals, the guitar and the keyboards together with the rest do a great job. I'd give this record four strong stars today but then I am needle. I think this could be worth five stars so you know. Try for yourself!

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2112 Argentina
4X United Kingdom
99 NAMES OF GOD United States
ABASH Italy
ABIGAIL'S GHOST United States
ADVENT HORIZON United States
AFTER THE FALL United States
AICAN Russia
ALBATROS Spain
ALGABAS Russia
ALGARAVIA Brazil
ALTERED STATE United States
AMUSIA Canada
ANABASI ROAD Italy
THE ANABASIS United States
ANDROMEDA Germany
ANEKDOTEN Sweden
ANKH Poland
ANOMUS Finland
ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY Norway
APOLLO Finland
ARABS IN ASPIC II Norway
ARAXES Switzerland
ARC United Kingdom
ARCANE Australia
THE ARISTOCRATS Multi-National
ARMAGEDDON United Kingdom
ASTEROID Sweden
ATLANTIDE Italy
ATLAS VOLT Sweden
ATOMIC ROOSTER United Kingdom
AUSTRALIS Chile
AUTOMATIC FINE TUNING United Kingdom
BABE RUTH United Kingdom
BADGER United Kingdom
BAKER GURVITZ ARMY United Kingdom
BAKERY Australia
BALISET United States
BALLOON Netherlands
BARAKA Japan
DAVID BARRET TRIO Canada
BATTLE CIRCUS New Zealand
BBI France
BI KYO RAN Japan
BIBLE BLACK Japan
A BIG GOODBYE United States
BIGELF United States
BIRTH CONTROL Germany
THE BITTERS United States
BLACK BONZO Sweden
BLACK MARKET SEROTONIN United Kingdom
BLACK WIDOW United Kingdom
BLOOD CEREMONY Canada
BODKIN United Kingdom
BOLT United States
BOOK OF HOURS Sweden
BREAKING ORBIT Australia
THE BROWN Japan
BULL ANGUS United States
BURNING SAVIOURS Sweden
CACTUS PEYOTES Brazil
CAMAFEO Argentina
CAPHARNAUM Canada
CAPTAIN BEYOND United States
CAPTAIN OF THE SWEDISH TEAM Canada
CARDEILHAC Switzerland
CARGO Netherlands
CARGO CULT REVIVAL United States
CARPADIUM United States
CARPE NOTA United States
CASUAL SILENCE Netherlands
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