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The term 'eclectic' in the context of progressive rock describes a summation of elements from various musical sources, and the influences and career paths of bands that take from a wide range of genres or styles. While progressive music can be, in a larger sense, eclectic, the 'Eclectic Prog' term is specially meant to reference bands that trespass the boundaries of established Progressive Rock genres or that blend many influences.

Eclectic Prog combines hybrids of style and diversity of theme, promoting many elements from different sources. The Eclectic category recognizes bands that evolved markedly over their career (in a progressive, evolutionary way), or have a plural style without a clear referential core.

The basic features lie within the music's variety, rich influences, art tendencies and classic prog rock elements. Among the representative bands are KING CRIMSON, VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, and GENTLE GIANT.

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4.59 | 2792 ratings
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
King Crimson
4.52 | 2123 ratings
RED
King Crimson
4.50 | 1267 ratings
GODBLUFF
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.42 | 1368 ratings
PAWN HEARTS
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.39 | 1780 ratings
LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC
King Crimson
4.35 | 1044 ratings
IN A GLASS HOUSE
Gentle Giant
4.39 | 491 ratings
THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE
Hammill, Peter
4.31 | 1033 ratings
H TO HE, WHO AM THE ONLY ONE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.28 | 938 ratings
STILL LIFE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.27 | 933 ratings
THE POWER AND THE GLORY
Gentle Giant
4.26 | 1196 ratings
OCTOPUS
Gentle Giant
4.26 | 947 ratings
FREE HAND
Gentle Giant
4.24 | 921 ratings
ACQUIRING THE TASTE
Gentle Giant
4.21 | 834 ratings
VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE
Hackett, Steve
4.30 | 259 ratings
MEMENTO Z BANALNYM TRYPTYKIEM
SBB
4.26 | 319 ratings
ANABELAS
Bubu
4.20 | 489 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC: PART TWO
Beardfish
4.25 | 305 ratings
BANTAM TO BEHEMOTH
Birds And Buildings
4.22 | 324 ratings
THE DEATH DEFYING UNICORN (WITH STĹLE STORLŘKKEN)
Motorpsycho
4.17 | 522 ratings
SPECTRAL MORNINGS
Hackett, Steve
4.23 | 244 ratings
BORIS
Yezda Urfa
4.12 | 798 ratings
THREE FRIENDS
Gentle Giant
4.25 | 190 ratings
MULTIPURPOSE TRAP
Birds And Buildings
4.29 | 161 ratings
SI PARTIE 1
Nemo
4.10 | 1224 ratings
DISCIPLINE
King Crimson
4.09 | 1363 ratings
LIZARD
King Crimson
4.32 | 127 ratings
SBB (WOłANIE O BRZęK SZKłA AKA SLOVENIAN GIRLS)
SBB
4.24 | 174 ratings
PAMIęć
SBB
4.27 | 128 ratings
1000 AUTUNNI
Ske
4.16 | 224 ratings
BARBARES
Nemo
4.16 | 222 ratings
IN CAMERA
Hammill, Peter
4.18 | 177 ratings
IN EXTREMIS
Days Between Stations
4.07 | 402 ratings
UK
UK
4.15 | 184 ratings
LE VER DANS LE FRUIT
Nemo
4.03 | 642 ratings
THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS WAVE TO EACH OTHER
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.19 | 139 ratings
ZE SłOWEM BIEGNę DO CIEBIE
SBB
4.12 | 203 ratings
LAST EPIC
A.C.T
4.26 | 100 ratings
DETTA HAR HÄNT
Gösta Berlings Saga
4.06 | 326 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC: PART ONE
Beardfish
4.14 | 148 ratings
DIAGONAL
Diagonal
4.27 | 83 ratings
AEROLIT
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.05 | 239 ratings
LADY LAKE
Gnidrolog
4.08 | 190 ratings
NIGHTINGALES & BOMBERS
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
3.97 | 791 ratings
THE POWER TO BELIEVE
King Crimson
4.30 | 72 ratings
THE APOCALYPSE INSIDE OF AN ORANGE
Rodriguez-Lopez, Omar
4.34 | 65 ratings
NIL NOVO SUB SOLE
Nil
4.09 | 166 ratings
TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA
Utopia
4.25 | 82 ratings
HAIKARA
Haikara
4.04 | 209 ratings
CHAMELEON IN THE SHADOW OF THE NIGHT
Hammill, Peter
4.02 | 215 ratings
SOLAR FIRE
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
3.96 | 436 ratings
MAMMOTH
Beardfish
4.00 | 234 ratings
THE MUSIC THAT DIED ALONE
Tangent, The
4.01 | 212 ratings
LE SACRE DU TRAVAIL
Tangent, The
4.34 | 53 ratings
ECHOES OF FALLING STARS
Daal
4.12 | 101 ratings
SKYMIND
Taal
4.10 | 112 ratings
IMAGINARY FRIENDS
A.C.T
3.96 | 318 ratings
DESTINED SOLITAIRE
Beardfish
4.21 | 72 ratings
STRANGE IS THIS WORLD
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.43 | 42 ratings
DIALOG S VESMÍREM
Progres 2
4.08 | 111 ratings
EVER AFTER
Sanhedrin
3.99 | 196 ratings
OVER
Hammill, Peter
4.00 | 171 ratings
THE SANE DAY
Beardfish
3.99 | 176 ratings
THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH HEELED BOYS
Traffic
4.00 | 166 ratings
DODECAHEDRON
Daal
3.88 | 1125 ratings
STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK
King Crimson
4.13 | 83 ratings
PICTURES
Island
4.05 | 116 ratings
SI PARTIE II - L'HOMME IDÉAL
Nemo
4.12 | 86 ratings
ENIGMATIC
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.09 | 94 ratings
SNAFU
East Of Eden
4.34 | 44 ratings
KOROWÓD
Grechuta, Marek
4.16 | 68 ratings
MOVIN' ON
Circus
4.23 | 56 ratings
PHANEROTHYME
Motorpsycho
4.04 | 109 ratings
IN CASE OF LOSS..
Areknamés
4.02 | 117 ratings
IN SPITE OF HARRY'S TOENAIL
Gnidrolog
4.17 | 64 ratings
TWILIGHT CINEMA
Major Parkinson
4.26 | 50 ratings
ZALMOXE
Sfinx
3.97 | 167 ratings
REWOTOWER
Profusion
4.35 | 41 ratings
SHESHET
Sheshet
4.01 | 121 ratings
STILL LIFE WITH EGGPLANT
Motorpsycho
3.86 | 766 ratings
GENTLE GIANT
Gentle Giant
4.20 | 58 ratings
MARIONETKI
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.08 | 83 ratings
BELIEVERS & DECEIVERS
Brighteye Brison
4.66 | 24 ratings
PLAT DU JOUR
Plat Du Jour
4.04 | 88 ratings
MERCATOR PROJECTED
East Of Eden
3.89 | 277 ratings
REVOLU$ION
Nemo
4.29 | 42 ratings
BIGORNA
Cartoon
3.96 | 136 ratings
2ND HANDS
Gourishankar, The
4.17 | 54 ratings
SENOGUL
Senogul
4.00 | 98 ratings
MARGARET'S CHILDREN
Manning
3.94 | 142 ratings
A BLACK BOX
Hammill, Peter
4.22 | 46 ratings
IN THE FISHTANK (WITH JAGA JAZZIST HORNS)
Motorpsycho
4.14 | 56 ratings
LALLE LARSSON'S WEAVEWORLD
Larsson, Lalle
4.56 | 25 ratings
MAREK GRECHUTA & ANAWA
Grechuta, Marek
4.12 | 60 ratings
ET CETERA
Et Cetera
4.11 | 59 ratings
MASTER & M
Lizard
3.86 | 288 ratings
THE VOID
Beardfish
3.86 | 282 ratings
NOT AS GOOD AS THE BOOK
Tangent, The
4.76 | 19 ratings
THE AMERICAN STANDARD
Dreadnaught
4.03 | 77 ratings
DESTRUKTIVE ACTIONS AFFECT LIVINGS
Daal
4.31 | 35 ratings
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 Janus by AUNT MARY album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.29 | 49 ratings

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Janus
Aunt Mary Eclectic Prog

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

3 stars The third and final album from Norway's Aunt Mary, 1973's `Janus' sees the band incorporating gentle symphonic prog touches to their usual hard-rocking style, and along with a dose of psychedelic pop, some E.L.P/Yes-like influences and occasional jamming, this is good honest 70's rock with extended instrumental sections, strong musicianship and tasteful vocal arrangements. Despite never to be confused with being a classic, there's still plenty of interest here, and undemanding prog fans should enjoy this album and band.

The band open and close the album with a run of different tracks stitched together, attempting to create some longer progressive pieces, but I'm not entirely convinced how well this works. The individual pieces are all fine on their own, but trying to sell them off as actual `suites' of music is pushing things a little! However, the opening 12 minute trio offers three great poppy numbers. Despite `Path of Your Dream' starting the album with drum rolls, frantic hard guitar riffs and shimmering Hammond organ, it soon diverts into a jaunty sing-along acoustic Moody Blues-like chorus, the band telling the tale of "A fairy-like gnome with the magic hand, from the clouds is watching this land...'. `Mr Kaye' aims for a Beatles psychedelic acid-pop sound, a playful shorter interlude with drowsy Lennon-esque vocals and a cute double-tracked guitar solo in the middle. It then kicks right into `Nocturnal Voice', a confident and more serious mid-tempo rocker with light country guitar fills and a nicely executed electric jam in the middle, all wrapped around a winning melody. The piece is only let down by a bafflingly screeching vocal in the chorus that sounds completely out of place!

The almost 7 minute `For All Eternity' is an energetic rocker that borrows many elements from the Yes template - sweet Jon Anderson-like harmonies, galloping Hammond runs and thick chugging bass are all accounted for. But the band add some nice mellow country-rock flavours, a loopy instrumental run in the middle full of deranged whirling Moogs and some addictive jazzy licks too. Especially listen out for these little blasts of guitar aggression and distortion in the opening minute, very tasty! `Stumblin' Stone' starts as a lush thoughtful instrumental rocker, driven by constantly upfront bass, gentle Hammond washes, bringing an early 70's laid-back Pink Floyd quality overall. It then abruptly morphs into a snarling dirty groover, with a frantic wailing bluesy electric guitar outro. `All We've Got To Do Is Dream' is a pleasant and heartfelt acoustic folk interlude. `Candles of Heaven' aims for an Emerson, Lake and Palmer/Triumvirat level of bombast, with Hammond organ flourishes, chunky but fluid bass and rumbling drums, and even the lead vocal sounds uncannily like Greg Lake. It follows the E.L.P template exactly, but most impressive is the ballistic instrumental run in the final minute that has the band playing as if their lives depended on it! The band then wraps on a lovely spiritual number with a powerful epic guitar solo and Rick Wright-styled Hammond that lifts you to the heavens. "Oh Lord, what a lovely day you give us all...' the band sigh, and it's hard not to be swept along with the positivity and warmth.

At first I was very disappointed when I first bought this CD at a local record fair. I thought I was buying an album by either the U.K or Italian bands both called Janus, not realising this was instead the title of the album by a band called Aunt Mary - I thought it was the other way around! But after a few listens, Janus (the album, not the band, are we clear on that like I wasn't?!) reveals itself to be a charming, well played and melodic easy listenening prog-lite rocker. It's a bit of a shame that in several sections, the band merely recreates the sound of other popular prog bands, when they clearly had the musical talent to forge their own identity, but everything still sounds good. So hardly essential, but certainly a nice addition to any prog collection from a fine band.

Three stars.

(Just a quick note - anyone purchasing the Polygram Norway CD reissue should be aware that the track-listing on the back is not the same as what is on the disc. The CD itself has 9 tracks, and oddly credits a false start/some studio muckaround as it's own track running 41 seconds in the middle of the disc. A minor complaint, but initially confusing! Ignore it, just enjoy the album!)

 Genesis Revisited II by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.83 | 335 ratings

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Genesis Revisited II
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Degabrieling Genesis ...

Ah ...it has been so long for me not writing a prog review for this site due to unbelievable workload in my professional life - it's a good problem to have, actually ... And this one by Steve Hackett has been one of albums regularly played during my work and sipping a cup of black coffee ....what a life! How can you afford a life without prog music surrounding you? Even I keep proggin' during my cycling to work on daily basis. But no time to write one until tonight when I need a break after a long hours of work preparing next week busy agenda. But i enjoy it very much ...because I have prog in my blood!

OK ...let's get started with this Genesis Revisited II. First off, I always enjoy any album Steve has produced including this one. I think he is a great composer and not just a great guitar player. And for this one I wan to look at three aspects. First is on the selection of songs for this 2-CD album. Second, on the composition or rearrangement (if any) related to this one and third, how the guitar retouching by Hackett works with this album.

In terms of selection of songs I have to admit that all of them are excellent tracks with the whole tenure of Steve with Genesis until he left after Wind and Wuthering plus four tracks from his solo work. It's excellent! As you know, avid Genesis fans usually categorizing the bands into two era: Gabriel era and without Gabriel. For me personally, the determining factor is Steve Hackett as I do enjoy two albums after Gabriel left: A Trick of The Tail and Wind & Wuthering. So ..no problems Gabriel left the band as long as Steve is still with Genesis. It proved when Steve left the music has completely changed as no longer howling guitar sounds exist. I do not mean also that I do not enjoy Trespass with Anthony Phillips but I just want to emphasize that the existence of Steve is key in Genesis. So I can put four stars actually on selection of songs.

On the composition or rearrangements of the music, I feel dissatisfied as all songs are in its original composition; only some guitar retouching here and there. Why Steve did like this? Why he did not take lessons from his Revisited I which was really excellent as he rearranged the song like Firth of Fifth wonderfully? Or ...did he ever learn from The Fower Kings who covered Cinema Show better from its original form? In this record everything is exactly the same. What is different is that for those Gabriel fan might say that this is a de-Gabriel-ing Genesis as tracks during Gabriel era are sung by others. Yes there are great songs here like Supper's Ready, The Return of Giant Hogweed, The Chamber of 32 Doors, Can Utility and the Coastliners , Entangle, Fly on a Windshield, Blood on The Rooftops. Wow! They sound like Genesis but then what without rearrangement? Why not better listening to the original album of Genesis?

Maybe the reason for listening this album is the guitar retouch (a bit) by Hackett. The sound of guitar is now much more apparent than the original version and I enjoy it. I think I love Steve's guitar playing and they all sound great here with this Revisited II album. In some part like Blood on Rooftops he added some bars of acoustic guitar as well. The solo work like Camino Royale, Please Dont Touch etc sound better here than the original version.

I think this is still a good and enjoyable album - like listening to Genesis compilation PLUS (four solo tracks). Actually Steve can do more with rearrangements of the songs. Keep on proggin' ....!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

 No Commercial Potential  by DJAM KARET album cover Studio Album, 1985
1.32 | 6 ratings

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No Commercial Potential
Djam Karet Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

1 stars This legendary US band was formed in 1984 in Claremont, California by guitarists Gayle Ellett and Mike Henderson, bassist Henry J. Osborne and drummer Chuck Oken.They derived their name from an Indonesian word translated into ''elastic life'' and begun their early jams around the Sounthern California area.In 1985 they recorded their debut cassette ''No commercial potential''.

There are not many words to write down about this release.''No commercial potential'' finds Djam Karet during their premature stage, in which they focused in long, experimental and completely structureless music, where they did sound a bit like KING CRIMSON, but they failed to reach the atmospheres of the British masters.This cassette contains three long tracks of spaced-out, psychedelic jams, which alternated between effects, guitar distortions, jazzy loose rhythms and abstract solos, where the term arrangement is completely absent and the music is performed for fun.The presence of the two guitarists helps the group combine rhythmic tones with abstract soloing, but the result is pointless, weird and improvised.Overstretched and tiring material, which tries to blend psychedelic soundscapes with a more powerful, guitar-driven content, but fails completely to catch the listener's attention.At least they gave the cassette a title, which was more or less to the point.There was absolutely no chance for commercial success with such a bizarre and improvised offering.

Only for completionists.Guitar-led instrumental improvisations, which lead to the sea of nowhere.Not recommended.

 The Four Riders Of The Apocalypse by DICE album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.52 | 43 ratings

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The Four Riders Of The Apocalypse
Dice Eclectic Prog

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

3 stars I feel compelled to reflect on effort here - in place of achievement. So, what's wrong with this album? Nothing really, but everything. Let me explain.

These rather talented cats have obviously been inspired by ELP and to a lesser extent perhaps Gentle Giant. Their combined skills appear to be very credible, but sadly, the same is not reflected in the structure of the compositions. Pretty much every piece here suffers from being repeatedly fragmented, falling apart in mid-flight. Spirited runs abruptly change to pastoral images, before resuming wild runs again, yet to fall apart ad nauseum over the entire work. One may perceive an Avant approach - something I can relate to in small doses, but this work fails to reach Avant territory - only irritation in place of such.

Ambitious and fairly credible effort that has missed the mark. A real pity, but I could not recommend it for anyone looking for quality enjoyment. 2.5, rounded up to 3 - if only for the well intended effort.

 Audience by AUDIENCE album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.52 | 44 ratings

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Audience
Audience Eclectic Prog

Review by stefro
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Led by the idiosyncratic Howard Werth, Audience were one of those uncanny groups who were just so difficult to categorize, a prog-rock outfit in the same way that David Bowie was a pop star(the point being that yes, Bowie was a pop star, but he was also so much more; the same can be said of Audience). This was a truly singular outfit from a forward thinking era chock full of singular outfits, but even then somehow Audience stood out. Issued by Polydor in the summer of 1969, the group's self-titled debut exuded a far reaching sweep of musicsl styles, taking in everything from folk and blues to rock, jazz and psychedelic pop. It was't big seller, but it has become something of a cult favourite over the years as the group' reputation has steadily grown, original vinyl copies now worth a small fortune on the collector's circuit. Audience would issue four albums overall, with their debut followed by 1970's 'Friend's Friend's Friend', the following year's 'House On The Hill', and final album 'Lunch' from 1972, though it is this self- titled debut that is arguably the strongest. Ironically, 'Audience' is probably the group's least progressive effort, Werth and his line-up of Keith Gemmell(sax, flute), Tony Connor(percussion) and Trevor Williams(bass)instead favouring a kund of acoustic-electric hybrid sound, and much more more interested in spinning their mixture of good time folk, chamber pop and classical influences rather than engaging in extended solo's and complex musical arrangements. This makes for a highly-eclectic listen, and despite a couple of lightweight cuts - 'River boat Queen' simply doesn't work; then there's the naff and silly 'Harlequin' - one can only sit back and admire the breadth and scope of Werth' ambition. Highlights include the glorious bass-heavy twang of 'If Heaven Was An Island', a rocky, chest-puffing anthem Audience-style, the raucous folk-blues of 'Maiden's Cry' and, as a suitable closer, 'House On The Hill', a sparsely melodic slow-burner that would inspire the group's next album. Witty, rambunctious, brilliantly-played and full of character, this is the perfect introduction to the sounds of the late-sixties most inventive groups. It may not be to everyone's tastes, but that's what makes it so damn good. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2014
 Changes by CATAPILLA album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.51 | 77 ratings

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Changes
Catapilla Eclectic Prog

Review by stefro
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Imagine Chicago, Soft Machine and Nucleus involved in a crazed, LSD-fuelled jamming session and what you have is the blistering jazz-rock sound of British outfit Catapilla. Issued in 1971, Catapilla's self-titled debut remains one of the great lost British prog relics of the early-seventies, an album positively dripping with the kind of thick hazy atmosphere that could only have been cooked up in the heady days of the late- sixties. Featuring just four songs and capped off by the extraordinary twenty-four minute long epic 'Embryonic Fusion', Catapilla made Miles Davis seem tame in comparison, with lead vocalist Anna Meek squawking, howling and hollering her way through the group's hundrerd-mile-an-hour mixture of hard-hitting rock, fiery jazz breaks and genial lysergic madness without ever pausing for breath. As debut's go 'Catapilla' really was something, yet predictably the group failed to make any kind of commercial headway, instead releasing just one more album before calling it a day. That album would be 1972's 'Changes', a less intense follow-up housed in an intricate novelty sleeve that also failed to chart. Now, of course, both albums are worth a small fortune on the collector's circuit - this writer has seen a copy of 'Catapilla' on sale for Ł500 - and both have developed a deserved cult following over the years. Although it lacks the frenzied pace and burning jazz aesthetic of it's predecessor, 'Changes' does, however, still find time to both rock out and chill out, ambling loosely along the jazz-rock divide without ever igniting in the same incredible way as the group's debut. Like that debut, 'Changes' features just four tracks, with the laconic late-night pulse of opener of 'Reflections' backed by the skilfully-played 'Charing Cross', the dark and menacing fusion fuzz of 'Thank Christ For Geoge', and last of all, the jazz-drenched tones of 'It Could Happen To Me'. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2014
 Circus Pandemonium by A.C.T album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.78 | 73 ratings

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Circus Pandemonium
A.C.T Eclectic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars I have, after some writings about it, listened to the Swedish band A.C.T.'s fifth and latest record "Circus Pandemonium". You can't hear that the band is Swedish because they sing in English, so they could have been American or whatever. The band hasn't made a record for some years and now 2014 this is released with Thomas Lejon on drums, Herman Saming on vocals, Peter Asp on bass, Ola Andersson on guitars and Jerry Sahlin on synthesizers.

The cover is frightening but colourful and strong. It seems to display an evil circus trainefr and a poor freak, who is chained on the ground. That motive also is a theme on this concept record. My version of the album doesn't have marks between the different songs so I experienced it such a whole. Some of the passages on this record are really worth hearing. Sometimes the keyboard work is splendid or at least recognizible for prog fans and for example "The End" which nearly starts the record is borth catchy and clever. The vocals on this album are qualitative and varied. Parts of it is like a musical where a woman tries to defend "a freak" from an evil(stereotypical) circus manager. The record is over all well produced and I like it's theme. Many sole songs too are worth hearing at least once.

Though are there a lot of features I don't really like. The album is too heavy for me. I don't often find meaning for its heavyness. A bit too vociferous for me is is as I would consider it. I have also hard to hear originality. This album is good, but not exactly in my style. Three stars!

 Behind The Sun by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 57 ratings

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Behind The Sun
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by ingmin68

4 stars Never listened before to Motorpyscho: a total surprise for me, suggested by a streaming media (ehm...) and got hooked to this record immediately. Such a variety, from ballads (like "Ghost", in a Wilco-flavor style; or the really-superbe "Entropy") to rockers like "On a plate" and "The Promise", to more progressive numbers (all the other ones!?). 1 hour of music that's flying away in a whisper, with great ideas. Highly enthralling are "Cloudwalker" that reminds a little of Yes in the choruses,"The "Kvaestor" is astoundingly magnetic,with some craziness developed on a underlying loop, but also with great riffs. The minisuite "Hell 4-6" is also remarkable, and build similarly on accumulation to the end part, where up to 3/4 theres a variety of subtle and gentle nice guitars, flute and mellotron. "The magic & the Wonder" is more eclectic, though short in duration. The final "Hell" erupts with rock & fusion (?) in a free-form, improvised like - a closure that you couldn't expect from the previous pieces. As said in the beginning, a great album, no filler - all good and great. Most likely one of the top-3 2014 release (I'm curious to see which one could be at least at the same level...). Rating: 9/10
 Twilight Cinema by MAJOR PARKINSON album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.17 | 64 ratings

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Twilight Cinema
Major Parkinson Eclectic Prog

Review by BigRed1

5 stars Purchased this album on a whim based on some positive reviews here, as I had never heard of this band previously. What a pleasant, quirky surprise - dark, intense, and even light-hearted at the same time, with great musical performances, especially on keys. Evokes in me a feeling like a trip through a magical, haunted, Norwegian forest, (I keep thinking of that Norway ride at EPCOT). My top track, which other reviewers haven't mentioned, is "The Wheelbarrow" - reminds me of a modern, darker, even-more-madcap "Battle of Epping Forrest" with the peculiar, spoken-word/story telling style of the song. The title track is the other highlight on this album, with a bunch of interesting genress thrown together (even some surf-rock styling). If you are looking for something really good but a little different in the prog world, check this out, highly recommended!
 THRAK by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.62 | 694 ratings

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THRAK
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Blacksword
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I thought it about time I reviewed this album as I've been enjoying it a lot! This manifestation of King Crimson sounds very fresh and Thrak has barely aged since its release in 1995. This sounds like a young band, still progressing, learning, experimenting and trying something new. Thrak is a brash and heavy album. Fripps guitar sound is hard and grinding but not grungy and 'blurred' The album opens with VROOM a heavy instrumental , perhaps reminiscent of Red era KC in some ways, which slides perfectly into Coda Marine, which is mostly instrumental apart from some vaguely sinister hushed voices in the background competing with the wonderful Crimson chaos. Dinosaur is one of my favourite KC songs from any era. Another rocker with a fine vocal performance from Adrian Belew, where he muses on days gone by and mistakes he's made. Each chorus is 'screamed' with every increasing intensity "I'm a dinosaur, somebody is digging my bones!" The listener is given a short space to breath where the metal mayhem gives way to some softer sounds and mellotron strains before the final chorus. Other hi-lights for me include Walking on Air, a pleasant ballad presenting a well placed contrast to the albums overall general hard rock (but certainly progressive) feel. Bboom is a great and entertaining show off session for Mr Brufords talents, and People is very much a radio friendly offering with a catchy chorus, and some wonderful funky back beats and bass playing. Thrak is a fine collection of progressive rock songs, which worked at the time alongside all the mainstream music of the day and still works ? in some ways better ? today, and it certainly stands proud alongside the bands best KC albums from the 70's.
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Bands/Artists Country
16 DEADLY IMPROVS United States
17F Switzerland
4/3 DE TRIO France
8 DAYS IN APRIL Germany
A.C.T Sweden
ABRETE GANDUL Chile
ABSOLUTE ELSEWHERE United Kingdom
ABSURDCUS Romania
ACADEMIE OF FARSIDE Indonesia
ACINTYA France
ADVENT United States
AFFINITY United Kingdom
AKO DOMA Slovakia
AKRITAS Greece
AKT Italy
JEAN-PIERRE ALARCEN France
ALBATROS Germany
ALEXL Brazil
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