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Eclectic Prog definition

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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Eclectic Prog Top Albums


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4.61 | 3590 ratings
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
King Crimson
4.53 | 2832 ratings
RED
King Crimson
4.49 | 1698 ratings
GODBLUFF
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.41 | 2410 ratings
LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC
King Crimson
4.41 | 1816 ratings
PAWN HEARTS
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.35 | 1395 ratings
IN A GLASS HOUSE
Gentle Giant
4.30 | 1377 ratings
H TO HE, WHO AM THE ONLY ONE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.29 | 1603 ratings
OCTOPUS
Gentle Giant
4.33 | 702 ratings
THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE
Hammill, Peter
4.29 | 1297 ratings
THE POWER AND THE GLORY
Gentle Giant
4.29 | 1258 ratings
STILL LIFE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.28 | 1248 ratings
FREE HAND
Gentle Giant
4.24 | 1253 ratings
ACQUIRING THE TASTE
Gentle Giant
4.22 | 1163 ratings
VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE
Hackett, Steve
4.27 | 442 ratings
ANABELAS
Bubu
4.26 | 392 ratings
BANTAM TO BEHEMOTH
Birds And Buildings
4.26 | 355 ratings
MEMENTO Z BANALNYM TRYPTYKIEM
SBB
4.20 | 629 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC: PART TWO
Beardfish
4.32 | 194 ratings
1000 AUTUNNI
Ske
4.16 | 721 ratings
SPECTRAL MORNINGS
Hackett, Steve
4.11 | 1806 ratings
LIZARD
King Crimson
4.11 | 1611 ratings
DISCIPLINE
King Crimson
4.11 | 1042 ratings
THREE FRIENDS
Gentle Giant
4.17 | 387 ratings
MOTORPSYCHO AND STĹLE STORLŘKKEN: THE DEATH DEFYING UNICORN
Motorpsycho
4.20 | 298 ratings
MULTIPURPOSE TRAP
Birds And Buildings
4.20 | 301 ratings
BORIS
Yezda Urfa
4.23 | 229 ratings
COMA
Nemo
4.24 | 209 ratings
SI PARTIE 1
Nemo
4.21 | 233 ratings
PAMIęć
SBB
4.26 | 175 ratings
SBB [AKA: WOłANIE O BRZęK SZKłA AND SLOVENIAN GIRLS]
SBB
4.14 | 320 ratings
IN CAMERA
Hammill, Peter
4.09 | 500 ratings
UK
UK
4.05 | 862 ratings
THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS WAVE TO EACH OTHER
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.25 | 135 ratings
DETTA HAR HÄNT
Gösta Berlings Saga
4.18 | 186 ratings
ZE SłOWEM BIEGNę DO CIEBIE
SBB
4.12 | 234 ratings
CITY OF THE SUN
Seven Impale
4.05 | 438 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC: PART ONE
Beardfish
4.10 | 253 ratings
LAST EPIC
A.C.T
4.10 | 258 ratings
BARBARES
Nemo
4.15 | 186 ratings
DIAGONAL
Diagonal
4.39 | 78 ratings
NIL NOVO SUB SOLE
Nil
4.12 | 210 ratings
TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA
Utopia
4.23 | 114 ratings
AEROLIT
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.05 | 298 ratings
LADY LAKE
Gnidrolog
4.28 | 90 ratings
ECHOES OF FALLING STARS
Daal
4.17 | 136 ratings
SNAFU
East Of Eden
4.08 | 221 ratings
DODECAHEDRON
Daal
4.05 | 253 ratings
NIGHTINGALES & BOMBERS
Mann's Earth Band, Manfred
4.19 | 116 ratings
HAIKARA
Haikara
3.96 | 1012 ratings
THE POWER TO BELIEVE
King Crimson
4.03 | 300 ratings
CHAMELEON IN THE SHADOW OF THE NIGHT
Hammill, Peter
4.06 | 228 ratings
IN EXTREMIS
Days Between Stations
4.02 | 289 ratings
THE MUSIC THAT DIED ALONE
Tangent, The
4.04 | 255 ratings
THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH HEELED BOYS
Traffic
3.97 | 548 ratings
MAMMOTH
Beardfish
4.01 | 282 ratings
SOLAR FIRE
Mann's Earth Band, Manfred
4.21 | 93 ratings
ET CETERA
Et Cetera
3.97 | 401 ratings
DESTINED SOLITAIRE
Beardfish
3.92 | 1532 ratings
STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK
King Crimson
4.07 | 163 ratings
DANCES OF THE DRASTIC NAVELS
Daal
3.97 | 394 ratings
+4626 - COMFORTZONE
Beardfish
4.13 | 121 ratings
PICTURES
Island
4.05 | 179 ratings
NOT A GOOD SIGN
Not A Good Sign
4.00 | 266 ratings
LE VER DANS LE FRUIT
Nemo
3.99 | 263 ratings
BEHIND THE SUN
Motorpsycho
3.97 | 303 ratings
LE SACRE DU TRAVAIL
Tangent, The
4.00 | 235 ratings
THE SANE DAY
Beardfish
4.20 | 84 ratings
THE APOCALYPSE INSIDE OF AN ORANGE
Rodriguez-Lopez, Omar
3.91 | 1017 ratings
GENTLE GIANT
Gentle Giant
4.37 | 54 ratings
SHESHET
Sheshet
4.09 | 122 ratings
SKYMIND
Taal
4.41 | 49 ratings
SEN BALıK DEğILSIN KI
Gevende
4.06 | 138 ratings
IMAGINARY FRIENDS
A.C.T
4.14 | 97 ratings
MOVIN' ON
Circus
4.18 | 85 ratings
PHANEROTHYME
Motorpsycho
4.04 | 144 ratings
SI PARTIE II - L'HOMME IDÉAL
Nemo
3.95 | 280 ratings
OVER
Hammill, Peter
4.19 | 77 ratings
MARIONETKI
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.17 | 80 ratings
OF THINGS THAT NEVER WERE
Worm Ouroboros, The
4.06 | 124 ratings
EVER AFTER
Sanhedrin
4.15 | 86 ratings
SENNA
Mahogany Frog
4.28 | 59 ratings
KOROWOD
Grechuta, Marek
4.09 | 107 ratings
SODOM & GOMORRAH
From.uz
4.12 | 91 ratings
STRANGE IS THIS WORLD
Niemen, CzesŁaw
3.96 | 218 ratings
THE FINEST OF MIRACLES
Ciccada
4.05 | 121 ratings
MERCATOR PROJECTED
East Of Eden
4.29 | 56 ratings
BIGORNA
Cartoon
4.38 | 46 ratings
ONDE, QUANDO, COMO, PORQUĘ, CANTAMOS PESSOAS VIVAS
Quarteto 1111
3.97 | 192 ratings
REWOTOWER
Profusion
4.04 | 125 ratings
ENIGMATIC
Niemen, CzesŁaw
4.22 | 63 ratings
DIALOG S VESMÍREM
Progres 2
4.01 | 132 ratings
IN CASE OF LOSS..
Areknamés
4.22 | 60 ratings
SONGS FROM A SOLITARY HOME
Major Parkinson
3.99 | 140 ratings
THE TIME IT TAKES
Nice Beaver
4.50 | 33 ratings
PLAT DU JOUR
Plat Du Jour
3.90 | 285 ratings
JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE
Traffic
3.96 | 154 ratings
2ND HANDS
Gourishankar, The
4.02 | 111 ratings
DESTRUKTIVE ACTIONS AFFECT LIVINGS
Daal
4.03 | 102 ratings
BELIEVERS & DECEIVERS
Brighteye Brison
4.18 | 61 ratings
MOTORPSYCHO + JAGA JAZZIST HORNS: IN THE FISHTANK 10
Motorpsycho

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Gourishankar, The
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LE JOUR OŮ LES VACHES...
Booz, Emmanuel
ERIS
Baku Llama

Latest Eclectic Prog Music Reviews


 Metamorphosis by PANDORA SNAIL album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Metamorphosis
Pandora Snail Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars Pandora Snail through the electronic glass.

Pandora Snail's "Metamorphosis", 2016, makes some gutsy move by letting some of their 2015 "War & Peace" songs go through the electronic remixing process and if anything this turn of events is daring. This alone is plaussible as it is in proportion quiet experimental and ironically will probably turn off most of those who raved over the original versions, thus in itself, it shows a true commitment to their personal evolution, free of any kind of prior attachments or compromises to external factors.

Opposite to what most non-progressive electronic followers and some other kind of prog listeners would expect or immediately assume as a direct route to young electronic dance floor music audiences, this release keeps on a healthy distance away from becoming a sell out route to success on mainstream's radio waves ( unlike, let me set as an example, Tangerine Dream's 80s, 90s and later works or YES' post "Going for the One" works or Steven Wison's popish Blackfield direction). This accomplished (opposite to those examples) by never allowing contemporary trends, their remixing processes and its fashionable gimmicks to interfere nor distort what they have already proposed, but allowing it to be deconstructed and restructured in a different plane focused on highlighting their flexibility and possibilities and not the other way around.

Now, for those original versions enthusiasts, I will hardly think this is the route Pandora Snail will follow in upcoming releases, so they should not take this EP too seriously, but should encourage this kind of uncompromising freedom in their future works.

As for rating this release, as such, I will not overrate nor underrate, therefore a respectful ***3 stars rating is quiet fair.

 Through The Fire by ILLUSION album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.55 | 9 ratings

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Through The Fire
Illusion Eclectic Prog

Review by SteveG

4 stars A wonderful little known album that should be in the possession of every fan of the Mach 1 Renaissance, and band Illusion, featuring Jane Relf as the female voice. This lineup also featured ex Yardbirds Keith Relf (Jane's brother) on guitar and vocals and Jim McCarty on drums and vocals. Filling out this early Renaissance line up was Louis Cennamo on bass and the great John Hawken on piano and keyboards.

All have returned in 2001, save the departed Keith Relf, to help Jim McCarty flesh out this wonderful material that has a deep Renaissance/Illusion spiritual vibe both musically and lyrically. McCarty is the sole songwriter and chief vocalist, with Jane singing warm emotive backing vocals. The star of this album is once again Hawken, who's seems to channel some of the late John Tout's regal touch and excels on piano on every track that features him. Even the two tracks that don't feature Hawkin showoff McCarty's growing skills as pianist, along with his drumming and percussion work on all but one track on this album. Cemanno demonstrates why the Mach 2 Annie Haslam fronted lineup had to be as good or better than the original. The depth of talent, even minus Keith Relf, is so staggering that it makes me wonder why the Mach 1 line up never hit it big in their short time as classical/symphonic proggers.

Guest players handle the mostly acoustic guitar parts admirably and the stand out songs are "One More Turn Of The Wheel" (which probably could have been the title track if it was not so similar sounding tho the Mach 2 group's album tilted Turn Of The Cards), "Good Heart", "Glorious One", "Mystery Of Being", and the album's title track "Through The Fire."

McCarty was an early songwriter for the Mach 2 Renaissance that followed him with songs like "Kiev", "On The Frontier" and "Bound For Infinity", so have no doubts that this album is a must have for fans of both Renaissance and Illusion, as McCarty has crafted a fine album that elegantly bridges the gap between both of those groups.

 I Advance Masked (with Andy Summers) by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.54 | 57 ratings

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I Advance Masked (with Andy Summers)
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by poito

3 stars 2.5 The second era by King Crimson beginning in 1981 with the album Discipline marked a totally different creative opportunity for Robert Fripp. But that is history. I did not drink much of Fripp's new obsession with beating backgrounds. It certainly provides a hypnotic background that nails one down and gets forced to listen to whatever else he waants to throw on top. That sound captured a new audience but not many followers of KC great early production joined. This album with Police's guitar Andy Summers is a side project not much different from KCII. Summers adds little to the overall sound, so overtaking is the background beating guitar. Above it, there are some flying guitar riffs which in some of the most inspired moments that are not too many, sound much alike Ponty's or Metheny's in those years. In short, easy work for a genius having fun with a friend. Nothing new, No advance, masked or unmasked. I could spare New Marimba, just to keep one at hand. This is for the higher shelves of your disk library where you won't reach too often. Definitely for fans.
 The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other by VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.05 | 862 ratings

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The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
Van Der Graaf Generator Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars As the second album and the first proper [or progressive] work by an extraordinary band on the way of finding its real outstanding essence, this is to VDGG's discography what Trespass is to Genesis, VDGG's labelmates in the newly found Charisma. I have given the latter a full rate here (which I maybe shouldn't have done, on second thought), but to me personally The Least We Can Do doesn't quite have the same aura of a classic criminally overshadowed by the albums that followed it. Nor is the artistic progress from the debut quite as impressive as in the case of Genesis, even if Aerosol Grey Machine was originally intended to be Peter Hammill's solo album. Further similarities with Trespass: both contain six tracks (3+3) and are produced by John Anthony. The Least... was recorded in December 1969 and was released in February 1970, whereas Trespass was recorded in the following summer and released in October.

The long title is adapted from the words "We're all awash in a sea of blood, and the least we can do is wave to each other" by John Minton, a British painter. The apocalyptic theme -- captured also in the cover art -- refers mostly to the final track 'After the Flood', in which Hammill cites Albert Einstein, who was worried about the arms race of Americans and Russians. Quietly starting 'Darkness (11/11)' opens the album effectively. I've always wondered about the '11/11'; Wikipedia says it comes from being written on 11 November 1968. 'Refugees' stands out in the VDGG output as a romantic ballad that Hammill wrote for his ex-flatmates Mike and Susie. It's very accessible also for the vocals, and its slightly sentimental passion is impressive. The mysterious 'White Hammer' was inspired by Medieval witchcraft; genuine VDGG all the way! The whole A side is excellent, but the B side is more uneven.

The title 'Whatever Would Robert Have Said?' refers to Robert J. Van de Graaff, the inventor of the Van de Graaff generator that the group took their name from. This is the least succesful track on this album, I think. 'Out of My Book' is even more tender and "pretty" song than 'Refugees', perhaps a bit lame but beautiful nevertheless, especially for the flute of David Jackson. 'After the Flood' is doubtlessly the most progressive and strongest composition of the six. However, it's not among my favourite epics from VDGG. All in all, what was to follow is SO much more impressive that this deserves "only" four stars.

 Starless And Bible Black by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.92 | 1532 ratings

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Starless And Bible Black
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by DePloy

5 stars The beauty of a young, inquisitive spirit.

Starless and Bible Black was my first introduction to the world of progressive rock outside of the Yes on rock radio and Rush Chronicles. I remembered a quote where Geddy Lee stated he and Lifeson used to pretend they were King Crimson when they first started out when I found a cassette of Starless and Bible Black digging through the crates at a local Big Lots store. I think I was 17.

I'd gone through the heavy metal phase at 14, graduating to led zep and rush and the who et all on rock radio. Was this the next logical listen for my burgeoning prog ears?

Yes and no. Of course I tried Starless right away and thought it was weird. Loud. Creative and abrasive, but even then Starless and Bible Black and Fracture back to back made my jaw drop.

Soon I found the Weirdness of FZ appealed more to me. After thoroughly exploring his razor sharp ideology and absurdist wit I sought other hills to climb and came back to the dollar Starless and Bible Black cassette at university after quickly tiring of Dave Matthews, Phish, and Mighty Mighty Bosstones dreck.

Everyone around me hated it, but I finally got it and loved it double for that. AHA!

Crunchy, haunting, gorgeous, menacing, pastoral, a lot of adjectives can be used to describe the overall sound Fripp and co. display. For young, impressionable ears like mine at age 20, the most authentic descriptors would be influential and mindblowing.

I learned another lesson from this album when I bought it on CD in 1999, how different(better) remastering technology makes these classic analog recordings sound. I didn't listen to many cassettes after starting to make a bit of money.

The verdict is I'll be giving my male children a copy of this prior to enrolling at university (My daughter will get a copy of the first Return to Forever album)

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 Omnipresence by GRAND ASTORIA, THE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Omnipresence
The Grand Astoria Eclectic Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars "Omnipresence" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Russian, Saint-Petersburg based stoner metal act The Grand Astoria. The album was self-released in January 2011. The Grand Astoria was formed in 2009 and relased their self- titled debut full-length studio album later the same year.

The Grand Astoria play quite the eclectic style of music on "Omnipresence". While the band certainly have their stoner metal elements down, they also incorporate elements from thrash, psychadelia, and punk in their music and actually make it work pretty well. The band are well playing, the album is pretty well produced, and the songs are rather intriguing. I like how the band combine heavy stoner metal grooves with melodic faster paced thrashy riffing. The punky vocals are probably an aquired taste and personally I think they are the weak link in the chain. They are not horrible or anything like that, just a bit one- dimensional and delivered within a limited range. With a more interesting and varied vocalist the music on "Omnipresence" could have been slightly more enjoyable.

...as the album is, I´m still pretty impressed by what these guys are able to produce and I´m sure fans of the more adventurous and energetic stoner metal style will greatly enjoy the album. "Omnipresence" deserves a 3.5 star (70%) rating.

 Lizard by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.11 | 1806 ratings

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Lizard
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by ProgBlob

5 stars Another fantastic Crimson album. Ive been asked to review this album by a fellow PA member so im just going to jump right into it.

For some reason, King Crimsons early albums (after ITC, before Larks Tongues) have been sort of overlooked. Being my second favorite band of all time, I can enjoy all of their 70s albums. But Lizard is a very unique piece of music. Coming out after Poseidon, the 50/50 remake of their debut, Fripp decides to change up their sound completely. Now the only members playing from previous albums on here are Fripp and Sinfield on lyrics, the rest are new Jazz- oriented musicians, to change things up. Enjoying this album does require a taste, but once you acquire it, boy does it taste good.

Starting off extremely strong, Cirkus wakes you up with some evil-sounding mellotron. The jazz like drumming is very strong, and fripps classical guitar sound couldn't be better. This is probably Gordon Haskell's best singing on the album, he isnt an amazing singer, but this song wouldnt be the same without him. The beautiful sax solo midway is my favorite part, a delicate touch surrounded by chaos. Definitely one of the best songs here.

Indoor games and Happy Family go together quite well. Indoor games is quite a silly track, and if you asked me what its about, I wouldn't be able to answer very well. Hell, there are some words that don't even exist in here. There is a very tight jazzy instrumental section midway that i really enjoy. Happy family is another very odd track something about the events of a family dying, im not really sure though. This song has always given me the giggles for some reason, Haskells slightly distorted goofy singing here and there, surrounded by jazzy instrumental. This is the sort of song only a band like Crimson would produce.

I love it when albums have short melancholy breaks (Moonmadness, Lamb Lies Down, Hand. Cannot. Erase.), this is my favourite of them all. Lady of the Dancing Water lets soft flute and guitar give you a break from the madness and takes you to a meadow somewhere beside a lake. A perfect prelude for the epic title track.

The flipside is taken up entirely by the title track, one of my favorite songs of all time. Jon Anderson singing on a King Crimson album? Its any prog fans dream. Peters lyrics have never been better, and Anderson brings them to life perfectly. The chorus is very catchy, which is a very rare thing to find in the Crimson stables. When Anderson steps away from the mic, youre introduced to A Peacocks Tale, my favorite section of the song. Clarinet has never sounded better than in this light instrumental passage. Reminds me strongly of "Islands" occupying their next album. There's a minute of spoken word before hitting you in the face with the most image-provoking battle sequence you'll ever here. Thundering trombones blast, it has a certain medieval feel to it that I love. The thing I love most about this song is just how many instruments are being played. It amazes me just how overlooked this gem is, being one of my favorite side-longs. A Masterpiece.

Robert Fripp himself announced he didnt care for this album, which is a shame. I rate this album 4.5 stars, but im giving it 5, due to the fact that giving it 4 would be lowering its average. Highly underrated masterpiece of progressive rock.

 Coma by NEMO album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.23 | 229 ratings

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Coma
Nemo Eclectic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Coma is the sound of Nemo playing itself to sleep as the band go on a self-imposed hiatus. Whether we will hear anything more from this theatrical French prog collective or not is an open question, but if we don't this is a rather fine note to end on. A wide range of progressive influences can be detected, with Le Coma des Mortels reminding me in its darker moments of something which Discipline might perpetrate whilst, right at the other end of the timeline of progressive rock, some of the organ playing from Guillaume Fontaine has an outright Deep Purple quality to it - perhaps thanks to the band warming up with some Deep Purple covers in the studio (offered as bonus tracks on some editions).

It's a truly grand proposition in all, and finds the band going out on a high; say what you like about their hiatus, at least they didn't leave us with a bad memory before they went.

 Alados by HOMÍNIDO album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Alados
Homínido Eclectic Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars Bassist Francisco Martín and vocalist Eliana Valenzuela--both essential and virtuoso performers in their craft--are gone! Seńor Martín is replaced with "touch guitar" player Natán Idi and Ms. Valenzuela by male singer, Javier Briceńo. The music is good, very well composed and performed. I just need some time to adjust.

(Later.) The music just doesn't have the emotional impact nor (surprisingly) the technical and stylistic daring as their previous effort. Even were Ms. Valenzuela still a contributing member there is just something missing here that I don't think even her extraordinary gifts could save. Even the recording engineering seems weak and uneven, even unpolished. I do like the effect of the touch guitar, I just miss some of the more complex soundscapes and diverse styles--and I totally dislike the way the drums are recorded. Though the trumpet play is beautiful, it lacks dynamism, power, and emotion--it could've been performed by a synthesizer. Their is so much cliche and repetition here--and there are times that I actually find the guitar and vocals annoying (so I skip ahead--which is something I don't like to do and rarely do do).

Five star song: 3. "Queltehue (8:02) (9/10).

Four star songs: 2. "Cachudito (5:48) (8.5/10); 5. "Fio Fio (5:21) (8.5/10); 10. "Chuncho (7:30) (8.5/10); 4. "Chercan (4:01) (8/10); 8. "Loica (4:46) (8/10); 1. "Tenca (8:03) (8/10); 9. "Traro (6:20) (7.5/10); 11. "Garza (5:22) (7.5/10), and; 6. "Vari (4:12) (7/10).

Three star song: 7. "Pequen (4:29) (6.5/10).

A 3.5 star album. I'm rating it down for huge disappointment factor. Alados is quite a step down from Estirpe Litica--in virtually every way possible--especially in unrealized potential.

 Angels And Daemons At Play by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.49 | 46 ratings

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Angels And Daemons At Play
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Angels and Daemons at Play" is the 5th full-length studio album by Norwegian hard rock/psychadelic rock act Motorpsycho. The album was released through Stickman Records (Europe) in January 1997 and through Sony Music (Norway) in February 1997. As it´s costum with most Motorpsycho releases the tracklists for the CD and vinyl versions of the album are different. In this case the vinyl version features 3 bonus tracks not included on the CD version and the track order is also slightly different on the two versions.

Stylistically "Angels and Daemons at Play" more or less continues the alternative/hard rock/psychadelic rock style of "Blissard (1996)", but maybe with a slightly more organic tone to the proceedings. If you are familiar with later releases by the band, the more organic sound isn´t a surprise though. The musicianship are on a high level although the vocals as usual are the weak link. They are rather thin and tend to sound strained. The vocal melodies aren´t always that great either and of course that doesn´t help a vocalist that already sounds a bit uncomfortable. It´s not all bad though and there are definitely moments on the album where the vocals suit the music fine.

It is however the instrumental part of the music that is the most interesting part of the album. The influences from 60s/70s hard/psychadelic rock work really well for Motorpsycho and it´s mostly when they turn alternative that my attention wanders. When they play longer jam packed instrumental sections, like they do on the hard edged "Heartattack Mac" and the more atmospheric "Un Chien d'espace", that´s when they really shine. Most tracks on the album (actually all tracks besides the two before mentioned tracks, which are both longer tracks) are not that long and therefore don´t have enough minutes to spend on extented instrumental sections, but they are still well written, well produced and well played compositions.

Soundwise and stylistically "Angels and Daemons at Play" is the natural successor to "Blissard (1996)" and while it isn´t a major step up from it´s predecessor, it´s certainly on par in quality and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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Eclectic Prog bands/artists list

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
ALCO FRISBASS France
ALEXL Brazil
ALGERNON United States
ALLOMERUS Australia
ALON United States
ALPHA RALPHA France
ALQUILBENCIL Spain
ALQUIN Netherlands
ALTABLANCA Argentina
ALTAIR Spain
ALTERNATIV QUARTET Romania
ALTERS Poland
MICHEL ALTMAYER France
AMPLEDEED United States
APERCO Israel
COSTE APETREA Sweden
APPLE BELLS Poland
ARBATEL Mexico
ARDO DOMBEC Germany
AREKNAMÉS Italy
ART AND ILLUSION Italy
ARTCANE France
PETER ASHBY United Kingdom
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