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Experimental Progressive Metal

Experimental progressive metal is a sub-genre of progressive metal characterized by the incorporation of innovative, eclectic elements, large-scale experimentation and the use of non-standard and unconventional sounds, instruments, song structures, playing styles, and vocal techniques. Experimentation in the music is a major criteria to define the genre where artists often add unique elements to the overall sound, while progressive metal usually has more focus on traditional metal instrumentation and higher levels of technical complexity.

It's nearly impossible to pinpoint the exact origin of Experimental Progressive Metal since experimentation is common in all music genres. Still it is clear that experimentation in the progressive metal sub-genre has slowly but steadily grown in popularity ever since its humble beginnings in the early 1980s.

Just like any other style, Experimental Progressive Metal has a few defining moments that have changed the rules for its sub-genre for years to come. Two of such moments are the releases of the debut album by MR.BUNGLE of August 1991 and its iconic follow up "Disco Volante" of 1995. MR BUNGLE became notorious for their heavy sound and mid-song shifts of musical style. The band has later spawned an array of established avant-garde side projects such as FANTÔMAS, SECRET CHIEFS 3 and ESTRADASPHERE but also inspired new Experimental Metal acts to take the music scene to new heights.
Another crucial artist in the development of Experimental Progressive Metal was the leading Avant Metal band of the 80s, CELTIC FROST. Their eclectic mix of Thrash, Doom, Symphonic and Goth Metal created a dark theatrical mystique that became a major influence among the experimental Extreme Metal bands of the 90s such as MY DYING BRIDE, ULVER, ARCTURUS among others. These bands served as an important source of inspiration for the experimental movement within extreme metal.

The bands listed under Experimental Progressive Metal have all, in various degrees, shed their extreme heritage in favor of embracing influences of the eclectic style going from art rock and ethnic up to free-jazz and even modernist music.

Art Metal
Art metal is a direct continuation of progressive metal but with the longing to expand the themes and styles of music while maintaining the technical complexity of the sub-genre.
These bands are more artistic than their progressive metal peers and tend to experiment, to a certain extent, but not as openly as the bands of the eclectic and avant-garde metal styles. Art metal comes in many shapes and forms. The virtuosity and complete unpredictability of DEVIN TOWNSEND, OSI and TOOL always manages to draw attention of both fans of traditional metal as well as the progressive music audience, while bands like ANATHEMA, DEADSOUL TRIBE and GORDIAN KNOT attract many fans of groove and atmospheric music into their vibrant soundscapes. Other notable acts include GREEN CARNATION, DARK SUNS and ANTIMATTER.

Eclectic Metal
These bands often add unconventional elements to their metal sound, whether it's experiments with various new sounds and styles that are otherwise uncommon in metal or by blending many styles, with metal being the referential core. Whether it's the ethnic elements of ORPHANED LAND's music that combines Middle Eastern folklore with the more traditional progressive metal sound or a completely unique mix of atmospheric, almost ambient, elements fused with metal that can be found in the sound of THE GATHERING, eclectic metal artists will always certainly bring a host of different styles and ideas to the table. Experimental metal can be found in numerous forms while featuring notable acts like INDUKTI, IN THE WOODS... and MAUDLIN OF THE WELL.

Avant-garde Metal
This style is generally considered to be more extreme in both its arrangements but most importantly extremely complex and unpredictable song structures. Compositions have the ambition of trying to breach boundaries of music and generally have significant experimental approaches to metal music. Most of this music borders on the realms of pure avant-garde while still maintaining a solid foundation in metal with technical instrumental prowess. Notable acts include UNEXPECT, EPHEL DUATH and VIRUS.


Post Metal

Post metal arose following the subsequent emergence of numerous newer, grittier metal genres like sludge, stoner, doom, and drone in the late 80's and early 90's, as well as the budding post-rock scene that emerged in the early 90's in Europe and North America. The scene's origins can be heard in several distinctly like-minded, moderately experimental groups in the early 90's, ranging from the noisy grind of GODFLESH, the sludgy, melodic, sometimes punk-like riffs of the MELVINS, and the proggy time signatures and grungy riffing of TOOL or HELMET, to the textural work of DON CABALLERO and the more melodic moments of early BARK PSYCHOSIS.

Arguably the first true and definitive realizations of post-metal emerged in the mid 1990's. The most concrete example was NEUROSIS, who moved farther away from their crust-punk origins and into more atmospheric territories with releases like Souls at Zero and Through Silver in Blood, the latter album in particular being regarded as one of the most definitive releases in the genre even to this day for its revolutionary blend of dark, spanning atmosphere and massively heavy sludge, something that would later come to define the post-metal genre as a whole (indeed, post-metal is often called "atmospheric sludge" as well). It wouldn't be until the early 2000's, however, that the genre's capacity would be fully realized, with releases like ISIS's "Oceanic", CULT OF LUNA's "Salvation", and PELICAN's "Australasia" paving the way for a true scene to emerge, and post-metal has since become a widespread phenomenon that has captivated the attention of many adventurous listeners worldwide.

Post-metal's unique sound is often very long and extremely drawn-out, utilizing oft-repetitive and simple riffs and guitar texturing to create massive buildups and musical climaxes. At times very emotionally evocative, it can be equally soft and soothing as it can be massively dense and crushing. Vocals are used sparingly, if at all (instrumental post-metal is a popular genre, with groups like PELICAN and RUSSIAN CIRCLES even achieving some degree of mainstream credibility), and when they are, they're usually gruff and barked as opposed to growled or screamed, a signature trait of the genre's hardcore roots.

Variations of Post-metal

While it should be noted that many post-metal bands have their roots in sludge metal, there are many post-metal bands that are rooted in other genres of metal. While post-sludge was an almost uniquely American phenomenon, a number of European doom-influenced post-metal bands have risen to fame, namely groups like ANATHEMA, YEAR OF NO LIGHT and CALLISTO; their slow-churning riffs and depressing mood of doom metal fit very well into the post-metal formula. These groups later gave way to more western post-doom-metal projects like JESU, GIANT SQUID, and MINSK.

A number of post-metal bands are significantly influenced by hardcore and post-hardcore, crafting the melodic elements of modern hardcore into their own brands of textural and atmospheric post-metal. This is exemplified by groups like ROSETTA, THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE, CAVE IN, MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT and BURST.

A subgenre that has emerged to a considerable degree in the last decade is an amalgamation of post-rock and black metal. Black metal has traditionally not been a stylistic influence on post-metal over the years, but bands like ALCEST, FEN, AGALLOCH and ALTAR OF PLAGUES have used the more atmospheric qualities of black metal and the tremolo riffing and incorporated it with a shoegaze-like affinity for heavy, dreamy sounds and guitar effects to create a unique and evocative subgenre that shares many visional and sonic characteristics of post-metal. While the explosion of bands exploring this style is a rather recent phenomenon, there are some instances of this occurring very early in the lifespan of the post-metal genre as a whole. ULVER's debut could be seen as possibly the first album to fall under this definition. For clarification's sake, these post-rock influenced bands are placed in the post-metal subsection of ProgArchives as opposed to the black metal subsection of Tech/Extreme because they eschew much of the harsh tonalities, minor modes, and shrieking vocals of black metal and add a melodic and emotional aspect that makes it much more accessible than their progressive black metal peers in the tech/extreme section.

Today, the most popular post-metal groups are much of the genre's godfathers like ISIS, NEUROSIS, PELICAN, and CULT OF LUNA, though a number of newer bands have risen to fame in metal and prog circles within the last 5 years like INTRONAUT, ROSETTA, and THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE.


--- Definition by Alex and Kevin and the Progressive Metal Team, February 2012 ---

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4.22 | 561 ratings
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4.16 | 246 ratings
BATH
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4.55 | 34 ratings
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4.13 | 297 ratings
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4.18 | 130 ratings
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4.62 | 26 ratings
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Lye By Mistake
4.08 | 753 ratings
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4.10 | 318 ratings
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4.30 | 59 ratings
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4.10 | 294 ratings
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4.11 | 221 ratings
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Isis
4.05 | 793 ratings
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4.08 | 292 ratings
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4.08 | 305 ratings
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4.15 | 106 ratings
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4.18 | 78 ratings
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4.07 | 232 ratings
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Isis
4.04 | 257 ratings
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4.50 | 24 ratings
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3.99 | 787 ratings
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Obsidian Kingdom
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4.00 | 130 ratings
EPOCH
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3.94 | 369 ratings
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4.77 | 12 ratings
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4.20 | 32 ratings
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4.06 | 55 ratings
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4.35 | 20 ratings
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4.01 | 71 ratings
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4.73 | 11 ratings
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4.12 | 39 ratings
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4.00 | 70 ratings
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4.29 | 22 ratings
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4.79 | 10 ratings
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4.00 | 68 ratings
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Hail Spirit Noir
3.89 | 304 ratings
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4.50 | 14 ratings
TERRAFORMING
Postman Syndrome, The
4.55 | 13 ratings
MICROCOSMOS
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4.05 | 47 ratings
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Earth
4.10 | 36 ratings
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shels
3.91 | 144 ratings
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3.93 | 115 ratings
SOUVENIRS D'UN AUTRE MONDE
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3.88 | 263 ratings
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Orphaned Land
3.89 | 179 ratings
MARROW OF THE SPIRIT
Agalloch
4.14 | 29 ratings
SELENELION
Vaura
3.90 | 141 ratings
GORDIAN KNOT
Gordian Knot
3.86 | 485 ratings
A NATURAL DISASTER
Anathema
4.79 | 9 ratings
BAR-DO TRAVEL
Proghma-C
4.04 | 42 ratings
PLAINS OF THE PURPLE BUFFALO
shels
3.89 | 156 ratings
MANDYLION
Gathering, The
4.05 | 38 ratings
EVE
Ufomammut
4.00 | 50 ratings
THE IMAGINARY DIRECTION OF TIME
Winds
4.04 | 40 ratings
RENGETEG
Thy Catafalque
3.85 | 421 ratings
A FINE DAY TO EXIT
Anathema
4.00 | 47 ratings
THE DIRECTION OF LAST THINGS
Intronaut
4.26 | 19 ratings
NOIR
Callisto
4.28 | 18 ratings
CENOTES
Giant Squid
4.02 | 42 ratings
HEART OF THE AGES
In The Woods...
3.83 | 766 ratings
10,000 DAYS
Tool
4.40 | 14 ratings
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Weakling
3.85 | 285 ratings
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3.93 | 73 ratings
THE EYE OF EVERY STORM
Neurosis
3.88 | 142 ratings
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Townsend, Devin
4.16 | 24 ratings
CARHEART
Virus
3.88 | 127 ratings
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Green Carnation
3.93 | 70 ratings
ANTHROPOCENTRIC
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4.19 | 21 ratings
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Toundra
3.90 | 87 ratings
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Pelican
3.92 | 71 ratings
EXISTENCE
Dark Suns
3.84 | 278 ratings
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3.82 | 357 ratings
FALLING DEEPER
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3.84 | 198 ratings
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 Prisoner of Sunlight by AUSTARAS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Prisoner of Sunlight
Austaras Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars What drew me to this album was the description of their music in the bio here at PA. I do like my Post-Metal and this band had released an EP already with harsh vocals and a sound reminding people of OPETH and TOOL. Their first full album "Prisoner Of Sunlight" sees them dropping the extreme vocals after the bassist/ vocalist left the band. I can't say the album cover does much for me at all and I found the music a little uninspired but that's just my tastes I suppose. The vocals seem weak and the music is somewhat depressing in that early KATATONIA style. Lots of down-tuned guitars but I wish the bass was more upfront as I rarely hear it.

"Deserter" has a mellow intro but it kicks into gear before 1 1/2 minutes with riffs. Vocals follow and I feel they are at their worse on this opening track, so not a great way to start the album in my opinion. He pretty much speaks the lyrics. We get a calm after 4 1/2 minutes with faint voices and picked guitar. The guitar solos tastefully before it kicks back in. "Thrones" sounds good when the guitar starts to solo before a minute in a laid back manner. The vocals join in along with riffs but again the vocals seem tired. It's better after 3 minutes as it all becomes more passionate. A calm after 5 minutes but it kicks back in quickly. I like the guitar before 6 12 minutes as the drums pound. "Refractions" is a short instrumental of relaxed guitar melodies then a second guitar arrives after 1 1/2 minutes.

"Threshold" has a nice full sound to start as the vocals join in. Double bass drumming comes and goes. Orchestral sounds take over 4 minutes in but not for long and then it turns heavy. "Ossify" has this slowly picked guitar that makes me sad as percussion and violin join in. "Fractures" is fairly heavy with down-tuned guitars and more. It does settle back as the vocals arrive before a minute before becoming more powerful after 1 1/2 minutes as the vocals continue. A calm after 5 minutes but again not for long. I like when we get another calm before 7 1/2 minutes. When it kicks back in the vocals seem to shout the words. "Reflections" is a short piece with vocal melodies and strummed guitar. "Seaworthy" opens with guitar as the bass and drums join in. This is laid back but then it starts to build before 4 minutes as riffs follow. A relaxed section takes over around 6 minutes with picked guitar and some atmosphere to the end.

Well worth checking out if your into this style of music, it just doesn't click with me though unfortunately.

 Undertow by TOOL album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.16 | 454 ratings

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Undertow
Tool Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I first heard about Tool when I was in high school. I wasn't a fan then. They were very popular, and after listening to Undertow, it's easy to see why. The band is punchy, sonically and lyrically, with a nuanced metal vibe that supercharges the alt-rock approachability that permeated the mid-90's. Mostly though, Tool was popular because Maynard's passionate vocals and very, very angry lyrics. This is probably where the band lost me. I wasn't nearly so jaded back in those days! This album is a like ball of pent up rage, disgust, and spite just waiting to be let out; for most 15 year-olds trapped in high school, it's easy to see the appeal.

Fortunately for prog fans, Tool has a lot of musical appeal, too, even on this early album where the band is still working out their identity and sound. For an alt-rock album, it's amazingly ambitious and effective; for a prog-metal record, it's somewhat light-weight. The song writing isn't as creative or gripping as we'll hear on their later works, though still great when compared to the sort of standard FM fare we still hear on modern rock radio stations. For me the biggest attraction is the band's playing, which is undeniably great. Each member of Tool is like a dark magician, creating evil spells alone in a corner with their instruments. There's no member of the group that steals the spotlight, with solo moments, for example; instead, the band are consummately focused on the effect that each of their evil spells contributes to the experience. The rhythm section is one of the best in modern rock, and Adam Jones' guitar single-handily creates an astounding amount of noise and effects.

Of course, one can't talk about a Tool album without touching on Maynard Keenan. The guy's a master performer. His emotion and phrasing are well above his peers, though in this early album his lyrics are so focused on frustration and anger that they sort of lose me in the end. The songs have messages, but they're usually about how much the narrator wants the listener to die. Being the listener, I sort of have a problem with that! So for this early outing, Maynard's vocals get a pass.

The album as a whole should definitely be picked up by fans of the band, who on Prog Archives are probably coming from the group's more diverse, experimental, and enjoyable later albums. If you enjoy dark, fuzz-heavy, and menacing metal, Undertow could become a go-to release for you; for me, it's an every once and a while enjoyment.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: 3 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

 Tales Between Reality and Madness by VOID OF SLEEP album cover Studio Album, 2014
2.95 | 2 ratings

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Tales Between Reality and Madness
Void of Sleep Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Tales Between Reality and Madness" is the debut full-length studio album by Italian, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna based sludge/stoner metal act Void of Sleep. The album was released through Aural Music in January 2013. Void of Sleep was formed in 2010 and their only release before "Tales Between Reality and Madness" is the "Giants and Killers (2011)" promo EP.

The music on "Tales Between Reality and Madness" is heavy and quite varied sludge/stoner metal. Stylistically it´s a combination of Black Sabbath influenced stoner doom and Mastodon´s more simple and melodic sludgy material. There´s a slight psychadelic edge to the music too, which provides it with additional flavor. There´s also a slight hardcore edge to the music, which as an example can be heard when the band use bully/riot gang choirs. Frontman/guitarist Burdo has a strong voice and is able to sing both clean and more raw type distorted vocals. He is actually a really skilled singer and a great asset to the band´s sound. The songwriting is of good quality too and add to that a powerful and well sounding production and "Tales Between Reality and Madness" definitely comes off as a quality debut studio album release by Void of Sleep.

It can be argued that the music on the album isn´t wildly original, but when it´s as well played and well written, as it´s the case on "Tales Between Reality and Madness", the lack of a completely unique sound is of little importance. "Tales Between Reality and Madness" is overall a great quality album deserving a 3.5 star (70%) rating.

 Marrow Of The Spirit by AGALLOCH album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.89 | 179 ratings

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Marrow Of The Spirit
Agalloch Experimental/Post Metal

Review by RuntimeError

5 stars Agalloch combined their earlier ideas and crafted a timeless masterpiece.

This is generally a misunderstood album by Agalloch fans. It doesn't feature the purity and inescapable solitude of 'Ashes', neither it features the examination of natural beauty like in 'The Mantle'. What it does however, is finally achieving Agalloch's vision of translating vision into sound. When the album starts with the cello piece, you are instantly dragged into a path you do not know leads. I don't think I've ever seen the cover art resembling the album athmosphere so well. When this grandeur path ends, a valley of horror, fear and death opens up with 'Into The Painted Grey' - one of my favourite Agalloch pieces. The first blastbeats and amazing tremolo picking melody transfers your mind to another plane. It's good that Agalloch decided to ditch the overproduced digital style and try something raw and violent. It certainly works here. 'Into The Painted Grey' dismantle into very athmospheric guitar work and toms start to come in and at last the vocals along with some standard Agalloch riffing. This song goes through many stages finally achieving a magnificent climax at the end.

'The Watcher's Monolith' starts slowly while holding the tension from the last song and it climaxes into very simple melody accompanied by heavy pounding drums and vocals. The outro serves as a path to the next song: 'Black Lake Nidstång' . This horrifying masterpiece showcases why Agalloch is so loved by many. The screaming 'Nithing Pole' vocals are absolutely terrific in every way. At first listen this song might seem rather dragging but everything here serves a purpose.

'Ghost of Midwinter Fires' is the weakest song unfortunately. I wished they had thought of something more original after the previous masterpiece. It's not bad of course, but somehow it doesn't succesfully hold the athmosphere set by previous songs.

'To Drown' is a post-rock type of song where Haughm whispers his epic lyrics. This song is so haunting and beautiful that I cannot put the emotions into words. Listen to yourself!

5/5 - a masterpiece

 Fables of the Sleepless Empire by UNEXPECT album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.08 | 292 ratings

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Fables of the Sleepless Empire
Unexpect Experimental/Post Metal

Review by SoundsofSeasons
Prog Reviewer

5 stars With production quality at would make Steven WIlson blush, Multi-layered wall of sound that would blow Devon Townsend's ears back, and technical skill that any musician can appreciate (such as myself) this is an album and a band that take music to new heights. I rarely have to put so much attention into music to soak up every tone with my sponge- like brain.

As a musician myself (10+ years drums/ 10+ years piano) this is one of those bands that put me in my place musically. Humility comes with experience, but this is just embarrassing. I can see that some may find this music pretentious. That there is too much going on at any time. If you feel that way, then we will not agree on my review. I wish to listen to an album over and over and find new things that tickle my mind. I actually find this album more accessible and focused than the previous, but with a larger spread of tonality.

The previous album was amazing in its own way, but it could be difficult to pick one song from another. That isn't necessarily a bad thing if that is what you are into at the time, but this one cuts the fat on the hyper- psychotic. It still has that but in chunks that lead into times for breathing with great pacing. I don't find an album perfection unless the pacing is perfect, and that is hard to do. Also, if an album when it is over makes you feel like it just wasn't quite long enough that is a good thing! The length is just right.

If you are a musician, you can see just how far the rabbit hole goes with this one.

 Pain Of Mind by NEUROSIS album cover Studio Album, 1987
2.15 | 17 ratings

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Pain Of Mind
Neurosis Experimental/Post Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

2 stars It's always a pleasure to discover a band that hits your magic music spot and climbs to the top of your list in terms of quality, consistency and overall satisfaction in the diverse elements department. NEUROSIS is one of those bands for me that has amazed me time and time again with their unique take on the sludge metal elements of early Swans and progressively steered them in myriad directions. All the years i've been into this mostly post-metal sludge band from Oakland, CA i have only had the albums beginning with "Souls At Zero" on as my frame of reference. Somehow i just never seemed interested in the first two because they were described as hardcore punk and although i do indeed love various punk bands, i just never felt it a priority to infuse my senses in NEUROSIS' style of hardcore. Well, i finally got the debut PAIN OF MIND and after listening to it a few times, now i wanna burn down buildings for no reason and spit fire in people's faces and scream aaaargggghhhh!

Well, this debut is exactly as i expected. It is indeed hardcore punk in the vein of Discharge, Black Flag, Amebix, Die Kreuzen and all the other hardcore punckers who crave speed, distortion and most of all volume. Turn it up to 11 and then take it to 12 it seems. The album was originally released on Alchemy Records in 1987 and then picked up by Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles in 1994 and then finally moved over to the band's own Neurot Recordings in 2000, which is when it was finally re-released with a bonus disc and much easier to track down. While this sounds like a totally different band if you're accustomed to 90s NEUROSIS, it still has the main three members who have been on board for the band's entire run namely Scott Kelly (vocals, guitar), Dave Edwardson (bass) and Jason Roeder (drums).

The music is very much the typical hardcore and crust punk with elements of crossover thrash as heard in bands like Suicidal Tendencies, however even at this stage there are a few elements that hinted at the future path the band would undertake however it would have been impossible at the time to predict they they would blossom into anything of merit. One example is how track 2, "Self-Taught Inflection" has a repetitive slowed down melodic riff as an opener that is a tiny clue to the direction that the band would continue in starting with "Souls At Zero" but after a nice run it ultimately succumbs to the gravitational pull of the hardcore punk and crossover thrash elements that dominate PAIN OF MIND. Tracks like "Reasons To Hide" have mellow almost classic 80s metal intros with arpeggiated guitars but they too soon turn to hardcore punk but retain dual guitar assaults with one guitar grunging it up while the other performs more thrash type riffs but it too strays into punk territory with the rhythmic chugging assault and shouted lyrics.

The album retains its energetic delivery throughout the entire run and at times really does sound like Discharge when at its most pure punk moments but it's those little elements that differentiate them on the few tracks where they include them. As punk rockers they have the sound down pat and the energy level to match. All the punk boxes are checked appropriately and then double checked because that what punk rockers do i assume. Personally i'm glad i'm finally checking this one out but unlike some bands that lose the critics due to being overly experimental and turning out to be something i actually like a lot, PAIN OF MIND is basically a generic retreading of all the early 80s punkdom that came before. Whilst the smattering of unique ideas succeed in giving the band something to build off of for the future, they unfortunately are too few to give the album any true character of its own and ultimately sounds like any old punk band from that era albeit performed exquisitely. Ahh, NEUROSIS you have become one of my favorite experimental metal bands over the years but even you can't make me love this one! Even the bonus disc on the 2000 re- release with live performances and unreleased demos isn't enough to make this one essential by any means, however as a huge fan of the band, it is nice to have this one so very much a hardcore fan's type of album unless you just have to own every punk album ever released. 2.5 rounded down

 Lateralus by TOOL album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.22 | 1234 ratings

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Lateralus
Tool Experimental/Post Metal

Review by RuntimeError

4 stars Tool defined their own sound and made it big.

There's not much to say about this record. Probably every prog rock and/or progressive metal fan has heard something from this record. It features Tool's signature riffing in non-standard time signatures and very pressuring, even claustrophobic atmosphere that finally defined Tool's vision. Keenan's vocals never sounded better and they are very pleasantly in key, even the most demanding screams. There are a lot of highlights in this record and obviously the opener : 'The Grudge' sets the mood very well, while not being the strongest track. 'Eon Blue Apocalypse' is more of an intro the 'The Patient' which is one of Tool's finest songwriting moments but unfortunately here Keenan's vocals are not arranged to their full potential. I think they should have utilized his screams instead of the whiny vocals to emphasize the different emotions going through this song.

As the album progresses to 'Schism' through 'Mantra'. The band introduces us one of the most memorable Tool moments. The bass riff is unforgettable and Adam Jones uses his guitar very well to support the bass, instead of the bass supporting the guitar. Parabol ja Parabola are quite weak and I never have quite enjoyed this pair.

The best two songs of this album are up next: 'Ticks and Leeches' and 'Lateralus' are of course every Tool fans favourites. While Ticks and Leeches is a heavy song, utilizing Keenan's voice to it's full potential - Lateralus us in contrast the 'prog epic' offering us multiple climaxes and superb song progression and riffing. Danny Carey gives us his best performance in these two songs as well.

Now the album has peaked and I rarely listen after this point. The rest of the songs seem to drag on, never progressing anywhere. Tool tries to keep up the fantastic atmosphere set up earlier, but most of the material seem rehashed and I think should have been left out. Production here is strange, almost completely devoid of loudness (maybe just my master) and it might be done on purpose to maximize the dynamic range required to perform these songs.

Either way, truly a classic and highly unique experience.

4,2 stars.

 Sunbather by DEAFHEAVEN album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.71 | 46 ratings

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Sunbather
Deafheaven Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Deafheaven's Sunbather is certainly a divisive release, with some listeners embracing it whilst many - especially black metal purists - passionately disliking it. The thing is, I think the album's detractors are correct in most of their criticisms but short-sighted in their conclusions: that is to say, when you get down to it this really is a post-rock album with black metal vocals and blast beats parachuted in.

Where they go wrong is dismissing this combination in the first place; the album is actually a really entertaining listen, though I think you would need to enjoy both post-rock and black metal to really get the most out of it. And in expanding the lyrical subject matter of black metal as this album does, with songs about heartache and feelings and all sorts of stuff that more kvlt bands are too busy praising Satan or Odin (or, in some unwelcome corners of the subgenre, Hitler) to really address.

 MoRT by BLUT AUS NORD album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.15 | 12 ratings

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MoRT
Blut Aus Nord Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Whereas Blut Aus Nord's preceding album to this, The Work Which Transforms God, presented a series of compositions that juxtaposed dark industrial ambient sections with eruptions of black metal fury, here they take their experiment further. On MoRT, just as the distinctions between tracks break down (each reduced to a single chapter in one massive piece), so too does the distinction between the black metal, industrial, and ambient aspects of the group's sound, yielding a unique sonic landscape through which tormented vocals in the style of Tibetan throat singing warble.

It certainly isn't for everyone, and it's no surprise that people have an extreme reaction to it one way or another, but for my money it's one of the most rewarding sonic experiments arising from the black metal scene I have heard.

 Epos by DARKESTRAH album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.73 | 2 ratings

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Epos
Darkestrah Experimental/Post Metal

Review by CassandraLeo

5 stars Kyrgyz-German black metal band Darkestrah took a huge risk with their third album by making it a single track. Granted, that single track is thirty-three and a half minutes long, so they've in good progressive rock company here, but it's a risk that could backfire tremendously if the song turned out to be boring. Fortunately, that proves not to have been the case.

The album opens with samples of waves, which is a bit clichéd but works nicely to set up the atmosphere of the album. After a few minutes of this, some black metal riffs begin to fade in before the full band starts to play. The album utilises a cello, which is excellent (my only complaint is that I wish we could hear more of it), and the vocals of Kriegtalith deserve mention here as well. It's pretty unusual to hear female black metal vocals, and she is one of the best female black metal vocalists I've ever heard. Her vocals give the music a distinctive flavour that helps their music stand out from the crowd.

Lengthy passages of this album are completely instrumental, though. About halfway there's a break for thunder and rain sound effects, and then an acoustic guitar builds a riff that the band then constructs a Kyrgyz folk-flavoured black metal passage over. No other black metal band that I'm aware of has ever crossed these disparate elements in their music, and Darkestrah here are better at it than they've ever been. The passage builds in intensity in true post-rock style until the melody shifts again and Kriegtalith's vocals come back in shortly thereafter. The musical shifts are done intelligently; it doesn't feel like a collection of songs that the band stitched together, but rather one very consciously composed opus. A few shifts later (one of which brings in the lovely cello again) we get another acoustic passage which works fantastically before introducing a new black metal theme.

After a few more shifts the album eventually recapitulates the original theme with some beautiful clean singing in what sounds like Arabic or a Central Asian language (my ear for these is not terribly great). The album closes off with wave sounds again, as I suspect not much else would have provided appropriate closure to the album. With the sound effects, we really have only slightly under thirty minutes of music here, but what's here is of such high quality that I don't expect many listeners to mind. This album is an unqualified masterpiece and fans of post-black metal and folk metal are strongly urged to check it out.

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