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by outprogged42
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Galactic Cowboys - Long Way Back to the Moon (November 17, 2017)
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Re: Galactic Cowboys - Long Way Back to the Moon (November 17, 2017)

So this is now out and I have heard it. Expect something in between the first three albums stylistically - some of the simpler structures of Machine Fish with the heaviness of Space In Your Face, and some reworked older and unreleased material that hearkens back to the debut. There are some straight...
by outprogged42
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Threshold
Replies: 11
Views: 547

Re: New Threshold

Perhaps this will stop the thread in its tracks, but Threshold are FINALLY returning to the USA at RoSFest 2018. http://rosfest.com/threshold-signed-for-rosfest-2018 I live all the way down in Houston and this is the only band that could appear there that might get me to come all by themselves. Alth...
by outprogged42
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Soul Secret - new single and album
Replies: 8
Views: 1004

Re: Soul Secret - new single and album

Aaaaaand this band is down a guitarist.

Not sure what will come of this now. The sound might completely change, again.
by outprogged42
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: DANIEL CAVANAUGH / Monochrome.......
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: DANIEL CAVANAGH / Monochrome.......

I think this might be even better than The Optimist which I quite liked. It's stripped-down and somewhat post-rock ish, with "Soho" in particular heavily influenced by Sigur Ros. Its strengths lie in the immediacy of the vocal melodies (both Danny and Anneke's), stark lyrical minimalism, a...
by outprogged42
Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Threshold
Replies: 11
Views: 547

Re: New Threshold

I can't believe there hasn't been more chatter on this double album. For me personally, this is the best album they've done in a long time. The sound is definitely Threshold, but I really enjoyed that in certain songs like "Stars and Satellites" they've incorporated a different stylistic ...
by outprogged42
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: A taste of the new Kingcrow - The Persistence
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: A taste of the new Kingcrow - The Persistence

We've known this to be the working title for a few months and I suspected, and thought, they should keep it. Which I am glad they did.

From what is heard here this will put up a big fight for AOTY 2018 and I'll be excited to hear this material on stage.
by outprogged42
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Lunatic Soul
Replies: 7
Views: 378

Re: New Lunatic Soul

This is the best thing I've ever heard with the Lunatic Soul name on it. It's actually pushing towards Riverside territory in the wider use of rock instrumentation and beats (the title track could have been on Rapid Eye Movement, even the bass tone is the same), and the electronic influence is beaut...
by outprogged42
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Contortionist - Clairvoyant
Replies: 7
Views: 417

Re: The Contortionist - Clairvoyant

I loved their previous album. This one is good but it is very difficult to get into due to the extreme subtlety of the style and the very low-key and usually indiscernible vocals. I like it but it definitely is a step down for me. Speaking of outside of the norm, I wonder if they'd ever get a PP inv...
by outprogged42
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Galactic Cowboys - Long Way Back to the Moon (November 17, 2017)
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Galactic Cowboys - Long Way Back to the Moon (November 17, 2017)

While I expect not too many people here know these folks, several people I know were putting in sponsorship bids to bring them to PPUSA in 2018, on the heels of their recent reformation after being split up for over a decade. Musically expect the classic King's X sound (they're also one of the three...
by outprogged42
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Sons Of Apollo (Portnoy's New Band)
Replies: 21
Views: 1730

Re: Sons Of Apollo (Portnoy's New Band)

I'm not sure I'm even going to bother listening to the second song. The first one was quite boring. These musicians are all individually good but their widely disparate musical styles simply don't mesh, other than Portnoy and Sherinian who fit well together and thus are the shining points.
by outprogged42
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Prog power so far.....
Replies: 39
Views: 2436

Re: Prog power so far.....

reactions to Tom Englund taking over vox for Redemption? anyone? Stunned silence? I don't know WHAT to think of this, honestly. Nick and Tom are both very dominant, very personal songwriters so I think this is a rare opportunity to combine two personalities like that. That being said..... I don't k...
by outprogged42
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Prog power so far.....
Replies: 39
Views: 2436

Re: Prog power so far.....

POWER QUEST Straight power metal is generally not my thing. That said, some acts in that genre really impressed me this year. This was one of those that didn't really enthrall me much, although I quite enjoyed the Neverworld album and having Alessio Garavello show up for some of the songs was a big...
by outprogged42
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Daydream XI / The Circus of the Tattered and Torn......
Replies: 11
Views: 1062

Re: Daydream XI / The Circus of the Tattered and Torn......

So in addition to selling this disc early before PP, Ken is streaming it early on his Bandcamp. It's not as relentlessly heavy as The Grand Disguise and it's a bit less traditional in style. There are a good deal more acoustic sections and even a samba part (oh yeah, we're from Brazil). Every so oft...
by outprogged42
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Communic - Where Echoes Gather (October 27, 2017)
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Re: Communic - Where Echoes Gather (October 27, 2017)

The album cover and tracklist are out.

https://www.facebook.com/afmrecords/pho ... 5366215810

And evidently there is not just one, but THREE two-part songs!
by outprogged42
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Kansas live
Replies: 13
Views: 1051

Re: Kansas live

Given the way that Harvey juked toward Houston in the wee hours of Friday I opted not to tempt my fate. In another time I'd've done it anyway, but I have a 5 year old so that kind of unnecessary risk is out. Plini is fantastic live (saw him last December with Todd in NO), and I've been a fan of Dav...
by outprogged42
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The best album of the 10s candidate (2010-2019)
Replies: 18
Views: 1487

Re: The best album of the 10s candidate (2010-2019)

So far, I have to go with Wolverine - "Communication Lost" (2011) Very close is IQ - "The Road Of Bones" (2014), but for the connection with the lyrics, I have to go with Wolverine - CL. Only 2 years and 4 months before 2020... Time flies... I know what you mean. Every single so...
by outprogged42
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Kansas live
Replies: 13
Views: 1051

Re: Kansas live

So I just saw that Kansas is playing in my city (holy shit, I don't have to go see Todd for a show!?). The only rub to this scenario is that it's the same night I get home from Houston after seeing Plini and David Maxim Micic. Did you eventually go, given the...situation we had down here? I had a c...
by outprogged42
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Communic - Where Echoes Gather (October 27, 2017)
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Communic - Where Echoes Gather (October 27, 2017)

Going by this teaser there is a multi-part title epic song. Not something we've ever heard from Communic.

I wonder if that means a proggier album than the last one?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wYPXd1MVqY
by outprogged42
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Can we get some Top 5 / Top 10 discs going ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1247

Re: Can we get some Top 5 / Top 10 discs going ?

outprogged42 wrote:Counting only metal and prog, the top 5:

1. Persefone-Aathma
2. Pain of Salvation-In the Passing Light of Day
3. Disperse-Foreword
4. Pyramaze-Contingent
5. MindMaze-Resolve


I admit Threshold is going to mount a HUGE fight after hearing those two new songs.
by outprogged42
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Where to start to see if I like the band Mystery?
Replies: 16
Views: 1145

Re: Where to start to see if I like the band Mystery?

Also, Mystery are quite local to you so you may be able to see them in concert and that might convince you!
by outprogged42
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Can we get some Top 5 / Top 10 discs going ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1247

Re: Can we get some Top 5 / Top 10 discs going ?

Counting only metal and prog, the top 5:

1. Persefone-Aathma
2. Pain of Salvation-In the Passing Light of Day
3. Disperse-Foreword
4. Pyramaze-Contingent
5. MindMaze-Resolve
by outprogged42
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Where to start to see if I like the band Mystery?
Replies: 16
Views: 1145

Re: Where to start to see if I like the band Mystery?

Their last two albums are astounding. Delusion Rain hit my #6 slot in the AOTY 2015 competition and finished higher than any non-metal album. The World is a Game is about as good but it definitely earns a plus because it has Nick D'Virgilio on drums. Also, at the time, they had Benoit David who appe...
by outprogged42
Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Fates Warning and Divine Regale @ Boston, MA
Replies: 14
Views: 1483

Re: Fates Warning and Divine Regale @ Boston, MA

I have seen Fates Warning three times now (with Ray) and every time is better than the last one. On the No Exit cut he actually sounded like he did in the 80's tonally. The new material was note-perfect to the album. The setlist was fairly typical but with a couple of surprises, e.g. A Handful of Do...
by outprogged42
Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Anubis Gate - Covered in Black (September 1, 2017)
Replies: 15
Views: 1576

Re: Anubis Gate - Covered in Black (September 1, 2017)

That first clip sounded like Scar Symmetry and the last clip sounded like Yes.

Rarely can a band combine those sounds so effectively as these guys.
by outprogged42
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Glynn Morgan returns to THRESHOLD!
Replies: 60
Views: 7017

Re: Glynn Morgan returns to THRESHOLD!

I have been listening to some of the other Threshold albums and it now saddens me a bit that a song like The Rubicon probably won't ever sound the same. If any other Threshold singer can pull that off, it is Glynn (Mac didn't have the range or presence for it), but I still think the immense power an...
by outprogged42
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Glynn Morgan returns to THRESHOLD!
Replies: 60
Views: 7017

Re: Glynn Morgan returns to THRESHOLD!

That new song is fine, and Glynn sounds good, but Threshold has really become bland lately. It's not just that they're playing the same sound, but the songs themselves are interchangeable. I can't get excited when I can hardly tell one song from the next. I don't disagree. You'd think the band woul...
by outprogged42
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Anubis Gate - Covered in Black (September 1, 2017)
Replies: 15
Views: 1576

Anubis Gate - Covered in Black (September 1, 2017)

Their darkest, proggiest and maybe heaviest album ever. With two three-part suites among 10 songs. http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=135976 Knowing what Kim's been through recently (i.e. why PPUSA got canceled) I don't doubt that the emotional content of this disc will be spot-...
by outprogged42
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?
Replies: 43
Views: 4171

Re: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?

The djent killed it for me. The first album of Disperse is pure awesomeness. But then the modern djent came and took the beauty away... There is so much less djent on this album than Living Mirrors, with that said. ***And that's exactly why I want to check this disc out .......... In fact, most of ...
by outprogged42
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?
Replies: 43
Views: 4171

Re: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?

EnchantED wrote:The djent killed it for me. The first album of Disperse is pure awesomeness. But then the modern djent came and took the beauty away...


There is so much less djent on this album than Living Mirrors, with that said.
by outprogged42
Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?
Replies: 43
Views: 4171

Re: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?

Glenn.....thanks for posting those...... I need to track down the ones that have been released...... I should have spoken to the Voyager in my initial post...... Of the others, the only one I actually listened to in depth is the Bare Infinity, which I don't think is as good as the previous one........
by outprogged42
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?
Replies: 43
Views: 4171

Re: So is anyone else in a musical rut this year besides me ?

First tier:
Persefone
MindMaze
Disperse
Pain of Salvation
Pyramaze

Second tier:
Anathema
Tetrafusion
Ayreon
Voyager
Need
by outprogged42
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Anthriel - Transcendence (first impressions)
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Anthriel - Transcendence (first impressions)

So unlike many other official releases nowadays, this disc came out on a Thursday. And here we are with Anthriel's first record in seven years. The biggest promise from the band was that it would be darker and heavier. It very much is so, and colder and more technically oriented rather than the gene...
by outprogged42
Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Tetrafusion - Dreaming of Sleep
Replies: 13
Views: 1783

Re: Tetrafusion - Dreaming of Sleep

One of my all time favorites is the Power of Omens debut, and it definitely has some challenges. I'll check this out! I rarely pull out that disc because it is so dense and difficult to appreciate. Rooms of Anguish I found to be more digestible even if it went even more ridiculously over the top on...
by outprogged42
Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Tetrafusion - Dreaming of Sleep
Replies: 13
Views: 1783

Re: Tetrafusion - Dreaming of Sleep

Also they use a lot of inviting jazz arrangements and, I believe, major keys which make music sound brighter instead of darker.
by outprogged42
Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: IQ and Dracula...
Replies: 2
Views: 466

Re: IQ and Dracula...

I was wondering what that spoken word was.

I thought the whole album followed the concept of the title song, actually.

It's an incredibly dark and disturbing album so I really don't listen to it. However, it still won my AOTY 2014 award.

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