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by outprogged42
Tue May 22, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Riverside in September....
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: New Riverside in September....

For anyone interested, to get a preview of what you can expect from this album thematically, read this band press release and my response to it. https://www.facebook.com/andrew.bennett.39589/posts/1798453576873556 I still like even their ambient disc, but it's so long that it requires a very specifi...
by outprogged42
Mon May 21, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Riverside in September....
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: New Riverside in September....

I've been told to expect a dark, somber and VERY heavy album, reflecting the tremendous emotional roller coaster of the past two years in the Riverside camp. Think Covered in Black relative to past Anubis Gate outputs. Even then I doubt they can replicate the perfection of Anno Domini High Definitio...
by outprogged42
Fri May 18, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Redemption - Long Night's Journey Into Day (July 27, 2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 665

Re: Redemption - Long Night's Journey Into Day (July 27, 2018)

I feel like the vocals are a bit low in the mix, but it does sound good. I'm excited to hear more. I wonder why Nick keeps doing that, putting the vocals so low? The vocals were also very low in the mix on This Mortal Coil. Tom still sounds great, and I have high hopes for the rest of the album. Th...
by outprogged42
Tue May 15, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Redemption - Long Night's Journey Into Day (July 27, 2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 665

Redemption - Long Night's Journey Into Day (July 27, 2018)

We've known the album title since PPUSA and some of us were able to hear demoed songs or the full album. But now we can all enjoy hearing the full glory of the production in the newly released single. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjrM0wsEK5Y I must say it took a couple of listens to appreciate wh...
by outprogged42
Sun May 06, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Subsignal - La Muerta (May 25, 2018)
Replies: 12
Views: 1176

Re: Subsignal - La Muerta (May 25, 2018)

Going from this teaser, the album is going to sound somewhat like that song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd7paemGmzA

Which is okay with me. I did like the heaviness of the last album, but I do find myself preferring lighter fare nowadays and I love Subsignal's melodic side anyway.
by outprogged42
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Royal Hunt - Cast In Stone
Replies: 9
Views: 1774

Re: Royal Hunt - Cast In Stone

The song I heard was painfully average. I think Royal Hunt has talent but hasn't stayed with me long-term, with that said, but I don't know if I'm going to listen to the full album anytime soon.
by outprogged42
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Spock's Beard - Noise Floor (May 25, 2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 466

Spock's Beard - Noise Floor (May 25, 2018)

I was among the people who liked the previous album quite a bit, although lately I haven't been listening to it often. Spock's Beard are one of the best prog-rock bands out there nowadays still. And so even if this is reportedly a bit more straight to the point than the last one, I expect it to be e...
by outprogged42
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Entransient - The Weight of Things (April 28, 2018)
Replies: 0
Views: 670

Entransient - The Weight of Things (April 28, 2018)

You may know some of the people in this band as the one-and-done Michiganders Silent Lapse. Although that one album was fantastic. This is the second album under this banner, and if you haven't heard the first one, it's in the vein of mid-period Anathema or Katatonia and can really hit some emotiona...
by outprogged42
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Subsignal - La Muerta (May 25, 2018)
Replies: 12
Views: 1176

Subsignal - La Muerta (May 25, 2018)

I expect something in the vein of the previous album, which although I really liked it, is not the equal of Touchstones (which is getting rotation right now). I hope on this album the band have found a level of cohesion approaching that found on Touchstones. What we have seen of some lyrics and song...
by outprogged42
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Stryper - WOW! ...
Replies: 15
Views: 2236

Re: New Stryper - WOW! ...

I was not really feeling this but I will give the eventual finished album a chance. The last two albums were all-around their best albums, IMO.
by outprogged42
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review
Replies: 17
Views: 1932

Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

If you classified this as a mixture of their last three albums, you wouldn't be wrong. The more polished production and thicker orchestration are characteristic of All Is One, but there is a decisive return to a progressive sound. There are tons of guitars too and the heavier tracks absolutely slay....
by outprogged42
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: DISTANT DREAM / It all Starts from Pieces......
Replies: 3
Views: 579

Re: DISTANT DREAM / It all Starts from Pieces......

This is basically a proggier Widek and so fans of Widek will like this, and non-fans probably won't. Although I do tend to prefer Widek's bigger keyboard arrangements.
by outprogged42
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Top 10 of 2017 (in one sentence each)
Replies: 0
Views: 535

Top 10 of 2017 (in one sentence each)

The full top 30 with 3 sentences each is on my Facebook; this is the short version. 10. Exquirla - Para Quienes Aun Viven -A darkly atmospheric piece of post-rock/metal with all-Spanish lyrics and a spectral flamenco singer that creates a singularly haunting mood breaking out at its climaxes into ru...
by outprogged42
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Galactic Cowboys - Long Way Back to the Moon (November 17, 2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 1564

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

I should also say that because this band is local to me, I went to their album release concert with four friends all flying out from the East Coast, and the performance was simply superb. I posted a good deal of footage on my FB profile, PM me for the link (if you aren't friends with me already).
by outprogged42
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Angra - Omni (2/16/18) ...
Replies: 3
Views: 610

Re: Angra - Omni (2/16/18) ...

I loved the last album, so I am not an Angra elitist, but this song just seems tame. The absence of Kiko seems apparent in the more generic rhythm work, the recording is sterile, and the riffs and melodies just aren't very memorable (even if Fabio sounds admirably like Bruce Dickinson).
by outprogged42
Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: KANSAS / Leftoverture - Live and Beyond.
Replies: 4
Views: 665

Re: KANSAS / Leftoverture - Live and Beyond.

This disc - is for lack of a better term - tremendous without being perfect. The live production alone (compliments of Jeff Glixman) is superb. Hey, it was recorded in New Orleans, and Mastered in Charleston, SC - two of my favorite places !!!! The music is superb - their heaviest sound to date - m...
by outprogged42
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: WIDEK / Hidden Impressions .... Instrumental Prog.
Replies: 3
Views: 646

Re: WIDEK / Hidden Impressions .... Instrumental Prog.

I have all of his full-lengths and I'm going to buy them until his shtick runs thin. I love his combination of spacey djent riffing with spacey guitar-delay arpeggios and spacey synth work. If you haven't guessed, the atmosphere is very spacey and, despite being metal influenced, rather placid and s...
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: 7
Views: 1564

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: 2093

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: 2309

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: 1066

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: 2093

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: 1105

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: 8
Views: 1409

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: 1308

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: 7
Views: 1564

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: 23
Views: 4805

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: 6110

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: 6110

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: 2830

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: 1110

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: 2517

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: 3767

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: 2517

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: 1110

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

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