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by elendil
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Merkabah - _Million Miles_ (2017)
Replies: 0
Views: 49

Merkabah - _Million Miles_ (2017)

For fans of mathematical, dense, semi-improvisational, instrumental music a la EX EYE or Lye by Mistake, but not without hooks. Good sax performances. Drumming also mind-bending at moments. Bits of post-rock ambience break up the chaos (some of these quieter passages drag a bit). https://merkabahpl....
by elendil
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Arch/Matheos - New Album coming in 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Arch/Matheos - New Album coming in 2019

Great news!
by elendil
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 72
Views: 2394

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

I have so many of these in my back pocket that I'm curious to see reactions to. Let's go with... Dreams of Sanity - The Game Started out as light 90s femme gothic metal on Lacrimosa's Hall of Sermon label. But The Game is straight-up melodic prog metal with their strong female lead singer (Sandra S...
by elendil
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 72
Views: 2394

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

Yeah, that Mercury Rising debut was great, though I didn't care for their second. I recall MR getting tons of play on the old board when it came out, but you don't hear about it much these days.
by elendil
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 72
Views: 2394

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

I have so many of these in my back pocket that I'm curious to see reactions to. Let's go with... Dreams of Sanity - The Game Started out as light 90s femme gothic metal on Lacrimosa's Hall of Sermon label. But The Game is straight-up melodic prog metal with their strong female lead singer (Sandra Sc...
by elendil
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 72
Views: 2394

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

Ah, Behind the Curtain... I remember liking them, though not quite enough to buy the album in my days of poverty. Listening again. A bit similar to Poverty's No Crime, whom I also would consider underrated, at least for their album The Chemical Chaos, which is excellent.
by elendil
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Oh hell yes - Silent Stream of Godless Elegy!
Replies: 1
Views: 193

Re: Oh hell yes - Silent Stream of Godless Elegy!

Got to listen to the whole album, and it's a letdown. The track with the video is the best one. The rest of the album, while very diverse in some respects - with everything from a children's choir to some pretty aggressive death metal, tends to be oriented more around vocals and choruses than instru...
by elendil
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 72
Views: 2394

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

OK, I'll follow OP's original vision here. :) Avidost - demo The best metal band never signed? Female vocals drew comparisons to Madder Mortem, but the music reminds me more of an off-kilter, occasionally atonal Nevermore, mixed with a vaguely doomy/blackish/Norwegian sensibility. Lots of crunch &a...
by elendil
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread
Replies: 72
Views: 2394

Re: The Forgotten Heroes of Prog Metal Thread

OK, I'll follow OP's original vision here. :) Avidost - demo The best metal band never signed? Female vocals drew comparisons to Madder Mortem, but the music reminds me more of an off-kilter, occasionally atonal Nevermore, mixed with a vaguely doomy/blackish/Norwegian sensibility. Lots of crunch &am...
by elendil
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Oh hell yes - Silent Stream of Godless Elegy!
Replies: 1
Views: 193

Oh hell yes - Silent Stream of Godless Elegy!

SSoGE is one of the most underrated metal bands of all time, and they've got a new album coming out. Even better, the first song/video is really good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYER7M3F1G0&feature=youtu.be Czech folk/prog/doom for those not initiated. Occasionally sounds like "if Bela...
by elendil
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: New Redemption song / video just released 9/10
Replies: 31
Views: 1597

Re: New Redemption song / video just released 9/10

I'm really liking this album. The guitar work is blistering, at times thrashy - not at all a bad thing in moderate doses. Tom Englund's vocals are more restrained and less anguished than in Evergrey, which fits the music.
by elendil
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Amorphis / Dark Tranquillity / Moonspell / Omnium Gatherum tour
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: Amorphis / Dark Tranquillity / Moonspell / Omnium Gatherum tour

Thanks, Larry! It's been years since I've been to the Palladium. Not the greatest venue in the world, but I have some nostalgia for it. Saw pre-Angela Arch Enemy and Nevermore there, Nightwish,...
by elendil
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Amorphis / Dark Tranquillity / Moonspell / Omnium Gatherum tour
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Amorphis / Dark Tranquillity / Moonspell / Omnium Gatherum tour

http://bravewords.com/news/amorphis-lau ... m-gatherum

Don't care for Moonspell or OG really, but I'd like to see Amorphis & DT - two bands I've actually never seen live. No New England dates sadly. :-/
by elendil
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: MYSTERY / Lies and Butterflies......
Replies: 21
Views: 777

Re: MYSTERY / Lies and Butterflies......

Just listened to the album - I'll compare the experience to what I believe it would feel like to sit down on an exercise bike in the middle of a spin-class only to realize that someone had removed the seat while you were standing up. While Larry and others might enjoy that particular experience, it...
by elendil
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Astronoid - Air
Replies: 8
Views: 1593

Re: Astronoid - Air

See... sometimes I do post about things that interest other people here. ;) If you want to talk about a weak point in Astronoid's music, I'd say it's the vocals. At first I thought they were female, and I didn't mind them - but when I discovered they were male, I liked them less. It really shouldn't...
by elendil
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Haken / Leprous Co-Headlining NA Tour
Replies: 14
Views: 685

Re: Haken / Leprous Co-Headlining NA Tour

Nice! Expecting this means Leprous will get a longer setlist than they did when opening for The Dear Hunter & BtBaM.
by elendil
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 2018 So Far
Replies: 40
Views: 2254

Re: 2018 So Far

I'm not keeping up closely with new releases as I've been exploring a lot of older stuff, but here's what has grabbed my attention so far: Ihsahn - Amr (he's always hit or miss for me, but this is more "hit") Amorphis - Queen of Time Between the Buried and Me - Automata I Primordial - Exil...
by elendil
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Amorphis - Queen of Time
Replies: 20
Views: 1099

Re: Amorphis - Queen of Time

I'm digging it so far. Might indeed be best since _Elegy_. Depends on whether it eclipses _Eclipse_. :P Like _Elegy_, _Queen of Time_ runs on nonstop, quirky folk melodies - it's not as fresh and unusual as _Elegy_ was when it came out, of course, but it otherwise recaptures a lot of that feel.
by elendil
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Yes - this board is now 14 years old .......
Replies: 17
Views: 1251

Re: Yes - this board is now 14 years old .......

Vektor's definitely one of my favorite metal bands of the last decade or so. Facemelting tech thrash is not normally my go-to play, but they just do it incredibly well.
by elendil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Yes - this board is now 14 years old .......
Replies: 17
Views: 1251

Re: Yes - this board is now 14 years old .......

I didn't realize they were on tour! I'll have to look into that. I'm a sucker for good brass and sax in prog.

Edit: Looks as if they have only one live date scheduled (in Philadelphia), so not really a tour.
by elendil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Yes - this board is now 14 years old .......
Replies: 17
Views: 1251

Re: Yes - this board is now 14 years old .......

I like some of that stuff too, particularly Thank You Scientist. EX EYE might be a metal version of that style, with a strong avant-garde edge. Hell, last year's Leprous and Soen had commonalities with "new prog."
by elendil
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Royal Hunt - Cast In Stone
Replies: 9
Views: 2220

Re: Royal Hunt - Cast In Stone

I agree that something is a bit off with the vocals. RH is a band that has done some awesome work and then some pretty dull (IMO) albums. In this case the compositions are fine but the execution isn't quite what I'd hoped.
by elendil
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 1988: More metal bands starting to add a progressive element to their music... (other albums of the 80s also accepted)
Replies: 28
Views: 2174

Re: 1988: More metal bands starting to add a progressive element to their music... (other albums of the 80s also accepte

I don't see any of these as progressive, personally. "The Warning" had a couple of progressive tracks (Roads to Madness, NM156 to an extent) but overall was a pretty straightforward metal album, albeit perhaps a little ahead of its time. "Night on Brocken" certainly didn't have ...
by elendil
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Leprous w/ BtBaM & The Dear Hunter
Replies: 1
Views: 287

Re: Leprous w/ BtBaM & The Dear Hunter

The Boston traffic was even more horrific than expected, and despite getting off work early I still missed a couple songs from Leprous' set. They played a little range of their catalog despite the pretty short set. I came in while they were finishing up "Stuck." They also played "Illu...
by elendil
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Shadow Gallery / Tyranny - the best ever.
Replies: 10
Views: 1079

Re: Shadow Gallery / Tyranny - the best ever.

Well, I'll say this... I liked their album _Room V_. That said, it's probably been almost 20 years since I last listened to _Tyranny_, so maybe I should give that another chance.

Edit: Yeah, no, not my thing. Like a punk band's caricature of what a prog band sounds like.
by elendil
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: A prediction that didn't come true
Replies: 7
Views: 811

Re: A prediction that didn't come true

I don't mind Andre's vocals at all, but IMO his biggest contribution to early Angra was in contributing the more progressive sensibility to the songwriting. He did all the symphonic arrangements (yes, I realize many of them were just ripped off from classical masters, but they still added something ...
by elendil
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 1988: More metal bands starting to add a progressive element to their music... (other albums of the 80s also accepted)
Replies: 28
Views: 2174

Re: 1988: More metal bands starting to add a progressive element to their music... (other albums of the 80s also accepte

1984 also has a claim on being a special year. You could argue that it was the year of the first full-length progressive metal album: most likely QR's _The Warning_. But Warlord's _And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun..._ might have a claim to the title, as does Fates Warning's _NIght on Brock...
by elendil
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Leprous w/ BtBaM & The Dear Hunter
Replies: 1
Views: 287

Leprous w/ BtBaM & The Dear Hunter

Going to this show in Boston tomorrow. I'm not a big fan of Between the Buried and Me and The Dear Hunter, but I'm still interested to see how they sound live. Unfortunately Leprous is the first band of three and for that reason surely won't play a long set. Even so, should be a good long night of p...
by elendil
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: 1988: More metal bands starting to add a progressive element to their music... (other albums of the 80s also accepted)
Replies: 28
Views: 2174

Re: 1988: More metal bands starting to add a progressive element to their music... (other albums of the 80s also accepte

1984 also has a claim on being a special year. You could argue that it was the year of the first full-length progressive metal album: most likely QR's _The Warning_. But Warlord's _And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun..._ might have a claim to the title, as does Fates Warning's _NIght on Brocke...
by elendil
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Random Dream Theater thought
Replies: 11
Views: 1306

Re: Random Dream Theater thought

I'm into keys now! But I was... 18 then and my tastes were evolving. Still are, but more slowly. :)
by elendil
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: A prediction that didn't come true
Replies: 7
Views: 811

Re: A prediction that didn't come true

Hm... might have to check out that live show. And I see they did eventually go back to the "Shaman" name after being "Shaaman" for a while... that was confusing.
by elendil
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Deathrow - Deception Ignored ... 2018 remaster
Replies: 15
Views: 1784

Re: Deathrow - Deception Ignored ... 2018 remaster

Psychotic Waltz were amazing back then - I saw them multiple times on those amazing 4 albums (when they toured Europe fairly regularly). Funny fact is that I really disliked Mosquito for a lot of years but one day it clicked and since then I’ve counted it just a good as the other 3. Heh... Same her...
by elendil
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: A prediction that didn't come true
Replies: 7
Views: 811

A prediction that didn't come true

While listening to Angra's _OMNI_ today (don't bother), I distinctly recollected a discussion on the old board back when Angra split in half. Most of us were bemoaning the split, but someone interjected to say that out of one great band would come two great bands. Well, that didn't work out, did it?...
by elendil
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Axios - Erased
Replies: 6
Views: 754

Re: Axios - Erased

Welcome... I'm also an oldtimer who returned a few months ago.
by elendil
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: PM: Core
Topic: Deathrow - Deception Ignored ... 2018 remaster
Replies: 15
Views: 1784

Re: Deathrow - Deception Ignored ... 2018 remaster

I'm going to disagree a little bit. Deception Ignored is my favorite Deathrow album, but I also believe Life Beyond (the next one) is worthy. It's still proggy, though less chaotic and more straightforward. For fans of stuff like Mekong Delta, both albums are absolutely worth checking out. _LB_ migh...

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