Discussion in 'Music and Recordings' started by MoatsArt, Oct 26, 2015.
Let me just state that the post 1990 "Progressive Metal is awesome" fans who "Dream Theater" every discussion about Prog annoy me. So I had to respond with the Moody Blues and Uriah Heap. For all the "Progressive Metal is everything" fans I have one advice: start digging and learn that Metal is not everything, especially in Prog.
I will join you with more Pink Floyd. This is Pink Floyd properly mad though. "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" was a mad musician...
Dream Theater started in 1985. This is their 30 year anniversary and still making albums - so there is very good reason Dream Theater is mentioned quite a bit when prog rock/metal is brought up. But I see your point. There are a lot of other great prog bands out there besides Dream Theater - I may bring up Dream Theater a lot not because I think they are the only worthy Prog band, but because I have been a fan for over 25 years. So I apologize if I annoy you.
I do agree with you that not all good prog is metal. There are many great prog bands out there that are not metal.
For every Progressive Metal fan who wants to preach my answer is simple. "Take A Pebble."
I enjoy Progressive Metal sometimes. Thing is when technical showing off sucks the life out of the composition I have had enough. A bit of Soul helps which is why I love Kingston Wall.
Because we can never have enough visual aspect to this musical genre.
I love Camel. Slowly collected all I could find.
I will try to get some easy links/vids up in the near future, but...
I've said this enough times that I'm sure everyone is sick of it, but my favorite prog metal/rock band by far is Opeth. I don't know what it is, but something about them just moves me like no other band. I know opinions are all over the place, but I like their two latest, "Heritage" and "Pale Communion." Those albums are a big departure compared to anything they did before, being more prog rock and inspired by bands from the 70s (like Camel). "Pale Communion" also sounds like it could have been a collaboration with The Black Mages (Nobuo Uematsu's rock band doing Final Fantasy covers).
Of course, if you don't mind some metal, pretty much all of Opeth's stuff is great. I'd start with "Ghost Reveries" if unfamiliar. It was "Beneath the Mire" from that album that got me hooked...lots of variety and a good way to encapsulate their sound. Easier to digest than some of their longer songs, which I had a hard time grasping at first.
As for some other bands, I really dig The Contortionists latest album, "Language." Think progressive, spacey, technical rock with some metal thrown in on occasion. I really like the atmosphere they created. I don't care for their earlier work.
I'm also developing a taste of Tesseract's "Polaris." I don't usually care for the djent sound, but I strangely enjoy this album quite a bit. More on the groovy, hard/progressive rock side of things than metal.
Between the Buried and Me's latest, "Coma Ecliptic," is good, though they're their own sort of style and not for everyone. I don't care for anything from them before "Colors." Really, all I care for is a couple tracks from "Alaska," "Colors," "Parallax II," and "Coma Ecliptic," the latter of which is more like a rock opera. They might be a bit heavy and technical for some.
I also like Steven Wilson's "The Raven that Refused to Sing." Some of his other solo material is hit and miss for me. I also like some of Porcupine Tree's later material, starting with "In Absentia."
No coincidence that Porcupine Tree's heavier nature starting with In Absentia, came from Steven Wilson's friendship with Opeth.
Mikael Åkerfeldt is pretty much moving away from the death growl vocals. Also, seems like off late (eg. Pale Communion), he is walking a beautiful balance of progressive rock and a heavier sound.
I just attended the 25th Anniversary tour (3 shows in the USA, two in LA and one in NY) on Oct 24th. Bloody amazing! First set was Ghost Reveries. Second set was all different songs from various albums.
No mention of Can yet? Tago Mago or Future Days...
C'mon CEE TEE, there isn't mention of a lot of bands. The thread just got started.
Can you handle Can?
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