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HEAVY PROG

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Heavy Prog definition

Heavy Prog defines progressive rock music that draws as much influence from hard rock as it does from classic progressive rock. In simple terms, it is a marriage of the guitar-based heavy blues of the late 1960s and 1970s - artists such as Cream, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath - and the progressive/symphonic movement represented by King Crimson, Yes and Genesis.

The electric guitar, amplified to produce distortion (or 'overdrive') is a crucial element, providing the 'heavy' tone required for this aggressive style, and later for the British and North American heavy metal of the late 1970s and 80s. The primary rock format of drums, bass and guitar with keys and/or vocals on top is represented strongly in heavy prog. The presence of the Hammond organ with its deep, intense rumble was also common among harder progressive groups such as ATOMIC ROOSTER. Although certain other acts, such as King Crimson and Jethro Tull, utilize a heavy guitar, bass and keyboard sound, the bulk of their work over the years puts them in a different category.

Bands that represent Heavy Prog would include RUSH, PORCUPINE TREE, THE MARS VOLTA, URIAH HEEP, TEMPEST, BLACK WIDOW, DR. Z,ATOMIC ROOSTER, WARHORSE, BIRTH CONTROL, TILES.

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Heavy Prog Top Albums


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4.39 | 2885 ratings
MOVING PICTURES
Rush
4.37 | 2452 ratings
HEMISPHERES
Rush
4.32 | 2271 ratings
A FAREWELL TO KINGS
Rush
4.28 | 2095 ratings
PERMANENT WAVES
Rush
4.26 | 2575 ratings
FEAR OF A BLANK PLANET
Porcupine Tree
4.25 | 2540 ratings
IN ABSENTIA
Porcupine Tree
4.18 | 1232 ratings
DE-LOUSED IN THE COMATORIUM
Mars Volta, The
4.19 | 816 ratings
SALISBURY
Uriah Heep
4.16 | 1183 ratings
THE MOUNTAIN
Haken
4.11 | 2121 ratings
2112
Rush
4.11 | 2015 ratings
DEADWING
Porcupine Tree
4.13 | 1102 ratings
VISIONS
Haken
4.14 | 682 ratings
UNTIL ALL THE GHOSTS ARE GONE
Anekdoten
4.12 | 719 ratings
LOOK AT YOURSELF
Uriah Heep
4.07 | 1344 ratings
THE SKY MOVES SIDEWAYS
Porcupine Tree
4.07 | 926 ratings
FRANCES THE MUTE
Mars Volta, The
4.07 | 792 ratings
DEMONS AND WIZARDS
Uriah Heep
4.06 | 1071 ratings
AQUARIUS
Haken
4.03 | 1510 ratings
LIGHTBULB SUN
Porcupine Tree
4.07 | 439 ratings
FROM WITHIN
Anekdoten

Heavy Prog overlooked and obscure gems albums new


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ZUNDAPP
Zundapp
ONCE WE WERE BORN ...
Divine Baze Orchestra, The
HIGH TIDE
High Tide
M蒑OIRES INCUBUSSIENNES
ExCubus

Latest Heavy Prog Music Reviews


 D'AccorD III by D'ACCORD album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.85 | 52 ratings

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D'AccorD III
D'AccorD Heavy Prog

Review by higi88

4 stars D'AccorD is one of those bands who deliver majestic new prog with elements of classic sounds. The band was formed in early 2008 and made their self titled album in 2009 which was a fantastic refreshment and they started with a bang with Play By The Hall Rules, a 12 minute heavy prog epic, the second album Helike was Issued on the Scandanavian Karisma records and it was a solid album with two parts which again delivered a fine prog sound. They are a great example of that classic prog sound and another proof that Norwegian bands deliver fantastic music. Their third and to this date last album came out in 2013 and it's a fantastic release. These Last Todays is a bombastic heavy prog tune and it's filled with roaring Hammond and great guitar work, vocals and lyrics go well with the concept of the music. Two part Mon - Sat ends the album greatly. All of the songs are great and they give beautiful melodies followed by I will say it again great guitar work, keyboards and flute. Do they have elements of that classic prog and rock, yes they do and there is nothing wrong about that. The music should be listened for what it is and the bands should be respected for their work. D'AccorD did a fantastic job on this album and I hope we will hear new stuff soon.
 Opposition by PERSEPHONE'S DREAM album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.91 | 7 ratings

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Opposition
Persephone's Dream Heavy Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars Persephone's Dream 2001 album is "Opposition" sounding very different to the next three albums to follow which are all masterpieces of Heavy Symphonic Prog to my ears. This release has the endearing vocals of Karin Nicely, a confident performer who is easy on the ears. Bevel opens the album with a heavy guitar riff and and some nice sound effects of water lapping. It is a rocker with some catchy melodies.

Kindred Soil is a quieter approach with beautiful guitar reverb from Rowen Poole, and a steady tempo from percussionist Ed Wiancko and John Tallent, who appears on other albums. There is a spoken section which is rather interesting. The bassist is Chris Siegle, wonderful on these albums, appearing often, and keyboardist is Kim Finney.

Puppetmaster is next, driven by a heavy riff, and Karin's forceful vocals sounding similar to Toyah, who I adore. Listen to Marionette, The Packt or anything from "Anthem" and it is a similar style. A cool lead break and marching snare take over til the verse returns "where are you going? Ruled by your ego."

Endymion caresses your ears as it zooms in and out of your drums with synth pulses. Then lovely singing and guitar delay add to a haunting atmosphere. I love that bass against the soundscape of synths and dreamy guitar as Karin sings "Endymion, Can you give her the keys to her slumber, Endymion the silent sleeper, forever lost in the night." The spaciness and ambiance is powerful on this track. Karin is outstanding with a passionate performance I am beginning to enjoy more and more as the album progresses. Her outro of operatic intonations is towering.

Hyperspace Minefield, an Ayreon like title, opens with pounding drums and bass, joined by Karin and the guitars ringing out. Rowen's guitar work is excellent with chord progressions that complement the musicscape.

Other notable tracks include 10th Moon, with Pink Floyd style intro, moving into a steady rock beat with soft guitars, and spacey synths. The vocals are gentle and augmented by inventive musicianship with some fantastic percussion. The cadence gets heavier and progressive towards the end.

Agent of Chaos has a sparkly synth chime intro like a music box and then synths similar to Jean Michel Jarre pulsating. The bass is low and ominous as more prominent synths and guitars caress the atmosphere. Karin enters with intense vocals about the havoc surrounding a protagonist, "confusion sets in on unknowing mind, he laughs to himself".

There is also the mystical Far Side of Eden, opening with floating flute sounds and very pretty guitars, and the innovative Stormchaser, with its Deep Purple like title. This track stands out with its wind effects and guitar delay intro. It builds into distortion and Karin crying out to the heavens, "Can't you see I don't want to be lost and alone in the violence, I want to sail into the wind". An ambient atmosphere follows with synth pads and multi tracked harmonies. Thunder rolls across the sky and the music becomes heavier, lifting into a choppy rhythm and then descending into synths drones and the storm clouds open in the end.

We segue into Serene Sea to close the album, a steady rhythm motorvating along as Karin sings sweetly about the power of nature.

This album is not as masterful as the next three albums but it is still an excellent journey into the world of Persephone's Dream. There are some wonderful tracks and Karin is a fabulous vocalist. "Opposition" is yet another reason that Persephone's Dream are a worthy band to check out at your earliest opportunity.

 Pyre of Dreams by PERSEPHONE'S DREAM album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.70 | 12 ratings

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Pyre of Dreams
Persephone's Dream Heavy Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

5 stars "Pyre of Dreams" escaped me when it was first release in ancient 2007; was it that long ago? The world has changed since then but this music and its lyrical content still holds a place in today's society. The first thing that strikes me about the album is the music is dominated by spacey synths and passionate vocals of Colleen Gray, and Heidi Engel who I grew to love with Persephone's Dream's most recent "Anomalous Propagation". This album again grows on me with every listen, getting better and better, until I have to resign to the fact I am listening to masterful prog.

Threnody opens with a wonderful mixture of melodic catchy vocals, scintillating synth, and guitar delay. The themes are dark laced with dark shadows, moonlight, blood and sunshine; vampiric perhaps. Is that a stake being driven in at the end? Mind you the "Keep it secret, keep it safe" is a Lord of the Rings reference so it is perhaps forging a ring.

Synesthesia has a crunching guitar riff and weird synths as Colleen speaks "sight, sound, scent, taste, touch". The riff locks in, one of the best I have heard from the band, and the vocals have a beautiful layered texture. I am already in love with the album. It is heavy guitars and progressive structures, complex at times, but there's no mistaking that grinding Deep Purple organ sound with a 1970's vibe. This is as good as anything from the prog heavy 70's when Hammond and heavy guitars dominated. It breaks into a reverb lead guitar solo along a proggy time sig. A soundscape of complicated rhythms; so endearing to the ear. Brilliant so far!

Nightfall has a droning synthscape, then some bass and drums as Colleen sings of dreams and visions, astral waves, "are you safe from my touch? If you stop the moonlight you will lose in the dance of darkness." The guitar delay is atmospheric but those synths are mesmirising and ethereal. Now I am beginning to wonder why I had not immersed myself in this album sooner as it is becoming addictive as Ayreon who I cannot get enough of.

Next song, what am I going to encounter? Its called Cryptoendolith, which must mean something secretive. The rototom toms percussion is prominent, jungle rhythms abound and then a bell chimes; we are transported to deepest Africa. The drum solo is amazing forcing me to look up who it is, Scot Harvey, but it's way too short.

Temple in Time - Mist has some lovely singing and Hammond sounds; both welcome to my prog sensitive ears. I have heard over 1,337 prog albums to date so I have become attuned to what is good prog and what is not; you simply feel it in your senses, and you cannot be dissuaded by other prog reviewers as it purely subjective. This is very good prog; so well executed and structured and no filler, all killer.

Temple in Time is a prog suite in 5 parts. Temple in Time: ii. Nimiane begins with lapping water and breathy voice over echoing in the netherworld of dreams. Ethereal music and mystical overtones permeate the atmosphere. It merges into Temple in Time: iii. Soliloquy of a King (King Arthur mix), Temple in Time: iv. Camlann (King Arthur mix) and Temple in Time: v. Avalon conclude the multi movement suite of prog. Avalon is my favourite with some amazing vocals from Colleen and great bass and percussion work throughout, with Rowen's guitars as excellent as I have heard. Android Dreams has a relentless guitar rhythm and pulsating bass powering it along. Colleen sings of androids syntactic breakdown, electronic impulses, wires, senses burning, photo induction reality destruction. The guitars are heavy and grinding, ringing out with a shimmering Hammond; simply stunning musicianship.

Aphrodite features the crystalline vocals of Heidi Engel, so incredible on the latest album, and has a spacey synth buzzing intro. The symphonic layers are joined by sporadic drumming and basslines. The guitars have a dirty sound, and I am transfixed by how Heidi sings with that bass going wild in the background. Heidi is phenomenal on this with her beautiful sexy vocals and that operatic high register she can reach. It is little wonder that the band returned to her vocals in subsequent albums.

Alien Embassy opens with layers of synth and Oxygene style washes before the bass begins and then guitar delay. Mystical multi tracked vocals enter singing about aliens, delusions, creation, chemicals, and Apollo. The bass line again is impressive, locking in as a drum tempo dominates and more guitar delay. The song gains tempo until breaking with a weird vocal over a synth pad and then a pulsating bassline. It is very atmospheric and spacey, and so are the lyrics that involve shenanigans with an alien race.

The album returns to two previous tracks providing an alternate version of each Temple in Time: iii. Soliloquy of a King (Lady in the Lake mix), and Temple in Time: iv. Camlann (Lady in the Lake mix). They are similar with some slight differences in length and musicianship.

Overall this album is as innovative and progressive as subsequent releases, with some very strong material and powerhouse vocals. The musicianship is incredible at times, and there are definitive highlights. The story revolves around the legend of King Arthur and the slaying of a dragon, including the sword on the Lake, Excalibur and other medieval themes. As a concept album it works very well, and the overall structure is powerful. The revolving door musicians of the band is as prolific as Ayreon though Ayreon always hires guest musicians as a rule. It means every album sounds different than the previous and they are all brimming over with new ideas and melodies as a collaborative unit in fine form. In any case I am enamored by the music of Persephone's Dream and I am rating this highly, that's three masterpieces to my ears along with "Pan" and "Anomalous Propagation", as it delivers what I love about prog, similarly to Ayreon.

 Anomalous Propagation by PERSEPHONE'S DREAM album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.67 | 7 ratings

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Anomalous Propagation
Persephone's Dream Heavy Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

5 stars Persephone's Dream have released their 6th album 9 years since "Pan", "Anomalous Propagation", with almost 74 minutes of pure quality prog. The album focuses on primarily the vocals of Heidi Engel who is exceptional, and some fine musicianship from Rowen Poole on guitars and synths, Chris Siegle on bass and synths, Jim Puskar on percussion, Jason English on guitars, and Laura Martin on keyboards. Band members assist on vocals also and there are a lot of harmonies which are well executed. Heidi is in fine voice with a similar style to "Pyre of Dreams" with songs such as Aphrodite. It is a polarizing album as it is not as proggy as previous releases, namely the masterpiece "Pan" that I had described in the 5 star review as "an offering of melody and dense music poured out onto a labyrinthine canvas of artistic beauty." Could this followup live up to such a glowing review? "Anomalous Propagation" is certainly progressive though less than "Pan", and it is not as conceptual as previous albums, but definitely wrapped in a pseudo conceptual framework with inter-related songs that revolve around the idea that our world is locked in a digital prison where technology has become our master and we are under constant surveillance. Surveillance, Deep Web and Rhizomatic Horizon are inter-related in this context with surveillance, secretive conspiracies and digital highway being primary within the lyrics. I contacted Rowen Poole, guitarist and band visionary, about the meaning behind the lyrics and I will reiterate some of his musings in this review.

Red Light Syndrome is referred to by Rowen as a bit of a joke reference that has been in the band for years, being "the condition one experiences when the red record light comes on and you suddenly forget everything about the parts of the song you are trying to play for the recording... it's like being under this super electron microscope, everything sounds horrible and mistakes are amplified a million times." Interesting side note that the term is found in the Urban Dictionary unbeknownst to the band. The track actually sparkles with synth building into a crescendo of drums and bass in an odd metronome signature, jarring to the ear but effective, along with the seductive breathy vocals of Heidi. Some very choppy guitar rhythms along with complex keyboards lock in and then a glorious lead break. It halts and we hear the sound mixers agony of trying to get the sound right and then Heidi trying to explain it will all be fixed in the mix. There are a lot of in house speak and jargon here that I can relate to as a musician myself in a church band, acoustic guitar, bass and now drums, and I enjoyed the innovation of allowing the listener in to this recording studio environment. It is fun to hear all this fly on the wall banter and especially the last words "only 9 more tracks to go".

Surveillance is about the CCTV that is everywhere with us being constantly under the camera eye. According to Rowen, it was actually inspired by a late night 2:00am visit to the grocery store, where he walked down an aisle in mid darkness and as he walked the lights began to come on triggered by motion sensors. He and his wife began to count the amount of cameras and there were over 250. It was a revelation that led to a conversation with the store cashier where Rowen asked if there had been that much shop lifting that they would require a massive amount of CCTV and she replied not at all, in fact there were even cameras in the break room that watch the staff. This inspired Rowen to write this song based on the constant surveillance that seems to be everywhere these days and what is the real reason for such an influx of cameras; what are they really there for and who is watching. This unsettling subject matter is enhanced by some genuinely creepy whispers and odd ramblings about being on a film set with electronic terminology and a glossary of filming terms. It is very effective to transport us into this shrouded closed in world, augmented by synths and guitars that seem to emanate from some other worldly dimension. The drums are powerful along with the repetitive guitar motif with haunting synths that reverberate. As a big fan of Toyah I was reminded of her style and I loved the hyper strange atmosphere on this track. It launches into an aggressive vocal with guitar distortion and a glorious lead guitar break that climbs into the stratosphere. Absolutely mesmirising and a definitive highlight.

Despoina's Dagger is a lengthy track clocking 10:45, with a concept about Persephone's sister Despoina, and based on a short story Rowen wrote about "a man that wakes up in a room and is, as far as he can tell, being seduced by a beautiful spy, or so he thinks." The spy is based on Marvel Comic's Black Widow, a film that is still on hold due to CoVid-19. The song moves along a powerful bass line, played like Geddy Lee, and some well executed vocals with dreamy, sexy breathy technique. The tempo changes throughout and the vocals almost battle to keep up. This is one of the more complex tracks on the album. At 4 minutes in it changes into a funky bass thump rhythm and some off sync vocals with blazing synth and drums. It gets crowded for a while until lone bass solos provide relief and a vocal section with mystical qualities. I like how the song keeps changing yet flows nicely from one idea to the next. The lyrics muse about the mystery and passion, of refined, and undefined love.

Queen of Fools is based on broken relationships, with some off sync vocals and chaotic rhythms to show the interplay between unrequited love and broken promises. Heidi sings about frozen dreams, icy relationships, fate, destiny, and visions. This is a more spiritual approach to the album with very ethereal musicianship. There is a cool marching snare rhythm and heavy breathing over a wall of synths and guitar picking. The ascending keyboards empower the song with an empathic feeling of melancholy. A very pretty piano solo chimes in with gorgeous violin strings and acoustic flourishes. Heidi moves into Nightwish opera mode in a magical interlude permeating the calming atmosphere "craving one small sign (and) hollow echoes".

Rhizomatic Horizon is another highlight about surveillance and the web are dominating society and the rhizomatic structure of it all, according to Rowen, "you can get here from anywhere and that path isn't the same path I arrived at this point either." This is a fantastic song with an incredible promo clip that makes it all the more potent. The music is a frenetic mix of dissonance and order with a great riffing guitar bouncing along a synth line. The inflection and cadence in the vocals is superb. There are some heavy distorted guitars balanced with guitar picking reverb. The outburst of keyboards and axe with new tempo rhyhms is terrific, and Heidi sings "I am everywhere" as though the internet has found a voice. There is a twin lead guitar solo with harmonics and arpeggios, Then some off kilter operatic vocals begin ascending into the highest C register, as good as Floor Jansen or Heather Findlay can reach.

Deep Web is about the darker side of internet surfing with genuine moments that made me shudder, speaking of the seamy, steamy dark web that is to be avoided but the protagonist finds themselves drawn in without escape. The lyrics speak of "encrypted limited access... beware conspiracy, spy and surveillance's eye, for the deeper you search, the more you find only in the depths of the deep web." A cautionary tale that the web can be a dark place with forbidden truths that will leave a scar on your life. Obviously a place that should not be entered.

Translucent opens with a screeching synth, footsteps and awesome bass line, then soaring twin guitars. Heidi sings with powerful resonance about "the heat and the dark of the night, deep desires, glitter and starlight, hiding in plain sight, down it goes, chasing what was once forbidden, yearning for your touch." The multi layered vocals are wonderful and I love the heavy guitar riffs and incredible rhythms of percussion and bass. The musicianship is excellent and at over 8 minutes there is plenty to love with twists and turns exemplifying a band that is really in full flight, a delight to listen to. The story behind the song involves a short story about the one person in life you want to be with, but with mixed signals things get complicated and it becomes unrequited love.

Defenestrated, Latin for thrown out the window, is based on Rowen's short story about a taxi driver sitting in his favourite bar late at night having a drink with a frequent denizen of the joint, reminiscing about life and a mysterious, attractive woman he encountered in the Burbs who may or may not be a spy. It open with a synth soundscape, a steady tempo and vocals that seduce in their cadence. A blistering lead guitar is a highlight akin to Andy Latimer or Steve Hackett; amazing indeed in its soaring power. It gets cacaphonic towards the end and hyper fast with some sensational fret work.

Love is a love story of sorts with male and female vocals, an interplay of emotions, and even a raspy vocal as the aggression sinks in. There are distorted guitars and relentless drum rhythms that cause a dissonant scape, jarringly appropriate as the lovers argue.

Candlelight is a song that sounds like Mostly Autumn for a moment with female vocal intonations over a guitar reverb. The lyrics are purely about the way a candle flickers is akin to a metaphor for life, as an ember, glowing, flickering, then being snuffed out, "a light to guide us on our way". A hypnotic guitar motif drives the song, until a new tempo locks in faster and more urgent, and Heidi becomes more enraged, "will you follow the darkness, empty and hollow". There is a break and another rhythm comes in till it returns to the beginning riff, bringing the song to its conclusion.

Principle Amor is a short stab of prog at 2:10, with a grandiose bass line and pounding percussion, till Heidi's vocals and a guitar breaks through. Heidi sounds breathless and acts as a temptress singing of the principle of love, or is that lust? An odd way to close the album, but there is a bonus track with Surveillance NSA Mix, a different version of Surveillance and one worth hearing; its such a great song.

The band released two excellent promo videos with Surveillance and Rhizomatic Horizon that are definitely worth having a look at. Overall this new release by Pan's Labyrinth is one of the best albums of the year and a real grower; with every listen it becomes more powerful and I really grew to enjoy the vocal work of Heidi and the endearing melodies. I rate this high because it really resonates with all that I love about prog; innovative interchanging time sigs, powerful lyrics, gorgeous vocals and heavy concepts layered with virtuoso musicianship. Now I am going to immerse myself in the Persephone's Dream back catalogue. There is so much to love about this wonderful band.

 Def髍mica by DEFORMICA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.33 | 9 ratings

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Def髍mica
Deformica Heavy Prog

Review by Heart of the Matter

3 stars Beyond the Crimsonesque air already noticed in this band by several reviewers, the opener to this album sounds immediately as "Larks tongues in aspic, part... (you name it)", which is not bad, at all, and even less coming to this from the progressive quarters. Carrying on from that promising start, the subsequent development of the completely instrumental proceedings never dissapoint the attentive listener, boasting tight and impresive rhythmic complexity, with constant and interesting changes in metrics as well as in accent. Also the melodic and harmonic dimensions contribute to wrap and keep you engaged, with a good measure of jazzy and even psychedelic sophistication. Not new, yet very good prog music.
 Omens by ELDER album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.62 | 57 ratings

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Omens
Elder Heavy Prog

Review by higi88

3 stars Omens by Elder is their most progressive album up to date. It gives a true space/psych journey trough the entire album. The first song on the album Omens immediately tells us that we are embarking on a dramatic journey. It's almost like a soundtrack to a sci-fi movie, where we travel to outer space and coming across various obstacles that we have to endure to get to that final destination. The music has all the elements of Heavy space psych, prog, heavy riffing with some influences of stoner rock/metal, melodic parts with nice keyboards, at times it gives us a little bit of that retro feel but all in all very modern sounding. 3,5 stars
 StarStuff by OVRFWRD album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.13 | 15 ratings

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StarStuff
Ovrfwrd Heavy Prog

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A few years ago, I had the great pleasure of reviewing OVRFWRD's "Fantasy Absent Reason" album. Of a handful of albums I had been asked to review, that one stood out as the most memorable. More recently I reviewed "Blurring the Lines", which is an album I felt showed OVRFWRD reaching their pinnacle. Now this new release has been out for several months and I finally put my reviewer ears on and gave it an attentive listen. Would the band be able to at least do as well as on their incredible previous album?

From the first two tracks, I determine there is a decided seventies feel. It's the rumbling organ in the opening track and the flute in the second track that are the main reasons for impression. OVRFWRD aren't necessarily a retro-prog band and until now have sounded like a modern heavy prog band with the talent of a seventies classic band. But on this album so far, I feel there is a strong presence of the sounds of the seventies.

That changes for track 3, the title track. Now we are in more familiar OVRFWRD territory with powerful, slowly-building music that builds in tension and suspense. My minds eye filled with images of a grad tour of a nebula or the view of a probe landing on an exoplanet. "Starstuff" indeed! This band knows how to create an sonic impression.

One of the things that impressed me on their previous albums and I feel very strongly here once again is the band's tight cohesion. Whether it's a keyboard solo or a guitar solo, or simply the power of instrumental rock, all members are fully onboard contributing to the music in the best way. The rhythm section keeps things anchored while the lead instruments take turns adding flair to the solid rhythm guitars and keyboards. The members gel together perfectly to create music that you can sink right into.

"Daybreak" is a short piano solo composition that seems to hint at Pink Floyd and Chicago, c.1970 without sounding exactly like either. And then we get "Zathras", which is OVRFWRD's specialty instrumental style: beautiful yet developing an unsettling atmosphere that at first is eerie and then evolves with building tension.

I was made to think of Dixie Dreggs during "From Parts Unknown". It's a super track with beautiful piano that goes straight to one's soul. And this is where we reach the problem with the album: It's already over! At only 39 minutes, "Starstuff" is a thrilling joyride that ends way too soon! There are only two options: play the album again or go back and listen an older album like "Blurring the Lines" or "Fantasy Absent Reason".

I'd give this album four and a half stars if could. A heavy prog instrumental band, OVRFWRD is a band many prog fans should be checking out!

 Love's Bright Light by KALEIDOREAL album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Love's Bright Light
Kaleidoreal Heavy Prog

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars KALEIDOREAL is the brainchild of Lars Granat, a progressive rock aficionado and multi-talented guy from Sweden. Definitely an allrounder, one can say, because he handles diverse instruments, composes, produces, and after all offers a decent singing voice on top. Thus he has the possibility to manage almost everything on his own. A benefit in many cases, especially if you're intending to produce an album which is running highly personal. And so, on this occasion in 2020, he deals with something very important in life, his family. This means the project KALEIDOREAL returns with a concept, and as a solo outfit in the strictest sense.

Here we have a unit that needs attention from the first to the last minute, necessarily should be taken in one go. The album is consisting of seven songs with 55 minutes playing time in total. A gentle balladesque start with piano and acoustic guitar, but soon you will notice what's going on furthermore. Technically prolific, the ambitious concept showcases complex and melodic heavy rock compositions, without any lapse. The absolute album highlight comes last, the title track. Lively bass lines, and great organ play as well as lovely Mellotron snippets in between.

Lyrically seen this is not a case for everybody probably, though musically and on the production side there's nothing to be desired, really. No, the progressive rock genre won't run dry. As long as new musicians like Lars Granat are appearing on the scene again and again, who will continue to deliver such passionate music stuff. Admittedly 'Love's Bright Light' is announced to be the final KALEIDOREAL statement. But he already has new plans and ideas how to go further with a real band.

 The Secret of Our Time by SIENA ROOT album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.06 | 14 ratings

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The Secret of Our Time
Siena Root Heavy Prog

Review by higi88

4 stars Siena Root was always regarded as one of those bands who bring that retro heavy prog/psych/ sound, starting from their first album to stellar A Dream Of Lasting Peace. With The Secret of Our Time we still have that lovely retro sound, with great Hammond organ driven riffs but this time with female vocals. Lead vocalist Zubaid Solid sings her heart out, her dynamic singing style and the ability to change her voice from a lower to bold and bombastic range and also vocals from Lisa Lystam give this hard and heavy band a true refreshment in their sound. I must admit that it took me a little while to get use to this new formation of Siena Root but when I did I was so glad that I gave this album another chance. It has it all from great rhythm section, heavy hammond and guitar driven riffs and solos, great lyrics. It gives a mellow, cosmic vibe feeling, but with that heavy prog sound with some blues elements.
 Madness and Magic by ARABS IN ASPIC album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.76 | 92 ratings

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Madness and Magic
Arabs In Aspic Heavy Prog

Review by higi88

4 stars Arabs In Aspic released their new album Madness and Magic in 2020 and it's their sixth studio effort. I must say that this band from their first album, Far Out In Aradabia to this last one delivers fantastic sound driven by heavy organ. What is really interesting about this album is that they took a more acoustic approach, but still followed by the mighty Hammond, and roaring riffs (Lullaby for Modern Kids, Part 1 is a great showcase of true heavy prog sound), Heaven in Your Eye is a prog epic on this album and it delivered all the trademark sounds of this band. This album brings a fantastic voyage trough the mysterious land of AIA, filled with, as the title of the album said madness and magic.
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2112 Argentina
41POINT9 United States
4X United Kingdom
99 NAMES OF GOD United States
ABASH Italy
ABIGAIL'S GHOST United States
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