The Essential prog metal albums

 
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    • 10 août 2011, 0h03m

    The Essential prog metal albums

    What would you suggest are the essential prog metal albums:

    I'll start with: Dream Theater 'Images and Words'

    Your turn! :)

  • Threshold - Wounded Land

  • Nice thread. Very briefly, all my Prog metal essentials
    definitely include :

    Dream Theater:
    - Awake,
    - Metropolis pt2 : Scenes From a Memory
    - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
    - Images and Words

    Queensryche:
    - Operation: Mindcrime
    - Promised Land
    - Rage For Order

    Fates Warning:
    - Parallels
    - A pleasant Shade of Gray
    - Perfect Symmetry

    Psychotic Waltz:
    - A Social Grace
    - Into The Everflow

    Pain of Salvation:
    - Remedy Lane
    - A Perfect Element pt.1

    Ayreon - The Human Equation (concept prog)
    Watchtower- Control And Resistance (benchmark for thrash-prog)
    Opeth - Damnation (very prog-rockish though)
    Mekong Delta - Visions Fugitives (classical influences)
    Shadow Gallery - Carved in Stone & Tyranny (must)
    Sieges Even - A Sense of Change & Sophisticated ( the best german prog)
    Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors (only 1 black metal song, the others are prog)
    Soul Cages- Moments
    Porcupine Tree - In Absentia (prog rock & metal hybrid)
    Jester's March - Beyond
    Symphony X - The Divine Wings of Tragedy (power-progish)
    Last Crack - Burning Time
    Conception - Flow (lots of synths)
    Winds - The Imaginary Direction of Time (lots of violins)
    House Of Spirits - both
    Enchant- Juggling 9 or Dropping 10
    Ark - both (fusion prog)
    Eternity X - The Edge (concept prog)
    Age of Silence - Accelaration (norwegian prog)
    ANDROMEDA- II=I (swedish prog)
    Depressive Age- Electric Scum (crazy prog)
    Magnitude 9- Reality in Focus (Dream Theater clone prog)
    Poverty's No Crime- The Electric Chaos (same)
    Ivanhoe - Visions and Reality (same)
    Saviour Machine- 1st (christian prog)
    Superior- Younique (atheist prog)
    Orphaned Land- Mabool (hebrew/jewish prog)
    Naked Sun - S/T
    Xerxes - Beyond My Imagination (poetic prog)
    Kinetic Dissent - I Will Fight No More Forever (thrash-prog)
    Eldrich - El Nino (crazy prog)
    Riverside - Out Of Myself
    Heir Apparent- One Small Voice
    Arena - Contagion (more keyboards than usual)
    Spiral Architect - A Skeptic's Universe (tech prog)
    Mayfair - Behind (thrash-prog)
    Devin Townsend - Physicist (industrial prog)
    Secrecy - Art In Motion (thrashy edge)
    Green Carnation- Light Of Day Day Of Darkness (atmospheric prog)
    Vauxdvihl- To Dimension Logic ('ryche prog)
    Control Denied- The Fragile Art Of Existence (Chuck prog)
    Spastic Ink - Ink Compatible (math prog)

    Also, by a quick look and alphabetical BBcode artist extraction in my Prog metal mp3 library I find whole albums from other decent progressive metal bands like :

    Akphaezya,
    Anasazi,
    Anubis Gate,
    Aghora,
    Ice Age,
    All Too Human,
    Anacrusis,
    Aphelion,
    Appearance of Nothing,
    Art Of Simplicity,
    Beyond Twilight,
    Black Wings,
    Blind Ego,
    Brave,
    Canvas Solaris,
    Cea Serin,
    Chaoswave,
    Clockwork,
    Communic,
    Guilt Machine,
    Dali's Dilemma,
    Dead Soul Tribe,
    Daedalus,
    Dark Suns,
    Divided Multitude,
    Dreams of Sanity,
    Defyance,
    Degree Absolute,
    Dimension 34,
    Divine Regale,
    Dreamlost,
    Egoist,
    Eclipse Hunter,
    Echoes of Eternity,
    Elegant Simplicity,
    Elegy,
    Empyria,
    Equal Vector,
    Eye 2 Eye,
    Exhope,
    Eyefear,
    Factory Of Art,
    Fragile Vastness,
    Frameshift,
    Giant Squid,
    Gordian Knot,
    Harmony,
    Horizon's End,
    Humanoid,
    Illusion Suite,
    Infinite Horizon,
    Inner Strength,
    Into Eternity,
    Kayo Dot,
    Last Warning,
    Lemur Voice,
    Linear Sphere,
    Lethal,
    Magellan,
    MASTERMIND,
    Metamorphosis,
    Millenium,
    Mind Colour,
    Mindkey,
    Mindfeed,
    Mind Odyssey,
    Mind's Eye,
    Oblivion Sun,
    Pagan's Mind,
    Parallel Mind,
    Periphery,
    Pantommind,
    Pressure Points,
    Presto Vivace,
    Prisma,
    Progressivexperience,
    RC2,
    Redemption,
    Retrospective,
    Reversion,
    Sandalinas,
    Sanvoisen,
    Satellite,
    Scale the Summit,
    Section A,
    Seven Gates,
    Silent Memorial,
    Sinfonia,
    Six Minute Century,
    Spaced Out,
    Spheric Universe Experience,
    Subterranean Masquerade,
    Symbiosis,
    Syrinx,
    Talamasca,
    Tempus Fugit,
    Tesserakt,
    The Algorithm,
    The Arkitecht,
    The Postman Syndrome,
    Thinking Plague,
    Thought Chamber,
    Tiles,
    Tomorrow's Eve,
    Touchstone,
    Vanden Plas,
    Vanishing Point,
    Veil of Maya,
    Vougan,
    Wastefall,
    World of Silence,
    Xerath,
    Xystus,
    Zero Hour,
    7for4,

    I put the above mainly for reference. Now regarding prog metal cross-breeds with other genres, here are my selected :
    Prog-Power metal cross-breed essentials:

    Angra - Angels Cry & Holy Land
    Conception - In Your Multitude
    Crimson Glory - Transcendence
    Time Machine - Act II (Italian prog-power)
    Royal Hunt - Paradox (Danish prog)
    Evergrey - Recreation Day (Swedish prog)
    Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
    Kamelot - Karma (very power-y though)
    Savatage - Gutter Ballet (more heavy metal than prog)
    Iron Maiden - 7th son of a 7th son (melodic prog-heavy-power)

    I could go on indefinitely, but you get an idea. Also, Tool, albeit influential, obviously possess an alternative hard rock edge and according to some standards, they are not quite what I would call Prog Metal. Hence, I didn't thoroughly mentioned neither Tool-like Alternative hard rock with Prog metal hybrids (e.g. Dregd, Rishloo, Inducti) nor any other generic prog-metal cross-breeds like:

    - Prog-Post-Metal/Sludge (Isis, Neurosis, Cult of Luna, Callisto).
    Lengthy complex songs there, some odd signatures every now and even, but a LOT of repetitiveness, typical of doom bands. Lyrically abstract and more close to post rock and 'core bands. Very little aesthetic relevance to classic prog metal.

    - Prog-Death metal and Prog-Industrial metal
    Everything with growling vocals is not included in my main list for classification reasons. The best albums in this category include:
    Cynic - 'Focus' or Opeth - 'Still Life' & 'Blackwater park'.
    Others like Coroner, Ephel Duath, Atheist, Dark Tranquility, Strapping Young Lad or Meshuggah can also claim some prog relevance, yet they are more close to their original genres (industrial or death metal or whatever ) in all means.

    - Prog-Avant-garde-Black metal (Borknagar, In The Woods...,Vintersorg, Ved Buens Ende, Fleurety, Ihsahn, Solefald, Enslaved etc.)
    Generally, most of those are (ex)-Black metalheads that have listened and appreciated quite a lot of 70's-Progressive rock and with a hinch of Scandinavic Folk. Lyrics are mostly typical of viking metal bands (Pagan mythology etc.) but may include Album concepts, scientific or avant-garde and abstract elements. Other major bands in the genre like Sigh, Vulture Industries or Dismal Euphony are clearly influenced by horror movies as well.

    - Prog Gothic-Atmospheric metal and Prog Doom metal (Katatonia, Amorphis,early Anathema,early The Gathering, Green Carnation, Agalloch)
    The music and arrangements might be at times complex and lengthy, but the lyrics are at 95% mostly typical of goth bands. Constant obsession about love, pain, loss, life, and/or death. Not necessarily bad or good, it depends on the album and each band's period.

    - I also did not mention any other fusion or whatever other innumerable cross-breeds (e.g Dream Theater member projects, which are way too many to count)

    Cheers,
    Neue


    P.S.-
    Since Theshold's - 'Wounded Land' was mentioned, I own the limited CD edition of that album, and in the linear notes it says that the concept was clearly influenced by an environmentally concerned literature. Similar environmental concerns are dealt in Pain Of Salvation's - 'One Hour by The Concrete Lake' where Daniel spoke about the nuclear environmental damage. If you are interested check my environmentally related 'Paradox' video from Wounded Land, I made it and put it here in my Youtube channel. Cheers again.

    Modifié par Neue_regel_ le 23 août 2011, 3h46m
  • Oh, that's a GREAT post, BIG THANKS, man, also for Threshold!

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