Prog

Artist: 
Aquaserge
Label: 
CRAMMED DISCS

Aquaserge plays Zeuhl-influenced music. Zeuhl is a combination of Jazz and Progressive Rock, invented by French-Prog band Magma in the 1970s and sung in a made up language called Kobaïan. It's pretty much the most niche genre to ever exist (wikipedia lists 8 other Zeuhl bands total) but it's also very memorable. I can't find anything online to back up my assertion, but they have to be a little influenced by it.

Sounds Like: 
Magma
Sounds Like: 
Serge Gainsbourg
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Sounds Like: 
Stereolab
Sounds Like: 
Fela Kuti
Sounds Like: 
Fire! Orchestra
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
Thanks Light
Label: 
Self-Released

This psych record has some of the worst guitar tones ever recorded for a psych record. How could they do this to their music? The songwriting elements are all there. The bridges are great, the vocals are solid, the drums sound killer, but the guitar sound ruins it all!!!! 

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala but worse
Name: 
Isabelle Tuli
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Thee Oh Sees
Label: 
Castle Face Records

Thee Oh Sees are a garage rock band from San Francisco, and over the past few years they have become increasingly prolific. An Odd Entrances was recorded as a follow up piece to A Weird Exits, and was released three months after. This record was very psychedelic and almost prog-rock, but without being in your face compared to A Weird Exits. The album opens with "You Will Find it Here," a guitar driven song that leads into "The Poem," a fairly mellow track that is one of my favorites on the album.

Sounds Like: 
Claypool Lennon Delirium
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
The Claypool Lennon Delirium
Label: 
Prawn Song Records and Chimera Music

Les Claypool and Sean Lennon in a prog-rock jam band. Claypool is very virtuosic, and that shows through. The complexity of the instrumentation can be good, but at times it feels very jumbled and forced. Most of the songs are very exploratory, and do not seem to stand together as a cohesive unit. However, the songs like Cricket and the Genie- Movement I, and Boomerang Baby that sound like more avant Primus songs are very good.

Sounds Like: 
Tool
Sounds Like: 
Primus
Name: 
William Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
Artist: 
Pinkshinyultrablast
Label: 
Club AC30

         I'd always known about Pinkshinyultrablast, stumbling upon their 2009 EP 'Happy Songs for Happy Zombies' while trawling the shoegazy depths of Bandcamp, Sputnikmusic, Discogs, etc. and had assumed that they were a continuously working band.

Sounds Like: 
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Sounds Like: 
My Bloody Valentine
Sounds Like: 
Swervedriver
Sounds Like: 
Galaxie 500
Sounds Like: 
Torche
Sounds Like: 
The Psychic Paramount
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2016
Artist: 
Heaven's Cry
Label: 
Prosthetic Records

This CD is Heaven’s Cry second reissued album. It features their characteristic layered sound, with three guitars and vocalists. Structurally, the songs are pretty standard power metal. However, the interesting combinations of guitars, vocals, synthesizers, and keyboards make for a more enjoyable and unique listening experience. All of the vocals are clean (No cookie monsters/teenage screams), and it’s overall not very heavy. The first two tracks are very reminiscent of Train of Thought by Dream Theater.

Sounds Like: 
Angra
Sounds Like: 
Dream Theater
Name: 
Alex Block
Date Reviewed: 
12/03/2013
Artist: 
Stratovarius
Label: 
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Stratovarius is back, or at least as here as they've ever been. They've always been a bit overrated as a prog/power band, but they're easily digestible and fun. This album is no exception, and marks a return to their more stylized sound from their artistic peak. In particular, the keyboard and guitars were excellent. I'd say this is fairly solid prog/power, but they really display minimal creative range.

4/5 (generously)

Sounds Like: 
Angra
Sounds Like: 
At Vance
Name: 
Alex Block
Date Reviewed: 
03/04/2013
Artist: 
Circle II Circle
Label: 
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Circle II Circle was created by former Savatage vocalist, Zak Stevens. Although I'm not a big fan of Savatage, I think he should have stuck with them. This album is boring and low-fi. The first thing I noticed when listening to it is how terribly it was recorded and mastered. It honestly sounds like it was recorded by amateurs onto a cassette tape in the 1980s. The vocals, in particular, suffered from this. The songs themselves are decent, but nothing new. The piano and some guitar riffs were the highlights of the album for me.

Sounds Like: 
Savatage
Sounds Like: 
Angra
Name: 
Alex Block
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2013
Artist: 
Kamelot
Label: 
SPV Records

This is a fantastic new Kamelot (concept) album that marks their return to form after their mediocre "Poetry for the Poisoned" release in 2010. Although they have lost the esteemed Roy Khan, this album sounds extremely similar to prior releases such as "Ghost Opera," "The Black Halo," and "Epica." It's also the only other album of their discography to reach the quality of these three masterpiece albums. Basically, if you like Kamelot, you'll almost certainly like this album.

Sounds Like: 
Avantasia
Sounds Like: 
Symphony X
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