Leprous – Malina (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leprous - Malina - Album Cover2017 will be a good year for Progressive and Alternative Rock and Metal. And I have a feeling that some of them players will end up on the 2017 Top 10 Records list.

Increased sophistication seems to be the game these days, too. Away from heavy-handed djent-ism to more refined shores. So much so that some bands lose their metal chops and reinvent themselves in pop and some tastier versions of rock. The last example is the late To The Bone from Steven Wilson. And no, it did not go pop, but sports some sort of Progressive Rock [...] Click to raid more!

Haken – Affinity (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Haken - Affinity - Album CoverOne of the most popular kids on the metal block these days is Progressive Metal. The style in its rocky incarnation has been around for a while, of course. Just think about old rock bands like Jethro Tull, Kansas or Uriah Heep, who got famous by not adjusting to the norm. Just to name a very few.

Over the last years some sort of renaissance saw the light of day in the prog genre. Not all is good and groovy, though. Frankly, you need to beware of many bands that adorn themselves with the accoutrements of Progressive [...] Click to raid more!

Zierler – ESC (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Zierler - ESC - Album CoverYou think you found your Progressive nirvana with Guilt Machine, Leprous, Ayreon or Opeth? 

Well, nope.

ESC delivers better. Right? Or worse depending how you look at it. Or more complex? Too complex? All of the above?

Or nothing at all of value.

Well, this is the confused message this record projects at the first listen until you wrap your mind around it. And it will improve with age. You just need to give it some time to mature – like old wine. And as you progress, you will discover new bits and pieces.

But will the [...] Click to raid more!