Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day (2009) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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The album On This Perfect Day from Arjen Lucassen‘s Progressive Metal project Guilt Machine feels vaguely familiar. It constantly plays stuff we may have heard somewhere. Bits of sound that waft over here from the past, ideas that float by like long gone echoes of things that are not quite tangible. Yet, they never really manifest themselves and show their colors.

So, could it be that it is the concept and this retro coloring of technologies long out of fashion that gets us this impression?

Because this record is much more complex than … [...] Click to raid more!

Leprous – Malina (2017) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leprous - Malina - Album Cover 2017 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 [...] Click to raid more!

The Vicious Head Society – Abject Tomorrow (2017) – Review

Last updated on 26 May 2021

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I already was a big fan of the complicated sound compilations of Progressive Rock and Metal way back in time. A time when music was only fun and games.

Seriously.

And I am not only thinking of the early records of the ’70s, but also of what happened later in the ’80s, when AC/DC and the NWoBHM ruled. Yet, the progressive folks kind of dwelled at the edge of this particular swamp of their own making.

Just transport yourself way back to bands like Styx, early Kansas, the corny old [...] Click to raid more!

Haken – Affinity (2016) – Review

Last updated on 2 October 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Haken - Affinity - Album Cover One 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 [...] Click to raid more!