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No doubt, this could be a cause for arguement hehe.

YES

Close to the Edge

GENESIS

Selling England By The Pound

JETHRO TULL

Thick As A Brick

PINK FLOYD

Dark Side of the Moon

GENESIS

Foxtrot

PINK FLOYD

Wish You Were Here

KING CRIMSON

In the Court of the Crimson King

GENESIS

The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

YES

Fragile

RUSH

Moving Pictures

GENESIS

Nursery Cryme

KING CRIMSON

Red

RUSH

Hemispheres

YES

Relayer

CAMEL

The Snow Goose

DREAM THEATER

Scenes From A Memory Metropolis Part II

KING CRIMSON

Larks' Tongues in Aspic

PINK FLOYD

Animals

CARAVAN

In the Land of Grey and Pink

GENTLE GIANT

In a Glass House

CAMEL

Mirage

GENTLE GIANT

Octopus

VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR

Pawn Hearts

JETHRO TULL

Aqualung

VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR

Godbluff

VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR

Still Life

PINK FLOYD

Meddle

MARILLION

Script for a Jester's Tear

YES

The YES Album

CAMEL

Moonmadness

RUSH

A Farewell to Kings

DREAM THEATER

Images And Words

SUPERTRAMP

Crime of the Century

PINK FLOYD

The Wall

VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR

H to He, Who Am the Only One

OPETH

Ghost Reveries

GENTLE GIANT

The Power And The Glory

ANGLAGARD

Hybris

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER (ELP)

Brain Salad Surgery

GENTLE GIANT

Playing The Fool - The Official Live

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER (ELP)

Emerson, Lake and Palmer

PORCUPINE TREE

In Absentia

MARILLION

Misplaced Childhood

RUSH

2112

RUSH

Permanent Waves

GENTLE GIANT

Free Hand

PORCUPINE TREE

Coma Divine Live

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER (ELP)

Trilogy

HACKETT, STEVE

Voyage of the Acolyte

GENESIS

A Trick Of The Tail

MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA

Birds of Fire

PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM)

Per Un Amico

GENESIS

Seconds Out

GENTLE GIANT

Three Friends

YES

Yessongs

AYREON

The Human Equation

YES

Going for the One

PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM)

Storia Di Un Minuto

OLDFIELD, MIKE

Tubular Bells

FOCUS

Hamburger Concerto

WAKEMAN, RICK

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

DREAM THEATER

Awake

PORCUPINE TREE

The Sky Moves Sideways

MUSEO ROSENBACH

Zarathustra

TOOL

Lateralus

GENESIS

Trespass

PAIN OF SALVATION

Remedy Lane

ORME, LE

Felona e Sorona

PAIN OF SALVATION

The Perfect Element Part 1

LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT

Liquid Tension Experiment 2

PARSONS PROJECT, ALAN

Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe

IQ

Ever

JETHRO TULL

Songs From The Wood

OPETH

Blackwater Park

GENESIS

Wind And Wuthering

HAMMILL, PETER

The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage

HATFIELD AND THE NORTH

The Rotters' Club

QUEENSRYCHE

Operation: Mindcrime

PHOENIX

Cantofabule

BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO

Darwin!

BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO

Io Sono Nato Libero

GONG

Radio Gnome Invisible Vol. 2 - Angel's Egg

OLDFIELD, MIKE

Ommadawn

FOCUS

Moving Waves

GENTLE GIANT

Acquiring The Taste

TOWNSEND, DEVIN

Terria

BALLETTO DI BRONZO, IL

Ys

SPOCK'S BEARD

V

HARMONIUM

Si on avait besoin d'une 5ime Saison

OPETH

Still Life

GRYPHON

Red Queen to Gryphon Three

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER (ELP)

Tarkus

UK

U.K.

HATFIELD AND THE NORTH

Hatfield and the North

RUSH

Different Stages - Live

PORCUPINE TREE

Stupid Dream

DREAM THEATER

Live Scenes From New York

ZAPPA, FRANK

Hot Rats

ARENA

Contagion

ARENA

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And, the top 100 Prog metal albums...

Avant-Prog

Symphonic Prog

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All Genres

Specify the list album type:

Studio Album

DVD / Video

Boxset / Compilation

Live

Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo

All Albums Types

Thanks to Fitzcarraldo for the idea and to MikeEnRegalia for the LOG-based algorithm

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Rank Covers Year Ratings Artist / Title Genre / Album Type

1 1999 4.32

(219 ratings) DREAM THEATER

Scenes From A Memory Metropolis Part II Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

2 1992 4.26

(175 ratings) DREAM THEATER

Images And Words Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

3 2005 4.53

(57 ratings) OPETH

Ghost Reveries Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

4 2004 4.31

(86 ratings) AYREON

The Human Equation Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

5 1994 4.23

(108 ratings) DREAM THEATER

Awake Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

6 2001 4.36

(64 ratings) TOOL

Lateralus Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

7 2002 4.35

(62 ratings) PAIN OF SALVATION

Remedy Lane Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

8 2001 4.42

(48 ratings) PAIN OF SALVATION

The Perfect Element Part 1 Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

9 1999 4.36

(59 ratings) LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT

Liquid Tension Experiment 2 Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

10 2001 4.38

(50 ratings) OPETH

Blackwater Park Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

11 1988 4.30

(64 ratings) QUEENSRYCHE

Operation: Mindcrime Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

12 2001 4.58

(24 ratings) TOWNSEND, DEVIN

Terria Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

13 1999 4.43

(37 ratings) OPETH

Still Life Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

14 2001 4.39

(41 ratings) DREAM THEATER

Live Scenes From New York Progressive Metal

(Live)

15 2005 3.90

(278 ratings) DREAM THEATER

Octavarium Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

16 1994 4.69

(16 ratings) CYNIC

Focus Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

17 1990 4.54

(24 ratings) PSYCHOTIC WALTZ

A Social Grace Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

18 2000 4.35

(43 ratings) SYMPHONY X

V: The New Mythology Suite Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

19 2002 4.10

(104 ratings) DREAM THEATER

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

20 2004 4.24

(58 ratings) RIVERSIDE

Out Of Myself Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

21 1998 4.33

(43 ratings) AYREON

Into The Electric Castle Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

22 1998 4.75

(12 ratings) CHROMA KEY

Dead Air for Radios Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

23 1997 4.67

(15 ratings) FATES WARNING

A Pleasant Shade Of Grey Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

24 2002 4.58

(19 ratings) THRESHOLD

Critical Mass Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

25 2003 4.22

(60 ratings) OPETH

Damnation Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

26 2005 4.34

(38 ratings) SHADOW GALLERY

Room V Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

27 2001 4.46

(26 ratings) ARK (NOR)

Burn The Sun Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

28 1999 4.44

(27 ratings) PAIN OF SALVATION

One Hour By The Concrete Lake Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

29 1992 4.43

(28 ratings) PSYCHOTIC WALTZ

Into The Everflow Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

30 1991 4.69

(13 ratings) FATES WARNING

Parallels Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

31 2002 4.22

(55 ratings) SYMPHONY X

The Odyssey Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

32 2004 4.38

(32 ratings) PAIN OF SALVATION

12:5 Progressive Metal

(Live)

33 1997 4.38

(32 ratings) SYMPHONY X

The Divine Wings of Tragedy Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

34 1998 4.27

(44 ratings) LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT

Liquid Tension Experiment Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

35 2004 4.30

(40 ratings) DREAM THEATER

Live at Budokan Progressive Metal

(DVD / Video)

36 1988 4.64

(14 ratings) CRIMSON GLORY

Transcendence Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

37 2005 5.00

(5 ratings) ARCTURUS

Sideshow Symphonies Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

38 1996 4.67

(12 ratings) PSYCHOTIC WALTZ

Bleeding Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

39 1986 4.56

(16 ratings) FATES WARNING

Awaken The Guardian Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

40 2004 4.17

(54 ratings) PAIN OF SALVATION

Be Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

41 2004 4.34

(29 ratings) DREAM THEATER

Live at Budokan Progressive Metal

(Live)

42 2001 4.47

(19 ratings) THRESHOLD

Hypothetical Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

43 2005 4.57

(14 ratings) PAIN OF SALVATION

Be Live Progressive Metal

(DVD / Video)

44 2004 4.41

(22 ratings) EVERGREY

The Inner Circle Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

45 2000 4.36

(25 ratings) SPIRAL ARCHITECT

A Sceptic's Universe Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

46 1996 4.32

(28 ratings) TOOL

nima Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

47 2004 4.31

(29 ratings) THRESHOLD

Subsurface Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

48 1995 4.64

(11 ratings) CONCEPTION

In Your Multitude Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

49 2002 5.00

(4 ratings) SUPERIOR

Ultima Ratio Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

50 1995 4.47

(17 ratings) SHADOW GALLERY

Carved In Stone Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

51 1997 4.83

(6 ratings) ROYAL HUNT

Paradox Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

52 2005 4.38

(21 ratings) KAMELOT

The Black Halo Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

53 2001 4.38

(21 ratings) GREEN CARNATION

Light of Day, Day of Darkness Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

54 2002 4.30

(27 ratings) OPETH

Deliverance Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

55 1998 4.32

(25 ratings) SHADOW GALLERY

Tyranny Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

56 2001 4.67

(9 ratings) SYMPHONY X

Live on the Edge of Forever Progressive Metal

(Live)

57 1989 4.47

(15 ratings) SAVATAGE

Gutter Ballet Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

58 1997 4.33

(21 ratings) PAIN OF SALVATION

Entropia Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

59 1995 4.71

(7 ratings) ROYAL HUNT

Moving Target Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

60 1998 4.71

(7 ratings) FATES WARNING

Still Life Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

61 2004 4.50

(12 ratings) SPASTIC INK

Ink Compatible Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

62 2001 4.46

(13 ratings) ANDROMEDA

Extension of the Wish Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

63 1999 4.63

(8 ratings) ICE AGE

The Great Divide Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

64 1997 4.40

(15 ratings) RHAPSODY

Legendary Tales Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

65 2004 4.35

(17 ratings) THERION

Lemuria Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

66 1990 4.23

(22 ratings) QUEENSRYCHE

Empire Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

67 1995 4.67

(6 ratings) SIEGES EVEN

Sophisticated Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

68 2003 4.67

(6 ratings) STAR ONE

Live On Earth (CD/DVD) Progressive Metal

(Live)

69 1998 4.31

(16 ratings) SYMPHONY X

Twilight in Olympus Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

70 1989 4.36

(14 ratings) FATES WARNING

Perfect Symmetry Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

71 1999 5.00

(2 ratings) CLOCKWORK

Surface Tension Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

72 1985 5.00

(2 ratings) WATCHTOWER

Energetic Disassembly Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

73 1992 5.00

(2 ratings) ROYAL HUNT

Land of Broken Hearts Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

74 2004 5.00

(2 ratings) ORPHANED LAND

Mabool - The Story of The Three Sons of Seven Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

75 1998 5.00

(2 ratings) AGALLOCH

Pale Folklore Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

76 2001 5.00

(2 ratings) AGALLOCH

Of Stone, Wind, and Pillor Progressive Metal

(Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo)

77 2002 5.00

(2 ratings) AGALLOCH

The Mantle Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

78 2005 5.00

(2 ratings) SIEGES EVEN

The Art Of Navigating By The Stars Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

79 2005 5.00

(2 ratings) STREAM OF PASSION

Embrace The Storm Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

80 2004 5.00

(2 ratings) PECCATUM

Lost In Reverie Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

81 2001 5.00

(2 ratings) LACRIMOSA

Fassade Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

82 1998 5.00

(2 ratings) LACRIMOSA

Live Progressive Metal

(Live)

83 1986 4.17

(23 ratings) QUEENSRYCHE

Rage For Order Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

84 2000 4.57

(7 ratings) THERION

Deggial Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

85 1991 4.57

(7 ratings) SAVATAGE

Streets - A Rock Opera Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

86 1997 4.57

(7 ratings) IN THE WOODS

Omnio Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

87 1988 4.57

(7 ratings) VOIVOD

Dimension Hatross Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

88 1994 4.19

(21 ratings) QUEENSRYCHE

Promised Land Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

89 1996 4.20

(20 ratings) ANGRA

Holy Land Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

90 1994 4.75

(4 ratings) VAUXDVIHL

To Dimension Logic Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

91 1995 4.75

(4 ratings) SAVATAGE

Ghost in the Ruins / Final Bell Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

92 1995 4.75

(4 ratings) PAYNE'S GRAY

Kadath Decoded Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

93 1996 4.75

(4 ratings) ROYAL HUNT

Live 1996 Progressive Metal

(Live)

94 1999 4.50

(8 ratings) LEMUR VOICE

Divided Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

95 1991 4.50

(8 ratings) VOIVOD

Angel Rat Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

96 2000 4.50

(8 ratings) RHAPSODY

Dawn Of Victory Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

97 1998 4.50

(8 ratings) THERION

Vovin Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

98 2001 4.50

(8 ratings) MATRAZ

Tiempo Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

99 1994 4.50

(8 ratings) PSYCHOTIC WALTZ

Mosquito Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

100 1991 4.50

(8 ratings) SIEGES EVEN

A Sense of Change Progressive Metal

(Studio Album)

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No doubt' date=' this could be a cause for arguement hehe.

YES

Close to the Edge

GENESIS

Selling England By The Pound

JETHRO TULL

Thick As A Brick

PINK FLOYD

Dark Side of the Moon

GENESIS

Foxtrot

PINK FLOYD

Wish You Were Here

KING CRIMSON

In the Court of the Crimson King

GENESIS

The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

YES

Fragile

RUSH

Moving Pictures

GENESIS

Nursery Cryme

KING CRIMSON

Red

RUSH

Hemispheres

YES

Relayer

CAMEL

The Snow Goose

DREAM THEATER

Scenes From A Memory Metropolis Part II

KING CRIMSON

Larks' Tongues in Aspic

PINK FLOYD

Animals

CARAVAN

In the Land of Grey and Pink

GENTLE GIANT

In a Glass House

CAMEL

Mirage

GENTLE GIANT

Octopus

VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR

Pawn Hearts

JETHRO TULL

Aqualung

VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR

Godbluff

VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR

Still Life

PINK FLOYD

Meddle

MARILLION

Script for a Jester's Tear

YES

The YES Album

CAMEL

Moonmadness

RUSH

A Farewell to Kings

DREAM THEATER

Images And Words

SUPERTRAMP

Crime of the Century

PINK FLOYD

The Wall

VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR

H to He, Who Am the Only One

OPETH

Ghost Reveries

GENTLE GIANT

The Power And The Glory

ANGLAGARD

Hybris

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER (ELP)

Brain Salad Surgery

GENTLE GIANT

Playing The Fool - The Official Live

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER (ELP)

Emerson, Lake and Palmer

PORCUPINE TREE

In Absentia

MARILLION

Misplaced Childhood

RUSH

2112

RUSH

Permanent Waves

GENTLE GIANT

Free Hand

PORCUPINE TREE

Coma Divine Live

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER (ELP)

Trilogy

HACKETT, STEVE

Voyage of the Acolyte

GENESIS

A Trick Of The Tail

MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA

Birds of Fire

PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM)

Per Un Amico

GENESIS

Seconds Out

GENTLE GIANT

Three Friends

YES

Yessongs

AYREON

The Human Equation

YES

Going for the One

PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM)

Storia Di Un Minuto

OLDFIELD, MIKE

Tubular Bells

FOCUS

Hamburger Concerto

WAKEMAN, RICK

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

DREAM THEATER

Awake

PORCUPINE TREE

The Sky Moves Sideways

MUSEO ROSENBACH

Zarathustra

TOOL

Lateralus

GENESIS

Trespass

PAIN OF SALVATION

Remedy Lane

ORME, LE

Felona e Sorona

PAIN OF SALVATION

The Perfect Element Part 1

LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT

Liquid Tension Experiment 2

PARSONS PROJECT, ALAN

Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe

IQ

Ever

JETHRO TULL

Songs From The Wood

OPETH

Blackwater Park

GENESIS

Wind And Wuthering

HAMMILL, PETER

The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage

HATFIELD AND THE NORTH

The Rotters' Club

QUEENSRYCHE

Operation: Mindcrime

PHOENIX

Cantofabule

BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO

Darwin!

BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO

Io Sono Nato Libero

GONG

Radio Gnome Invisible Vol. 2 - Angel's Egg

OLDFIELD, MIKE

Ommadawn

FOCUS

Moving Waves

GENTLE GIANT

Acquiring The Taste

TOWNSEND, DEVIN

Terria

BALLETTO DI BRONZO, IL

Ys

SPOCK'S BEARD

V

HARMONIUM

Si on avait besoin d'une 5ime Saison

OPETH

Still Life

GRYPHON

Red Queen to Gryphon Three

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER (ELP)

Tarkus

UK

U.K.

HATFIELD AND THE NORTH

Hatfield and the North

RUSH

Different Stages - Live

PORCUPINE TREE

Stupid Dream

DREAM THEATER

Live Scenes From New York

ZAPPA, FRANK

Hot Rats

ARENA

Contagion

ARENA[/quote']

I just quickly scrolled down that list, but it appears to be the same 5 or 6 bands over and over again. Is that saying something about progressive rock? Who knows

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Yes' date=' its saying that only a select few have the ability to make such awesome music :up:[/quote']

Don't get me wrong, I like Pink Floyd, but it seems a bit of an extravagence to compile a top 100 prog albums list, I mean, its a fairly limited genre it seems (despite the name of the genre!). Something along the lines of a top ten would probably have been a little more representative, rather than seemingly listing every prog album released.

EDIT: Of course it doesn't really matter as its just a list and people can make lists however long they choose. Also, I used the word "seem" and its different forms (seems, seemingly) far too much. Sorry.

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Don't get me wrong' date=' I like Pink Floyd, but it seems a bit of an extravagence to compile a top 100 prog albums list, I mean, its a fairly limited genre it seems (despite the name of the genre!). Something along the lines of a top ten would probably have been a little more representative, rather than seemingly listing every prog album released.

EDIT: Of course it doesn't really matter as its just a list and people can make lists however long they choose. Also, I used the word "seem" and its different forms (seems, seemingly) far too much. Sorry.[/quote']

Thing is a lot of these bands were 70's bands when prog was certainly as relevant a genre as hardcore etc is today, the top 16 albums are all 70's, it would be silly to see this list of modern artists though some modern artists have made it in the list. What you also see is a tendency towards the older prog even in newer artists, Marillion have 2 albums in their the latest one is Mixsplaced Childhood, an album which Fish is celebrating the 20th anniversary of tonight in Aberdeen. The list does seem to have some huge ommisions 'Clutching at Straws' by Marillion is a great album, and even more surprising is the fact 'Brave' isnt in there, the fact that 2112 by Rush isnt in the top 10 seems a huge mixup as its an album that defined heavier prog, Coma Divine by Porcupine Tree above Genesis' 'a trick of the tail' - come on.

Like all lists these are subjective but there does seem to be some pretty wide of the mark things in here, I would ceratinly never rate Arena above the bands who are missed out, bearing in mind Arena's drummer was kicked out of Marillion for being crap :p More improtantly where's Transatlantic and Kino on that list ?

Cheers

Stuart

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I was also suprised that Transatlantic was not on the list.

Love the Devin Townsend review... :love:

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DEVIN TOWNSEND Terria

Review (Permanent link) by MikeEnRegalia @ 3:50:11 PM EST, 7/24/2005

SPECIAL COLLABORATION

This is Devin's masterpiece. The following album has more hooks and catchy tunes, but this one is truly majestic, epic and utterly wonderful. I give it 5 stars without any hesitation. This is a complex work of art.

This albums is also so unique - it defies categorisation. Although this is metal, there is no other Prog Metal band that comes close to what he does. Earth Metal, Epic Progressive Metal ... that begins to describe it.

The most unique thing about the Devin Townsend albums is that he uses a very large number of tracks during recording, which are layered on top of one another to create a wall of sound. He does this for individual instruments as well as the whole tracks. This results in a incredible level of detail - with a good hifi system, you can hear lots of different instruments "below the surface".

This album doesn't have a story as such, but a topic: Nature - Canada in particular - and spirituality. The song titles and lyrics excerpts give you a good idea of what you can expect.

Olives: This is the weirdest intro to a prog metal album that I ever heard. I don't want to spoil anything, you'll have to listen for yourself.

Mountain: The track starts kind of usual, but after 2 minutes a cool laid back section starts, which slowly climbs and works it's way towards the peak. Listening to it, you literaly feel like a mountaineer. At about 5:30, the song suddenly stops and you hear something like a radio, playing some tune, with faint sounds in the background.

Earth Day: This song starts quite abruptly, after the silence of the preceding track. This is a typical Devin Townsend song, with haunting rhythm, thriving guitars, and crazy lyrics:

Man Overboard (I'm so far away)

Man overboard (I'm so far...)

But [%*!#] it! ...I really don't care

Fuck! Listen to me! Just shut the [%*!#] up!

Peace, Love, Joy

Man overboard (I'm so far...)

Hate, hell, war

Hate, love, love, hate, love, hate...destruction!

Deep Peace: Beautiful song, you might even call it a ballad, although it's almost entirely based on heavy instrumentation. About halfway through the song, a beautiful guitar solo kick's off a heavy waltz (3/4), which is sort of a trademark for Devin.

Canada: One of my favorite songs on the album. It starts with a absolutely divine guitar riff. The song is as majestic as "Soul Driven" of his previous album, and it's about driving down a Canadian freeway. Again, there's crazy lyrics:

It's oil, It's wheat, It's soil, It's meat

It's beef!

The road, it's home, the mountain high, river low...

Wake me, please wake me,

When it's my turn to drive

Only the lonely (and maybe John Denver) know the Canadian freeway.

Down And Under: A french radio/TV excerpt kicks off this song, and while it's not as majestic as the previous song, it's flowing nicely and acting as a segue, to prepare and set things up for The Fluke.

The Fluke: Nice up-tempo track, with two completely different parts. The first is very similar to the kind of music Devin wrote for Biomech. The second part is introduced by some nice breaks and signature changes ... and then it's 3/4 time again, this time in a shuffle feel. Then, after a short repetition of the first part, some crazy keyboards/effects loop starts, fading into a heartbeat sample which morphs into the sound of rain.

Nobody's Here: Wonderful melancholic track, really slow and laid back, with absolutely fitting lyrics:

Hello, it's good to see you here

Come in, can I offer you a beer?

This song has some similarities to Roger Waters lyrics and songwriting - just a little bit.

Tiny Tears: I guess this is the closest thing to a ballad on this album - it's a romantic song that deals with relationships. It flows nicely, and again I'd like to quote the lyrics:

I see you

I need you

I leave you behind

I've learned my lesson

O.K I'm bored now.

About half way through the song, a guitar solo kicks of a song within the song - a 2 minute build up of a different motive, with the lyrics that I quoted.

Stagnant: Crazy Devin ... who would think of using pizzicato strings in this heavy setting? This is one of the really joyful tracks on the album, and please forgive me - I have to quote the lyrics one last time ...

It's beautiful, the way it's meant to be...beautiful, but it 'don't do [&*!#]' for me...

So peel away a little skin and choke upon the bone

And ain't it funny how, after trying to find my way home,

I'm in the middle now, and I won't get lost again.

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from what i have heard i would have said the "the yes album" was the best...yes album. i dont agree with ghost reveries being the top opeth album' date=' its a great record but nothing on blackwater park or still life. im glad to see in absentia by porcupine tree in there its a great album[/quote']

I've tried to like In Absentia, I really have, I have preferred what I've heard of Deadwing though. Porcupine Tree are, with Marillion the UK's biggest prog bands but I just cant get into them, Steve Wilson has a terrible vocal to my ears, but the band do sound better with Wes on guitar, I saw them at the Lemon Tree in about 97 and live they still did nothing for me. They are great musicians tho, and to me Barbieri defined the PT sound as much as Wilson.

Cheers

Stuart

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I've tried to like In Absentia' date=' I really have, I have preferred what I've heard of Deadwing though. Porcupine Tree are, with Marillion the UK's biggest prog bands but I just cant get into them, Steve Wilson has a terrible vocal to my ears, but the band do sound better with Wes on guitar, I saw them at the Lemon Tree in about 97 and live they still did nothing for me. They are great musicians tho, and to me Barbieri defined the PT sound as much as Wilson.

Cheers

Stuart[/quote']

haha yeah i know of your "mild dislike" for steve wilson, as a person i myself would hate him (infact i cant stand him) but his music is simply genius in my view. its great to get a decent prog thread going for once!

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haha yeah i know of your "mild dislike" for steve wilson' date=' as a person i myself would hate him (infact i cant stand him) but his music is simply genius in my view. its great to get a decent prog thread going for once![/quote']

Well my dislike of him is tempered by the fact Barbieri and Wes are both very cool guys :)

Tho if you want to hear the only good thing he ever did with FishMarillion imo, check out the new Fish best of: Bouillabaisse (available for 9.97 in Asda :p) , on the second disk is a 20 minute song that Wilson produced and played on called Plague of Ghosts, to my ears that is a work of genius.

Cheers

Stuart

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I'm a little surprised and more than a little sad that Aberdeen's very own Pallas dont get a mention.

When you concider how popular they are south of the border and all over the world, can anyone explain why they have never been that well loved in their home town ?

Strange.... :down:

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Don't get me wrong' date=' I like Pink Floyd, but it seems a bit of an extravagence to compile a top 100 prog albums list, I mean, its a fairly limited genre it seems (despite the name of the genre!). Something along the lines of a top ten would probably have been a little more representative, rather than seemingly listing every prog album released.

EDIT: Of course it doesn't really matter as its just a list and people can make lists however long they choose. Also, I used the word "seem" and its different forms (seems, seemingly) far too much. Sorry.[/quote']

I'm with Ravensby on this, the genre appears anything but "progressive".

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Don't get me wrong' date=' I like Pink Floyd, but it seems a bit of an extravagence to compile a top 100 prog albums list, I mean, its a fairly limited genre it seems (despite the name of the genre!). Something along the lines of a top ten would probably have been a little more representative, rather than seemingly listing every prog album released.

EDIT: Of course it doesn't really matter as its just a list and people can make lists however long they choose. Also, I used the word "seem" and its different forms (seems, seemingly) far too much. Sorry.[/quote']

www.progarchives.com - There are many more prog bands! That survey was based on ratings off the Prog Archives website, and some of the albums are so little known that they don't even have ratings, so they had no chance of getting in. Plus, I wouldn't trust any statistics off that site because loads of people on it hate ELP for no good reason - why else would their highest position in the chart be 39? And as Descartes would have said, if we cannot trust progarchives about ELP, then we cannot trust them about anything at all. Except having a pretty comprehensive prog band list.

from what i have heard i would have said the "the yes album" was the best...yes album.

:up: Yeah' date=' I think Steve Howe's solo in Wurm, Starship Trooper is my favourite musical moment... [i']ever.

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