Evolution: Sailing The Seas Of Prog


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Recently, instead of scouring too much the albums of the year I'm in, I decided to take a deeper journey and appreciate progressive music (prog metal/rock). While I'm still in the early beginnings of my journey, I decided to make a list to the albums I fully listen to so that I can keep charting my voyage in these vast seas. Some albums are not yet added because I need to listen them well and grab my favorites out, and some bands are on queue. I'm also eager to hear some recommendations, so thanks in advance for them!

Bands on queue: Porcupine Tree, Leprous, Winds, In Vain, Ikuinen Kaamos, Disillusion.

The list is in alphabetical order.

Created by: Iron Nostarion | 22.09.2013



1. Ayreon - The Human Equation
Country: Netherlands
2. Barren Earth - The Devil's Resolve
Country: Finland
3. Blotted Science - The Machinations of Dementia
Country: US
4. Control Denied - The Fragile Art of Existence
Country: US
5. Dream Theater - A Change Of Seasons [EP]
Country: US
6. Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events
Country: US
7. Dream Theater - Awake
Country: US
8. Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Country: US
9. Dream Theater - Dream Theater
Country: US
10. Dream Theater - Falling Into Infinity
Country: US
11. Dream Theater - Images And Words
Country: US
12. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
Country: US
13. Dream Theater - Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
Country: US
14. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos
Country: US
15. Dream Theater - Train Of Thought
Country: US
16. Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Unite
Country: US
17. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery
Country: UK
18. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Country: UK
19. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Trilogy
Country: UK
20. The Faceless - Autotheism
Country: US
21. Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
Country: US
22. Haken - The Mountain
Country: UK
23. Ihsahn - Eremita
Country: Norway
24. In Mourning - The Weight Of Oceans
Country: Sweden
25. Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Country: UK
26. Jethro Tull - Songs From The Wood
Country: UK
27. Jethro Tull - Stand Up
Country: UK
28. Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick
Country: UK
29. King Crimson - Beat
Country: UK
30. King Crimson - Discipline
Country: UK
31. King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
Country: UK
32. King Crimson - In The Wake Of Poseidon
Country: UK
33. King Crimson - Larks' Tongues In Aspic
Country: UK
34. King Crimson - Red
Country: UK
35. King Crimson - Starless And Bible Black
Country: UK
36. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Country: US
37. Mastodon - Leviathan
Country: US
38. Meshuggah - Chaosphere
Country: Sweden
39. Meshuggah - Koloss
Country: Sweden
40. Meshuggah - ObZen
Country: Sweden
41. Ne Obliviscaris - Portal Of I
Country: Australia
42. Nevermore - Dead Heart, In A Dead World
Country: US
43. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
Country: US
44. Opeth - Blackwater Park
Country: Sweden
45. Opeth - Deliverance
Country: Sweden
46. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
Country: Sweden
47. Opeth - Heritage
Country: Sweden
48. Opeth - Morningrise
Country: Sweden
49. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
Country: Sweden
50. Opeth - Still Life
Country: Sweden
51. Pain Of Salvation - Remedy Lane
Country: Sweden
52. Pain Of Salvation - The Perfect Element, Part I
Country: Sweden
53. Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
Country: UK
54. Pink Floyd - A Saucerful Of Secrets
Country: UK
55. Pink Floyd - Animals
Country: UK
56. Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
Country: UK
57. Pink Floyd - Meddle
Country: UK
58. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon
Country: UK
59. Pink Floyd - The Final Cut
Country: UK
60. Pink Floyd - The Wall
Country: UK
61. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Country: UK
62. Queensrÿche - Empire
Country: US
63. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
Country: US
64. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime II
Country: US
65. Queensrÿche - The Warning
Country: US
66. Rare Bird - Sympathy
Country: UK
67. Riverside - Rapid Eye Movement
Country: Poland
68. Riverside - Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Country: Poland
69. Rush - 2112
Country: Canada
70. Rush - A Farewell To Kings
Country: Canada
71. Rush - Caress Of Steel
Country: Canada
72. Rush - Clockwork Angels
Country: Canada
73. Rush - Hemispheres
Country: Canada
74. Rush - Moving Pictures
Country: Canada
75. Rush - Permanent Waves
Country: Canada
76. Rush - Snakes & Arrows
Country: Canada
77. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
Country: US
78. Savatage - Streets: A Rock Opera
Country: US
79. Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning
Country: UK
80. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
Country: UK
81. Symphony X - Iconoclast
Country: US
82. Symphony X - Paradise Lost
Country: US
83. Symphony X - The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Country: US
84. Symphony X - The Odyssey
Country: US
85. Symphony X - V: The New Mythology Suite
Country: US
86. Tool - 10,000 Days
Country: US
87. Tool - Ænima
Country: US
88. Tool - Lateralus
Country: US
89. Tool - Undertow
Country: US
90. Voivod - Nothingface
Country: Canada
91. Yes - 90125
Country: UK
92. Yes - Close To The Edge
Country: UK
93. Yes - Fragile
Country: UK
94. Yes - Going For The One
Country: UK
95. Yes - Relayer
Country: UK
96. Yes - The Yes Album
Country: UK



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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22.09.2013 - 12:39
mz
Check these lists 1, 2
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23.09.2013 - 08:00
Iron Nostarion
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Written by mz on 22.09.2013 at 12:39

Check these lists 1, 2


These are extremely helpful, thanks!
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23.09.2013 - 08:19
mz
Written by Iron Nostarion on 23.09.2013 at 08:00

Written by mz on 22.09.2013 at 12:39

Check these lists 1, 2


These are extremely helpful, thanks!

no problem. I also have my own list but it is much shorter than those. Check it out if you want
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23.09.2013 - 09:51
Iron Nostarion
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Written by mz on 23.09.2013 at 08:19

Written by Iron Nostarion on 23.09.2013 at 08:00

Written by mz on 22.09.2013 at 12:39

Check these lists 1, 2


These are extremely helpful, thanks!

no problem. I also have my own list but it is much shorter than those. Check it out if you want


Pretty good list. Reminded me to queue Edge Of Sanity and Leprous as well.
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23.09.2013 - 18:45
Erik M.
Disillusion - Back to Times of Splendor seems to be missing from all these progressive metal lists. What the hell is up with that?

Also, this list has way too many albums/band. You should limit the amount of albums/band to 2 or 3 at most. But that's just my opinion.
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23.09.2013 - 19:30
JohnDoe
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Nice to see Jethro Tull's Stand Up in the list, now that's an underrated album; one of my JT's favourites.
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24.09.2013 - 11:21
mz
Written by Erik M. on 23.09.2013 at 18:45

Disillusion - Back to Times of Splendor seems to be missing from all these progressive metal lists. What the hell is up with that?


I personally really like that album but there are other ones which I prefer. It might be because I go for edge of sanity when I am in mood for melodic extreme progressive metal
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24.09.2013 - 18:08
Erik M.
Written by mz on 24.09.2013 at 11:21

I personally really like that album but there are other ones which I prefer. It might be because I go for edge of sanity when I am in mood for melodic extreme progressive metal


It's lacking your progressive list either. Just kidding. But seriously though, even though Disillusion and Edge of Sanity are both progressive, their music is still totally different. Disillusion is just progressive metal, whereas EoS is progressive death metal. Oh, for the record, I think Crimson is the best progressive metal and also the best death metal album ever.
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24.09.2013 - 18:19
Marcel Hubregtse
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But Disillusion - Back To Times Of Splendor is almost an Opeth rip-off, so why would you list it?
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24.09.2013 - 18:27
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 18:19

But Disillusion - Back To Times Of Splendor is almost an Opeth rip-off, so why would you list it?

It's been a while since I listened to that album but I recall no Opeth in their sound whatsoever. Totally different.
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24.09.2013 - 18:36
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by Guest on 24.09.2013 at 18:27

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 18:19

But Disillusion - Back To Times Of Splendor is almost an Opeth rip-off, so why would you list it?

It's been a while since I listened to that album but I recall no Opeth in their sound whatsoever. Totally different.



on Gloria they didn't have that Opeth sound but if I remember correctly their debut was extremely a lot like Opeth.
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24.09.2013 - 18:36
Sznc
A standard list with standard/popular choices, at least for the Prog Rock part. I wouldn't call this an "evolution" of the genre, tbh.
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24.09.2013 - 18:40
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 18:36


on Gloria they didn't have that Opeth sound but if I remember correctly their debut was extremely a lot like Opeth.

Been listening to Back to Times of Splendor for the last ten minutes or so and I can't find a single element which makes me think of Opeth. Guitar sound, vocals, pacing (much thrashier / more melodeath than Opeth), it all sounds different.
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24.09.2013 - 18:41
Erik M.
Written by Guest on 24.09.2013 at 18:27

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 18:19

But Disillusion - Back To Times Of Splendor is almost an Opeth rip-off, so why would you list it?

It's been a while since I listened to that album but I recall no Opeth in their sound whatsoever. Totally different.


I'm with Joe on this one. Listened to Disillusion's debut many times and it doesn't resemble Opeth AT ALL, despite the fact that it's both progressive.
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24.09.2013 - 18:42
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by Guest on 24.09.2013 at 18:40

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 18:36


on Gloria they didn't have that Opeth sound but if I remember correctly their debut was extremely a lot like Opeth.

Been listening to Back to Times of Splendor for the last ten minutes or so and I can't find a single element which makes me think of Opeth. Guitar sound, vocals, pacing (much thrashier / more melodeath than Opeth), it all sounds different.



I ahven't got the album any more so I can't check, maybe I am confusing it with something else. But regardless, this album is totally generic the way you describe it
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24.09.2013 - 18:43
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 18:42


I ahven't got the album any more so I can't check, maybe I am confusing it with something else. But regardless, this album is totally generic the way you describe it

You're not thinking of Farmakon are you? Now that's an Opeth clone.
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24.09.2013 - 18:43
Erik M.
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 18:42

I ahven't got the album any more so I can't check, maybe I am confusing it with something else. But regardless, this album is totally generic the way you describe it


Nope, not generic at all either. At least not for me... I think it's a brilliant album and no-one can change my mind.
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24.09.2013 - 18:46
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by Guest on 24.09.2013 at 18:43

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 18:42


I ahven't got the album any more so I can't check, maybe I am confusing it with something else. But regardless, this album is totally generic the way you describe it

You're not thinking of Farmakon are you? Now that's an Opeth clone.

yep, that's the one. Thanks for refreshing my dodgy memory
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24.09.2013 - 18:49
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It's an ok album. I think people overrate it quite a bit. Lots of elements don't really every come together and it sounds a bit messy to my ears.
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24.09.2013 - 19:04
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by Guest on 24.09.2013 at 18:49

It's an ok album. I think people overrate it quite a bit. Lots of elements don't really every come together and it sounds a bit messy to my ears.



but then again prog is Always being overrated by the metal masses and that for one of the most generic genres around
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24.09.2013 - 22:12
mz
Written by Erik M. on 24.09.2013 at 18:08

It's lacking your progressive list either. Just kidding. But seriously though, even though Disillusion and Edge of Sanity are both progressive, their music is still totally different. Disillusion is just progressive metal, whereas EoS is progressive death metal. Oh, for the record, I think Crimson is the best progressive metal and also the best death metal album ever.

I did not meant that they sound same. EoS plays progressive melodeath and Disillusion plays prog metal with melodic elements and extreme moments. These bands play somehow extreme and melodic prog metal.other than that, I do not see any similarities but this can not discredit my statement: I prefer EoS over Disillusion when it comes to extreme melodic prog .
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24.09.2013 - 22:23
Erik M.
Written by mz on 24.09.2013 at 22:12

I did not meant that they sound same. EoS plays progressive melodeath and Disillusion plays prog metal with melodic elements and extreme moments. These bands play somehow extreme and melodic prog metal.other than that, I do not see any similarities but this can not discredit my statement: I prefer EoS over Disillusion when it comes to extreme melodic prog .


Thanks for clearing that up. Now it makes sense to me.
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24.09.2013 - 22:23
mz
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 19:04

but then again prog is Always being overrated by the metal masses and that for one of the most generic genres around

that I would disagree. I personally hate prog bands that focus on technicality more than songwriting, like those who imimtate the sound of dream theater (and also most of dream theater albums) but progressive metal as a genre is IMO much more diverse than most of metal genres. Also, while I disagree that prog in general is generic, I do not see the point of bringing up this argument, considering that you are a huge fan of a genre as generic as traditional doom (which I also started to love recently and for sure will spend more time on it in future)
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24.09.2013 - 22:29
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by mz on 24.09.2013 at 22:23

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 19:04

but then again prog is Always being overrated by the metal masses and that for one of the most generic genres around

that I would disagree. I personally hate prog bands that focus on technicality more than songwriting, like those who imimtate the sound of dream theater (and also most of dream theater albums) but progressive metal as a genre is IMO much more diverse than most of metal genres. Also, while I disagree that prog in general is generic, I do not see the point of bringing up this argument, considering that you are a huge fan of a genre as generic as traditional doom (which I also started to love recently and for sure will spend more time on it in future)



doom is certainly generic and I would be the last one to refute that fact. But why can't I say that progressive metal is generic just because I enjoy doom? Maybe I am more capable of juging what is generic and what's not exactly because I am a doom fan so am acquainted with generic music.

As for the diversioty of progressive metal I beg to differ. Black metal and also doom metal (so not just traditonal doom) are more diverse in my opinion.
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24.09.2013 - 22:49
mz
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 22:29


doom is certainly generic and I would be the last one to refute that fact. But why can't I say that progressive metal is generic just because I enjoy doom? Maybe I am more capable of juging what is generic and what's not exactly because I am a doom fan so am acquainted with generic music.

As for the diversioty of progressive metal I beg to differ. Black metal and also doom metal (so not just traditonal doom) are more diverse in my opinion.


I did not say that you can not say that prog metal is not generic. I meant that being generic is not necessarily a bad thing, which is the case for traditional doom metal. I also definitely agree that black metal and doom metal are much more diverse than progressive metal, despite the fact that I have listened to much more prog albums but I definitely think that progressive metal is more diverse than, let's say, heavy metal, power metal, thrash meta and even death metal. Based on my experience up to now, I call progressive metal the third most diverse metal genre, right behind doom and black metal
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24.09.2013 - 23:14
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Written by mz on 24.09.2013 at 22:12

EoS plays progressive melodeath

I don't really agree with this. That would suggest it's based on melodic death metal which I don't believe is the case.
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24.09.2013 - 23:22
mz
Written by Guest on 24.09.2013 at 23:14

Written by mz on 24.09.2013 at 22:12

EoS plays progressive melodeath

I don't really agree with this. That would suggest it's based on melodic death metal which I don't believe is the case.

I somehow agree with you, but do not have any other more tag to throw on EoS. Extreme prog maybe?
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24.09.2013 - 23:33
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Written by mz on 24.09.2013 at 23:22

I somehow agree with you, but do not have any other more tag to throw on EoS. Extreme prog maybe?

I've no issue with calling it progressive death metal, as it has a decent amount of death metal in. Even has a tiny bit of black at one or two points. Extreme prog is what I would call Dan Swano's Moontower album.
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25.09.2013 - 05:46
Iron Nostarion
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Written by Sznc on 24.09.2013 at 18:36

A standard list with standard/popular choices, at least for the Prog Rock part. I wouldn't call this an "evolution" of the genre, tbh.


I was mentioning that as an evolution of my music taste; not that I objectively think prog "is an evolution of music", but more like in the notion of the word "progress" as with the genre tag. xD
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25.09.2013 - 05:52
Iron Nostarion
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 18:19

But Disillusion - Back To Times Of Splendor is almost an Opeth rip-off, so why would you list it?


Considering your expertise Lord Marcel, should I also add Disillusion to the queue of bands as well?
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