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    TECH/EXTREME PROG METAL

    A Progressive Rock Sub-genre


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    Tech/Extreme Prog Metal definition

    This category lists technical Progressive Metal bands that have roots in Extreme Metal or that are strongly influenced by it. The style developed by the end of the 80s in the Thrash Metal scene when a number of bands stretched the boundaries of their sound by including elements from Progressive Rock. Death Metal followed a similar path in the 90s and by the 2000s, also Black Metal and Metalcore saw an increasing amount of bands taking in Prog influences.

    Certain bands like EPHEL DUATH and UNEXPECT developed a style that largely abandoned their extreme metal heritage in favour of a highly eclectic jazz-influenced Avant Metal style. These bands are listed under Experimental Metal.


    Progressive Thrash Metal
    By the end of the 80s Thrash Metal had diversified its sound significantly to an extent where the originally very direct and uncompromisingly aggressive style had become more sophisticated, boasting challenging technical skills and ambitious song structures frequently surpassing the 6 minute mark. The best known examples are METALLICA and MEGADETH.

    The bands listed in this section went one step further and embraced notable influences from Progressive Rock, replacing much of the typical Thrash Metal riffs and rhythms with a more progressive and melodic riffing style, influenced by KING CRIMSON and RUSH. The most well-known of these early bands was VOIVOD, who also brought the early psychedelic sound of PINK FLOYD into their unique mold. Important pioneering albums were released by WATCHTOWER, CORONER, MEKONG DELTA, as well as the debut album of SIEGES SEVEN.
    More recent examples of Progressive Thrash are SPIRAL ARCHITECT and VEKTOR


    Progressive Death Metal
    Death Metal further built on the sound of the most extreme bands of the Thrash scene. Next to the brutal sound, blast beat drumming, complex song structures and multiple tempo changes, the most notorious feature of the style is probably the growled vocals. Death Metal is generally highly technical, making the dividing line between Technical Death Metal and Progressive Death Metal sometimes rather faint.

    The bands considered for Prog Archives are those that show significant influences from Progressive Rock and/or Fusion. One of the landmarks in the style is "Elements" from ATHEIST, who mixed their hyper-technical Speed Metal with fusion. Other early albums include "Focus" from CYNIC and "Spheres" from PESTILENCE, where progressive riffing, polymetrics, fusion influences and atmospheric keyboards complemented their brutal Death Metal. Also DEATH, the popular founder of Death Metal, incorporated fusion and progressive elements on their later albums.

    A different flavour of Progressive Death Metal came from the European continent, when half-way into the 90s leading death and doom-death bands started expanding their basic metal sound. The most significant album relevant to this section is "Crimson" from EDGE OF SANITY. In typical Scandinavian fashion, their epic approach wasn't fusion oriented but less technical and more melodic, introducing the now typical alteration between brutal Death sections and more melodic breaks with clean vocals; an approach perfected in the next decade by OPETH.


    Progressive Black Metal
    Unlike Thrash and Death metal, Black Metal is not a technical genre. Originally it was even purposely non-technical and low-fi. By the end of the 90s the genre had developed into various sub-styles, of which some incorporated elements from progressive music.
    The bands listed in this section are Black Metal bands that traded the minimalism of Black Metal for a more progressive, technical or experimental approach. This distinguishes them from the Black Metal bands that fleshed out their sound with either post-rock and/or shoegaze influences. Those are listed under Experimental/Post Metal.

    One of the earliest and best known example of this style is ENSLAVED, who maintained the harsh atmosphere and aggression of classic Black Metal but extended this with a more textured psychedelic sound, chromatic riffing and odd time-signatures, citing influences from PINK FLOYD, VOIVOD and KING CRIMSON. Also IHSAHN, front-man of EMPEROR, should be mentioned here.

    Most artists in this section are Symphonic Black Metal-oriented bands with progressive and experimental influences, but without fully crossing over to either Prog or Avant Metal as they remain oppressively dark, harsh, often dissonant and inaccessible. Their strong ties to Black Metal is why they are featured under Tech/Extreme Prog Metal and not in Avant Prog Metal. Examples are DEATHSPELL OMEGA, MOONSORROW, NEGURA BUNGET and the slightly more accessible theatrical Symphonic Black Metal of ARCTURUS.


    Modern Phase
    In the 2000s trends became more diffuse, introducing bands that had some of their stylistic features in common with the extreme metal genres without fully belonging in any of them. Some of them continued the strong fusion element and hyper-technical approach from ATHEIST and CYNIC. Instrumental acts such a as EXIVIOUS, CANVAS SOLARIS and BLOTTED SCIENCE received lots of critical acclaim from progressive metal fans.

    A new trend was set by MESHUGGAH, one of the most defining bands of this era. At the end of the 90s their eclectic mix of Death, Thrash, Avant, Fusion and Prog laid down the groundrules of Extreme Metal for the next decade. Another well known band to take a similar eclectic approach to Extreme Metal was GOJIRA.
    In the second half of the 2000's, many young bands copied MESHUGGAH's guitar tone and rhythmical riffing style, giving rise to the so-called 'djent' movement. Many of these bands belong in Tech/Extreme, such as ANIMALS AS LEADERS, CHIMP SPANNER etc.


    Progressive Metalcore
    The second half of the 2000s also saw the rise of a new generation of Progressive Tech/Extreme acts with roots that lay in Metalcore, Mathcore and Technical Sludge, rather then the 'classic' Extreme Metal genres. Their music is inherently technical and complex and has quite a number of formal features in common with Progressive Metal such as odd time signatures and non-standard song formats.
    Prog Archives only lists these bands that go beyond the default expectations of the genre and bring in distinct non-extreme Prog influences. Some of the most eye-catching bands in this area are BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, PROTEST THE HERO, BURST, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and MASTODON.


    --- Definition by Karl and the Progressive Metal Team, January 2012 ---

    The Progressive Metal Team
    Karl (bonnek)
    Kevin (Necroncommander)
    Mike (TCat)

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    Latest Tech/Extreme Prog Metal Music Reviews


     Where Owls Know my Name by RIVERS OF NIHIL album cover Studio Album, 2018
    3.60 | 25 ratings

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    Where Owls Know my Name
    Rivers of Nihil Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

    Review by ssmarcus

    4 stars Where Owls Know My Name is the prog rock fan's death metal record. In fact, lead guitarist and founding member Brody Utley has stated that this record was an attempt to pay tribute to the prog tradition his father had imparted to him growing up. No, the album's prog elements are not some cheap gimmick. And neither are they jarring stylistic detours in the vein of Between the Buried and Me. Rather, Rivers of Nihil have expertly threaded wind instruments, synths, and mellotron generated ambiance into uncompromisingly heavy death metal compositions.

    Rivers of Nihil have noticeably simplified their riffs on this record. But by doing so, the band has, perhaps paradoxically, made room for more complexity through layering and interesting arrangements. Unfortunately, the mixing on the album is very dense and some of those interesting layers get lost as a result.

    Emotionally, this album has the same effect as a cathartic nightmare: disturbing but with a purpose that leaves the listener/dreamer in a better position to handle life's uncertainty.

     The Madness Of Many by ANIMALS AS LEADERS album cover Studio Album, 2016
    3.48 | 45 ratings

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    The Madness Of Many
    Animals As Leaders Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

    Review by Zoltanxvamos

    3 stars As some may know, I have a love for instrumental prog rock. This album is totally instrumental, immaculately played, and unbelievably well produced. Tosin Abasi is an absolute beast when it comes down to playing guitar, he is a living legend, and a innovative guitarist as well. Matthew Garstka is also a total beast, his technical abilities behind the drum kit are mindboggling. Travis Stewart isn't an exactly important person on this album even though his atmospheres and sound effects are through the roof. Unfortunately, as well played and well crafted this album is, there is no emotion behind it all. That's my biggest complaint, Tosin Abasi a living guitar legend, he can play impossible riffs, and impossible solos, but he doesn't have soul in his music. His writes totally technical pieces, but nothing that grabs the listeners ear, it's all technique and no emotion. Music is a way to get out emotions, by pouring feelings and soul into your craft, you are able to make beautiful music. This has one of two important factors in prog, ability to play, but no feeling.

    This album is impressive to listen to, but I will not be putting on to fit the mood I'm in, unless that mood is me wanting to be impressed by immaculate playing.

     The Way Forward by INTERVALS album cover Studio Album, 2017
    4.32 | 10 ratings

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    The Way Forward
    Intervals Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

    Review by Zoltanxvamos

    5 stars Intervals went from a new djent band to an instrumental prog band with Allan Holdsworth inspiration. This is my favourite instrumental album, it has feeling, its warm, its well produced, it has everything a jazz inspired instrumental prog album should have. It has complex chord structures, odd times, polyrhythms, expanded instrumental passage (guitar, keyboard, drum and bass solos), and many more. I'm actually glad they moved on from the djent approach, their first album 'A Voice Within' wasn't exactly good for them, the vocals didn't work for their sound very much.

    Touch and Go | The powerful opener with intricate guitar parts, great Instrumentation, yes I'm going to make these same points a bunch.

    Impulsively Responsible | The second track follows the same formula but with a slower and slightly different mood. It's more of an instrumental prog rock song rather than a borderline jazz fusion bit. It's a bit slower but it hits just as hard as the opener.

    A Different Light | A Different Light is definitely a more traditional jazz feel but it has the arrangement of ... well... an instrumental prog band. It's a bit of a weaker track but it's still quite the well written track.

    By Far and Away | This is the best song on the album by a long shot. The instrumentation, the songwriting, and solos are all unbelievable. Owane is a great keyboard player, and his skills show on this song. I mean... Aaron Marshall is a great guitarist but his skills showed from the first 5 seconds of this album.

    Belvedere | Belvedere is one hell of a track, this has a bunch of those more instrumental prog songs. It's a great track that's very well written. Is it bad that I'm very impressed by this spectacular album?

    Rubicon Artist | This song kind of brings back the djent aspects. I do love this song but it has its rough edges. I find that for fans of the more jazz oriented instrumental prog, this is going to be the hardest song to get into. It has all the things we can appreciate like alternating patterns between the guitar and drums, but overall, this song is going to be harder to get into for jazz fans.

    The Waterfront | I felt that this song was meant to be more of a chord based piece rather than a playing based piece. The chords have this very soft ambiance that fits the feel of this song. It has a very hard hitting emotion to it, this has Holdsworth touch in it, it sounds like Aaron was listening to Metal Fatigue when he wrote this song.

    Leave No Stone | This has all the elements of all the other pieces on the album, it has the softer djent elements, it's got its slower and more melodic parts, and lastly its busy and more well played parts. It's a very cool way to end off this warm and emotional album.

    I think that this album shows that you don't need a singer to be a great band. The instrumentation, the chord progressions, and feel is the what makes a band good, all three elements in unison is what makes a band great. This album has all of the above, so therefore: this album is fantastic.

     Truth Inside The Shades by PERSEFONE album cover Studio Album, 2004
    3.12 | 20 ratings

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    Truth Inside The Shades
    Persefone Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

    Review by siLLy puPPy
    Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

    3 stars When it comes to nations of the world that have produced some great metal bands, the tiny little nation of Andorra sandwiched between Spain and France doesn't exactly come to mind but as the odometer moved on to the 21st century, this tiny forgotten principality high up in the Pyrenees Mountains finally got a bit of attention in 2001 when one of its best musical exports hit the scene. Named after the daughter of the mythological Greek goddess Demeter, PERSEFONE expanded past its origins in this nation's capital city Andorra la Vella and took the international metal world by storm.

    While this band has gone through a few lineup changes over the years, it all began with the founding members of Carlos Lozano (guitar), Jordi Gorgues (guitar), Toni Mestre (bass) and Xavi P閞ez (drums) who started as a cover band and slowly gained the confidence to craft their own musical visions. The four members worked hard and long on this first album TRUTH INSIDE THE SHADES and after adding two more members, Aleix Dorca (Drums) and Marc Martins (lead vocals), found the perfect chemistry to finish off this debut album and unleash it on an unsuspecting planet. The band experienced instant feedback as the album was a surprise hit at least in terms of the metal underground which has led to a two decade career that has found many slots at various festivals across the European continent.

    TRUTH INSIDE THE SHADES actually started off as a demo but after months of crafting new tunes, PERSEFONE found it had enough decent material for a bonafide official full-length release. The style of PERSEFONE is quite diverse and is usually described as a progressive death metal band but those tags only take you so far. It is indeed a progressive metal band that stitches together myriad elements including Chopin-esque piano rolls, symphonic touches, complex Opeth inspired compositional flow and a plethora of time signature deviations, tempo changes and abrupt hairpin turns from aggressive brutality to placid atmospheric contemplation. While guitar riffs rampage, symphonic prog inspired keyboard runs are just as prevalent. Neo-classical guitar shredding sits side by side with black metal screams and death metal growls.

    While considered the most underdeveloped of the PERSEFONE canon, TRUTH INSIDE THE SHADES certainly debuted with a bang. While the tracks often begin with classical piano and keyboard melodies, the musical procession offers twists and turns that fuse the elements of power metal, death metal, neoclassical shredding and even elements of black metal in the vein of Cradle of Filth. There are the expected blastbeats, double bass banging and chugging riffage of metal madness but there are also clean melodic moments with clean vocals that offer a glimpse of a true progressive metal album delving into the mellower aspects of progressive rock. The tracks come off as epic with lengthy journeys of musical processions that take on disparate characteristics that at times even mimic operas especially with some of the brief choral vocal moments.

    PERSEFONE would go on to craft even more adventurous albums with the following "Core" sending shockwaves into the prog metal community but for a first time effort this debut is not slouch however some of the keyboards do come off as a bit cheesy and there is something missing to the overall effect that really makes this a top notch release but after all is said and done, TRUTH INSIDE THE SHADES delivers an excellent mix of stylistic approaches coupled with outstanding instrumental interplay. The guitar playing is particularly impressive with Jordi Gorgues Mateu displaying some impressively rapid fire shots of shredding. The musical flow runs the gamut of soft and heavenly to hellish and chaotic. Andorra is one of the oldest nations in Europe having been formed in 1278 but finally in the 21st century the tiny microstate at long last had produced a musical artist that put it on the map!

    3.5 but rounded down

     Robin by FARMAKON album cover Studio Album, 2007
    3.00 | 8 ratings

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    Robin
    Farmakon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

    Review by UMUR
    Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

    3 stars "Robin" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Finnish, Tampere based progressive death metal act Farmakon. The album was released through Four Seasons in February 2007. It磗 the successor to "A Warm Glimpse" from 2003 and features one lineup change since the predecessor as drummer Riku Airisto has been replaced by Matti Auerkallio. Farmakon formed in 2001 and disbanded in 2010, releasing two demos, one single, and two full-length studio albums in that period.

    Right off the bat on opening track "Time-Tables" the strong Opeth influence of "A Warm Glimpse (2003)" is again clearly heard. So this is a continuation of the progressive death metal sound of the predecessor, featuring heavy riffs, intriguing melodic leads and solos, acoustic breaks, and both growling and clean male vocals (and some higher pitched screaming vocals too). Although Farmakon are at times close to being Opeth clones, they do have a lot of ideas of their own. There is an occasional tecnical death/thrash metal edge to their music and also a slight nod towards fusion in the way the drums are played, which the more famous Swedes don磘 have in their music. "A Warm Glimpse (2003)" featured some odd musical ideas and sections with elements from funk, blues, and fusion/jazz, but "Robin" is a less eclectic release, and to my ears that磗 a good thing, as many of the quirky musical ideas of the predecessor made it an uneven and in some ways unsatisfying listen. Farmakon have obviously come to the same conclusion and "Robin" is a stylistically consistent release, and when the band do decide to step outside their core sound, the experiments work relatively well (at least better than they did on the debut album).

    The quality of the material is also relatively high throughout and "Robin" features a heavy, dark, and well sounding production too. Add to that high level musicianship (the clean vocals have improved greatly since the predecessor and they are fewer here too), and "Robin" is upon conclusion a good quality progressive death metal release. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

    (Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

     A Warm Glimpse by FARMAKON album cover Studio Album, 2003
    3.43 | 16 ratings

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    A Warm Glimpse
    Farmakon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

    Review by UMUR
    Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

    3 stars "A Warm Glimpse" is the debut full-length studio album by Finnish, Tampere based progressive death metal act Farmakon. The album was released through Earache Records in October 2003. Farmakon formed in 2001 and disbanded in 2010, releasing two demos, one single, and two full-length studio albums in that period.

    Stylistically the material on "A Warm Glimpse" is progressive death metal featuring heavy riffs, intriguing melodic leads and solos, acoustic breaks, and both growling and clean male vocals. There are occasional journeys into technical death/thrash territory and also the odd fusion/jazz section thrown in. Other than the last two mentioned elements the music on "A Warm Glimpse" sounds a lot like Opeth sounded around the turn of the millenium. Lead vocalist/bassist Marko Eskola has a voice and growling vocal style which is very similar to how Mikael 'kerfeldt sounds, and that doesn't exactly lessen the Opeth comparisons. Eskola's clean vocals aren't up to par though, and while they work on some parts of the album, they are slightly cringe worthy at other times.

    The quality of the material is a bit up and down. Sometimes Farmakon produce some really effectful, heavy, and atmospheric progressive death metal, but their experiments with funk, fusion/jazz, blues, and other genres don't always work that well within their overall progressive death metal sound. Sure the listener is kept on his/her toes throughout the duration of the album, and you never really know what's lurking around the corner, but I end up with the feeling that "A Warm Glimpse" would have been a much better album, had Farmakon focused a bit more on a more conscise songwriting and less on odd musical ideas.

    "A Warm Glimpse" is a well produced album, and every instrument and vocal part is heard clearly in the mix. I have to give a special mention to the drum sound, which to my ears is quite brillant. That snare drum sound is just killer. Farmakon are a very well playing band too, and in many ways "A Warm Glimpse" is a high quality progressive metal album. The slightly questionable clean vocals and songwriting which sticks in every direction do dampen my excitement over the album some though. A more open minded listener may find the many odd musical experiments more suiting to the music than I do, but ultimately I find the album more interesting from a musicians point on view than an overall great listening experience. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is still deserved though.

    (Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

     Heritage by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2011
    3.81 | 1264 ratings

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    Heritage
    Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

    Review by Zoltanxvamos

    4 stars This was the beginning of a new era for Opeth, a turn from Prog Death Metal to Prog Rock. This is very similar to The Raven That Refuse To Sing, only about 2 years earlier. The musicianship and writing is really well done, Mikael 舓erfeldt did quite the job with the rest of the band. This really sounds like an attempt at writing both Steven Wilson's The Raven and Wobbler's Hinterland, although it has some classic Opeth Metal tones here and there. The songs are all wonderfully written, the title track is a very Romantic era classical piece, The Devil's Orchard is very much like The Raven again, it's very melodic and dark with a Steven Wilson undertone. The flamenco style nylon opening to I Felt The Dark continues to a dark spot, very similar to some material on Damnation, and then the even dark and heavy sections are also great and well done on this song. Slither reminded me of the heavier section of Bonnie The Cat off The Incident by Porcupine Tree. Nepenthe is a very soft and warm song for sure, it has it's very calm and down moments, and then it's slightly busier sections. The harpsichord played on this song is actually really well done and just adds to the texture and tone of the song. H鋢process is a quirky piece, with the soft and more busy parts. Rhodes and Mellotrons, these keyboards improve the texture of the song overall. Famine is quite the busy piece on this album, it's one of longer songs on the album with a bit of an inconsistent structure. The keys are loud and blaring, this song fits on the album incredibly well, enough said. The Lines In My Head is a bit more of a heavy piece, it's a shorter song with a darker hook (I like to refer to all of the songs here as dark, but it's true, this is quite a dark album). Folklore, is a very melodic song, one of the better melodic pieces on the album, it's long and busy. The mostly instrumental song is very well written, with some very interesting hooks. Of course we reach Marrow Of The Earth, which is the final melodic song on this album. It settles this rather inconsistent album with a soft and warm song. I have been a fan of this album for a while and I absolutely give Opeth credit for successfully turning from Prog Death Metal to Prog Rock, congrats to the band but there was better to come.
     The Chosen One by DESTRAGE album cover Studio Album, 2019
    4.00 | 1 ratings

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    The Chosen One
    Destrage Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

    Review by ssmarcus

    — First review of this album —
    4 stars Destrage are a little known 5-piece metal band based in Milan, Italy. While their music was initially considered metalcore, the group's technical proficiency and compositional chops have earned them a reputation as a formidable modern progressive metal outfit.

    The music on their latest record, 2019's The Chosen One, is best described as the neglected love child of Protest the Hero and Meshuggah. The music is energetic and frantic but is also anchored by down-tuned and groove-heavy riffs. Being the neglected love child however means the band has also developed apart from its roots, most noticeably by adding a great deal of beauty to the chords employed in the more melodic passages.

    Front man Paolo Colavolpe is an absolute maniac. The breakdown at the end of 'Hey Stranger!' is the best breakdown I've heard since the mid 2000's. This is just a fantastic record. I hope it will eventually gain more traction with fans of extreme progressive metal.

     False Negative by MANTRIC album cover Studio Album, 2020
    3.00 | 1 ratings

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    False Negative
    Mantric Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

    Review by TCat
    Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

    — First review of this album —
    3 stars Mantric comes from Norway and is a band that has been around since 2007. Their music was originally a form of Tech/Extreme prog with lyrics that are Christian oriented. They didn't release an album until 2010 (called "The Descent") and another in 2015 (called "Sin"). It seems they release an album every 5 years, and sure enough, in 2020, they released their 3rd album "False Negative". Their first 2 albums were definitely centered in the Tech/Extreme style with both clean and dirty vocals, the music was very progressive and well constructed using all of the traits of the genre.

    Their 3rd album, however, sees them taking a turn away from their original sound, even though the main trio of musicians on the 2nd album are still involved for this one. There is still a semblance of what they once were, but unfortunately, they seem to have taken on a more accessible sound with less progressiveness and more of an alternative, heavy feel. This is disappointing since the band showed some promise on "Sin" even though I have never been one to listen to Christian metal of any kind (on purpose anyway).

    The change is obvious right from the first track. It starts off with "Polyanna" which tries to fool the listener into thinking that not much has changed with both clean and screaming vocals. However, the band has that alternative sound even in the instruments and the screaming vocals sound more like "screamo" than "extreme metal". The first half of the album continues mostly in this vein. "Queen Fatigue" features a harsh vocal based on a single one-note melody against a weak background accompaniment. "Norwegian Dastard is a bit more interesting, at least from a heavy standpoint, but it is not at all technical or progressive, just dark and somewhat interesting but with no emotions in the vocals and a repetitive piano chord sequence that borrows from r&b from the 50's. "Dawn" struggles along at first but eventually explodes and becomes more interesting, but only for a short time before it meanders back to its uninteresting melody.

    The last four tracks are a bit better as "The Towering Mountain" gets more progressive and reflects a more extreme sound, but the vocalist still sounds more like a "screamo" singer. "Darling Demon" increases the ante a bit, but it's just too uninteresting to keep my attention for very long. "Starmonger" is the best track on the album, however, not for the reasons you might think as it is fairly atmospheric with only a few heavier spots. By the time it's over, there isn't really any excitement that lingers when the last track ends.

    What edge the band possessed is mostly missing on this album that sees the band strive to increase its audience, but does so at a price that probably won't sit well for their previous audience. Because of it's strengths, it manages to pull off a 3 star rating, but those strengths are too far between as the band seems to have lost its edge that it had in their past albums. It's not a complete failure though, there are some passages that are salvageable, but the question is, is it enough to want to invest money or time in the album? For me, it's one that I won't come back to very often.

     Live in Plovdiv (split with Enslaved) by OPETH album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2017
    3.27 | 6 ratings

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    Live in Plovdiv (split with Enslaved)
    Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

    Review by Corcoranw687

    3 stars This is one of the most curious releases on this entire website, to me at least. In 2015 one of the most beloved bands in the prog world performed 8 songs with an orchestra, only once. Most fans of the band have heard three songs from this set included in the Sorceress deluxe edition(none of which are included here), but as soon as I heard those I knew I had to have the rest. It was so hard to track down, only being included in an edition of a magazine, and I sort of just gave up. One day I just happened upon this entry in progarchives, 4 ratings no reviews, one of the best bands currently going performing with a symphony orchestra, showcasing five of their best songs in a new and interesting light... oh and then the opening track from Enslaved's album E closes the disc...? What on earth is this madness? Why did I not find these performances until recently? Should I have to hide the fact that I only heard them as a result of a YouTube playlist because finding a physical copy appears to be impossible? Seriously, I typed "Opeth live Plovdiv purchase" into google and only found said playlist, songs having 3 comments at most with people saying "why have I never heard this before?". I feel like I am venturing into something I shouldn't be, why on earth isn't this talked about and listened to all the time? Was Mikael unhappy with the result? Was this filmed, the orchestra part or even the full concert? So many questions. This release gets 3.75 stars from me, if we had the full concert it would likely be higher but as a release this is incomplete and weird. There must be more to this story

    Eternal Rains Will Come is the opening song of the concert and it's a good choice for this setting. First things that are noticeable are the large horn section and we apparently have a choir as well! This was a brilliant choice, they are used in clever fashion during Demon of the Fall but otherwise this is your typical unlistenable live performance of this song. It's a lot of fun live but Mikael's vocals during this song do not work anymore. The Devil's Orchard is the best interpretation of this bunch, you really feel the choir during the chorus and the horn section really owns the bass-dominated part around 4:50, a very thoughtful interpretation. The Grand Conjuration is a monster of a song but the orchestra sort of takes a backseat during this one, popping up to add a flourish now and then but generally not intruding as much as the previous song where they completely transformed it. Deliverance is great as always, a lot of focus on the choir which was a surprise to me. Hearing them vocalize some of the riffs in this song is entertaining as they struggle to keep time. Everybody also kinda vanishes halfway through the song, and by the ending riff(where you would expect the orchestra to add to the epic finale) there are no traces of them. Odd. Oh, and we conclude this release with Enslaved's brilliant song Storm Son, which is not even the best part of E, definitely check that out if you haven't. Regardless, even though I can see a complete crossover of fanbases, it's just strange to end an Opeth concert with an Enslaved single, isn't it? Odd. This whole thing's odd.

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