Mark’s Quick Review: Phideaux’s – Infernal

Mark’s Quick Review: Phideaux’s – Infernal

So, this is a special double album for me to review. I have been a huge Phideaux fan since 2009 and we have been friends nearly as long. This is a perfect example of why I think its a great idea for reviewers to rate their opinion of the band going into a review, which we do above.

Infernal has also been one of the most difficult albums to review as it is a double album. I also felt like I needed to listen to the first two albums of the trilogy, The Great Leap and Doomsday Afternoon, before listening to Infernal; therefore, this review is the culmination of 12 hours of listening to Phideaux albums.

Not only have I heard this album numerous times now, but I have heard early versions of some of these songs in 2012 when he performed them at a house concert here in Chicago, at Terra Incognita, and at the CRS show in Maltby UK.

If you notice in my ratings above, I put accessibility down as a medium number. This album needs a bunch of listens to really get your ears around – which is completely foreign to me with a Phideaux album. Then add this to the equation – How can Infernal be less accessible with all the call backs to the first two albums of the trilogy, Doomsday Afternoon and The Great Leap? The answer is: I am not sure, but maybe this album is so multifaceted that it takes a while to take it all in.

After 3 listens I finally put together some of those call backs. Certainly, “Inquisitor” hearkens back to, “Thank You for the Evil”. “Crumble” and “Tumbleweed” are intentionally derivative of the first two Crumbles on Doomsday Afternoon and, “From Hydrogen to Love”, the 14 minute climax, has some melodies from, “MicroDeath Softstar”.

Wordplay is back in too. No spoonerisms, but the, “Sourdome” is an anagram of, “Dormouse” and the song is a full reprise of, “Dormouse”. But wait that is not in the trilogy! Ok, well that’s good because I think I have heard more call backs to the underrated Number Seven album as well.

Which lead me to the lyrics. Phideaux, Andy Tillison, and Neil Peart are my three favorite lyricists. They all have more than a decade of thought provoking and entertaining lyrics.

The more time you give this album, the more it gives back to you. So, keep peeling back the onion. Get into the center of this. You will be glad you did.

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
2: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
4: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
6: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
8: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
10: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
2: Weather Report
4: Zappa
6: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
8: Marillion – F.E.A.R
10: Kino – Picture

 

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
2: IQ – Seventh House
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
10: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
2: Opeth – Black Water Park
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
10: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
2: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
4: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
6: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
8: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
10: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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Mark’s Quick Review: Mystery’s – Lies and Butterflies

Mark’s Quick Review: Mystery’s – Lies and Butterflies

Mystery is a Canadian band which I have only seen live twice but I have seen parts of this album performed live in Germany recently. Jean Pageau is wonderful and a solid replacement for Benoit David.

This album has some true highlights for me which you can request below.

The album is bookended by two epic songs. The album does a solid job at capturing the live performances thanks to some grandiose parts in the two epics.

If you like Mystery this album will not disappoint you. If you were on the fence with this band check out one of the highlights listed below this album deserves you attention.

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If you have never read the key for my ratings below please do so one time. I feel my ratings are tougher than my peers. Also Check my last.fm link to see how compatible our music tasts are.

https://www.last.fm/user/mon40/library/artists

Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
2: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
4: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
6: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
8: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
10: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
2: Weather Report
4: Zappa
6: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
8: Marillion – F.E.A.R
10: Kino – Picture

 

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
2: IQ – Seventh House
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
10: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
2: Opeth – Black Water Park
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
10: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
2: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
4: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
6: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
8: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
10: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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Mark’s Quick  Review:  The Aaron Clift Experiment’s – If All Goes Wrong

Mark’s Quick Review: The Aaron Clift Experiment’s – If All Goes Wrong

I have given this album a few listens. This Texas crossover prog band is well liked in the progrock community. We did see them play at Rosfest, their only concert outside of Austin.

I really want to like them but I just can’t recommend this album. There is a lot of energy and the bridge’s of the songs are pretty good. I like how they have brought some brashy Texas elements into their music as well. I just struggle with the vocals being yelled more than sung.

I think their music has more of an impact live. This sounds like Kansas without a lead singer as good as Steve Walsh. If you think that is something you might like by all means queue a song up on our request system and hear for yourself. If you are ever in the Austin area check them out and don’t forget ProtoberFest 2018.

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If you have never read the key for my ratings below please do so one time. I feel my ratings are tougher than my peers. Also Check my last.fm link to see how compatible our music tasts are.

https://www.last.fm/user/mon40/library/artists

Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
2: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
4: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
6: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
8: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
10: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
2: Weather Report
4: Zappa
6: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
8: Marillion – F.E.A.R
10: Kino – Picture

 

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
2: IQ – Seventh House
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
10: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
2: Opeth – Black Water Park
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
10: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
2: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
4: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
6: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
8: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
10: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

See if our likes are similar See my Last.fm Page

Mark’s Quick Review: Ghost’s – Prequelle

Mark’s Quick Review: Ghost’s – Prequelle

This varied genre band that can be discribed as Heavy metal, doom metal, hard rock, psychedelic rock progressive rock, or pop rock has made an album for prog fans in Prequelle.

Usually the band is too heavy for the middle of the road prog fan. This time if anything its too poppy. When they were asked about how mainstream America is reacting to their new sound they are quoted as saying America is absolutely welcoming us with open legs

This album is full of shorter songs with enjoyable medleys. Its for fans of Opeth’s Damnation.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Request Rats Here

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If you have never read the key for my ratings below please do so one time. I feel my ratings are tougher than my peers. Also Check my last.fm link to see how compatible our music tasts are.

https://www.last.fm/user/mon40/library/artists

Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
2: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
4: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
6: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
8: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
10: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
2: Weather Report
4: Zappa
6: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
8: Marillion – F.E.A.R
10: Kino – Picture

 

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
2: IQ – Seventh House
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
10: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
2: Opeth – Black Water Park
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
10: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
2: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
4: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
6: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
8: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
10: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

See if our likes are similar See my Last.fm Page

Mark’s Quick Review: Tamarisk’s – Breaking The Chains

Mark’s Quick Review: Tamarisk’s – Breaking The Chains

This long lost music of Tamarisk was orginally released on cassette and cd in the early 80’s. All of Tamarisk’s tracks remastered from original quarter inch tapes.

This cd comes with Four newly recorded songs from Tamarisk’s 1984 live set, A 16 page booklet telling the story of Tamarisk, The lyrics to all 11 songs.

It is great that in the early 80’s that they were making Progressive Rock in the face of the current trends of the era. Here is the thing it does sound dated to me, I mean it is 40 years old. So I think if you go in knowing you will like this album.

Andy Grant vocals are guitar work is great to but maybe to high in the mix which does sound a bit muddy. I Still think that this is an album for fans for Marrillion, Fish or Pendragon.

Its a shame to think what could have been but the band did break up in 1984

Click above to purchase at Amazon US or Amazon UK and we’ll get a little referral bonus on your whole order. Even if you don’t order this album

If you have never read the key for my ratings below please do so one time. I feel my ratings are tougher than my peers. Also Check my last.fm link to see how compatible our music tasts are.

https://www.last.fm/user/mon40/library/artists

Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
2: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
4: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
6: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
8: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
10: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
2: Weather Report
4: Zappa
6: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
8: Marillion – F.E.A.R
10: Kino – Picture

 

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
2: IQ – Seventh House
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
10: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
2: Opeth – Black Water Park
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
10: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
2: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
4: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
6: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
8: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
10: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

See if our likes are similar See my Last.fm Page

Mark’s Quick Review: Toinen Toista’s – Toinen Toista

Mark’s Quick Review: Toinen Toista’s – Toinen Toista

This band really surprised me. I was looking at the artwork and I was expecting another under average album. I was wrong. This Finnish band has really captured the beauty of 70’s era prog.

The title track and the final epic track are the best tracks I believe and all songs are nice and moody. T

After listening a few times I even saw the beauty of the album art work.

I have linked the title track below to our request system. Give it a listen.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Request Toinen Toista Here

Click above to purchase at Amazon US or Amazon UK and we’ll get a little referral bonus on your whole order. Even if you don’t order this album

If you have never read the key for my ratings below please do so one time. I feel my ratings are tougher than my peers. Also Check my last.fm link to see how compatible our music tasts are.

https://www.last.fm/user/mon40/library/artists

Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
2: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
4: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
6: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
8: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
10: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
2: Weather Report
4: Zappa
6: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
8: Marillion – F.E.A.R
10: Kino – Picture

 

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
2: IQ – Seventh House
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
10: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
2: Opeth – Black Water Park
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
10: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
2: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
4: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
6: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
8: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
10: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

See if our likes are similar See my Last.fm Page

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