Cruise to the Edge 2018 Review: 5 nights of prog on the high seas

Cruise to the Edge 2018 Review: 5 nights of prog on the high seas

Once again the prog rock world descended upon Tampa, FL in Feb. This time for the 5th Cruise to the Edge, the progressive rock festival on the ocean headlined by Yes, the band for which the cruise is named. Co-headliners Marillion and Steve Hackett returned to the ship, having performed in previous years, providing a wealth of prog royalty to the stages. With bands like Saga playing their final shows since announcing their retirement and the new supergroup Sons of Apollo, debuting as a live act upon the ship, the festivities were sure to please any form of progressive rock fan. Returning as well were cruise regulars Neal Morse, Haken, IO Earth, Dave Kerzner, and Moon Safari, along with a few newcomers in Eric Gillette, and Knifeworld.  And this is just a few of the artists that performed. All in all, there were more than 25 performers making this one of the fullest trips yet and creating quite a dilemma for the schedule makers as well as the concert goers.

The ship sailed out of Tampa on Saturday, Feb 3rd on the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas and was scheduled to make two stops in Belize and Costa Maya, Mexico.  The addition of a 5th night, previous cruises were 4, offered a bit more breathing room and created anticipation that it would be easier to see more of the bands.  As it turns out, a full 2 weeks still might not be enough. There is just too much to see and do. It’s a good problem perhaps, but decisions had to be made, even for someone reviewing the cruise. So we all try to see as much as we could. This began immediately upon the sail away when Glass Hammer kicked of the festivities up on the pool stage, the usual meeting place to begin. The band sounded great and were joined by former member and current Yes lead singer Jon Davison for a few songs including their epic “If the Stars.”  Meanwhile, Steve Hackett was performing his first of two shows in the main theater, the Pacifica Theater. Depending on what color assignment you had for the theater shows, determined whether or not you were seeing Glass Hammer by the pool. Hackett’s band was in stellar form opening with a few solo numbers like “Please don’t touch” and “Every day.” One of the highlights certainly had to be the addition of the song he wrote with Steve Howe when they were in the band GTR, “When the heart rules the mind.”  The song sounded current and fit right in with the rest of the set.  Later, Hackett concluded his show with Genesis classics “Supper’s Ready,” “The Musical Box,” and “Dance on a Volcano.”  Already the bar was set too high.  After a brilliantly melodic set from Moon Safari, it was off to see a bit of Haken who were treating fans to performances of full albums.  On this first show of two on the ship they performed their classic sophomore album Visions.  The epic title track had the audience in a trance until the final note.

Steve Hackett

The most anticipated show of the evening was the very first live show by Sons of Apollo, the new supergroup featuring the unappointed mayor of prog cruises, Mike Portnoy, along with Derek Sherinian, Bumblefoot, Billy Sheehan, and Jeff Scott Soto. The group released their debut album Psychotic Symphony back in Oct 2017, but had yet to play together. The group ran through songs from the album including the epics “God of the Sun,” “Labyrinth,” and “Opus Maximus.”  Despite a few kinks, which would be expected for a first performance, the band sounded great and sound the potential of what was yet to come.  The show also had a somber moment as lead singer Jeff Scott Soto announced to the audience that he had just learned that his brother had died while he was on the ship. Showing what a fine performer he is, Soto was able to push through and deliver an emotional performance.  He did a perfect take on the middle section of the Queen song “The Prophet Song,” and then sang a heartfelt tribute to his brother with another Queen classic, “Save Me.”  It was a beautiful moment and one appreciated by all in attendance. The band closed the set with the Dream Theater song “Lines in the Sand” which was fitting for this group as Sherinian and Portnoy were both in that band when this song was first recorded.  It was a fine first set and set the stage for their even more anticipated second show later in the cruise.

Sons of Apollo

The second day, a day at sea, began early with competing Q&A sessions from Steve Hackett and Yes, both occurring at the same time.  Other Q&A’s from Glass Hammer and Dave Kerzner, and an acoustic set from IO Earth rounded out the morning.  Saga were a band many on the ship made time to see, as they had announced these would be some of the final shows before completing their final tour celebrating 40 years.  Their pool stage show dominated the early afternoon.  After a highly successful turn on last year’s cruise, Focus, were another band that were sure to excite as most went to see them right after Saga. This was followed by Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy which brought the nostalgia to an prog climax. Yes performed their first set in the main theater in the afternoon delivering a set mixed with fan favorites and mega-hits.  Original keyboard player Tony Kaye joined the band for a few songs.  The encore of the set included “Yours is No Disgrace,” “Roundabout,” and “Starship Trooper.”  The Hall of Fame group continue to defy expectations and prove they are here to stay.

Yes

Another interesting performance was the late night theater show from Neal Morse.  Known for his prog epics, having appeared on previous cruises with Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard, and the Neal Morse Band, no one was sure what to expect from his one-man acoustic show.  Using a mix of keys, percussion, acoustic guitars and a sampling device known as a Looper, he quickly showed how one man can turn into a full band with the push of a button.  He performed songs from his upcoming singer/songwriter album Life & Times, along with a few songs from previous albums.  He commands the stage like very few prog rockers, holding the audience in the palm of his hand with every word, injecting a bit of humor at every turn.  Of course, with so many of his fellow bandmates aboard the ship it was not a surprise when he introduced Casey McPherson, Mike Portnoy, and Eric Gillette for the Flying Colors song “The Storm,” and the Neal Morse Band song “Waterfall.” He then brought out one more surprise with Pete Trewavas came out to perform with the rest doing Transatlantic’s “We all need some light.”  It turned into one of the more memorable shows on the ship.  But that was not all for the night as Dave Kerzner and his incredible band turned in a powerful concert on the pool stage. Playing songs from this two solo albums, Kerzner showed why he has become a staple on these events.  Steve Hackett joined him for a rousing rendition of Kerzner’s solo song “Stranded” from his album New World, on which Hackett played on the original recording. It is the joining of guests on each other’s sets that helps elevate these concerts to being so memorable. You don’t see this kind of stuff at regular shows.

Dave Kerzner

Monday was a stop in Belize, so this allowed for some time to sleep in as no bands were performing until the late afternoon.  Yes played their second set while singer/songwriter and vocalist for Flying Colors, Casey McPherson did his set in the atrium only joined by cello player, Tony.  Playing mostly solo material, with a couple of FC songs thrown in, McPherson showed why he fits right in with the prog crowd as he captivated the audience with his soulful voice and invited them to create a vocal choir for the song “Peaceful Harbor.”  Haken performed their second set on the pool stage, this time playing their breakthrough album The Mountain.  For those that first knew the band from this album, this set was a true highlight.  Singer Ross Jennings has become one of prog’s leading frontman, commanding the stage with ease while the incredible players in the band dazzle with their instruments. Marillion took the final slot of the evening in the main theater playing their album F.E.A.R. in its entirety.  For fans of the band, any chance to see this band is appreciated and they again did not disappoint.  Hogarth and Rothery delivered epic performances as one would expect.

Amid all the great performances were all the additional events to take in from the art displays of Carl Palmer and Roger Dean to the live broadcast of SiriusXM radio host Eddie Trunk, who made his second trip back to CTTE to broadcast the virtues of progressive rock to his loyal listeners. Each Sons of Apollo member made an appearance, as well as members of Yes, Marillion, and even Prog Report author Roie Avin, who also led a trivia session on the ship in support of the book Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums. Perhaps the most engaging nightly event is the Late Night Live jam put on every year by host Rob Rutz. Dozens of incredible amateur musicians, coming from all over the world, played some of the most challenging prog songs ever cerated and pulled off some amazing performances. Throw in Brook Hansen at the piano bar singing prog classics, or a little Karaoke on the 13th deck for good measure and there is no shortage of additional entertainment on the ship.

SiriusXM show Trunk Nation

Tuesday took the boat to Costa Maya, Mexico. Enchant returned to CTTE and played their first set on the pool stage for plenty of fans that chose to stay on the ship. Playing songs from their classic debut album, A Blueprint of the World, and other great songs from their vast catalog, the group sounded as tight as ever. Ted Leonard’s vocals continue to impress year after year. Great shows were scattered throughout the day from Lifesigns, Gong, and the second theater show by Marillion, this time featuring a mix of songs from thir enormous catalog. Thank you Scientist played their best set of the ship on the pool in the evening showcasing songs from their 2 albums. The band’s new members proved themselves capable of continuing the upward trajectory of this fine group. Meanwhile, in the center of the ship, Neal Morse Band guitarist Eric Gillette made his live debut with 3 members of Haken as his backing band. The guitarist played and sang songs from his prog metal release The Great Unknown to a full audience who had been waiting for this moment for years. The following day he would perform his second set at the pool and be joined by Mike Portnoy on drums for a couple of Dream Theater numbers, “The Root of All Evil,” and “The Dance of Eternity.” There was a lot to choose from the ret of the night with singer/songwriter sets from Casey McPherson followed by Neal Morse, IO Earth in the main theater providing their heavier brand of prog, to the second show from Sons of Apollo, who played a different set than the first night and sounded way more in synch, closing with their hit “Coming Home” to major applause. It was a long and very windy night.

Eric Gillette

The final day, Wednesday, provided a chance to catch up on a few acts that were missed over the first few days, like as well as a chance to relax from the overwhelming nature of the first 4 days.The day began with a beautiful tribute to John Wetton by the pool with friends and bandmates from Carl Palmer to Dave Kerzner talking and playing a few of John’s songs to the fans that adored his music so much. He was greatly missed on the ship. There was plenty more to see from Saga’s final appearance in the main theater to Adrian Belew Power Trio who mesmerize with their abilities to Lifesigns, who continue to be one of prog’s best kept secrets. Martin Barre, Baraka, Knifeworld, and Bad Dreams filled out another great day of prog. The night concluded with Steve Hackett’s final set followed by Dave Kerzner in the atrium rocking the ship with his solo material, even joined by Geoff Downes for a number.

Thank You Scientist

Aside from the all the music, the main thing to notice is the interaction between the bands and fans, as both are so appreciative to each other. Performers like Mike Portnoy and Steve Hackett freely walk the ship knowing they will be asked to sign something or take a picture every 3 feet, but do so gladly every time. Although I imagine they would like to be left alone for a minute to eat dinner.  Over the years, those that continue to return to the cruise, do so not only for the music, but because of the camaraderie with the other fans. These have become close friends and this trip like a family reunionm with many already booking the trip to next year’s sailaway, Feb 4th-9th.

Kudos to all involved form Larry, Gene, Taylor and the rest of the On The Blue team that put this show on together and to all the bands who continue to see this event’s value and provide the ultimate escape to their endlessly loyal fans. See you all next year!

Pics of Neal Morse, Steve Hackett, Sons of Apollo, Yes & Dave Kerzner by Joel Barrios

Concert Review: G3 Tour with Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Phil Collen in Ft. Lauderdale: 2-1-18

Concert Review: G3 Tour with Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Phil Collen in Ft. Lauderdale: 2-1-18

Concert: G3 with Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Phil Collen

Venue: Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2-1-18

Since its inception in 1995, Joe Satriani’s G3 guitar extravaganza has continuously brought the best guitar players in together all over the world.  It has been a celebration of what the instrument and these players are capable of.  Satriani has always been the organizer and headliner but the two guitarists that joined the tour each time out have varied from the likes of Eric Johnson and Kenny Wayne Shepherd to Steve Vai and Steve Morse.  There have always been surprises as well and this year proved to go that route again with guitarists John Petrucci of Dream Theater and Phil Collen of Def Leppard joining the traveling guitar showcase.  Petrucci had been on the tour the most of any guitarists outside of Satriani and Steve Vai, most recently in 2012, but Collen was a new and unexpected entry.  With Def Leppard, Collen had guitar solo moments but few had heard him as a instrumental player but he certainly has been known to shred so how he would do in this environment was something to look forward to.

Phil Collen

Collen kicked off the set as a trio with the bassist and drummer from his side blues project Delta Deep. They ran through a couple of high speed rockers with Collen blazing through the numbers. They were then joined by extraordinary vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook, the singer for Delta Deep. Blackwell-Cook has a soulful voice, the kind that harkens back to old blues records, while her voice is powerful enough to reach the back row without a microphone.  The set continued with a few songs from the debut album by Delta Deep.  Songs like “Mistreated” and “Down in the Delta” sounded great and had the crowd on their feet.  Collen proved he could stand out of the massive shadow cast by Def Leppard.

John Petrucci

John Petrucci took to the stage joined by fellow virtuosos Dave LaRue on bass and his Dream Theater bandmate Mike Mangini on drums.  The opened surprisingly with the theme from the recent Wonder Woman movie.  Turns out it makes for a very capable Dream Theater-esque tune when placed in Petrucci’s hands.  Much of the rest of the set was culled from Petrucci’s only solo instrumental album from 2005 Suspended Animation.  Heavy, powerful numbers like “Jaws of Life” and “Damage Control” are tailor made for a concert like this and are perfect representations of Petrucci’s guitar prowess.  Petrucci is one of the world’s great guitarists and is a treasure to watch perform live.

Joe Satriani

After a very brief intermission, Satriani began his set with the first 2 songs from his new album What Happens Next, “Energy” and “Catbot.”  The show and the production were a step up from the opening sets but then again, Satriani always puts on an exemplary show.  He is a guitar showman as much as a guitar genius. The set was made largely of songs from the new album.  Interesting and inventive songs like “Cherry Blossom” and “Thunder High on the Mountain” fit in perfectly and captivated the audience.  Of course, he closed the set with his live staples “Always With You, Always With Me” and “Summer Song.”  Satriani is a master, but only for what he can play, but how he plays it, as well as the songs he composes.  Live, there are few who can compare and this is why he continues to dazzle us year after year.

Of course, no G3 show is complete without a jam session to close things out.  The set was made of three rock classics, Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”, Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious” and “I’m Going Down.”  The jam lasted a while but allowed the three guitarists to have some more fun and treat the fans to as much music as possible over a nearly 3 hour night.  G3 was as good as ever thanks to these incredible musicians.

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Onségen Ensemble’s – Awalaï

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Onségen Ensemble’s – Awalaï

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This instrumental album caught my ear almost immediately. This melodic instrumental gets better as it goes. If you do give it a spin make sure to listen to the whole album.

By the time you get into the title track (track #4). You can see how this album turns towards the dramatic and is not firmly ensconced in what I love about progressive rock.

If you are like me and never heard of them, please request a track below and have us play you a track from this wonderful album.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING: (0.0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY: (4.0 / 5)
HEAVINESS: (2.0 / 5)
MELODIC: (3.5 / 5)
ARTWORK: (4.0 / 5)
DRAMA: (4.5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING: (4.0 / 5)

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

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

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

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

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

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Mark’s Quick Reviews:  Tautologic’s – Re-Psychle

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Tautologic’s – Re-Psychle

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Here is another Chicago band I am excited to share with you. Their second album Re:Psychle is a diverse sounding band. Sometimes silly sometimes serious, sometimes funky, sometimes jazzy, always interesting.

They don’t particularly line up with my tastes on last.fm so if you are inclined like me to listen to the pink floyd side of prog and less the Gentle Giant side you might want to take a pass.

For fans of Gentle Giant and Caravan or other Canterbury prog you should certainly give this local band a spin.

This has special guest contributions from Grammy-winning musicians Nick Photinos (cello) and Michael Maccaferri (clarinets) of Eighth Blackbird, was mixed by Grammy-nominated producer Rick Barnes.

These ratings are a little low but that is more based on my own personal likes and is not a reflection of poor work.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING: (0.0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY: (1.5 / 5)
HEAVINESS: (1.5 / 5)
MELODIC: (1.5 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING: (4.0 / 5)
DRAMA: (2.0 / 5)
OVERALL RATING: (2.5 / 5)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Fernando Perdomo – Out to Sea (Album Review)

Fernando Perdomo – Out to Sea (Album Review)

For some prog fans the name Fernando Perdomo might not be too familiar, unless of course you are a fan of Dave Kerzner. In the last few years, Perdomo has been the guitarist for Dave Kerzner on albums and live shows and making a name for himself in prog circles. His talent has certainly been on display as a great lead player, as has been his Bowler hat and black coat, which he will not leave home without. But take one listen to his debut prog-rock solo album, Out to Sea, and it will be astonishing that he is not one of the most well-known musicians on the planet. Not only are the songs beautiful and the production brilliant, but Perdomo plays all the instruments, guitars, bass, keys, and drumms (except for one song). Described by Perdomo as drawing inspiration from classic 70s Art Rock albums by the likes of Steve Hackett, Peter Banks, Steve Howe, and Jan Akkerman, Out to Sea is an album that must be experienced as it is truly a fantastic piece of art.

It is common to hear an artist was inspired by classic sounds when recording a new album. The uniqueness of this album is that it sounds straight out of the 70s. All the sounds, from the drums to the guitar and keyboard tones, sound real and organic, and the production recalls classic albums by Yes and Genesis. This alone is a great achievement. It takes you back and you feel lifted into another time and place. To further the point, the album artwork was done by Paul Whitehead who created the Trespass, Nursery Cryme, and Foxtrot covers for Genesis.

The opening track “The Architect” is listed as a tribute to the great Peter Banks, and it takes one listen to immediately get that vibe. The middle uptempo section is raw and groovy all at once before shifting into various time changes. Perdomo’s use of multiple guitars and layers is outstanding and demands that you listen to the songs multiple times so not to miss anything.

The highlight has to be the third song, “De Boerderij,” which says is a tribute to Focus, but also recalls the stylings of Steve Hackett. This is such a beautiful song, it defies description. The same can be said for songs “The Future According to Roye” and “The Dream” which is bridges the use of acoustic guitars and space age moog sounds. Of course, what would a prog album be without an epic, here in the form of the final track “Dreaming in Stereo Suite,” a perfect title for the song. The song begins with a delicate piano passage before drums break the softness. Genesis seems to be a clear inspiration in the early stages of the song, but that quickly changes as the song explores multiple moods.

This album was really a surprise. Many guitar solo albums are different versions of the same thing; not the case here. From the first listen, Out to Sea is captivating as it is different. In the album bio, Perdomo is quoted saying “This record is a tribute to the sounds that made me the person and musician I am today.” Congrats to Fernando Perdomo for having a vision and seeing it all the way through is such glorious fashion. Definitely pick up this album.

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Released on Feb 9th, 2018

Key Tracks: Out to Sea, De Boerderij

“Out To Sea” Track Listing
Side 1
1. The Architect (Tribute To Peter Banks)
2. Out To Sea
3. De Boerderij (tribute to Focus)
4. Roses Spread All Over The World
5. The Future According to Roye (Tribute To Roye Albrighton)
Side 2
6. The Dream
7. Sonja
8. Dreaming in Stereo Suite

“Out To Sea” Credits
All songs written by Fernando Perdomo
All instruments by Fernando Perdomo
Drums on “The Dream” by Eddie Zyne
Produced and Engineered by Fernando Perdomo

Mark’s Quick Review: M’Z’s – Prisme

Mark’s Quick Review: M’Z’s – Prisme

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This fusion-rock-electro-jazz band showed up a few weeks back and I just gave it a spin for the first and second time.

This is very “jazzy” for my taste but there is enough rock in there so you don’t have to be a jazz musician to enjoy listening to it.

This project focuses on creating parallels between colors and musical modes (musical colors) but it is also an excuse to create a personal story.

So while this album is not in my sweet spot of prog I did enjoy it.

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PREVIOUS BAND RATING: (0.0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY: (1.5 / 5)
HEAVINESS: (2.0 / 5)
MELODIC: (3.5 / 5)
ARTWORK: (3.5 / 5)
DRAMA: (3.0 / 5)
OVERALL RATING: (3.0 / 5)

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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