Mammal’s Top 25 In-Betweener Albums: #5 – #1
Posted by ChristopherMammal
Thus concludeth my selection of albums that couldeth be either prog rock or prog metal, as the mantis said unto the moth before eatething it. Muncheth, muncheth, went the mantis. “Ow! Verily, friggin’ oweth!” wailed the moth.
This is the first time I’ve started a music post with a biology lesson.
#5: Ayreon (Netherlands), prog metal
Song: Liquid Eternity
This was my first Ayreon album. I called my son and said: “Hey, listen to this fantastic new symphonic prog!” I really thought it was pure prog. Actually I think that about a lot of Arjen’s work. (My son said: “Nah, too many twiddly bits.”)
#4: Frost* (UK), neo-progressive rock
Song: No Me No You
The asterisk at the end of the band’s name is intentional. What it signifies, I have no idea. Frost* was a supergroup project that brought together members of two top British neo-prog bands, Arena and IQ. In many places their first album – this one – feels very much like prog metal.
#3: Porcupine Tree (UK), heavy prog
Porky Tree isn’t metal and never has been. In fact it started as a psychedelic/space rock band. Steven Wilson gradually steered the band towards heavier and more melancholy prog. This album happens to be my favourite by Porcupine Tree and its title song is my favourite by the band as well.
#2: Galahad (UK), neo-progressive rock
Album: Empires Never Last
Song: I Could be God
Other albums by Galahad tend to be more directly prog. This one could be prog metal too, don’t you think? The guitar riffs have a lot to do with that, although the album is still rich in keyboards as one would expect from prog.
#1: Haken (UK), heavy prog
Song: The Point Of No Return
This was Haken’s debut album, in 2010. Like their second album, Visions (2011), it was a big hit with prog fans and much less so with prog metal lovers. Their newest album, The Mountain (2013), marks Haken’s strong swing to prog metal. Their first two albums were my albums of the year in 2010 and 2011 respectively. I’ll be interested to see where The Mountain ranks in my Top 20 of 2013, which I’ll be posting at the end of next week.
About ChristopherMammalI've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.
Posted on December 19, 2013, in Mammal's Top 25 In-Betweener Albums and tagged Ayreon, Frost, Galahad, Haken, In-Betweener albums, metal, Music, Porcupine Tree, Prog. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.