White Noise: Prog 2011

A number of major prog acts released their albums this year, and fans of this genre are spoilt for choice. Here are some of the notable releases.

"Iconoclast" by Symphony X

SYMPHONY X – “ICONOCLAST”

Heavier than Dream Theater, this five piece band from New Jersey, USA, has been plying their trade in progressive metal since 1994. “Iconoclast”, their 8th album, comes in 2 formats – the usual 1 CD, and the limited edition 2 CDs.  You should really opt for the limited edition because it contains a second CD with 5 extra songs, the total length of which is almost the same as the first CD. Plus the 5 extra songs are not just fillers; they have excellent quality and are most certainly on par with those in the CD.

It goes without question that the band is extremely proficient in playing their instruments. One can’t help but marvel at how fiery guitar and keyboard solos were delivered so fluidly on a tightrope of tricky time changes. The combination of powerful drumming, devastating riffs and Russell Allen’s strong vocals create a potent force of music, perfect for driving the moshpit into a frenzy. From the opening track “Iconoclast” until the last song “Reign In Madness”, you will find yourself taken on an exhilarating journey of rousing, take no prisoners, power metal.

"Heritage" by Opeth

OPETH – “HERITAGE”

Upon listening to the purely instrumental serene piano and double bass opening track “Heritage”, it is natural for one to stop the CD player and take out the disc to verify whether it really is an Opeth album. The 10th observation (they label each of their albums as an observation) from this Swedish group is a natural culmination of its direction away from death metal towards prog, a journey which Opeth began with 2003’s “Damnation”. Turning down the distortion gain on their amplifiers, ditching the guttural growls but still retaining their long hair, their playing is infused with the spirit of Seventies’ rock. The absence of any metal song is likely to disappoint some fans, but those with open minds will find much delight in the band’s versatility on display here. Two introspective instrumentals bookend the album, “Heritage” at the start and the guitar dominated “Marrow of the Earth” at the end. Melancholic and brooding, the mood is perhaps best exemplified by the slow and sublime interplay between bass and lead guitar at the conclusion of “Häxprocess”. This latest work of Opeth is best listened to late in the night, glass of wine in hand.

"A Dramatic Turn Of Events" by Dream Theater

DREAM THEATER – “A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS”

Byzantine melodies, guitar monologues at light speed, cascading double bass drumming executed by a human octopus, 20 minute songs that cover every scale and time signature known to man, opinion is sharply divided over whether these are virtues or vices. Whatever the case may be, those features are commonly associated with the music of Dream Theater. The band has had a tumultuous year, caused by the sudden departure of their drummer Mike Portnoy, who was widely regarded as the backbone of the quartet. Determined not to call it a day, the remaining band members (Petrucci, Rudess and Myung) found a replacement drummer with technical credentials as impressive as Portnoy, and recorded this album. This time round, the drums are not as prominent in the sonic landscape as compared to their previous songs. Which, again, depending on taste, may not be a bad thing. The tracks in this album are more rock than metal, similar in mood to their 2009 release “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”. There are one or two schmaltzy Eighties’ sounding tunes, but when they get it right in the final three songs, the result is sublime. My favourite is the last song, “Beneath The Surface”, a beautiful acoustic number which will compel you to repeat play.

Tags: , , , ,


Mian‘s favourite musician is Lord Bobo. His Supreme Eminenceness is well known for his ability to play a total of 25 instruments, and to compose, perform, and produce albums all by himself. A veritable one-manmonkeyband (some say control freak), his career started its meteoric rise in the mid eighties with the release of his soundtrack to a movie starring him and the babelicious Apollonia Kotero. His songs about smooching, velvet rain and crying birds are considered modern classics. Waitaminit! Is His Supreme Eminenceness the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As…?

Posted on 15 December 2011. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.

Read more articles posted by .

Read this first: LB Terms of Use

31 Responses to White Noise: Prog 2011

  1. we go through your own write-up and also i enjoy what we offered from it it is really prosperous write-up and also well crafted will you head if i shared that i believe this can profit plenty of close friends in addition to associate thanks

  2. my partner and i read the write-up along with i really love whatever you provided inside it its extremely abundant document along with well crafted do you intellect plainly discussed this i do think this may gain many pals along with colleague many thanks

  3. my partner and i read ones document along with i really love whatever you provided inside it the extremely abundant content along with well crafted will you thoughts basically shared it i do believe this can advantage a great deal of friends and associate many thanks

  4. my partner and i read the content along with i really love whatever you provided inside it its extremely abundant document along with well crafted do you intellect plainly discussed this i do think this may gain many pals along with colleague many thanks

  5. when i went through your current article and i appreciate that which you supplied inside the quite prosperous content in addition to well crafted would you mind if i contributed that i believe this will likely profit a lot of good friends in addition to friend thanks

  6. i went through ones post along with i seriously really like what we presented within it it is incredibly wealthy article and well crafted can you thoughts only distributed it i'm sure it will advantage a lot of friends and also coworker appreciate it

  7. when i read through your article as well as i truly adore that which you supplied from it it is quite rich article in addition to well written would you head only contributed the item i'm sure this will likely benefit a lot of close friends as well as friend cheers

  8. we study your current document in addition to i love what you offered inside it it's quite abundant write-up in addition to well crafted does one mind if i contributed this i believe this will likely gain plenty of good friends as well as friend thanks

  9. we study the write-up in addition to i really love what you offered inside it it's really abundant document in addition to well crafted do you mind plainly discussed this i do think this will likely gain many good friends along with colleague thanks

  10. Terrific inspiring online video may take a look

  11. it seems like how the is fairly how it and I thanks for the good quality

  12. i read through the post as well as i seriously enjoy everything you made available from it it's very rich write-up as well as well written does one mind plainly propagated this i think this will gain a great deal of pals along with co-worker appreciate it

  13. my partner and i study your current content in addition to i appreciate what you offered inside it's really prosperous write-up and also well crafted would you thoughts if i contributed that i believe this can profit a lot of friends in addition to friend many thanks

  14. my partner and i study your current content in addition to i adore what you offered inside it's quite prosperous article and well crafted would you thoughts if i contributed that i'm sure this will likely profit a lot of good friends in addition to friend many thanks

  15. my partner and i read your own content along with i appreciate whatever you offered in it its really wealthy content and also well crafted will you head if i shared that i believe this can profit plenty of close friends in addition to associate many thanks

  16. my partner and i go through your own content and i really appreciate that which you provided in it the extremely prosperous content along with well crafted will you head if i shared that i believe this can profit plenty of close friends in addition to associate many thanks

  17. my partner and i went through ones content along with i really adore that which you provided inside the extremely prosperous content and well crafted will you thoughts basically shared that i do believe it will profit a great deal of friends in addition to associate many thanks

  18. when i study your current article in addition to i adore what we presented inside the incredibly prosperous content and well written can you thoughts only distributed that i'm sure it will benefit a lot of friends as well as friend many thanks

  19. i read the post along with i seriously love what you made available in it its very wealthy post along with well crafted can you intellect only distributed it i think this may advantage lots of pals and also coworker appreciate it

  20. my spouse and i study your article as well as i truly adore everything you supplied inside their very rich document in addition to well written do you mind easily propagated the item i do think this will benefit many buddies as well as co-worker cheers

  21. I appreciate fantastic facts and strategies

  22. That was an awesome opinion for this subject. I am sure to follow you know that I see how valuable your posts are. Keep up the good posts as I will be coming back. Again, nice post!

  23. i went through your own post and also i must say i really like what we presented within it it is really wealthy article and also well crafted would you head only shared it i'm sure this can advantage a lot of close friends and also associate cheers

  24. my partner and i read ones content along with i really adore that which you provided inside the extremely abundant content and well written will you thoughts basically shared that i do believe it will profit a great deal of friends and associate many thanks

  25. my partner and i go through your current content and i appreciate that which you offered in it the extremely loaded content along with well written will you intellect basically contributed that i do believe this will likely profit a great deal of good friends in addition to friend thanks

  26. i read the post along with i seriously appreciate whatever you made available in it its very wealthy post along with well crafted can you intellect only distributed it i think this may advantage lots of pals and also coworker appreciate it

  27. when i study your current article and also i must say i adore what we presented inside it is incredibly wealthy article and well written can you thoughts only distributed it i'm sure it will benefit a lot of friends as well as co-worker cheers

  28. when i went through ones article and i truly adore what we supplied inside it is incredibly wealthy article and well written would you thoughts only shared it i'm sure this can advantage a lot of friends and also co-worker cheers

  29. my spouse and i study your write-up and also i truly adore what we supplied inside it is really wealthy article and also well written would you thoughts only propagated the item i'm sure this will benefit a lot of buddies as well as co-worker thank you

  30. My spouse and I read through the write-up as well as I seriously enjoy everything you supplied from it its very rich post as well as well written, can you thoughts plainly distributed the idea? I think it will help lots of buddies along with coworkers thank you

  31. when i go through your own article and also i must say i adore that which you presented in it its incredibly wealthy post and well written can you intellect plainly distributed it i think it will advantage lots of pals and also coworker cheers