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    Porcupine Tree, Tool, Dream Theater, Yes, Gojira, Opeth, King Crimson, Riverside, Big Wreck
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    Guitar, bass, a bit of keys, bit less of drums

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  1. I listen to a fair bit of prog, so pretty much all those bands aren't mainstream.
  2. I had similar reservations going into the SW solo live show I attended years back, when Marco and Guthrie moved on. Turns out the scabs [Craig and Dave] were just as accomplished, despite me up to that point not being familiar with either musician.
  3. I've been focusing on some other new releases in anticipation of seeing PT this Friday in LA. Figure I can binge listen on my 4 hour drive. I'm confidently putting it 4th behind the generally accepted best three (in no order) DW, FoaBP, and IA. Like all their albums, it's different from the rest.
  4. Finally had a chance to run through the surround mix last night. It's really really really good. A lot of detail brought out, vocals are very clean/present, bass guitar jumps out in a good way, more synths than on the original. Everything this album could have been has been realized now.
  5. The Animals 2018 remix is out. Waiting on my 5.1 surround bluray to arrive, but have heard the stereo 2018 mix and it's vastly improved on the original. It sounds like a proper 'modern' recording (and it's not over compressed), and now is one of PF's best sounding albums instead of one of their worse.
  6. Haken's always been a guitar-centric prog band for me, but like PT the use of keyboards are excellent and fit well to accentuate mood. I also like The Cocoon although I haven't listened in a few months. It's got a variety of genres/styles, not as much pure riffage and more melodic than Haken's more proggish material can be. He has a good voice too. I previewed some songs from Tiktalika, and while 'fine' nothing grabbed me enough to bite on buying the whole album. Nothing I've heard from fans has convinced me otherwise.
  7. Looking at the varied and sometimes contrary replies/reviews since release doesn't speak the positive things fans think it does.
  8. Keeping true to recent posts on prog, Lonely Robot have a new album "A Model Life". There's a few youtube lyrics videos available. I've been avoiding listening to any of them, about to give the album its first spin. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lonely+robot+model **update -- have managed a few times through on the album, so far I'm enjoying it. Noting some repetition or themes from prior albums/songs (I'm giving benefit of the doubt to call them 'themes'). The one issue is certain ear piercing frequencies at very specific times with the vocals, almost like something he was using to increase presence is over hyping some upper frequencies in his vocals. I only have my free Amazon MP3 right now, but once the disc finally arrives I will be EQ'ing that flaw out as best I can.
  9. Full on beast mode. Nice touch doing all the synth parts too.
  10. I like the production a lot [super rich/full sounding, he tends to excel in his mixing]. Music is fine but more restrained than I prefer from Devy. Video is a throwaway/filler.
  11. You're just so dark and mysterious.
  12. Probably need to revisit the album. Been years since I gave it a complete spin. Based on memory definitely not top 10. This thread was started in 2012 when CA was released, suspect there's a lot of "new album" hype behind some of the opinions expressed. In retrospect, it was a blip on their musical radar when taken in context with the rest of their career (IMHO).
  13. I'd agree that Vector is the 'weakest' of the last 4 albums. I also don't care much for Aquarius, despite as you say it being very old schoolish proggy. Visions is the best of their earliest, although I haven't played it enough times to know anything other than it's not as strong as their newer albums.
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