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Best Respective Epics of the Past Two Decades

Mr. Not

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for the last decade, it's tougher for me to decide... It probably would have to be from Porcupine Tree or The Mars Volta. Right now I'd have to nominate:

TMV: Tetragrammaton, Cassandra Gemini

PT: Russia on Ice, Anesthetize


but also:

Angra - The Shadow Hunter :wub:


Currently I'm going with Tetragrammaton:




For the present decade, there's only two I consider, really. Almah's "Treasure of the Gods" which falls in favor ahead of Stratovarius's "Elysium". Neither are entirely outstanding though, I'm sure they will be surpassed by a later release or discovery of mine.

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Steven Wilson - Raider II


For such a great songwriter, he seems to have trouble with writing extensive pieces... The two I listed above are fantastic exceptions :)


Albums only? Or songs as well?


songs only, epic lengthy songs like 2112 (title track)

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Raider II is probably my favorite SW epic. Seeing it live was mind blowing.


Opeth - The Leper Affinity (This'll turn your brain into mush)

Dream Theater - Illumination Theory (2013)

Dream Theater - The Count of Tuscany (2011)

Devin Townsend Project - Planet of the Apes (2011)

Porcupine Tree - Even Less (1999)

Porcupine Tree - Arriving Somewhere But Not Here (2005)

Truckfighters - Mastodont (2014)

Truckfighters - Majestic (2009)

Ayreon - Into The Black Hole (200)

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If I were to go with a DT epic, only Octavarium would cut it. Love Count of Tuscany too though, usually ambient-like interludes fail to capture me and I just see them as filler - but that's definitely not the case here (or in Tetragrammaton, or going back to the 20th century Close to the Edge :D )
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