Posts Tagged ‘Progressive Rock’


The Fall of Troy – In The Unlikely Event

September 28, 2009


The Fall of Troy

In The Unlikely Event

01. Panic Attack! – 3:34
02. Straight-Jacket Keelhauled – 2:24
03. Battleship Graveyard – 5:10
04. A Classic Case of Transference – 4:43
05. Single – 3:06
06. Empty the Clip, the King Has Been Slain, Long Live the Queen! – 3:17
07. People and Their Lives – 6:18
08. Dirty Pillow Talk 4:18
09. Nobody’s Perfect – 4:44
10. Webs – 4:18
11. Walk of Fame – 5:20
12. Nature Vs. Nurture – 5:43


[Recommendation] Hello Madness – Light and Life After Dusk

December 14, 2008


Alejandro Millán, ex member of Stream Of Passion and Elfonía released his debut solo album on popular bittorent site Demonoid on the 21st of November 2008. Along with Alejando, there is Pablo González-Sarre on bass and Enrique González on drums. Alejando does the vocals, piano, keyboards and concertina.

The news article mentioned it was a blend of progressive and alternative rock with influences from Porcupine Tree, Muse, Keane and Coldplay. This drew my attention as I am a huge Porcupine Tree fan and 90% of my library is a mix of those two genres. On the other hand I was thinking to myself this is going to be a mess of different sounds mashed together. Keane and Coldplay I strongly dislike and Muse are just above average at best. It was at this point I got it, it’s free so why not!

This album certainly would appeal to fans of neo-prog with it’s dark beat and slow tempo along with the depressive lyrics. “I long for you, I die for you” Really I feel it is Blackfield meets Keane. To me it is not as progressive as bands such as Porcupine Tree or Marillion but you can constantly hear the influence.

So in conclusion this is a great mix, creating a real emotional piece of music.

Sample: Destiny is too late download

Written by Oliver Sayers


[Review] The Dark Third – Pure Reason Revolution

December 3, 2008


I will assume you have not heard of Pure Reason Revolution before. They are a 4-piece Progressive Rock band formed in 2003 at the University of Westminster but originally formed in Reading, Berkshire under the name The Sunset Sound. Their sound is comparable to the likes of Porcupine Tree, Marillion and Pink Floyd. The credits for this album were; Chloë Alper, Jon Courtney, Andrew Courtney, James Dobson, Gregory Kong and Jamie Willcox. Two members, Dobson and Andrew Courtney left in November 2006 with Jong leaving in  early 2005 so I am not very certain on how much work he did for this.

They have released various singles and EPs but today I am reviewing, their debut album The Dark Third which was released on April the 10th 2006 by Holograph (Sony BMG) later to be dropped due to low record sales and they are now with Superball Music recording their latest. But do not let Sony’s miss judgement colour your opinion of this great band. The album title is referring to the ‘dark third’; this is the third of our lives we spend asleep and dreaming.

As a summary they are well known and loved, rightfully so for their fantastic vocal harmonising. I have not been blessed with this impressive sound in any other way similar to this album, with four vocalists all extremely talented this really does set them apart as I said. This is what got me it hooked in the first place, I was listening to my recommendations radio and all of a sudden, bam. Goshen’s Remains came on and I knew these guys were incredible.

Aeropause, a great opening track in my opinion. This is where PRR get to show us their great instrumental work by creating a relaxing, calm and psychedelic starter which is obviously why I mentioned Pink Floyd earlier. Nothing exactly stands out here, quite like a Floyd track does with sudden outbreaks of great keyboard solo’s or guitar but still nevertheless a great modern take on psychedelic music with PRR’s common electro flavour. This is really the only track with a true psychedelic sound. PRR do however keep bringing it back. Goshen’s Remains, right from the very beginning the guitar carries you into this special place, a soothing place. The outstanding vocal harmonies begin and it is like heaven. This track shows off their more heavier grunge sound later on, which I adore and suits them very well.

You might be thinking to yourselves in doubt at this point as to how all these different genres can be mixed so beautifully, it is similar to that of Fair to Midland. It just works! Some albums I find myself really disliking sudden changes in sound and often say to myself “this isn’t needed, keep to X sound.” As I said they have an electro sound to them which I bring up now as they layer it on top perfectly. It is not traditional electronic music however, it is more electronic pops and farts, space age beats added in to their classic sound.

Although they are heavily reliant on their vocal harmonising in which the guys harmonise with Chloë and sing the back up, Apprentice of the Universe does not feature Chloë on vocals for the first couple of minutes which brings a nice change to the table.

Their darker sound, comparable to the likes of Marillion and Porcupine Tree as I said above is most prominent for the first minute or so of Nimos & Tambos and for me was a great surprise, I am a huge fan of the neo-prog subgenre and they do not disappoint in this field. The drum work is also fantastic on this song, simple rhythms to complex patterns, Andrew can do it all.

As a conclusion then, a remarkable debut that really shows me that this band is going places. I do think instrumentally there is room for improvement, or more epicness. You know, let them break out into an amazing solo or two. Really though I am nitpicking, the sound they create would not exactly need this. I just feel it could be one way for them to progress and bring in a wider audience. I personally would like to hear some more electronic work as well to bring them even further apart from anything else I have heard.

[B+] A different sound to most Prog Rock album’s that shouldn’t disappoint. Dark and upbeat. Powerful, yet calm.

Written by Oliver Sayers