• Albums Bought: 2015

    Gen 11 2015, 8:24 di Mark_H

    When rating albums I try to do so in a historical context, that is how an album compares against the entire musical ancestry. This means that the best album for any given year, which most people would rate with top marks may not receive the same rating in my charts as only the best albums of all time should get the highest ratings... This chart includes compilations, live albums and also any non-Prog albums I buy.

    My Ratings:
    Note: I vote on a bell curve, anything above 6 is really good, anything below 4 really isn't :D
    9+ - Masterpiece
    8 - Incredible
    7 - Superb
    6 - Excellent
    5 - Average
    4 - Mediocre
    3 - Fans only
    2 - Completists only
    1 - Run screaming from the room!

    1. (=) King Crimson - Live At the Orpheum (2015) - 7.48 [+0.07]
    2. (+2) Van der Graaf Generator - After the Flood: At the BBC (2015) - 7.12 [+0.07]
    3. (-1) Gavin Harrison - Cheating The Polygraph (2015) - 7.10
    4. (-1) Il Balletto di Bronzo - Trys (1999) - 7.05
  • The Best Of 2011

    Gen 19 2012, 2:03 di onthewall2983

    1. Steven Wilson - Grace for Drowning


    A love letter to progressive rock, utilizing his unique voice and talents as a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist producer to full capacity, is proof the genre has more of a legacy than the Jann Wenner's of the world would have you believe. Certain songs contain benchmark progressive moments (especially the 23-minute opus "Raider II"), but some songs defy description or genres such as the ominous "Index" or dreamy ethereal instrumentals such as the title track, "Belle de Jour", and the closing minutes of the final song "Like Dust I Have Cleared From My Eye". It stands as a testament to his utter commitment as an artist, collaborator (in this case, with the many musicians who lend their unique talents to this, such as Steve Hackett, Tony Levin, Jordan Rudess and Theo Travis) and someone who clearly defies the throwaway elements so much popular music is cluttered with these days.
  • Gavin Harrison

    Lug 31 2010, 16:31 di az_i_dahak


    Gavin Harrison (b. May 28, 1963 in Harrow, London, England) is a British drummer and percussionist. He is best-known for playing with the British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree which he joined in 2002. As of 2008, he also plays with the band King Crimson.

    In 1983, Gavin played drums with the British progressive rock band Renaissance.

    Harrison has authored two instructional drum books entitled Rhythmic Illusions and Rhythmic Perspectives. He also wrote and produced his own instructional DVDs, Rhythmic Visions and Rhythmic Horizons, at his home studio.

    In 2007 Gavin collaborated with singer/extended range bass player 05Ric on a new CD project called Drop. Gavin released his first solo album Sanity & Gravity in 1998 to some critical acclaim.

    In 2008, Gavin joined King Crimson as part of a dual-drummer lineup with Pat Mastelotto. Gavin played a number of shows in the United States in August with the band.
  • OSI | Blood

    Mag 23 2010, 9:25 di wmterhaar

    Onderkoeld spacey, maar niet vlak.

    OSI is een project van ex-Dream Theatertoetsenist Kevin Moore en Fates Warninggitarist Jim Matheos. Dat doet een wervelwind aan noten in progmetalvorm veronderstellen, maar dat zijn slechts vooroordelen. Metal vormt maar een klein onderdeel van het muzikale recept op hun derde album, Blood. Prog is het album wel, maar dan meer de sfeervolle variant van Pink Floyd, Amplifier en Porcupine Tree. Gavin Harrison van laatstgenoemde act doet hier zelfs dienst als sessiedrummer.

    Het resultaat is sfeervol spacey op een nogal onderkoelde manier, die op het eerst gehoor als vlak bestempeld zou kunnen worden. Dat wordt nog versterkt door de afstandelijke, vaak gefilterde zang van Moore. Maar bij rustig en geconcentreerd luisteren, blijkt het op een subtiele manier allemaal erg spannend en perfect uitgedacht. Dat geldt ook voor Moores zang, zo blijkt uit het nummer 'Stockholm', waarin Opeths Mikael Åkerfeldt de vocalen voor zijn rekening neemt. …
  • 30 questions about my top 30..

    Apr 13 2010, 9:51 di hyrski

    1. How did you get into 29?
    Jimi Hendrix
    - Don't remember.. Maybe from some movie soundtrack or radio?

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    - Muse - Time is running out

    3. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    The Mars Volta: Scabdates & De-Loused in the Comatorium

    4. What is your favorite song by 5?
    CMX - Vallan Haamut

    5. What is your favorite song by 15?
    Guns N' Roses - Estranged
    Always has been..

    6. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
    Asa: Hah! Everything! Especially Leipä lukkojen takana

    7. What is your favorite song by 10?
    Opeth - Heir Apparent

    8. What is a good memory you have involving 30?
    Tenacious D
    - Hmm.. The movie and card games, which we use to play with my friends when we were 16..

    9. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?
    Dave Matthews band - So Much To Say

    10. How many times have you seen 26 live?
    Maj Karma
    - Once at Simerock

    11. What is the first song you ever heard by 23?
  • Porcupine Tree live = Epitome of Catharsis

    Feb 7 2010, 21:02 di Acharis

    Sat 6 Feb – Porcupine Tree, Sleep Parade

    In my mind, one element made this show comparable to Nine Inch Nail's last Sydney gig (@ the Hordern) in the sense of a band is defined as 'professional' not by how flawlessly their set is executed, but how well they handle fuck-ups
    (apparently) the PA system had blown during the end of the 2nd last song, which meant a lot of babbling with Enmore staff across the stage about getting it fixed & making curfew, all while the crowd chanted requests for a drum solo from Gavin Harrison.

    The gig was split in to two sections. The first being The Incident live, in it's entirety (which was an absolutely incredible experience) & the 2nd being a mixture of older/newer songs from their catalog. While the basic fixture inclusions were Start of Something Beautiful, the mid segment of Anesthetize, Normal & The Sound of Muzak.
    For this show, we also got Strip the Soul & Stars Die, which were fantastic!

  • TJTMMOT #2: My 2009 music retrospective... part I: My favourite albums

    Gen 11 2010, 12:09 di thedaydreamer1

    From my blog.

    My usual favourite albums list, now augmented to 50!

    Happy New Year everyone!!
    2009 is now long gone, 2010 is now and 2011 is still the future.
    Those of you (my faithful, awesome readers) that know me will no doubt expect this post. Why? Well, it is my perfect opportunity to compile lists, and I really really really like lists! Here you go then:

    Ok, first some introductory stuff, last year was a weird year for me, due to my military service, spent apart from Athens in Lamia and Komotini with some periods devoid of new music or even any music whatsoever. Thus I haven't listened to as much music as I wanted and also I have probably not paid as much attention as I should to some of the stuff I have listened too. Then again there's so much music out there that I don't think I'd ever be satisfied with how much I have listened to. …
  • My Year In Music - 2009

    Dic 31 2009, 14:01 di Quicksand227

    - Favourite albums:

    1. Archive - Controlling Crowds (I-IV)


    I didn't expect any album to top Porcupine Tree's new record, but Archive managed to impress me most this year. I first got to know about the band on my last.fm recommendations and by seeing that they'd come to Munich in October. Loving concept records, I knew this could be an interesting album. At first, it didn't impress me that much to be honest.
    The album really clicked for me while being on a 4-hour drive through the alps on my way to a five day trip to a glacier with my geography course. Somehow the landscape of the austrian alps matched perfectly with the album's sound - I even started to love the three songs with their rapper Rosko John (I'm usually not very fond of rapping).
    I love the album's dense atmopshere created by both weird sound effects and the lyrics. I also never heard a band with four individual vocalists - all of them add so much variety to the sound of Archive.
  • Porcupine Tree - The Incident

    Set 5 2009, 2:10 di Mawena

    http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r11/Mawen7/spanish-flag.gif Para leer mi review en español, visiten mi blog.


    I was waiting to listen the album in a better quality to write my final review; however, my opinion hasn’t changed so much… Well, a little: it sounds better than I expected, Such a great album has Steven Wilson brought to us!

    So, what it is that makes The Incident so wonderful? : The whole album is so consistent and solid, more than 1:15 of music and there’s no song that you want to skip; the sound-design and production are amazing and when the preview was released you already knew that it would be an awesome album, but it still surprised you and, of course, because Steven Wilson is a god.

    What it sounds like? Let’s see… It has many elements from their previous albums, a lot of Fear of a Blank Planet, but, in my opinion, it’s something totally unique. Progressive rock? I don’t think so… it’s an unique mix of influences (Pink Floyd
  • Seen Live

    Apr 26 2009, 22:05 di Sic91