I'm not really a lyrics guy, unless the lyrics are either horribly bad (Def Leppard), or incredibly symbolic and deep (Mariasz Duda). So for me, if the music doesn't work, no amount of great lyrics is going to save poor songwriting. So even if Pale Commune had great lyrics, I'll never really know. I only gave that album maybe five spins, and the only thing I remember is what I hated about Heritage (god awful seemingly useless mood swings that are supposed to sound like prog but fail miserably), and the beginning of "River" reminding me of The Eagles "Seven Bridges Road." Oh well. Hype is hype...
Oh, and I troll Steve Wilson pretty hard too. He has made probably four or five tremendous prog albums throughout his career, but that doesn't mean he gets it right every time. He's one hell of a good remixer though. These Jethro Tull, ELP, Yes, and King Crimson sets are automatic purchases for me... the surround sound mixes are astoundingly good.
Normally I would say you're right - at least when I got into prog bands like Echoyln, I definitely had to "let it grow" on me or whatever (that sounds perverted). Anyway, the problem I have is that even with Cookie Monster Zombie Toilet Yelling, the older Opteh albums never, ever required any "growth" on me - I was instantly pleased with what I heard. So the fact that these last three albums require an extraneous amount of time and effort to "grow on me" is indicative, I think, of diminishing returns on quality. Mike is capable of making me think "whoa!" when I hear his stuff, but not in the last three albums. I think he was hit with the perfect storm: he lost Lindgren, Lopez, he hit middle age, and had a baby. All of that happened within about a two year window, and is enough to rock anyone's creative boat, so to speak. So I cut him some slack on a personal level, but when I forget about all that, and just think of the music, huge thumbs down from me. Pure horse shit.
Nico, do you mean name a few BBT albums, or name a few neo-progressive rock bands? If albums: you can't go wrong with BBT's "English Electric: Full Power." Also the new one "Folklore" is damn good. And, for what it's worth, I think BBT is rising faster through the progressive rock ranks than even his sacred holiness Steve Wilson, who's been in a creative slump since Raven (HCE is horribly over-hyped). In terms of bands, again, go to Kinesis.com and just read up. Larry's micro-reviews are excellent. Personally I like the Pink Floyd style of prog, so for me Airbag, Gazpacho, RPWL, Freedom to Glide, IQ, and Marillion (among a zillion others I can't remember right now), and the Yes type of neo-prog (Spock's Beard, Druckfarben, Heliopolis, etc. etc.), but if you like Genesis you can't go wrong with Big Big Train. Honestly I can't praise them enough - huge sound, tremendous songwriting, gifted musicians, etc.
It's difficult to answer! you could listen Bat for Lashes (Natasha Khan's group who is Sexwitch' singer, anyway they are similar in few songs especially from "Fur and Gold" or "Two Suns" albums), or I recommend to listen "RIght on" by JennyLee. About Gazelle Twin I have no idea, on her Lastfm page I see similar artists .. but they aren't similar to her musical style!
Thank you! i'm gonna to check them and later i'll tell how it was! and well, now i don't know what i can recommend you but maybe you would like this https://youtu.be/b1vmmU2SFPM?t=3m40s or https://youtu.be/lrwMMF2QS14?t=4m7s is an excesive band in all sense of the word but is pretty good to me, what you think?
Igual está en marcha blanca el sitio, de a poco van a ir reincorporando cosas que tenía el last antiguo, pero no todas y quizás no de la misma forma. Está piola el tema, no sé si happy, pero tiene su groove la weá.