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The Progressive/Avantgarde Metal Thread

Discussion in 'General Metal Discussion' started by challenge_everything, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. challenge_everything

    challenge_everything Active Member

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    I often find we lack a centralised thread, along the lines of the generic "black", "death" and "doom" threads, to discuss progressive and avantgarde metal, new releases, news and such.

    I was debating on bumping the old "Avantgarde" thread, but it was never much good to begin with.
     
  2. Lateralus14

    Lateralus14 New Metal Member

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    Most of these are just discussed in the closest genre thread.
     
  3. challenge_everything

    challenge_everything Active Member

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    So, kicking things off, this album has to be the most original I've heard this year. Almost impossible to describe, but there's black metal influence, space rock and trance all combined to create some seamless sound that I've never really heard before. There's a strong electronic element but it retains a sense of organicness. Fans of Negura Bunget would probably enjoy this.
     
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    challenge_everything Active Member

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    That works for your progressive BM and DM stuff, but we don't have anything for traditional prog (excuse the oxymoron) ie Dream Theater.
     
  5. TartanLlama

    TartanLlama A toilet brush... Cunning

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    Thy Catafalque are indeed awesome. Being a Ne Obliviscaris fan, have you heard Ikuinenn Kamos and Klabautamann? Should be right up your alley if not.
     
  6. challenge_everything

    challenge_everything Active Member

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    Just got a copy of Merkur the other day actually. Not sure what I think yet. Sounds Opethy.
     
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    Portal kick ass.
     
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    V.V.V.V.V. Houses Ov Mercury

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    Nah. If you mean the lame Aussie band.
     
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    lol
     
  10. AchrisK

    AchrisK Weakling

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    Probably could be loosely described as a cross between Psychotic Waltz and Coroner, with warbly clean vocals. Quirky, progressive and metal.

    They have a full-length called Haptephobic. It rules!

    I have mentioned this band before on these forums, here and there.
     
  11. Eligos

    Eligos Problem Yet to be Solved

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    I like avantgarde metal. The latest band to visit my music player has been Klabautamann, but as I've mentioned many a time before, Frantic Bleep has always been a favorite. Cynic is also good.

    And I really dig Canvas Solaris and Behold... the Arctopus (Marston is a god).
     
  12. ASD

    ASD observing the sabbath

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    Progressive metal is one of my favorite genres of metal. But I'm not really talking about the DT-kind, more like the bands that are simply creative and do out of the ordinary things with their music.

    Agalloch
    Blut Aus Nord
    Borknagar
    Circus Maximus
    Control Denied
    Cynic
    Dan Swano
    Direwolf
    Enslaved
    Gorguts
    Green Carnation
    Krallice
    Lykathea Aflame
    Meshuggah
    Mirrorthrone
    Mithras
    Negura Bunget
    Opeth
    Orphaned Land
    Sculptured
    Sigh
    Symphony X
    Ulcerate
    Vintersorg
     
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    optionthree Better than the first two

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    Good idea. Progressive metal is probably my favorite genre and it doesn't get discussed enough around here. As far as this year's releases go, I'm most looking forward to Canvas Solaris and Riverside (haven't heard it yet). The latest OSI record is fucking amazing and still my favorite album released so far this year, so it'll be hard to top.

    Also, Spiral Architect is actually actively writing their second album now. Rejoice!
     
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    ASD observing the sabbath

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    I hate to burst your bubble, but the new Riverside is pretty weak in my opinion. They tried to be a bit more metal, heavy, and tough on it and it just doesn't work. They're at their best when they play softer, proggier, and more emotional, like in Second Life Syndrome.

    EDIT: New Spiral Architect?! Damn its about time.
     
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    optionthree Better than the first two

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    FUCK, that's exactly where I hoped they wouldn't go. The soft moments are what Riverside are best at, and that's exactly why Out of Myself is their best album. At least we still got the Lunatic Soul album last year.
     
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    ASD observing the sabbath

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    Haha, that's exactly what I was thinking when I heard the new album was coming out.

    I actually think Second Life Syndrome is their best, the title track is amazing.

    On a side note: Whats with all those Riverside reviews that say that Mariusz growls, have they ever heard an actual growl?
     
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    I'm glad you reminded me - one of the things I wanted to ask in this thread was about the OSI album. I heard good things on some prog websites but I don't trust prog nuts ;)
     
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    Actually, I've wanted to ask this for a while:

    While I think we can all agree on a clear distinction between progressive and avant-garde, what exactly is the difference between progressive and technical metal?
     
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    I don't think they're mutually exclusive terms; progressive metal can be technical just as non-progressive metal can be.
     
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    Okay, then what does "technical" signify? Why is certain progressive metal considered technical while other progressive metal isn't?

    I'm not trying to be difficult, I'm just curious in understanding what qualifies music as "technical" versus just "progressive."
     

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