Friday, January 30, 2015

Favorite Long "Epics" of the 21st Century

After long deliberation I am finally publishing my list of My Favorite Prog Epics (12 mins. or longer) from this the 21st Century. Rather than using the five star or ten point rating system I've decided to use the USA's good old school grading system. The ability to use pluses and minuses allows me to grade these songs in a way that feels much more accurate than the numeric systems.
      An A+ signifies a song that feels like it goes beyond perfection--has something(s) extra. An A is prog perfection, hard to find fault with. An A- denotes a great song that has a few minor flaws. The B+ implies that the song nearly misses masterpiece status; it has some great parts but lacks either flow, cohesion or enough memorable hooks or complexities to rate at the top echelon of prog music.

A+ songs
"Chapter IX" - AETHER
"At the Court of Alkinoos" - GLASS HAMMER
"Silhouette" - EDISON’S CHILDREN
"Perfect Cosmic Storm" - BIG BIG TRAIN
"Frozen Moment" - NINE STONES CLOSE
"Isis and Osiris" - AYREON
"Laboratories of the Invisible World (Rollerskating the Cosmic Palmistric Postborder)" - MAUDLIN OF THE WELL
"The Way Up, Part II" - PAT METHENY
"Fiori, frutti, farfalle" - HUMANA PROG
"God Left Us for a Black Dressed Woman" - SEVEN IMPALE
"From Silence to Noise" - NOSOUND
"Fire! Fire! Fire!" - MY BROTHER THE WIND
"Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré II" - MAGMA

A songs
"Note from the Past" - HIROMI'S SONICBLOOM
"Antítesis"- KANT FREUD KAFKA
"Cicatrix ESP" - THE MARS VOLTA
"The Manifold Curiosity" - KAYO DOT
"El Regresso (the Return)" - NEXUS
"A Mysterious Cup of Tea, Parts 1-5" - MARGIN
"Transition" - LUNATIC SOUL
"Vapour Trail" - SYLVAN
"Germander Speedwell" - THIEVES’ KITCHEN
"Tryptique" - SETNA
"Pentacle's Suite" - KOTEBEL
"The Bright Ambassadors of Morning" - PURE REASON REVOLUTION
"Sequencer (from 70 to 07)" - KLAUS SCHULZE
"Sovrano dell-illusione" (Parts 1 & 2) - MAD CRAYON
"Zilezi" - ARANIS
"Second Life Syndrome" - RIVERSIDE
"Serenity in a Nutshell" - CIRRUS BAY
"Salt Water Falling on Uneven Ground" - BIG BIG TRAIN
"Ricorre l'abbandono" - J'ACCUSE..!

A- songs
"Phantom Pain Scars" - T
"Tick Tock” - GAZPACHO
"K.A. (Part III)" - MAGMA
"Dama" - KANT FREUD KAFKA
"In Orbit" - WOBBLER
"Great Cold of the Night" - MIDDAY VEIL
"Sulle ali del sogno Odissea" - C.A.P.
"Herculean" - KHATSATURJAN
"The Garden" - UNITOPIA
"Frank" - TRION
"A Piece of the Sky" - SWANS
"The Underfall Yard" - BIG BIG TRAIN
"Epitaph for a Mariner” - SEAN FILKINS
“Surveillance” - AIRBAG
"The Aftermath of Science" - T
"On The Run" - SATELLITE
"Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble" - KOTEBEL
"...And So We Destroyed Everything" - SLEEPMAKESWAVES
"Hell, part 4-6: Traitor/Cheese" -- MOTORPSYCHO
"9" - DATURAH
"Firebears" - THE TEA CLUB
"The Mortality of Doves" - KAYO DOT
"Dawn" - FAUNS
"Sound of the Apocalypse" - BLACK BONZO
"Wind, Water & Fire Suite" - IONA
"Pick Up If You're There" - BIG BIG TRAIN
"The Black Tomato" (Parts I-III) - ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE
"Io" -- SEVEN THAT SPELLS
"In This Puzzled Roundabout" -- ARLEKIN
"Storm" - GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
"Songs of Ascent" (Parts 1-3) - IONA
"He Tried to Show Them Magic/Ambassadors Return” - PURE REASON REVOLUTION
"Temporary Peace” - ANATHEMA
"Jacob van Vennepkadell" - OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ
"'Even The Outsider' Suite, Parts i, ii, & iii" - DOMINA CATRINA LEE
"Le Gardien" - NIL
"Dreams" - FREQUENCY DRIFT
"Prologue: Nature Morte/You’re Not Welcome Here" - BATTLESTATIONS
"Pride" - MYSTERY
"Star-Filled Skies" (Parts 1-4) - DAVE BAINBRIDGE
"Terra Sancta" - FROGG CAFÉ
"Behind The Wall of Sheep" - ELECTRIC ORANGE
“Particelle” - LAGARTIJA
"The Collapse" - AMPLIFIER
"Lullaby in a Car Crash" - BJORN RIIS
"Quits" - PAATOS

B+ songs
"Chapter V" - LIZARD
"Ghost Track" - DATURAH
"Ato piradime" - UNIVERSAL TOTEM ORCHESTRA
"Simurgh" - KOTEBEL
"Dérégénération" - NIL
"One More Time" - THE FLOWER KINGS
"Requiem (for a Dying Creed)" - HYPNOS 69
"Suite Beef" - ELECTRIC ORANGE
"Berlin" - PROTEO
"Sky and Sea" - ALEX CARPANI
"First Contact" - INVISIBLE OPERA COMPANY OF TIBET
"Tesarul de Lumini" - NEGURA BUNGET
"Deadman" - KARNIVOOL
"The Apostate" - SWANS
"Love and Inspiration" - HELIOPOLIS
"Dream of Stone" - GAZPACHO
"Eastern Fields" - PROTEO
"Greed" - MAGENTA
"Il Tredici” - SANHEDRIN
"Ocean Mind" - FREDDEGREDDE
"Old Friend in a Hole" - JACK O'THE CLOCK
"Cruces y Sombras" - NEXUS
"Sensitivià" - LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO
"The Curious One” - SKY ARCHITECT
"Chapter I" - LIZARD
"Sjo & Land" - BRIMSTONE
"Rogue" - DISCIPLINE
"Searise" - WHITE WILLOW
"Vento Madre" - UNIVERSAL TOTEM ORCHESTRA
"Russia on Ice" - PORCUPINE TREE
"In the Shadow of Our Pale Companion" - AGALLOCH
"Warrior" - UNIVERS ZERO
"Coerenza delle percenuali" - UNIVERSAL TOTEM ORCHESTRA
"Ouroboros" - ASTRA
"Cassandra Gemini" - THE MARS VOLTA
"The Fall of Bliss" Suite - METHEXIS
"Deep B Flat" - DATURAH
"In Principio" - LOGOS
"The Trip" - DJAM KARET
"The Seer" - SWANS
"Soulprint" - INTROITUS
"Too Much to Lose" - THE PINEAPPLE THIEF
"A Dangerous Journey" - RITUAL
"The Walk" - GAZPACHO
"Learning to Fly" -- CIRRUS BAY
"Obsolescence" - ABEL GANZ
"In Extremis" - DAYS BETWEEN STATIONS
"Progression by Failure" - PROGRESSION BY FAILURE
"A Virtuous Man" - THINKING PLAGUE
"...And I Awaken" - I AND THOU

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