Friday, February 21, 2020

The Best Mid-Length Prog Epics of the 1990s

The 1990s' Best Prog Epics
(9 to14 minutes in length)
Here are my top-rated prog epics from the 1990s. I haven't been able to find as many as there are from the last two decades, and I'm sure there are some that I've missed, but there are a few choice ones to get excited about.

PROG PERFECTION:

1. "Isis and Osiris"
(11:11)
by AYREON
(20/20) = 10.0 
from the 1998 album Into The Electric Castle


2. "Hole"
(11:08)
by ANEKDOTEN
(20/20) = 10.0 
from the 1999 album From Within


3. "The Truth Will Always Be"
(9:15)
by PAT METHENY
(20/20) = 10.0 
from the 1992 album Secret Story


4. "Jurassic Shift"
(11:05)
by OZRIC TENTACLES
(20/20) = 10.0 
from the 1993 album Jurassic Shift


5. "Matthew - The Man" 
(11:53)
by IONA 
(20/20) = 10.0
from the 1992 album The Book of Kells


6. "The Awakening"
(9:39)
by PAT METHENY GROUP
(20/20) 
from the 1997 album Imaginary Day



NEAR PERFECTION:
7. "Kétezer Év"
(13:21) 
by AFTER CRYING
(29.5/30) = 9.833 
from the 1996 album Föld És Ég




Other Mid-Length Prog Epic Masterpieces:

8. "Baroque Impression No. 1"
(9:13)
by PÄR LINDH PROJECT
(19/20) = 9.5
from the 1997 album Mundus Incompertus


9. "Skogsranden (Eaves of the Forest)"
(10:47)
by ÄNGLAGÅRD
(19/20) = 9.5
from the 1994 album Epilog



10. "Big Puzzle"
(13:36)
by THE FLOWER KINGS
(28.5/30) = 9.5 
from the 1995 album Back in The World of Adventures



11. "Shining (...to the Powers of Fairyland)"
(10:45)
by AFTER CRYING
(19/20) = 9.5 
from the 1990 album Overground Music


12. "Svefn-G-Englar"
(10:04)
by SIGUR RÓS
(19/20) = 9.5 
from the 1999 album Ágætus Byrjun


13. "Carolina IV"
(10:23) 
by ANGRA
(19/20) = 9.5
from the 1996 album Holy Land



14. "How Fortunate the Man with None" 
(9:15) 
by DEAD CAN DANCE
 (19/10) = 9.5

from the 1993 album Into the Labyrinth



15. "Sista Somrar (The Last Summer)"
(13:10)
by ÄNGLAGÅRD
(23.5/25) = 9.4 
from the 1994 album Epilog


16. "Megalázottak És Megszomorította"
(11:46)
by AFTER CRYING
(23.5/25) = 9.4
from the 1992 album Megalázottak És Megszomorította


17. "Storm Bird Storm Dreamer"
(11:51)
by BONDAGE FRUIT
(23.5/25) = 9.4 
from the 1999 album Bondage Fruit IV


18. "Trial of Tears"
(13:06)
by DREAM THEATER
(23.5/25) = 9.4 
from the 1997 album Falling Into Infinity


19. "Jordrök (Earth Smoke)"
(11:11)
by ÄNGLAGÅRD
(18.75/20) = 9.375 
from the 1993 album Hybris


20. "A Gift of Wings"
(9:48)
by OZRIC TENTACLES
(18.75/20) = 9.375
from the 1990 album Erpland



21. "Scarred"
(10:59)
by DREAM THEATER
(18.75/20) = 9.375 
from the 1994 album Awake



Other GREAT Mid-Length Prog Epics:

22. "Third Eye" (13:54)
by TOOL (28/30) = 9.33
from the 1996 album Ænima


23. "Butterfly" (9:21)
by PSYCHOTIC WALTZ (18.5/20) = 9.25
from the 1992 album Into the Everflow


24. "Finding and Believing" (10:00)
by PAT METHENY (18.5/20) = 9.25
from the 1992 album Secret Story



25. "Lines in the Sand" (12:05)
by DREAM THEATER (23/25) = 9.2
from the 1997 album Falling Into Infinity



26. "The Moor" (11:25) 
by OPETH (18.25/20) = 9.125 
from the 1999 album Still Life



27. "Struggle For Life" (9:12)
by AFTER CRYING (18.25/20) = 9.125 
from the 1997 album 6 



28. "Travel" (9:11)
by THE GATHERING (18.25/20) = 9.125 
from the 1998 album How to Measure a Planet?



29. "Mail Order Quarks" (10:27) 
by FRENCH TV (18.25/20) = 9.125 
from the 1999 album The Violence of Amateurs


30. "Stalker" (12:21)
by AFTER CRYING (22.75/25) = 9.1 
from the 1996 album De Profundis



31. "Canto IV" (13:44)
by DISCIPLINE (27.25/30) = 9.083 
from the 1997 album Unfolded Like Staircase






HONORABLE MENTIONS:
"Kung Bore (King Winter)" (12:57) - ÄNGLAGÅRD (22.5/25) = 9.0  from the 1993 album Hybris
"Weeping Willow" (11:40) - IN THE WOODS (18/20) = 9.0 from the 1997 album Omnio
"Sur les flots verticaux" (10:01)by PATRICK GAUTIER (18/20) = 9.0 from the 1993 album Sur les flots verticaux
"Moonlapse Vertigo" - OPETH (18/20) = 9.0 from the 1999 album Still Life
"De Profundis"  by AFTER CRYING (22.5/25) = 9.0 from the 1996 album De Profundis
"Junk And Donuts" - CITIZEN CAIN (18/20) = 9.0 from the 1994 album Somewhere But Yesterday
"Crutches" - DISCIPLINE (22.5/25) = 9.0 from the 1997 album Unfold Like Staircase
"The Accolade" - SYMPHONY X (18/20) = 9.0
"World of Adventure" - THE FLOWER KINGS (27/30) = 9.0 from the 1995 album Back in The World of Adventures
"Learning to Live"(11:30) by DREAM THEATER (18/20) = 9.0 from the 1992 album Words and Images
"After The Flood" - TALK TALK (18/20) = 9.0 from the 1991 album Laughing Stock
"Tabula Rasa" - ABRAXAS (18/20) = 9.0 from the 1996 album Cykl obraca się. Narodziny, dzieciństwo pełne duszy, uśmiechów niewinnych i zdrady... 
"Mutants Over Miami" (12:17) - KALABAN (22.5/25) = 9.0 from the 1990 album Don't Panic
"Pushit" - TOOL (18/20) = 9.0 from the 1996 album Ænima
"Chewbacca" - LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT (26.75/30) = 8.9167 from the 1999 album Liquid Tension Experiment 2
"Vandringar I Vilsenhet (Wanderings in Confusion)" (11:53) - ÄNGLAGÅRD (22.25/25) = 8.9 from the 1993 album Hybris
"Serenity Painted Death" - OPETH (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1999 album Still Life
"Wings in The Night" - COLLAGE (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1994 album Moonlight
"The Flower King" - ROINE STOLT (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1994 album The Flower King  
"Sanktuarium" - QUIDAM (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1996 album Quidam
"Nurses Whispering Verses" - CARDIACS (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1992 album Sing to God
"Scene Four: Beyond This Life" - DREAM THEATER (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1999 album Scenes from a Memory
"Another Dimension" - LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1998 album Liquid Tension Experiment 2
"Pushit" - TOOL (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1999 album Ænimus
"The Heat of the Day" (9:45) - PAT METHENY GROUP (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1997 album Imaginary Day
"Procyon's Demise" (9:52) - KALABAN (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1990 album Don't Panic
"Imaginary Day" (10:11) - PAT METHENY GROUP (17.75/20) = 8.875 from the 1997 album Imaginary Day
"Moonshine" - COLLAGE (22/25) = 8.8 from the 1994 album Moonshine
"Masters Of Illusion" - PENDRAGON (22/25) = 8.8 from the 1996 album The Masquerade Overture
"You" - KINGSTON WALL (17.5/20) = 8.75 from the 1993 album II
"Feng Shui" - OZRIC TENTACLES (17.5/20) = 8.75 from the 1992 album Jurassic Shift
"Baśnie (Fairy Tales)" - COLLAGE (17.5/20) = 8.75 from the 1991 album Baśnie  
"Metropolis - Pt. I "The Miracle And The Sleeper" - DREAM THEATER (17.75/20) = 8.75 from the 1992 album Images and Words
"Ajudah" - ABRAXAS (17.5/20) = 8.75 from the 1996 album Cykl obraca się. Narodziny, dzieciństwo pełne duszy, uśmiechów niewinnych i zdrady... 
"30 Seconds of Weightlessness" (11:02) by CHEER ACCIDENT (17.75/20) = 8.75 from the 1996 album Not a Food
"Strange Barbarians" - CITIZEN CAIN (21.75/25) = 87.0


ALSO REVIEWED:
"Night on Bare Mountain (incl. Black Stone)" - PÄR LINDH PROJECT (13:50) (26/30) = 8.67 from the 1994 album Gothic Impressions
"The Walls of Babylon" - PENDRAGON (17.25/20) = 8.625
"Jonny Had Another Face" - CITIZEN CAIN (17.25/20) = 8.625
"Amazing Flight" - AYREON (17.25/20) = 8.625
"Even Has a Half-Life" (9:34) by CHEER ACCIDENT (17.25/20) = 8.625 from the 1996 album Not a Food
"Goodbye to All That" - MARILLION (21.5/25) = 8.6
"Midnight Comet Dreams" (12:56) - KALABAN (21.5/25) = 8.60 from the 1990 album Don't Panic
"Deaf, Numb and Blind" - THE FLOWER KINGS (17/20) = 8.5
"Mysticum Arabicola" - OZRIC TENTACLES (17/20) = 8.5
"Breaking the Spell" - PENDRAGON (17/20) = 8.5
"Desert Song" (13:08) by CHEER ACCIDENT (21.25/25) = 8.5 from the 1997 album Enduring the American Dream
"Frost and Fire" - BONDAGE FRUIT (21.25/25) = 8.5
"Niespełnienie" - QUIDAM (17/20) = 8.5
"Time Will Tell" - ROYAL HUNT (17/20) = 8.5
"Souls at Zero" - NEUROSIS (17/20) = 8.5 
"The Butterfly Effect" (9:38) by CHEER ACCIDENT (17/20) = 8.5 from the 1992 album Babies Shouldn't Smoke
"The Shadow" - PENDRAGON (16.75/20) = 8.375
"Clouded" - GORGUTS (16.75/20) = 8.375
"White Cluster" - OPETH (16.75/20) = 8.375
"Calling Home" - THE FLOWER KINGS (16.75/20) = 8.375
"Sand and Mercury" - THE GATHERING (16.75/20) = 8.375
"Tiger Tea" - FRENCH TV (20.75/25) = 8.3
"Psychedelic Postcard" (9:50) - THE FLOWER KINGS (16.5/20) = 8.25
"Prayer" - BONDAGE FRUIT (16.5/20) = 8.25
"The Bends" - MR. BUNGLE (16.5/20) = 8.25
"Guardian Of My Soul" - PENDRAGON (20.5/25) = 8.2
"A Chronology for Survival " - NEUROSIS (16.25/20) = 8.125
"The Darkest Hour" - IQ (16.25/20) = 8.125

"Godhead's Lament" - OPETH (16/20) = 8.0
"To Dance The Enamel-Faced Queen" - CITIZEN CAIN (16/20) = 8.0

"Odd-Job" - BONDAGE FRUIT (15/20) = 7.5




As Yet Unreviewed:
"In The Eyes Of The World" (10:38) - THE FLOWER KINGS 1997 Stardust We Are
"Church Of Your Heart" (9:10) - THE FLOWER KINGS 1997 Stardust We Are
"Circus Brimstone (12:03) - THE FLOWER KINGS 1997 Stardust We Are
"Il Passo del soldato" - NUOVA ERA (/25) = from 1995 album Il Passo del soldato
"Scene Six: Home" - DREAM THEATER (/25) =  from the 1999 album Metropolis 2: Scenes from a Memory
"Scene Nine: Finally Free" - DREAM THEATER (/25) =  from the 1999 album Metropolis 2: Scenes from a Memory
"The Pilgrim's Inn" - ROINE STOLT (/20) =
"Dissonata" - ROINE STOLT (/20) =
"Through Silver In Blood" - NEUROSIS (/25) =  
"Purify" - NEUROSIS (/25) =   
"Strength Of Fates" - NEUROSIS (/20) =  
"Aeon" - NEUROSIS (/20) =  
"Enclosure In Flame" - NEUROSIS (/20) =
"The Garden of Emotions" - AYREON (/20) =
"Liquid Dreams (10:48)" - LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT (/20) =
"Il Passo del Soldato" - NUOVO ERA (/25) =
"Lawrence" - CAMEL (/20) =
"Sad Rain" - ANEKDOTEN (/25) =
"Book of Hours" - ANEKDOTEN (/20) =
"Merry Go Bye Bye" - MR. BUNGLE (/25) =
"These Empty Places" - SIEGES EVEN (/20) =
"Kodomo No Guntoi" - BONDAGE FRUIT (/20) =  
"The Judas Goat" - U TOTEM (/20) = 
 "Valkyria" - SINKADUS (/20) = 
"Ulv I Farakläder" - SINKADUS (/20) =
"Manuel" - SINKADUS (/20) = 
 Attestupan" - SINKADUS (/25) = 
"Júdás" - AFTER CRYING (/20) =
"V - Conclusion: "(Tribute to Keith Emerson) (10:45)" - AFTER CRYING (/20) = 
"Hey Joe" - OZ MUTANTES (/25) =
"Detras dal Umbral" - NEXUS (/20) =
"Eterno y Fugaz" - NEXUS (/20) =
"New Grass" - TALK TALK (/20) =
"The Siren of The Woods" - THERION (/20) =
"The Voyager" - PENDRAGON (1991's The World) (/25) =
"Kingdom Come" (13:45) - THINKING PLAGUE
"Les études d'organism" (14:00) - THINKING PLAGUE



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