Tuesday, October 18, 2022

2022's Top "Epic" Songs

These are my favorite songs of over nine minutes in length from 2022 studio releases.

1. "432 Bars" - STRANGE POP - (29.5/30) = 9.833
2. "Hypertension" - KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - (29.5/30) = 9.833
3. "Chariots of the Sun - To Phaeton on the Occasion of the Sunrise (theme from an imagined movie)" - MOTORPSYCHO - (44/45) = 9.778
4. "Raum" - TANGERINE DREAM - (29/30) = 9.667
5. "Time in Your Face" - GREEN ASPHALT - (19.25/20) = 9.625
6. "Until My Wings Turn to Ashes" - JAMBINAI - (19.25/20) = 9.625
7. "Iron Lung" - KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - (19.25/20) = 9.625
8. "Sacrae Symphonia No. 1" - WESERBERGLAND - (75/80) = 9.50
9. "Fall of the Watcher" - RETURNED TO THE EARTH - (19/20) = 9.5
10. "Der Hauch des Lebens (Parts 1-5)" - KLAUS SCHULZE - (52/55) = 9.455
11. "Emnalóc - ROLAND BÜHLMANN - (23.5/25) = 9.4
12. "I Have Little to No Memories of These Memories" - TOEHIDER - (89/95) = 9.368
13. "Endtime" - HAVEN OF ECHOES - (18.75/20) = 9.375
14. "Achilles" - JOHN HOLDEN - (18.667/20) = 9.33
15. "Summer Queen" - JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE - (28/30) = 9.33
16. "Polarchoral" - GRICE - (28/30) = 9.33
17 "The Horror" - RANESTRANE - (28/30) = 9.33
18. "Catastasis" (10:50) - ELDER - (18.5/20) = 9.25
19. "Sierra Leone" - MARILLION - (18.5/20) = 9.25
20. "Change" - KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - (23/25) = 9.20
21. "You Have It All" (14:25) - LOBATE SCARP (27.5/30) = 9.1667 
22. "Seth (Parts 1-7)" KLAUS SCHLUZE - (59.5/65) = 91.54
23. "Die Before You Wake" - BEN CRAVEN - (36.5/40) = 9.125
24. "The Machinery" (10:44) - INNER PROSPEKT - (18.25/20) = 9.125
25. "Be Hard on Yourself" - MARILLION - (18.25/20) = 9.125 
26. "Tra Cielo e Terra" - ALIANTE - (18.25/20) = 9.125
27. "For Yesterday" - BIRTH - (18.25/20) = 9.125 
28. "Alda" (20:52) - BREIDABLIK - (36.5/40) = 9.125


Other Great Songs:
"In 256 Zeichen" (19:07) - TANGERINE DREAM - (36/40) = 9.0
"The Mountain" (16:40) - NEIL CAMPBELL (27/30) = 9.0
"Refuse" - BUBBLEMATH - (18.0/20) = 9.0
"Land of Gold" (13:20) - KARFAGEN (27/30) = 9.0
"Hell's Itch" (13:27) KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - (27/30) = 9.0 
"Peace Patrol" (10:00) - VON HERTZEN BROTHERS - (18/20) = 9.0
"Oceans of Time" (11:37) - JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE - (18/20) = 9.0
"The Watcher" (9:03) - VERBAL DELIRIUM - (18/20) = 9.0
"Starseeds" (9:17) - ED WYNNE - (18/20) = 9.0 
"Ascent" (9:11) - iNFiNiEN - (18/20) = 9.0
"Alarm Bells" (10:26) - GRICE - (18/20) = 9.0
"Naked Sky" (10:26) - ONSÉGAN ENSEMBLE (18/20) = 9.0
"Labyrinth 66 Part 1 & 2" (13:07) - DAAL - (22.5/25) = 9.0
"Il Mondo di Fronte" (9:24) - ALIANTE - (18/20) = 9.0
"The Watcher" (9:03) - VERBAL DELIRIUM - (18/20) = 9.0
"Coalescence" (9:47) - ELDER - (18/20) = 9.0
"Assailen" (9:22) - ROLAND BÜHLMANN - (18/25) = 9.0
"Basketball Shoes" (12:37) - BLACK COUNTRY; NEW ROAD - (22/25) = 8.88
"The Lady Tied to the Lamp Post" - THE TANGENT (35.5/40) = 8.875
"Ice V" - KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (17.75.20) = 8.875
"Napalm" (20:12) - RANESTRANE - (35.5/40) = 8.875
"Special Waste" (10:03) - 
INNER PROSPEKT 
- (17.75/20) = 8.875
"Endless Return" (9:54) - ELDER - (17.75/20) = 8.875
"Yndrun" (9:50) - ROLAND BÜHLMANN - (17.75/20) = 8.875 
"Everything" (10:13) - BUBBLEMATH (17.75/20) = 8.875
"Liminal Veil" (9:07) - DREADNAUGHT - (17.75/20) = 8.875
"Merged in Dreams - Ne Plus Ultra" (14:43) - ELDER - (26.5/30) = 8.833
"Reaper Man" (9:20) - GHOST TOAST (17.667/20) = 8.833
"Neon Eye Cage" (9:30) - VERBAL DELIRIUM - (17.667/20) = 8.833
"Godzilla" (43:00) - AUDIO'M - (35/45) = 8.824
"Mona Lisa / Azrael" (12:15) - MOTORPSYCHO - (22/25) = 8.80
"Miles from Nowhere" (25:33) - JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE - (44/50) = 8.80
"Let Them In" (12:15) - HAVEN OF ECHOES  (22/25) = 8.80
"The Changes" (17:06) - THE TANGENT - (30.75/35) = 8.7857
"Flowing Through the Change" (17:24) - LOBATE SCARP (30.75/35) = 8.7857
"Blue Forest" (9:06) - VON HERTZEN BROTHERS - (17.5/20) = 8.75 
"Moments of Life" (10:28) - PHOENIX AGAIN - (17.5/20) = 8.75
"Time Has a Way" (13:15) - PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS - (26.25/30) = 8.75
"Eden Cries" (10:37) RANESTRANE - (17.5/20) = 8.75
"Seen the Sun" (11:41) - ED WYNNE  (17.5/20) = 8.75 
"Amnis Flows Aeternum" (19:11) - BEN CRAVEN  - (35/40) = 8.75
"Rithnál" (10:45) - ROLAND BÜHLMANN - (17.5/20) = 8.75 
"Romantik" (9:31) - FREN (17.5/20) = 8.75
"Sessapinae" (9:57) - IKARUS - (17.5/20) = 8.75
"Overture" - NEIL CAMPBELL (17.5/20) = 8.75
"The Dripping Tap" (18:17) - KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (35/40) = 8.75
"Over and Out" (21:50) - COLLAGE - (39.25/45) = 8.722 
"Chasing Time" (12:18) - GHOST TOAST (21.25/25) = 8.70


Also Considered:
"Care" (15:20) - MARILLION (26/30) = 8.667
"A Needle Tree" (15:23) - KARCIUS (26/30) = 8.667
"Widdershins" (13:32) - GANDALF'S FIST - (26/30) = 8.667
"Journey Through the Spiral Mind Part 1" (14:10) - DAAL (26/30) = 8.667
"Omega Lights" (10:05) - GALAHAD - (17.25/20) = 8.667
"Scream Sideways" (10:10) - PURE REASON REVOLUTION (17.25/20) = 8.625
"Building Heaven" (11:34) - JOHN HOLDEN (17.25/20) = 8.625
"Snow Globes" - BLACK COUNTRY; NEW ROAD (17.25/20) = 8.625 
"Osiris (Parts 1-4)" (18:28) - KLAUS SCHLUZE (34.25/40) = 8.5625
"The GPS Vultures" (17:01) - THE TANGENT - (30.25/35) = 8.643
"Wiosna" (10:26) - FREN (17.25/20) = 8.625
"Cave" (19:45) - GANDALF'S FIST - (34/40) = 8.5
"The Dripping Tap" (18:17) - KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (34/40) = 8.5
"Home Trip" (9:10) - ALIANTE - (17/20) = 8.5
"Land of Green (Part 1)" (11:00) - KARFAGEN- (17/20) = 8.5
"All the Pretty Days" (11:40) - FREN - (17/20) = 8.5
"The Steppe Nomad Space Program" (9:14) - REGAL WORM - (17/20) = 8.5
"The Last Great Adventurer" (10:35) - GALAHAD - (17/20) = 8.5
"Kramatorsk" - COMPASSIONIZER (25/30) = 8.333
"The Land Before Timeland" (15:00) - KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (25/30) = 8.33
"The Ladder" (13:46) - KARCIUS - (24.5/30) = 8.1667
"Paperwings" (13:52) - OAK - (24.5/30) = 8.1667
"Painting Wings" (9:22) - DAAL  (16.25/20) = 8.125
"Chun Li" (9:44) - SOFT FFOG - (15.5/20) = 7.75 
"Ephemeral Arkitecture" (9:22) - JAVIER MIRANDA - (15.5/20) = 7.75
"Turque" (24:23) - FREN  (38.5/20) = 7.75
"Cartimandua" (9:10) - ALIANTE - (15.5/20) = 7.75

Great but too short:
"Worlds Break" (8:30) - DREADNAUGHT - (19.5/20) = 9.75
"Faery Revolution" (8:52) - SILENT TEMPLE - (18.25/20) = 9.125
"Big Beef" (8:32) - THE LIGHT IN THE OCEAN - (18/20) = 9.0
"The Purpose" (8:37) - ELDER - (18/20) = 9.0


As yet unreviewed:
"Dhalism" (9:28) - SOFT FFOG Soft Ffog - (/20) = 
"Surface Tension" (17:57) - BUBBLEMATH Turf Ascension - (/35) = 
"Decrypted" (9:57) - BUBBLEMATH  Turf Ascension (/20) = 

*Bold print denotes songs that have risen into my pantheon of All-time favorite "epics."

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The 2010s: Favorite Rock Progressivo Italiano (RPI)

 From the many RPI studio releases from the second decade of the 21st Century, these are my favorites:

THE MASTERPIECES:

LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO La notte anche de giorno (2015) - 95.79
PROMENADE Noi al dir di noi (2017) 93.42
LATTE E MIELE Passio Secundum Mattheum - The Complete Work (2014) - 93.39


THE NEAR-MASTERPIECES:

IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE Il Tempio delle Clessidre (2010) - 92.27
LA BOCA DELLA VERITÀ Avenoth (2016) - 91.875  
ACCORDO DEI CONTRARI Violato intatto (2017) - 91.43
INGRANAGGI DELLA VALLE Warm Spaced Blue (2016) - 91.13
L'ESTATE DI SAN MARTINO Talsete di Marsantino (2012) - 90.83
UBI MAIOR Bestie, Uomini, e Dèi (2020) - 90.55
LAGARTIJA Particelle (2011) - 90.52
AKT Blemmebeya (2011) - 90.48
UNREAL CITY La crudelta di Aprile (2013) - 90.0
MOOGG Le ore, i giorni, gli anni (2011) - 90.0
NOT A GOOD SIGN Not A Good Sign (2013) - 90.0
EMPTY DAYS Empty Days (2013) - 90.0
NOT A GOOD SIGN Icebound (2018) - 90.0




EXCELLENT RPI:

AKT II (Binario) (2016) - 89.52
SYNDONE Odysséas (2014) - 
89.32
INGRANAGGI DELLA VALLE In hoc signo (2013) - 89.10
HUMANA PROG Flori, Frutti, Farfalle (2014) - 88.70
FEM Sulla bolla di Sapone (2014) - 88.70
LA DOTTRINA DEGLI OPPOSTI Arrivederci Sogni (2018) - 88.63
FEM Mutazione (2018) - 88.42
UNREAL CITY Il paese del Tramonto (2015) - 88.10
OPRA MEDITERRANEA Isole (2019) 4.25 stars
IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE Il-ludere (2017) 4.25 stars 
SYNDONE Mysoginia (2018) - 87.78
LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO La Coscienza di Zeno (2011) 4.0 stars
PROGENESI Ulisse L'Alfiere Nero (2012) four stars


OTHER GOOD MODERN ROCK PROGRESSIVO ITALIANO:
LA CURVA DI LESMO La Curva di Lesmo (2015) - 86.67
LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO Sensitività (2013) - 85.43


FAIR to MIDDLING MODERN ROCK PROGRESSIVO ITALIANO:
EGONON Risveglio (2011) - 84.83
IL SEGNO DEL COMANDO Il volto verdo (2013) 3.75 stars
LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO Una Vita Migliore (2018)83.53
SYNDONE La Bella è La Bestia (2012) 3.75 stars
LOGOS L'Enigma della vita (2014) - 82.75
SYNDONE Eros & Thanatos (2016) - 81.35 
IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE alieNatura (2013) 3.5 stars
L'ALBERO DEL VELENO Tale of a Dark Fate (2017) 3.5 stars
TAPROBAN Per Aspera ad Astra (2017) 3.5 stars
IL CHERCHIO D'ORO Il fuoco sotto la cenere (2017) 3.5 stars


Other MODERN ROCK PROGRESSIVO ITALIANO reviewed (poor):
UNREAL CITY Frammenti Notturni (2017) 3.25 stars
IL CHERCHIO D'ORO Dedalo e Icaro (2013) 3.0 stars
LA MASCHERA DI CERA Le porte del domain (2013) 3.0 stars.
LA MASCHERA DI CERA The Gates of Tomorrow (2013) The English version of Le porte del domain, published in the same year. 3.0 stars.
ALPHATAURUS AttosecondO (2012) 3.0 stars