Currently Listening To | Week of 12/2

  • Nightwish – Oceanborn
  • Pain of Salvation – Remedy Lane
  • Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising
Surtur Rising
Surtur Rising (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ‘Oceanborn’ album is especially fresh after all of Nightwish’s recent releases being so cinematic in orchestration. I’m guilty of using the orchestra samples & click tracks live – you kinda have to when you play the “symphonic metal live in concert” game; however, I am thrilled to hear Nightwish at an earlier time with more lead guitar work, more synth & piano lines, and definitely Tarja.  I re-listened to Pain of Salvation’s “Remedy Lane” because I found it in the car and it’s always been one of my favorite progressive metal albums – I’m still mad they didn’t play “This Heart of Mine” at our wedding reception. As for Amon Amarth…you just gotta have some Viking brutality every once and a while – Makes me very happy.

Johnny’s Top 10 Prog Love Songs

Just thought I’d have a little fun here. I don’t do lists often, but when I do…

These are several of my favorite “love songs” from progressive rock & metal bands. Not all of which are “happy;” however, all deal with love whether in it, departure, longing, or loss.  I tried to keep it diverse and not repeat artists the best I could. So, in no particular order… Enjoy!!

  • Pain of Salvation – This Heart of Mine 
  • The Moody Blues – Words You Say 
  • Sonata Arctica – Last Drop Falls 
  • Blackfield – Once 
  • Porcupine Tree – Collapse the Light into Earth 
  • Electric Light Orchestra – Shangri-La 
  • Within Temptation – Aquarius 
  • Muse – Feeling Good (cover) – 
  • Nightwish – Beauty of the Beast 
  • Opeth – Isolation Years –