The 5+1 modern prog albums that influenced Mother Of Millions' sound - Wishevoke

The 5+1 modern prog albums that influenced Mother Of Millions’ sound

I assume that anyone who has a casual connection to the Greek scene not only knows but also appreciates Mother Of Millions and their wonderful music, and it is no exaggeration to say that they are now one of the leading domestic bands, not just in the area of ​​progressive rock/metal.

Their inclusion as opening act for the great Riverside made me think about what connects the two bands, and I came to the conclusion almost effortlessly that they are two of the best contemporary bands in prog, defining “contemporary” from 2000 onwards.

With this in mind, I asked Mother Of Millions guitarist Kostas Konstantinidis to tell us a few words about his favorite albums from the broader contemporary prog field.

Below you can check out his (excellent) tips and read what he has to say about them.

Mars Volta – Deloused in the Comatorium

Mars Volta – Deloused in the Comatorium

An album melting pot of genres and an unimaginable debut. It is a natural continuation of the synthetic perception of the great prog rock figures of previous decades, passed through the filter of Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, resulting in addictive melodies, psych but to the point guitars and guitars A rhythm section operates the disk vision like a machine. My personal favorite is “Cicatriz ESP,” whose groove has become one of my most vivid musical memories.

Porcupine Tree – In Absence

Porcupine Tree – In Absence

From the first verses of “Blackest Eyes” we come into contact with a form that gives the feeling of moving in the void left by Pink Floyd, but without giving the impression of making any special effort to do so to reach. This is a peak achievement from one of the pioneers of the prog scene’s new spring and introducing a larger audience to the broader genre.

Tool – Lateralus

Tool - Lateralus

I still remember the surprise when I heard “Lateralus” for the first time. An introduction to a sound that is innovatively internal, as if each note were a pre-existing part of a ritual that either assimilates or takes you along as it unfolds. Tool with “Aenima” and “Lateralus” created the feeling of having discovered something new with the 4 simple ingredients of a rock band. Perhaps it was this longstanding demand from their audience to reinvent themselves that did their last album an injustice.

Pain of Redemption – Be

Pain of Redemption – Be

While we could go on and on about this album’s predecessors, it seems obvious that “Be” will always have a special place in our hearts as a statement that was successful in its time. It is an artistic statement that music is defined by the identity of its creator, but it should not be hermetic that one creator’s release should not act as a fence limiting the next. Full recognition to the Swedes for this timeless exercise of freedom. Beyond the context, the disc is of course also a masterpiece in its musical content.

Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a memory

Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt.  2: Scenes from a memory

The most impressive prog metal concept album of the last decades.
A record that makes it very difficult for the listener to choose a favorite track, while it sounds monotonous despite its complexity. It is also my first contact with the perception of the aesthetic unity of a musical work, as a suggestion to the harsh sound. Everything has careful placement, everything serves the development of the project. With melodies, themes and rhythmic patterns that theatrically return and are redefined in a new twist to the story. Unsurpassed.

Explosions in the sky – suddenly I miss everyone

Explosions in the sky - suddenly I miss everyone

This is not a prog album in the traditional sense. We would probably classify it as a post-rock sound, yet it has all the hallmarks of a record that takes music a step further and gives new tools to the expression of emotions through music in a more therapeutic way. And to speak a little about my area of ​​expertise, it’s not often that a guitar tone becomes as paralyzingly beautiful to the story it’s trying to tell as “Birth and Death of the Day.” So it may not fall within the strict definition of the style, but a prog fan who can “forgive” Pain of Salvation for their incessant friction with the Other will definitely love it. For his honesty and raw emotion, for affirming that music is, first and foremost, a matter of the heart.

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