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Not every band on Metal Music Archives exclusively plays within a metal or metal related sub-genre. Some start as such only to later leave their old sound behind, others become relevant to the site later in their careers. Some bands like to release one-off experiments. The Non-Metal tag on MMA is used to cover releases that are completely removed from metal music in style, so in a sense is a catch-all sub-genre for releases that don't fit anywhere else.

Sometimes, artists will be added under non-metal exclusively due to being related to the metal genre and scene by association with metal artists, such as the symphonic prog act Transatlantic who feature the former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, the ambient project Neptune Towers by Darkthrone's Fenriz or the folk band Fejd, who have members who are/have been with a couple of different metal bands (Fejd later became metal themselves, but were accepted on MMA long before that). Such artists are typically covered by the metal media due to this association with the scene, and are as such included on MMA for the same reasons.

Mostly however this tag will be used for releases belonging to other genres by metal (or other metal related) artists, such as Opeth's progressive rock albums Damnation and Pale Communion or Elvenking's folk/folk rock album Two Tragedy Poets.

- Written by adg211288 (August 2015).

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KING CRIMSON Live At Fillmore East, 1969

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2004 · Non-Metal
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Warthur
A reasonable-quality live recording from the 1969 version of King Crimson, this presents two essentially identical live sets from their stint at the Fillmore East, during the US tour which would see the demise of this version of the band. The most interesting item here is probably A Man, A City, which would later become Pictures of a City for the In the Wake of Poseidon album. The sound quality is decent - in line with other albums recorded at the Fillmore during this time period - but the fact that this is a brief set played through twice means that you'll probably end up only listening to half of this lot at any particular time. Three and a half stars.

KING CRIMSON Live In Philadelphia, PA, 1982

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2004 · Non-Metal
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The gold standard of live albums from the 1980s King Crimson has always been Absent Lovers, and this live release won't knock it off its perch any time soon unless you particularly despise Three of a Perfect Pair. This is a well-recorded, complete-sounding set from the Beat tour, with Belew-Fripp-Levin-Bruford lineup of King Crimson offering up the entirety of Discipline, plus about half of Beat, plus a couple of treats from the 1970s (Larks Tongues In Aspic Part 2 and Red) rearranged and updated to fit seamlessly into the sound of the 1980s lineup.

The band are on excellent form, by and large if you've heard the albums in question you know more or less what to expect, and Adrian Belew is perhaps the most exciting, characterful frontman that King Crimson ever had. What's not to love? (Note that if you're thinking of getting the On (and Off) the Road) boxed set, this is one of the live sets included.)

KING CRIMSON Champaign-Urbana Sessions

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2002 · Non-Metal
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Unlike most King Crimson Collector's Club releases, this isn't a live album - instead, it's the work-in-progress studio sound of King Crimson trying to figure out where to go next after Beat. We all know where they ended up - Three of a Perfect Pair - and the occasional musical motif or idea from here ends up on there - but this is rawer, wilder, and often more experimental than that album, with the band ranging from the sort of avant-garde material which would ultimately make up that album's second side to funk workouts. The sessions unfolded over two weeks in January of 1983 and boil down here to just under an hour's worth of highlights, and I have to say that they sound pretty good.

KING CRIMSON Live At Moles Club, Bath, 1981

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2000 · Non-Metal
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I can see why fans of the 1980s incarnation of King Crimson would be interested in this release, since it's the live debut of that lineup - so early in their run that they were still calling themselves "Discipline". Already the material which would form the album is mostly in place - all the songs we know are present in early form here, plus Red.

The problem is that this is an audience bootleg of the show, and it sounds like one. To me, the music of the 1980s King Crimson is particularly badly served by lo-fi, poor quality recordings like this. In addition, if you're interested enough in the 1980s King Crimson that you badly want this, you may as well just get the On (and Off) the Road boxed set, which includes this as a bonus disc plus a bunch of other live shows in far better quality from the Fripp-Levin-Bruford-Belew era.

KING CRIMSON Live At Summit Studios, 1972

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2000 · Non-Metal
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The Islands-era lineup of King Crimson has had something of a renaissance lately - not only is Mel Collins himself back in the current incarnation of the band, not only have songs from Islands (and the two albums preceding it) made a return to the live repertoire, but over the last couple of decades a steady stream of live recordings from the lineup has become available - with the Sailors' Tales boxed set offering a massive treasury of them.

Included on Sailors' Tales but also a standalone release, the King Crimson set at Summit Studios in 1972 was pretty special. It was recorded in the midst of the Earthbound tour, but whereas that yielded a live album of legendarily poor sound quality (thanks to the live album being sourced from cassette recordings from the soundboard as opposed to reel-to-reel). this set was recorded for Denver local radio "live in the studio", with multi-track recording equipment at the ready to capture the magic.

As such, what you have here is quite simply the finest-sounding live release we have available from the Islands-era lineup, incorporating their best songs and a couple of really nice improvs - the second of which derives from an impromptu cover of Ornette Coleman's The Creator Has a Master Plan. Why this couldn't have been the source for the Earthbound live album as opposed to the cruddy, abused tapes that were used for it instead, I have no idea, but this mistake must go down as one of the great blunders of music publishing.

A comfortable 4.5 stars; I can't quite give it five stars because of Ian Wallace overindulging himself on his drum solo, a poor habit which mars other performances of this era. (It goes on for some 3-4 minutes, showcasing a set of tricks which would be much more impressive and less boring if he'd just accomplished them in 30 seconds and moved on.)

As usual, the caveat applies that if you're poking about the live performances of the Islands-era lineup, you should probably give half a thought to the Sailors' Tales boxed set, which this is included on. That said, if that's outside of your budget or you just want to have a single live set from the Islands-era lineup in your collection, I'd say this is far and away your best bet; there simply isn't anything extant from their live tours which has superior sound quality.

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PENDRAGON Past And Presence

Movie · 2007 · Non-Metal
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Pendragon's Past and Presence captures a very special concert put on by Pendragon in celebration of the band's history. Recorded in Poland as a special treat for their very appreciative Polish fanbase, the concert saw a host of past members of the band making special guest appearances - with all the current and ex-Pendragon members present taking to the stage for show closer Stan and Ollie (a good call, since the song was essentially written as a goof-off piece to round off the band's sets with a happy party number, much like Marillion's Margaret).

Aside from 2AM from Kowtow (present as one of several encores), the songs here are all vintage Pendragon from their very earliest days - you have all the tracks from The Jewel and the Fly High Fall Far EP here, plus some delicious rarities otherwise only available in inferior versions on the Once Upon a Time In England compilations. Two decades have come and gone since the band recorded the versions of the songs we're most familiar with, and the additional experience really does show. Many of the songs here blow the original studio versions out of the water - even songs which sounded really excellent on the original recordings, such as The Black Knight.

I'd go so far as to say that this wonderful show is, perhaps, the absolute best way to experience Pendragon's material from before The World came out. Certainly, I would strongly encourage people to pick up the limited edition version which comes with a 2CD audio version of the show, because the audio stands up really well on there and I actually find I listen to the CD more than I watch the actual show.

ANATHEMA A Moment in Time

Movie · 2006 · Non-Metal
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'A Moment In Time' - Anathema (5/10)

First off, might I say that the rating for this work is not based on the music itself. 'A Moment In Time' is being rated here for what it is; a piece of visual media. The songs themselves are amazing, and have been commended as such on other reviews. As far as being a vessel for such beautiful music however, this DVD really comes up short. There are so many errors that make it a sloppy creation, that could have been avoided and corrected had extra care been given.

As far as the musical arrangement goes, things are really good. As well as the band performing, there is a string quartet that plays throughout, as well as a guest appearance from a talented female vocalist. The vocal passion I generally expect from Vincent Cavanagh is a bit lacking here, but that can be forgiven. There's a nice setup here, a beautiful selection of songs, so what could go wrong?

Throughout watching 'A Moment In Time,' I find myself increasingly agitated over the camera work. The camera is fixated on the vocalist, and fails to give a visual mention to either the bass player or rhythm guitarist almost at all!

Another issue is the recording of the sound. For example, during the climax of 'Empty,' the vocals drown out completely for a few seconds. For a band that's had such a high standard of musical quality, my jaw dropped at how they could ever let a DVD release come out to the general public with that sort of negligence.

Despite it's flaws and failure as a professional DVD release however, being an Anathema fan; it's hard to not at least find some enjoyment in it, and there's an CD counterpart included as well! Two stars.

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