Dominus et deus
With that 9 minute rule, it's going to be all Dream Theater and Symphony X. Most epics I can think of from non-prog bands are somewhere between 8 and 9 minutes.
List sent, but I maintain that the shift from 8 to 9 minutes makes a massive difference at the expense of musical diversity.
I have noted that the 8-9 minute range would expand the game greatly,. Contrary to you, however, I think it's a good development that it isn't case. The game is very specific and I think making it more compact is the right move. 8 minutes isn't long enough to fish out songs that have a repetitive formula, 9 minutes seems to be the exact point of break, and that's the reason why prog bands will have an edge in participation with the new ruling.
I won't. I didn't get to check lengths of each song yet. But if you've sent me November Rain, replace it with something else via PM before I've filled out the gameI was being a smart-ass, actually. I'm pretty sure NP will accept November Rain as it's just three seconds shy.