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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 06 2017 at 16:56
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Originally posted by BrufordFreak BrufordFreak wrote:

Originally posted by Mascodagama Mascodagama wrote:

Originally posted by Raff Raff wrote:

One of my Top 5 favourite albums = Charlie Cawood's exquisite The Divine Abstract - was released in late October. You can listen to it on the Bad Elephant Music Bandcamp page. Charlie plays bass with Knifeworld (among others), and is an extremely talented individual. If you haven't heard the album, give it a listen - or two, or more. Sheer beauty!
This is lovely. Thank you for the tip Raff.

Agreed! Thanks, guys! Truly beautiful neo-classical/folk/world music. Reminds me of a toned down Steve Tibbetts.

Listening to it again now, lovely stuff, met him at the weekend at an NSRO gig, lovely guy.

Here, here, what a great album! We don't think he can sneak in Crossover (there is plenty of Oldfield in there) as too much world/jazz/folk going on?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 06 2017 at 20:46
It's a tough call this year between Roger Waters and Sparks for fave album for me, although Mike Oldfield's Return To Ommadawn was surprisingly good. I was sceptical about that one given that the original Ommadawn is one of my all-time favourite albums, practically sacred to me, but Oldfield delivered a very worth follow up in my book.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 11 2017 at 08:41

Here’s the current list of my top rated (and reviewed) albums of 2017:

 

1. BATTLESTATIONS Vixit

 

2. WESERBERGLAND Sehr Kosmish Ganz Progisch

 

3. CHEER-ACCIDENT Putting Off Death

 

4. FIVE-STOREY ENSEMBLE Night en Face ***

 

5. TREE TOPS Ghosts Don't Dance With Shoes ***

 

6. KOTEBEL Cosmology

 

7. ALIO DIE & LINGUA FUNGI Lento

 

8. WOBBLER From Silence to Somewhere

 

9. THE CONTORTIONIST Clairvoyant

 

10. ALIO DIE They Grow Layers of Life Between

 

11. SEAS OF MIRTH Hark! The Headland Approacheth ***

 

12. SHEN TEH Hide and Seek ***

 

13. BIG BAD WOLF Pond Life ***

 

14. KETTLESPIDER Kettlespider

 

15. SIIILK Endless Mystery

 

16. BENT KNEE Land Animal

 

17. KANT FREUD KAFKA Onírico

 

18. BUBBLEMATH Edit Peptide

 

19. SEQUENTIA LENGENDA Ethereal ***

 

20. ANATHEMA The Optimist

 

21. CAST Power and Outcome

 

22. INNER EAR BRIGADE Dromology

 

23. EYOT Innate

 

24. JORDSJØ Jord

 

25. BIG BIG TRAIN Grimspound

 

*** indicates albums and/or bands that have not yet been admitted/included in the ProgArchives database.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2017 at 15:34
This is currently kicking my ass with it's awesomeness right now:

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2017 at 15:48
The only ones that have made any real impression on me that I've heard

1. Magenta - We Are Legend
2. Dave Kerzner - Static
3. Big Big Train - The Second Brightest Star
4. Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want?
5. Kaipa - Children Of The Sounds
6. Amplifier - Trippn With Dr Faustus
7. Caligula's Horse - In Contact
8. Lifesigns - Cardington
9. The Mute Gods - Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth
10.Lonely Robot - The Big Dream
11.Big Big Train - Grimspound
12.Deluge Grander - Oceanarium
13. Mike Oldfield - Return To Ommadawn

Non Prog
1. Blade Runner 2049 - Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch
2. Paul Draper - Spooky Action
3. Steve Walsh - Black Butterfly

Now slightly bored with and probably wouldn't care if they stopped releasing anything:
Steven Wilson
Anathema
Threshold
PFM
Eloy
Tangerine Dream


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2017 at 17:19
From the ones I have digested/almost digested

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Barock Project
Mike Oldfield
Leprous
Wobbler

possibly
Anubis
Arabs in Aspic
Dean Watson
Charlie Cawood
Ulver

Some weird stuff and worthy mentions
Weserbergland
Pixie Ninja
Suburban Savages

Absolutely not
Steven Wilson

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2017 at 23:01
Best 2017 album I´ve heard is Lee Ranaldo´s Electric Trim. Really out of Sonic Youth´s style, more like Beatles updated into 2000. Pere Ubus new is also really good, so Boss Hog´s. Have liked also Roger´s, Procol Harums` and Hawkwinds` new albums. Of course Circle´s. Gilmour, Yes and the Who made also really good live records.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 13 2017 at 05:21
Oddly enough, this year I don't really have a definite #1 album as I generally do, in spite of the amount of great music released in 2017. If I had to choose, though, I'd go for Charlie Cawood's exquisite The Divine Abstract, which I warmly recommend to everyone.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2017 at 15:16
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

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Vezhlivy Otkaz - Military Verses

Where have you found this? I can't find any info about it online anywhere.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2017 at 17:06
Originally posted by TheGazzardian TheGazzardian wrote:

Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Just out

Vezhlivy Otkaz - Military Verses

Where have you found this? I can't find any info about it online anywhere.

I bought it from their Russia website as I wanted it before it gets the AltRock distribution.





Edited by Nogbad_The_Bad - December 18 2017 at 17:11
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2017 at 12:29
Hi all. These are the albums that agreed most with me this year and their fidelity ranged from good to excellent, so an engaging nice listen was present in these, my top 10. I think I'm cool with the order of rank where 1 being the best and 10 being the least.


1) Unreal City-- Frammenti Notturni
2) Eden House--Songs for the Broken Ones
3) Roger Waters--Is The Life We Really want?
4) Depeche Mode--Spirit
5) Hibernal--The Dark Of The City
6) Lunatic Soul--Fracture
7) Hans Zimmer--BladeRunner 2049 (score)
8) Morricone Youth Experiment--A Tale of two Humans
9) IQ--A Very Dark Christmas
10) 3 Teeth--Shutdown e.x.e

Best box sets:
Marillion--Misplaced Childhood
The Smiths--The Queen is Dead

Best Live Album: IQ--A Very Dark Christmas

Best Reissue/Remaster:
Metallica-- Master Of Puppets-3CD SET 'obey your remaster.'
This was a shocker for me. Decent recording. Give it about a 6/10. Usually remasters of classic albums are like a 2 with me cause they are just made louder, which kill the natural dynamics.

Here is also a list of albums where the music is really nice, but unfortunately the audio quality of these albums are absolute sh*t, so a lasting impression could not be possible with me.
1) Threshold--The Legends of the shire( my biggest let down and disappointment this year for me. Love this band but they can't record and release a properly mixed/mastered cd to save their lives. Karl kroom annoys the sh*t out me with his excessive use of pro logics. They have to hire a professional!
2)Leprous--Malina (great vinyl. Bad cd. Mastered hot.
3) Sons of Apollo--Psychotic Symphony(zero dynamics)
4) The Black Angels--Death Song (worst cd mastering I've heard since death magnetic. A miserable experience. )
5) Paradise Lost--Medusa
6) Trivium--Sin & Sentence
7) Ayreon--The Source (why can't he just record the same way he did on the electric castle album is beyond me. No dynamics. :(


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2017 at 12:48
Forgot to add.

Best EP: NIN--Add Violence.

Really liked this from Reznor. A kind of return to form.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2017 at 13:30
Agh geez. Forgot to mention another.

So for a great reissue/Remaster is the Doors-The Singles.
This is really good. 3cd set that contains an awesome blu ray audio in 5.1 surround (DTS master audio) and the CDs are quite gorgeous sounding with great rare mono mixes and demos.
The reissue/remastering was supervised and done by Bruce Botnick himself!

This is a fantastic proto prog release. :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2017 at 13:33
Originally posted by TheGazzardian TheGazzardian wrote:

This is currently kicking my ass with it's awesomeness right now:



The previous one, Moloch, is also killer
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 26 2017 at 12:02
My fave albums of the year list which I found difficult to put in order. A mixture of old faves and some newer artists but all very 'conservative' prog - that's just what I've mainly bought this year due to cash being tight.

01. Mike Oldfield - Return to Ommadawn
02. Wobbler - From Silence to Somewhere
03. Hawkwind - Into the Woods
04. Cirkus - Wild Dogs
05. Steve Hackett - The Night Siren
06. Peter Hammill - From the Trees
07. Big Big Train - Grimspound
08. Threshold - Legends of the Shires
09. Gandalf's Fist - A Day in the Life of a Universal Wanderer
10. Lonely Robot - The Big Dream
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 26 2017 at 16:42
My 2017 Top 10

01. Wobbler- From Silence to Somewhere
02. Barock  Project- Detachment
03. Big Big Train- Grimspound
04. Cirkus- Wild Dogs
05. Unreal City-  "Frammenti Notturni"
06. Magenta-  We are Legend 
07.Panther & C-  "il Giusto Equilibrio"
08. Sparks- Hippopotamus 
09. Leprous- Medina
10. Monarch Trail- Sand


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 26 2017 at 17:34
Tyler the Creator's new album Flower Boy. No question, it's one of the best albums ever. Surprised it's not on anybody's list here.

Mixing hip-hop, pop, rock, new age, electronica, loads of organ and creative ideas. 
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This should be right up proggers' alley. Organ, strings, phased guitar, harp break, synth break. Each track flows into the next, one overall concept. Sound effects and different lyrics that are referred to multiple times throughout the album. 

This should be on everyone's radar, to be able to buy such a masterpiece from Target was a new experience (since they're on Columbia)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 27 2017 at 07:17
^Hey I just got this myself and am really digging the vibe of it. I don't think it'll find many fans on here as it comes with the forbidden style of hip hop...that's a no-no to most proggers right there. I can't blame em really. I used to be the same. 

Recent 2017 albums I've been enjoying:

James Holden & The Animal Spirits - s/t
Aquaserge - Laisse ca Etre
Elder - Reflections Of A Floating World
Samuel Cadima - Cascata
ZU - Jhator (right this minute this is my pick for AOTY)
Major Parkinson - Blackbox
Tusmørke - Bydyra
Faust - Fresh Air

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 27 2017 at 08:32
1. Wobbler From Silence To Somewhere
2. Discipline Captives Of The Wine Dark Sea
3. Big Big Train Grimspound
4. Kaipa Children Of The Sounds
5. Comedy Of Errors House Of The Mind
6. Jordsjo Jord
7. Kotebel Cosmology
8. Cheer-Accident Putting Off Death
9. The Tangent The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery
10. Barock Project Detachment
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