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    Posted: January 17 2021 at 02:54
I was asked elsewhere what my favourite prog metal albums were from last year. I kind of find it amusing that Iím asked my opinion on prog metal as, although I like a lot of it, itís probably one of my least favourite genres of music to listen to. Because of this, anyone who does like prog metal will see many notable omissions from this list. Thatís simply because I havenít listened to them because Iím not particularly interested, or because Iíve not enjoyed what Iíve heard previously, or because theyíre still on my ďto listen toĒ list and likely to longer there awhile just because (as aforementioned) there are other genres of music Iím more inclined to listen to first.

Loosely ranked from 25 to one. The closer to number one the more likely the ranking is to be accurate, and the closer to 25, the more likely the rank is more arbitrary.

1. Lucynine - Amor Venenat 

2. Pull Down the Sun - Of Valleys and Mountains

3. Pencarrow - Growth in the Absence of Light

4. Lucid Planet - II

5. Avandra - Skylighting

6. Egregor - Pakachuti

7. Shores of Null - Beyond the Shores (On Death and Dying)

8. Acute Mind - Under the Empty Sky
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9. Void of Sleep - Metaphora

10. Ottone Pesante - DoomooD 

11. Draconian - Under a Godless Veil

12. Caelestra - Black Widow Nebula

13. Jupiter Hollow - Bereavement 

14. The Advent Equation - Remnants of Oblivion
(No Bandcamp)

15. Kekal - Quantum Resolution

16. Kilter - Axiom

17. Postvorta - Porrima

18. White Walls - Grandeur

19. Ńuryn - Antes de Cerrar los Ojos

20. Autocatalytica - Powerclashing Maximalism

21. Green Carnation - Leaves of Yesteryear

22. Marhold - A Homemade World
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23. Sound of Origin - The All Seeing Eye

24. Inno - The Rain Under

25. Nero di Marte - Immoto

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I know few of these but it's nice to see White Walls and Avandra getting some love. 

Also Draconian is just gothic-doom. Great album, I agree. 
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Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

I know few of these but it's nice to see White Walls and Avandra getting some love. 

Also Draconian is just gothic-doom. Great album, I agree. 

Yeah, Iím not convinced about it being prog either, but I have been assured by others it is, and that the band is more progressive than they were. But if they came up as a suggested band for PA, in my current position as part of the prog metal team, theyíd get a No from me. Itís only because I copied and pasted from elsewhere that Draconian is in this list, because they were considered prog enough there. If I had made the list for this forum, theyíd not be included.

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It's not a genre I spend a lot of time in, but I did like the Pencarrow and Green Carnation albums. 
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Green Carnation is awesome in general. Tongue
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Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

Green Carnation is awesome in general. Tongue
I canít argue with that. My favourite albums are Journey to the End of Night and Light of Day, Day of Darkness, so I really like that on Leaves of Yesteryear they refer back to those days.

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In the Woods... (since their history is intertwined with Green Carnation) are also awesome in general. 🖤

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Frenetic Zetetic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 18 2021 at 00:06
...And not a single damn one tickled my fancy above a 6.5/10.

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Originally posted by nick_h_nz nick_h_nz wrote:

In the Woods... (since their history is intertwined with Green Carnation) are also awesome in general. 🖤


I agree, their last album was great. 
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I love everything about it, from the cover art in....
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rushfan4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2021 at 08:39
I'm listening to Marhold's album for the first time.  I like it.  I don't see them listed here on PA though.  Thoughts?  Prog metal or heavy prog?
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They are probably more heavy prog than prog metal, but they are kind of in a grey area, I guess. I think they could fit fairly easily into either, depending on where you draw the line.
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I don't see that they have been suggested so I was thinking of suggesting them.  

My favorite prog album of the year is Ayreon's latest, which based on forum posts, I am the only PAer who likes this album.  I've only heard 4 or 5 of the albums on your list.

On MMA, Hail Spirit Noir was voted their number 1 metal album of 2020.  
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I still havenít listened to last yearís Hail Spirit Noir. There are actually a lot of likely glaring omissions from my list, simply because Iíve not yet listened to them. The thing is, I donít naturally gravitate to prog metal, so most of these albums on my list came to me only because I was reviewing them for The Progressive Aspect. Several of them I didnít expect to enjoy at all, but ended up loving. Everyone will find different things interesting and/or enjoyable, and thatís good. It would be a boring world if we all felt the same away about everything.

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