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    Posted: December 30 2008 at 13:33
COLLABORATORS TOP PROG-ROCK ALBUMS 2008

Hello everyone. I'm honored to announce the results of the Collaborator's Top 2008. 72 PA Collaborators have voted (VIP Members, Prog Reviewers, Collaborators, Special Collaborators and Admins), a total of 145 albums having been nominated.

The albums awarded first and second place won by a considerable distance, meanwhile the battle for third place was a nailbitter (I can tell you that from experience, having counted the results in real time); then onward, things were more tied.

1. Opeth - Watershed
A popular, even if not fully aclaimed new Opeth release, Watershed ends up as 2008's Top Collaborator pick. Prog Reviewer Nightfly was one of the members who praised Watershed, so here's a quote from his review: "[...]although Opeth have released a number of excellent albums in the past, with Watershed they have hit a new peak with an album combining all their past elements and produced their most diverse release to date."


2. Il Bacio della Medusa - Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante
It should be mentioned that, unlike Opeth, Il Bacio di Medusa's second album was nominated the best album by our Collaborators more than any other album (but lost at points). Surprising, impressive work, but let's give the mike to Honorary Collaborator and Italian Prog Specialist Finnforest on this one: "You really get the whole package here: amazing composition, passionate performance, great melody, and tons of enthusiasm and spark. This is a band that pays homage to the greatest ‘70s Italian bands, English bands like Purple and Tull, and even flash the bluesy burn of Wicked Minds or Jack White."


3. The Tangent - Not As Good As The Book

No doubt, The Tangent treated their fans remarkably this year, with a release full of easter eggs besides the music, Not As Good As The Book ending up debated whether or not it's the band's best, and whether or not Tillison and his fellow musicians have outdone themselves this time. The following excerpt is from a review written by Special Collaborator King By-Tor: "[...]a must have album. It takes a bit for this album to grow on you, but after three or four spaced out listens you might find yourself coming back to it every single day needing more. 5 Soho Jazz clubs out of 5!"

4. Pendragon - Pure

Pure is definitely one of the albums that received overwhelming marks from its fans and other listeners, but more importantly, the word "change" was on many people's lips. Symphonic & Neo Prog Specialist Iván Melgar Morey explains: "[...]they have not left behind their natural sound, they have sharpened it and mixed [...] a new and unexpected sound in the border that divides Neo, Symphonic and Heavy Prog."

5. Beardfish - Sleeping In Traffic: Part Two

Swedish in-form and in-vogue band Beardfish completed their two-part concept album "Sleeping in Traffic" in two consecutive years. Succesful in almost every way. If last year "Part One" earned a rather low spot (place 87!), this time "Part Two" received more than enough mentions from Collaborators, ending in the top 5 accordingly. Prog Reviewer Liquid Eternity describes it as "[...]the stronger, more creative, more unique album. The whole album is very strong and very individual. [...] For a young and not well-known band, this is a tremendous release and one that needs much more attention. Fans of just about any style of melodic music will find something to appreciate here."

6. Steven Wilson - Insurgentes

"Overall an enjoyable, solid effort from STEVEN WILSON, which will keep legions of fans happy until the release of the next PORCUPINE TREE/STEVEN WILSON album." (valravennz, PA VIP member)

7. Kayo Dot - Blue Lambency Downward

"This is most emphatically not easy music to just dive into unless Avant Garde tends to be your bread and butter of music listening, but with time and patience you will find many strong melodies and quirks that create a memorable experience, and this is the hallmark of any truly great album..." (sleeper, Prog Metal Specialist)

8. The Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath

"With The Bedlam in Goliath, The Mars Volta have created a very fast-paced, aggressive yet both funky, melodic/memorable and powerful record..." (Moatilliatta, Prog Reviewer)

9. Cynic - Traced In Air

"This album tells a story, the music intertwines and connects after a few listens. There is really no way for me to put this album down in any way. A perfect score is well deserved here." (ProgBagel, Prog Reviewer)

10. Meshuggah - obZen

"...in the threshold of another brutal experience but with some changes." (The T, Prog Metal Specialist) "Back to the good old days, a return to the Chaos." (OpethGuitarist, Prog Reviewer) "Meshuggah at it´s best!" (el böthy, Prog Reviewer)

Admins' Choices


Each of the 10 albums in the top were nominated #1 by at least one Collaborator. Here is, though, an impressive number of other #1 choices:

Taylor Robin (Taylor's Universe) - Soundwall
Every Other Fate - Phantom Fill The Skies
Believe - Yesterday Is A Friend
It Bites - The Tall Ships
Marillion - Happiness Is The Road
Followed By Ghosts - Dear Monsters, Be Patient
Day Without Dawn - Understanding Consequences
Birds And Buildings - Bantam Into Behemoth
Ulysses - The Gift Of Tears
Témpano - Selective Memory
Penelli di Vermeer - La Primavera dei Sordi
One Shot - Dark Shot
Saena - Saena
About Tess - Beautiful
Sculptured - Embodiment
Karmakanic - Who's The Boss In The Factory
Virus - The Black Flux
Cast - Originallis
Canvas Solaris - The Atomized Dream
Where's The Nine- Desensitized To Insanity
Willowglass - Book Of Hours
Henry Cow - Stockholm & Goteborg
Astarte Syriaca - Darkened Light
Van der Graaf Generator - Trisector
Ayreon - 01011001
Fromuz - Overlook
Lunatic Soul - Lunatic Soul
Guapo - Elixirs
Secret Chiefs 3/John Zorn - Xaphan - The Book of Angels-Vol.9
Soul Secret - Flowing Portraits
Presto Ballet - The Lost Art Of Time Travel
Protest The Hero - Fortress
Uriah Heep - Wake The Sleeper
Keith Emerson - Keith Emerson Band feat. Marc Bonilla
Simon Says - Tardigrade
A Silver Mt. Zion - 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons


A top 100 due to be posted.

Comments fully welcomed - surprised or content? unexpected or predictable? etc.
(Admins, please sticky this for the time being...)



Edited by Ricochet - December 30 2008 at 13:41
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 13:36
All I know is I absolutely need to get my hands on that Il Bacio Della Medusa record.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 13:40
Interesting results!

You accidentally made a typo with Beardfish, by the way, mislabeling it Pendragon.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 13:40
Great job! I'm looking forward to seeing the Top 100
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 13:41
Originally posted by MovingPictures07 MovingPictures07 wrote:

Interesting results!

You accidentally made a typo with Beardfish, by the way, mislabeling it Pendragon.


Right. I was copy-pasting the font and size...fixed.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 13:56
amazing work, Rico hoping to see KROBAK in Top-100 or like a special Admin choice?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 13:58
Originally posted by Ricochet Ricochet wrote:

Originally posted by MovingPictures07 MovingPictures07 wrote:

Interesting results!

You accidentally made a typo with Beardfish, by the way, mislabeling it Pendragon.


Right. I was copy-pasting the font and size...fixed.


I figured. Wink

Good job on the list!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 14:14
It's a shame Birds & Buildings wasn't higher... *sigh*
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 14:16
I'm surprised none of the Opeth fanboys have "Bree"ed on this thread.  (Whatever that means)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 14:21

The thought of Opeth fanboys breeding is almost as scary as the sound of Akerfeldt's growls.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 14:52
Originally posted by NaturalScience NaturalScience wrote:

All I know is I absolutely need to get my hands on that Il Bacio Della Medusa record.


AGREED!!!

...and the fact that Opeth is ranked #1 is absurd, imho.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 15:03
Great job, and I regret that I had not heard enough albums to feel comfortable voting.  Not my favourite Guapo album, but I had thought that Guapo's might make the top ten.  Dark Shot and Birds and Buildings are very good.  My favourite I've heard based on samples alone would be this:


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 15:07
Great work, and an interesting top 10.

I know one special collaborator who'll be extra glad over the album on place number two Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 15:32
Originally posted by Doomcifer Doomcifer wrote:

Originally posted by NaturalScience NaturalScience wrote:

All I know is I absolutely need to get my hands on that Il Bacio Della Medusa record.


AGREED!!!

...and the fact that Opeth is ranked #1 is absurd, imho.
 
Have you heard it?
 
Can't say I disagree, since it was my nş1 choice as well, but I did heard very few albums from this year and, for the sake of prog, I do hope there is better out there. I'm by no means an Opeth fan - I only heard Damnation and Blackwater Park before Watershed, both of which I though were rather average. But this latest album really clicked, reminding me more of other Swedish staples of modern prog (Anglagard and Anekdoten, especially) and some other prog greats (Gentle Giant, Gryphon, Uriah Heep) than of other metal groups out there. Not a masterpiece at all, but featuring some of the most beautiful music I'd heard in ages and occasional glimpses of prog brilliance.
 
I didn't add Il Bacio di Medusa's album to my list, as I've only recently came across it. I found it a bit hit-and-miss (a lot like Beardish, my greatest disapointment after all the positive reviews), but it's still growing on me - even though I don't think it will ever top Watershed on my list.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 15:51
Great job, Rico! Clap
 
 
 
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Interesting - perhaps 3 of the collaborators top 10 will make it into mine.
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Excellent work!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 16:18

My guess was pretty far off, except for Beardfish and Pendragon in the top 10. Oh well.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 16:18
Originally posted by Takeshi Kovacs Takeshi Kovacs wrote:

Interesting - perhaps 3 of the collaborators top 10 will make it into mine.
 
Only 1 made it into mine, but 2 others quite possibly could have if I had heard them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2008 at 16:22
Thats a very interesting and varied Top 10! Hope another mix of opinions pop up next year as well!   
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