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    Posted: February 01 2014 at 06:59

Welcome to the 8th annual ProgArchives Collaborator’s Album of the Year contest!

This year, the progressive rock community found itself faced with a simply phenomenal array of fantastic albums. 2013 saw giants from both the classic 70s era as well as the 90s revival release killer work, but the year also saw the emergence and maturation of many new age prog bands who will be sure to go forward to become legends in the genre. 2013 perhaps had one of the largest selections of high quality releases; hundreds of albums wowed listeners and reviewers alike, and this is excellently displayed by our 69 voters who voted for a phenomenal 256 unique albums.

At the end of each year, we the collaborators of ProgArchives, including Admins, Special Collaborators, Collaborators, Prog Reviewers, and VIP Members, gather to discuss and exchange the best music of the year. Each collaborator is allowed to vote for his or her top ten albums, and I again had the honor to collate these votes.

The amount of diversity displayed by the voters shocks me every year, and this year was no different. Many voters brought albums that sadly they were the only voter for, but it shows just how far our collaborators look for high quality progressive rock. This list, I feel, is an excellent source for anyone who wants to jump into the more obscure field of progressive rock. While of course every album could not have been evaluated by every voter, this provides an excellent snapshot of our site’s taste.

Without further ado,

The ProgArchives Collaborators’ Top Albums of 2013

1.  Steven Wilson – The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)

Steven Wilson is perhaps the current emperor of the prog rock world. Whether he is remixing a Jethro Tull classic, helping fellow royal Mikael Åkerfeldt produce masterful Opeth works, writing music for his plethora of side projects, or pumping out masterpieces for his main band Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson is revered like a God amongst progressive rock fans. When he began his solo project in 2009 with Insurgents, he expanded his territory in progressive rock mastery. This year, his third album only solidifies his mastery of the art and is easily the album of the year for 2013.

Wilson is nothing short of passionate about his music and every note is placed to generate a congenial effect to enhance the overall experience. This is a series of stories, as the album titles states, and each story has its own atmosphere and style though there is a consistency in the thematic juxtaposition of music and vocals. It is a far superior album to some of the earlier Porcupine Tree albums and indeed Wilson's debut solo. I would rank it easily among his greatest triumphs, and certainly it is going to be one of the albums of the year. An album this bold and inventive deserves full recommendation and thus far it is the best release in 2013…” – AtomicCrimsonRush, Special Collaborator

Statistics:

·         Genre: Crossover Prog

·         Country: United Kingdom

·         886 ratings, 4.35 stars

·         Appears on 41% of all lists

·         Number of #1 listings: 9

·         Official Website

·         Song Sample (“Luminol”)

2.  Haken – The Mountain

Our second English offering, Haken, whose 2010 debut Aquarius shocked the progressive community with its incredible maturity and breadth of vision, were destined for greatness from the start. Even with their one album, nearly everyone, the collaborators of this site included, as they voted the album 4th best album of 2010, agreed that Haken would not stop making waves in the prog world. Their 2011 album Visions continued their domination of the prog world by refining their technique and tightening their sound. They hit 3rd on our 2011 top albums list, so it seemed like there was no stopping them. It seemed the reviewers were right, as their 3rd album, The Mountain, absolutely killed everyone’s expectations.

“…as you view the solitary peak on the front of "The Mountain", know that you are in for a journey lyrically, musically, emotionally, and even spiritually. The music is a bit heavier than before, but the album also features a few tracks that might be the softest that Haken has crafted yet. In other words, "The Mountain" has a stunning balance to it. There is something for everyone here. I also feel that everyone will be able to relate to the incredible theme that Jennings has created: The album covers the trials, tribulations, battles, goals, and successes that we each have on our own journey up the mountain. This album is about life. It is about death. It is about the human experience.” –Second Life Syndrome, Collaborator

Statistics:

·         Genre: Heavy Prog

·         Country: United Kingdom

·         492 ratings, 4.28 stars

·         Appears on 33% of all lists

·         Number of #1 listings: 1

·         Official Website

·         Song Sample (“Pareidolia”)

3.  Kayo Dot – Hubardo

Perhaps the undisputed king of modern avant rock and metal, musical mastermind Toby Driver has been producing masterful experimental music since the late 90s with his band maudlin of the Well. When motW disbanded in the early 2000s, Driver moved on to Kayo Dot, his next, and perhaps even better, project. Albums like Choirs of the Eyes showed that Driver still had his masterful edge of creating genius haunting experimental music. In 2013, Driver announced his most ambitious project yet, a double album that would compile all the styles he experimented with over the past decade and a half. Hubardo is just that – a massive magnum opus which perhaps outshines any other work he’s ever done.

“Since Kayo Dot's start with 2003's "Choirs of the Eye", and their earlier incarnation as maudlin of the Well, Toby Driver and co. have been making some of the most interesting and adventurous music coming out of the prog rock and metal spheres… Hubardo is notable for how diverse and varied it is… It’s uncompromising, rich, and for my money, it's an instant classic. I have long considered "Choirs of the Eye" to be one of my favourite albums ever, and a month into experiencing "Hubardo", I have to say that this one trumps their debut by a noticeable margin. Always pushing the envelope forward, it's my hope that this album gives Kayo Dot the exposure and attention they deserve.” – Conor Fynes, Prog Reviewer

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·         Genre: RIO/Avant Prog

·         Country: United States

·         84 ratings, 3.79 stars

·         Appears on 15% of all lists

·         Number of #1 listings: 4

·         Official Website

·         Song Sample (“And He Built Him a Boat”)

4.  Spock’s Beard – Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep

Our next lengthy-titled offering comes from Spock’s Beard, a band well known to symphonic prog fans. Spock’s was, and still is, one of the premier symphonic prog revival bands of the early 1990s. Along with their contemporaries The Flower Kings and others, Spock’s Beard stirred the musical pot and revived progressive rock as a viable and listenable genre in the 1990s. Even with the departure of their frontman Neal Morse in 2002 and the subsequent departure of drummer and second frontman Nick D’Virgilio, Spock’s Beard forged on with a new lineup and an invigorated sound. New additions Ted Leonard and Jim Keegan spice up the band chemistry and make Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep one of the best albums the band has released in years.

“…once [Brief Nocturnes…] got on the player it was hard to get it off…Forget everything you have ever heard by Spock's Beard, here is a brand new band and while I understand why they kept the name after so much history I don't think that there would be much surprise if they had started afresh. This is simply stunning, it is as if bringing in Ted has given everyone a new lease of life and they have just relaxed and let the music flow…I never thought that I would be able to say this again, but Spock's Beard have released a five star album” – kev rowland, Special Collaborator

Statistics:

·         Genre: Symphonic Prog

·         Country: United States

·         334 ratings, 4.16 stars

·         Appears on 15% of all lists

·         Number of #1 listings: 2

·         Official Website

·         Song Sample (“Afterthoughts”)

5.  Riverside – Shrine of New Generation Slaves

Riverside are well known among the progressive metal community. Since the early 2000s, they have produced some of the most incredible and groundbreaking progressive metal in the scene. Albums such as Second Life Syndrome and Anno Domini High Definition have shocked the progressive metal world, rocketing them to the top of many progressive metal classics charts. Riverside is a band that is always evolving, however, and their newest album, Shrines of New Generation Slaves, or SONGS for short, shows just how willing they are to experiment with their sound. Their 2013 offering wowed many listeners, and the acclaim was not lost on our voters.

[SONGS] is truly unlike any album the band has released to date. It strips away the atmosphere generated by the Reality Dream trilogy and reigns in the metal aspects explored on the previous album…it draws on so many genres and embraces more traditional song forms for certain tracks. … The focus has shifted to accommodate a more vocal- and keyboard-oriented album, which to me indicates just how full Riverside's bag of tricks really is. In short, if you go in to this ready to hear an album that marries old and new rock traditions, both progressive and as a whole, while still preserving the edge and false modesty of this group's talents both individually and collectively, you will not be disappointed. There's something for everyone here, and I for one am inspired by the powerful message, compositional prowess, and top-notch playing by each member more and more with each listen.” – Neo-Romantic, Forum Senior Member

Statistics:

·         Genre: Progressive Metal

·         Country: Poland

·         574 ratings, 4.10 stars

·         Appears on 22% of all lists

·         Number of #1 listings: 1

·         Official Website

·         Song Sample (“The Depth of Self-Delusion”)

6.  Big Big Train – English Electric (Part Two)

Big Big Train are another 90s progressive rock band, but they did not meet the same success that their contemporary Spock’s Beard met. The train picked up their pace in the late 2000s, however, especially with the release of their critically acclaimed The Underfall Yard in 2009. The band shocked the prog world yet again with the release of their 2012 album English Electric, Part One, which saw a heavy leaning to their 1970s influences with a significant modern twist. The band followed it with the inevitable second part, which easily holds against its older brother.

I am a bit of a sucker for exceptionally well produced, and played, melodic progressive rock… I simply call [English Electric (Part Two)] gorgeous and pastoral… What it does…is bring storytelling, in a lush musical environment, to the forefront, and BBT are to be congratulated on this… The whole feel of this album is that of a band that are deeply comfortable in making music that engages the mind and is far more complex in its playing than strikes one in the first few listens… This is consistently excellent, the harmonies, lyrics, lead vocals, and musicianship, including the wonderful guest spots, combine to create what is perhaps the finest folk influenced album in many a year.” – lazland, Prog Reviewer

Statistics:

·         Genre: Crossover Prog

·         Country: United Kingdom

·         456 ratings, 4.11 stars

·         Appears on 17% of all lists

·         Number of #1 listings: 0 (2 #2 listings)

·         Official Website

·         Song sample (“East Coast Racer”)

7.  Birds and Buildings – Multipurpose Trap

Birds and Buildings are a lesser known band who released the killer Bantam to Behemoth in 2008 and subsequently disappeared. The band, who fused the experimentation of RIO with the progressive edge and instrumental prowess of jazz fusion and symphonic prog. The mastermind behind the band is Dan Britton, who is also known for his bands Deluge Grander and Cerebrus Effect. Birds and Buildings are a masterful blend of instrumental ferocity and melodic ingenuity. Their return to music this year excited the progressive community and Multipurpose Trap provided an easy choice for the top 10.

Birds and Buildings were floating the prospect of a followup to the magnificent Bantam and Behemoth back in 2010, but it's taken far longer than anticipated for the enigmatic Multipurpose Trap to manifest. I am thrilled to discover it's worth the wait, with the band teasing just enough whimsical vocals into their work to add a new twist (check out their searing indictment of the evils of the pelican on the concluding track) whilst not focusing on the vocals to the extent that their intricate instrumental gymnastics are disrupted. With a sound reminiscent of the clowns from Mr Bungle running riot in a National Health/jazz fusion/zeuhl warehouse, Birds and Buildings once again fly easily to the front rank of avant-prog.” – Warthur, Prog Reviewer

Statistics:

·         Genre: Eclectic Prog

·         Country: United States

·         158 ratings, 4.23 stars

·         Appears on 15% of all lists

·         Number of #1 listings: 2

·         Official Website

·         Song Sample (“Catapult”)

8.  Guapo – The History of the Visitation

A well-known face in the RIO world, Guapo is a fan favorite of Zeuhl-inspired dark avant rock. Led by Matt Thomas and Dave Smith, the dark, haunting music the band makes is perhaps one of the best examples of how well a modern RIO band can synthesize the ideas of the RIO movement with a distinct modern sound. The History of the Visitation, is no different, with Guapo pumping dark, haunting material onto the disk that assuredly wowed listeners when the album was released. The band’s 8th album, this will most certainly not be the last classic this band produces.

 After a four or five years hiatus, Guapo returns…Musically the band has shifted from a certain form of Zeuhl to an interesting Post Rock, then slowly growing into their unclassifiable brand of prog…The album itself features three tracks, the first of which is a five-movement 26-mns Pilman Radiant. As usual the piece opens with a lengthy and calm intro, gradually picking up momentum and intensity, to lead us into the demented soundscapes and foray deeply in the entrails of the band's musical realm... Great stuff….Yet another absolutely stunning Cuneiform and Guapo album.” – Sean Trane, Special Collaborator

Statistics:

·         Genre: RIO/Avant Prog

·         Country: United Kingdom

·         63 ratings, 3.89 stars

·         Appears on 15% of all lists

·         Number of #1 listings: 3

·         Official Website

·         Song Sample (“Tremors from the Future”)

9.  Sigur Rós – Kveikur

Perhaps the best known and best respected post rock band in the world, Sigur Rós has been creating high quality, emotive music since their inception in the 1990s. The Icelandic group combines dense emotional content with dreamy, ethereal instrumentation to a dazzling effect – and their latest effort, Kveikur, shows that there is no slowing this band from evolving. A darker, more experimental release, Kveikur shows that Sigur Rós is not afraid to move beyond their boundaries and create the music that they love. While the new sound shocked and alarmed many of the band’s fans, it’s no surprise that this effort is one of the best of 2013.

“Sigur Ros is a band that needs no introduction, they are at the forefront of the post-rock music scene and have made sounds within that genre that no other band has managed to imitate. [Kviekur has] noisy, rusty, powerful booming track[s] of post-rock with vocals from Jonsi that are almost at times demonic. The raw energy just emanated from it so beautifully…it definitely sounds like nothing they've ever done before…they are experiments in their own right. [Kveikur is] excellent and significantly different follow-up to Valtari.” –The Truth, Collaborator

Statistics:

·         Genre: Post-rock

·         Country: Iceland

·         49 ratings, 3.60 stars

·         Appears on 13% of all lists

·         Number of #1 listings: 1

·         Official Website

·         Song Sample (“Brennistein” [Live])

10.      Chrome Hoof – Chrome Black Gold

Chrome Hoof is the second Cuneiform Records band, along with labelmate Guapo, to appear on the list, and they are perhaps the most unique. The 10-piece ensemble plays a fascinating blend of prog rock, zeuhl, disco, and a host of other genres for one of the most eclectic displays of accessible prog on the scene. The extravagant band makes no secret of their extravagance – all chrome suits, fitting for the band name, are not unheard of at live shows – and their music is a must hear for those willing to delve into the more diverse realm of prog. Chrome Black Gold is no different, and can easily take a spot on the best albums of 2013. While they don’t seem to have a large following of raters here on ProgArchives, they definitely caught the eye of our collaborators.

 I had never heard of [Chrome Hoof] before but it took only one listen to convince me that they were a band that I needed to pay some more attention to!... They are a large ensemble that by this album have nine full time members. And although they make interesting, unique music with varied instrumentation, they have in no way forgotten their audience in their compositions. The band has a clear sense of how to write a song with big hooks, and tracks like "Knopheria" and "Tortured Craft", with their disco-meets-prog magic, really sell this band as a different act…Recommended for listeners who want to have fun while listening to their weird music and who aren't afraid of the Dark Side of the 70s” – TheGazzardian, Prog Reviewer

Statistics:

·         Genre: Crossover Prog

·         Country: United Kingdom

·         6 ratings, 4.04 stars

·         Appears on 9% of all lists

·         Number of #1 listings: 0 (3 #2 listings)

·         Official Website

·         Song Sample (“When The Lightning Strikes”)

 

Let the awards ceremony begin!



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# Album Artist Total
1 Steven Wilson The Raven that Refused to Sing 394
2 Haken The Mountain 313
3 Kayo Dot Hubardo 168
4 Spock’s Beard Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep 152
5 Riverside Shrine of New Generation Slaves 142
6 Big Big Train English Electric (Part Two) 140
7 Birds and Buildings Multipurpose Trap 138
8 Guapo  The History of the Visitation 134
9 Sigur Ros Kveikur 128
10 Chrome Hoof Chrome Black Gold 94
11 Motorpsycho  Still Life With Eggplant  90
12 Ingranaggi Della Valle  In Hoc Signo 88
13 Cult of Luna Vertikal 86
14 The Wrong Object After the Exhibition 80
15 miRthkon Snack(s) 76
16 Leprous Coal 72
  Flower Kings Desolation Rose 72
  Unreal City La crudeltà di aprile 72
19 Ayreon The Theory of Eveyrhting 68
20 Legend Spirit 66
21 Exivious  Liminal 62
22 Setna Guerison 60
  Fright Pig Out of the Barnyard 60
24 Days Between Stations In Extremis 59
25 The Tangent La Sacre Du Travail 57
26 Nichelodeon Bath Salts 56
27 Airbag The Greatest Show on Earth 54
28 Hibernal The Machine 52
29 Tesseract  Altered State 50
  Clive Nolan Alchemy 50
  The Psychedelic Ensemble The Tale of The Golden King 50
32 Voivod Target Earth 46
  Jaga Jazzist Live with Britten Sinfonia  46
34 Sound of Contact Dimensionaut 45
  The Windmill The Continuation 45
  Moon Safari Himlabacken Vol1 45
37 Gorguts  Colored Sands  44
38 Rhun Fanfare du Chaos 42
  Herd of Instinct Conjure 42
  The Knells The Knells 42
41 ptf Percept From 41
42 Lifesigns Lifesigns 40
  Caillou Caillou 40
  Oblivion Sun The High Places 40
45 Flamborough Head Lost in Time 38
  October Equus Permafrost 38
  Orphaned Land All Is One 38
  Djam Karet The Trip 38
  Intronaut  Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)  38
  La Maschera Di Cera Le Porte Del Domani 38
51 Homunculus Res Limiti All'eguaglianza della Parte con il Tutto  36
  Art Deco  Syvään Uneen 36
  Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith 36
  Comedy of Errors Fanfare and Fantasy 36
  From.uz Sodom & Gomorrha 36
56 Fish A Feast of Consequences 34
  Karnivool  Asymmetry 34
  Vaura The Missing 34
  Deafheaven  Sunbather 34
  Circle of Illusion Jeremias 34
61 Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X 32
  Frank Zappa  Road Tapes: Venue #2 32
  Purson The Circle & the Blue Door 32
  Tirill Um Himinjodur  32
  Unit Wail Retort 32
  Elephants of Scotland  Home Away from Home 32
  Dream Theater  Dream Theater 32
  Henry Fool Men Singing 32
69 Amplifier Echo Street 30
  Caligula's Horse  The Tide, The Thief & River's End 30
  Camelias Garden You Have A Chance 30
  Vesrepo Droga  30
  Subrosa More Constant then the Gods 30
74 Distillerie Di Malto Suono! 28
75 One Of These Days  A Peaceful Nacht In Hell 26
76 Inter Arma  Sky Burial  24
  Three Monks The Legend Of The Holy Circle 24
78 Vienna Circle Silhouette Moon  22
  Il Cerchio d'Oro Dedalo e Icaro 22
  Thieves’ Kitchen One For Sorrow,  Two For Joy 22
  Fen Dustwalker 22
82 Mike Keneally  You Must Be This Tall  21
83 Fates Warning  Darkness In A Different Light  20
  Vespero  Liventures, etc 20
  6LA8 Proxy Nights, Misty Lights 20
  La Coscienza Di Zeno Sensitivitá 20
  Miriodor Cobra Fakir 20
  Resonaxis Hymnarium 20
  Ulcerate Vermis 20
  Dialeto The Last Tribe 20
  Deep Purple Now What 20
  Sohpya Baccini Big Red Dragon 20
  Zletovsko Zletovsko 20
  Altar of Plagues Teethed Glory & Injury 20
  Pseudo/Sentai There's Always A f**king Problem 20
96 The Brown MelloW 19
97 Verbal Delirium  From the Small Hours of Weakness 18
  Sanguine Hum  The Weight Of The World 18
  Haze The Last Battle 18
  Polkadot Cadaver Last Call In Jonestown 18
  Projected Twin Earth vs World 18
  Krobak Little Victories 18
  Life Line Project  Armenia 18
  Blank Manuskript A Profound Path 18
  Monkey3 The 5th Sun 18
  Sax Ruins  Blummgauss  18
  Stolas Living Creatures 18
  Eclipse Sol-Air Schizophilia 18
  Blood Ceremony The Eldritch Dark 18
110 Soul Cages  Moon 16
  Reign of Kindo  Play with Fire 16
  Oranssi Pazuzu  Valonielu  16
  Solstice Prophecy 16
  Toxic Smile  7 16
  The Archestra Arches 16
  Causa Sui Euporie Tide 16
  Dreadnaught Have A Drink With Dreadnaught 16
  Jolly The Audio Guide To Happiness Part 2 16
  East of the Wall Redaction Artifacts 16
  Blindead Absence  16
  Sisare Nature's Despair 16
  Il Tempio Delle Clessidre Alie Natura 16
  Tim Hecker  Virgins 16
  Grand General Grand General  16
  Secret Chiefs 3 Book Of Souls Folio A 16
  Hangover Paradise  Mirrors 16
  Fatal Fusion Ancient Tale 16
  Edison's Children  The Final Breath Before November 16
  Tera Melos X'ed Out 16
  Not A Good Sign  Not A Good Sign 16
131 Ef  Ceremonies 14
  John Scofield  Uberjam Deux 14
  Devin Townsend The Retinal Circus 14
  Here & Now  Live In London 14
  Frost* The Rockfield Files 14
  Votum Harvest Moon 14
  Maschine Rubidium 14
  The Twenty Committee A Lifeblood Psalm 14
  La Tulipe Noire Matricade 14
  I Know You Well Miss Clara Chapter One 14
  Von Hertzen Brothers Nine Lives 14
  PFM PFM In Classic: Da Mozart 14
  Stone Angel Between the Water and the Sky 14
  Johannes Luley Tales From Sheepfather's Grove 14
  Factory Of Dreams Some Kind Of Poetic Destruction 14
  Magenta The 27 Club 14
  Aldo Tagliapietra  L'Angelo Rinchiuso 14
148 Hexvessel Iron Marsh  12
  Jean Louis Uranus 12
  Levin Minnemann Rudess LMR 12
  Pokerface Silver Heart, Part 1 12
  Frank Zappa  A Token Of His Extreme 12
  Taylor's Universe Worn Out 12
  Il Segno del Comando Il volto verde 12
  The Prophecy Salvation 12
  The Red Masque  Mythalogue 12
  Celestial Wolves Wood for Wood 12
  The Opium Cartel Ardor 12
  Shineback Rise Up Forgotten Return Destroyed 12
  The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer 12
  Trion Funfair Fantasy 12
  La Theorie des Cordes Singes Electriques  12
  Le Maschere di Clara L'Alveare 12
  Tai Shan   Ice flower 12
  Pelican Forever Becoming 12
  Nemo  Le ver dans la Fruit 12
  Jinetes Negros Tawa Sarira 12
  Tugs  Europa Minor 12
169 Fusion Orchestra 2  Casting Shadows 10
  Sentient  Live At The Real Music Club Brighton  10
  Kikagaku Moyo Kikagaku Moyo 10
  Neal Morse Live Momentum 10
  My Dying Bride  The Manuscript  10
  Athanor Vos Cites Sont Des Tombeaux 10
  Rhys Marsh And The Autumn Ghost Trio 10
  Ampacity Encounter One  10
  Echoes of Giants At the End of Myself 10
  Believe The Warmest Sun in Winter 10
  Shamall  Turn Off 10
  Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension 10
  Jesu Every Day I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came 10
  Laquesis Laquesis 10
  Oceans5 Return to Mingulay 10
  Black Sabbath 13 10
  Lizard  Master & M  10
  Combat Astronomy  Kundilini Apocalypse  10
  Sarastro Blake  New progmantics 10
188 The Ocean  Pelagial 8
  Walrus Walrus 8
  3rd Ear Experience  Boi 8
  Fughu Human (The Facts) 8
  Antoine Fafard  Occultus Tramitis 8
  Museo Rosenbach Barbarica 8
  t Psychoanorexia 8
  Violent Silence A Broken Truce 8
  Sky Architect A Billion Years in Solitude 8
  Dead Letter Circus The Catalyst Fire 8
  Janus Under the Shadow of the Moon 8
  ILVCIA The Nature of Reason 8
  Russian Circles Memorial 8
  Uk Cercio D'Oro Dedalo e Icaro  8
  Klaus Schulze  Shadowlands  8
  XNA  When we changed you 8
  And So I Watch You From Afar All Hail Bright Futures 8
  Deafening Opera Blueprint 8
  Manning The Root, The Leaf & The Bone 8
  Civico 23  Siero Progressivo 8
208 Protest the Hero Volition 7
209 Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks 6
  The Inner Road Ascension 6
  OMB SwineSong 6
  Perhaps Volume 2 6
  Mucho Tapioca Mucho Tapioca 6
  Anathema Universal 6
  Psycho Praxis Echoes From The Deep 6
  Half Past Four Good Things 6
  Yojo Yojo 6
  Bader Nana Anthology 6
  Nektar Time Machine  6
  Follakzoid II 6
  David Bowie The Next Day 6
  Progenesi Ulisse l'alfiere nero 6
  Ollocs  Life thread 6
224 Oxhuitza  Oxhuitza 4
  Until Rain  Anthem to Creation 4
  Flash Flash (Featuring Ray Bennett & Colin Carter) 4
  Killsong He Is Risen 4
  John Zorn Dream Machine 4
  Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman Ravens & Lullabies 4
  Altare Thotemico Sogno Errando 4
  Jack O' The Clock All My Friends 4
  Le Porte Non Aperte Golem 4
  Lalu Atomic Ark 4
  Chris Days of Summer Gone 4
  Kosmos Salattu Maailma  4
  Echo  Coming home 4
237 The Aristocrats Culture Clash 2
  1099 1099 2
  Witherscape  The Inheritance  2
  Ficcion Ficcion 2
  Ritual Nemrud 2
  Aeon Zen  Enigma  2
  John Zorn On the Torment of Saints… 2
  Amorphous Androgynous  The Cartel 1 2
  Wolf People  Fain 2
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Well done to everyone who voted, some wonderful albums in the top 10, and so many terrific releases throughout the remaining list!

Well done to the Admin who compiled this all too!

2013 - what an amazing year for progressive music!

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Wow, three of mine made it this year.
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Brilliant work Andy - I don't know how you manage to pull this off every year but somehow you doClapClap

Very nice to see Chrome Hoof in the top 10 as well. I was definitely not expecting that (nor was I expecting Kayo Dot, but then again I didn't really like that one)ShockedBig smile

So what about the prize? Maybe we should change our style. I gather Steven probably is getting a little tired of all the sloppy PA man fellatios coming his way.


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Nice work once again, Andy!
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Two out of the 10 Big smile  I scored spectacularly well at the bottom of listees. HeadbangerSax manSmokeLOL
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Thanks for doing this Andy, I'm sure it was very time consuming, incredible work really Clap

I think It wasn't hard guessing 5 of those albums ending up in the top 10 eventually.
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Wow....this has got to be the first time ever where 3 3!!!!! I say - of my picks are in the top 10. Sure they're 8,9 and 10 but stillShocked
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Thanks Andy! you're the man.
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I'm just happy to see Steven Wilson win this.
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Clap Great work again, Andy! Thumbs Up

Two of my picks made it to the top 10 this time: The Mountain (#4 on my list) and EE2 (#6, both on my list and in the top 10). I was the only one to vote for A Broken Truce (#7 on my list). The two top positions matched my expectations.

Nice to see Ingranaggi della Valle at #12. I see three other of my choices in the range #22-25.


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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

Wow....this has got to be the first time ever where 3 3!!!!! I say - of my picks are in the top 10. Sure they're 8,9 and 10 but stillShocked



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Originally posted by Bonnek Bonnek wrote:

Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

Wow....this has got to be the first time ever where 3 3!!!!! I say - of my picks are in the top 10. Sure they're 8,9 and 10 but stillShocked



You're getting sooo mainstream. Sleepy


LOL I know what's happening to me?

Or maybe the average voter is moving ever so slightly away from the exact same thing? 
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Didn't quite catch your edit there Karl - you sneaky son of a glitch youLOL
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Great work once again Andy. Clap

Interesting as always though I felt 2013 was  weak in comparison to recent years. 
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Well done Andy once more ClapClapClap

I got just two (expected really) in Haken and Spock's Beard, really surprised to see Riverside up there...

You guys are getting sooo mainstream LOLLOLLOL
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I was afraid the top 10 was going to be overly 'commercial,' as it has been in past years, but I was pleased at the assortment of RIO and lesser-known groups in the top.

The top 25 also has a lot of lesser-known bands that managed to climb the chart pretty quickly, especially In Hoc Signo which seemed to get to 12 in just the past few days.
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Excellent job there Andy and a great list as well, so varied that I'm not even that bothered that Steve Wilson won, again!
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