The Crit­ics’ List

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What have the Prog writ­ers voted as their al­bum of the year?

We started with a list as long as the head­i­est prog rock epic, and fi­nally we’ve nar­rowed it down to a man­age­able, bona fide clas­sic. Once again

Prog’s writ­ers have had the un­en­vi­able task of whit­tling down 12 months’ worth of fine proggy re­leases into their own Top 20s, from which we present the Prog master list…

1 HAKEN

Vec­tor (IN­SID­EOUT) We said: “Dizzy­ing in­stru­men­tal and rhyth­mic com­plex­ity, along­side an in­trigu­ing lyri­cal tale.” – Johnny Sharp, Prog 91

2 TESSER­ACT SONDER (KS­COPE)

We said: “There’s no doubt that Tesser­acT are one of the UK’s most prized heavy mu­sic ex­ports.” – Chris Cope, Prog 86

3 ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF DEAD MAGIC (CITY SLANG)

We said: “A re­mark­able jour­ney through one woman’s sub­con­scious.” – Natasha Scharf, Prog 85

4 VOIVOD The Wake (CEN­TURY ME­DIA)

We said: “Roll over Bartók: Voivod are back at their un­com­pro­mis­ing, pro­gres­sive best.” – Chris McGarel, Prog 91

“We’re so grate­ful that Prog mag­a­zine have sup­ported us from the start of our ca­reer. To be awarded the No.1 spot is ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble, es­pe­cially with so many other great al­bums re­leased this year. Thank you all!”

5 THE PINEAP­PLE THIEF DIS­SO­LU­TION (KS­COPE)

We said: “Each note is pol­ished and each melody beau­ti­fully rounded, even more so than on pre­vi­ous re­leases.”

– Natasha Scharf, Prog 90

6 IHSAHN ÁMR (CAN­DLE­LIGHT)

We said: “An­other glo­ri­ous mesh of bi­ble black notes, dev­il­ish in­ven­tion and deep, all-en­com­pass­ing melodies.”

– Philip wild­ing, Prog 86

7 RIVER­SIDE WASTE­LAND (IN­SID­EOUT)

We said: “It’s an emo­tional sucker punch that lays you out flat, but pro­vides a flash of hope at the same time.”

– Dave Ever­ley, Prog 91

8 THE FIERCE & THE DEAD THE EU­PHORIC (BAD ELE­PHANT)

We said: “A di­verse, dy­namic and desta­bil­is­ing doc­u­ment. Post-rock truth for a post­truth era.” – Matt Parker, Prog 87

9 THUMPER MON­KEY MAKE ME YOUNG, ETC (ROCKO SMOS)

We said: “wise words from a truly unique and in­creas­ingly pow­er­ful band.”

– Dom Law­son, Prog 91

10 A PER­FECT CIR­CLE EAT THE ELE­PHANT (BMG)

We said: “Just when you think you’ve got a han­dle on it it goes and con­founds you.”

– Dave Ever­ley, Prog 86

11 TONY BANKS FIVE (BMG)

We said: “Glit­ter­ing cas­cades of­ten man­i­fest into melodies that could el­e­vate an imag­i­nary Ge­n­e­sis clas­sic.”

– Kris Needs, Prog 84

12 OR­PHANED LAND UN­SUNG PROPHETS & DEAD MESSIAHS (CEN­TURY ME­DIA)

We said: “An un­wa­ver­ing com­bi­na­tion of broad brush­strokes and sub­tle de­tails.”

– Dom Law­son, Prog 84

13 COHEED AND CAM­BRIA VAXIS – ACT 1: THE UNHEAVENLY CREA­TURES (ROADRUNNER)

We said: “They re­ally are a tre­men­dous prog rock band.”

– Dom Law­son, Prog 91

14 SPIR­I­TU­AL­IZED AND NOTH­ING HURT (BELLA UNION)

We said: “Mix­ing rocks both garage and kraut with right­eous blues and soul.”

– Fraser Lewry, Prog 90

15 VENNART TO CURE A BLIZ­ZARD UPON A PLAS­TIC SEA (MEDIUM FOR­MAT)

We said: “Vennart ac­knowl­edges that it’s time ‘to un­leash his in­ner Trout Mask Replica…’” – Matt Parker, Prog 90

16 SOFT MA­CHINE HID­DEN DE­TAILS (MOONJUNE/DYAN)

We said: “An in­car­na­tion of Soft Ma­chine truly rel­e­vant to the 20th cen­tury. A re­mark­able achieve­ment.” – Ian Fort­nam, Prog 90

17 OCEANS OF SLUM­BER THE BAN­ISHED HEART (CEN­TURY ME­DIA)

We said: “Blend­ing the dy­nam­ics of old-school death metal with mod­ern pro­gres­sive rock.” – Alex Lyn­ham, Prog 85

18 IVAR BJØRNSON & EINAR SELVIK HUGSJÁ (BY NORSE)

We said: “Even those with no knowl­edge of Nor­we­gian cul­ture can en­joy its panoramic sweep.”

– Mike Barnes, Prog 86

19 MI­DAS FALL EVAP­O­RATE (MONOTREME)

We said: “For­lorn yet full of hope, it en­cap­su­lates a yearn­ing like no other record of re­cent times.”

– Philip wild­ing, Prog 86

20 KINO RA­DIO VOLTAIRE (IN­SID­EOUT)

We said: “The devil is in the de­tails, and it’s the messy bits that pro­vide the rich­est flavours.”

– Johnny Sharp, Prog 85

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