The Best Progressive Metal Album

1.  Devin Townsend - Z² 211
2.  Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken 160
3.  Conquering Dystopia - Conquering Dystopia 71
4.  Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema 66
5.  Anubis Gate - Horizons 57
6.  Voyager - V 51
7.  Opeth - Pale Communion (write-in vote) 47
8.  IQ - The Road Of Bones 34
9.  Rishloo - Living As Ghosts With Buildings As Teeth 29
10.  Philippe Luttun - The Taste Of Wormwood (Voices From Chernobyl) 15
  Threshold - For The Journey (write-in vote) 15
12.  Hemina - Nebulae 9
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Anubis Gate - Horizons

Anubis Gate manage to surprise us once again with another brilliant release. Apart from being catchy in all the good ways, these songs are varied and intricate in their structures and hooks, keeping the listeners constantly on the edge of their seat. Balancing out perfectly the melodic parts, the powerful heavy moments and the thrilling vocals, Horizons stands out in the crowd and is a memorable progressive metal album.

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Conquering Dystopia - Conquering Dystopia

What happens when you unite the guitars of Keith Merrow and Jeff Loomis? You can either create an Interstellar-like black hole or craft a heavy and extremely entertaining piece of music. Unfortunately (?) the latter happened and Conquering Dystopia is among the best instrumental prog albums of the latest years.

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Devin Townsend -

He's bald, he's boisterous, and he's back - with not one, but two delightful musical forays for your consideration. Devin Townsend has spoiled his fans this time. The bright, illustrious, and thoroughly upbeat Sky Blue carries the torch of Epicloud, with our old friend Anneke van Giersbergen at Devy's side to make the journey that much better. Dark Matters, meanwhile, throws back to Devin's older solo material with a continuation of the classic saga of Ziltoid the Omniscient. Together, they make for a lengthy and enrapturing listening experience. Prepare to be bamboozled.

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Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken

At last, the return of Evergrey. The Swedish band is revitalized and created their best album in ten years, Hymns For The Broken. More balanced and engaging, this album is also more ambitious than its predecessors. The songwriting is spot-on and Tom Englund's daring vocals are the icing on the cake. While they maintain their grandiose trademark sound, Evergrey take it up a notch when it comes to their progressive traits. The songs offer passionate lyrics and as much mellow and intense keyboard-driven moments as towering guitars. Irresistible!

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Hemina - Nebulae

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After the criminally under-appreciated Synthetic, the Aussie quartet Hemina have returned and put together another emotional masterpiece. With talent that a larger band would struggle to replicate, we are graced with the dual-harmony juggernaut that is Douglas Skene and Jessica Martin. Where other bands would have to outsource their vocal duties to compete, Hemina present their mind-blowing vocal range and unmatched passion in-house with founding leader Doug on guitar/keyboards and Jessica on bass. With heavier rhythms and leads courtesy of the phenomenal Mitch Coull, the icing on this progverbial cake is the atmospheric keyboard layering of Phill Eltakchi, who continues to impress with his inventive ideas and classic solos. Building on all these great parameters, we find a solid backbone in the session work of Edwin Saute returning on the skins. Heading to unseen waters, yet lovingly familar, Nebulae is an album that simply astounds with every listen.

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IQ - The Road Of Bones

IQ handle things their own way, opting to disregard particularly abstruse song writing in preference for gentle but heavy soothers. To describe the approach as simplistic would itself be simplistic, not to mention misleading, considering the structural weight and density that their song writing carries despite its rather smooth and accessible textures. Silence is the initial reaction to an IQ album. This band has become particularly adept at lulling listeners into states of silence over their last few records.

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Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema

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An album this striking comes along only once in a long while. It's playful and theatrical, it's sombre and poetic, it feels like watching a play. Mixing progressive rock with cabaret in a highly entertaining fashion, it will grab you right from the beginning slowly building up and strengthening its grasp as it goes along. It grows in beauty and expression, power and delivery, darkness and craziness with each subsequent song. It's magnificent and imaginative. It's a musical experience beyond mere words.

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Philippe Luttun - The Taste Of Wormwood (Voices From Chernobyl)

Seemingly coming out of nowhere, this experienced Frenchman shows how to craft a concept album without stretching the term thin. Painting episodic scenery of the Chernobyl event, he lets the music and the atmosphere do the work using the vocals sparingly. Sure, it sports its fair share of "dreamtheaterisms," and other "isms," but the outcome stands proud without needing any support. A well balanced and strikingly well executed concept album.

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Rishloo - Living As Ghosts With Buildings As Teeth

Living As Ghosts With Buildings As Teeth is Rishloo's first album in five years, after the leaving and coming back again of vocalist Andrew. Be thankful he's here, as his vocals are definitely jaw-dropping awesome! But while they're clearly a highlight, there's the whole rest of the music to enjoy too, with some stunning guitar work and drumming - and a quite quirky and unpredictable songwriting featuring really interesting contrasts. We had to wait for the waning days of the year to enjoy this, but it was worth it a thousand times!

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Voyager - V

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Voyager have released interesting albums in the past albeit underrated. The Aussies are still relevant today and they prove that with a release like V. The thing about Voyager is that their prog is distinguishable. They keep it simple most of the time, focusing on strong and catchy guitar hooks, a great rhythm section and powerfully versatile vocals. V is the perfect example of how less can be more and is capable of captivating fans from very different genres.

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