Diverge's Alternative/Prog/Jazz/Avant-Garde Favs


LATEST EDIT: December 12/2016- Added a whole bunch of progressive rock albums; processing earlier suggestions on the list.

Assembled below are some choice selections in alternative metal, prog rock, prog metal, jazz and avant-garde metal. I don't necessarily consider these styles to be my favourite (I do have a penchant for post-metal and cavernous death metal these days), but they have been the foundations of my taste for the last seven or eight years.

Within each category, they are roughly assembled in order of preference, although that will always be provisional. I'm certainly no expert with the influential prog rock forefathers, so I've simply mentioned a few favourites of mine (with the hope that maybe a few recommendations might bolster that section). Please note that I've adopted the arbitrary rule that only one album per band will be on the list, mainly because the list would likely become unmanageable without that sort of structure. That said, the list will not be MS-exclusive. The purpose of this list is not to provide an exhaustive guide to progressive stylings; if you're looking for that sort of intent, please consider checking out Introspekrieg's fantastic list on this very website. I simply want to document my tastes in these styles in a structured way that might appeal to and benefit other users on this site. Please enjoy and feel free to recommend new selections for me!

Created by: Diverge | 28.12.2015



1. ALTERNATIVE METAL & GRUNGE SELECTIONS
2. Soundgarden - Down On The Upside
1996
3. Rishloo - Living As Ghosts With Buildings As Teeth
2014
4. Karnivool - Asymmetry
2013
5. Blindead - Absence
2013
6. Truly - Fast Stories... From Kid Coma
1993
7. Helmet - Meantime
1992
8. Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff
1988
9. Various Artists - Sub Pop 200 [Compilation]
1988
10. Hacride - Lazarus
2009
11. Tool - Ænima
1996
12. Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
1994
13. Alice in Chains - Dirt
1992
14. Klone - The Dreamer's Hideaway
2012
15. Maximilien - Introspection
2012
16. Ceterum - Fathom
2011
17. A Perfect Circle - Mer De Noms
2000
18. The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute
2005
19. Los Random - Pidanoma
2014
20. Marriages - Salome
2015
21. Caligula's Horse - Moments From Ephemeral City
2011
22. The Mayan Factor - In Lake 'ch
2003
23. Eden Circus - Marula
2014
24. O'Brother - Endless Light
2016
25. Quiet Child - If Only You Had Seen Me
2015
26. Boil - aXiom
2013
27. Cire - Adrenological
2003
28. Smallman - Envision
2014
29. Sumer - The Animal You Are
2014
30. PROGRESSIVE ROCK SELECTIONS
31. Yes - Close To The Edge
1972
32. Comus - First Utterance
1971
33. Jane - Fire, Water, Earth And Air
1976
34. Gazpacho - Night
2007
35. Lazuli - Nos Âmes Saoules
2016
36. The Mercury Tree - Permutations
2016
37. Big Big Train - English Electric: Full Power
2013
38. Colosseum [UK] - Valentyne Suite
1969
39. Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick
1972
40. Genesis - Selling England By The Pound
1973
41. King Crimson - Red
1974
42. Bachdenkel - Lemmings
1970
43. Gentle Giant - Octopus
1972
44. Emerson Lake & Palmer - Tarkus
1971
45. Fuzzy Duck - Fuzzy Duck
1971
46. Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
1985
47. Camel - The Snow Goose
1975
48. Farmhouse Odyssey - Rise of the Waterfowl
2016
49. Van der Graaf Generator - Godbluff
1975
50. Rush - A Farewell to Kings
1977
51. PROGRESSIVE METAL SELECTIONS
52. Sieges Even - The Art of Navigating By the Stars
2005
53. Spiral Architect - A Sceptic's Universe
1992
54. Headspace - I Am Anonymous
2012
55. Dissona - Dissona
2012
56. Aghora - Aghora
2000
57. Oceanic - Trappist
2017
58. Cynic - Focus
1994
59. Edge of Sanity - Unorthodox
1992
60. The Arkitecht - Hyperstructure
2008
61. Exivious - Exivious
2009
62. Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition
2009
63. Subsignal - Beautiful & Monstrous
2009
64. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
1991
65. Coroner - No More Color
1989
66. Vektor - Terminal Redux
2016
67. Native Construct - Quiet World
2015
68. Zero Hour - Dark Deceiver
2008
69. Disillusion - Back To Times Of Splendor
2004
70. Special Providence - Essence Of Change
2015
71. Memento Waltz - Division By Zero
2013
72. Linear Sphere - Manvantara
2012
73. Enochian Theory - Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio
2009
74. Twisted Into Form - Then Comes Affliction To Awaken The Dreamer
2006
75. Alchemist - Spiritech
1997
76. Persefone - Spiritual Migration
2013
77. Devin Townsend - Ki
2009
78. Fates Warning - Parallels
1991
79. Arch/Matheos - Sympathetic Resonance
2011
80. Serdce - The Alchemy of Harmony
2009
81. Haken - Affinity
2016
82. Leprous - Coal
2013
83. Arcturus - La Masquerade Infernale
1997
84. Eloa Vadaath - Dead End Proclama
2013
85. Outworld - Outworld
2006
86. Third Ion - 13/8 Bit
2015
87. Ihsahn - Das Seelenbrechen
2013
88. To-Mera - Exile
2012
89. Pigeon Toe - The First Perception
2012
90. OSI - Office Of Strategic Influence
2003
91. Earthside - A Dream In Static
2015
92. Division By Zero - Independent Harmony
2010
93. Step In Fluid - One Step Beyond
2011
94. Synkronizity - Cultivation
2012
95. Our Oceans - Our Oceans
2015
96. Nero di Marte - Nero di Marte
2013
97. Abnormal Thought Patterns - Manipulation Under Anesthesia
2013
98. JAZZ FUSION/JAZZ METAL SELECTONS
99. Electric Masada - At The Mountains of Madness
2005
100. John Zorn - Naked City
1989
101. Return To Forever - Romantic Warrior
1976
102. Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame
1971
103. Last Exit - Iron Path
1988
104. Painkiller - Guts of a Virgin
1991
105. MISCELLANEOUS SELECTIONS
106. Aluk Todolo - Occult Rock
2012
107. Combat Astronomy - Time Distort Nine
2014
108. Taurus - No/Thing
2014
109. ZÖN - Mount Gaash
2016
110. Fresh Blueberry Pancake - Heavy
1970
111. Exuma - Exuma
1970
112. AVANT-GARDE SELECTIONS
113. Devil Doll - The Sacrilege of Fatal Arms
1993
114. Unexpect - Fables Of The Sleepless Empire
2011
115. Todtgelichter - Angst
2010
116. Akphaezya - Anthology II: Links From The Dead Trinity
2008
117. Ørkenkjøtt - Ønskediktet
2012
118. Thought Industry - Mods Carve The Pig: Assassins, Toads and God's Flesh
1993
119. Qualeaceans - Capture of Ziz
2014
120. Pyramids - A Northern Meadow
2015
121. Kayo Dot - Coffins on Io
2014
122. Omb - Swinesong
2013
123. Igorrr - Hallelujah
2012
124. Mr. Bungle - California
1999
125. Maudlin Of The Well - Bath
2001



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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14.02.2016 - 16:37
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Best album on the list #94 without question. Also, for grunge, no Taproot?
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14.02.2016 - 18:34
Diverge
Written by tea[m]ster on 14.02.2016 at 16:37

Best album on the list #94 without question. Also, for grunge, no Taproot?

Actually, I think that band slipped past my radar. Other users have definitely mentioned Taproot here, as I recall. Let's take a gander.... Do you have a certain album that you'd recommend?
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15.02.2016 - 02:21
mz
Great list.
I would also suggest Nero Di Marte , Merkabah (Poland), virus, dog fashion disco & Polkadot Cadaver. Too tired to think for now, so might be back with more.
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15.02.2016 - 05:36
Diverge
Written by mz on 15.02.2016 at 02:21

Great list.
I would also suggest Nero Di Marte , Merkabah (Poland), virus, dog fashion disco & Polkadot Cadaver. Too tired to think for now, so might be back with more.

Good calls on those bands. I've heard something from all of those groups so it might be worth going through their discographies and choosing a favourite. As you might be able to tell, sometimes I don't necessarily choose the "classic" album from certain groups and I'd like to continue that trend.
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15.02.2016 - 10:28
slim pickings
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Nice list, great to see some classic (70s) prog in there.
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17.02.2016 - 21:51
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Written by Diverge on 14.02.2016 at 18:34

Actually, I think that band slipped past my radar. Other users have definitely mentioned Taproot here, as I recall. Let's take a gander.... Do you have a certain album that you'd recommend?

I would start at the beginning of their discography - I know boring, but I love everyone of their releases. Blue Sky Research is their best, Billy Corgan worked with the band on that one
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18.02.2016 - 20:20
Diverge
Written by tea[m]ster on 17.02.2016 at 21:51

Written by Diverge on 14.02.2016 at 18:34

Actually, I think that band slipped past my radar. Other users have definitely mentioned Taproot here, as I recall. Let's take a gander.... Do you have a certain album that you'd recommend?

I would start at the beginning of their discography - I know boring, but I love everyone of their releases. Blue Sky Research is their best, Billy Corgan worked with the band on that one

Sold. Let's check 'em out.
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18.02.2016 - 20:45
Darkside Momo
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Nice list indeed, will have to check a few of those
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I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
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