Twenty-twenty


I have fallen behind on my 2020 albums listening but I might as well start a list now. This is a work in progress obviously, I'll probably be adding albums this time next year. (LOL)

Created by: JoHn DoE | 20.09.2020



1. Conception - State of Deception
a great comeback, one of the albums I listened quite a bit this year.
2. Zopp - Zopp
a very pleasant surprise, one of the best progressive rock albums I heard this year, Canterbury-prog like, they play like it's 1972
3. Rikard Sjöblom's Gungfly - Alone Together
very impressed with this, one of the best progressive rock albums I've heard this year.
4. Caligula's Horse - Rise Radiant
they played it safe, but I enjoyed this a lot.
5. Anubis Gate - Covered In Colours
never expected a covers albums to be this great.
6. Pendragon - Love Over Fear
a great come back from the prog veterans.
7. Loviatar - Lightless
a real plesant surprise, it's doom, it's post rock, it's progressive, MS review made me check it out and I'm thankful.
8. Hällas - Conundrum
prog rock with some neo-prog, 70s hard rock influences, a must listen for anyone into prog music
9. Airbag - A Day At The Beach
prog band from Norway, the Gilmour-esque guitar work is fun if you ask me.
10. I Am No Hero - Nights of Wonder
best post rock album I heard this year, from Greece.
11. Psychotic Waltz - The God-Shaped Void
another great come back album
12. Fates Warning - Long Day Good Night
another solid album from FW, a great flow, time flies by.
13. Dawn Of Solace - Waves
very catchy doom, very enjoyable for me.
14. Pattern-Seeking Animals - Prehensile Tales
Ted Leonard from Spock's Beard and Enchant sings here, catchy prog.
15. Thoughts Factory - Elements
German progressive metal, one of the best I've heard this year.
16. Fren - Where Do You Want Ghosts to Reside
progressive rock from Poland, a must listen for those who like prog.
17. Pain of Salvation - Panther
did not expect this to be this good.
18. Haken - Virus
they played it safe too, but I enjoyed it
19. Testament - Titans of Creation
I enjoyed this,did not disappoint
20. Spell - Opulent Decay
retro hard & heavy, a huge step forward in the songwriting
21. Deathwhite - Grave Image
another catchy doom album I enjoyed
22. Katatonia - City Burials
a safe album but enjoyable
23. Deep Purple - Whoosh!
did not disappoint, more enjoyable than I expected TBH
24. Kansas - The Absence Of Presence
same thing as the new Deep Purple
25. Paradise Lost - Obsidian
like this one needs explaining
26. Night - High Tides - Distant Skies
awesome retro hard & heavy
27. Ivanhoe - Blood And Gold
new album from the underrated, overlooked German progressive metal band, welcome back
28. Magenta - Masters of Illusion
they're doing their thing, Renaissance meets Yes, some Gilmouresque guitar here and there, but clearly the guitarist feels like a relaxed Howe
29. Maciej Meller - Zenith
guitarist of Riverside solo album
30. Green Carnation - Leaves of Yesteryear
solid come back album
31. King Gorm - King Gorm
heavy prog, 70s keyboards, Hammond organ, for anyone that likes 70s hard rock/heavy prog.
32. Ambush - Infidel
retro heavy metal, catchy and fun
33. Nord - The Only Way To Reach The Surface
an excellent mix of styles which makes the music original, unique, interesting and progressive
34. Ring van Mobius - The 3rd Majesty
retro prog, brilliant use of keyboards, it feels like it's 1972.
35. The Pineapple Thief - Versions of the Truth
crossover prog, atmospheric rock, Gavin Harrison on drums
36. Marquette - Into The Wild
must listen prog-rock from Germany
37. Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea
a great come back album
38. The Reticent - The Oubliette
diverse and intense progressive metal
39. King Witch - Body of Light
the vocal performance alone makes this album worthy of inclusion here.
40. Hail Spirit Noir - Eden in Reverse
a pleasant surprise, better than I was expecting
41. Falconer - From A Dying Ember
same old thing, a grower, a shame they are disbanding
42. Delain - Apocalypse & Chill
pleasantly surprised by this, had fun listening to it
43. Pymlico - On This Day
catchy and entertaining prog-rock from Norway
44. Blind Ego - Preaching To The Choir
side project of the guitarist of German proggers RPWL, very enjoyable light prog that rocks a bit.
45. Zombi - 2020
this sounds like progressive electronic with guitar riffs, interesting album, that's why it's here.
46. Kenziner - Phoenix
a leasant surprise, did not expect this great songwriting.
47. Hum - Inlet
thick riffs and atmosphere, soft & loud/heavy balancing out, quite enjoyable.
48. Demons & Wizards - III
did not expect much of it, but it definitely delivered
49. Paralydium - Worlds Beyond
catchy progressive metal, a bit unoriginal, but quite entertaining and competent
50. John Petrucci - Terminal Velocity
unexpectedly fun to listen to, I honestly thought this would really suck.
51. Lucifer - Lucifer III
nothing new here, but enjoyable 70s Sabbath influenced female fronted rock
52. Freeways - True Bearings
fun enjoyable retro hard & heavy
53. Motorpsycho - The All Is One
I have a problem with long albums and this one is 84 minutes long, but it's great eclectic prog.
54. Wytch Hazel - III Pentecost
retro hard & heavy done right
55. Kraan - Sandglass
German prog veterans comeback album, very enjoyable, unexpectedly great
56. Wishbone Ash - Coat Of Arms
a very pleasant surprise, I admit to having low expectations but this is a solid album.
57. White Stones - Kuarahy
a death metal album for me to enjoy, there are always a couple.
58. Mountain Witch - Extinct Cults
enjoyable heavy/doom, obvious Sabbath worship, but well done.
59. Teramaze - I Wonder
very catchy, good performance, I enjoyed it quite a bit.
60. Plini - Impulse Voices
great instrumental guitar work album
61. Collapse Under The Empire - Everything We Will Leave Beyond Us
excellent, great atmosphere post-rock
62. Rick Wakeman (with The English Rock Ensemble) - The Red Planet
surprisingly good album from this prog veteran.
63. DGM - Tragic Separation
nothing new here, but it's well performed, nice guitar work.
64. White Walls - Grandeur
another great come back album, progressive metal must listen if you ask me.
65. Avandra - Skylighting
great prog rock/metal, nice flow
66. Fires in the Distance - Echoes from Deep November
awesome death/doom, listened because of the review, so thanks.
67. Distant Dream - Point Of View
post rock meets shred, interesting mix
68. Draconian - Under a Godless Veil
solid gothic-doom, with an excellent female vocalist, great atmosphere
69. BleakHeart - Dream Griever
doom meets shoegaze, very enjoyable with a very good singer
70. Black Fate - Ithaca
solid power metal with an excellent vocalist
71. Light Field Reverie - Another World
gets better with every listen, solid album
72. A Lily Gray - Sirens
djenty progressive metal, catchy and competent, with a nice flow
73. Communic - Hiding From The World
no introduction necessary i believe, solid album
74. Váthos - Underwater
atmospheric post-black I enjoyed quite a bit
75. Wolf - Feeding the Machine
I enjoyed this quite a bit, solid come back.
76. Deftones - Ohms
I enjoyed this more than I expected to.
77. Shedfromthebody - A Dead and Aimless Hum
interesting album, nice mix of influences from shoegaze, dream-pop, doom
78. Armored Saint - Punching the Sky
these veterans are back with a very enjoyable album
79. Vanden Plas - The Ghost Xperiment - Illumination
same old Vanden Plas, but the songwriting is solid
80. Blizzen - World in Chains
another retro-heavy album, solid vocals
81. Chaosbay - Asylum
progressive math-metal, nice flow, entertaining and competent
82. Traveler - Termination Shock
retro heavy done right
83. Primal Fear - Metal Commando
enjoyable heavy/power, if it ain't broken, don't fix it.
84. Biff Byford - School of Hard Knocks
I did not know what to expect from this, but I enjoyed it a lot.
85. Vicious Rumors - Celebration Decay
better than I expected, that's why it's here
86. The Night Flight Orchestra - Aeromantic
very catchy melodic hard rock, songs get stuck in your head, or my head better said.
87. Benediction - Scriptures
I rarely enjoy death metal, but I liked this one.
88. Haunt - Flashback
better than the first album they did this year, third album coming up.



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30.10.2020 - 13:09
JoHn DoE
Two more additions, albums from

Black Fate
Draconian
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03.11.2020 - 10:25
JoHn DoE
Two more additions, albums from

Kraan
White Walls
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07.11.2020 - 12:54
JoHn DoE
Two more additions, albums from

Paralydium
Fates Warning
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14.11.2020 - 08:11
JoHn DoE
Two more additions, albums from

Benediction
Wytch Hazel

started this list with 35 albums, now i got to 80, this has been a good year.
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29.11.2020 - 15:19
JoHn DoE
Two more additions, albums from

Communic
A Lily Gray
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02.12.2020 - 18:07
Depth land
Awsome list i thumbed it with my real botj hands 👏😁 we must share sometimes 💪
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06.12.2020 - 12:45
JoHn DoE
Three more additions, albums from

Collapse Under the Empire
Avandra
Plini
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09.12.2020 - 12:23
JoHn DoE
Two more additions, albums from

Vanden Plas
Ring Van Mobius
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