Prog Sphere Hall of Fame – Round 1

Prog Sphere Hall of Fame - Round 1
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The time has come for the “battles.” 64 artists divided in four divisions battling in the Round 1 in the Prog Sphere Hall of Fame. There are some quite interesting “duels.” Transatlantic vs. Glass Hammer? Pain of Salvation vs. Leprous? Opeth vs. Andromeda? Meshuggah vs. Haken?

Cast your votes below for your favorites. You can vote once per hour for your favorite bands.

Classic Division

Steven Wilson vs. Änglagård

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Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.


  1. HumNation

    May 26, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    How the hell is Haken beating Meshuggah?

  2. Jim

    May 26, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    How can it be a prog “hall of fame” competition if the most famous and influential prog acts are not included? It seems more like a competition for currently active acts or mostly up-and-coming artists instead.

    • Nikola Savić

      May 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      These artists are chosen on their activity in the past 5 years. That’s why you don’t see the bands such King Crimson, Genesis, Gentle Giant, etc.

      • rhsav

        May 26, 2014 at 9:04 pm

        Um how about Amplifier, Pineapple Thief or IQ for example?

      • Rick Edwards

        May 27, 2014 at 2:20 am

        I guess YES wins easily then.

      • rome

        May 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm

        i agree with jim… can’t call it hall of fame. there are bands you haven’t even heard of

  3. Ximon

    May 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Oh crap! Can’t choose one!!

  4. Mike Mc

    May 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I would encourage everyone to listen to at least one Jolly song, if you haven’t heard of them, before voting. Check out songs like “Everything’s Perfect” or “Firewell” or really anything off their Audio Guide to Happiness 2-disc set. I promise you’ll enjoy it! Ayreon is a great band, but Jolly is on another level with some of their stuff.

  5. JimC

    May 27, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Which is why it also omits Marillion, IQ, Maybeshewill, Amplifier, Nosound, Anathema, Frost*, Sound of Contact, God Is An Astronaut, Asia, Caravan, Pendragon, No-Man, Mike Oldfield, and many others. None of these bands or artists have had albums out in the last five years. Oh. Well, maybe then it’s because no one has heard of any of these bands, unlike some of the wonderful names in the “com(edy)petition.”

    • Nikola Savić

      May 27, 2014 at 6:09 am

      If some bands are not there NOW, that doesn’ necessarily mean they will not be there in the future. This is the current choice, but it’s cool seeing you namedropping bands.

  6. Oleg

    May 27, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    What are both Devin Townsend and The Dear Hunter doing in tech division? The fomer in the last 5 years mostly made ambient and poppy-metal albums, the latter is more indie band with symphonic leaning.

  7. Dave Woolcock

    May 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Pendragon’s album “Passion” was out in 2011… and a new album is out in October

    Sound of Contact’s Dime
    nsionaut was 2013 ….

  8. Stephen ProgMetal J

    May 28, 2014 at 4:49 am

    As the 1st true Prog Metal band, it sickens me to see Fates Warning loosing to Beard Fish. Beard Fish isn’t even close to their legendary level. Also why not have Primus on this list, they aren’t commonly thought of as prog, but what the hell else are they?

  9. JBL

    May 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    where´s IQ and Arena ?

  10. Brian James

    May 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Panzerballett rules, period.

  11. Nikola Savić

    May 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    There is.

  12. Anthony Taylor

    June 2, 2014 at 3:54 am


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