Best 20 Releases of 2016 by Prog Sphere

Best Albums of 2016 by Prog Sphere
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2016 has been tough, and it’s brought tons of great records. It was difficult to make a selection of 20 records, but after many listenings the choice was made. Without further ado…

20. Face The Maybe – The Wanderer

Although the album is divided into 12 tracks there is a certain flow to them; they smoothly flow between each other. “The Island” is one of the album’s best cuts. Guitar solos on “Seth” (and it could be said for the album in general) are performed with easiness that adorns some of the best John Petrucci‘s perfomances.

While Face The Maybe do not yet leap out beyond their like-sounding contemporaries, there has been a noted improvement in the time between the albums. Having said that, this band has found their own voice and for that I recommend them wholeheartedly.

19. Koronal – Flicker Away

Flicker Away is stunningly beautiful and filled with a dark energy that is often hard to find in the copycat genre in which Koronal are boundary pushers. This album is perfect for those in need of a fast and furious djent fix with the occasional unexpected interlude that will take you by surprise. If you like Meshuggah, Decapitated and some Periphery, then this album is perfect for you.

18. Fleshgod Apocalypse – King

King is truly a watershed moment for not only Fleshgod Apocalypse but for symphonic metal as a whole. The record succeeds on every level at achieving dizzying new technical heights and somehow doing so around some of the most melodic and memorable songs to ever grace the genre.

17. Anima Tempo – Caged in Memories

Caged In Memories is a dense and complicated record that any fan of prog metal will embrace and love. It is a slow grower as it’s an ambitious effort by the band that is yet to break the ice, but that doesn’t hold it back from earning it’s place on this year’s best of lists. Only time will tell where exactly this place will be, but Anima Tempo does well for themselves in crafting an album that hopes to carry on in the lineage of classics.

16. Infinity Shred – Long Distance

Heavily electronic-based sound with even more spacey atmosphere, interesting rhythm structure and in moments almost danceable compositions. Music is memorable, and it sounds really pleasant. Oh and not to forget djent trips.

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1 Comment

  1. Colin Tench

    December 13, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Sad we never got a review or near the top 20 with Hair in a G-String on here. Thought we’d be in with a shot.

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