Best 20 Releases of 2016 by Prog Sphere

Best Albums of 2016 by Prog Sphere
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15. Deftones – Gore

Deftones is one of the few bands who’ve managed to create what every band strives to do; create their own completely unique style. Upon listening to them for the first time few years back, I was blown away by how they blended so many styles together. Each song on the Gore has its own style and none sound alike which makes the entire CD enjoyable from start to finish.


14. Ulcerate – Shrines of Paralysis

Ulcerate have released their best album to date with Shrines of Paralysis. The band has encapsulated heavy emotion, beauty, darkness, and aggression. With formidable guitar work, excellent vocals, and progressive rhythms odd enough to make note of but not too far off the prog deep end, this album is tenfold the evolution I expected from this band.

13. Thank You Scientist – Stranger Heads Prevail

Stranger Heads Prevail takes the virtues from their past and at the same time abandons their folie de grandeur. This record offers some of the most entertaining progressive rock available right now. Instead of falling into the trap of sounding as earnest as the genre is often criticised, TYS prove that this genre can still raise an eyebrow or two. Let’s hope that their target audience will share this view and help them to become as famous as they actually deserve to be.

12. Gates – Parallel Lives

Parallel Lives is a tour de force of emotion, delicacy, passion, cohesion, and grief-stricken beauty, and listeners will undoubtedly get lost in its sentiments and patterns. Each piece takes its time to develop, using both conventional and orchestral textures, as well as a plethora of vulnerable honesty, to make its statements. The record is a life-affirming experience. Few other albums have ever matched its magnificent combinations.

11. Gojira – Magma

The new Gojira album was such a surprise. For some people it was negative, but the band’s darker and more stripped down approach resulted in creating material that is their heaviest work to date. It’s varied, versatile and very dynamic.

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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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