WOBBLER - From silence to somewhere (2017)
After many years, my favourite underground progressive rock band is back - and what a return!
ARABS IN ASPIC - Syndens magi (2017)
Norwegian Progressive Rock bands are on fire this Autumn! Arabs in Aspic are back, with three epic tracks!
RUSSKAJA - Kosmopoliturbo (2017)
'Always Be Prog', he said unto his disciples. And when the last one of those had left, he locked the door, threw in the 5th album of Austrian Ska Punkers Russkaja and started jumping up and down like a rabid teenage girl!
MOTORPSYCHO - The tower (2017)
The latest album from these productive Norwegian Progsters.
ANUBIS GATE - Covered in black (2017)
Three and a half years after the brilliant 'Horizons', a welcome return for these Danes, with the darker and more varied 'Covered in Black'.
BAROCK PROJECT - Detachment (2017)
I thought these talented Italians couldn't do better than 2015's 'Skyline'. Guess I was wrong... Another masterpiece!
2016 was a great year for me at JustIn Case Radio!
• hosting 70 radio shows
• presenting around 10 different artists from the progressive rock world
• listening to 250 new albums (not all from 2016),
I finally came up with my annual best of lists (in alphabetical order)
Progressive Top 20
Axon-Neuron – Metamorphosis (2016)
David Bowie – Blackstar (2016)
David Cross Band – Sign of the Crow (2016)
Edensong – Years In The Garden Of Years (2016)
Focus And Friends – Focus 8.5 – Beyond The Horizon (2016)
Headspace – All That You Fear Is Gone (2016)
Here We Just Dream – Vessel (2016)
Ingranaggi Della Valle – Warm Spaced Blue (2016)
Kansas – The Prelude Implicit (2016)
Karmakanic – Dot (2016)
Maglev – Overwrite The Sin (2016)
Myrath – Legacy
Opeth – Sorceress (2016)
Simon Mckechnie – From my Head to my Feet (2016)
Structural Disorder – Distance (2016)
Syndone – Eros & Thanatos (2016)
The Neal Morse Band – The Similitude Of A Dream (2016)
Thank You Scientist – Stranger Heads Prevail (2016)
Verbal Delirium – The Imprisoned Words Of Fear (2016)
Wolverine – Machina Viva (2016)
Great Releases with Female Vocals:
Anneke van Giersbergen & Arstidir – Verloren Verleden (2016)
Bent Knee – Say So (2016)
Blood Ceremony - Lords of Misrule (2016)
Epica – The Holographic Principle (2016)
Half Past Four – Land Of The Blind (2016)
iamthemorning – Lighthouse (2016)
Lacuna Coil – Delirium (2016)
Madder Mortem – Red In Tooth And Claw (2016)
Purson – Desire's Magic Theatre (2016)
The Dirty Earth – Ascendancy (2016)
Heavy – Psychedelic Rock List:
Captain Crimson – Remind (2016)
Dunbarrow – Dunbarrow (2016)
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (2016)
Motorpsycho – Here Be Monsters (2016)
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – High Visceral Pt 1 (2016)
Rival Sons – Hollow Bones (2016)
Shamall – Continuation (2016)
Shaman Elephant – Crystals (2016)
Spaceking – The Piper at the Gates of Stone (2016)
Witchcraft – Nucleus (2016)
MIKE LEPOND - Silent assassins (2014)
This is not about prog...this is about how prog music rrrrrrrrrrrrrocks!!!
PANZERPAPPA - Pestrottedans (2016)
IL RUMORE BIANCO - Antropocene (2016, EP)
Viva Prog Italia!
iamthemorning - Lighthouse (2016)
A dreamy prog album comes true! The new album of these talented young Russians is even better and more consistent than their previous albums.
PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS - High visceral/Part 1 (2016)
These Aussies are the new players in the Psychedelic Heavy Rock Genre!
MYRATH - Legacy (2016)
This wonderful new album by darabouka Metallers Myrath will get you headbanging
before you even have the chance to say 'Ali Baba'!!
HEADSPACE - All that you fear is gone (2016)
The long awaited return of Adam Wakeman and Damian Wilson!
STRUCTURAL DISORDER - Distance (2016)
In their second effort, this Swedish Progmetal band with an accordeonist get it right!
AXON-NEURON - Metamorphosis (2016)
A colorful blend of prog rock with a 6-peice band along with a 21-piece orchestra in several songs! Brilliant!
SIMON MCKECHNIE - From my head to my feet (2016)
Contemporary crossover prog artistry at its best!
DUNBARROW - Dunbarrow (2016)
Heavy 70's style doom is still alive!
SHAOLIN DEATH SQUAD - As you become us (2015, EP)
Prog metal is not the same anymore!
Aeolus ("Themes and Stories from ProgLand" & "Something Old, Something New" radio shows; Wednesdays 10pm, 8pm GMT/BST and Thursdays 11pm, 9pm GMT/BST respectively)
ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2015
Like last year, I have decided to cheat a little. So instead of giving a top 10 in order of preference, I have composed a top 20 in alphabetical order. I mean, how can we compare Árstíðir to Vanden Plas? Different types of music for different moods. Enjoy!
Abigail's Ghost – Black Plastic Sun
Anekdoten – Until All the Ghosts are Gone
Arabs In Aspic – Victim Of Your Father's Agony
Arena –The Unquiet Sky
Arti & Mestieri – Universi Paralleli
Árstíðir – Hvel
Barock Project – Skyline
Beardfish – +4626-Comfortzone
Caligula’s Horse – Bloom
Eldberg – Par er heimur hugans
Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion – HFMC
Izz – Everlasting Instant
La Coscienza di Zeno – La Notte Anche di Giorno
Pandora Snail – War and Peace
Profusion – Phersu
Seven Steps To The Green Door – Fetish
Steve Hackett – Wolflight
Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Tigran Hamasyan – Mockroot
Vanden Plas – Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld II
Albums released in 2014 that I would like to add to last year’s list:
Bent Knee – Shiny Eyed Babies
Hominido – Estirpe Litica
Maid Myriad – With Haste on its Breath
Ouzo Bazooka – Ouzo Bazooka
Ut Gret – Ancestors’ Tale
Newcomers and EPs released in 2015:
AudioPlastik – In the Head of a Maniac
Earthside – A Dream In Static
La Curva Di Lesmo – La Curva Di Lesmo
Malady – Malady
The Great Discord – Duende
The Nerve Institute – Fictions
Vola – Inmazes
Koneskin – Hidden Place (EP)
Shaolin Death Squad – As You Become Us (EP)
Voivod – We are Connected (Single)