Aeolus: BAROCK PROJECT - Detachment (2017)

 

BAROCK PROJECT - Detachment (2017)

I thought these talented Italians couldn't do better than 2015's 'Skyline'. Guess I was wrong... Another masterpiece!

http://www.barockproject.net/index.html

 

Barock Project 2017

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2016 was a great year for me at JustIn Case Radio! 

After:
•    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)

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MIKE LEPOND - Silent assassins (2014)

This is not about prog...this is about how prog music rrrrrrrrrrrrrocks!!!

https://www.facebook.com/mikelepondssilentassassins/

 

Mike LePonds Silent Assassins 01

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PANZERPAPPA - Pestrottedans (2016)

So...proggarde!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Panzerpappa/112379508814650 

 

PANZERPAPPA 2016


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IL RUMORE BIANCO - Antropocene (2016, EP)

Viva Prog Italia!

http://www.ilrumorebianco.com/

 

IRB Antropocene cover

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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.

http://iamthemorning.com/

 

iamthemorning

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PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS - High visceral/Part 1 (2016)

These Aussies are the new players in the Psychedelic Heavy Rock Genre!

https://psychedelicporncrumpets.bandcamp.com/releases

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

 

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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'!!

http://www.myrath.com/

MYRATH

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HEADSPACE - All that you fear is gone (2016)

The long awaited return of Adam Wakeman and Damian Wilson!

http://www.headspaceonline.com/

Headspace

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STRUCTURAL DISORDER - Distance (2016)

In their second effort, this Swedish Progmetal band with an accordeonist get it right!

http://structuraldisorder.com/

Structural Disorder

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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!

https://axonneuron.bandcamp.com/album/metamorphosis-2

 

 

Axon Neuron 

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SIMON MCKECHNIE - From my head to my feet (2016) 

Contemporary crossover prog artistry at its best! 

http://www.simonmckechnie.com/

 

Simon McKechnie

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DUNBARROW - Dunbarrow (2016) 

Heavy 70's style doom is still alive! 

https://dunbarrow.bandcamp.com/

 

Dunbarrow Dunbarrow 2016

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SHAOLIN DEATH SQUAD - As you become us (2015, EP)

Prog metal is not the same anymore! 

https://www.facebook.com/ShaolinDeathSquad

 

Shaolin Death Squad

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Abigails Ghost Black Plastic Sun


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)

 

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