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)