This is a band I grew up listening to so they hold a special place for me. What matters to me here is this is the same band that played on their "Into the Evenflow " album, which is all that really matters to me. My problem with most prog/power metal is that it is never dark enough. That has not been the case with this band which is why I have like them for some time.
8-Solstifir- " Endless Twilight of Codependent Love"
This band has progressed. Perhaps no in the manner their former mouth breathing fan base might approve of as they are less metal and not black metal at all, in fact their is more of a Radiohead feel to these songs. Trying new things is the beauty of where they go here.
7 Caligula's Horse - "Rise Radiant"
This is their 5th album so they know what they are doing and have continued to perfect their flirtation with the more 80s metal influence that has become a trope of the genre with bands like Fates Warning and Queensyrche. They Heavy enough despite the gymnastics and the melodic vocals urgent and vital to the song rather than just soaring with the sonic somersaults.
Not a huge change in sound, despite electronic elements being more predominant . They do not conform to a commercial sound . They continue to defines progressive. They refuse to become comfortable with a sound, there are aggressive elements yet this is less metal than the previous release. Daniel's voice sounds great, and he always serves the song. The same can be said of the wanking free instrumentation. It's complex and simple at the time.
3- Molasses - "Through the Hollow"
This is in some ways a reunion of the Devils Blood , but with out Farida's brother, who would have been next to her the most crucial member of that band. There is less of a retro feel to their sound. Where the Devil's Blood jammed, these guys take you through a winding maze of grooves that are not unlike anything they have touched in their previous work. That is progressive. Yes there is incredible playing on every level but it serves the song.
2-Lykantropi- "Tales to Be Told"
On the more Jethro Tull side of the classic prog rock equation. These guys are not just killer players they are also talented song writers . This is an album I want to spend more time with , as I know it will continue to grow on me. It was a tight race between this and Molasses, who they barely edged out with hookier songs.
1- Igorrr- "Spirituality & Distortion"