Top 10 Best Prog Albums of 2016 So Far

Six entire months already gone by...

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So with six full months already gone by in 2016, here's an interesting rundown to showcase what the world of prog music brought to us thus far - best prog albums 2016, so far.

The list comes from prominent prog spot Prog Archives and is based on the site's average rankings.

So let's point this out here in case you didn't notice - THIS LIST WAS NOT MADE BY UG STAFF OR UG COMMUNITY. It comes from another site and we thought it might introduce you to some cool music of 2016.

Anyhow, the Top 10 is only a part of a significantly larger rundown, which you can check out at the source.

We're looking at a lot of various prog styles here, including prog metal, crossover prog, symphonic prog, neo-prog, and more.

Make sure to check out the goods below, consult the source for the full thing.

In related stuff, here's Top 10 metal albums of 2016 (so far).

Here goes...

10. Karibow - Holophinium

Genre: crossover prog

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9. Vektor - Terminal Redux

Genre: tech/extreme prog metal

'Terminal Redux' Review

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8. Nemrud - Nemrud

Genre: psychedelic/space rock

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7. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Genre: Crossover prog

'A Moon Shaped Pool' Review

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6. Robert Reed - Sanctuary II

Genre: Crossover prog

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5. Mice on Stilts - Hope for a Mourning

Genre: Crossover prog

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4. Drifting Sun - Safe Asylum

Genre: neo-prog

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3. Anima Mundi - I Me Myself

Genre: symphonic prog

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2. Big Big Train - Folklore

Genre: crossover prog

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1. Fates Warning - Theories of Flight

Genre: progressive metal

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48 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Peres.T.Peanut
    No Haken, interesting. Also, crossover prog is a thing apparently.
    District
    Personally I found the new Haken album to be quite a letdown. I'm glad however to see Anima Mundi, Big Big Train, Fates Warning, and Karibow on this list. Also: Vektor!
    beatrocker
    I'm just sitting here and thinking, "Where the fuck is 'Affinity' by Haken?" That album is such a masterpiece, I would have put it at number 1 here.
    Yabba Who
    Haken is currently at #16 on the list with an average rating of 3.97 out of 5 stars by 258 reviews. A quick glance through reviews that rated it below 4 stars and you'll see lots of "it's not as good as The Mountain" and such...
    travislausch
    Seems like this list was made by the snobbiest of prog snobs. Like, the kind who thinks King Crimson is "too mainstream" and that Genesis always sucked. Not that it's a bad list or anything. Good for discovering stuff I've never heard. But hey, Fates Warning is on it! Great album!
    Parthan
    Yet Radiohead is on the list...
    travislausch
    Oh my fuck. I didn't even notice the first time I went through! Don't know if I'd call them prog, to be honest. Kind of, I guess?
    Peres.T.Peanut
    Don't get me wrong, I love snob as fuck lists, always make up for great discoveries, but since everyone rides Haken's dick these days (not that they shouldn't), was just surprised it didn't make top 10. Hell, I'm even more surprised to see Vektor in here and its my favorite album in the past decade or so. Off to listen to some Fates Warning, never heard them before
    travislausch
    You're in for a treat. They kind of started off around the same era as Dream Theater and Queensryche, a bit more "power metal" with their first vocalist, but after their lineup settled down a bit, and they got Ray Alder on vocals, they turned into the more prog-metal sound they have now.
    Peres.T.Peanut
    Care to rec an album or two to get me started? I'm enjoying the songs I'm listening on youtube, but when it comes to prog, I like to listen to the whole thing.
    travislausch
    I'd start with "Parallels" and "Perfect Symmetry", which is their more "classic 90s prog-metal" sound, and then if you're feeling ballsy enough to tackle a nearly hour-long song, check out "A Pleasant Shade Of Gray". And then, check out Arch/Matheos' "Sympathetic Resonance". It's only a different band in name: the backing musicians are the current line up of Fates Warning, reunited with the band's original singer, John Arch.
    belceabarbara
    I was surprised as well, it was one of my favorite albums of the year. There's been quite a lot of great prog this year though so you've got to draw the line somewhere.
    peppersghost08
    Terminal Redux by Vektor is easily one of the best metal albums in general to come out in the past few years!
    redgravegilver
    Really was surprised as fuck when I heard Collapse. It's like hearing Fade to Black again for the first time on a thrash metal album.
    MeGaDeth2314
    So glad to see it on this list. My favorite metal album of the year for sure, doubt even new Revocation will top it.
    Second Rate
    Can someone define Crossover Prog, please? Most of the bands on this list labeled as such sound like good ol' Neo-Prog bands and two of them sound like Alt Rock for pretentious twats.
    Yabba Who
    Crossover between pop and prog. Think Supertramp. Or google it and read a much longer explanation.
    scottishmob
    Guys - I gotta be honest - I'm not a negative person - but I'm totally pissed about what is labeled as being progressive nowadays. I'm 26 but shit man - I thought playing like King Crimson or Rush wouldn't be considered progressive anymore since they're fucking older than me (granted I love them - but still). With the exception of like 2 or 3 really solid records on this list - to me it's all looking backward. Where is the new music - this is just early prog band tendencies turned into a fucking genre - and that isn't progressive at all. Just my thoughts on it. I'm trying to quit smoking and it's just making pissed off haha sorry for the rant guys - although it is how I feel - and very strongly at that.
    patriotpizzaman
    Theories of Flight is amazing! Who knew they had another masterpiece in them? I enjoy all of their albums with Ray but, Darkness in a Different Light had me wondering if they had begun to run out of gas.
    figure00
    Terminal Redux is a absolute revolution in the modern thrash metal ! Best record this year and .. maybe in the next 5
    grimmfatality
    This list needs to wait for a few more weeks until Periphery III comes out! No but really, nice list, I learned about some new bands
    brandongreencorn44
    Not sure if anyone heard of "Moulettes" but this band is incredible and is absolutely in my top 10 list for best prog of the year!
    akunohana20151
    never heard of any of this bands whats the point if its not maintream famous bands are maintream for a reason why listen to 20 minute sonfgs like pink floyd or something its stupid you cant play that on the charts
    belceabarbara
    Congratulations. You have succeeded in being ignorant and incomprehensible at the same time. Your trophy is in the mail.