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Mid-Year Favorites????

Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by lane_miller, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. lane_miller

    lane_miller Space Ghost

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    The year is almost half over. So, what new releases have impressed you so far? Here are my top favorites so far this year in rough order:

    Redemption – The Art of Loss (Current contender for album of the year, IMO!)
    Headspace – All that You Fear is Gone (Maximum prog - creative and beautifully delivered.)
    Proverty's No Crime - Spiral of Fear (Great "comeback" from a band that many of us feared wouldn't ever produce another album.)
    Haken – Affinity (For me, Haken was always on the edge of breaking through. With Affinity, they have arrived.)
    Circus Maximus – Havoc (I am surprised at the mix of feelings expressed on the forum about Havoc. I love it.)
    The New Black – A Monster’s Life (Very basic, straight ahead heavy metal. Good when you want to just rock out.)
    Mercury Falling – Introspection (Their last album was good. This release is even better. Very enjoyable power metal.)
    Konchordat – Rise to the Order (A band that has been evolving. They now bring their British flavored-prog to a new level.)
    Myrath – Legacy (Simply their best release yet!)
    Avantasia – Ghostlight (Avantasia always produces high quality music. Ghostlight is no different.)
     
  2. Mardoch

    Mardoch Defender of the Universe

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    Alphabetically my current 2016 favorites are:

    Andy Hauck - Autumn Fades
    Anima Tempo - Caged in Memories
    Erra - Drift
    Haken - Affinity
    Ihsahn - Arktis
    Myrath - Legacy
    Polyphia - Renaissance
    S.T.E.A.M - Warp
    Sunburst - Fragments of Creation
    Textures - Phenotype
     
  3. Diamond45

    Diamond45 Terminate Bad Music

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    Myrath - Legacy (Holy crap! My #1 of 2016 by a long shot!)
    Redemption – The Art of Loss
    Haken - Affinity
    Serenity - Codex Atlanticus
    Innerwish - S/T
    Avantasia - Ghostlights
    Volbeat - Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie
    Withem - The Unforgiving Road

    EDIT: Adding Fates Warning - Theories of Flight to this list! :)

    I'm sure I'll find a few more, but these are the ones that stand out at the moment.
     
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    Haken - Affinity
    Port Noir - Any Way the Wind Carries
    Katatonia - Fall of Hearts
    Dissona - Paleopneumatic
    Ihsahn - Arktis
    Dark Suns - Everchild
    Steven Wilson - 4 1/2
    Cyborg Octopus - Learning to Breathe
    Fallujah - Dreamless
    Oceans of Slumber - Winter
     
  5. oldboy

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    Galneryus-"Under the Force of Courage"
    Rhapsody-"Into the Legend"
    Primal Fear-"RuleBreaker"
    Eternity's End-"Fire Within"
    Serenity-"Codex Atlanticus"
    Borkanagr-"Winter Thrice"
     
  6. Finn Mac Cuhal

    Finn Mac Cuhal The Lurker in the Dark

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    For me so far?

    Sinbreed - "Master Creator"
    Dream Theater - "The Astonishing"
    Cilver - "Not the End of the World"
    Katatonia - "The Fall of Hearts"
    Helion Prime - "Helion Prime"
    Almanac - "Tsar"
    Volbeat - "Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie"
    Haken - "Affinity"
    Amon Amarth - "Jomsviking"
    Nordic Union - "Nordic Union"

    As each album gets more spins, I expect some change even just amongst this sample.
     
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    Withem-The Unforgiving Road

    Universal Mind Project-The Jaguar Preist

    Tiles-Pretending To Run

    Virtual Symmetry-Message From Eternity

    Circus Maximus-Havoc

    Inner Wish

    Mob Rules-Tales From Beyond

    Sunburst-Fragments Of Creation

    Redemption-The Art Of Loss

    Headspace-All That You Fear Is Gone

    Avantasia-Ghostlights

    Myrath-Legacy

    Next up that should almost automatically go on my list

    Fates Warning-Theories Of Flight

    Lanfear-The Code Inherited
     
  8. Metal66

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    Megadeth
    Beyond The Black
    Innerwish
    Primal Fear
    Flotsam & Jetsam
    Anthrax
    Striker
    Metal Church
    Thunderstone
    Treat
    Lacuna Coil
    Circus Maximas
    I have a lot more that I've bought but have not gotten too. This will have to do for now
     
  9. VenomGA

    VenomGA At War With Stan

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    Death Angel
    Suicidal Angels
    Megadeth
     
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    Haken - Affinity
    Headspace - All That You Fear Is Gone
    Redemption - The Art of Loss
    Port Noir - Any Way the Wind Carries
    Avantasia - Ghostlights
    Frost* - Falling Sattelites
    iamthemorning - Lighthouse
     
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    I'll start a list, but I'll to go back to see if there are albums I missed. There is a lot that I haven't picked up yet.

    Haken - Affinity
    Lacuna Coil - Delirium
    Helion Prime - S/T
    Oceans Of Slumber - Winter
    Bent Knee - Say So
    Danimal Cannon - Lunaria
     
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    Avantasia, Borknagar, Nordic Union, Circus Maximus and Volbeat top my list.
     
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    Haken - Affinity
    Circus Maximus - Havoc
    Megadeth - Dystopia
    Myrath - Legacy
    Serenity - Codex Atlanticus
    Holy Grail - Times of Pride and Peril
    Brainstorm - Scary Creatures

    Upcoming....Machine Head, Fates Warning, Between the Buried and Me, Sabaton, Exodus, Overkill, Metallica?
     
  14. MelbCro

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    BTBAM are not releasing an album this year
     
  15. SF Metal Man

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    In order:

    Avantasia - Ghostlights
    Nordic Union - Nordic Union
    Primal Fear - Rulebreaker
    Mob Rules - Tales from Beyond
    Metal Church - XI
    Myrath - Legacy
    Dynazty - Titanic Mass
    Circus Maximus - Havic
    Dream Theater - The Astonishing
     
  16. hoodaman

    hoodaman Is it live or is it Dave?

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    Haken - Affinity
    Textures - Phenotype

    nothing else I've listened to this year comes even remotely close to being in the same league as these two. Although I am looking forward to the new Devin Townsend Project and Disperse.
     
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    JADED HEART - Guilty by Design
    MYRATH - Legacy
    BRAINSTORM - Scary Creatures
    MANIMAL - Trapped In The Shadows
    EVAN - Blue Lightning
    HANGAR - Stronger Than Ever
     
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    #1 by a wide margin:
    UADA - "Devoid of Light"

    #2 - 10 in alphabetical order:
    Borknagar - "Winter Thrice"
    Chthe'ilist - "Le Dernier Crepuscle"
    Dynazty - "Titanic Mass"
    Moonsorrow - "Jumalten Aika"
    Myrath - "Legacy"
    Nadra - "Allir vegir til glotunar"
    Omnium Gatherum - "Grey Heavens"
    Redemption - "The Art of Loss"
    Vektor - "Terminal Redux"
     
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    My top 5 so far would be:

    INNERWISH-s/t
    Killer melodic heavy/power stuff. Really crunchy and catchy. New singer just rules in a Jorn/Dio style.


    TREAT-Ghost Of Graceland
    Their older stuff was mostly too mellow if I recall well. But their album from 2010, Coup de Grace was just killer and this new one is as good if not better. Killer melodic hard rock, quite light and happy (especially in the choruses), very "commercial", but with still enough crunch in the guitars to keep me interested. These guys know how to write a hook.


    DYNAZTY-Titanic Mass
    Just great catchy melodic power metal stuff, loaded with great melodies, great musicianship and songwriting, and killer vocals.


    SUNSTORM-Edge Of Tomorrow
    Joe Lynn Turner still delivers a great hard rock album, with a few songs even quite heavy and almost metal. Lots of catchy stuff to be found and Turner's vocals are still excellent at age 64.


    PRIMAL FEAR-Rulebreaker
    I really like the direction PF took since 2005's Seven Seals. Moving away quite a bit from the Priest-like stuff (even though the influence will always be there) and going for a more melodic metal direction, while retaining the power metal stuff too. A complete album for me from an almost all-star band, with the always excellent Ralf Scheepers on vox, which controls his voice more, making the high screams more effective.


    Up next in the faves would be:
    NORDIC UNION-s/t
    LORDS OF BLACK-II
    MYRATH-Legacy
    THUNDERSTONE-Apocalypse Again
    HUMAN FORTRESS-Thieves Of The Night
     
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    Nice to see some love for Jaded Heart, which are sadly underrated. That being said, while I like the new album quite a bit, I think it's not as strong as the couple previous ones were.
     

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