Best of Progressive Rock 2021


Progressive rock is one of my great loves, from Yes (the old Yes) to Spock’s Beard to… today’s contenders, I listen to a lot of prog. And, if you’re here, you’re probably like me!


Number Five: The Ranch – Together to Get Here to Get Here Together


That album is good, and I mean, so good! First off, it’s not every day you get to talk about a band from Malta, that little island in the Mediterranean, and I guess it’s even rarer to talk about such an incredible one! With a perfect blend of prog rock and jazz fusion, with an unbelievably talented scat singer in Eglé! This album is a boat-load of fun!


Number Four: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Explorations into Microtonal Tunings, Volume 3: LW


In their Explorations into Microtonal Tunings series, LW is by far my favourite. Microtonal Flying Banana was cool but way too repetitive for my tastes, and KG just missed something, I was not drawn to it. With LW, however, nothing is to be desired: the riffs, the melodies, the harmonic progressions, everything is on point! On top of that, the album gets pretty heavy near the end!


Number Three: Seims – Four


The mighty Seams are back! And what a show they gave us! Four is probably their best work to date; it’s creative, varied, complex, layered, and impressive on all aspects. A marvel.


Number Two: Voronoi – The Last Three Seconds


The electro-jazz-prog band Voronoi really slew it this year with their new album, The Last Three Seconds. It’s filled with great synth sounds, mind-bending riffs, and thoughtful songwriting. Definitely the best instrumental prog rock album of the year!


Number One: Rhizone – Metropolis, or, In Search of the Black Water, Act Ⅰ: Timelines


That’s the one! The best prog rock album of 2021! You might have missed it, but here’s why you should go back and get it: it’s a seventy-minute concept album, it’s got a Western song, it’s got polka, it’s got Porcupine Tree worship, it’s got saxophone, it’s got throat singing, and more! And it’s all expertly made too, so, I beg you, go immerse yourselves in that amazing album!


Notable Releases

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Tuesday, 5 January

Emme Phyzema – Shorts Are Comfy and Easy to Wear!

33:11
avant-prog
Columbus, Ohio
Independent

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Friday, 29

Needlepoint – Walking Up That Valley

43:37
progressive rock
Oslo, Norway
Stickman

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Rostro del Sol – Rostro del Sol

32:44
psychedelic rock
Mexico
Independent

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Friday, 5 February

Transatlantic – The Absolute Universe: Forevermore

90:08
progressive rock
Los Angeles, California
Inside Out


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Transatlantic – The Absolute Universe: The Breath of Life

64:07
progressive rock
Los Angeles, California
Inside Out


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Saturday, 6

Toboggan – Première Descente

60:12
avant-prog
Clermont Ferrand, France
Independent

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Friday, 26 February

King Gizard and the Lizard Wizard – Explorations into Microtonal Tunings, Volume 3: LW

42:06
psychedelic rock
Melbourne, Australia
Flightless

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Saturday, 20 March

秋葉龍Swans Dance, Roses Bloom like Mad

31:55
progressive rock
Tokyo, Japan
Independent

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Friday, 26

Astral Bazaar – A Sudden Realization

48:39
psychedelic rock
Helsinki, Finland
Independent

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Genghis Tron – Dream Weapon

45:31
progressive rock
Poughkeepsie, New York
Relapse

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Friday, 2 April

Spine Readers – The Hook and the Snake

46:47
progressive rock
Bellingham, Washington
Independent

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Thursday, 22 April

Caio Csizmar – Decriptas

50:54
avant-prog
Bragança Paulista, Brazil
Independent

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Wednesday, 5 May

Voronoi – The Last Three Seconds

48:51
progressive rock, jazz fusion
Leeds, UK
Art as Catharsis

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Thursday, 6

Sun Colored Chair – Seated

54:33
progressive rock
United States
Independent

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Friday, 7

Sketchshow – Waves

39:18
progressive rock
Southampton, UK
Independent

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Friday, 14 May

Rhododendron – Protozoan Battle Hymns

66:47
avant-prog
Portland, Oregon
Independent

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Friday, 4 June

Giant Sky – Giant Sky

48:38
art rock
Oslo, Norway
Independent

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Friday, 11 June

Azure – Of Brine and Angel’s Beaks

63:15
progressive rock
Brighton, UK
Independent

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Friday, 13 August

ДикажиForget-Me-Nots

54:39
progressive rock
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Independent

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Friday, 27 August

The Neal Morse Band – Innocence & Danger

99:21
progressive rock
California
Inside Out


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Tuesday, 31 August

The Ranch – Together to Get Here to Get Here Together

50:57
jazz fusion
Malta
Independent

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Friday, 10 September

Agusa – En annan värld

46:13
progressive rock
Malmö, Sweden
Independent

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Friday, 8 October

Rhizone – Metropolis, or, In Search of the Black Water, Act Ⅰ: Timelines

69:20
progressive rock, folk
Vienna, Austria
Independent

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Friday, 22

Seims – Four

44:00
progressive rock, post-rock
Sydney, Australia
Independent

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Shamblemaths – 2

46:31
avant-prog
Trondheim, Norway
Independent

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Friday, 5 November

Moana – Feet in the Ground, Eyes to the Sky

31:21
art rock
Perth, Australia
Independent

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Friday, 19

Ross Jennings – A Shadow of My Future Self

78:17
progressive alternative rock
UK
Graphite


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Thank You Scientist – Plague Accommodations

20:18
progressive rock
Rochelle Park, New Jersey
Independent

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Tuesday, 23 November

Grand Discovery – Proceed

29:57
progressive rock, jazz fusion
Helsinki, Finland
Independent

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Friday, 26 November

Richard Dawson & Circle – Henki

55:48
progressive rock
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Domino

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Friday, 3 December

3 Primates – 3 Primates

55:41
progressive rock
Pau, France
Pagans

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Plastic Woods – Dragonfruit

32:45
progressive rock
Antequera, Spain
Independent

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Friday, 10

Asthma Choir – Spent My Life in Sugar Town

34:41
art rock
Berlin, Germany
Independent

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Kosmodome – Kosmodome

44:39
psychedelic rock
Bergen, Norway
Independent

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Friday, 17 December

Consider the Source – Hybrid, Volume 1: Such as a Mule

54:50
progressive rock, jazz fusion
New York, New York
Ropeadope

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Wild Rumpus – Vestige

65:40
avant-prog
San Francisco, California
Pinna

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Best of 2021

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01/02 – Best of Atmospheric Black Metal
01/03 – Best of Avant-Garde Black Metal
01/04 – Best of Brutal Death Metal
01/05 – Best of Classical
01/06 – Best of Death Metal
01/07 – Best of Deathcore
01/08 – Best of Doom Metal
01/09 – Best of Folk
01/10 – Best of Grindcore
01/11 – Best of Hardcore
01/12 – Best Improvisation
01/13 – Best of Indie Rock
01/14 – Best of Jazz Fusion
01/15 – Best of Jazzcore
01/16 – Best of Math Rock
01/17 – Best of Mathcore
01/18 – Best of Metalcore
01/19 – Best of Modern Jazz
01/20 – Best of Noise Rock
01/21 – Best of Nu Jazz
01/22 – Best of Nu Prog
01/23 – Best of Pop
01/24 – Best of Post-Hardcore
01/25 – Best of Post-Metal
01/26 – Best of Post-Rock
01/27 – Best of Progressive Metal
01/28 – Best of Progressive Rock

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