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2022 TOP 30 PROG ALBUMS

Rock & Metal albums with progressive music as the core element!


Ranking the thirty best prog albums released this year was not an easy task. From an initial pool of over one hundred titles that were up for consideration, I have decided to award those that best represent the 50+ years of evolution of the genre. Here are my favorite prog albums of 2022:



30.

THE BLACK HOLE TONES

Chaordic Creation

Brazil


Released on December 15

Debut album

Space progressive rock. Instrumental. Obscure solo project.


29.

OF NEW TROLLS

Le radici e il viaggio continua ...

Italy


Released on January 14

A double album of new and re-recorded material by the latest incarnation of the Italian legacy progressive rock act!



28.

CYRIL

Amenti's Coin / Secret Place - Pt II

Germany


Released on February 18

Studio album #4

Melodic crossover progressive rock



27.

GOBLIN

Suspiria 45th Anniversary Edition

Italy


Released on October 2

Claudio Simonetti's Goblin brand new progressive rock version of the famous soundtrack.



26.

CARLOTTA VALDES

Praha

Finland


Released on May 13

Debut

Progressive rock. Instrumental. Cinematic



25.

Furio Chirico's THE TRIP

Equinox

Italy


Released on November 22

New studio recording by drummer Furio Chirico's offspring of the legendary Italian act. Progressive rock, jazz-rock


24.

WYVERN

Radiations

France


Released on March 18

Debut album

Modern progressive/alternative metal, post-metal


23.

TERSIVEL

to the Orphic world

Sweden/Argentina


Released on February 11

Studio album #3

Post-progressive/alternative metal, death/doom metal. Atmospheric


22.

EHFAR

Nexus

Italy


Released on March 28

Studio album #2

Melodic progressive metal




21.

WHITECAVE

times of trouble

Netherlands


Released on February 5

Debut album

Symphonic progressive rock, with roots in Pink Floyd, Camel, and Porcupine Tree



20.

SINVERSE

Cosmic Poetry

Switzerland


Released on March 18

Debut album

Modern progressive/alternative metal. Concept


19.

SIDELESS

Choose The Way

Italy


Released on April 22

Debut album

Progressive rock/metal. Concept. Guitar driven with vintage keyboards


18.

COBRA THE IMPALER

Colossal Gods

Belgium


Released on February 28

Debut album

Groovy progressive metal with complex influences


17.

STRANDED MIND

Stranded Mind

Finland


Released on October 10

Debut album

Progressive hard n' heavy, or as the band calls it: traditional sh*t with balanced flavors!


16.

GHOST MANTRA

Starchitecture

Italy


Released on March 10

Studio album #2

Modern progressive/alternative metal. Concept



15.

GUILD OF OTHERS

Guild Of Others

US


Released on February 18

Debut album

Melodic progressive rock/metal, hard rock. Supergroup. Accessible material.



14.

THE MIDGARD PROJECT

The Great Divide

Canada


Released on March 11

Studio album #2

Progressive/power/symphonic metal, with neoclassical elements. Stu Block on vox.


13.

VENUS PRINCIPLE

Stand In Your Light

UK/Sweden


Released on May 27

Debut album

Progressive/alternative rock/metal, post-metal


12.

ZEKE SKY

Intergalactic Demon King

US


Released on November 11

Studio album #2

Progressive heavy/shred metal, neoclassical


11.

GALAHAD

The Last Great Adventurer

UK


Released on October 24

Studio album #11

Neo/melodic progressive rock, electronica


10.

KAIPA

Urskog

Sweden


Released on April 29

Studio album #14

Neo-/symphonic progressive rock, folk-fusion



9.

BOREALIS

Illusions

Canada


Released on October 7

Studio album #6

Excellent blend of melodic progressive and power metal



8.

PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS

Only Passing Through

US


Released on April 1

Studio album #3

Crossover progressive rock, indie-pop/rock


7.

MILLENIUM

Tales From Imaginary Movies

Poland


Released on September 12

Studio album #17

Neo-progressive rock



6.

NOTHING IN WRITING

New Lives For Rent

US


Released on August 5

Debut album

Neo-progressive/melodic rock



5.

JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE

Miles From Nowhere

Sweden


Released on February 18

Studio album #2

Crossover progressive rock




4.

BIG BIG TRAIN

Welcome To The Planet

UK


Released on January 28

Studio album #14

Crossover progressive rock, David Longdon R.I.P.


3.

PERSEFONE

metanoia

Andora


Released on February 4

Studio album #6

Progressive/melodic death metal, electronica, best-in-class


2.

LALU

Paint The Sky

France


Released on January 21

Studio album #3

Progressive rock/metal, superb keys, top-tier guests, 80s prog vibes




1.

CHAOS FRAME

Entropy

US


Released on June 24, 2022

Studio album #3

Progressive/power metal


Seven years after their sophomore album was released, the Minnesotan prog metallers, Chaos Frame, resurface with new material emerging from great personal tumult and tragedy. A rollercoaster ride from start to finish, Entropy bridges classic and modern, melody and aggression, while the band continues to freely explore newfound musical trajectories. The band's eclecticism in songwriting and execution is on full display for the entire duration of the album, without any unnecessary gimmicks being part of the process. One of the best 2022 releases, and Prog Album of the Year!



© 2022 by Emil Chiru

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