My favorite albums of 2014/Best Prog albums of 2014

It gave us a purpose, sometimes
It gave us a reason, and a rhyme
Looking for meaning in song
Such inner searching, so long

You’ll never stop, you’re searching for the one you know has died
Is the one you loved returning? The one you left to die

Eternal rains will come
We should say goodbye
And suffer on our own
As all our thoughts were wrong

Top albums of 2014 Collage 1

Hi-ho! For most proggers Opeth’s “Pale Communion” was the most anticipated album of 2014 but not for me. The most anticipated albums for me was Anathema’s “Distant Satellites”, The Pineapple Thief’s “Magnolia” and Yes’s “Heaven & Earth”.  All these anticipated albums haven’t failed my expectations as most people are saying about Yes’s “Heaven & Earth” that it’s disappointing. Well it isn’t, it’s a decent album and needs time plus more listens. Anyway Anathema’s “Distant Satellites”. The Pineapple Thief’s “Magnolia”, Opeth’s “Pale Communion” never fails to aspire ears with well balanced music, mixing and lyrics. You can learn more about Anathema and Anathema’s “Distant Satellites” here: “Anathema’s Distant Satellites, an album which is more alluring than a raw dog“.

Top albums of 2014 Collage 3

So here you, this is the list of whatever I was listening in 2014 from 2014, apart from other music albums/tracks I was listening from past.

  1. Anathema – Distant Satellites
  2. The Pineapple Thief – Magnolia
  3. Opeth – Pale Communion
  4. Epica – The Quantum Enigma
  5. Pain of Salvation – Falling Home
  6. Gazpacho – Demon
  7. Cosmograf – Capacitor
  8. Tin Spirits – Scorch
  9. Yes – Heaven & Earth
  10. Devin Townsend – Z² Ziltoid
  11. Lunatic Soul – Walking on a Flashlight Beam
  12. Animals as Leaders – The Joy of Motion
  13. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
  14. Pendragon – Men Who Climb Mountains
  15. Haken – Restoration (EP)
  16. Pink Floyd – The Endless River
  17. Trojan Horse – World Turned Upside Down
  18. Periphery – Clear (EP)
  19. Fire Garden – Sound of Majestic Colors
  20. Freedom To Glide – Rain
  21. In The Presence Of Wolves – Thalassas
  22. Resistor – To The Stars
  23. Syndone – Odysseas
  24. Uriah Heep – Outsider
  25. Transatlantic – Kaleidoscope
  26. Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
  27. Chromatography – Not Long Enough To Be An Album But Too Long For An EP
  28. Hero – Helo
  29. Destiny Potato – LUN
  30. Tacita Intesa – Tacita Intesa

New 10 Collage 2

Here’s 10 new additions to the list:

  1. Syd Arthur – Sound Mirror
  2. Seven Impale – City Of The Sun
  3. Messenger – Illusory Blues
  4. Monarch Trail – Skye
  5. Gandalf’s Fist – A Forest of Fey
  6. Flaming Row – Mirage – A Portrayal Of Figures
  7. Tim Bowness – Abandoned Dancehall Dreams
  8. Synaesthesia – Synaesthesia
  9. Distorted Harmony – Chain Reaction
  10. Motorpsycho – Behind the Sun

New 10 Two 1-2

Hi, it’s January, 10th and I’m adding 10 more albums to this list, taking this post to the total of 50 albums.

  1. Lee Abraham – Distant Days
  2. Annot Rhul – Leviathan
  3. Closure in Moscow – Pink Lemonade
  4. Curved Air – North Star
  5. Asia – Gravitas
  6. Ian Anderson – Homo Erraticus
  7. Cynic – Kindly Bent to Free Us
  8. Circa Survive – Descensus
  9. Saga – Sagacity
  10. IQ – The Road of Bones

Anathema’s Distant Satellites, an album which is more alluring than a raw dog

A promise of future
Dreaming in colour
Being together
Spirits reflecting
The feeling is so real
Beauty is endless

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When we talk about Anathema, the first thing that comes into mind is true musicianship. Anathema consists of true artists who give their heart and blood to their music. That’s the reason there music is so touching that it becomes actually tangible and you can surely feel that strength, tangibility through their music.

I have been a fan of Anathema and Dream Theater for quite some time now. I’m into prog just because of them. They had introduced me to perfect genre of music for which I will always be thankful to them. Now let’s talk about the most anticipated album of 2014 and it’s Anathema’s Distant Satellites. This album is about 57 minutes long and most of the tracks are 5+ minutes long.

Highlight of the album is it’s three part epic: “The Lost Song, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3” which is perfect and my favorite too. Don’t underestimate vocal strength of Vincent Cavanagh & Lee Douglas on this track, they know their work. My other favorite tracks are: “Anathema”, “Distant Satellites”, “Dusk (Dark Is Descending)”, “Ariel”, “Take Shelter”. There’s one instrumental too which is called “Firelight”. And one other song’s name is “You’re Not Alone”. Song writing of every track is deep and touching too. They have really nailed it with the lyrics this time again.

After making perfect albums like “We’re Here Because We’re Here (2010)” and “Weather Systems (2012)”, they have taken perfection to next level which isn’t a surprise because this what we expect from a band of their caliber. Overall this album is totally flawless. It’s a dream come true for prog & good music listener. Anathema’s Distant Satellites is melodic, intense, physical and right from the heart of true artists.