Favorite Albums of 2016

You knew how it felt to feel invisible
Music calmed your soul, just like a drug
Remember, Bug?
(Dream Theater – A New Beginning)

Here I am, don’t be afraid
I will never let you slip away
Look my way, you must be brave
Find the strength to live for one more day
I will keep from losing Faythe
I will ask for grace, and hope we find a way
Like a candles dying flame
With forgiving eyes
She starts to drift away
(Dream Theater – Losing Faythe)

best-albums-of-20161Ey lads, here I am with my favorite albums of 2016. The most anticipated album for me was Dream Theater’s The Astonishing. I’ll never forget the proggy, astonishing and cinematic experience of listening to this sonic ecstasy.

best-albums-of-2016This is the list of my favorite albums of 2016:

  1. Dream Theater – The Astonishing
  2. Big Big Train – Folklore
  3. iamthemorning – Lighthouse
  4. Opeth – Sorceress
  5. Syd Arthur – Apricity
  6. Marillion – FEAR
  7. The Pineapple Thief – Your Wilderness
  8. Riverside – Eye of the Soundscape
  9. David Bowie – Blackstar
  10. The Dear Hunter – Act V Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
  11. The Anchoress – Confessions of a Romance Novelist
  12. Devin Townsend – Transcendence
  13. Anderson Stolt – The Invention of Knowledge
  14. The Gift – Why The Sea Is Salt
  15. Haken – Affinity
  16. Steven Wilson – 4 ½
  17. Hexvessel – When We Are Death
  18. Frost – Falling Satellites
  19. Tesseract – Errai
  20. Knifeworld – Bottled Out Of Eden
  21. Fire Garden – Far and Near
  22. Gandalf’s Fist – The Clockwork Fable
  23. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
  24. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  25. Messenger – Threnodies
  26. Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts
  27. Bent Knee – Say So
  28. Paul Draper – EP One/ EP Two
  29. Kansas – The Prelude Implicit
  30. Plants and Animals – Waltzed in from the Rumbling
  31. Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack
  32. Gong – Rejoice! I’m Dead!
  33. Ulver – ATGCLVLSSCAP
  34. Andy Jackson – 73 Days At Sea
  35. Purson – Desire’s Magic Theatre
  36. Southern Empire – Southern Empire
  37. Ihsahn – Arktis
  38. Shearwater – Jet Plane And Oxbow
  39. Tiles – Pretending 2 Run
  40. Fates Warning – Theories of Flight
  41. Thank You Scientist – Stranger Heads Prevail
  42. Hawkwind – The Machine Stops
  43. Green Day – Revolution Radio
  44. Motorpsycho – Here Be Monsters
  45. Fallujah – Dreamless
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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.

Haceeb’s Top Ten Albums of 2013

Here’s my pick of best albums from 2013. Yeah I know I’m posting it here late but last year I posted it everywhere and forget to post here. So I guess now is the time to post it here too. These albums belong to genres of Prog, Progressive rock, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Hard rock, Art rock, Jazz fusion, Symphonic metal.
This years most anticipated albums are: Yes’s “Heaven & Earth”, Anathema’s “Distant Satellites”, Opeth’s “Pale Communion”. I’m gonna rate them at end of the year.
As for now let’s look at Top Ten Albums of 2013:

Dream Theater - Dream TheaterSteven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)ayreon the theory of everything

Haceeb's Top Ten Albums of 2013