Felt like doing this. Took a while to compile though.
Number 1 purely for sentimental reasons. It was the first album that really hit me on
an emotional level and still does to this day. Just an awesome black/folk/doom
metal release from the electric guitars to the intricate acoustics and even some
KC's most dark and rocking album of their classic era and also my favorite. Contains
their best song, Starless and an excellent vocal performance by John Wetton.
My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth at their best and also arguably the best extreme progressive metal album of
all time. Perfectly combines elements of the two albums that came before and the
two that would come after this release. The atmosphere here is immense and the
concept flows perfectly from song to song.
Just edges out WYWH mainly due to the concept and of course, Dogs.
Wish You Were Here
Floyd's first classic, almost on par with Animals.
Master of Reality
One of the best metal albums of all time. Sabbath built upon their first 2 records
and released a heavy as hell doom masterpiece, Sweet Leaf and Into the Void are
Sabbath's best opener and closer respectively.
Sad Wings of Destiny
70s Priest is better, and heres the example why. Contains some of the very best
metal songs like Victim of Changes and Rob's vocals command a ridiculous range
throughout. Not to mention the awesome twin guitar work of K. K. Downing and
Selling England by the Pound
Peter Gabriel was one of if not the best prog vocalist of the 70s and this is imo
Genesis' magnun opus. Gabriel does a great performance here and Steve Hackett is
at his best. The concept flows really well ending with a reprise of the first
Close to the Edge
This album is the perfect representation of what progressive rock is all about. The
title track with its vocal harmonies is just pure magic.
In the Nightside Eclipse
Easily my favorite black metal album of all time. Ihsahn's vocals are some of the
best you'll hear in the genre on this record and the atmosphere has been
Death's magnum opus. Many might say Human, but the riffs, technicality and
progressive elements on this make it the pinnacle of Death's career imo.
Best Rush, and a perfect mix of prog and just plain old hard rock. Containing one
epic, one instrumental and two short rockers.
A Farewell to Kings
Rush's other classic is not far off Hemispheres. This has everything Hemispheres has
except for an awesome instrumental.
I used to prefer Mirage but after a while this one grew on me more with time. One
of prog's finest.
Geoff Tate was easily one of the best vocalists in metal in his time and this is a
great example why. Just the quintessential progressive metal album full of great
riffs, melodies and catchy choruses. No wankery to be found here.
Just falls short of Moonmadness but a classic nonetheless. Lady Fantasy is too good.
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Maiden at their proggiest. It also happens to be their best album. The mix of
progressive influences combined with Maiden's signature sound really works well on
In the Court of the Crimson King
Considered to be the first ever progressive rock record, and definitely one of the
best. A lof of variety here with the heavy opener, 21st Century Schizoid Man as
well as the laid back I Talk to the Wind. I dont find this to be quite as focused as
Red, and I also prefer the darker, heavier sound of that record. No doubt THE
landmark prog release and a classic in its own right.
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The lyrics and concept are fantastic. A landmark release at the time perfectly
combining death metal and progressive rock yet in a very different way from Opeth.
Dan utilizes 3 vocals styles on here, with his trademark growls, soft clean singing
and deep gothic voice, A 40 minute journey of prog death at its most ambitious.
The Eye of Every Storm
The best post-metal album of all time for me, and proves that Neurosis aren't just
about being heavy, they pulled off a more mellow ambient sound perfectly on this