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Throwdown Of Awesome Prog Rock

There is some seriously awesome shit here.
1Hypnos 69
Legacy


I don?t know if Hypnos 69 are going to put out another full-length, and if they do, I don?t know what form it will take, but to date, Legacy is unquestionably the band?s peak. Their melodic range is humbling, their will to explore ceaseless and their propensity for balance makes them one of the most emotionally engaging acts in the rock underground today.
2Pink Floyd
The Dark Side of the Moon


Honestly, this needs no explanation as to what's already been said.
3Saris
Curse of Time


Hard rocking, epic, big in scope, fuckin awesome, brain-shattering, mind-bendingly jamming rock. Saris' Behind the Times is one of the greatest and most overlooked diamonds in prog rock. It blends in all the good elements of rock - guitars, pathos, bass, drums - and brilliantly mixes in orchestral instruments and pieces of hard, electronic beats. This is the album of albums for prog rock fans. So quit smoking weed to Boris and get on this shit.
4Moon Safari
Blomljud


Just a shade under 2 hours long, Blomljud is one of my personal favorites: Petter Sandstr?m is a brilliance on his guitar and 12-string, the choir arrangements are excellent, the Yes-style keyboards are a nice touch, and the piano work here is really good. Another overlooked gem.
5 Mind's Eye
A Gentleman's Hurricane


One of the heaviest albums on this list alone: Johan Nieeman is a madman on his guitar. It's easy to mistake it as power metal, but the various time signature changes here and there are really insane: a work of genius underneath it all.
6Yes
yes


The debut of this legendary prog rock band is probably the one that is rarely glanced at twice: while not to the high caliber of albums such as Fragile or The Yes Album, their debut is a perfect mix of pop songs, 60's prog rock, and to top it all off with SURVIVAL, the best track ever.
7Discipline
Unfolded like Staircase


Over an hour of length and containing only four songs, Discipline is a masterpiece that follows a unique style of progressive rock. It contains its own electronics and long guitars and various instruments and mellotron that everyone uses, but incorporates acoustics and has a lot more vocal work than one might expect, considering that all of the tracks are over 10 or 15 minutes in length (the longest is 22 minutes alone). It's a fun album, a very brooding album, all in a cacophony of awesomeness. Buy it.
8guilt machine
On this perfect day


A solo project of Arjen Anthony Lucassen, who is known for other projects like Ambeon or Ayreon. Both are legendary, but Lucassen shines here. He incorporates themes of techno, industrial, heavy metal, progressive, all mixing into an utterly astounding LP. It's melancholic, heavy, and desperate, with just a tinge of sadness. What an artist.
9Cairo
cairo


Unlike most of the aforementioned, a few excluded, Cairo is very upbeat music. It borrows several elements from Emerson Lake and Palmer (yes even Love Beach) in a few tracks, but the whole thing in itself is a very fun release, and quite lengthy. 'Season of the Heart' and 'Conception' are particular standouts here: the best instruments are the keys, man.
10Salem Hill
Be


Epic. Just epic. The-opening-of-2001-a-space-odyssey-when-the-apes-beat-that-one-monkey-to-death-with-a-bone epic. Guitars, pianos, pipe organs, bass, drums, keys, a choir, violin, mandolin, a dozen guest musicians, and pathos. Easily one of the best albums of 2008. Take that radiohead
11Rush
a farewell to kings


This needs no explanation
12Echolyn
mei


50 minutes long, 1 song. 50 minutes of your time and your whole life will change. Okay, maybe not - but mei is breathtaking. The guitars are heavy, the drums are persistent, the cellos and flute and violin all sound rich and like an amazing mix between Atnus, King Crimson,and Godspeed you black emperor, if the third one actually did prog rock. Definitely incredible.
13Citizen Cain
Somewhere but yesterday


This is so Genesis. As in the Gabriel Genesis, the badass kind. The tracks take time to build, such as the vocals on the title track are played for 5 minutes over repetitive guitar-and-drums, but when it jams it does it good. Citizen Cain is definitely a nice one to have in your catalog during long long trips through Arizona's wastelands.
14Touchstone
Discordant Dreams


Too awesome for words.
15Emerson Lake and Palmer
Emerson, Lake and Palmer


Their debut is definitely overlooked in their extensive catalog. Sure, Love Beach kind of sucked, and they never really recovered after that before calling it quits, but damn could they make some catchy tunes before all that. This is really good; probably better than Brain Salad Surgery, but this could be the alcohol I'm downing hard talking.
16Caravan
In the Land of Grey and Pink


What a solid gold oldie. I nearly killed myself trying to cop this when I found it at Bookman's, listened to the shorter tracks so much I was sick of it, and two years later (since I found it) Nine Feet Underground remains my most favorite track in their whole library. Caravan is awesome.
17Karmakanic
Wheel of Life


It's hard to say where this stands. It's better than Who's The Boss In the Factory?, but it's worse than In a Perfect World (which, in my eyes, will never be done again). But Wheel of Life holds a special spot in my heart - this, along with Perfect World, need to be famous and they're not. Each one blends in so many instruments so well, and Reingold is a beast on his bass guitar. Think Geddy Lee and Geezer Butler's baby.
18Transatlantic
Whirld Tour 2010 Live in London


One of the best live albums ever. The epitome of how to do a live show and do it right - think Live at Leeds in its progressive form. This is an absolute necessity for any progressive rock fan. Get it and be blown away like god sucking you off.
19Diagonal
Diagonal


Diagonal. We had some good times, you and I. Too bad you died, RIP. But this album will live on forever. Everything about it is perfect, and it quite literally has everything - ebow, alto saxophone, guitar, synths, filters, drums, pianos, clarinets, flutes, acoustic guitars, bass, percussion. Almost as good as Salem Hill. Too bad you went so soon - this could of been like Trent Reznor's rock and roll child if he hadn't stuck to industrial.
20Jethro Tull
Living in the Past


OH AQUALUNG
21Flying Colors
Flying Colors


Probably up there with 2012's most awesome music. In this caliber (a debut), the members all do very well. This changes signatures a hell of a lot, is awesome, will rock you. It's a great mix of all styles and genres. Cool, right?
22Oceansize
Frames


Take a shot for everytime this album changes time signatures. I DARE YOU TO DO IT. You'll be drunk and passed out by the first track. This is badass.
23 Darwin's Radio
Template For A Generation


A fantastic four-piece attempt. Sure the vocalist could be better, but the instruments here are just awesome. Recommended, duh.
24Gargamel
Descending


If you haven't heard this yet, then I suggest doing something good for once in your life and listening to it. It's pretty awesome.
25Van der graaf generator
Godbluff


You're going to be rocked right out of your seat - your brain's going to melt into your mind, your bones are gonna hollow out, your teeth are going to fall out, your gums will be red, your toes will curl and your eyes will crisscross. It's worth it. Even all the fees at the local ghetto hospital.
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