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11.18.17 Progday Semi-Finals11.13.17 Progday Elimination Round
11.03.17 Progday Discovery M810.27.17 Progday Discovery M7
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10.06.17 Progday Discovery M409.29.17 Progday Discovery M3
09.22.17 Progday Discovery M209.13.17 Progday Discovery M1
09.11.17 Progday Tourney Preliminary 05.07.16 Friday's Prog WINNER (Celebration)
05.03.16 Friday's Prog FINAL ROUND04.30.16 Friday's Prog Semi-finals
04.22.16 Friday's Prog Elimination Round04.15.16 Friday's Prog Discovery M8
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1Heldon
Stand By


"Heldon combines the sounds of King Crimson, Magma, and Tangerine Dream to create a truly forward-thinking, modern prog album, filled with gritty guitar-work, pulsing synthesizers, and tight grooves. After hearing Stand By, you too will facepalm your space mask and ask, 'Where has this been my entire prog-loving life?'" - Friday13th

Youtube:
1) https://youtu.be/KF97FSoGeaM
2) https://youtu.be/Iee615Jq7Es
3) https://youtu.be/XQK8oRJmweo
2801
801 Live


"Live album by Phil Manzanera's supergroup. Very influential as an early influence in electronic music thanks to Eno's keys and with one of the best productions ever in a live album, it almost feels like a studio recording with a fresh sound and a unique personality. The youtube version is missing Golden Hours and Fat Lady of Limbourg (the latter being one of the high points of the album imo), so if you guys happen to find a complete version of it, go for it." - MrSirLordGentleman

Youtube: https://youtu.be/hoLPtBvFcQw
3Monarch (USA-CA)
Two Isles


"Full disclosure, I am not a keen follower of Progressive music, nor am I a man of particular knowledge of it. Nevertheless, a couple of years back I set out to find a modern Prog release that'd turn me from a skeptic into a die-hard, boiling-piss fanatic. I have not encountered such a record yet, but some have come close. One such precedent is this particular gem. Combining the traditional approach to Psychedelic music with all the songwriting essence of purist Prog, this album, in spite of its brevity, managed to enthrall me with its dizzying and inherently magical presence and musical finesse. Again, I am not exactly sure as to what percentage of the record can be considered Prog, but the throttling, magnetic guitarwork and the odysseyan atmosphere sure convinced me that its place here is earned." - UniqueUniverse

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F1vR0HEUnA
4Flash
Flash


"I actually reviewed this album on Sputnik this past February. Flash is an offshoot of Yes. Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks was one of the band's co-founders, and Yes keyboard player Tony Kaye was the keyboard player on this first album. At the time this first album came out, it was very well received, to the point where there was debate between music fans as to whether the spin-off might be better than the original. The band has a playful quality about them. They have a solid vocalist in Colin Carter, and a good bass player in Ray Bennett. Kaye and Banks are as good as you'd expect. I've always particularly liked "Children of the Universe.'" - Divaman

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo8FpSFUsbM
5Garolou
Garolou


"A hidden little piece from the Quebec folk/prog scene (think Harmonium). Although it may be easy to draw similarities to their more successful compatriots with their French crooning and strong use of acoustic instruments, Garolou do so in a way that is noticeably more light-hearted and jovial, conjuring up an atmosphere all of their own. The references to various Quebec folk songs and tales make it an all the more intriguing and engaging experience." - SCREAM!

Youtube:
Side 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyoNubG1zHM
Side 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGSjAYBxEdU
6Todd Rundgren
Todd


"The follow-up to the classic A Wizard, A True Star, 'Todd' is the little brother but further expands upon the progressive experiments of 'Wizard' while featuring increasingly experimental synthesizer-dominated passages (which would reach its apex with 1975's 'Initiation') mixed with soul, theatrics, and good 'ol fashioned rock and roll. Plus, like "Wizard", it closes with two incredible songs that you'll never shake. While 'Wizard' is the one everyone flocks to, 'Todd' may be the one for any beginner to Todd Rundgren's massive catalog." - Frippertronics

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blF5Jve4i-o&t=843s
7La Rossa
A Fury of Glass


"A French/German band that released their only album in the early 80s, but fear not, there is zero radio rock in here. Perhaps not mindblowing, still the album is rich and filled with a refreshing energy. The selling points are arguably an eccentric vocal delivery and the richness of keyboards. I hope you like the sounds of a piano, because this album is drenched with them (in a good way!). A more laid back and pastoral feel appears sometimes to contrast the hectic side of the material which can get pretty schizophrenic like in "This Unbreakable". Speaking of which, I believe the original tracklist ended with track 9, but a reissue expanded it to 12 by adding songs that were initially cut. Absolutely, don't miss out on them." - Sabrutin

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1vfOb3KV3brdSBPS9hXU9s
(installing an adblocker should remove the audio commercials from the Spotify Web Player, or so it did when I used it before going premium)
8Island (Switzerland)
Pictures


"It's prog, of course, but it’s is also labeled Avant-Prog, Jazz-Rock, and Rock in Opposition. The band is often compared to Van der Graaf Generator. There are no guitars at all (but oddly enough, you don’t miss them). It’s all percussion, Keyboards, and wind instruments. A unique but forgotten prog gem. It’s my favorite at the moment." - TwigTW

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS5XP4-gmuQ&t=2164s
9Ingranaggi Della Valle
Warm Spaced Blue


"For mellotron lovers, modern prog album Ingranaggi Della Valle - Warm Spaced Blue is close to the style of modern symphonic proggers Anglagard with their dynamic vintage 70's sounds, and with its mindblowing waves of mellotron and high caliber of musicianship. There is always something new to discover, even from the same song. It's that varied. Every songs offer quality climaxes and deliver intriguing atmospheres. Album is more melodic, more mature, lighter, less crazy or weird than Anglagard which are somehow from the same roots." - Jethro42

Progstreaming: http://progstreaming.com/extended/pages/play-album.php?activeAlbum=2016-09-28-05 - Ingranaggi Della Valle - Warm Spaced Blue
10Slapp Happy and Henry Cow
Desperate Straights


"This album is an obscure progressive bit from some seriously weird musicians. It is apparent right away when putting on this album that those who created it truly have great musical minds. Despite that, the weirdness of the album may take a few listens to become palatable, but the songwriting is strong enough to keep you coming back for more. It's a witty and fun listen that grows every time." - bgillesp

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFWErjoJSPw
11Quarteto 1111
Onde, Quando, Como, Porquê, Cantamos Pessoas Vivas


"This is perhaps the best prog album ever made in Portugal in the early 70's. At least it's one of the best and most representaive prog albums with the synts and mellotron ever. It's a must have for all tron maniacs as I am. Besides that, this is an album very important to my country. It's based on an original text by José Jorge Letria, "Cantamos Personas Vivas", which has everything to do with the end of the dictatorship and the beginning of the democratic system in Portugal in 1974 and what would became known as the "Carnation Revolution". It's a pity that the lyrics are in portuguese and pratically all of you can't understand them. But believe me, they're almost as important as the music is. So, don't miss this mellotron drenched Portuguese Prog Classic album." - e210013

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOgr0zowR5M&t=162s
12 JW Farquhar
The Formale Female


"Released by a one-man-army, Farquhar wrote the concept of The Formale Female in response to the end of his decade long marriage. Ironically the marriage left him without the funds to record the album with proper equipment/studio, and thus led him to create one of the first 'lo-fi' records ever. Eccentric and dynamic as a prog album should be while also being conceptually driven, the record equally flirts with folk, acid and psych rock. Quite the interesting experience and an example of prog rock 'progressing' outside its own bubble." - TheSpaceMan

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11CtnRMiQn
13The Flock
Dinosaur Swamps


"Like it because it is kinda prog/country rock/jazz fusion all mixed for a cool flowing ALBUM, which is why I like most prog this especially because like the best Grateful Dead it meshes all forms of music seamlessly into a new form." - wham49

Youtube: https://youtu.be/bCmcac4jJkA
14Universal Totem Orchestra
Mathematical Mother


"The 3rd outing from this adventurous Italian band delivers a sleek, dark sound characterized by sensitive operatic vocals, sprinklings of funky fusion, and miles upon miles of rock-solid, infectious groove. Ambient segues recalling Dead Can Dance (Elogio del Dubbio) fuse seamlessly with Zeuhl-like flights of rhythmic fury and atmospheric jazzy passages. The wildly varied whirlwind of an opener is worth the price of admission alone and the playful album centerpiece "Architettura Dell'Acqua" is every bit as jam-packed with expansive, symphonic Orffian bombast as any of the territory covered on Mekanïk Destruktïẁ Kommandöh. That is not to say, however, that any of the other songs should be skipped! If operatic vocals are not an immediate deterrent (I find them to be tastefully employed here), UTO’s creative arrangements and superb instrumental interplay are bound to leave you floored." - bnelso55

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN5xaCLY2Lo&list=PLPkwBDPzPdxBdIDOJ-ZscFnzHSIl0trx
15Mother Turtle
II


"Mother Turtle are part of the uprising prog rock scene in Greece and are excellent at what they do. Long compositions with great maturity and melody, nicely added details and much emotion. This album came last year and was included in my 2016 list. From the first song, 70's prog influences become apparent. Production is outstanding, and the musicians are all utterly proficient (THAT violin). Really can't find a flaw." - Mythodea

Bandcamp: https://motherturtleband.bandcamp.com/album/ii
16Fiori-Seguin
Deux Cents Nuits A L'Heure


"After Harmonium's masterpiece "L'Heptade" their founder Serge Fiori dismantled them, and it dedicated to this prog folk duo. A superb release imo, every song is well balanced and the album is a perfect mix between feelings and technique. The whole thing is in the style of Harmonium, with soft arrangements and all, but this time more into pop rock rather than before. Like every true artist Serge Fiori managed to do something different (and solid) everytime, and this makes no exception." - CusmanX1

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OqSFC0pxAU&list=PLX0J8pvj3r1In14oUkudJQe628FZK39C2
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