Twenty-twenty


I have fallen behind on my 2020 albums listening but I might as well start a list now. This is a work in progress obviously, I'll probably be adding albums this time next year. (LOL)

Created by: JoHn DoE | 20.09.2020



1. Conception - State of Deception
a great comeback, one of the albums I listened quite a bit this year.
2. Zopp - Zopp
a very pleasant surprise, one of the best progressive rock albums I heard this year, Canterbury-prog like, they play like it's 1972
3. Rikard Sjöblom's Gungfly - Alone Together
very impressed with this, one of the best progressive rock albums I've heard this year.
4. Caligula's Horse - Rise Radiant
they played it safe, but I enjoyed this a lot.
5. Anubis Gate - Covered In Colours
never expected a covers albums to be this great.
6. Pendragon - Love Over Fear
a great come back from the prog veterans.
7. Loviatar - Lightless
a real plesant surprise, it's doom, it's post rock, it's progressive, MS review made me check it out and I'm thankful.
8. Hällas - Conundrum
prog rock with some neo-prog, 70s hard rock influences, a must listen for anyone into prog music
9. Airbag - A Day At The Beach
prog band from Norway, the Gilmour-esque guitar work is fun if you ask me.
10. I Am No Hero - Nights of Wonder
best post rock album I heard this year, from Greece.
11. Psychotic Waltz - The God-Shaped Void
another great come back album
12. Dawn Of Solace - Waves
very catchy doom, very enjoyable for me.
13. Pattern-Seeking Animals - Prehensile Tales
Ted Leonard from Spock's Beard and Enchant sings here, catchy prog.
14. Thoughts Factory - Elements
German progressive metal, one of the best I've heard this year.
15. Fren - Where Do You Want Ghosts to Reside
progressive rock from Poland, a must listen for those who like prog.
16. Pain of Salvation - Panther
did not expect this to be this good.
17. Haken - Virus
they played it safe too, but I enjoyed it
18. Testament - Titans of Creation
I enjoyed this,did not disappoint
19. Spell - Opulent Decay
retro hard & heavy, a huge step forward in the songwriting
20. Deathwhite - Grave Image
another catchy doom album I enjoyed
21. Katatonia - City Burials
a safe album but enjoyable
22. Freeways - True Bearings
fun enjoyable retro hard & heavy
23. Deep Purple - Whoosh!
did not disappoint, more enjoyable than I expected TBH
24. Kansas - The Absence Of Presence
same thing as the new Deep Purple
25. Lucifer - Lucifer III
nothing new here, but enjoyable 70s Sabbath influenced female fronted rock
26. Paradise Lost - Obsidian
like this one needs explaining
27. Night - High Tides - Distant Skies
awesome retro hard & heavy
28. Vicious Rumors - Celebration Decay
better than I expected, that's why it's here
29. Ivanhoe - Blood And Gold
new album from the underrated, overlooked German progressive metal band, welcome back
30. Magenta - Masters of Illusion
they're doing their thing, Renaissance meets Yes, some Gilmouresque guitar here and there, but clearly the guitarist feels like a relaxed Howe
31. Maciej Meller - Zenith
guitarist of Riverside solo album
32. Green Carnation - Leaves of Yesteryear
solid come back album
33. King Gorm - King Gorm
heavy prog, 70s keyboards, Hammond organ, for anyone that likes 70s hard rock/heavy prog.
34. Ambush - Infidel
retro heavy metal, catchy and fun
35. Nord - The Only Way To Reach The Surface
an excellent mix of styles which makes the music original, unique, interesting and progressive
36. The Pineapple Thief - Versions of the Truth
crossover prog, atmospheric rock, Gavin Harrison on drums
37. Marquette - Into The Wild
must listen prog-rock from Germany
38. Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea
a great come back album
39. The Reticent - The Oubliette
diverse and intense progressive metal
40. King Witch - Body of Light
the vocal performance alone makes this album worthy of inclusion here.
41. Hail Spirit Noir - Eden in Reverse
a pleasant surprise, better than I was expecting
42. Falconer - From A Dying Ember
same old thing, a grower, a shame they are disbanding
43. Delain - Apocalypse & Chill
pleasantly surprised by this, had fun listening to it
44. Pymlico - On This Day
catchy and entertaining prog-rock from Norway
45. Blind Ego - Preaching To The Choir
side project of the guitarist of German proggers RPWL, very enjoyable light prog that rocks a bit.
46. Biff Byford - School of Hard Knocks
I did not know what to expect from this, but I enjoyed it a lot.
47. The Night Flight Orchestra - Aeromantic
very catchy melodic hard rock, songs get stuck in your head, or my head better said.
48. Zombi - 2020
this sounds like progressive electronic with guitar riffs, interesting album, that's why it's here.
49. Kenziner - Phoenix
a leasant surprise, did not expect this great songwriting.
50. Hum - Inlet
thick riffs and atmosphere, soft & loud/heavy balancing out, quite enjoyable.
51. Demons & Wizards - III
did not expect much of it, but it definitely delivered
52. John Petrucci - Terminal Velocity
unexpectedly fun to listen to, I honestly thought this would really suck.
53. Motorpsycho - The All Is One
I have a problem with long albums and this one is 84 minutes long, but it's great eclectic prog.
54. Wishbone Ash - Coat Of Arms
a very pleasant surprise, I admit to having low expectations but this is a solid album.
55. White Stones - Kuarahy
a death metal album for me to enjoy, there are always a couple.
56. Mountain Witch - Extinct Cults
enjoyable heavy/doom, obvious Sabbath worship, but well done.
57. Teramaze - I Wonder
very catchy, good performance, I enjoyed it quite a bit.
58. Rick Wakeman (with The English Rock Ensemble) - The Red Planet
surprisingly good album from this prog veteran.
59. DGM - Tragic Separation
nothing new here, but it's well performed, nice guitar work.
60. Fires in the Distance - Echoes from Deep November
awesome death/doom, listened because of the review, so thanks.
61. Distant Dream - Point Of View
post rock meets shred, interesting mix
62. Váthos - Underwater
atmospheric post-black I enjoyed quite a bit
63. Wolf - Feeding the Machine
I enjoyed this quite a bit, solid come back.
64. Deftones - Ohms
I enjoyed this more than I expected to.
65. Traveler - Termination Shock
retro heavy done right
66. Blizzen - World in Chains
another retro-heavy album, solid vocals
67. Primal Fear - Metal Commando
enjoyable heavy/power, if it ain't broken, don't fix it.
68. Haunt - Flashback
better than the first album they did this year, third album coming up. a coincidence the retro sounding albums are at the end of the list



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20.09.2020 - 12:25
JoHn DoE
work in progress, I've got quite a few albums to finish listening and see how many are worth adding, I won't be adding every single 2020 album I heard. I'm sure I forgot a couple , but I'll add them sooner or later.
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20.09.2020 - 17:59
nikarg
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Are these all the albums you've listened to this year in order of preference or just the ones you actually enjoyed?

If it's not too much trouble, I believe comments would be helpful for many people.
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20.09.2020 - 18:17
JoHn DoE
Written by nikarg on 20.09.2020 at 17:59

Are these all the albums you've listened to this year in order of preference or just the ones you actually enjoyed?

If it's not too much trouble, I believe comments would be helpful for many people.


It's only albums I enjoyed a lot, were fun to listen. So not a best to worst list,
Maybe I'll list some albums (at some point) that I listened to but did not make my list.

I'll try and listen to some more 2020 albums in the next few days, let's see what gets added. I'll mention them.

Thanks for checking my list and posting here.
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20.09.2020 - 18:34
JoHn DoE
Written by nikarg on 20.09.2020 at 17:59


If it's not too much trouble, I believe comments would be helpful for many people.


I will write some comments, that would not be a problem.
edit: comments added.
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21.09.2020 - 02:14
nikarg
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You added comments; nice, I now know what I definitely need to hear. I don't often check out people's lists tbh, but I generally find that I like much of the stuff you do, which made me have a look at this one.

Most of the stuff on the list I am already familiar with, and agree with quite a few. I need to listen to I Am No Hero, the album's title track is now playing while I am writing this and I am loving it. Also, Pendragon, Airbag and Anubis Gate deserve a listen, I guess (so much music, so little time).

From the obvious choices, Conception's album is fabulous. I am pointing it out because the other two obvious choices - Paradise Lost and Psychotic Waltz - I have already reviewed so my opinion is known already. With Conception, their album has grown on me to the point of adoration. From the not-so-obvious choices I completely agree with the inclusion of Thoughts Factory, Night, Loviatar and Ivanhoe. Delain was a very nice surprise. Good debut by Freeways. Not sure about Hällas, it is not bad but I wasn't really blown away and I much preferred the debut. Also, I am shocked with the inclusion of Testament and I was extremely disappointed by the new Traveler, Vicious Rumors and Deep Purple albums (maybe because I had high hopes for them). And I refuse to listen to any more Haunt, sorry.

How can you not have Hail Spirit Noir here?

Cool list overall. Something tells me that you will add the new Black Fate when it comes out too.
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21.09.2020 - 02:22
JoHn DoE
Written by nikarg on 21.09.2020 at 02:14

You added comments; nice, I now know what I definitely need to hear. I don't often check out people's lists tbh, but I generally find that I like much of the stuff you do, which made me have a look at this one.

Most of the stuff on the list I am already familiar with, and agree with quite a few. I need to listen to I Am No Hero, the album's title track is now playing while I am writing this and I am loving it. Also, Pendragon, Airbag and Anubis Gate deserve a listen, I guess (so much music, so little time).

From the obvious choices, Conception's album is fabulous. I am pointing it out because the other two obvious choices - Paradise Lost and Psychotic Waltz - I have already reviewed so my opinion is known already. With Conception, their album has grown on me to the point of adoration. From the not-so-obvious choices I completely agree with the inclusion of Thoughts Factory, Night, Loviatar and Ivanhoe. Delain was a very nice surprise. Good debut by and Freeways. Not sure about Hällas, it is not bad but I wasn't really blown away and I much preferred the debut. Also, I am shocked with the inclusion of Testament and I was extremely disappointed by the new Traveler, Vicious Rumors and Deep Purple albums (maybe because I had high hopes for both). And I refuse to listen to any more Haunt, sorry.

How can you not have Hail Spirit Noir here?

Cool list overall. Something tells me that you will add the new Black Fate when it comes out too.


I can list at least 10 more albums I need to explore, like I said, I'll update this when I find an interesting, enjoyable albums.
Hail Spirit Noir is not in the list because i haven't listened to it. Maybe I will.

I put Haunt in the list because I gave the album a couple of more listens and had fun. It did not happen with the first album though - Mind freeze.
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21.09.2020 - 12:12
JoHn DoE
Written by nikarg on 21.09.2020 at 02:14


How can you not have Hail Spirit Noir here?



just finished listening to the album, thanks for mentioning it, I liked it, it will need more listens, let's see where I can sneak it into the list.
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21.09.2020 - 13:02
RaduP
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To properly format your list you need to add "|" in between your fields, like "Band | Album | Comment" on each row. This way your list also gets linked on each album you include in it.
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21.09.2020 - 13:33
JoHn DoE
Written by RaduP on 21.09.2020 at 13:02

To properly format your list you need to add "|" in between your fields, like "Band | Album | Comment" on each row. This way your list also gets linked on each album you include in it.


ok, will do.
And here i thought you'll express opinion on the actual music from the list.

edit: it does look better so thanks.
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21.09.2020 - 13:52
RaduP
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Written by JoHn DoE on 21.09.2020 at 13:33

And here i thought you'll express opinion on the actual music from the list.

Not as much into retro stuff as you are, but definitely check out Slift, Zombi and Motorpsycho.
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21.09.2020 - 13:56
JoHn DoE
Written by RaduP on 21.09.2020 at 13:52

Written by JoHn DoE on 21.09.2020 at 13:33

And here i thought you'll express opinion on the actual music from the list.

Not as much into retro stuff as you are, but definitely check out Slift, Zombi and Motorpsycho.


yeah, Zombi I will listen to,
never heard of Slift.
Motorpsycho, maybe, I listened to something from them some years ago and I got bored and gave up on the band.
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21.09.2020 - 21:31
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Written by JoHn DoE on 21.09.2020 at 13:56

Written by RaduP on 21.09.2020 at 13:52

Written by JoHn DoE on 21.09.2020 at 13:33

And here i thought you'll express opinion on the actual music from the list.

Not as much into retro stuff as you are, but definitely check out Slift, Zombi and Motorpsycho.


yeah, Zombi I will listen to,
never heard of Slift.
Motorpsycho, maybe, I listened to something from them some years ago and I got bored and gave up on the band.


I'm listening to Motorpsycho now and absolutely loving it, it's brilliant. If you like Zopp, Pattern-Seeking Animals and Pendragon, I can't imagine you wouldn't love this, as I'd rank it above all of them (even Zopp, which was stellar) - if you don't want to listen to the whole 80-minute behemoth, try the NOX suite first, it's simply excellent
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21.09.2020 - 21:32
musclassia
Written by JoHn DoE on 21.09.2020 at 14:43

On my TO LISTEN list (and a couple to listen some more ) :


Pineapple Thief
Zombi
Long Distance Calling
Pure Reason Revolution
Skeletal Remains
Hum



I've only heard these from your to listen list, but I would definitely prioritize Pure Reason Revolution, I'd be amazed if it doesn't make my end-of-year top 10. Zombi and Hum were very good too, wasn't as taken with the others
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21.09.2020 - 21:38
JoHn DoE
Written by musclassia on 21.09.2020 at 21:31



I'm listening to Motorpsycho now and absolutely loving it, it's brilliant. If you like Zopp, Pattern-Seeking Animals and Pendragon, I can't imagine you wouldn't love this, as I'd rank it above all of them (even Zopp, which was stellar) - if you don't want to listen to the whole 80-minute behemoth, try the NOX suite first, it's simply excellent


I'll listen to it eventually, in fact I'm listening to some older Motorpsycho right know (early 2000s).
But what they did in the 90s does not interest me.
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21.09.2020 - 21:52
musclassia
Written by JoHn DoE on 21.09.2020 at 21:38

Written by musclassia on 21.09.2020 at 21:31



I'm listening to Motorpsycho now and absolutely loving it, it's brilliant. If you like Zopp, Pattern-Seeking Animals and Pendragon, I can't imagine you wouldn't love this, as I'd rank it above all of them (even Zopp, which was stellar) - if you don't want to listen to the whole 80-minute behemoth, try the NOX suite first, it's simply excellent


I'll listen to it eventually, in fact I'm listening to some older Motorpsycho right know (early 2000s).
But what they did in the 90s does not interest me.


I've never listened to the band before this album so I have no idea how it compares to their 90s stuff, but I'm absolutely in love with this NOX suite, particularly the Night Of Pan movement
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22.09.2020 - 01:28
fenchik
Dawn of Solace is my album of the year..so far!! Psychotic Waltz and Deathwhite are great albums too! And of course P.lost P.O.S and Testament !!! Good list! I need to check Thoughts Factory.
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23.09.2020 - 13:41
Apothecary
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This is a pretty mainstream selection of albums. Not a bad thing necessarily, but I've honestly only listened to two on this list, HSN and that Haken one.
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23.09.2020 - 13:59
JoHn DoE
Written by Apothecary on 23.09.2020 at 13:41

This is a pretty mainstream selection of albums. Not a bad thing necessarily, but I've honestly only listened to two on this list, HSN and that Haken one.


If by mainstream you mean better known, then yeas, maybe.
I imagine you would enjoy a band like Zopp.
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23.09.2020 - 15:57
JoHn DoE
Demons & Wizards, Zombi and Magenta added to the list.
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23.09.2020 - 20:02
musclassia
I tried Airbag and Fren based on this list, enjoyed both a good amount!
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24.09.2020 - 11:00
JoHn DoE
Maciej Meller - Zenith (2020) added to the list
it's the guitarist of Riverside, very enjoyable album, catchy, proggy.
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24.09.2020 - 16:26
JoHn DoE
I knew I've forgotten someone, fixed it
Green Carnation - Leaves of Yesteryear

Another new one listened today - King Gorm's self-titled debut. Heavy-prog/70s hard rock. I recommend it, a fun listen.
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27.09.2020 - 15:58
JoHn DoE
Just finished listening to the new My Dying Bride and while I enjoyed it, disliked just one song on it, I don't know if it will make the list. Needs more listens, maybe then?

Other albums not making it here... not bad but not that good kind
Firewind - s/t - while enjoyable, it doesn't make me go back to it
Derek Sherinian - same thind as MDB - needs a couple more listens, but kinda predictable not in a good way album.
Lovebites - I need to find the mood for a re-listen. Then decide, but for now, not making the list.
Lonely Robot - Feelings Are Good - dumb title, not bad, but not that good either. I'm a bit disappointed, for the catchy neo-progg-ish sound they're doing, it's not that attractive (if that makes sense).
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29.09.2020 - 14:32
JoHn DoE
latest additions

Hum
The Reticent
Kenziner
Nord
Pineapple Thief
Rikard Sjöblom's Gungfly
White Stones

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01.10.2020 - 18:03
JoHn DoE
A couple more additions

John Petrucci
Wishbone Ash

other albums I listened to

The Tangent - good one, but i've heard better from these guys, might make the list if it's a grower.
Alcatrazz - most unnecessary come back
Sacred Outcry - pretty good, the vocals kinda saved the album, making it listenable, I've heard better heavy/power.
Skeletal remains - pretty good, might make the list if it's a grower.
Neal Morse - not bad, but way too predictable.
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04.10.2020 - 13:13
JoHn DoE
Pure Reason Revolution, Marquette and Pymlico added, must listens for anyone into prog.
King Witch added.
Mountain Witch added.
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08.10.2020 - 13:04
JoHn DoE
Latest additions

Fire In the Distance
Vathos
Primal Fear
Wolf
Teramaze
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11.10.2020 - 14:43
JoHn DoE
Latest additions

Deftones
DGM
Motorpsycho

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