The Best Progressive Rock/Metal of 2015 by MTVROCK

The Best Progressive Rock/Metal of 2015

BY MARTIN FARELL

6 June 2016

This year saw many wonderful contributions from both established and criminally underappreciated artists. For instance, relatively popular kings Steven Wilson and Between the Buried and Me defended their crowns with Hand.Cannot.Erase. and Coma Ecliptic, respectively, while the Dear Hunter and Gazpacho proved once again why they’re among the most unique and extraordinary bands in the field with Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise and Molok.  An amazing concept-album, based on a true story, composed by the Italian artist Alessio Miraglia “WHISPER OF THE RAIN”. Even genre legends Echolyn and Neal Morse returned with exceptional efforts, and newcomer Native Construct announced itself as the next big thing in progressive metal. All in all, 2015 was another phenomenal year for progressive music, and the following ten records demonstrate why perfectly.

 

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NATIVE CONSTRUCT

QUIET WORLD

(METAL BLADE)

Native Construct

 

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NEAL MORSE

THE GRAND EXPERIMENT

(RADIANT)

Neal Morse

 

 

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ECHOLYN

I HEARD YOU LISTENING

(SELF-RELEASED)

Echolyn

 

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TESSERACT

POLARIS

(KSCOPE)

Tesseract

 

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BEARDFISH

+4626 COMFORTZONE

(INSIDE OUT)

Beardfish

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ALESSIO MIRAGLIA

WHISPER OF THE RAIN

(A.M.)

 


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GAZPACHO

MOLOK

(KSCOPE)

Gazpacho

 

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RIVERSIDE

LOVE, FEAR AND THE TIME MACHINE

(INSIDE OUT)

Riverside

 

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THE DEAR HUNTER

ACT IV: REBIRTH IN REPRISE

(EQUAL VISION)

The Dear Hunter

 

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STEVEN WILSON

HAND. CANNOT. ERASE.

(KSCOPE)

Steven Wilson

 

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BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME

COMA ECLIPTIC

(METAL BLADE)

Between the Buried and Me

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