I’m sure that many of you have looked forward to this episode! Check out some of the greatest instrumental prog records of 2016!
Cartoon Theory – Planet Geisha
I’m a simple man: I see Travis Orbin playing drums on a project, I press play. But Cartoon Theory is much more than that. Great riffs and an interesting aesthetic define the distinctive style of this great record.
Toska – Ode To The Author
Toska is basically the instrumental section of UK-based prog/alternative metal band Dorje (fronted by Rob Chapman, founder of the nowadays famous Chapman Guitars), with Rabea Massaad, who is best known for his work with Andertons TV (‘Sounds like…without busting the bank’, for example). These guys created an amazing riff-orientated and well-written songs which a really unique style. Looking forward to hear more from them in the future!
Geph – Geph
When I first heard about the concept of this band (two Chapman Sticks and one drum set), I suggested this band is just a gimmick. Surprisingly, this record absolutely blew me away with its amazing songwriting and excellent ideas. More on the fusion side of instrumental prog, this is just excitement in every note!
Sithu Aye – Set Course For Andromeda
One of the most respected artists in the whole instrumental prog released his best album to date.
A Great Adventure Or Nothing – A Great Adventure Or Nothing
Overlooked and rough around the edges, this record is a hidden gem. Don’t miss this if you’re interested in non-conventional songwriting and sounds!
Plini – Handmade Cities
I don’t have to say anything about that, right?
Emil Lamppu – Under The Open Sky
Another great hidden gem. Emil Lamppu created some amazing songs, filled with with his great feeling for melodies and sounds.
Kylver – The Island
I’m so glad that their are some original instrumental prog artists out there. For years, so many Plini-copycats popped out and this style lost its mojo a bit. Kylver is more into classic prog rock and creates magnificent and intriguing soundscapes for every proghead out there!
Scoredatura – Tense
Meaty tones, great riffing, and heavy, organic sound. If that’s not enough for you, Scoredatura offers you odd time signatures and dope-ass grooves. Sold?
Joel Lindfors – Shift
Way above the average bedroom solo project. This record is packed with creativity, heavy guitars and wonderful ideas. Joel Lindfors (who is also part of Oceill) manages the right balance between heaviness and sweet melodies in an extraordinary way.
Dysrhythmia – The Veil Of Control
Colin Marston ftw. I know, this record is not in the vein with the rest on that article, but an awesome instrumental prog record nonetheless. Different, but awesome.
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