We have a decade to summarize here. So without no further ado, here’s the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the cherry on the cake. These albums have made it to the top of the progressive rock community ratings and reviews:
1) Wobbler – From Silence to Somewhere
2) All Traps on Earth – A Drop of Light
3) Steven Wilson – Hand.Cannot.Erase
4) Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing
5) Anglagard – Viljans Öga
6) IQ – The Road of Bones
7) Camel – The Snow Goose (Re-Recording)
8) Steven Wilson – Grace for Drowning
9) Discipline – To Shatter All Accord
10) Phideaux – Snowtorch
11) Big Big Train – English Electric, Part I
12) Haken – The Mountain
13) Motorpsycho – The Death-Defying Unicorn
14) Opeth – Pale Communion
15) iamthemorning – ~
16) Haken – Visions
17) Anekdoten – Till All the Ghosts are Gone
18) Anubis – Tower of Silence
19) Big Big train – English Electric, Part II
20) Riverside – Love, Fear and the Time Machine
From the top 20 prog albums we can learn that Steven Wilson is the most notable progressive rock artist of the last decade, with three albums in the final chart (an amazing achievement). Also, the band Haken is the most meaningful group to emerge from the UK prog scene in the last 10 years.
Personally, I don’t agree with the #1 spot acquired by the Wobbler band. It’s a cute band with a cute album, but it seems like Wilson or Haken should have occupied the apex of the decade.
The debut album by “All Traps on Earth” was a huge surprise out of nowhere. Clearly this is an offspring of the Anglagard camp, but nonetheless it’s a magnificent work of art, made in the dark studio for almost five years.
A note about IQ (#6 on the list) – the long-standing UK group have hit “album of the year” award with their 2019 masterpiece, “Resistance” (2-CD), arguably their best work ever.
Sweden & the UK seem to dominate the list, with a few exceptions here and there (USA, Norway and Poland).
Wishing you all a happy new prog-rock decade, with many more exciting albums to enjoy.