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Was the battle as close as last year's? Who of Peter Gabriel, Steven Wilson, Tesseract, Periphery, Extreme, Haken, Metallica, Avenged Sevensold, Neal Morse, Riverside won album of the year?
CALGEPO - 24.01.2024 -
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Soilwork, Journey, Red Mourning, Dirty Shirt and Soup made up the top 5 of 2022. Above all, it's worth remembering that the battle between the first two was extremely close!

This year once again offered us a huge number of albums, from the return of Peter Gabriel, Extreme and Metallica to the regulars Neal Morse, Riverside and Haken...., the choice was hard. But like every year, this year's rankings are full of surprises!

And what a surprise ! An unexpected album took the place of best album of the year, coming straight from the United States with a virtual plebiscite, leaving the competition well behind.


NOSPÛN - Opus - 36 points

We weren't expecting it, but
Nospün have managed the feat of climbing to the top of last December's charts with their debut album, and above all winning the title of record of the year. "Although the influences of Dream Theater and Haken are obvious, Nospūn transcends them to create their own sound identity with this "Opus", an exceptional musical feat. Blessed with dazzling technical mastery, a coherent musical narrative and bold creativity, this album stands as a major work of the year 2023" (Rhum1 had the nose for it)

"A major work that should go down in history" (Gyvy)

"The progressive metal slap in the face of the year" (Newf)

"An inventive, melodic (...) and exciting prog metal debut" (Struck)





TESSERACT - War Of Being  - 22 points

After a 5-year absence, TesseracT are back at the top of their game with 'War Of Being', a gateway to Djent.
"War Of Being" is such a rich album that it's hard to get bored. It's also hard to do anything else while listening, so much so that you want to follow the story being told. A marvel to be listened to relentlessly" (Gyvy)

"The constant balance between technique and melody makes this the perfect prog djent album. (Newf)

"A perfect balance between scream and clean vocals and, my goodness, what a sound!" (ProgRacer)

"TesseracT offers an immersive musical experience" (Rhum1)




UNITOPIA - Seven Chambers - 20 points

"Mark Trueack and Sean Timms seem to have realised this after a few years apart, uniting their creativity for a Unitopia album that was long overdue. Unitopia have made a masterly comeback with a dense, melodically rich album that also has its fair share of surprises and new material. Unitopia belongs to the closed circle of great progressive bands". (Abbadon)

"Seven Chambers" is a generous album of lush, melodious and inventive progressive music. (Corto1809)

"Perfect vocals, tasty melodies and ambitious composition" (ProgRacer)






PERIPHERY V Djent Is Not A Genre 13 points

"Periphery return with an inventive and eclectic seventh album, all in a genre they invented themselves. An album bursting with energy and originality that won't go unnoticed. "Djent is not a genre, it is a lifestyle" (Gyvy)

"A musical experiment rich in detail and bold arrangements, using elements of progressive metal, djent and jazz" (Rhum1)

"A monstrous album where each track is an essential slap in the face" (Struck)




PETER GABRIEL I/O 12 points

For a year, Peter Gabriel distilled the 12 tracks that make up 'I/O' every full moon. It was an unexpected comeback, and one that almost paid off.

"I/O" ranks alongside the Archangel's best albums". (Corto 1809)

"This album is simply sublime. Archangel spreads his wings again" (Calgepo)

"A winning return for the great Peter Gabriel. So eagerly awaited that we can't put it anywhere but at number 1" (TonyB)





A Top 5 balanced between progressive and metal, even progressive metal, reflecting the tastes of the reviewers who make up the editorial team of your favourite website. And you, what are your albums of the year?

The rest of the ranking

8 points

ANGRA Cycles Of Pain

KK'PRIEST The Sinner Rides Again

METALLICA 72 Seasons


7 points

OVERHEAD Telepathic Minds

THE DAMNED Darkaledic

THE ANCHORET It All Began With Loneliness

DOMKRAFT Sonic Moons

NEAL MORSE The Dreamer : Joseph Part One

INSOMNIUM Anno 1696

REVOLUTION SAINTS Eagle Flight

ENFORCER Nostalgia

PSYGNOSIS Mercury

AYRON JONES Chronicles of The Kid


6 points

AVENGED SEVENFOLD Life Is But A Dream


5 points

RIVERSIDE I.D.entity

Il BACIO DELLA MEDUSA Imilla

HUMULUS Flowers Of Death

LUCA SCHERANI Everything's Changing

ROBERT JON & THE WRECK Ride Into The Light

DELAIN Dark Waters

SCAR SYMMETRY The Singularity (Phase II : Xenotaph)

KARNATAKA Requiem Of A Dream

INHALER Cuts & Bruises


3 points

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE In Times New Roman

PRIMORDIAL How It Ends

HAKEN  Fauna

CROWNE Operation Phoenix

HYPNO5E Sheol

CREEPER Sanguivore


2 points

ADVENT HORIZON A Cell To Call Home

THE SPACELORDS Nectar Of The Gods

OGIVES La Mémoire Des Orages

EXTREME Rise

GOV'T MULE Peace… Like A River

ART NATION Inception

THE WINERY DOGS III

CATTLE DECAPITATION Terrasite

THE OCEAN Holocene

SLEEP TOKEN Take Me Back To Eden

WINGER Seven 

GOROD The Orb

STEVEN WILSON The Harmony Codex

GRETA VAN FLEET Starcatcher


1 point

ENTER SHIKARI A Kiss For The Whole World

ANASAZI Cause & Consequence

CONQUER DIVIDE Slow Burn

INNER PROSPEKT Canvas Three

KAMELOT The Awakening

EMPYRE Relentless

PLINI Mirage

TILL LINDEMANN Zunge

MAMMOTH WVH Mammoth II

STORMHAVEN Blindsight

THE SILENCERS Silent Highway

GODSMACK Lightning Up The Sky



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(4) COMMENT(S)  
 
 
KINGEDDIE
28/01/2024
 
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Je suis hors -sol mais j'assume totalement : j'ai surtout retenu le retour de Sortilège et son très reussi Apocalypse, l'incontournable Eclipse avec Megalomanium, le peut-être dernier album de Winery Dogs avec le départ de Portnoy, le live de Harlem Lake ( totalement inconnu de MW!) Volition Live et une pépite découverte avec un an de retard les britanniques de Brave Rival et leur excellent Life's Machine ...ite missa est
TOWNSEND LE DEVIN
27/01/2024
 
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Oups j'ai oublié l'immense album de Riverside et le très bon Voyager
TOWNSEND LE DEVIN
26/01/2024
 
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Incroyable de voir que quelqu'un d'autre connait Dave Matthews.... Me concernant 2023 n'a rien donné d'intéressant en Métal, hormis le Porcupine tree, pas vraiment métal, le Conium de Sede Vacante, pas vraiment de 2023 mais découvert tardivement, et enfin le IX de Host, ainsi que Die Zukunft de Apoptose. Plein de découvertes sinon mais d'anciens albums
NUNO777
24/01/2024
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Faudra que je réécoute plus attentivement le Nospun. Il ne m'avait pas laissé une forte impression en tant que mosaïque (bien réalisée, certes) de nombreux groupes.
En mémoire du bon vieux temps, je livre ici les albums de 2023 que j'ai le plus écouté, sans ordre particulier :

Dave Matthews Band
Peter Gabriel
Rival Sons (une préférence pour "Lightbringer")
Foo Fighters
Ribozyme
Mice On Stilts
Seven Impale
Advent Horizon (seule vraie découverte de l'année)
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