Back in the summer, I worried that 2018 would prove a very slow and quiet year for progressive rock, perhaps a moment of what the Old Testament would have called “Selah.”
2018 is now a month past its halfway mark, and the year is somewhere in its middle age, and it will only continue to age until that fateful day, December 31, inevitably comes.
From the perspective of progressive rock, it’s been a solid year, but not an outstanding year–at least in terms of studio releases. Certainly, those released–from The Fierce and the Dead to Gazpacho to the Kalman Filter to Galahad to 3RDegree–have been excellent, to be sure. But, they’ve been few, especially compared to the re-releases and re-mastered and re-packaged.
Perhaps, 2018, in the end, will prove to be a moment of all of us catching our collective breath. Maybe what the Old Testament called “Selah,” pause.
I’m very glad, as of October 2018, to have been quite wrong. Since July, a lot of greatness has happened. In no particular order, here are the best albums released thus far (or close to it) since July.
- Glass Hammer, CHROMONONAUT. Perfect.
- NAO, GRIND SHOW. Spectacular.
- Riverside, WASTELAND. Haunting.
- Oak, FALSE MEMORY ARCHIVE. Stunning.
- Sanguine Hum, NOW WE HAVE POWER. Sublime.
- Nosound, ALLOW YOURSELF. Intelligent.
- Haken, VECTOR. Crisp.
- Shineback, DIAL. Playful.
- IAMTHEMORNING, OCEAN SOUNDS. Quality.
And, we still have the new Flower Kings to look forward to.
Am I missing anything else for the second half of 2018?