Best Prog Albums of 2018…so far

A look at some of the year’s best prog albums so far.

2018 has been another stellar year so far. There has been the return of some long-time groups and a few fantastic debuts. Here are just a few of the great studio albums we have enjoyed so far with more to come.

 

Spock’s Beard – Noise Floor: The long-time prog legends return with their 13th studio album which is one of  the best of their 30 year career.

 

Gazpacho – Soyuz: Another brilliant offering from the atmospheric Norway proggers.

 

Kino – Radio Voltaire:  John Mitchell, Pete Trewavas, and Craig Blundell release a solid follow-up to their debut album 13 years ago.

 

The Sea Within – self-titled:  The newest supergroup with Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Daniel Gildenlow, Marco Minnemann, Tom Brislin, and Casey McPherson present the self-titled debut album with something for every type of prog fan.

 

The Reign of Kindo – Happy However After: A fun and entertaining album full of brilliant playing and melodies with a grand mix of pop, prog and funk.

 

Umphrey’s McGee – it’s not us:  The jam band veterans up their game on this release and showcase their ability to do a little bit of everything from metal to jazz to bluegrass.

 

Fernando Perdomo – Out to Sea: A beautiful instrumental album that feels and sounds like it’s from 1972.

 

Perfect Beings – Vier: The third album from this LA-based group is as prog as it gets with plenty of experimentation, vocals harmonies, incredible musicianship and unique songwriting.

 

Gleb Kolyadin – self-titled: The iamthemorning keyboardist’s first solo album is a great showcase for his impressive talents with notable guest appearances from the likes of Jordan Rudess and Steve Hogarth.

 

We Came From Space – While You Were Away: Neal Morse Band keyboardist Bill Hubauer’s group mixes multiple influences from prog to power pop to rock for one of the year’s biggest surprises.

 

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