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Classic Rock – 10 Essential 00s Prog Albums

Posted in List, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock by newmusicexcess on February 27, 2010

Radiohead - Kid A

I have been flicking through the February issue (141) of Classic Rock magazine which I picked up on import. This issue has a section which looks back at the 00s and part of this ‘review’ includes a number of ‘essential albums’ lists. Here’s the one for Prog:

  • Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
  • Porcupine Tree – Deadwing (2005)
  • Opeth – Ghost Reveries (2005)
  • The Mars Volta – Frances The Mute (2005)
  • Van der Graaf Generator – Present (2005)
  • Muse – Black Holes And Revelations (2006)
  • Rush – Snakes And Arrows (2007)
  • Oceansize – Frames (2007)
  • Riverside – Rapid Eye Movement (2007)
  • Dream Theater – Black Clouds And Silver Linings (2009)

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  1. Edgar Saadd said, on February 27, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I found this post while surfing the net for music news. Thanks for sharing will be sure to follow this blog regularly.

  2. Dar said, on March 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Need to leave one of these off so Mew’s “And the Glass-Handed Kites” can squeeze in!

  3. newmusicexcess said, on March 2, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Hey Dar, I like the sound of that.

  4. trratata said, on June 17, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Wow, riverside is one of my favourite band

  5. Nick said, on August 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    While Kid A is a great album, Radiohead’s not prog and neither is Muse. Dream Theater’s been garbage since the 90s and The Mars Volta is prog for teenagers.

    That being said, the others definitely deserve to be up there. But for me VDGG, Rush, and Oceansize are the only choices whose albums I agree on. Obviously it’s all opinions, but I think Blackwater Park should have been there over Ghost Reveries, In Absentia over Deadwing, and Anno Domini High Definition over Rapid Eye Movement.

    • newmusicexcess said, on August 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      I have always found the label ‘prog’ a bit tricky at the best of times. If something is progressive I assume it then gets difficult to define, as the definition is only as good as at the point in time you make the analysis of what is ‘prog’. Being born in the Sixties I have a very different idea of what prog might be than say someone born, say, in the 90’s.

    • Abraxas said, on February 27, 2012 at 6:21 am


    • Ask said, on December 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      I see your point. The list is actually very odd…

  6. J O said, on August 31, 2010 at 6:36 am

    this might win the award for most predictable comment of the year, but where are Tool? undeniably the most acclaimed heavy prog band of the last ten years. surely it doesn’t make sense that in a list of the ten best progressive albums of the decade, there’s Black Holes and Revelations, but no Lateralus?

    • newmusicexcess said, on September 3, 2010 at 6:20 am

      I think I need to dig out the article again. Maybe check out the rationale behind their selections.

    • Elepico said, on November 10, 2012 at 6:30 am

      Yeah, I agree! BH&R was excellent, but wasn’t really prog, and, IMO, Opeth and DT are overrated. Epic, but nowhere near as good as Tool.

  7. pawan said, on September 20, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Where’s LATERALUS?? The album defines prog rock..

    “While Kid A is a great album, Radiohead’s not prog and neither is Muse.”
    totally agree

    ” Dream Theater’s been garbage since the 90s ”
    wtf dude.. they’re awesome.. u just need patience to listen to them.. n if u don’t have that, u can’y possibly call yourself a prog rock enthusiast. But I’m not so sure if Silver Linings deserves top 10, but its surely more “essential” than some of the albums on the list

    “I think Blackwater Park should have been there over Ghost Reveries, In Absentia over Deadwing, and Anno Domini High Definition over Rapid Eye Movement.”
    Well as you said,its just an opinion, but I’d pick Ghost reveries over Blackwater Park. In Abstentia vs Deadwing.. tough one. but I’m slightly tilted towards Deadwing. And agree with you about A.D.H.D. I found it more engrossing than Rapid Eye..

    But I again reiterate my forst point.. The list must have LATERALUS by TOOL.. seriously..
    other things I said are purely opinion..
    Rock on prog rockers \m/

  8. Andrew said, on December 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    This is honestly a sad list. Look at the difference in quality this list and say the best 10 prog albums of the 70s. Prog has really taken a nosedive this decade. And this is coming from a Rush,Porcupine Tree, VDGG and Dream Theater fan.

    Q- No Spock’s Beard?

  9. Vijay said, on September 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Why “Lateralus” by Tool and “Crack The Skye” by Mastodon are not on this list is way beyond me. What a shame. You can easily take out Radiohead and Muse and put in more actually progressive albums.

  10. Sebastián said, on January 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Tool’s Lateralus, Mastodon’s Crack the Skye and Anathema’s A Natural Disaster deserve to be listed. Deadwing is my favorite album and Blackwater Park is better than GR. I don’t get all that Kid A praise and probably never will.

  11. Griffin Han-Lalîme said, on June 5, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Commenting on an article from three years ago, woot. Anyway, I’m appalled at some of the choices (Muse, cough), considering any of the following:
    -The Flower Kings’ “Space Revolver” or “The Sum of No Evil”
    -Spock’s Beard’s “V”
    -The Decemberists’ “Hazards of Love” (or even “The Crane Wife”, arguably)
    -Transatlantic’s “Bridge Across Forever” (or even “The Whirlwind”)
    -King Crimson’s “The Power to Believe”
    -Yes’s “Magnification”
    -ANY Neal Morse work
    -ANY Tool
    -ANY Echolyn

    Also, what is Black Clouds and Silver Linings doing on this list and why did everyone like that album so much? Was it really better than Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence or even Octavarium? 😛

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