OK, so, we're well into 2017 I guess. Anyone who knows what their favourites are?
Here's my ever changing list (The first four are pretty solid again):1. (The) Neal Morse (Band) - "The Similitude Of A Dream"I absolutely love the Neal Morse album. It's like a 'best of' album, with every aspect of Neal Morse present. Two hours are gone in what seems like minutes!2. Big Big Train - "Folklore"Big Big Train is again very high on the list. These guys are among the big ones today. I just don't understand why they aren't more popular here in the room. They have Nick D'Virgilio (ex-Spock's Beard) and Rikard Sjöblom (ex-Beardfish) as full members.3. Frost* - "Falling Satellites"The new Frost* is also a grower. I liked it at first listen, but it really opened up to me after a few listens. I think it's their best album to date, best of both worlds (these worlds being Milliontown and EIMA).4. Haken - "Affinity"I like where they are going. This band is BIG now! Really like the clever 'symbiotic' way of merging 80's sounds and (djent) metal.5. Opeth - "Sorceress"They're doing their best 70's Hard Rock imitation and it's really well done!
6. Circus Maximus - "Havoc"
7. Huis - "Neither In Heaven"
8. Karmakanic - "Dot"
9. Redemption - "The Art Of Loss"
10. Dream Theater - "The Astonishing"
I also have albums by Steven Wilson, Glass Hammer, Marillion, Fates Warning, Riverside, and Anderson/Stolt. Also, just got my copy of The Dear Hunter in the mailbox today.
While these have their (sometimes excellent) moments, overall, I get not as much enjoyment out of them. Or I just don't know them well enough yet. Still figuring it out.
Also, there are some bands that I have listened to on a regular basis, but don't have the physical copy yet: Kaipa DaCapo, Devin Townsend, Cirrus Bay, Radiohead and indeed Evership. Probably more, but can't think of them now. I'm mostly still in discovery phase with these as well.
So, in a few weeks, my top 10 could be very different.
And 2017 seems to be a very interesting year too...