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The Staff's Top Picks of 2023

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Summarized List Of The Top 50 CDs, From All Of The SoT Staff

Pete Pardo
Michael Popke
Steven Reid
Eric Porter
Brandon Miles
Jon Neudorf
Simon Bray
Chris Reid


PETER PARDO

Top 75 Albums of 2023

1. Uriah Heep : Chaos & Colour
2. Cirith Ungol : Dark Parade
3. Overkill : Scorched
4. Metal Church : Congregation of Annihilation
5. Witchskull : The Serpent Tide
6. Jordsjo : Salighet
7. Church of Misery : Born Under a Mad Sign
8. Rival Sons : Lightbringer
9. Rival Sons : Darkfighter
10. The Chronicles of Father Robin : The Songs & Tales of Airoea - Book 1
11. KK’s Priest : The Sinner Rides Again
12. Elegant Weapons : Horns for a Halo
13. The Rolling Stones : Hackney Diamonds
14. Enslaved : Heimdal
15. Kamelot : The Awakening
16. Winery Dogs : III
17. Haken : Fauna
18. Jethro Tull : RökFlöte
19. Arjen Lucassen’s Supersonic Revolution : Golden Age of Music
20. Tusmorke : Hestehoven
21. Agusa : Prima Materia
22. Ice Age : Waves of Loss and Power
23. Margarita Witch Cult : Margarita Witch Cult
24. Max Boogie Overdrive : Stoned Again
25. Moon Coven : Sun King
26. Mondo Drag : Through the Hourglass
27. Immortal : War Against All
28. Winger : Seven
29. Cannibal Corpse : Chaos Horrific
30. Riverside : ID.Entity
31. Baroness : Stone
32. Moon Safari : Himlabacken - Vol. 2
33. Primordial : How It Ends
34. Tygers of Pan Tang : Bloodline
35. Trevor Rabin : Rio
36. Giobia : Acid Disorder
37. Angra : Cycles of Pain
38. Glass Hammer : Arise
39. Hippie Death Cult : Helichrysum
40. Dopelords : Songs for Satan
41. Matteo Mancuso : The Journey
42. Alice Cooper : Road
43. Drift Lab : Moonlight
44. Black Rainbows : Superskull
45. The Golden Grass : Life is Much Stranger
46. Siena Root : Revelations
47. Ne Obliviscaris : Exul
48. Blood Ceremony : The Old Ways Remain
49. Smokey Mirror : Smokey Mirror
50. Primal Fear : Code Red
51. Pat Metheny : Dream Box
52. Hawkwind : The Future Never Waits
53. Lars Fredrik Froislie : Fire Fortellinger
54. Weite : Assemblage
55. Greta Van Fleet : Starcatcher
56. Yawning Balch : Volume 2
57. Peter Gabriel : I/O
58. Saint Karloff : Paleolithic War Crimes
59. Spirit Adrift : Ghost at the Gallows
60. Tanith : Voyage
61. Witchthroat Serpent : Trove of Oddities at the Devil's Doorway
62. Agitation Free : Momentum
63. 1782 : Clamor Luciferi
64. Robin Trower : Joyful Sky
65. Crown Lands : Fearless
66. Duskwood : The Last Voyage
67. Steve Lukather : Bridges
68. Alcatrazz : Take No Prisoners
69. Metallica : 72 Seasons
70. Mohini Dey : Mohini Dey
71. Devine King : The Divine King Project Vol. 1
72. The Spacelords : Nectar of the Gods
73. Lalu : The Fish Who Wanted to Be King
74. Rain : Radio Silence
75. Aurora Clara : Dreams

Top Live Albums

Sherinian - Phillips - Live
Weather Report - Live in Berlin 1971
Oz Noy - Triple Play
The Chick Corea Elektric Band - The Future is Now
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours Live
Beck Bogert Appice - Live in Japan 1973/Live in London 1974
Messa - Live at Roadburn
Temple Fang - Live at Freak Valley
Soft Machine - A Dutch lesson
Genesis - BBC Broadcasts
Transatlantic - The Finale Flight - Live at L’Olympia


MICHAEL POPKE

Best of 2023

1. Ice Age : Waves of Loss and Power
2. D’Virgilio, Morse & Jennings : Sophomore
3. Riverside : ID.Entity
4. Steven Wilson : The Harmony Codex
5. Peter Gabriel : i/o
6. The Winery Dogs : III
7. Theocracy : Mosaic
8. Neal Morse : The Dreamer-Joseph, Pt
9. Wytch Hazel : IV-Sacrament
10. No Love Lost : Last Call
11. Spirit Adrift : Ghost at the Gallows
12. DGM : Life
13. Glass Hammer : Arise
14. Galahad : The Long Goodbye
15. Trevor Rabin : Rio
16. Tesseract : War of Being
17. Robin McAuley : Alive
18. Immortal Guardian : Unite and Conquer
19. Zopp : Dominion
20. Vanishing Kids : Miracle of Death

Honorable Mentions

Arctic Rain : Unity
Steve Lukather : Bridges
Paul Gilbert : The Dio Album
Pattern-Seeking Animals : Spooky Action at a Distance
Winger : Seven

Top 5 Non-Prog/Metal Albums

1. Jason Isbell : Weathervanes
2. The Rolling Stones : Hackney Diamonds
3. Rocket Club : Come On Home
4. Wilder Woods : Fever/Sky
5. Rick Springfield : Automatic

Reissues/Live Albums

1. Looking for Magic : American Power Pop in the Seventies
2. Joe Bonamassa : Tales of Time
3. Various Artists : Intrigue-Steven Wilson Presents : Progressive Sounds in UK Alternative Music
1979-89
4. Genesis : BBC Broadcasts
5. Crow : The Complete Crow


STEVEN REID

Best of 2023

1. Haken : Fauna
2. Ian Hunter : Defiance Part 1
3. Oblivion Protocol : The Fall Of The Shires
4. Tesseract : War Of Being
5. Avenged Sevenfold : Life Is But A Dream…
6. Elegant Weapons : Horns For A Halo
7. Shadows : Out For Blood
8. Flight : Echoes Of Journeys Past
9. Agusa : Prima Materia
10. Therapy? : Hard Cold Fire
11. CJ Wildheart : Spit
12. Angra : Cycles Of Pain
13. Avkrvist : The Approbation
14. PVRIS : Evergreen
15. Uriah Heep : Chaos & Colour
16. The Hives : The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons
17. Jason Bieler & The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra : Postcards From The Asylum
18. Elvenking : Reader Of The Runes - Rapture
19. Giobia : Acid Disorder
20. Lars Frederik Froisle : Fire Fortellinger
21. Riverside : ID.ENTITY
22. Thumos : Symposium
23. Burning Witches : The Dark Tower
24. Winger : Seven
25. Nothing But Thieves : Dead Club City
26. Kamelot : The Awakening
27. Metal Church : Congregation Of Annihilation
28. Demons Down : I Stand
29. Arjen Anthony Lucassen : Golden Age Of Music
30. Bruce Soord : Luminescence
31. Peter Gabriel : I/O
32. Klassik ’78 : Phantoms
33. Galahad : The Long Goodbye
34. Crown Lands : Fearless
35. Ice Age : Waves Of Loss And Power
36. La Chinga : Primal Forces
37. Pendragon : North Star
38. Zan Zone : Start Where You Stand
39. Molybaron : Something Ominous
40. The Anchoret : It All Began With Loneliness
41. She Burns Red : Out Of Darkness
42. Luke Morley : Songs From The Blue Room
43. Steven Wilson : The Harmony Codex
44. Girlschool : WTFORTYFIVE?
45. Mammoth WVH : II
46. Caravela Escarlate : III
47. Nospun : Opus
48. Lee Small : The Last Man On Earth
49. Tygers Of Pan Tang : Bloodlines
50. Shakin’ Stevens : Re-Set

Reissues / Compilations / Live

1. Thin Lizzy - Live & Dangerous Super Deluxe
2. The Pineapple Thief - How Did We Find Our Way 1999-2006
3. Jethro Tull - Broadsword And The Beast The 40th Anniversary
4. Arc Angel - Arc Angel
5. Neil Young - Chrome Dreams
6. Marillion - Seasons End Deluxe Edition
7. Belinda Carlisle - Decades Volume 1
8. Fish - Wisconsin 1997 The Mid-West Broadcast
9. CJ Wildheart - Kicks
10. TAZ - Volume 1 - Wake Up And Sweat/Volume 2 - Shipwrecked


ERIC PORTER

Top 10 for 2023:

1. Devine King : The Devine King Project, Vol 1
2. Chris Bieniek : Monsteria
3. Mohini Dey : s/t
4. Matteo Mancuso : The Journey
5. Drift Lab : Moonlight
6. The Funky Knuckles : The Way It Is
7. Aurora Clara : Dreams
8. Peter Gabriel : I/O
9. Zopp : Dominion
10. Squeaky Feet : Cause For Alarm

Honorable Mentions

Jordjso �" Salighet
Marie Ginocchio �" Wonderland
Andrew Synowiec �" Fun
SRT �" Vanguards of the Groove
Agusa �" Prima Materia
Markus Venehsalo & Mavon Safia �" Introlation
Vincen Garcia �" Ventura

Live Albums

Sherinian / Phillips �" Live
The Chick Corea Elektric Band �" The Future Is Now
Cory Wong �" The Power Station Tour (East Coast)
Oz Noy �" Triple Play


BRANDON MILES

Top 10 of 2023

1. Twilight Force : At the Heart of Wintervale
2. Sacred Outcry : Towers of Gold
3. Wytch Hazel : IV: Sacrament
4. Elvenking : Reader of the Runes - Rapture
5. Trold : Der var engang...
6. Hellripper : Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags
7. Cirith Ungol : Dark Parade
8. Malokarpatan : Vertumnus Caesar
9. Jag Panzer : The Hallowed
10. Ignea : Dreams of Lands Unseen


JON NEUDORF

Best of 2023

1. Riverside : I.D.entity
2. Haken : Fauna
3. Katatonia : Sky Void Of Stars
4. Hackberry : Breathing Space
5. Samurai Of Prog : Man In The Iron Mask
6. Klone : Meanwhile
7. Dead Quiet : IV
8. Dozer : Drifting In the Endless Void
9. Dopelord : Songs Of Satan
10. Appalooza : The Shining Son
11. Duskwood : The Last Voyage
12. Dead Feathers : Full Circle
13. eMolecule : The Architect
14. Wolfnaut : Return Of The Asteroid
15. Plainride : Plainride
16. The Cryptex : Nimbus
17. Pacha and Pörsti : Sea Of Mirrors
18. Haurun : Wilting Within
19. The One : Sunrise
20. Kinetic Element : Chasing The Lesser Light
21. Firmament : We Don’t Rise We Just Fall
22. Crack The Sky : From the Wood
23. Morass Of Molasses : End All we Know
24. ISON : Stars & Embers
25. Giant Brain : Grade A Gray Day


SIMON BRAY

Top 20 of 2023

1. Elegant Weapons : Horns For a Halo
2. Girlschool : WTFortyfive?
3. Måneskin : Rush!
4. Cirith Ungol : Dark Parade
5. Yes : Mirror to the Sky
6. Romeo's Daughter : Slipstream
7. Steven Wilson : The Harmony Codex
8. Mia x Aly : The Viral Sessions
9. Iron Savior : Firestar
10. Bloodbound : Tales From the North
11. Pride of Lions : Dream Higher
12. Mecca : Everlasting
13. Skindred : Smile
14. Sparks : The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte
15. Uriah Heep : Chaos & Colour
16. Tygers of Pan Tang : Bloodlines
17. Delain : Dark Waters
18. Xandria : The Wonders Still Awaiting
19. The Flood : Hear Us Out
20. Michiru Aoyama : Xyo


CHRIS REID

Top 10 of 2023


1)Voyager - Fearless in Love
2)Haken - Fauna
3)Horrendous- Ontological Mysterium
4)Xoth - Exogalactic
5)Soen �" Memorial
6)Legendary - Time Immortal Wept
7)Acid King - Beyond Vision
8)Dying Fetus - Make Them Beg For Death
9)Cattle Decapitation - Terrasite
10)Ahab - The Coral Tombs

Summarized List Of The Top 50 CDs, From All Of The SoT Staff

1 Cirith Ungol : Dark Parade
2 Elegant Weapons : Horns for a Halo
3 Uriah Heep : Chaos & Colour
4 Riverside : I.D.entity
5 Haken : Fauna
6 Peter Gabriel : I/O
7 Tygers of Pan Tang : Bloodline
8 Girlschool : WTFORTYFIVE?
9 Steven Wilson : The Harmony Codex
10 Ice Age : Waves of Loss and Power
11 Måneskin : Rush!
12 Yes : Mirror to the Sky
13 (tied) Romeo's Daughter : Slipstream
13 (tied) Wytch Hazel : IV: Sacrament
15 Mia x Aly : The Viral Sessions
16 Rival Sons : Darkfighter
17 Iron Savior : Firestar
18 (tied) Bloodbound : Tales From the North
18 (tied) Tesseract : War of Being
20 Elvenking : Reader Of The Runes - Rapture
21 Pride of Lions : Dream Higher
22 Mecca : Everlasting
23 Skindred : Smile
24 (tied) Sparks : The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte
24 (tied) Zopp : Dominion
26 Agusa : Prima Materia
27 Metal Church : Congregation of Annihilation
28 Delain : Dark Waters
29 Xandria : The Wonders Still Awaiting
30 The Flood : Hear Us Out
31 Michiru Aoyama : Xyo
32 Kamelot : The Awakening
33 Matteo Mancuso : The Journey
34 Galahad : The Long Goodbye
35 (tied) Arjen Anthony Lucassen : Golden Age Of Music
35 (tied) Drift Lab : Moonlight
37 Angra : Cycles of Pain
38 Dopelord : Songs Of Satan
39 Trevor Rabin : Rio
40 Glass Hammer : Arise
41 Winger : Seven
42 Giobia : Acid Disorder
43 Spirit Adrift : Ghost at the Gallows
44 Steve Lukather : Bridges
45 Devine King : The Divine King Project Vol. 1
46 (tied) Lars Frederik Froisle : Fire Fortellinger
46 (tied) Mohini Dey : Mohini Dey
48 Duskwood : The Last Voyage
49 Twilight Force : At the Heart of Wintervale
50 (tied) Chris Bieniek : Monsteria
50 (tied) D’Virgilio, Morse & Jennings : Sophomore
50 (tied) Ian Hunter : Defiance Part 1
50 (tied) Sacred Outcry : Towers of Gold
  

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