Matt’s TOP 5 ALBUMS of 2013 (in order of personal favorites):

1. La Maschera di Cera – Le porte del domani

2. Not a Good Sign – Not a Good Sign

3. Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing

4. Ayreon – The Theory of Everything

5. The Tangent – Le Sacre Du Travail

 

TOP 10 SONGS of 2013 (in rough order)

1. “The Watchmaker” – Steven Wilson (from The Raven that Refused to Sing)

2. “Ritorno dal nulla” – La Maschera di Cera (from Le porte del domani)

3. “Phase 1: Singularity” – Ayreon (from The Theory of Everything)

4. “Witchcraft by a Picture” – Not a Good Sign (from Not a Good Sign)

5. “Finale/Arise!/Great Kingdom” – The Psychedelic Ensemble (from The Tale of the Golden King)

6. “Tower One” – The Flower Kings (from Desolation Rose)

7. “All is One” – Orphaned Land (from All is One)

8. “Morning Journey & Arrival” – The Tangent (from Le Sacre du Travail)

9. “Foe” – Leprous (from Coal)

10. “Not a Good Sign” – Not a Good Sign (from Not a Good Sign)

 

BEST…

-Best Debut Band/Album: Not a Good Sign – Not a Good Sign

-Best Male Vocals: This one’s a tie between…

Alessio Calandriello – La Coscienza di Zeno – Sensitivita / Not a Good Sign – Not a Good Sign

Einar Solberg – Leprous – Coal

-Best Female Vocals: Elaine Di Falco – Empty Days – “In Darkness Let Me Dwell”

-Best Keyboard Solos: Anonymous – The Psychedelic Ensemble – The Tale of the Golden King

-Best Keyboard Arrangements: Paolo ‘Ske’ Botta – Not a Good Sing – Not a Good Sign

-Best Guitars – Roine Stolt – The Flower Kings – Desolation Rose

-Best Drums – Martino Malacrida – Not a Good Sign – Not a Good Sign

-Best Bass – Jonas Reingold – The Tangent – Le Sacre Du Travail / The Flower Kings – Desolation Rose

Best Lyrics – Andy Tillison – The Tangent – Le Sacre Du Travail

Best Live DVD – Neal Morse – Live Momentum

Best Avant-Prog/RIO: Mirthkon – Snack(s)

Best Prog Metal: Leprous – Coal

 

OTHER RANDOM CATEGORIES…

Personal Highlight of the Year – Anglagard at Baja Prog

Nobel Peace Prize of Prog: Orphaned Land – All is One

Strangest Album Title/Concept: Fright Pig – Out of the Barnyard

Most Immersive Album: Ayreon – The Theory of Everything

The Ultimate to Geek Out Over: Ayreon – The Theory of Everything

Most Overrated Album: Dream Theater – Dream Theater