DPRPoll 2013

Below you will find an evaluation of the 2013 poll results.

As always we have a number of great prizes to be raffled among the entrants. DPRP would like to thank all the labels and artists who generously donated prizes.

Participants

The number of participants in the 2013 poll was 431.

#CountryVotesPercentage
1United Kingdom8720.18%
2Netherlands6815.77%
3United States5913.68%
4Canada24 5.56%
5Italy21 4.87%
#AgeVotesPercentage
110 - 1971.62%
220 - 29276.26%
330 - 395813.45%
440 - 4915535.96%
550 - 5912729.46%
660 - 69163.71%
770 - 7910.23%

After last year's 723 entries (the highest response in a number of years) the 431 for this year is a big disappointment. This drop is no doubt driven, at least in part, by some of the difficulties faced by DPRP in 2013. But despite this, we would like to offer a huge 'Thank You' to those who took the time to get involved and there are clearly still plenty of people out there enjoying Prog. Hopefully 2014 will see DPRP re-group and go from strength to strength.

With a fall in the number of votes coming from each of the countries we generally find at the top of the list, the Dutch vote returned to the second highest, the U.K. becoming the most responsive country with the U.S.A. dropping from first to third after a strong showing last year. Italy replaces Sweden and joins Canada in the top 5. Two thirds of the vote came from Europe this time, an increase on last year, with a small drop in percentage terms of votes coming from the Americas. That said 20% of the vote came from North America in 2013.

This year saw another slight increase in the percentage of the vote coming from teenage listeners which is encouraging, despite the vote of those in their 20s and 30s falling. Most of our respondents remain in their 40s, as has been the case for a long time now, and the percentage of people this age is increasing. The vote of people in their 50s and 60s has also increased and we have a voter in their 70s too. As a group we are again getting older, which is a shame but possibly not surprising, and the average of those who chose to give their age is now 45.08 years, up from 44.64 last year and 42.44 in 2011.

The age range this year is even wider than ever with voters between the ages of 16 to 73 - a span of 57 years!

Best Albums

This year 507 different albums received votes, down on last year but still a very high number of releases that shows the breadth of listening amongst our readers and the huge array of genre related albums produced in what has turned out to be another great year for Prog. Below you will find the Top 10.

Links have been provided to the DPRP reviews of these albums.

NrBand AlbumVotes PercentageWeighted Points
01Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) 24556.84%1997
02Spock's Beard Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep149 34.57%917
03Fish A Feast Of Consequences 13130.39%892
04Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves 14032.48%830
05Haken The Mountain 12829.69%827
06Big Big Train English Electric (Part Two) 12228.30%814
07The Flower Kings Desolation Rose 13932.25%737
08Ayreon The Theory Of Everything 11626.91%694
09Sound Of Contact Dimensionaut 11225.98%612
10Magenta The Twenty Seven Club 8219.02%467
11Dream Theater Dream Theater85 19.72%445
12Moon Safari Himlabacken Vol.174 17.16%444
13The Tangent Le Sacré Du Travail 7417.16%374
14Lifesigns Lifesigns 6215.77%361
15Big Big Train English Electric: Full Power44 10.20%335
16Comedy Of Errors Fanfare & Fantasy 429.74%259
17Airbag The Greatest Show On Earth45 10.44%221
18La Maschera Di Cera Le Porte Del Domani / The Gates Of Tomorrow 34 7.88%220
19Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith 23 5.33%173
20Cosmograf The Man Left In Space 317.19%170
21Anathema Universal 235.33%154
22Days Between Stations In Extremis 23 5.33%152
23Némo Le Ver Dans Le Fruit 286.49%150
24Amplifier Echo Street 296.72%142
25Deep Purple Now What?! 235.33%124

First, some quick explanations about the calculations. 'Votes' are the number of people who voted for a specific album, regardless if it was their number 1 or number 10. 'Percentage' is the percentage of all participants that voted for an album. The 'Weighted Points' are calculated based on the ranking of the (max) 10 albums the participants voted for; their number 1 got 10 points, number 2 got 9 points, etc. 'Weighted Points' is the sum of these points.

Not much of a surprise, Steven Wilson's The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) tops this years poll with the highest number of individual votes received, 245 - well over half the respondents voted for in at some point in their Top 10. It also equates to the highest weighted score and double that received for its nearest rival, Spock's Beard's Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep. Fish' latest release proved popular, as did albums from Riverside and Haken. In fact Riverside's Shrine Of New Generation Slaves (along with The Flower Kings' Desolation Rose, their second poll entry in two years) polled more individual votes than Fish but lost out on the weighted position. The rest of the Top 10 all polled a similar number of individual votes.

Last year Big Big Train topped the poll with the first part of their English Electric. Part Two came in at number 6 this time but the combined score for Part Two and the Full Power set, which includes both parts of English Electric, would have pushed it up number 2 so another fine result for Big Big Train.

Despite the issues faced, DPRP has reviewed all but three of the albums making the Top 25, the ones missing being the aforementioned English Electric: Full Power from Big Big Train, Anathema's Universal live set (following up on the success of last year's Weather Systems album) and Airbag's The Greatest Show On Earth. Deep Purple made the list for the first time with almost every entry coming from a European act, The U.S. represented by only Spock's Beard, Dream Theater and Days Between Stations (plus a portion of Sound Of Contact!

Best DVDs

NrBandDVDVotesPercentageWeighted Points
01Anathema Universal 8920.64% 228
02 Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith 95 22.04%226
03 RushClockwork Angels Tour 5011.60% 113
04 MarillionBrave Live 2013 37 8.58%88
05 Dream TheaterLive At Luna Park 39 9.04%80
06 Arena Rapture 306.96% 54
07 Steven Wilson Drive Home 225.10% 47
08 Flying Colors Live In Europe245.56% 44
09 Neal MorseLive Momentum 22 5.10%44
10 Lazuli Live @ L'Abeille Rôde 194.40% 41

In total 69 different DVDs received votes.

Very close at the top here with two DVDs running away with it. Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith polled the most individual votes but just missed out on the top spot to Anathema's Universal by dint of the weighted vote.

Elsewhere, Rush scored well for their Clockwork Angels Tour release. Neal Morse appears twice on the list with his Live Momentum and Flying Colors Live In Europe.

As usual, most of the highest rated DVDs have not (yet!) been reviewed at DPRP. We get far fewer review copies of DVDs than we do CDs and our offering mainly relies on DVDs obtained by the team themselves. Some will hopefully be reviewed on DPRP in the near future but so far we have only featured three of the Top 10, Steve Hackett plus Arena and lazuli.

Best Tracks

Before we go to the list of best individual tracks, let's see which 5 bands got the most votes, regardless of which track.

#BandVotesPercentage
01Steven Wilson18442.69%
02Fish6515.08%
03Big Big Train7216.70%
04Haken4610.67%
05Spock's Beard4510.44%

No surprise here, as usual all the big winners have done well in the album vote but Steven Wilson ran away with it polling almost three times as many votes as his nearest rival, Fish, a total of 42% of all those who voted picking one of his tracks. Despite placing second for their album, Spock's Beard only made fifth place for the number of song votes.

Every track of the six tracks on Steven Wilson's The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) received votes, now let's see where they placed individually.

# Band Track Votes Percentage Weighted Points
01 Steven Wilson The Watchmaker 50 11.60% 121
02 Steven Wilson Luminol 48 11.13% 110
03 Steven Wilson Drive Home 45 10.44% 100
04 Big Big Train East Coast Racer 37 8.58% 79
05 Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused To Sing 32 7.42% 73
06 Fish The High Wood 29 6.72% 69
07 Spock's Beard Something Very Strange 26 6.03% 54
08 Dream Theater Illumination Theory 18 4.17% 40
09 Haken Cockroach King 18 4.17% 39
10 The Flower Kings Tower ONE 13 3.01% 26

Of the 353 tracks voted for this year, four Steven Wilson songs placed in the Top 5 with The Watchmaker placing first, closely followed by Luminol and Drive Home. The most popular track on Big Big Train's English Electric (Part Two) proved to be East Coast Racer at number four. Fish's The High Wood suite scored well but no other act scored more than one song in the Top 10. Once again, as is the Prog way, the longer tracks proved more popular.

This year, more than two thirds of the tracks appearing in the overall list received two or more votes suggesting that quality of a smaller number of songs appealed to voters this year.

Best Artwork

#ArtistBandAlbumVotesPercentage
01 Mark WilkinsonFishA Feast Of Consequences6414.84%
02 Lasse HoileSteven WilsonThe Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)429.74%
03 Silas ToballThe Flower KingsDesolation Rose286.49%
04 Jef BertelsAyreonThe Theory Of Everything214.87%
05 Thomas EwerhardSpock's BeardBrief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep204.64%

In total 78 different albums received votes in the 'Best Artwork' category.

Fish's album impressed here with the artwork of Mark Wilkinson for A Feast Of Consequences very highly regarded. Lasse Hoile's work for Steven Wilson came second, the popularity of his images continuing from previous releases. Silas Toball again rated highly for his work with The Flower Kings, his second placing for them in two years.

Best Concerts

Poll participants voted for 197 different concerts in 2013. To get a clearer picture of which stage performances were most highly regarded last year, we'll first have a look at which of the 84 artists got the most votes, regardless of which concert.

201320122011BandVotes for Best ConcertPercentage
1 3 1 Steven Wilson 48 11.13%
2 29 13 Steve Hackett 27 6.26%
3 41 29 Fish 20 4.64%
4 - - Camel 16 3.71%
1 5 Marillion 16 3.71%

Again unsurprisingly given the number of dates played during the year, Steven Wilson and his band were the clear winners here, showing an amazing consistency over the last three years where they placed third in 2012 and first in 2011. Steve Hackett also backed up the popularity of his Genesis Revisited shows pushing him towards the top of the listing. Fish and Marillion also placed well, the former on the back of his most popular album in some years, the latter building on their live consistency with a third Top 5 in as many years. New to the Top 5 this year after a long absence, Camel's return to the stage has been popular with our readers.

Now let's have a look at which of these 197 gigs got the most individual votes for Best Concert 2013.

#BandWhenWhereVotesPercentage
1Camel26th OctoberRabozal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands71.62%
2Steven Wilson10th NovemberEspace Julien, Marseille, France51.16%
3Camel25th October Oosterpoort, The Netherlands40.92%
Fish6th NovemberThe Assembly, Leamington Spa, U.K.40.92%
Roger Waters8th AugustAmsterdam, The Netherlands40.92%
Steve Hackett10th MayHammersmith Apollo, London, U.K.40.92%
Steve Hackett24th OctoberRoyal Albert Hall, London, U.K.40.92%
Steven Wilson20th OctoberRoyal Albert Hall, London, U.K.40.92%
The Flower / Neal Morse / Transatlantic7th MarchElectric Ballroom, London, U.K.40.92%

The most highly recommended concert of 2013 was the Amsterdam stop on Camel's re-emergence tour in The Netherlands. They also placed for the show in Oosterport the night before. Steve Hackett and Steven Wilson also had two shows in the extended Top 5, in the U.K. and France. Fish's convention show in the U.K. also placed well along with Roger Waters' The Wall arena show in The Netherlands and the much smaller scale show featuring The Flower Kings, Neal Morse with his band and Transatlantic in London.

Best Newcomer

#BandVotes Percentage
1Sound Of Contact8720.18%
2Lifesigns306.96%
3Maschine163.71%
4Not A Good Sign92.08%
5Bruce Soord & Jonas Renkse71.62%

This year 80 different bands and artists were voted for Best Newcomer, a similar number to recent years.

Top votes for this year's newcomer, by some distance, went to Sound Of Contact whose Dimensionaut album was very well received. Lifesigns, Maschine and Not A Good Sign also placed well alongside the new collaboration from The Pineapple Thief's Bruce Soord with Jonas Renkse from Katatonia.

Once again there is plenty of new talent emerging along with new formations involving better known names.

Biggest Disappointment

Many different albums, gigs, incidents, etc., received votes for 'biggest disappointment' of 2013. We grouped the votes until they referred to a more specific album, gig, event or incident which does generalise some of the more specific points but makes it easier to rank them in some kind of order. Have a look at the full list HERE to see some of the more individual disappointment.

#DisappointmentVotesPercentage
1Dream Theater - 'Dream Theater' album337.65%
2Blackfield - 'IV' album102.32%
3Ayreon - 'The Theory Of Everything' album61.39%
4Spock's Beard - 'Brief Nocturnes & Dreamless Sleep' album51.16%
Porcupine Tree - No reformation51.16%

Far out in front as the biggest disappointment of the year is the self-titled twelfth studio album from Dream Theater and it is generally albums that rate highly in this category. Ayreon and Spock's Beard scored high as disappointments despite both making the Top 25 albums of the year.

The Top 10 also included the latest albums from The Tangent and Queensrhÿche's Geoff Tate but other issues included the lack of a Porcupine Tree reformation, no new album from Phideaux and the cancellation of gigs by Sound Of Contact.

As usual the deaths of prominent figures within music featured among the 115 disappointments, including guitarist Peter Banks (Yes / Flash), artist Storm Thorgerson, Renaissance's Michael Dunford, Kevin Ayres, composer John Tavener and Caravan's Richard Coughlan.

Biggest Happening

As a balance to 'Biggest Disappointment' we asked participants what they thought was the best thing to happen to Prog in 2013.

#HappeningVotesPercentage
1 Camel - Back from hiatus and touring 36 8.35%
2 Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited Tour 35 8.12%
3 Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)album and Tour 17 3.94%
4 Transatlantic - Announcement of new tour and Album 12 2.78%
5 Night Of The Prog VIII Festival, Loreley, Germany 11 2.55%

Camel and the return of Andy Latimer after illness was the big news for many, but Steve Hackett's well received Genesis Revisited tour also scored highly. Future events such as the announcement of new music and shows from Transatlantic (which polled slightly more votes than the announcement of a reconstituted King Crimson) and perennial favourites like the Night Of The Prog Festival at Loreley in Germany scored well.

Many live shows, tours, festivals and events featured in the 87 entries showing that live Prog is still important to many fans.

Best Individual Performances

In this section we asked people what they thought was the best musical performance on a studio album in 2013. As usual we received lots of different suggestions, too many to evaluate in great detail, but for a change this year we decided to highlight the top 3 in each category with a brief discussion of each vote. The full results for each category are linked below each section.

Best Guitarist

# Musician Band Album Votes Percentage
1 Guthrie Govan Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) 41 9.51%
2 Roine Stolt The Flower Kings Desolation Rose 25 5.80%
3 John Petrucci Dream Theater Dream Theater 19 4.40%

On the back of the well received album and tour, Steven Wilson band guitarist Guthrie Govan topped the poll by some margin ahead of Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings with a tie for third between Dream Theater's John Petrucci and Chris Fry of Magenta. Guthrie also scored for his work on The Aristocrats' Culture Clash album.

Best Keyboardist

# Musician Band Album Votes Percentage
1 Andy Tillison The Tangent Le Sacré Du Travail 33 7.65%
2 Adam Holzman Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) 24 5.56%
3 Jordan Rudess Dream Theater Dream Theater 17 3.94%

The Tangent's Andy Tillison came out on top of the Keyboardist poll with Steven Wilson and Dream Theater doing well in the shapes of Adam Holzman and Jordan Rudess. Rudess has three entries, also appearing as part of Levin Minnemann Rudess and as part of Ayreon's The Theory Of Everything. Not far behind the Top 3 come Rob Reed of Magenta and Sound Of Contact's Dave Kerzner.

Best Vocalist

# Musician Band Album Votes Percentage
1 David Longdon Big Big Train English Electric (Part Two) 36 8.35%
2 Fish Fish A Feast Of Consequences 22 5.10%
Ted Leonard Spock's Beard Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep 22 5.10%

Another big winner here with David Longdon rising from third last year to topping the poll in 2013. With two entries in the form of English Electric (Part Two) and Full Power David would have been even further ahead at the top had both entries been combined. A tie for second between Fish and Ted Leonard of Spock's Beard with Magenta's Christina Booth and Steven Wilson not far behind.

Best Drummer

# Musician Band Album Votes Percentage
1 Marco Minnemann Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) 65 15.08%
2 Nick D'Virgilio Big Big Train English Electric (Part Two) 24 5.56%
3 Mike Mangini Dream Theater Dream Theater 20 4.64%

A huge winner here and another high score for an instrumentalist from Steven Wilson's band, Marco Minnemann not only polled almost three times as many votes as his nearest rival but also appears in the list two further times with Levin Minnemann Rudess and The Aristocrats (but that's still one fewer than last year!). Again scoring well for both versions of Big Big Train's album, Nick D'Virgilio comes in second with Dream Theater's Mike Mangini still impressing listeners in third.

Best Bassist

# Musician Band Album Votes Percentage
1 Nick Beggs Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) 69 16.00%
2 Jonas Reingold The Flower Kings Desolation Rose 29 6.72%
3 Mariusz Duda Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves 23 5.33%

A near clean sweep for Steven Wilson in the instrumental categories as Nick Beggs finishes way out in front at the top. He also comes in fourth as part of Lifesigns. The Flower Kings' Jonas Reingold is a familiar name in these polls and he comes in second with an additional vote for him as part of The Tangent. Mariusz Duda of Riverside completes the Top 3.

DPRP Comments

As we have already said, a massive 'Thank You' to everyone who took the time to submit entries to this year's DPRPoll and congratulations to every one of the artists noted above and, indeed, everyone who received votes.

We have received many comments from voters regarding the work of DPRP and I'll take a moment to round up the main points.

Despite 2013 being a difficult year for DPRP on many fronts, we have received many positive comments again this time and we thank you all for that. It is nice to receive positivity for something that we enjoy doing and I hope that we will be able to improve in the coming year.

As for the areas where readers feel that we need to improve, we will see what we can do and appreciate the feedback. We have received comments regarding site content and areas we could look to improve, including future polls. The downturn during 2013 in News and Reviews was noted but we are striving to keep moving in the right direction on this and hope that you are already seeing a marked improvement. Also, many mourned the hiatus in Andy Read's DPRP Radio.

So, there it is for another year. Thanks again to all who participated and here's to a great 2014 in the world of Prog!

You can also check out what the DPRP Team voted for themselves.