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Episode 064: 2020 Mid-Year Roundup with Rune Belsvik Reinås (The Progfiles / The Progspace)

Episode 064: 2020 Mid-Year Roundup with Rune Belsvik Reinås (The Progfiles / The Progspace)

Halfway through the year 2020, Progcast host Dario invited his good friend Rune Belsvik Reinås from Norway back onto the Progcast to discuss the one good thing this year brought aplenty so far: amazing music! While Rune presented his highlights in chronological order, Dario tried to give his picks some sort of vague ranking - but all made sense once we got to the last album, you'll see (or hear rather). 55 albums and EPs mentioned overall - what were your favorite 2020 releases so far?

Below, you can find the individual Best of Lists and, most importantly, Bandcamp Links to the albums that are not on Spotify! Congratulations to our friends in Kyros for taking the halfyear crown we didn't even intend to award and also to Vulkan, Jargon, Green Carnation, Mobius, Conception, Pure Reason Revolution, The Hirsch Effekt & Rannoch for snatching a double mention.

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Listen here to the Spotify Playlist with Rune's favorites!

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Listen here to the Spotify Playlist with Dario's favorite EPs!

Rune's Favorites

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Mobius – “Kala” (Jan 10)

Ihsahn – “Telemark” EP (Feb 14)

Pyramid – “Amnesty” (Feb 24)

Intronaut – “Fluid Existential Inversions” (Feb 28)

Konom – “Prelusion Remixed & Remastered” EP (March 10)

Golden Caves - “Dysergy” (March 14)

Conception – “State of Deception (April 03)

Pure Reason Revolution - “Eupnea” (April 03)

Azusa - “Loop of Yesterdays” (April 10)

Celestial Ember – “Absition” EP (Apr 18)

Green Carnation – “Leaves of Yesteryear” (May 08)

Mekong Delta – “Tales of a Future Past” (May 08)

The Hirsch Effekt – “Kollaps” (May 08)

Vulkan – “Technatura” (May 08)

Ekphrasis – “Weird Interbreeding” (May 15)

Binary Code – “Memento Mori” (May 15)

Rannoch – “Reflections Upon Darkness” (May 25)

Shaman Elephant – “Wide Awake, But Still Asleep” (May 29th)

Jargon – “The Fading Thought” (May 30)

Arabs In Aspic – “Madness and Magic” (June 12)

Jupiter Hollow – “Bereavement” (June 12)

Kyros – “Celexa Dreams” (June 19)



Dario's Favorites

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Kyros  - "Celexa Dreams" (June 19)

Caligula’s Horse - "Rise Radiant" (May 22)

Novena - "Eleventh Hour" (March 06)

Vulkan - "Technatura" (May 08)

Jargon - "The Fading Thought" (May 30)

Katatonia - "City Burials" (April 24)

Jason Kui - "NAKA" (Feb. 14)

Ebonivory - "The Long Dream I" (June 05)

Green Carnation - "Leaves of Yesteryear" (May 08)

Volkor X - "This Is Our Planet Now" (April 10)

Martin Grech - "Hush Mortal Core" (April 17)

The Hirsch Effekt - "Kollaps" (May 08)

Igorrr - "Spirituality & Distortion" (March 27)

Rannoch - "Reflections Upon Darkness" (May 25)

Mobius - "Kala" (Jan. 30)

Pattern-Seeking Animals - "Prehensile Tales" (May 15)

Pure Reason Revolution - "Eupnea" (April 03)

Aeternam - "Al Qassam" (March 27)

Raphael Weinroth-Browne - "Worlds Within" (Jan. 24)

Stömb - "From Nihil" (Jan. 31)

Apocalyptica - "Cell-0" (Jan. 10)

Mekong Delta - "Tales of a Future Past" (May 08)

Psychotic Waltz - "The God-Shaped Void" (Feb. 14)

Conception - "State of Deception" (April 03)

Eric Clayton - "A Thousand Scars" (April 24)

Dario's Favorite EPs

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Lucas de la Rosa - "Sunlight Highlights" (May 15)

Bluewave Quartet - "Poney-Club" (Feb. 08)

Paper Boys - "Naat" (May 20)

Stefan Altzar - "The Empty House by the Beach"

Transcend - "Balance I" (Apr. 13)

Quantum - "The Next Breath of Air…" (June 12)

Astråmera - "Into the Wild" (March 27)

Hayk Ersemerci - "Hayk Ersemerci" (May 05)

Bird Problems - "Beyond the Nest" (Feb. 17)

Fleshvessel - "Bile of Man Reborn" (Jan. 24)

Thomas Giles - "Feel Better" (June 26)

Flight of Eden - "Dante’s Inferno" (April 09)

MDS (Marsouin des Sables) - "People Came Here" (June 14)

Abraham Sarache - "Kaleidoscope of Dreams" (Jan. 24)

Gabriel Cyr - "Spectrum Exploration I" (May 08)

Art Against Agony - "Solanaceae" (June 05)

About the Author


Co-Founder of The Progspace - Dario discovered the world of Prog upon hearing "Shine on you crazy diamond" for the first time at the tender age of 12 around the turn of the millennium. Coming from a musical family and brought up with classical music, this seemed to be the logical next step. Attended the school of from 2002, delving into both directions: catching up with the history of already more than 30 years of progressive music as well as always staying up to date with the newest prog sounds. He loves meeting like-minded people and enjoying live music at a concert somewhere in Europe.


Hailing from Trondheim, Norway, Rune has been a fan of everything hard and heavy since he got his first real taste of music in the early 80's. Originally a fan of the more extreme genres of metal, like thrash, death and blackmetal, he always enjoyed the more technical, progressive and avant-garde side of music. When he's not working, collecting and listening to albums, or attending concerts, Rune enjoys one of his many other nerdy hobbies, including roleplaying games, video-games, comics, and sci-fi and fantasy literature.

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