2015 TPM Awards: Best Guitars


The guitar is the centerpiece of so much progressive music, and we’ve all heard so many different licks and riffs that I fear we sometimes become numb to some very amazing performances.  There were many standouts for me this year.  You’ll notice that technicality doesn’t always mean anything to me, but, if I can find the perfect balance between difficulty, composition, and emotion, that’s the winner hands down.

FYI: I decided against including pictures of each person out of respect for them and also copyright situations.

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10. Jane Getter – Premonition – “ON”

Incredibly technical, and definitely a good time.

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9. Matt Quayle/Dylan Mitrovich – Breaking Orbit – “Transcension”

Addictive licks throughout.

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8. Dave Cureton – IOEarth – “New World”

Massive talent, and he just keeps getting better.

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7. Joshua Theriot/Randy LeBoeuf – Abigail’s Ghost – “Black Plastic Sun”

Inspired solos and nostalgic playing.

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6. Michael Gagen – Arcane – “Known/Learned”

Super difficult and heavy, but manages to demonstrate a softer side, too.

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5. Piotr Grudzinski – Riverside – “Love, Fear and the Time Machine”

Incredible performance, plus my favorite guitar solo of the year.

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4. Steve Hackett – “Wolflight”

Spellbinding in both composition and sheer force.

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3. Diego Cafolla/Ivan Nastasi – Kingcrow – “Eidos”

Deliberate, fully inspired licks that really make the album.

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2. Jamie Van Dyck – Earthside – “A Dream in Static”

Heavy, varied, and mind-blowing.

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1. John Mitchell – Lonely Robot – “Please Come Home”

The emotional peak of guitar performances in 2015.

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