Best Progressive Metal Albums

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1Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater

Oh please opeth is much worse than DT, they don't even dream of being like dream (hehehe), for me this is the best album of Dream Theater and then, obviously, the best progressive metal album ever. Images and Words is good, but rudess meant an before and an after in DT

Nothing will ever top Scenes From a Memory. The songwriting, the instrumentation, the storyline. Everything is just perfect.

Most amazing prog metal album ever written! the songs flow amazingly one after the other, and all have a different feel to them.

2Blackwater Park - Opeth

This band and´╗┐ Nickelback are my favourite bands ever!
Na just kidding, Nickelback sucks.
Long Live Opeth!

THe complexity, atmosphere, and overall brain melting compositions that Opeth come out with never cease to amaze me, but Blackwater is definitely their greatest release. -

Opeth could out-prog Dream Theater any day of the year.

3Images and Words - Dream Theater

I'd say this is slightly better than metropolis pt 2. There are no bad songs on this album and pull me under, metropolis pt 1, under a glass moon, and learning to live are absolute masterpieces.

I'd say this is better than Metropolis, Take the Time, Under a Glass moon, class songs like

This is number 1 for me - Sabbath

4Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche

Clearly all of you who aren't voting this as number 1 have simply never heard it. Yes, Blackwater Park, Images and Words, and Scenes from a Memory are all great, but this album is clearly the greatest. Incredibly story, fantastic vocals and guitar work, not to mention the fantastic rhythm section. Variety? Prog elements? Heavy riffs? Everything you could want in a Prog Metal (or any metal album for that matter) in one album.

My vote for heavy metal album OAT. but I can't vote because it's not on any bodies list.

Great vocals

5Lateralus - Tool

This is my favorite tool album, and also my favorite album of all time. I have to admit, I was a changed man after I heard the title track to this album. I can't really call it a "song", because that would kind of be an understatement. it is not just a song, it is like a meditation session. it is long and it teaches you something by the end. it starts out small with a quiet riff and you go through this long "pilgrimage" (is the best word to describe it as) by the end you feel like you've come a long way, and you remember that it all started with that quiet riff and you finally realize that this song has been going on for 9 minutes. I just get lost in this song.
This song and album is an amazing work of art.

This and aenima are the best symphony x should also be higher please vote

Tool aren't progressive metal. They're alternative metal combined with progressive rock.

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6The Divine Wings of Tragedy - Symphony X

All symphony X albums are under rated. I just could not believe how far I had to school down to find the odyssey! - Messej

Why people are so blind?
Metropolis pt.2 by DT is one of their worst albums apart from Dance of Eternity.
And The Divine wings of tragedy is clearly and well known that's the greatest prog album of all time.

7Ghost Reveries - Opeth

The best prog/metal album of the last ten years

8A Dramatic Turn of Events - Dream Theater
9O3 a Trilogy Part 3 - Dominici

Anybody who considerd themselves a fan of Dream Theater should check out this MASTERPIECE of Progressive Metal! I would say it evens rivals the likes of Images and Words. The songs flow well, they are heavy, progressive, and Charles Dominici pulls off the aggressive vocal style much better than Mr. Labrie. So if you love Prog Metal, then what's not to like?

10Paradise Lost - Symphony X

The Contenders

11Awake - Dream Theater
12 Aenima - Tool

It's a classic, what else can be said? Everything comes together beautifully. Tool is hands down the most consistent band to ever constantly put out good albums.

13Octavarium - Dream Theater

Whoever didn't vote this because they never heard it, go listen to the title track, then say with a straight face you prefer something by opeth or queensryche

Very well made album (musically and lyrically). Great meaning and songs are strong, sentimental at times and epic, especially the last one!

This song defines the progressive metal genre!

One of Dream Theater's best. Deserves to be higher.

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14Still Life - Opeth

The moor, godhead lament, face of melinda, and white cluster. great album with all songs 100000/10 rating

15Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage

Savatage is the best... And I don't know why there really not so famous, and some people barely heard of them, there solos and lyrics and music is divine!

16The Human Equation - Ayreon
17Ocean Machine: Biomech - Devin Townsend

True prog in an atmospheric and emotIonal way. The music itself isn't complex but it conveys many complex emotions. Especially funeral bastard and death of music

I'll see you on the other side! The startling riffs in this album fill your soul with extreme joy! Check out 'Life' and 'The Death of Music', they are really great songs. - andrewtuckey

18Train of Thought - Dream Theater

I accept that it is close to impossible to choose an number 1. and f you voted for so thing else I don't blame you. there are so many awesome albums on this list that I was overwhelmed at the choice. although this my favorite albums like ocatavarium, images and words, metropolis pt2, blackwater park lateralus, divine wings of tragedy, paradise lost, iconoclast, and many many others are almost unbelievably awesome! - Messej

19The Detached - Anubis Gate

You seriously can't beat this album. Absolute perfection!

Best concept progressive metal of all time.

20The 1st Chapter - Circus Maximus
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1. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater
2. Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche
3. Images and Words - Dream Theater
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1. Still Life - Opeth
2. Blackwater Park - Opeth
3. Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche
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1. Lateralus - Tool
2. Aenima - Tool
3. Hemispheres - Rush
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