Best Progressive Metal Albums

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

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

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

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

Don't you have to be metal in order to obtain #1 spot on the 'Best Progressive Metal Band' thread? Dream Theater are just doing what Led Zeppelin and Rainbow did 40-years ago. Sorry, but they aren't metal. They have tried, but failed.

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2Blackwater Park - Opeth

This album should not only top this list, but it should also be mentioned among the best albums of music art ever. 400 years from now, music scholars will revere Opeth the way literary scholars talk about Shakespeare today.

Definitely Opeth's magnus opus, It is dark and cold. Mikael's vocals go from the most demonic/evil to the most beautiful sounds you will ever hear. The album is packed with amazing musicianship as well, it is truly a Masterpiece. 5/5

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. -

I love this album - zeroinfernity

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3Operation: 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.

Album that will last for the ages. There is not one song that would be considered a miss. Love to see to original line up just one more time!

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

Simply put: A masterpiece.

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4Images 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

Perfect and beautiful and powerful

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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.

Of course it's great. This album is a slow burn that takes 30-listens to like, 50-listens to love, then you come A Perfect Circle and realise it was love at first sight. Epic!

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

Masterpiece, truly epic.

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6Second Life Syndrome - Riverside
7The 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

Symphony X's best album to date. Landmark albums of prog metal.

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.

8The Detached - Anubis Gate

Very happy Anubis Gate is in the top ten and getting lots of attention. They really know how to range from intense to beautiful and atmospheric pieces of music. Another great album by an underrated band. If you haven't listened to them, I strongly encourage you do it now!

You haven't listened to prog until you've listened to Anubis Gate. Dream Theater and Opeth aren't the only prog bands out there expand your ears!

Not just one of the best prog albums ever made. Not just one of the best metal albums ever made. One of the best albums ever made, period.

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

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9 Aenima - Tool

Yes. I can't listen to this one anymore because I would, in all honesty, have played it over a thousand times. The gold standard of progressive rock/metal (though I don't think they're metal).

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.

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10Octavarium - 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!

Title track is one of the best songs I've ever heard, but most of the rest of this album is pretty mediocre in my opinion

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

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The Contenders

11Ghost Reveries - Opeth

The best prog/metal album of the last ten years

This is the album that brought me from prog rock to prog metal.

Just a great album full of great songs

Best musical album of all times.

1210,000 Days - Tool

I'll vote for this one, but it's my least favourite album of theirs. There are some standout tracks, but it becomes a bit of a chore, and is far too ponderous to compete with their other material.

In my opinion the best album Tool has made so far. Can't wait for their new album to finally be completed...

13Colors - Between the Buried and Me

I am amaze this not in the top ten. It is pure musical perfection. I would say bands like Tool, Opeth, and Dream Theater on the whole are better but Color is the best album! Lateralus, Metropolis 2, and Watershed are the only ones even close.

Between the Buried and Me, Dream Theater, Animals As Leaders and Tool are definitely the most talented bands out there. Colors is a true masterpiece and deserves to be in the top ten.

An album that can transition from death metal riffs to a polka breakdown truly deserves to be above 10.

Progressive Death Metal's finest band. It's sheer lunacy how good these guys are.

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14Awake - Dream Theater

Better than Scenes from a memory

This is my personal favorite from DT. Not a big fan of James' vocals but I do enjoy them here.
The album has a darker feel as well and the production is so clear you can hear every note. The whole album just feels so musically inspiring from beginning to end in all of its aspects. 5/5 a must for any prog metal fan out there.

15Paradise Lost - Symphony X
16Crack the Skye - Mastodon

A purely amazing album, with epics such as The Czar and The Last Baron

17Still Life - Opeth

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

My most beloved work of Opeth! And the foundation of the essencial Opeth-style. Blackwater Park just added a few more rock elements to it, but this one deserves the honor. Especially because it is more of a true concept album in my eyes.

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18Altered State - Tesseract

This is a high-quality djent release, but it's not as heavy as One and is far ponderous.

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19A Dramatic Turn of Events - Dream Theater

Unrepeatable album
John what did you done for us?
you made us unpleasant with other music - Odinest

20The Human Equation - Ayreon

This should be higher on the list, what an incredible album. Probably my favorite Ayreon album.

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