Best Progressive Metal Albums


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The Top Ten

Metropolis 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.

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


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.

5Lateralus - Tool
This and aenima are the best symphony x should also be higher please vote

6Ghost Reveries - Opeth
The best prog/metal album of the last ten years

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!


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.

8Hall 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!

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

11A Dramatic Turn of Events - Dream Theater

12Octavarium - 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!
[Newest]One of Dream Theater's best. Deserves to be higher.

13Awake - Dream Theater

14The Human Equation - Ayreon

15 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.
Aenema 46 and 2 stinkfist

16Ocean Machine: Biomech - Devin Townsend
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. :)


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

17Train 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!


18Still Life - Opeth

19The Detached - Anubis Gate
You seriously can't beat this album. Absolute perfection!
Best concept progressive metal of all time.

20V - Symphony X

21From Mars to Sirius - Gojira
Simply an amazing album from the French progressive band Gojira. Take a listen if you haven't yet, it will blow your mind!

22Watershed - Opeth

23Black Clouds & Silver Linings - Dream Theater

24The 1st Chapter - Circus Maximus

25Hemispheres - Rush

26Awaken the Guardian - Fates Warning

27From Here to Eternity - Ballerina
The best album from indonesia metal progressive.
A very great album from ballerina!
The best of the best album mlprogmet from indonesia band.

28Crimson - Edge of Sanity

29The Hunter - Mastodon

3010,000 Days - Tool

31Gutter Ballet - Savatage

32Mercy Falls - Seventh Wonder
This is the greatest album ever!
One of my favourite album!

33Focus - Cynic

34In Absentia - Porcupine Tree
A great album from start to finish.

35Permanent Waves - Rush

36My Arms, Your Hearse - Opeth

37Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater
Six Degrees of inner Turbulence is by far Dream Theater's most underrated Album. It was DT's first attempt at songs about religion and politics, as well as their first try at sounding 'Heavy', so I can see why a lot of people dislike it. However some of the songs on it are simply amazing, such as Blind Faith, and The Glass Prison. Please give it another chance.

38Iconoclast - Symphony X

39Leviathan - Mastodon

40Spectre Within - Fates Warning

41Dream Theater - Dream Theater
No album or band is better than DREAM THEATER


42Colors - Between the Buried and Me

43Dimension Hatross - Voivod
Are you kidding me? These youngsters don't seem to know Voivod. This is certainly their best album; it's Motorhead meets Pink Floyd on bath salts, and I'm not talking about the kind your mom uses! Listen to Tribal Convictions.

44Heritage - Opeth

45Systematic Chaos - Dream Theater

46A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater

47The Odyssey - Symphony X
This may not be the number 1 prog album but how in the world is it so low this head to be in the top 20 with out any doubt!


48The Wall - Pink Floyd
Good album, but this isn't even remotely close to progressive metal.

49Tyranny - Shadow Gallery

50Crack the Skye - Mastodon

51Dance of Balet - Ballerina
The Best Album Progressive Metal For Indonesia Music Awards 2008 m/

52The Parallax II: Future Sequence - Between the Buried and Me

5301011001 - Ayreon

54Andromeda Unchained - Anubis Gate

55Orchid - Opeth

56Damnation - Opeth

57Epica - Kamelot

58Falling Into Infinity - Dream Theater

59When Dream and Day Unite - Dream Theater

60The Great Escape - Seventh Wonder

61A Pleasant Shade of Gray - Fates Warning

62Blood Mountain - Mastodon

63Remission - Mastodon

64The Black Halo - Kamelot

65No Exit - Fates Warning

66The Damnation Game - Symphony X

67Twilight In Olympus - Symphony X

68Wounded Land - Threshold

69Perfect Symmetry - Fates Warning

70The Great Misdirect - Between the Buried and Me

71Deliverance - Opeth

72Energetic Disassembly - Watchtower

73Control and Resistance - Watchtower

74Ink Complete - Spastic Ink

75Recipe for Disaster - Third Eye

76Snowfall On Judgment Day - Redemption

77Horizons - Anubis Gate

78Altered State - Tesseract

79The Thirteenth Step - a Perfect Circle

80Sound Awake - Karnivool

81Mabool - Orphaned Land
This is the best metal album ever recorded.. Don't believe me? Then go and listen for yourself

82Bath - Maudlin of the Well

83Leaving Your Body Map - Maudlin of the Well

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