Best Progressive Metal Albums


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141 Purgatory Dance Party - Polkadot Cadaver

Drawing heavily from Mr Bungle, this is a very impressive and accomplished progressive rock/metal album, as you'd expect from former members of Dog Fashion Disco. As Bungle-esque as it is, you still won't have heard many albums as unique as this one.

142 Empire - Queensryche

Because it's Queensryche, that's why. There's a handful of classics amid all the commerciality, but it's still a great record which sent them into the stratosphere. Not my favourite, but probably 20,000,000 other people's favourite.

143 Colours - Between the Buried and Me

Regarded as the greatest progressive death metal/jazz fusion/ambient/polka release since Focus, by Cynic, this album is brutal and sublime in execution.

144 The Meaning of I - Voyager

A quality progressive metal album that delivers on all fronts - provided you can tolerate the Australian accent of their otherwise talented vocalist.

145 The Wolves at Winter's Edge - Like Thieves

Quality Australian heavy rock from Clint Boge (ex-frontman of Butterfly Effect), which has its progressive moments thrown in among all the remarkable tracks on this 5-track ep.

146 Autumn's Twilight - Like Thieves

As stated before, this is Australian vocal talent Clint Boge's new band and is the 6-track follow-up to their The Wolves At Winter's Edge ep, which surpasses even that immense effort in quality. Listen to Ghost in the Machine and it'll blow your hair back. I just don't know how to define them because of their diversity. If you don't think they're progressive rock/metal, I sort of agree.

147 The Revolution is Never Coming - The Red Paintings

If you are going to throw Pink Floyd on here then you may as well have something on this thread that owns Pink Floyd for atmosphere, acoustics, heaviness, darkness, and haunting melody. This Australian symphonic progressive rock outfit's debut is probably the best progressive album to be released in years. It is haunting, it's vocalist Trash McSweeney is a major talent, their live shows are remarkable, and they can pulverise or haunt you like no other band around. This debut was crowd-funded and deserves a place in any progressive rock bands library. Give it 20 listens and get back to me...

148 Ghosts I - IV - Nine Inch Nails

Trent appeases his record label with an all instrumental masterwork. Few listen to it, but those who do know that Reznor bleeds emotion.

NIN is a good band, but this is not progressive metal. If anything it's ambient industrial.

149 The Discovery - Born of Osiris

Very technical progressive metalcore/deathcore/mathcore that is very heavy and a great listen for those with an ear for all things progressive and heavy.

150 Deception Ignored - Deathrow

One of the greatest progressive thrash albums ever made. For its time, it was mind-blowing, and still is. Buy the version with the bonus track Beuracrazy on it for the best listening experience.

151 Perspective - Tesseract
152 Opiate - Tool

Even Tool's debut ep, which was a more guitar-driven affair, was progressive in its subject matter and execution.

153 Emotive - a Perfect Circle

Maynard and co. releasing an album of improvised covers and remixes makes for an interesting release. The opener Annihilation is haunting and prophetic.

154 Elements of Persuasion - James Labrie

For those who like their Dream Theater heavy, James brought it a young kid who trashed the joint with his barrage of riffs.

155 Three Sixty - A Perfect Circle

A double album that contains their only new song after a decade, disc one is merely a Best Of, whilst disc two contains a few live covers and rarities. One for the fans only.

156 Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star Vol. IV - Coheed and Cambria

Because the third track Welcome Home captures what Faith No More were like with the mighty Jim Martin. Epic progressive rock/metal band. They do it all.

157 From the End of Heaven - Gods of Eden

Because, here in Australia, our metal talent is world class and owns almost every band from Hard Rock to Thrash to Death. Now, Gods of Eden's debut is already creating a major stir in the progressive metal science, and if you're after brutality, technicality, mentality, and guitartillery this album smokes and makes most of the bands on here look like pompous, self-important twits. Welcome to the 21st century.

158 Money Shot - Puscifer

I'm more than aware it's not metal, but if you love MJK and progressive beauty, this album is venomous, spiteful, and beautiful. If Pink Floyd are on here, you may as well own something that owns Pink Floyd.

We shall never know world peace until three people can simultaneously look each other straight in the eye at the same time - MJK

159 Soul Sphere - Born of Osiris

Just a great progressive deathcore album from an exciting progressive deathcore band. The number of genres and sub-genres modern day metal bands is simply remarkable, and bodes well for the future of modern metal, but not for the veterans. Welcome to the 21st century. This album could belong on 4 different threads it's that damn technical and heavy.

160 Alaska - Between the Buried and Me

The greatest progressive metal act on the planet killing it, once again. Beast!

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