Top Ten Modern Progressive Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Leprous Leprous Leprous is a Norwegian progressive metal band formed in 2001 in Notodden, Norway. The band gained prominence as the backing band for former Emperor frontman Ihsahn's live shows.
2 Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.

The best and most innovative prog metal band of our time. Most of the other bands on this list try to emulate them 2-3 years after each album

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3 Disillusion Disillusion

I love disillusion, but I would not call them modern. As of right now, mid-2019, their last studio album was 2006, over a decade ago. - Gamefreak23788

This band is amazing! The most underrated band on the planet. - IronSabbathPriest

My favourite band of all times! Incredible!

4 Haken Haken Haken are an English progressive metal band formed in 2007 by multi-instrumentalist Richard Henshall, guitarist Matthew Marshall, and vocalist Ross Jennings.

Absolutely hands down the best prog metal band ever, both in terms of emotional expression and musical originality.

Intelligent, emotional and brilliant.

5 Agalloch Agalloch Agalloch was an American black/folk metal band from Portland, Oregon. They were formed in 1995 by frontman John Haughm. They released five studios albums, four EPs, two singles, one split single, two demos, four compilation albums, and one live video before disbanding in May 2016.
6 Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive rock band led by Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the band's main songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, and vocalist.
7 Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for "forget not") are an extreme progressive metal band from Melbourne, Australia, formed in 2003.

A band this is actually doing something different. Ear-ensnaring melodies, violins, blast beats. Check these out now!

Magnificent stuff. The entire Portal Of I. Easily one of my favourite bands. Absolutely love the violin..

Listen to Portal of I and Citadel, you won't regret it

8 Voivod Voivod Voivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec. Their musical style has changed several times since the band's origin in the early 1980s. The band's current line-up consists of Denis "Snake" Bélanger, Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain, Dominique "Rocky" Laroche and Michel "Away" Langevin.

One of the best... for a LONG time!

9 Ayreon Ayreon
10 Periphery Periphery Periphery is an American progressive metal band based in Washington, D.C., formed in 2005. They are known for their heavy, progressive sound which employs poly-rhythmic patterns and soaring melodies. They are credited with popularizing the modern djent scene. Over time they have progressed from djent ...read more.

Not My favorite thing, but really good overall. A lot of people would classify them as djent, but I see them more as progressive. Nice band, worth checking out.

Great, but where's TesseracT?

The Contenders

11 Distorted Harmony
12 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

Should be higher up.

This should be #1

13 Coheed and Cambria Coheed and Cambria Coheed and Cambria is an American progressive rock band from Nyack, New York, formed in 1995. The band consists of Claudio Sanchez, Travis Stever, Josh Eppard, and Zach Cooper.
14 Cynic Cynic Cynic is an American band which incorporates elements of progressive, experimental, alternative, and heavy metal. Founded in Miami, Florida. Founding members Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert publicly revealed their homosexuality in May 2014, a move that was broadly supported by the heavy metal community. ...read more.

So sad to hear they're quiting. Such a great band. Check out their album "Focus". - IronSabbathPriest

15 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with ...read more.

Couldn't be better, I love this band! Haven't heard anything close to this since Metallica before their mainstream era (i.e. the albums before the Black Album) which were as important for metal bands to come as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin were for the development of the metal genre. Opeth are progressive and heavy and has a bandleader/songwriter with an awesome sense for melody and arrangements. Some bands in this genre are virtuosos with their instruments and/or have made the songs a bit more complicated than the mainstream, which can be impressive and gain a following, but to me it still comes down to the feel for the melody and not a lot of bands are "up there" with these guys, regardless of genre. Opeth are the Beatles, the Led Zeppelins, the Bob Marleys, the Frank Sinatras of progressive metal bands and belong at the very top of this list. Anything else is just silly. 14th...*sigh*.

Probably the best modern prog metal band

16 Caligula's Horse Caligula's Horse
17 The Ocean The Ocean
18 Animals As Leaders Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders is an American progressive metal band from Washington, D.C. It is composed of guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes along with drummer Matt Garstka, having been formed by Abasi in 2007. Their musical style has also been described as djent.
19 TesseracT TesseracT

Groovie, atmospheric, intense, lucid, clean, melancholic sometimes but powerful. These are the main feelings I get from this guys. The have impressive vocals but I still prefer the instrumental albums as I find the more intense. 100% recommended.

20 Spiritfall

Very too much good band all time...
Very too much great band all time...
Very too much best band all time...

Top of the list. Very too much Greatest band it

Spiritfall Best band all time.
Voting for it.

Spiritfall Best band...Very too much Best...Greatest band...

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21 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

This band is a masterpiece and I will set the wolf loose on anyone who says otherwise

Progressive, yet accessible; complex, yet stripped down. As original as they come, featuring the power duo of Hinds and Dailor, this is the pinnacle of modern progressive metal.

22 Devin Townsend Project Devin Townsend Project Devin Townsend Project was a Canadian progressive metal band founded in 2008 and another venture of Devin Townsend, considered separate from the material released as Devin Townsend.
23 The Contortionist The Contortionist The Contortionist is an American progressive metal band from Indianapolis, Indiana. Formed in 2007, the band consists of guitarists Robby Baca and Cameron Maynard, drummer Joey Baca, vocalist Mike Lessard, bassist Jordan Eberhardt, and keyboardist Eric Guenther.

These guys came out of nowhere for me, and they are really amazing! Language is one of the best Prog albums I have ever heard!

24 VOLA VOLA

These guys are criminally unknown. They have some of the freshest sounding music I have ever heard and the vocals have a unique bassy clean tone to them.

25 Polyphia Polyphia
26 Plini

I mean just how is this guy not in at least the top ten. The dude is absolutely amazing

27 Gojira Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.
28 Alter Bridge Alter Bridge Alter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.
29 Fallujah
30 Veil of Maya Veil of Maya Veil of Maya is an American metalcore band, formed in Chicago, Illinois by members Marc Okubo and Sam Applebaum in 2004. They are currently signed to Sumerian Records and have released six studio albums.
31 Sons of Apollo

Modern prog-metal band consisting LEGENDARY MUSICIANS (Jeff Scott Soto (Journey) on vox, Bumblefoot (Guns N' Roses) on guitars, Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs and Mr. Big) on bass, Mike Portnoy (DT, LTE and The Winery Dogs) on drums and Derek Sherinian (DT) on keyboard. Love to hear more from this guys!

32 David Maxim Micic
33 Jakub Zytecki
34 Ihsahn Ihsahn Ihsahn is a Norwegian composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist. He is best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Emperor.
35 Artcell Artcell Artcell is a Bangladeshi progressive metal band formed in October 1999. According to The Daily Star, a leading English national daily, Artcell is "one of the leading bands of the country".
36 Intervals
37 Uneven Structure
38 Shattered Skies
39 Disperse
40 Toothgrinder
41 Native Construct Native Construct
42 Oceans Ate Alaska
43 Maestrick Maestrick
44 Anubis Gate Anubis Gate Anubis Gate is a progressive metal band from Denmark. Despite having formed Anubis Gate only in 2003, the members have regularly worked together since 1984. They have released six studio albums and two singles/EP's.
45 Scale The Summit

Scale the Summit is an American instrumental progressive metal band based out of Houston, Texas. It formed in 2004 and signed to Prosthetic Records. The band is influenced by other progressive acts such as Cynic and Dream Theater.

46 Shokran
47 Tetrafusion
48 Sithu Aye
49 Earthside Earthside
50 Aviations
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