Top Ten Modern Progressive Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Disillusion Disillusion

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

My favourite band of all times! Incredible!

2 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.
3 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.
4 Agalloch Agalloch
5 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.

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6 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.
7 Ayreon Ayreon
8 Distorted Harmony
9 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.
10 Cynic Cynic Cynic is an American progressive rock band - incorporating experimental music, alternative, metal and jazz fusion elements - founded in Miami, Florida, and currently based in Los Angeles, California.

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

The Newcomers

? Kamelot Kamelot Kamelot is an American power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991. The Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined for the album Siége Perilous, and shared songwriting credit with Youngblood until his departure in April 2011. On June 22, 2012, Youngblood announced ...read more.
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The Contenders

11 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.
12 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

13 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

14 Haken
15 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.

16 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?

17 Polyphia Polyphia
18 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.

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.

19 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!

20 Fallujah
21 Veil of Maya
22 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!

23 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.
24 Intervals
25 Uneven Structure
26 Caligula's Horse
27 Jakub Zytecki
28 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.
29 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.
30 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".
31 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.

32 Plini
33 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.
34 Shattered Skies
35 Disperse
36 Shokran
37 Toothgrinder
38 David Maxim Micic
39 Tetrafusion
40 Sithu Aye
41 Native Construct Native Construct
42 Earthside Earthside
43 Aviations
44 Ihsahn Ihsahn Ihsahn is a Norwegian composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist. He is best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Emperor.
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