Top Ten Greatest Modern Progressive Rock and Metal Albums

+ I've made this list with the intention of exposing lesser known but no less brilliant modern prog bands out there.
+ And before everyone starts complaining about how their favourite bands haven't been added to the list, I wanted to give more obscure prog artists a chance. Especially as I'm sure artists like Dream Theater, Opeth and Porcupine Tree will eventually get added and voted up anyway!

The Top Ten

1 Second Life Syndrome - Riverside

This has everything a prog album should, with some heaviness but also more subtle, emotional moments - petrucci75hammet

One of the best prog-metal albums, a masterpiece.

Thanks Rhap, for giving me such great music. - Ananya

2 The Mountain - Haken

A perfect balance of progressive rock and metal, The Mountain juggles complex song structure, beautiful vocals, and phenomenal lyrics with ease.

Deeply inspiring masterpiece

3 Tall Poppy Syndrome - Leprous

This introduces a unique avant-garde style to prog metal, another great Norwegian band in the genre! - petrucci75hammet


In my eyes the best prog act there is

This is their worst album, but it is still amazing

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4 Colors - Between the Buried and Me

Sun of nothing intro is great!

Best metal album ever

Masterpiece! - cjWriter1997

5 Citadel - Ne Obliviscaris

Holy crap this album blew my mind. Combines brutal black/death metal with melodic and emotional violin/clean vocals.

A real work of art by a unique band.

6 Back to the Times of Splendor - Disillusion
7 Pelagial - The Ocean
8 Exile - To-Mera

To-Mera are a hidden gem in the world of progressive music, merging prog-metal with Julie Kiss' ethereal jazz-style vocals - petrucci75hammet

9 Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory - Dream Theater

EXCELLENT in my opinion!

10 Theories of Flight - Fates Warning

The Contenders

11 Hypothetical - Threshold

Whilst all of Threshold's albums have been pretty consistent, this is arguably their peak, with masterpieces like "Narcissus", "Light and Space". - petrucci75hammet

12 Lateralus - Tool

Simply a masterpiece in every way.

You don't listen to tool, you will have to experience it

Not a concept album.

Is this a Joke?
Do you guys even understand Tool's music?

13 Remedy Lane - Pain of Salvation
14 In Absentia - Porcupine Tree

Pretty great, but can't beat Fear of a Blank Planet. - IronSabbathPriest

How is this not in the top 5. best porcupine tree album ever!

A brilliant album, mr wilson is a genius

15 Blackwater Park - Opeth
16 The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) - Steven Wilson

One of the best album by one of the best living composer... I expected this to be higher on this list...

I would say that this is one of the best prog albums of all time!

Sheer genius, a breath of fresh air

A masterpiece!

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17 Enigmatic: Calling - Pagan's Mind

Great example of how catchiness and technical proficiency can be combined to create a masterpiece! - petrucci75hammet

18 The Detached - Anubis Gate

Very original brand of an already long-established genre in progressive metal - some quite unique electronic elements! - petrucci75hammet

Brilliant blend of progressive and power metal mixed into perfection

19 The Perfect Element, Part I - Pain of Salvation

Pain of Salvation have a very interesting sound, and this is problably one of the most original and well written progressive albums out there - petrucci75hammet

I actually prefer Remedy Lane, but this is a great album as well. - IronSabbathPriest

20 Portal of I - Ne Obliviscaris
21 +4626 Comfortzone - Beardfish
22 Crack the Skye - Mastodon

This album is pretty well known among metal fans though. Nevertheless, it is great. - IronSabbathPriest

One of my all time favorite albums

Perfection. Front to back perfection.

23 Fear of a Blank Planet - Porcupine Tree

What? Why is this brilliant album down this far? A fantastic album, buy it people

Blows my mind

24 Sound Awake - Karnivool
25 Octavarium - Dream Theater

One of the greatest. Deserves top 5.

26 Still Life - Opeth

This is my favourite album by the band. - IronSabbathPriest

27 ├ćnima - Tool
28 Urn - Ne Obliviscaris
29 Judgement - Anathema

Anathema bring a unique depressive aspect to progressive rock music, resulting in "Deep", "Anyone, Anywhere" and many other beautiful compositions - petrucci75hammet

The contemporary equivalents of Pink Floyd. Judgement, A natural Disaster, Alternative 4 and We're Here Because We're here are mastepieces - RalphSaad

30 Alive Again: The Breathing Shadow Part IV - Nightingale

Another hidden gem in the vast world of progressive music, "Eternal" is a stand-out epic masterpiece on the album, but many other great songs on it too. Dan Swano is a musical genius! - petrucci75hammet

31 Anno Domini High Definition - Riverside
32 Train of Thought - Dream Theater
33 Lunatic Soul - Lunatic Soul

A side project of musical genius Mariusz Duda, also mastermind of Riverside, Lunatic Soul certainly stands out as an progressive musical entity in its own right. - petrucci75hammet

34 Office of Strategic Influence - Osi

Mike portnoy fused drums.. good album

Very interesting music including prog veterans Kevin Moore [Dream theater] and Jim Matheos [Fates Warning] - petrucci75hammet

35 Ocean Machine: Biomech - Devin Townsend

My personal favourite out of everything

Another genius songwriter and guitar player, everything devin has done is brilliant

36 Deadwing - Porcupine Tree

Porcupine Tree's best album in my opinion.

37 Hand. Cannot. Erase. - Steven Wilson

Album of decade

38 Akroasis - Obscura
39 Images and Words - Dream Theater
40 Spiritual Migration - Persefone

A unique landmark in the progressive death metal genre, this contrasts beautiful instrumentals with heavy songs driven by death vocals and extremely technical guitar riffs and soloing - petrucci75hammet

41 Into the Electric Castle - Ayreon
42 Walking On a Flashlight Beam - Lunatic Soul
43 The Sound of Perseverance - Death
44 Watershed - Opeth
45 Periphery II - Periphery

How is this not here? Scarlet? Facepalm Mute? Do you guys have no taste in progressive metal? - Lem

46 Life and Death - The Dear Hunter

Act III of an all encompassing story, Life and Death continues the story of The Dear Hunter during his early adulthood. He joins the army and fights in battles. During this time he meets his long lost brother and father, and even a new lover until things take a turn.

47 Witherscape - Witherscape
48 Core - Persefone
49 The First Chapter - Circus Maximus
50 Aquarius - Haken

Amazing mix of feelings, When I listen to it I can clearly imagine an epic journey in my mind with highs and lows, 10/10 album

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Blackwater Park - Opeth
2. Portal of I - Ne Obliviscaris
3. Citadel - Ne Obliviscaris
1. Back to the Times of Splendor - Disillusion
2. Remedy Lane - Pain of Salvation
3. Colors - Between the Buried and Me
1. Pelagial - The Ocean
2. Theories of Flight - Fates Warning
3. Exile - To-Mera

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