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 Greatest Modern Progressive Rock and Metal Albums

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

It has everything a perfect prog album should offer: epic, progressive, varied, melodic, emotive and heavy

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 Colors - Between the Buried and Me

Sun of nothing intro is great!

Masterpiece! - cjWriter1997

Best metal album ever

4 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

Disagree about this being their worst, I would argue that it's their best after Bilateral (and arguably The Congregation), and also very underrated compared to their later releases. - petrucci75hammet

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 Theories of Flight - Fates Warning
9 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

10 Lateralus - Tool

One of the most important albums ever recorded. Should easily top this list and then some.

Album changed my life and I don't say that lightly.
Recognize this as a holy gift and celebrate this chance to be alive and breathing.

Simply a masterpiece in every way.

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

The Contenders

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

EXCELLENT in my opinion!

12 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

13 Remedy Lane - Pain of Salvation
14 Blackwater Park - Opeth
15 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

The only reason that this AMAZING album is not at the top of this list is because most of you haven't even listened to this.

16 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

17 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

18 Enigmatic: Calling - Pagan's Mind

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

19 +4626 Comfortzone - Beardfish
20 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

21 Portal of I - Ne Obliviscaris
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 Sound Awake - Karnivool

One of the best album ever! Amazing studio productionl

24 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

25 Octavarium - Dream Theater

One of the greatest. Deserves top 5.

26 ├ćnima - Tool
27 Urn - Ne Obliviscaris
28 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

29 Still Life - Opeth

This is my favourite album by the band. - IronSabbathPriest

30 Train of Thought - Dream Theater
31 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

32 Anno Domini High Definition - Riverside
33 Deadwing - Porcupine Tree

Porcupine Tree's best album in my opinion.

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 Hand. Cannot. Erase. - Steven Wilson

Album of decade

36 Images and Words - Dream Theater
37 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

38 Ocean Machine: Biomech - Devin Townsend

My personal favourite out of everything

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

39 Akroasis - Obscura
40 Watershed - Opeth
41 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

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

46 Periphery II - Periphery

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

47 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.

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