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

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

2 Tall Poppy Syndrome - Leprous

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


This is their worst album, but it is still amazing

Leprous has better albums like COAL

3 The Mountain - Haken

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

4 Colors - Between the Buried and Me

Sun of nothing intro is great!

Masterpiece! - cjWriter1997

5 Back to the Times of Splendor - Disillusion
6 Pelagial - The Ocean
7 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

8 Theories of Flight - Fates Warning
9 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

10 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.

The Newcomers

? Watershed - Opeth
? Train of Thought - Dream Theater

The Contenders

11 Remedy Lane - Pain of Salvation
12 Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory - Dream Theater
13 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?

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 Enigmatic: Calling - Pagan's Mind

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

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

What? Wilson is the brilliant muse behind Porcupine Tree. Shame, shame. And where's Opeth's Blackwater Park or Mastadon?

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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 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

19 +4626 Comfortzone - Beardfish
20 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.

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Top Remixes

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
1. Octavarium - Dream Theater
2. ├ćnima - Tool
3. Blackwater Park - Opeth



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