Best Progressive Death Metal Bands
The Top Ten
Masters of this sub genre. A lot has been expressed about their greatness and my opinion won't make much of a difference. I'm not not at all mad that they have switched their genre, because objectively they still sound great.
Very good Progressive Melodic Death Metal. Still Life and Blackwater Park are one of my all-time favorites.
I wished they kept their style, but unfortunately they do Prog Rock now...
Masterclass musicianship + pioneering innovation. Mikael's voice will melt your heart and then pummel you to death with its ferocity. Guitar work is phenomenal and songwriting is unparalleled.
Go listen to Serenity Painted Death all the way through and tell me they're not #1? Most brutal song I've ever heard, and I've been swimming the death metal sea for a loong time.
Myth debunk: Death did not invent progressive death metal. Only Symbolic and The Sound of Perseverance are progressive death metal albums. Human and Individual Patterns are just technical death metal. So Death's first progressive death metal album was in 1995, which is predated by Atheist's Unquestionable Presence by 4 years
Late era Death (since the Human album) is definitely Progressive Death Metal and the best of its kind in my opinion. Human, Individual Thought Patterns, Symbolic and The Sound Of Perseverance are superb albums and not much bands reach this class!
First off, how is Death not #1 since they basically made the genre, and second of all, The Sound of Perseverance and symbolic are the best reasons for why they should be in the first slot. Opeth is great and all, but Death tops all.
No one tops them. They made death metal, and evolved it to something bigger since "Human".
The song writing and passion put in their albums is astonishing, awesome band m/
Most amazing entity of the 21st century to come along
Dan Swanö is a legend! Everything his hands touch becomes magical, I guess. Edge of Sanity with Dan Swanö as songwriter and vocalist made epic albums!
Only their debut was a bit weak and the 2 albums, where Dan didn't wrote all the songs (Cryptic & Infernal) weren't that great..
Nevertheless the 2 Crimson-Albums and Purgatory Afterglow are Progressive Melodic Death Masterpieces!
Absolute gods of the genre. The best work of Swanö was done here.
Incredible Avantgarde/Progressive Death Metal band. Not as melodic as Edge of Sanity or Opeth, but way more progressive!
Their sound is an excellent mixture of Jazz, Progressive Metal and many Death Metal elements.
Unquestionable Presence was a true masterpiece and Piece of Time was almost similary incredible!
(Their later albums are not that superb, but still good in my opinion.)
The best ever prog death band, the fathers of genre.
A clear and distinct focus on delivering absolutely beautiful melodies. This is music.
How is this band not right next to Opeth already?
Not a single bad song in their discography
Interesting Progressive/Technical Death Metal band from Germany. Definitely good stuff!
When you want to get into Tech Death, I recommend this band to start with. It's not the very best in my opinion, but their sound is very catchy and "easier listenable" than e.g. Martyr. They don't get too complex as other bands, as well.
I'm pretty sure Flav wrote this before Obscura's albums of 2016 and 2018 - there were changes: they got pretty complex and even more technical but still kinda melodic. Great band.
Their new album "Akróasis" is just
a hit and a joy to listen to.
A German band which should not
be missed in your cd/vinyl collection.
Legit one of the best in this genre, hands down. Colors is an absolute masterpiece. How are you even on this page if you haven't heard this album?
How are they not top 5?
Such an amazing combination of extreme attitude and musical prowess but with great hooks and impeccable sense of style.
My personal favorites are Leading Visions (10/10) and A Maze of Recycled Creeds (10/10). The first is slightly more song-oriented where the latter shows off more their playing skills, but I love them both equally.
Bottom line - they make good songs. Check em out today!
High-class Progressive/Technical Death Metal hailing from France. Leading Vision is one of my all-time favorite albums!
So much talent from these guys, just... unbelievable.
Absolutely should be higher. Possibly handicapped for exposure simply by being from an unknown place.
Should be higher. More people need to know about this band. The Majestic of Gaia is otherworldly.
Started as a Technical Deathcore band, but turned into one of the best Progressive/Technical Death Metal acts. I'd recommend Planetary Duality to everyone who likes Tech Death
Even among Opeth and other big names, and only showing hints of DM in their first 2 records (mainly the first) these guys play in a higher league.
Great band, but only released a few Progressive Death albums
Really an underrated band. Check out their album The Weights of Oceans.
They started as a great Thrash Metal band, then became one of the most prestigious Old-School Death Metal acts and then turned to an "okay" Progressive Death Metal/Jazz Fusion band in my opinion.
I liked their previous sound more. I think the new sound isn't bad, but not great either..
Awesome Progressive/Technical Death Metal band. I really dig their stuff, especially the "Warp Zone" album.
This Canadian band has just turned metal on a higher instrumental level.
They have recorded real masterpieces.
Incorporating Sax in Death Metal? Next level prog.
Album- where owls know my name...
and I rest my case.
For Funerals To Come EP is what I consider to be their best. Authentic, unique... Jonas is severely underrated for his extreme vocals. This is where they surpass peers and friends Opeth in every way.
Progressive Blackened Death Metal. The only one I've heard
After Opeth and Edge of Sanity, Be'Lakor is my favourite progressive death metal band. Go to listen "Countless Skies" and you will understand what this band can do!
Best of the best
Black Crown Initiate brings progressive vocal singing, melody split between guitars and vocal and drums especially to a death metal genre they aren't limiting themselves to. They like to own the atmosphere of the track ; the grain of the wood to deliver their nails of riffness. I feel its more apt to call them deathcore side by side with Heaven Shall Burn. You'll get your blast beats and crushing gain guitars ; just don't name drop wanting to claim you have the heaviest typecast for your bragging rights. BCI has their own identity; it's a feat that I liken to an early 1990s band "Into Another" which also dodged major acclaim despite enviable recorded material.
Can't really go wrong with Hannes Grossmann and Christian Muenzner in your line-up.