Best Progressive Death Metal Bands
The Top Ten
Opeth in my opinion is the greatest band of all time. Mikael Akerfeldt is God.
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.
Thoroughly deserving of the top spot - the greatest band of my generation. I love their recent stuffs like Pale Communion too.
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.
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! - Flav
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".
None above Death.
Most amazing entity of the 21st century to come along - heavyheavy
The song writing and passion put in their albums is astonishing, awesome band m/
Absolute gods of the genre. The best work of Swanö was done here.
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! - Flav
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.) - Flav
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 - San_Lakshitha
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. - Flav
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. - Metal_Treasure
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. - CannibalCorpse
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?
High-class Progressive/Technical Death Metal hailing from France. Leading Vision is one of my all-time favorite albums! - Flav
So much talent from these guys, just... unbelievable.
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!
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 - Flav
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.
Great band, but only released a few Progressive Death albums - ryanrimmel
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.
Really an underrated band. Check out their album The Weights of Oceans.
Awesome Progressive/Technical Death Metal band. I really dig their stuff, especially the "Warp Zone" album. - Flav
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.. - Flav
Incorporating Sax in Death Metal? Next level prog.
Album- where owls know my name...
and I rest my case.
This Canadian band has just turned metal on a higher instrumental level.
They have recorded real masterpieces.
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 - ryanrimmel
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.
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
This band is incredible! Check out the album *The Key*.
Can't really go wrong with Hannes Grossmann and Christian Muenzner in your line-up.
Definitely should be in top 10
Great band. The Morning Never Came is such a terrific album where each and every track on it is simply memorable.
Necrophagist was a German technical death metal band, founded and fronted by guitarist and vocalist Muhammed Suiçmez. The band used classical music influenced compositions paired with extreme metal drumming.
Not very popular band, but worth a try! Their music is similar to the late era Death. - Flav
Italian Progressive Death/Doom metal band. Go and check them, if you do not know them!
David Davison and his jazz background makes this band awesome! Great riffs and great solos.
Great band - InsanityJoe
Formed in Mexico City in 1992 by vocalist/guitarist Daniel Corchado. Awesome Prog-Death with influences from Classical, Black Metal, Thrash & Doom. Anyone looking at this list NEEDS to hear The Spell of Retribution at the very least!
Neoclassical Metal / Technical Death Metal from Montréal, Québec, Canada
Another of Dan Swano's inventions
Redemptor is a post death metal act from Poland. Founded in 2001. Following traditions of Death, Gorguts and Morbid Angel, band turns now into some more avant-garde soundscapes. The 3rd album, entitled "Arthaneum" will hit the stores by November 30th 2017. Watch out, this will bring some fresh blood onto a quite generic (recently) death metal scene.
What? - FromScytheToSceptre
One of the best Canadian DM bands alongside Cryptopsy, Martyr and Obliveon. Arguably more Avant-Garde or Experimental but there should be no debate that Pleiades' Dust is a Progressive Death Metal masterpiece! Huge influence on modern bands like Ulcerate and (obviously) Obscura.
I want to be popular - DarkDamien