Greatest Progressive Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

DT is unmatched in musicianship. Not only are they extremely technical in the way they approach their instruments, but they also know how to inspire the listener. Notice I said "listener. " People who are brainwashed by the music industry just merely hear DT and don't understand the whole scope of the band. DT presents the classic struggle of swimming against mainstream pop culture. Of course they should have beat Foo Fighters for the Grammy, but at least they got a well deserved nomination. I have been listening to Dream Theater for just over 20 years. I have made the conclusion that there is no one else out there with enough guts to defy the odds like these guys have. Sure there are/were bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, Van Halen, Metallica, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and the like. However, for all the reasons as previously posted DT stands in a class/category all their own. If you have never listened to them before don't look for a 3 minute fast food, quick fix. Their music ...more

There are plenty of quality prog metal bands out there but Dream Theater take it that step further, putting them in a class of their own. They are a testament to the genre. Fates Warning, Symphony X and LTE are also brilliant in quality and should be higher!

True masters of their craft and innovators when it comes to their instruments. When hearing the phrase "progressive metal", DT is the only pure form of it that I can think of. With a great focus on progressive form and intricate musical composition, no other band creates the familiar sounds of a relatively obscure genre that requires a deep understanding of music and instrumental work, as well as mix in new sounds without ruining either the "progressive" nor "metal" aspects of their field. There is no limit as to what the band can release, from extremely difficult-to-follow solos, to 20+ minute songs, to even beautiful compositions that are film score worthy. Although not the first to make such a splash in the genre, they have nonetheless extracted the essence of it and have continuously worked on it with every record they release. Ambitious, stylistic, and creative. Worthy of taking the number 1 spot.

Even if I receive/d a free concert ticket to watch their parody, I woudn't..I'd rather spend my time and energy listening to some "music", because I don't want to go through the tiring and painful process of cleaning my ears thoroughly after feeding in their garbages. - Vip3r

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2 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with ...read more.

I think Opeth is the one of the few metal bands that mixes beauty and brutality--all in one song. The moods that they incorporate in their music proves that they are top-notch and should be number 1. "The Night and The Silent Water" and "Ghost of Perdition" = mm/ EPIC

Probably the best prog/death metal band all times, their music is full of emotions and true beauty... I think no band can capture so deep feelings as they do
LONG LIVE OPETH!

True masters of their craft. Combining soft rock and death metal. Polar opposite genres, but ones that go oh so well together. Opeth are true innovators of music and pushed their sound to the absolute limit. No metal band has been this consistently creative. Opeth have, as of late, unfortunately stripped away the death metal sound in favor of worshipping 70s progressive rock groups like King Crimson and Yes. As a result they've lost their own sound and spend time imitating rather than innovating. However this doesn't scar their legacy and the true perfection of their vast discography.

We will get this to #1. - Userguy44

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3 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

Tool... Completely changed my music taste, I used to hear crap dupstep and other electronic, but then I stumbled on tool. I heard it the first time on gth, but for some reason I didn't like it, not until for years later, and I heard them again, still it wasn't great, but there was something, and I just keeps listening, and just got better each time. Tool got me into, Metallica, dream theater, black sabbath, pain of salvation, porcupine tree, iron maiden, circus maximus, or anything with prog and metal.

Something I find interesting, not just tool, but most prog metal band, the first time you hear a song, you don't love it, but slowly liking it more and more, the more you hear it.

One of the most interesting bands in human history I think.

1993 was the year my music taste changed. Well layered intelligent music. No one is declaring love. No one is backing up there ass. Just music. Long songs with a buildup of sound until the explosive climax when the drumming is at It's best. You can appreciate every sound since it was introduced indivivdually. You can feel the tension as every plAyer is holding back like the superego. Inner conflict that finds resolve. Helps me deal with the same conflicts that I face. The philosophies that we all have but don't realize it. Positive messages in songs like parabola, personal stuff like 46&2. Crazy rage we all feel when we endure daily living like in the song ticks and leaches. And the drums. Tribal. Wild.

I'm VERY impressed with this top 3. Not mad at all, they're all excellent but for me personally.


1. Tool
2. Opeth
3. Dream Theater

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4 Symphony X Symphony X Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.

Music is purely subjective. I respect other peoples likes. Symphony X is my ultimate favorite though. I like how the vocals have as strong melody composition as the rest of the music. I like how the lyrics are often negative but aren't too real or anything that you can strongly relate to so they don't bring your down. For a contrasting example, I love Dream Theater, but their lyrics are very powerful and very real and too much listening makes me start to feel miserable. Symphony X doesn't do that despite also having a lot of negative lyrics.

For me the guitarist skills or vocal not the point to be a best prog metal band... Creativity is the important.. I think Progressive Metal is just for Dream Theater.. No other band playing true progressive metal like Dream Theater did... For now. You have great skill in guitar, great vocal, drum or whatever, but you don't have a creativity to improvise your music genre, you can't be a great. We talk about the band, not the individual skill.

Fourth? Dont joke! Their guitarist is probably the most talented and skilled of the world. But I prefer Versailles xD

Decided to finally check their stuff out recently. Really impressive stuff. My favorite song of theirs so far is Iconoclast. - cjWriter1997

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5 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

Mastodon has progressive in their music and there sound has changed many of but remained the same as it is amazing. This band will be a favorite for years to come to all prog lovers.

Their first two albums, the moment they went progressive, they turned into a forceful rush of dung trying to come out. Blood and Thunder is a horrible track and so is the entirety of Crack the Skye... - Vip3r

Mastodon is better than meshuggah and it should be in the top 5s. They don't sound like prog-metal but they are and they are amazing. - fidelcanojr

Literally the best band ever formed

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6 Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.

Fantastic musicians that incorporate many musical influences like blue grass, or even circus music into metal. They have long epic songs which will have you head banging, or just sitting in awe. The album "Colors" is a one hour long song broken into smaller songs. It is truly a master piece of complex musical theory, and emotions the whole way through. if you like metal at all you have to give it a listen. My two favorite songs on colors are the epic finale "White Walls", and my favorite son of all time, "Ants of the Sky".

It is impossible for these guys to disappoint. Each album takes a new step but still retains a certain quality of technicality and insanity. Colors is their magnum opus and arguably one of the best achievements in prog in the 21st century, The Great Misdirect has their best song in Swim to the Moon, The Parallax 1 and 2 show their expert storytelling but are also technical marvels, Coma Ecliptic took a more proggy turn with less harsh vocals on "focus on melody" (haha), and now Automata has a very dark undertone that kind of mashes all of their past stuff. Truly a great band. Just listen to any of their 3 album closers from '07 to '12 and you'll hear why they're so respected.

This band is awesome! Such powerful guitar riffs and tripping instrumental! I recommend their albums Colors and The Great misdirect to any fan of good metal!

Parallax, TGM and Colors are the best pieces of music I've listened to.

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7 Gojira Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.

Go listen to all of "From Sirius to Mars" especially flying whales

Why don't I find gojira, meshuggah in top 10? They are a very innovative step in this genre

Beautifully criticized society, a journey to save the world through flying across the space to find another planet to live on since our planet got destroyed by, presumably, global warming and a soul crushing goodbye to Joe and Mario Duplantier's mother.

Heavy! Really heavy..earlier albums were OK.mars to Sirius is overrated..magma plainly sucks. - Vip3r

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8 Queensryche Queensryche Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob. They released their self titled EP in 1984, but didn’t gain notoriety until the release of their critically acclaimed album Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. As of now, they ...read more.

Queensryche ws dream theater before dream theater even existed! This is the first real progressive metal band and thanks to them we now have awesome bands like tool and dream theater. Operation mindcrime is an essential album to any prog or metal fan

They are the best, followed closely by Dream Theater. Geoff Tate is also easily one of the best metal vocalists of all time. brilliant!

Oh, come on! Queensryche practically invented the genre of Prog Metal, and Operation: Mindcrime is inarguably one of the best concept albums in all of Metal, let alone in prog. They deserve to be Number 1.

They gave me eyes for prog metal... My number one, second Opeth, 3 Dream Theatre, 4 Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson,5 Anathema

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9 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, ...read more.

People often view this band as more extreme metal, which is understandable, but they do everything that makes Progressive Metal Progressive, just in their own way. Their compositions will never be as long as maybe Dream Theater or Opeth (Except for I and Catch 33), but each individual riff progresses, as the polymetric guitar floats over the drums, before snapping back into 4/4 for a single bar before blasting off into another bout of syncopated madness. Very underrated among mainstream metal listeners

Progressive Metal and Messuggah not even in top ten! This is joke or what? Sorry but you all are crazy!

There guys are Gods! If you haven't heard of them, I suggest you YouTube there stuff. They should easily be in the top 10.

The most underrated band in metal.

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10 Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree were an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band's music.

PT are a really underrated band I found about recently, their music is not only original and unique, but also really emotional - the lyrics match the instrumentations and atmosphere of the songs perfectly. - petrucci75hammet

Steven wilson and the crew are underdogs and underrated of course.. Steven wilson is one of the gods of prog/psych rock, gavin harrison is a technical drumming god, richard needs no appreciation and colin carries of a toughest of a bass line with just a simple smile :D and pt is at no. 13? Seriously? ? And from when did gojira and tool become progressive?

Absolutely amazing amounts of talent from every member of the band. These guys should easily be in the top 5 just because of Gavin Harrison!

They are rock. Not metal. - Metal_Treasure

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The Contenders

11 Fates Warning Fates Warning Fates Warning is an American progressive metal band, formed in 1982 by vocalist John Arch, guitarists Jim Matheos and Victor Arduini, bassist Joe DiBiase, and drummer Steve Zimmerman in Hartford, Connecticut.

I would argue that this was the first progressive metal band. Sure, Queensryche was around first but they were making heavy/power metal with a few slightly odd time signatures. Crimson Glory had yet to write any original material. The moment where progressive metal truly started was when Fates Warning released their second album, The Spectre Within. But they perfected it with their third album, Awaken The Guardian, which was where they shed their Iron Maiden roots in favor of a progressive/power metal sound. Perfect Symmetry is arguably the first progressive metal album that couldn't be placed under any other sub-genre (Crimson Glory was prog/power, Dream Theater's debut had power metal influences as well). Awaken The Guardian is my all time favorite album. - Caleb9000

While I agree with Fates Warning I don't agree with your selection of "Awaken the Guardian" selection. Their first two albums with original singer John Arch were more "heavy metal" than progressive. "No Exit" is definitely their best work followed by "Parallels" you can't go wrong with either of these. My top 3 progressive bands in order..1. Rush,2. Queensryche; 3. Fates Warning.

This band should be higher on this list, that's why I voted for this, but my real favorite band is dream theater

Fates Waring are the Godfathers of Prog Metal. One of the greatest bands ever. It really wasn't until their 3rd album "Awaken the Guardian" that they became prog but they only got better. No Exit and Perfect Symmetry are 2 of the greatest Prog metal CDs ever. And their latest 2, Darkness in a Different Light and Theories of Flight are both amazing works taking Prog Metal to a higher level. The Big 3 Prog Metal bands have always been, Fates Warning, Queensryche and Dream Theater. Some of the other bands mentioned are not Prog here..

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12 Nevermore Nevermore Nevermore is an American progressive metal band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in 1991, they are known to incorporate elements from various styles such as power metal, modern hard rock, classic heavy metal and technical thrash metal. The band has been on hiatus since 2011, due to personal issues between ...read more.

Nevermore is fronted by Warrel Dane--one of the most amazing singers in the progressive metal genre with plenty of formal training. Jeff Loomis, the bands lead guitar player can barely be matched by many. They mix elements of complex time signatures, classical arrangements, and execute such synthesis with amazing precision.

While quite a bit harder than some other progressive metal bands, Nevermore also has a brilliant clarity both live and in studio.

This is what metal should sound like.

No words necessary..

13 Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive rock band led by Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the band's main songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, and vocalist.

Every album is conceptual and dramatically different. Masters of their craft. One of the few bands where the musicians could play whatever music style they wanted, and still make it their own.
Daniel is sure a genius and an amazing songwriter. Easily one of the best prog bands to ever rise during the 90's.

Absolutely brilliant, seriously - and these guys are awesome live too!

My vote put them on 12th, leaving Fates Warning behind. I think they should be at least on the 10th though...

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14 Ayreon Ayreon

Take some of the biggest and best vocalists & musicians to grace the world of prog rock, and many various forms of metal... Put them in a great big melting pot. Stir with care, and you get Ayreon.

Heck, the current top 2 on this list (DT and Opeth) both had their respective vocalists taking huge roles on the SAME Ayreon album.

Ayreon is a concept that has been masterfully carried out by Arjen Lucassen in order to present some of the world's greatest album line-ups presenting some of the world's greatest music.

You have your prog, folk, metal, neo-classical, symphonic, and god knows what else when you listen to Ayreon. Each album is a concept album, some of which have the best stories and characterisation to ever grace the world of music.

As you can tell from my endless raving, there is a lot to be said about why Ayreon is as special as it is. It is an awe-inspiring musical project that deserves every bit of attention it gets.

With the recent release of "The Theory of Everything", Ayreon is quickly solidifying Its' identity amongst the top bands and musicians. The project is simply outstanding in every conceivable way.

It's not only the musicianship and vocals that will blow you away; It is the entire way the arrangements fit their titles.

Ayreon will make you believe the unfathomable!

It is impossible to be more progressive than Ayreon. Arjen Lucassen is simply one of the best musicians around these days. There is simply no other band to compare Ayreon with.

Imagine a progressive rock band crafted of the masters of prog rock, to make the ultimate progressive rock. This is Ayreon.

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15 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band's final lineup is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their other members of that lineup: Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

I like metal in its various forms...

But metal is metal, and its all good, but RUSH is way up there and beyond in a separate ethereal place where any of the bands in this list could not even hope to touch let alone reach... RUSH too cool to be metal...!

Do not disservice this band by including them in this list. It would be a lack of respect to even rank them as #1. They do not deserve to be included here... They made history. Their place is in lair for better and greater things.

Yours truly,

ROD

At 44? Whoever put them down this low should be ashamed Rush is one of the best bands ever to grace the planet they were innovators, they are legends and will forever be amazing and timeless they proved that intellectual music can connect and resonate with people plus even Kirk Hammett calls them the high priests of conceptual metal

I wouldn't call them metal, although they are one of the best prog rock bands of all time - Songsta41

These guys can't be compared on any other band. Its tantamount to putting a man up against a boy. NO band can compare to these guys. Every single band you Bozos so proudly defend were influenced by RUSH. You spout off about technical playing and musicianship, Rush is the epitome of technical and still able to make music people want to listen to. Anyone can get a bunch of Berkley educated musicians or back woods hillbillies to put together the hardest notes to play and call it a song. But if nobody wants to hear it, well except for the basement dwellers who also enjoy marching around nude tweaking their nipples. - HaroldBawlz

Well, that's just not true. Sure, lots of bands are Rush-influenced, doesn't mean they're talentless. Not even sure how the fact that they're Rush influenced makes them "untalented". But people who go to Berkley don't come out being able to think of harder notes, they learn how music works and how progressions of these complex riffs can create masterpieces, and a lot of them do a great job of executing that. Listen to Dream Theater and you'll see. - Songsta41

15th? really? Rush,Genesis, Pink Floyd,Yes & king Crimson that’s the real top 5.

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16 Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle

Super cool and weird, where every album sounds unbelievably different from one another, yet always maintains an extremely high level of quality. - kempokid

17 Haken Haken

Despite being one of my favourite bands of all time, Dream Theater has been going downhill for awhile now. Someone has to say it - The Astonishing wasn't the best thing ever, putting it lightly.

Now, Affinity from Haken has already earned a permanent place on my most played albums, and easily reached my top ten favourite albums. Haken has been making a much better track record when it comes to making every track unique interesting while still providing a flow in a full album listen (something I definitely recommend). Even before Affinity, there was The Mountain, Visions, and the EP known as Restoration, all of which provide staggeringly beautiful performances in all categories - musicianship, technicality, songwriting, all but a very few tracks earn their place in the albums.

If you haven't listened to Haken before, /definitely/ do so when you find yourself bored and wanting something new. Just kick back, get a drink and put on Affinity. You'll thank me for it.

Listen to the album "The Astonishing" by Dream Theater. That's the most recent album by the current #1s on this list. It's pretty good, but there are only a handful of memorable moments on the album. ("Three Days" is the only track I can list off the top of my head without much thought).

Now listen to the album "Affinity" by Haken. That's the most recent album by the rising #1s on this list. The whole album is memorable, from that 80s synth brass break on "1985" to the solo section on "The Endless Knot." Not to mention their previous EP, "Restoration," has my current favorite track, period ("Crystallized"), and "The Mountain" is a hell of an album.

If you're talking about technical skill, DT has Haken beat. Petrucci is a god, and Rudess is the best prog keyboardist out there, but if you're talking about musicality and just the overall sound of the band, which I consider the most important, Haken wins.

Stumbling across Haken via randomly pouring through a list of new progressive bands, I thought, "They've got an interesting name, let's hear one of their songs." First one that came up, "Celestial Elixir." I thought, "My god, this is by far one of the greatest current bands ever." And I hadn't even listened to their newer albums yet.
Visions sucked me in immediately, prompting me to begin composing again.I awaited the release of "The Mountain" with a hunger unparalleled by any other anticipation I've felt before. To think I believed "Visions" couldn't be topped -- "The Mountain" has become my #1 favorite album ever.
Haken consistently puts out greatness after greatness, album in album out. It's no stretch of the imagination to see them climb into the Top 10 in time.

Haken is easily better than top 20 material...as others have said, Dream Theater may beat them on an individual technical level (few can compete with Petrucci, after all), but as a band, they manage to smoothly make transitions even DT wouldn't touch. Their songwriting is top notch.

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18 Seventh Wonder Seventh Wonder Seventh Wonder is a progressive metal band from Stockholm, Sweden formed in 2000. They are currently working on their 5th studio album, which is planned for a 2017 release.

Best progressive metal. All five members are talented. All albums are beautiful art. The great escape is one of the best metal album. Hope they will release more masterpiece albums. Kamelot deserve the second place.

Kamelot isn't progressive metal, but one of the best symphonic bands - germshep24

The best progressive metal band in my opinion. The vocals are impressive, as well as the rest of the group. They got beautiful touching songs, as well as energetic songs. Their last albums are two masterpieces.

Vocalist is phenomenal, nothing in the music is overpowered, and one of the best prog metal bands out there. Tommy the vocalist has the most amazing control I've ever heard I think.

Symphony X and 7th Wonder are the best of all. They had a plus, very enjoyable perfect songs and expectacular voices.

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19 Periphery Periphery Periphery is an American progressive metal band based in Washington, D.C., formed in 2005. They are known for their heavy, progressive sound which employs poly-rhythmic patterns and soaring melodies. They are credited with popularizing the modern djent scene. Over time they have progressed from djent ...read more.

They have been popularizing the genre even more among metal fans. While Dream Theater definitely deserves number one, these guys should be at number 2. Not many bands are able to put the amount of work into their music that theses guys are doing. And only a year after Alpha Omega they are making new music. That is what I call dedication to the fans.

These guys are quite unique... they should definitely be higher up. I love bands like Symphony X, but in some cases they just sound like Dream Theater but with a better vocalist. Periphery has very interesting and awesome guitar, bass and vocals, and their drummer is just something else. Usually with metal bands, the drummer just hits a ton of double bass and uses basic rudiments, though Halpern just takes creativity to another level for a metal band. He may not be as fast as Mangini, but at least he doesn't sound like a robot half the time.

I very recently started listening to Periphery and I instantly fell in love with them. The amazing guitars and the vocals are just EPIC. Can't get enough these guys

Everything's right with them, the guitars are extremely sick, Halpern is a god, Spencer hits notes no one else hits, they're consistent with their releases...

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20 Artcell Artcell Artcell is a Bangladeshi progressive metal band formed in October 1999. According to The Daily Star, a leading English national daily, Artcell is "one of the leading bands of the country".

One of the greatest bands in the reign of metal, that's all what I can simply say. I suggest this band to every metal lover, and I m sure they gonna be amazed

Simply awesome these guys are. Just listen to the track ONIKET PRANTOR and your mind will get blown off, trust me.

Artcell is undoubtedly a great band, and they got total talents. One thing I feel important to mention that-whatever they make, they never compromise with quality. I guess that should be the motto of each and every band.

This band is just awesome

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21 Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment was an instrumental progressive metal band founded by Mike Portnoy, then Dream Theater's drummer, in 1997. The band has released two albums through Magna Carta Records.

A side project by the members of Dream Theater except the bassist and the vocalist. Check out "Acid Rain", "Universal Mind", "Paradigm Shift" from the Liquid Tension Experiment albums among the prominent ones and say "I hate Dream Theater".

Dream theater without a singer? Yes please

They are like a prog metal dream team!

A great side project from Dream Theater altough is not as good as the band its self, it give us an inside look of the heavy tecnical side of Dream Theater.

22 Threshold

What Threshold should be the NUMBER 1! They are the BEST!

They are the best...

Must be in top

Amazing band.

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23 Crimson Glory Crimson Glory Crimson Glory is an American progressive metal band that formed in 1979 under the name Pierced Arrow.

Crimson Glory's first two albums are the two albums ALL Progressive Metal bands claim to have been inspired by. Period.

Midnight is The greatest vocalist period.

The originator with one of the most amazing haunting voices ever.

Most underrated band in metal history. - Caleb9000

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24 Anubis Gate Anubis Gate Anubis Gate is a progressive metal band from Denmark. Despite having formed Anubis Gate only in 2003, the members have regularly worked together since 1984. They have released six studio albums and two singles/EP's.

First time I heard Anubis Gate I was sold. The way they play metal and still have those great melodies and the way they build up the emotions and feelings in a song as it rises or falls in dynamic and the pieces in the songs is just fantastic.
I simply love Anubis Gate.

Very few bands are as consistently great through their discography as Anubis Gate are. Progressive metal perfection.

These guys gradually climbed up into my top 5 favorite bands and are highly contagious! Cheers!

Love the Jacob Hansen Tracks as well as the two new CDs. Try "Breach Of Faith", "Dream Within A Dream", "Circumstanced", or the older tracks like "The End Of Millennium Road". Perfect Prog / Power Metal with heart and soul.

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25 Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for "forget not") are an extreme progressive metal band from Melbourne, Australia, formed in 2003.

Ne Obliviscaris just blew my mind from the very first time I heard about them. Mesmerizing Prog Metal with amazing violin... And they only have one album out. These guys deserve a top ten spot on the list, and I'm sure they'll get there within the next few years. Definitely the best Metal band to come out in the last few years.

Excellent newer band, unique sound that includes violins, very good balance between clean vox and harsh vox. Tim falsetto is amazing, their 2017 album Urn is one of the best in metal this year. - Metal_Treasure

Bren is god. Benji is god. Band is god. Devour Me Colossus is one of the greatest and most potent masterpieces of this decade. CHECK IT.

Simply one of the best bands I have ever listened to. They don't have a single bad song.

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26 Psychotic Waltz

Extremely underrated, but nothing less than genius - this is Psychotic waltz. "A social grace", "Mosquito" and "Bleeding" are excellent albums, but "Into the everflow" is one of the greatest pieces of music ever created.

27 Riverside Riverside Riverside is a progressive rock/metal band from Warsaw, Poland. It was founded in 2001 by friends Mariusz Duda, Piotr Grudziński, Piotr Kozieradzki and Jacek Melnicki, who shared a love for progressive rock and heavy metal.

Just recently discovered these guys from Poland, they have their own awesome progressive sound, check out their album "Second Life Syndrome". - petrucci75hammet

One of the most underrated bands.

People who love Opeth & PT and looking forward to more music of that kind then this is a perfect choice.

Great band, great music, unfortunately often underrated because of lack of proper promotion...

This is not progressive metal. Nor prog rock. This is the sound of nostalgia and dark psyche.

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28 Savatage Savatage Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

I always thought Dream theater was vastly overrated. Now such bands as Queensryche and Fates warning are pioneers in this genre. The only reason I think Wastage gets missed is that they started out as straight metal, but even In the hall of the mountain King and Gutter Ballet have strong progressive elements.
This band has everything. Superior musicianship and Superior lyrics. Streets is the most inspirational recording of all-time, and Criss Oliva is probably the most underrated guitarist in this genre. Wastage has everything and deserve to be in the top three, if not number one.

Albums like "Gutter Ballet" and "Edge of Thorns" are progressive metal at its finest. -

Absolutely classic! I can't believe a band that has left such a legacy is so underrated and unrecognized.

This is the best band ever. So much better than the crap of dream theater!

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29 Death Death Death was an American death metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's ...read more.

Amazing band. Simply spectacular and one of my all times favorites BUT not progressive. One of the best death metal bands ever. Period

Wow Death is WAY to low on this lost. I mean, sure their old school stuff is pure Death metal. Put their newer albums; specifically Symbolic and especially The Sound of Perseverance, are death and progressive metal mixed. R.I.P Chuck.

Last 4 albuns are prog death, Opeth is prog death as well... I love both, but Death should be definitely on 3 or 4 at least... I say 3 or 4 only because the first 3 albums are pure death... anyway best death metal and the best band ever in my opinion - Deako

The best of the best band, music..

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30 Wintersun Wintersun Wintersun is a metal band from Helsinki, Finland and was originally created by guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, songwriter and vocalist Jari Mäenpää as a side project to folk metal band Ensiferum for whom he was lead singer and guitarist.

Wintersun are truly masters of matching melo-death, folk and prog metal together with great guitar skills amazing drummer and use of Vocal harmonies are a few of the reasons this band are great.

Absolutely incredible band. Time I was worth the wait and considering Time II is from the same batch of material it will be as well. This man's music really is immaculate. Here's hoping that the rest of the songs on the follow up to the Time double LP though are better than "Forest" lol. Other than the groovy riff I didn't find it very masterful

31 Pagan's Mind

These guys are right near the top of the list for me. They're like a heavier version of Queensryche with better songs. Nils is hands down my favorite vocalist in this genre.

"Enigmatic Call and Celestial Entrance are two of the best most impressive prig-metal albums ever recorded.

Absolutely a great prog-metal band top fifteen in my opinion

I sold my old drumkit to the vocalist :3

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32 Leprous Leprous Leprous is a Norwegian progressive metal band formed in 2001 in Notodden, Norway. The band gained prominence as the backing band for former Emperor frontman Ihsahn's live shows.

This is perhaps one of the most refreshing, original, amazing bands, I have heard for a very long time, and the fact, that they've only gotten 0,8% of the votes, is just wrong...

I discovered this band just recently and I love them. It was years I couldn't fall in love with a band like when I was young and recently I found myself saying something like "they don't hold instruments when they play, they're holding your emotions" when trying to explain how they sound like. And it's something so cheesy it must mean I'm in love with them :P

You see the boundaries of progressive music? Well, Leprous don't.

Only this low on the list because they are not as popular. The best band on this list, with music catpturing pure, undying emotion like no other band. Everyone should give them a listen.

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33 The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan is an American mathcore band from Morris Plains, New Jersey. The group originated in 1997 after the disbanding of Arcane, a hardcore punk trio consisting of Ben Weinman, Dimitri Minakakis, and Chris Pennie.

Brilliant. Extremely prolific, Greg is actually extremely versatile and has allowed the band to continue to stand out and create fresh music. This band deserves much more attention and credit than they get, but that holds true for any real music these days.

See: Calculating Infinity, Irony is a Dead Scene, Option Paralysis.

One of us is the Killer

Truly one of the greatest

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34 Circus Maximus

One of the greatest Prog Metal band out there along with Dream Theater and Opeth. Their last album "Nine" is probably the best metal album of 2012.

Album NINE is one of the best I ever heared!
Everything included - Power - Melodic -... - Just Fantastic!

The 1st Chapter is in my opinion one of the greatest prog albums ever along with Images and Words, The Divine Wings of Tragedy, Mercy Falls, and Moving Pictures

What has surprised me from CM is their ability to create progressive metal but still being "accesible". As I heard their 2nd album, Isolate, I was so focused on the melodies, which are very "pop-ish", and forgot that the music accompanying it was progressive metal. They have the ability to make metal without feeling "metal" (at least from their 2nd album and onwards). Just really good music. Recommended for all good music fans

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35 King Diamond King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums ...read more.

King isn't prog so I have no idea why he's on here.

The record Abigail alone should land KD in the top ten prog/power metal bands in history. Actually, the first four records are among the best of the era. Great musicianship and performances, epic!

36 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

System of a Down is NOT progressive metal. Please remove it from here. I love them but they are NU. NU METAL. NU!

Pretty good band but it's nu-metal and not progressive metal so it shouldn't be on this list

System of a Down has some songs with progressive metal leanings, such as Question! However I don't think it would be fair to say that they are a progressive metal band overall. I also don't think they should be categorized as nu metal either. They are such a unique band; I don't think it's even possible to label them.

They had one prog song. One. - AdamDestructorJr.

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37 Queensrÿche Queensrÿche Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob. They released their self titled EP in 1984, but didn’t gain notoriety until the release of their critically acclaimed album Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. As of now, they ...read more.
38 Andromeda Andromeda

This band is amazing. Not the most well-known band out there, nor the oldest, but I must say every single song they've released is a masterpiece. Some of them may require a few listens but I'm sure you won't regret it. Their first two albums are among my top ten prog albums, and their sound is progressive, complex and genuine. Yes, this is some prog metal with soul.

39 Enslaved Enslaved Enslaved is a Norwegian extreme metal band formed in Haugesund in June 1991. They are currently based in Bergen, Norway.

This bands deserve top 20 at least, best progressive black metal band out there in my opinion - Derrick_Fox

40 Animals as Leaders Animals as Leaders Animals as Leaders is an American progressive metal band from Washington, D.C. It is composed of guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes along with drummer Matt Garstka, having been formed by Abasi in 2007. Their musical style has also been described as djent.

Tosin Abasi is pretty much the only guitarist I know who has a band focused around him, who doesn't drift into the endless number of egotistical shredders these days. One of the things that struck me about Animals As Leaders on first listen was that it not only featured the incredible guitar skills of arguably the most unique and technical shredder of this age, but also created absolutely brilliant compositions, which is often overlooked in prog in favour of all out technicality.

This band still have plenty of technical ability, but it is showcased in a much more controlled manner than most. Also, John Petrucci of progressive gods Dream Theater, who happen to be one of my favourite bands, stated that some of the riffs on the self titled DT release were inspired by the likes of Animals As Leaders, and Periphery (another good progressive band).

Tosin Abasi is definitely one of the most skilled guitarists alive. He plays incredibly complex guitar techniques and he can do it all live exactly how it sounds on the albums. Incredibly accurate and he showcases this in all of the band's work thus far. Javier Reyes is also a great guitarist as well. Give this band a listen, you won't be disappointed - MetalFoREVer1228

Ridiculous guitar skills, true musicians, amazing melodies, I can't find a band I like more at the moment and I'm here looking. I want to point out how they consist of two 8-string guitarists and a drummer with a bit of computer sampling, quite out of your normal band composition and its it just real good. All three of them seem pretty humble as well which is a bonus with their abilities.

And the price for most underrated prog. metal band goes to...

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41 Scar Symmetry Scar Symmetry Scar Symmetry is a Swedish metal band from Avesta in Dalarna County, Sweden, formed in 2004. The band has released six albums, with seven released singles.

Scar Symmetry does not get nearly enough attention. Holographic Universe is in my opinion one of the best progressive metal albums to date.

Wish I would have seen scar symmetry before I voted they are very underrated they are a wonderful band who deserve more attention

True innovators in the genre and pushing the limits of metal. Love that they have themes in all their intelligible lyrics.

Per becoming the songwriting dictator of this band is by far the best thing that's ever happened to it. He hasn't been able to express his proggy side this much since the title track to Holographic Universe (which is the only 10/10 thing on that album and one of the best songs ever) but now we have Technocalyptic and Neohuman and Cryonic Harvest...

Easily megaprog this new album is. Hail this man's talent.

42 Edge of Sanity Edge of Sanity Edge of Sanity was a Swedish progressive death metal band that, alongside Opeth, is commonly regarded as being the first to fuse extreme metal styles like death and black metal with progressive rock. Their sound is often described as "Progressive Melodic Death Metal".

That Voice in Black Tears

Should be higher - Deako

43 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.
44 Tesseract Tesseract

Tesseract at 46? You gotta be kidding me. These guys are awesome. Should be in the top 20 at least

Listen to Concealing Fate and you will see why TesseracT deserve to be top 10

A fantastic band with some beautifully haunting tracks and fantastic vocals

Must be in top 10

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45 Persefone Persefone Persefone is an Andorran progressive death metal band formed in October 2001. The band's name is derived from Persephone, a figure in Greek Mythology.

Masterful, technical, powerful, beautiful, inspiring - Persefone is one of my favorite bands. I can't believe they're not more well known.

Overly underrated, technical perfection and very inspiring music, lyrics.

Not popular, but definitely worth a try! - Flav

Check out their album Spritual Migration

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46 Redemption X

If you listen "Snowfall on Judgement Day" and "Redemption - The Origins Of Ruin 2007 Progressive" albums, you will place they top 10...

Not: vocal is fates warnings' vocal

It has the singer from fates Warning but in my opinion this band is way better; just listen to the album the Fullness of Time - germshep24

Redemption deserves much more

Monsters of timbre e technic, they have a vocal 0 to 10 I give 8

47 Shadow Gallery

They are my favourite band! Greatest prog band ever!

Shadow Gallery is a completely underrated band.

They made a clichéd story about the New World Order cool - and somehow stretched it into two great albums, without having a single moment that felt overlong until the very end.

48 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

I consider Metallica to be a prototypical example of Progressive Metal. A lot of their tracks tend to have instrumentation that build up as the song goes along, and they are praised for having a very tight and innovative musicianship. Songs like "Fade to Black" and "Orion" display these traits in very clear light.

That, and Prog Metal bands very often state Metallica to be a large influence. - CrimsonShark

Metallica is not a progressive metal band. And Justice For All may have had a bit of prog going on but they're primarily thrash.

Because their first 5 thrash albums are not only the best 5 thrash albums in metal history, but they're also the most progressive thrash metal albums in history.

Metallica is thrash metal/ heavy metal/hard rock, not progressive metal - zxm

49 Obscura Obscura Obscura is a technical/progressive death metal band from Germany, founded in 2002. The band became prominent when members of Necrophagist and Pestilence joined Steffen Kummerer to release the critically acclaimed second full-length album, Cosmogenesis. The band was named after the Gorguts album Obscura. ...read more.
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