Greatest Progressive Metal Bands

The Top Ten Greatest Progressive Metal Bands

1 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!

The greatest prog metal band of all time. The Dance of Eternity is probably the most complex song ever written. - shadomatrix

Listen to Octavarium, A Change Of Seasons, In The Presence Of Enemies... The list goes on! They're amazing!

2 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.

Tool fans are retarded and delusional. Tool's supposedly complex songwriting declines into silliness as you work your way through their discography. Almost everything sounds the same and the guitar player just keeps playing the same riff.
Tool might be technicians but Opeth are artists. Their music is not complex but artful, tasteful and soulful in a way Tool can only dream of.
Do me a favor and listen to "To Bid You Farewell" and "Blackwater Park"
That's called music, as opposed to random robotic noises.

3 Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-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.

Tool and Opeth...Goodness god...

Dream Theater though, they're pretty awful.

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

Tool need to be number 1. I have hated heavy metal all my life. But when Tool dropped their new album, I decided to give them another chance. Best thing I ever did. I never though I could enjoy this type of music. I have always loved progressive rock, and Tool are near the top of my list. But number 1 for prog metal. - slipperyjack30

4 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

Insane guitar riffs and amazing vocals, may be my all time favorite band.

5 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 used to be a sludge band, but now they are proggy as hell. They are incredible and great songwriters. - MattAffterburner

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 three albums are essential for budding metalheads. The moment they went progressive, turned them into a forceful rush of dung trying to come out. Blood and Thunder is a horrible track, and so is the entirety of piss poor 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

6 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.

Should be in the Top 5

1. Dream Theater
2. Mastodon
3. Gojira
4. Tool
5. Opeth

They are considered a progressive metal band but are also a technical death metal and groove metal band as well. And masters of work like flying whales and stranded really set the standard for them. Plus I love how there are two members of the band that are actually brothers.

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

7 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!

These guys deserve high than 10. the way they incorporate intricate metal riffs, and then go to almost what sounds like classic rock. they truly are a revolutionary progressive metal band. and all of them are flawless at what they do, and no matter how many bands I listen too, I can't find one that comes even close to how good these guys are at their instruments. absolutely amazing.

8 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.

Why is Queensryche progressive metal? They sounds neither progressive NOR metal in my opinion. They actually sound the closest to glam metal in my opinion - Alkadikce

Incredibly talented and most underrated Progressive Metal band.

Easily my favorite Prog band. And I would argue that Operation: Mindcrime is the best progmetal album ever, as well as one of the best rock-operas ever written.

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

9 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.

Should be higher in my opinion, maybe not number 1 but defiantly top 3

One of the OG artists of prog metal. Their riffs are second to none.

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!

10 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.

They definitely had some metal songs towards the end of their discography

Although Steven Wilson is listed as a metal musician in encyclopedia metallum, Porcupine Tree isn't. - Undistinguished

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

Not metal, but still voting because they're listed and they were a great prog rock band.

The Contenders

11 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

There is no other band who have the same style like Fates Warning. They are too progressive that their style keep on progressing with each album. All
their albums have unique style. Though other bands like Dream Theatre are very good, they have the same style in all their albums. Fates Warning is my favourite and they will always remain my favourite throughout my entire life. I hope they keep on releasing more albums. May they live long.

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

12 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 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...

The most creative Band.

14 Ayreon Ayreon is a musical project by Dutch songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist musician and record producer Arjen Anthony Lucassen. Ayreon's music is described as progressive rock, progressive metal and power metal sometimes combined with genres such as folk, electronica, experimental and classical ...read more.

This is the band where members from all over the music world come and exchange cookie recipes. And I don't mean that in a bad way at all. I own the Human Equation: and although it may be one of their darker works It features James LaBrie >cough< number one >cough<. This band deserves that place!

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.

15 Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle was an American experimental rock band from Northern California. Known for a highly eclectic style, the band often cycled through several musical genres within the course of a single song, including heavy metal, avant-garde jazz, ska, disco as well as funk.

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

Another non prog metal band - germshep24

16 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!

Dream Theater without a singer is a dream come true. - shadomatrix

17 Haken Haken are an English progressive metal band formed in 2007 by multi-instrumentalist Richard Henshall, guitarist Matthew Marshall, and vocalist Ross Jennings.

After Dream Theater I thought there would never be a band come even close technically and musically. Haken proved me wrong. Maybe even better at some points.

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.

Haken is a band with a style I haven't seen any other band successfully replicate. With their masterful rhythm and melody, their long tracks and changing themes still contain some of their almost signature sound.

Listen to 'Falling back to Earth', and tell me that isn't one of the greatest prog songs ever.

18 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.

I recently started to listen to these guys. They're amazing. I've binged all of their albums from start to finish and can't wait for P4: Hail Stan to drop on April 5th (a week).

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

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

Not a metal band, but at least they influenced other progressive metal bands. - shadomatrix

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

Though Rush has never fully delved into metal, they are undeniably amazing in the genre of progressive rock. Over a nearly 50 year career, they managed to stay relevant even when other rock bands faded away. Also, 2112. Need I say more? - CaptDeadeye

20 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.

Amazing band I only found them out a few days ago but now they are one of my favorite prog metal bands

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

One of the most unique and talented modern metal bands. They haven't made a single bad album and I doubt they ever will. - xSalad_

This band is incredible. They have produced some of the most beautiful and well written music imaginable. Portal if I is one of the best albums you will ever hear

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.

Best new band in decades.. completely dominates any other music I've listened to in songwriting + musicianship

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

I lived through this era. It was insane. There was a before CG and after. They made all metal at the time seem obselete. Then Grunge *really* made metal obsolete, and CG self-destructed. Worth a listen today, it's retro enough to sound fresh again, unlike some of their contemporaries.

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.

23 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.

Of course Dream Theater is #1. No argument. But this band belongs in the top 5. Best modern sounding Progressive Rock/Metal band. And their last 3 albums that many complain about happen to be favorites of mine. Sure they abandoned most their heavy sound but they have matured and make flawless recordings. I enjoy listening to them as much as Dream Theater and as much as any classic 70's Progressive Rock band. I prefer them over Porcupine Tree any day.

This band is truly special and unique ever since their debut. I feel like I am listening to Pink Floyd and The Cure at the same time with Porcupine Tree elements. More a band with Metal elements than being generally Metal. They are frequently pretty mellow. Love Fear and the Time Machine is one of the better albums I have heard in the last 30+ years. While Big Big Train is my favorite Progressive Rock band Riverside is my favorite in Prog-Metal.

Amazing in every way. These guys are one of the best bands ever that very few even know about. They are definitely my favorite band.

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

24 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.

25 Threshold

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

They are the best...

Must be in top

Because its Threshold

26 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

One of the best actual progressive metal bands.

27 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.

They were prog metal right from the beginning. In 1983, they released their debut, Sirens. For thos who don't think their early material is prog metal, think again, or at least listen. They used all kinds of instruments and experimental sounds even on their early stuff, and they evolved with it throughout their career. One of the finest bands in history, and they make me proud to be a Floridian.

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.

28 Devin Townsend Project Devin Townsend Project was a Canadian progressive metal band founded in 2008 and another venture of Devin Townsend, considered separate from the material released as Devin Townsend.

Deconstruction and Ziltoid are the best prog-comedy metal albums ever made.

Devin Townsend is the prodigy of metal! Listen to him, thank me later!

Really good songwriter, really good guitarist and incredible vocalist. If you're talking prog-metal then you should be talking about this guy at some point. It's an honest to god crime to have him at 147th!

67th? Are you kidding me?

Devin has more songwriting than this top 50 combined.

29 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.

Very powerful albums. heavy, technical, and fast, truly gives you the feeling of north, snow and coldness..

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

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

Can't believe they're this low on the list. If you like prog and black combined, check them out.

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

31 The Ocean

The band brilliantly blends sludge with progressive and post-metal with almost unparalleled success and make amazing concept albums out of the most creative and interesting ideas. Precambrian, Heliocentric/Antropocentric and Pelagial are all fantastic albums of the highest level. The Ocean is a gem.

Pelagial is one of the best concept albums I've heard

32 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!

33 Persefone Persefone is an Andorran progressive melodic 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

Great sound and power!

34 Tesseract Tesseract are a British progressive metal band from Milton Keynes, England. The band, formed in 2003, consists of Daniel Tompkins, Alec "Acle" Kahney, James Monteith, Amos Williams, and Jay Postones. The band is currently signed to Kscope.

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

Should be a lot higher in this poll.

35 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.

It's just plain wrong that Leprous is at 29th place. ( At the time of writing this )
Up you go!

Probably one of the best prog metal bands. Einar is one of the best prog vocalists alongside Devy, they deserve to be in the top 5 at least

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

36 Redemption X

Redemption is better than most of the other bands ahead in this list.

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

37 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

38 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.
39 Beyond Twilight
40 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

For those haters who will say that this is christian metalcore, their recent stuff is progressive, listen to their album ''the stage'' or songs like ''Exist'' and ''Save Me'' - danimey

41 Kamelot Kamelot is an American power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991. The Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined for the album Siége Perilous, and shared songwriting credit with Youngblood until his departure in April 2011. On June 22, 2012, Youngblood announced ...read more.

Roy is simply one of the best vocalists out there today. Dude used to be a legitimate opera singer, and I'd say that adds serious dimension to Kamelot as a metal band. Their songs are also nicely layered, often in an orchestral way. Highly underrated

Roy Khan was an awesome singer in his day, but I have to say when they replaced him with Tommy Karevik (Of Seventh Wonder), they made the perfect choice. He's even better than Roy ever was and the band seems to be doing their thing better than ever.

Such a wonderful band but not prog metal - germshep24

It saddened my heart to see Kamelot as #36 on the list. This band was easily in my top 3 back in the Roy Khan days, and still in my top 5 with Tommy Karevik.

42 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

43 To-Mera

Interesting and unique blend of prog and jazz, with amazing female jazz-style vocals, "Inside the Hourglass" really got me into them! - petrucci75hammet

44 Agalloch Agalloch was an American black/folk metal band from Portland, Oregon. They were formed in 1995 by frontman John Haughm. They released five studios albums, four EPs, two singles, one split single, two demos, four compilation albums, and one live video before disbanding in May 2016.
45 Shadow Gallery

They are my favourite band! Greatest prog band ever!

Shadow Gallery is a completely underrated band.

One of the most underrated metal groups. - shadomatrix

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.

46 Transatlantic

I don't think they were playing metal music or prog metal sound. Yes they are among of the best but they should listed in the best prog rock band ever!

THEY HAVE A 45 MINUTE SONG! 'enough Said!

47 Baroness Baroness is an American heavy metal band from Savannah, Georgia whose original members grew up together in Lexington, Virginia.

Very underrated band, not sure why... Nowadays, even Masto-eff-don tries to be like them. Listen to Yellow & Green, I'm ABSOLUTELY SURE you won't regret it.

love them!

48 System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Alternative 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.

What if I told you alternative metal and progressive metal are different genres.

49 Voivod Voivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec. Their musical style has changed several times since the band's origin in the early 1980s. The band's current line-up consists of Denis "Snake" Bélanger, Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain, Dominique "Rocky" Laroche and Michel "Away" Langevin.

Wow. Not even in the top 10? Disgrace. Any fan of Progressive Metal that has never heard Voivod needs to rethink Progressive Metal entirely. Porcupine Tree is number 8 and they're NOT EVEN METAL.

Voivod is Yes meets Exodus meets Pink Floyd meets Rush meets Motorhead meets Genesis meets Kreator on bath salts; and I'm not talking about the kind your Mom uses.

Voivod has more balls than any of these guys, with the exception of Rush. Too many lame-ass boo bands being labeled as progressive.

War and Pain through The Outer Limits are all masterpieces. Protest the Hero? What the hell is that? This list is irrelevant.
Listen to Tribal Convictions.

Do you expect people to learn about Voivod why you are calling out another band being on the list for not having heard of them? Doesn't make sense to me - Alkadikce

50 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.

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