Greatest Progressive Metal Bands
The Top Ten
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.
Listen to Octavarium, A Change Of Seasons, In The Presence Of Enemies... The list goes on! They're amazing!
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.
Opeth are just magnificent. Especially their heavier stuff thought the new ones are great too. By the way, Michael akerfeld is probably the greatest musician ever: opeth, edge of sanity, katatonia and porcupine tree. What else can you ask for.
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.
Tool and Opeth...Goodness god...
Dream Theater though, they're pretty awful.
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.
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.
Mastodon are one of the best bands ever. They have had many sound changes that all worked out well. They have only excellent albums with my favourite being leviathan. Also I love the fact that they have three different voices.
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.
Mastodon used to be a sludge band, but now they are proggy as hell. They are incredible and great songwriters.
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.
Should be in the Top 5
1. Dream Theater
Go listen to all of "From Sirius to Mars" especially flying whales
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.
Why don't I find gojira, meshuggah in top 10? They are a very innovative step in this genre
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.
Why is Queensryche progressive metal? They sounds neither progressive NOR metal in my opinion. They actually sound the closest to glam metal as I see.
I hear more Bon Jovi in an average Queensryche song, especially outside Operation: Mindcrime, than resemblance to any other progressive metal band (except Crimson Glory which also sounds oike glam metal). Where are the implementations of other genres? Where are the unorthodox song structures? Where is the prog rock influence at all?
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
Incredibly talented and most underrated Progressive Metal band.
They are currently #8, I think of the hundreds of extremely innovative underground progressive metal bands our there, to say Queensryche is underrated is just an ignorant statement in my opinion. - Gamefreak23788
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.
Should be higher in my opinion, maybe not number 1 but defiantly top 3
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
What an awesome band.Thomas hakee is probably my favourite drummer of all time alongside George kolias(Nile). Frederick thandernal is a guitar god and Kidman’s vocals match the whole atmosphere perfectly. Every album thy have made is glorious. Well maybe except from contradictions collapse which is still a solid album.
Progressive Metal and Messuggah not even in top ten! This is joke or what? Sorry but you all are crazy!
They definitely had some metal songs towards the end of their discography
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.
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?
Not metal, but still voting because they're listed and they were a great prog rock band.
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.
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.
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.
This band should be higher on this list, that's why I voted for this, but my real favorite band is dream theater
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..
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.
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.
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!
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.
Super cool and weird, where every album sounds unbelievably different from one another, yet always maintains an extremely high level of quality.
Another non prog metal band
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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
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
One of the most unique and talented modern metal bands. They haven't made a single bad album and I doubt they ever will.
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.
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.
Not a metal band, but at least they influenced other progressive metal bands.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
This are a very origibnail band, but very underrated. I don´t know why.
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.
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.
Just recently discovered these guys from Poland, they have their own awesome progressive sound, check out their album "Second Life Syndrome".
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.
What Threshold should be the NUMBER 1! They are the BEST!
They are the best...
Must be in top
Because its Threshold