Greatest Progressive Metal Bands


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21 Threshold

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

They are the best...

Must be in top

Easily the best. probably even better than DT

22 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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23 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.

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

I think they are more into prog rock of sound not metal. The difference between them is like listening to Iron Maiden and Guns n Roses!

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25 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.

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!

Best Band ever, they were the gods of Heavy metal.your list lacks in inspirational enlistment.go and listen to savatage and then make another list.

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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

I sold my old drumkit to the vocalist :3

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27 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

28 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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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 more.

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

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

#38? They should be in TOP 10! - Ananya

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.

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30 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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31 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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32 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 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 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.

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34 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. 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.

NOT progressive. And NOT metal. Shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure

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35 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.

36 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

37 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.

I honestly do not see why these guys aren't higher

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38 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

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.

39 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

40 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 more.
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