Greatest Progressive Metal Bands


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21 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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22 Threshold

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

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23 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

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

Nu meta, alternative metal. I wouldn't count them as a metal band. Most of their music is punk rock style. Especially guitar riffs - zxm

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24 Leprous Leprous

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...

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.

Dream Theater? Tool? Symphony X? Between the Buried and Me? Gojira? Don't make me laugh, this band is easily better than all of them. This band is a real breath of freash air in sea of Dream Theater and Meshuggah clones. Excellent songwriting held together by Einar Solberg's fantastic vocals.

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25 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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26 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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27 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.

28 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

29 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

30 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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31 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.

32 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.

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.

Excellent extreme progressive metal band.

33 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!

34 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". V 1 Comment
35 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

Should be a lot higher in this poll.

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36 Haken

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.

For every prog philosopher out there, Haken fits the bill on every aspect of musical brilliance. They will be, with out a doubt, the next king in the prog universe. Take a moment and embark on the epic journeys Haken has brought to the ear, it is a moment of breathtaking excellence.

Recommendations for heavier posed listeners: Darkest Light, Insomnia

Recommendations for melodically posed listeners: Crystallized, Visions, Celestial Elixir

Give them a few more years and they'll be on the top of this list. Mike Portnoy has declared Haken the progressive metal band of the future and he is not wrong.

I have always viewed Haken as the Dream Theater with a little bit more soul and grit. They aren't as technically proficient as DT (although they are pretty damn close), but as a whole unit they just know how to write good music. Ever think a story about a mermaid could bring you to tears? Me either, but then I listened to Aquarius. Haken will blow your world apart.

They also have the best prog singer in the business in Ross Jennings in my opinion. That guy has an incredible voice.

Go listen to them now and see what I mean. This is the prog band of the future.

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37 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

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38 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

39 Kamelot 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 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.

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.

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40 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. -

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

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

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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