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61 Protest the Hero

Why has nobody heard of these guys? They're so damn good, and yet nobody listens to them?! They have some of the most talented metal guitarists around, and all of their stuff is mental. The vocals are just incredible, and wow, the bassist is so cool. And to lock all that in, the drummer has some serious skill.

Would easily be top 10 if people even knew about them, don't know if they're really big anywhere outside of Canada. Great band, don't dislike one song. I put them up there with Periphery even higher. Should NOT be at 58 by any means. If you haven't heard of these guys, do your self a favour and look them up!

Deserves a higher spot, a highly underrated and looked over band. Really great stuff and amazing musicianship. Should be up there with Tool, Dillinger Escape Plan, Dream Theater, Etc..

Tragically underrated. PTH is like the swan song of the world's appreciation of actual talent. Fortress remains one of the best albums I've ever heard, and the others are damn close.

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62 Prototype

Underrated as hell!


63 Neurosis Neurosis Neurosis is a post-metal band, based in Oakland, California. They formed in 1985 as a hardcore punk band, and their sound progressed towards a doom metal style that also included influences from dark ambient and industrial music as well as incorporating elements of folk music.

They are more Post Metal, but everything from

64 Xerath

Greatest band in the entire world. megaheavier than the omniverse crushing groove riffs mixed with modern filmscore and romantic era classical orchestrations and emotion conveyal? perfect formula...

No wonder they're at 126 hahaah

Rich is songwriting Jesus

Greatest band in the entire world. Megaheavy groove riffs that crush omniverses mixed with romantic era classical and modern filmscore inspired orchestrations and emotion conveyal? Perfect formula they have...
Rich is songwriting Jesus but its no wonder they're at #126 :/

65 King's X

Probably one of the most unique and cohesive sounding rock bands of the past 30 years. These guys are so tight, heavy, but melodic at the same time.

66 X-Japan


67 Vanden Plas

Vanden Plas is the best prog metal band in the West

Vanden plas is number one listen to their last album chronicles of the immortals à master peas

68 Soen

If Tool and Opeth would be entities capable of reproducing, this band is probably what their offspring would sound like.

Can't believe this band is so under rated! This band mixes their music with so much emotions. Such a beauty and style.

Most underrated band...soen must be in 4th place

Soen have made great music since Cognitive and Tellurian but ever since Lykaia - in my opinion - they finally clambered up the throne of progressive metal. Deep lyrics, creative riffs, melodies and chord progressions. Great songs, great albums, great musicians, great band.

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69 Planet X

This should be number one - but the music is perhaps too complex?

70 Anathema

Actually, Anathema have a close feeling to the listener.

71 Voyager

Their V album is progressing good

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72 Gorod Gorod Gorod is a technical death metal band from Bordeaux, France. They formed in 1997 under the name Gorgasm releasing their debut album Neurotripsicks on Deadsun Records in 2004. They changed their name to Gorod in 2005 to avoid confusion with an American band also called Gorgasm, re-releasing their debut more.
73 Rishloo

Rishloo is just one of the few good things that will happen in your life. Period. Vocals rule, atmosphere rules, instrumentation rules. At first their sound is similar to Tool, but don't let that stop you. Their sophomore album takes them away from what they used to be. We're talking about one of the greatest and most talented bands out there.

One of the most musically creative bands there are. Still fairly unknow due to their highly deep music and the fact that all their albums are self-published. My favourite band with TOOL and Karnivool.

74 Watchtower Watchtower Watchtower is an American progressive metal band based in Austin, Texas. The band was influenced by late 1970s progressive rock acts, such as Rush and U.K., as well as the burgeoning new wave of British heavy metal scene.
75 Section A

The Best Progressive Band in the world

76 Mekong Delta Mekong Delta
77 Sikth

Excellent band with great techincality! Song orientated, aggression and experimentation throughout. The vocals are marvellous and really theatrical, definitely not in a cheesy way. A must listen.

78 Bad Salad

A fantastic band that deserves more attention than they get

Another band that I came across today on YouTube... Spot on DT cover of Mpt1... And their original music is very good also... They get top marks from me...

79 Scale the Summit
80 Dreamscape

The self-produced first album, "Trance-Like State" (97), showed great promise although the vocalist was a bit of a disappointment. The subsequent "Very" (99) and the following "End of Silence" (04) feature two entirely different yet excellent vocalists as well as a phenomenal drummer, guitarist and keyboard player. The longer tracks on "End of Silence" provide ample space for instrumental stretch-outs yet never sound over-indulgent or contrived. The most impressive thing about this band is their ability to be SO powerful, raise your blood pressure, and then suddenly break out the acoustic guitars and bring you way down to some beautiful, majestic power ballads. These guys are in complete control of their art. Their catchy melodies will no doubt attract the AOR crowd; the restraint they show despite their technical abilities will also be noted by symphonic prog fans; and their crunchiness won't fail to grab the attention of the most demanding metal crowd. A classy metal band indeed.

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