Greatest Progressive Metal Bands


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62 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

63 Katatonia Katatonia Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band has released nine studio albums spanning the course of three decades, and their tenth studio album, The Fall of Hearts was released on May 20, 2016.

Katatonia is not the death/doom metal band they were in the 90's. I can't describe them currently as progressive metal OR progressive rock, they seem to exist in a genre all their own. Still, Night is the New Day, Great Cold Distance and Dead End Kings are some of my all-time favorite albums, they are beautifully dark, and have a clean, refined sound. I love the harmonized vocals, haunting guitar riffs and technical drumming.

From Sweden and successfully sharing headliners with Opeth and sharing members on the fantastic side project Bloodbath. Another death metal band worth to try.

Katatonia might be recently exploring the progressive side of metal, but is a serious contender thou.

Not so much in their earlier offerings but everything from viva emptiness on makes these guys one of the top contenders for the prog metal hall of fame. I'm always anxiously awaiting their next release

One of the best post-metal bands of all times!

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64 Planet X

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

65 Anathema

Actually, Anathema have a close feeling to the listener.

66 Voyager

Their V album is progressing good

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67 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.
68 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.
69 Section A

The Best Progressive Band in the world

70 Mekong Delta Mekong Delta
71 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.

72 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...

73 Scale the Summit
74 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.

75 Redemption

How in the world are these guys not on the list? Insanely good prog metal and fronted by Ray Alder from Fates Warning. A must have.

76 Origin Origin Origin is an American death metal band from Topeka, Kansas, founded in 1998. They have been recognized by music critics and metal fans alike for combining a harsh sound with a high level of technical skill.
77 Disillusion Disillusion V 2 Comments
78 Ballerina

Ballerina really kicks ass! My favorite new band. Up there with the greats, like Dream Theater, Fairyland, Spiral Architect and Spastic Ink. This level of musicality is rare and hard to come by. Down with commercial marketing and let the true artists shine. Here's to the New Age.

How were they able to cram so much musical know-how at such a young age. Couldn't praise them enough! The best indonesian metal progressive!

The greates band from indonesia

Ballerina you guys are just excellent..technically knotty but you did it..saludo! Greates music keep on prog m/

79 Vektor Vektor

Truly under appreciated masters of the genre. A very original act.

80 Dir en Grey Dir en Grey DIR EN GREY is a Japanese metal band formed in 1997 and currently signed to Firewall Div., a sub-division of Free-Will.

The album Uroboros is phenomenal
And don't listen to the old ones... They're not prog metal

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