Best Progressive Metal Epics

A Progressive Metal Epic is another term for a big extravagant progressive metal song usually covering a lengthy time and having a lot of sections or "moments" that leave off either a triumphant or climatic sensation. They are sometimes either the main attraction to a prog metal album or they are often the closing track as well. Sometimes both. They are also usually the longest song of the album, although some albums may have more than one epic.

In this list I am listing off what are some of my favorite as well as some of the most iconic Progressive Metal epics are. These are all, in my opinion, really amazing songs that I definitely recommend. As usual I'll be doing the one song per artist rule, to give every band a chance. Feel free to add some of your own as well.

The Top Ten

White Walls - Between the Buried and Me

This is by far my favorite Progressive Metal song of all-time. The last 5 minutes are some of the most incredible moments in prog that I have had the pleasure to hear. This is what I think is the perfect definition of a Progressive Metal Epic! - cjWriter1997

Black Rose Immortal - Opeth

Opeth are probably one of the most influential bands of progressive music in the past 25 years. They have a lot of awesome epics but the one that I think deserves a mention is the 20+ minute Black Rose Immortal from their album Morningrise. It is absolutely fantastic. - cjWriter1997

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater

This song is a complete masterpiece. At 42 minutes, it stands as Dream Theater's longest and most ambitious song to date.

Decided to pick something different. I'll usually go with Octavarium but I'm picking Six Degress because it is not only of the same quality of Octavarium, it's way longer and more epic. - cjWriter1997

Visions - Haken

Personally, I think this is the best Progressive Metal song of the 2010s. Once again it has that epic 20+ minute length and it never gets old. - cjWriter1997

The Odyssey - Symphony X

I love this song, as it was also one of the first really really long songs I heard. It's a classic to the genre and one definitely worth checking. - cjWriter1997

And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian

The structure is impeccable - Dragonix975

This is probably one of the best Progressive Power Metal epics. Not only is the song structured like an epic, it sounds epic in general. It's probably one of the most uplifiting and triumphant epics to ever be made. - cjWriter1997

The Last Baron - Mastodon

There are two that could qualify from this album, this and The Czar. I decided to pick the longer closer track this time. - cjWriter1997

Octavarium - Dream Theater

This is my favorite song ever so this is definitely my favorite epic

Suite Sister Mary - Queensryche

This is probably one of the first ever Progressive Metal epics. Back in 1988, Queensryche delivered probably one of the most influential metal albums of all time. Suite Sister Mary is the longest song, reaching over 10 minutes. - cjWriter1997

And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris

Progressive Extreme Metal that is absolutely one of the best. The album has a couple epics to choose from but I went with what I personally think is the best. - cjWriter1997

This song is amazingly sick and I love it very much. There are several unique things in its composition. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

Dancers to a Discordant System - Meshuggah

The shortest song on this list but I still consider it an epic as it's the longest and most progressive of the album. It's 9 minutes of sweet heavy technical metal goodness. - cjWriter1997

A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater
Elysium - Stratovarius

18 mins of uplifting musical pleasure.

Dopesmoker - Sleep

60+ minutes of pure prog metal epicness

The Count of Tuscany - Dream Theater
I - Meshuggah
Crystallised - Haken
Mirror of Souls - Theocracy

22:30 minutes of prog power metal - Metal_Treasure

I Am - Theocracy
Weltseele - Obscura
Concealing Fate - Tesseract
Swim to the Moon - Between the Buried and Me
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden

Though Iron Maiden is more of a NWOBHM Band, they delved into progressive territory with Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, and the title track of that album is the closest to progressive rock they've ever come. At nearly ten minutes, with the first half telling of the titular myth of the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and the second half being an instrumental filled with multiple guitar solos plenty of great synthesizer moments, this song is one of the best examples of Maiden's progressive leanings.

Lateralus - Tool

With the composition themed after the famous Fibonacci Sequence, this is often considered to be Tool's greatest song and one of, if not the greatest metal songs of the modern era.

Recharging the Void - Vektor
Art of Life - X Japan
Angel of Salvation - Galneryus
Illumination Theory - Dream Theater
Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden

This was the song that started it all - Dragonix975

Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
The Sleep of Restless Hours - Disillusion
Graves - Caligula's Horse
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