Top 10 Most Underrated Progressive Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Crimson Glory Crimson Glory Crimson Glory is an American progressive metal band that formed in 1979 under the name Pierced Arrow.

They were the first Progressive Metal band ever and nobody cares! Astronomica is one of the best Prog albums ever! They came first, and Fates Warning and Queensryche followed them, they are basically the foundation of Progressive Metal. - ryanrimmel

Transcendence is still one of the most unique sounding albums in metal. - Caleb9000

One of the first prog metal bands with one of metal's greatest vocalists - Midnight (RIP) - Caleb9000

2 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.
3 Queensryche Queensryche Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob. They released their self titled EP in 1984, but didn’t gain notoriety until the release of their critically acclaimed album Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. As of now, they more.

No, this is very well known already, In fact Queensryche is a bit overrated. - Gamefreak23788

Not really underrated. They were the Dream Theater before Dream Theater. - IronSabbathPriest

Where the hell is Protest the Hero?

Great live. Competent and clear

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4 Diablo Swing Orchestra
5 Voivod Voivod Voivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec. Their musical style has changed several times since the band's origin in the early 1980s. The band's current line-up consists of Denis "Snake" Bélanger, Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain, Dominique "Rocky" Laroche and Michel "Away" Langevin.
6 The Ocean
7 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.
8 Theocracy Theocracy Theocracy is a Christian progressive power metal band founded in 2002 by Matt Smith of Athens, Georgia.

While some people may be turned off by the christian themed lyrics (I don't understand why but okay) This band is not something you want to skip out on.

They are underrated and they will be underrated for that Christian thing in their lyrics.
But they are really good and consistent, and maybe one day the quality of their music will eventually win. - Metal_Treasure

9 Cult of Luna Cult of Luna Cult of Luna is a Swedish metal band from Umeå founded in 1998. They often perform post-metal music similar to the contemporary bands Neurosis and Isis.
10 Dreamscape

The Contenders

11 Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for "forget not") are an extreme progressive metal band from Melbourne, Australia, formed in 2003.

These guys are way too overrated for the uninspiring and artificial music that they've produced so far. I also disagree that they are unnoticed as I keep hearing metalheads rambling on about them and their so-called greatness.

They are more unnoticed than underrated but they are great, yeah. - Metal_Treasure

12 Fates Warning Fates Warning Fates Warning is an American progressive metal band, formed in 1982 by vocalist John Arch, guitarists Jim Matheos and Victor Arduini, bassist Joe DiBiase, and drummer Steve Zimmerman in Hartford, Connecticut.
13 Transatlantic
14 Beyond Twilight Beyond Twilight
15 Disillusion Disillusion

Definitely a super underrated band - Gamefreak23788

Fabulous prog band. They have two albums, one of which is in my top 25 of all time. - IronSabbathPriest

16 Protest the Hero

So incredibly underrated!

so good

17 Haken Haken Haken are an English progressive metal band formed in 2007 by multi-instrumentalist Richard Henshall, guitarist Matthew Marshall, and vocalist Ross Jennings.
18 Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad was a Canadian extreme metal band formed by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1994. The band started as a one-man studio project; Townsend played most of the instruments on the 1995 debut album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing. By 1997, he had recruited permanent members; more.
19 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.
20 Threshold
21 Tesseract Tesseract
22 The Contortionist The Contortionist The Contortionist is an American progressive metal band from Indianapolis, Indiana. Formed in 2007, the band consists of guitarists Robby Baca and Cameron Maynard, drummer Joey Baca, vocalist Mike Lessard, bassist Jordan Eberhardt, and keyboardist Eric Guenther.
23 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".
24 Agalloch Agalloch Agalloch was an American black/folk metal band from Portland, Oregon. They were formed in 1995 by frontman John Haughm. They released five studios albums, four EPs, two singles, one split single, two demos, four compilation albums, and one live video before disbanding in May 2016.
25 Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive rock band led by Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the band's main songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, and vocalist.
26 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.
27 koRn koRn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

Is this a joke? NOT Progressive. NOT metal. NOT underrated... - Metal_Treasure

Is korn even progressive? No - ryanrimmel

They're not progressive. They're just the terrible pioneers of nu metal.

Korn's not progressive at all.

28 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.
29 Nocturnus

Death metal with keyboards - Caleb9000

30 HeXeN HeXeN
31 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.
32 To-Mera
33 Persefone Persefone Persefone is an Andorran progressive death metal band formed in October 2001. The band's name is derived from Persephone, a figure in Greek Mythology.
34 Pagan's Mind
35 Orphaned Land
36 Vektor Vektor Vektor is an American progressive thrash metal band from Tempe, Arizona. The band was formed under the name Locrian around June 2003, but changed their name to Vektor in 2004.
37 Obscura Obscura Obscura is a technical/progressive death metal band from Germany, founded in 2002. The band became prominent when members of Necrophagist and Pestilence joined Steffen Kummerer to release the critically acclaimed second full-length album, Cosmogenesis. The band was named after the Gorguts album Obscura. more.

These guys are awesome. I would say they are more unnoticed than underrated though. Need more attention. - Metal_Treasure

38 King's X
39 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative more.

LOL 3x - NOT Progressive. NOT metal. NOT underrated. - Metal_Treasure

40 Dead By Sunrise Dead By Sunrise
41 Psychotic Waltz Psychotic Waltz
42 Vanden Plas
43 Caligula's Horse Caligula's Horse
44 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

First of all, these guys are not metal and secondly, they are bland, boring, and overrated.

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