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Best Progressive Metal Bands

The beauty of progressive metal is that it combines the genres of progressive rock and heavy metal to crate a genre that is as innovative as it is exciting. Prog metal started in the 1970s in the UK and US before shooting to prominence in the 1980s. While there are elements of hard rock intertwined as well, progressive metal bands also incorporates other avant garde structures and genres that usually wouldn't be associated with heavy metal. The best progressive metal bands have some of the strongest followings in all of metal music, and can sell out arenas and stadiums across the globe. While progressive metal bands don't move the needle like they use to, they're still among the most original and exciting bands in heavy metal.

So, what are the best progressive metal bands? For starters, you need to look at the likes of Dream Theater, Opeth, Mastodon and Meshuggah are well known progressive metal bands that are known to be at or near the top of the heap. These bands are widely recognized as some of the greatest progressive metal bands and everyone knows that if you're loyal to a prog metal band, they'll return the behavior with epic albums and incredible live performances.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best progressive metal bands. All of the top prog metal bands are known for their skill and charisma. If you notice that a particular prog metal band isn't on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best progressive metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest progressive metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular progressive metal bands that you might've heard of (216 items)

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    Crack the Skye, Leviathan, Blood Mountain

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    Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

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    Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Images and Words, Metropolis

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    Blackwater Park, Damnation, Ghost Reveries

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    Destroy Erase Improve, obZen, Chaosphere

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    Colors, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, Alaska

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    From Mars to Sirius, The Way of All Flesh, L'Enfant Sauvage

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    Operation: Mindcrime, Empire, Promised Land

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    In Absentia, Fear of a Blank Planet, Deadwing

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    The Downward Spiral, The Fragile, With Teeth

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    Animals as Leaders, Weightless, The Joy of Motion

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    The Second Stage Turbine Blade, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, ...

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    Miss Machine, Option Paralysis, Calculating Infinity

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    Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Oceania

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    The Divine Wings of Tragedy, Paradise Lost, The Odyssey

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    City, 1994 - 2006 Chaos Years, The New Black

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    Blue Record, Yellow & Green, Red Album

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    Thrill Seeker, Constellations, Messengers

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    In the Absence of Truth, Oceanic, Panopticon

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    One, Demo 2007, Altered State

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    The Human Equation, Into the Electric Castle, 01011001

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    Accelerated Evolution, Synchestra

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    Kezia, Fortress, Scurrilous

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    Dogman, Ear Candy, Faith Hope Love

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    Pain of Mind, Enemy of the Sun, Souls at Zero

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    Second Life Syndrome, Out of Myself, Shrine of New Generation Slaves

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    Traced in Air, Focus, Re-Traced

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    Awaken the Guardian, A Pleasant Shade of Gray, The Spectre Within

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    Midheaven, Digital Veil, Nocturne

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    Streets: A Rock Opera, The Wake of Magellan, Edge of Thorns

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    Remedy Lane, The Perfect Element, Part I

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    Infinite, Visions, Twilight Time

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    Angel Rat, Lives, The Outer Limits

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    Imaginations From the Other Side, Nightfall in Middle-Earth, A Twist in ...

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    Critical Mass, Clone, Dead Reckoning

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    Valley of Smoke, Void, Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words with Tones) ...

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    Dawn of Victory, Symphony of Enchanted Lands, The Frozen Tears of Angels ...

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    Am Universum, Tales From the Thousand Lakes, Tuonela

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    Heliocentric, Anthropocentric, Precambrian

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    Ashes Against the Grain, The Mantle, The Demonstration Archive 1996–1998 ...

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    Terminate Damnation, The Physics of Fire, Dichotomy

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    The Jelly Jam, The Jelly Jam 2, Shall We Descend

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    The Sham Mirrors, La Masquerade Infernale, Aspera Hiems Symfonia

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    Time I, Wintersun, Winter Madness

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    ART OF LIFE, Art of Life 1993.12.31 Tokyo Dome, Complete Singles

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    Sylentiger

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    Dualism, Silhouettes, Drawing Circles

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    Time Requiem, Optical Illusion, The Inner Circle of Reality

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