Best Progressive Metal Bands Bands/Musicians
Vote List
1,899 votes 18,580 views more info

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 (200 items)
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
  1. 1
    Up 35
    Down 11

    Stockholm, Sweden

    open buy @ amazon
  2. 2
    Up 36
    Down 12

    Long Island, New York, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  3. 3
    Up 31
    Down 12

    Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  4. 4
    Up 17
    Down 5

    added by Chris Abraham

    open buy @ amazon
  5. 5
    Up 29
    Down 16

    Middletown, New Jersey, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  6. 6
    Up 23
    Down 11

    Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  7. 7
    Up 21
    Down 10

    North Carolina, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  8. 8
    Up 15
    Down 5

    Miami, Florida, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  9. 9
    Up 19
    Down 11

    Vancouver, Canada

    open buy @ amazon
  10. 10
    Up 9
    Down 2

    Clearwater, Florida, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  11. 11
    Up 10
    Down 3

    Jonquière, Saguenay, Canada

    open buy @ amazon
  12. 12
    Up 12
    Down 5

    Bayonne, France

    open buy @ amazon
  13. 13
    Up 12
    Down 5

    Umeå, Sweden

    open buy @ amazon
  14. 14
    Up 8
    Down 2

    Netherlands

    open buy @ amazon
  15. 15
    Up 10
    Down 4
    No image

    Netherlands

    open buy @ amazon
  16. 16
    Up 11
    Down 5

    Oakland, California, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  17. 17
    Up 9
    Down 4
    No image

    Skurup, Sweden

    open buy @ amazon
  18. 18
    Up 8
    Down 3

    Bellevue, Washington, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  19. 19
    Up 15
    Down 11

    Reuver, Netherlands

    open buy @ amazon
  20. 20
    Up 13
    Down 9

    Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  21. 21
    Up 7
    Down 3

    Berlin, Germany

    open buy @ amazon
  22. 22
    Up 8
    Down 5

    Chiba Prefecture

    open buy @ amazon
  23. 23
    Up 7
    Down 4

    Long Island, New York, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  24. 24
    Up 7
    Down 4

    Springfield, Missouri, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  25. 25
    Up 5
    Down 2

    open buy @ amazon
  26. 26
    Up 5
    Down 2

    Lehigh Valley

    open buy @ amazon
  27. 27
    Up 4
    Down 1
    No image

    Andorra

    open buy @ amazon
  28. 28
    Up 4
    Down 1

    Eskilstuna, Sweden

    open buy @ amazon
  29. 29
    Up 4
    Down 1

    Clearwater, Florida, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  30. 30
    Up 4
    Down 1

    Warsaw, Poland

    open buy @ amazon
  31. 31
    Up 10
    Down 8

    Helsinki, Finland

    open buy @ amazon
  32. 32
    Up 9
    Down 7
    No image

    The Devin Townsend Band Vancouver, Canada

    open buy @ amazon
  33. 33
    Up 8
    Down 6

    England

    open buy @ amazon
  34. 34
    Up 7
    Down 5

    Halmstad, Sweden

    open buy @ amazon
  35. 35
    Up 7
    Down 5

    Austin, Texas, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  36. 36
    Up 7
    Down 5

    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  37. 37
    Up 6
    Down 4
    No image

    Toten

    open buy @ amazon
  38. 38
    Up 5
    Down 3
    No image

    Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  39. 39
    Up 5
    Down 3
    No image

    Pennsylvania, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  40. 40
    Up 5
    Down 3

    Netherlands

    open buy @ amazon
  41. 41
    Up 5
    Down 3

    Oakland, California, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  42. 42
    Up 5
    Down 3
    No image

    San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

    open buy @ amazon
  43. 43
    Up 5
    Down 3
    No image

    Paris, France

    open buy @ amazon
  44. 44
    Up 5
    Down 3

    Stavanger, Norway

    open buy @ amazon
  45. 45
    Up 4
    Down 2

    Kaiserslautern, Germany

    open buy @ amazon
  46. 46
    Up 4
    Down 2
    No image

    South Oxfordshire, England

    open buy @ amazon
  47. 47
    Up 4
    Down 2

    Reading, United Kingdom

    open buy @ amazon
  48. 48
    Up 4
    Down 2
    No image

    Chorzów, Poland

    open buy @ amazon
  49. 49
    Up 4
    Down 2
    No image

    Spiral Architect Oslo, Norway

    open buy @ amazon
  50. 50
    Up 4
    Down 2
    No image

    Australia

    open buy @ amazon
201 +

Something missing? Add it!

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

plus...

more popular lists