The Best Progressive Metal Bands

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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 (267 items)
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    Tool/Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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    Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

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    Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

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    Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Haken is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands

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    Progressive metal, Progressive rock

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    Progressive metal

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive metal, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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