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Best Progressive Metal Bands

Progressive metal artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good progressive metal bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top progressive metal bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Progressive metal groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all progressive metal bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest progressive metal bands of all time, since the most famous progressive metal artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best progressive metal music.

You can click on the progressive metal band names to see more information about that particular notable progressive metal group. If they're near the top of the best progressive metal artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top progressive metal bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the progressive metal band names themselves.

This list has a variety of items in it, from Rush to Muse. Vote for your favorite items by clicking thumbs up on them. The list includes stuff like Neil Peart and Tool, giving you a breadth of choices.

All important, significant and iconic names in progressive metal music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new progressive metal bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of progressive metal, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into progressive metal music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good progressive metal bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent progressive metal bands.

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, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Progressive metal, Death metal

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    Tornado Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Mathcore

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Deathcore

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Technical death metal

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    Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Mathcore, Heavy metal

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    Post-metal, Progressive metal, Deathcore

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    Progressive metal, Mathcore, Metalcore

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    Progressive metal, Mathcore, Metalcore

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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    Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

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    Death-doom, Progressive metal, Oriental metal

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    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Post-metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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    Doom metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Death-doom, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Progressive metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock

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    Progressive metal, Deathcore, Melodic death metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Neo-psychedelia, Heavy metal

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    Dynamic Lights Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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    Progressive metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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