bands/musicians 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 (268 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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Rush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Mastodon Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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+ - 448 235
Opeth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Opeth Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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+ - 313 209
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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+ - 229 147
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Porcupine Tree Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

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Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Meshuggah Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

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+ - 219 178
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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+ - 273 229
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Gojira Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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+ - 146 133
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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+ - 42 27
The Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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+ - 238 232
Between the Buried and Me is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Between the Buried and Me Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

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+ - 140 137
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Ayreon Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Fates Warning Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Animals as Leaders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Animals as Leaders Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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+ - 41 33
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands

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+ - 66 61
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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The Devin Townsend Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
The Devin Townsend Band Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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Threshold is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Threshold Progressive metal

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+ - 31 24
Liquid Tension Experiment is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Liquid Tension Experiment Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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+ - 55 52
Haken is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Haken Progressive metal, Progressive rock

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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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+ - 112 119
Riverside is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Riverside Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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+ - 35 31
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Uriah Heep Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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+ - 114 124
Baroness is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Baroness Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal

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Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Coheed and Cambria Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Voivod is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Voivod Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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Cynic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Cynic Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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The Dillinger Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
The Dillinger Escape Plan Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

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Pain of Salvation is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Pain of Salvation Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 57 59
Spock's Beard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Spock's Beard Neo-progressive rock, Progressive metal, Rock music

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+ - 69 74
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Blind Guardian Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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+ - 92 103
TesseracT is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
TesseracT Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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+ - 27 26
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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+ - 129 151
Strapping Young Lad is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Strapping Young Lad Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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+ - 55 61
Shadow Gallery is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Shadow Gallery Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 30 31
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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+ - 38 41
Sieges Even is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Sieges Even Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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+ - 160 194
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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+ - 47 53
Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Watchtower Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 27 28
Transatlantic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Transatlantic Progressive metal, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

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Psychotic Waltz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Psychotic Waltz Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 77 93
King's X is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
King's X Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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+ - 25 27
Atheist is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Atheist Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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+ - 22 24
Pagan's Mind is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Pagan's Mind Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 43 51
Evergrey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Evergrey Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 98 122
Isis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Isis Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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+ - 17 18
Orphaned Land is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Orphaned Land Death-doom, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal