Once the best progressive rock bands were firmly established, there were several waves of prog rock that occurred after the genre became firmly entrenched in the minds of both female and male listeners. One wave of progressive rock included the new prog era. Also known as new progressive rock bands, these more modern groups emerged in the 2000s, well after the first wave. The new prog rock bands had more of an alternative music influence, but also incorporated progressive rock and had an expansive sound. Unlike other progressive rock singers and instrumentalists, new prog artists are more speed metal and punk-driven.
So, what are the best new progressive rock bands? For starters, any list of new prog rock bands must include the names Porcupine Tree, The Mars Volta, Coheed and Cambria, and Muse. These bands take traditional prog rock, like the theatricality of the live show, and put their own twist on them. These bands are among the biggest in progressive rock, and their status on this list shouldn't be too surprising.
That said, it's up to you to determine which old school and current new prog rock bands are the best. This list answers the questions "who are the best new prog bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest new prog musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the bands' music (albums and songs) instead of just voting for the most popular new prog bands that you might've heard of.