Metal 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 (367 items)
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736 317
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
834 370
Tool/Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added

3
627 275
Rush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

4
580 280
Opeth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

5
724 372
Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

6
315 187
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

7
382 247
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

8
322 216
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

9
366 280
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

10
347 282
Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

11
210 168
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

12
193 157
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

13
194 159
Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

14
103 75
Haken is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Progressive rock

15
296 267
Between the Buried and Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

16
67 44
Liquid Tension Experiment is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

17
250 234
Animals as Leaders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Chris Abraham added Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

18
31 10
Death is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Logan Frankart added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

19
160 146
The Devin Townsend Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal

20
117 103
Threshold is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal

21
84 70
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

22
125 120
TesseracT is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
swapnil-tiwari added Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

23
141 142
Riverside is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

24
137 139
Voivod is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

25
54 46
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

26
94 92
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

27
141 147
Cynic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

28
43 35
Periphery is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Christopher Woodward added Progressive metal, Groove metal, Mathcore

29
139 145
Baroness is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal

30
124 128
Pain of Salvation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

31
157 167
The Dillinger Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

32
192 210
Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

33
90 94
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

34
55 53
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
slaft added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

35
250 284
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
NoahEvans added Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

36
43 39
Transatlantic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

37
6 0
Toto is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

38
6 0
Yes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

39
96 104
King's X is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

40
51 51
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

41
70 74
Spock's Beard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Neo-progressive rock, Progressive metal, Rock music

42
41 39
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Turner added Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

43
146 166
Strapping Young Lad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

44
61 64
Evergrey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

45
70 75
Shadow Gallery is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

46
40 41
Atheist is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

47
56 61
The Who is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

48
9 3
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

49
58 64
Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

50
35 36
Pagan's Mind is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Jamie Long added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal