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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Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

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566 255
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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639 325
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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469 247
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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330 217
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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247 156
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Porcupine Tree Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

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235 185
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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289 237
Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Meshuggah Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

10
286 239
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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152 140
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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244 245
Between the Buried and Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Between the Buried and Me Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

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149 144
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Ayreon Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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152 148
Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Fates Warning Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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95 91
Threshold is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Threshold Progressive metal

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126 130
The Devin Townsend Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
The Devin Townsend Band Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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204 219
Animals as Leaders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Chris Abraham added Animals as Leaders Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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70 67
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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36 29
Liquid Tension Experiment is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Liquid Tension Experiment Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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47 42
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
slaft added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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46 41
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Guest_a262f1df-3299-45d1-b775-180edfa9b48c added Deep Purple

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45 42
The Who is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
slaft added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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117 127
Voivod is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Voivod Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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229 259
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
NoahEvans added Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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116 126
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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60 60
Haken is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Haken Progressive metal, Progressive rock

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74 77
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Blind Guardian Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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40 37
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Uriah Heep Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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121 135
Cynic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Cynic Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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171 195
Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Coheed and Cambria Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

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137 155
The Dillinger Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added The Dillinger Escape Plan Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

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117 131
Baroness is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Baroness Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal

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102 116
Pain of Salvation is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Pain of Salvation Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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31 30
Transatlantic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Transatlantic Progressive metal, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

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133 156
Strapping Young Lad is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Strapping Young Lad Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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59 65
Spock's Beard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Spock's Beard Neo-progressive rock, Progressive metal, Rock music

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95 110
TesseracT is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
swapnil-tiwari added TesseracT Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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31 31
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
slaft added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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41 44
Sieges Even is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Sieges Even Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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49 54
Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Watchtower Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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57 64
Shadow Gallery is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Shadow Gallery Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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80 94
King's X is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
King's X Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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33 35
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner 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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28 30
Atheist is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Atheist Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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20 20
Orphaned Land is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Orphaned Land Death-doom, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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26 28
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Turner added Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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25 27
Pagan's Mind is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Jamie Long added Pagan's Mind Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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162 203
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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36 42
ARK is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
ARK Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock