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 (368 items)
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901 328
Opeth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

2
834 437
Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

3
467 240
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

4
509 274
Queensr├┐che is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

5
726 414
Rush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
447 254
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

7
518 308
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

8
872 588
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
486 311
Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

10
948 652
Tool/Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added

11
285 174
Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

12
285 189
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

13
153 92
Haken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Progressive rock

14
80 32
Death is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Logan Frankart added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

15
235 171
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

16
106 59
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
48 11
Yes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

18
197 155
The Devin Townsend Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal

19
333 289
Between the Buried and Me is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

20
288 252
Animals as Leaders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Chris Abraham added Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

21
126 102
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

22
136 113
Threshold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal

23
32 11
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

24
99 82
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

25
148 134
TesseracT is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
swapnil-tiwari added Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal