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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818 316
Opeth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

2
807 418
Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

3
454 213
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

4
706 365
Rush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
486 265
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

6
427 242
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

7
919 587
Tool/Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added

8
825 523
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
460 303
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

10
411 304
Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

11
242 173
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
244 187
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

13
130 91
Haken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Progressive rock

14
211 171
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

15
57 27
Death is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Logan Frankart added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

16
319 285
Between the Buried and Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

17
33 6
Yes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

18
85 57
Liquid Tension Experiment is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

19
181 154
The Devin Townsend Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal

20
269 248
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
132 111
Threshold is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal

22
120 99
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

23
73 52
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

24
76 63
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
slaft added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

25
27 10
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock