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 (494 items)

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Tool/Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Tool/Maynard James Keenan

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Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Liquid Tension Experiment is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Liquid Tension Experiment Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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

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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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Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Amorphis Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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

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

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Death is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Logan Frankart added Death Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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Riverside is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Riverside Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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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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Cynic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Cynic Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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

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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Pain of Salvation is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Pain of Salvation Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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Baroness is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Baroness Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal

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Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Blind Guardian Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
slaft added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
NoahEvans added Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Coheed and Cambria Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

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The Dillinger Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added The Dillinger Escape Plan Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

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Transatlantic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Transatlantic Progressive metal, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

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Periphery is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Christopher Woodward added Periphery Progressive metal, Groove metal, Mathcore

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Atheist is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Atheist Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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King's X is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
King's X Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Uriah Heep Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
slaft added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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

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Spock's Beard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Spock's Beard Neo-progressive rock, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Shadow Gallery is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Shadow Gallery Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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Strapping Young Lad is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Strapping Young Lad Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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Evergrey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Evergrey Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Watchtower Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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

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Sieges Even is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Sieges Even Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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Pagan's Mind is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Jamie Long added Pagan's Mind Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Psychotic Waltz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Psychotic Waltz Progressive metal, Heavy metal