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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775 339
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
874 398
Tool/Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added

3
664 294
Rush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

4
616 292
Opeth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

5
746 387
Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

6
336 200
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

7
405 253
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

8
345 230
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

9
393 292
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

10
364 293
Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

11
212 165
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
205 161
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

13
223 178
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

14
77 49
Liquid Tension Experiment is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

15
44 18
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
304 276
Between the Buried and Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

17
129 104
Threshold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal

18
110 87
Haken is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Progressive rock

19
23 3
Yes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

20
171 153
The Devin Townsend Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal

21
258 243
Animals as Leaders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Chris Abraham added Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

22
107 97
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

23
64 51
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
88 78
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

25
132 128
TesseracT is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
swapnil-tiwari added Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

26
148 148
Riverside is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

27
67 59
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
slaft added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

28
144 146
Voivod is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

29
49 42
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Turner added Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

30
144 153
Cynic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

31
143 152
Baroness is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal

32
17 6
Toto is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

33
60 56
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

34
128 135
Pain of Salvation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

35
196 216
Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

36
159 173
The Dillinger Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

37
18 8
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

38
46 41
Periphery is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Christopher Woodward added Progressive metal, Groove metal, Mathcore

39
78 80
Shadow Gallery is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

40
101 108
King's X is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

41
93 100
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

42
10 1
Nazarath is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added

43
252 293
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
NoahEvans added Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

44
75 80
Spock's Beard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Neo-progressive rock, Progressive metal, Rock music

45
46 45
Atheist is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

46
88 96
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

47
45 44
Transatlantic is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

48
64 68
Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

49
27 23
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

50
48 49
Vanden Plas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock