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

2
726 315
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
616 275
Rush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

4
574 278
Opeth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

5
721 368
Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

6
307 185
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

7
376 247
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

8
319 212
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

9
361 276
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

10
344 279
Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

11
207 165
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

12
189 156
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

13
100 72
Haken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Progressive rock

14
189 159
Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

15
291 264
Between the Buried and Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

16
63 41
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
29 8
Death is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Logan Frankart added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

18
248 231
Animals as Leaders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Chris Abraham added Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

19
157 144
The Devin Townsend Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal

20
82 68
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

21
114 103
Threshold is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal

22
121 118
TesseracT is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
swapnil-tiwari added Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

23
140 140
Riverside is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

24
137 137
Voivod is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

25
141 145
Cynic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

26
138 143
Baroness is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal

27
122 125
Pain of Salvation is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

28
157 165
The Dillinger Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

29
41 33
Periphery is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Christopher Woodward added Progressive metal, Groove metal, Mathcore

30
91 92
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

31
90 91
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

32
42 36
Transatlantic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Progressive metal, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

33
190 208
Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

34
50 46
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

35
250 281
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
NoahEvans added Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

36
96 102
King's X is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

37
53 52
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
slaft added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

38
61 62
Evergrey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

39
70 73
Shadow Gallery is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

40
69 72
Spock's Beard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Neo-progressive rock, Progressive metal, Rock music

41
145 164
Strapping Young Lad is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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50 50
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

43
9 1
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

44
40 39
Atheist is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

45
58 62
Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

46
35 34
Pagan's Mind is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Jamie Long added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

47
38 39
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Turner added Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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46 50
Sieges Even is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

49
52 58
Psychotic Waltz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Progressive metal, Heavy metal

50
27 27
Orphaned Land is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Death-doom, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal