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

2
772 342
Tool/Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Tool/Maynard James Keenan

3
590 253
Rush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

4
696 350
Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Mastodon Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

5
542 268
Opeth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Opeth Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

6
286 172
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Porcupine Tree Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

7
361 237
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Queensryche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

8
304 204
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

9
332 269
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Gojira Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

10
201 157
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Ayreon Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

11
322 273
Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Meshuggah Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

12
176 148
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

13
179 153
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

14
89 68
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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57 36
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

16
273 261
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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75 61
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Amorphis Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

18
230 228
Animals as Leaders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Chris Abraham added Animals as Leaders Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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146 141
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

20
107 100
Threshold is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Threshold Progressive metal

21
137 141
Cynic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Cynic Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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132 136
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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118 122
Pain of Salvation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Pain of Salvation Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

24
130 137
Baroness is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Baroness Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal

25
126 134
Voivod is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Voivod Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

26
15 5
Death is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Logan Frankart added Death Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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109 116
TesseracT is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
swapnil-tiwari added TesseracT Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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183 204
Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Coheed and Cambria Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

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148 163
The Dillinger Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added The Dillinger Escape Plan Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

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242 275
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
NoahEvans added Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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84 88
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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82 86
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Blind Guardian Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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39 35
Atheist is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Atheist Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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44 41
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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47 45
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
slaft added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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59 60
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Guest_a262f1df-3299-45d1-b775-180edfa9b48c added Deep Purple

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68 71
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
slaft added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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47 46
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Uriah Heep Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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37 34
Transatlantic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Transatlantic Progressive metal, Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

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91 99
King's X is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
King's X Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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34 31
Periphery is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Christopher Woodward added Periphery Progressive metal, Groove metal, Mathcore

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141 162
Strapping Young Lad is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Strapping Young Lad Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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56 60
Evergrey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Evergrey Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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64 70
Spock's Beard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Spock's Beard Neo-progressive rock, Progressive metal, Rock music

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54 58
Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Watchtower Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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53 57
The Who is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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62 70
Shadow Gallery is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Shadow Gallery Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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25 25
Orphaned Land is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
passionsears added Orphaned Land Death-doom, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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50 57
Psychotic Waltz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
John Griffin added Psychotic Waltz Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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31 33
Pagan's Mind is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Metal Bands
Jamie Long added Pagan's Mind Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal