Progressive Metal

Initially, progressive metal bands fell into two camps, the first being bands who incorporated quirky time signatures and atypical riffing into metal, and the (related) second being metal bands strongly influenced by 70's progressive rock bands such as Yes, Genesis, and ELP. Watchtower and Thought Industry are two excellent examples of the first group, while Dream Theater remains the most well-known of the latter group, as well as the single band most fans point to first when referring to progressive metal. In later years, melodic progressive metal bands have blossomed, many of them not quite as technically oriented as the genre originally defined. Indeed, a lot of these bands can be best described as some mixture of Dream Theater, Queensryche, and Fates Warning, which indeed places these three bands as major innovators in the field. On the extreme end of progressive metal is technical metal, where the musicianship and songwriting variance is placed at an even higher premium. This is demonstrated by bands such as Cynic and Spiral Architect.

Adagio Exivious Periphery
Adramelch Farmakon Planet X
Aftermath Fates Warning Platitude
Age Of Silence Fifth Season Pomegranate Tiger
Aghora Forte Poverty's No Crime
Alarum Fountain Of Tears Power Of Omens
Alchemy X Frantic Bleep Psychotic Waltz
Alkemyst Freak Kitchen Pyramaze
All Too Human Fury N Grace Pyramid
Alogia Futures End Queensryche
Anacrusis Garden Wall The Quiet Room
Andromeda Ghost Ship Octavius Reading Zero
Angra Golgotha Realm
Angtoria Gordian Knot Red Tide
Animals As Leaders Gracepoint Redemption
Annon Vin Grayceon Renaissance
Anubis Gate Gwynbleidd ReVamp
AraPacis Haken Riverside
Arch/Matheos Heads Or Tales Rush
Archetype Heir Apparent Savatage
Ark Hex Scale The Summit
Artension Hieronymus Bosch Scholomance
Atomic Rooster House Of Spirits Sea Of Dreams
Atrox ICS Vortex Secrecy
Attention Deficit Imperium Secret Sphere
Auvernia Inner Strength Seer's Tear
Ayreon Ion Vein Serenity
Behold The Arctopus Jester's March Shadow Gallery
The Beyond Kamelot Shaolin Death Squad
Beyond Twilight Kinetic Dissent Sieges Even
Black Jester Kong Sinphonia
Blotted Science Kontinuum Sore Plexus
Braindance Krown Vega Spastic Ink
Cain's Offering Kylesa Spectral Incursion
Calhoun Conquer Labyrinth Spheric Universe Experience
Canvas Solaris Leprous Spiral Architect
Catharsis Lethal Spiral Tower
Caveat Lethargy Stormental
Cea Serin Leviathan Subterranean Masquerade
Circus Maximus The Levitation Hex Sun Caged
Communic Linear Sphere Superior
Conquering Dystopia Loch Vostok Symbyosis
Continuo Renacer Lord Bane Symphony X
Control Denied Lost Century Syrinx
Cosmics Madsword Tad Morose
Crimson Glory Magnus Tal Dorgar
Cynic Manitou Taramis
Cynthesis Manitou Textures
Damn The Machine Maraya Theory In Practice
Deadsoul Tribe Martyr Third Ion
Defyance Mastermind Thought Industry
Degree Absolute Mastodon Threshold
Delian League Mayadome Tiles
Depressive Age Mechanical Poet To-Mera
Digital Ruin Megace Tragedy Divine
Direwolf Mekong Delta Transcending Bizarre?
Disillusion Menace Treasure Land
Divercia Mercury Rising Twisted Into Form
Donor Misanthrope Vanden Plas
Dream Theater Myrath Vauxdvihl
Dynahead Mystic Force Vertigo Steps
Dysrhythmia Nightingale Voivod
Edwin Dare Nueairea Voyager
Electro Quarterstaff Operation: Mindcrime Warmen
Elegy Opposite Earth Watchtower
End Amen O.S.I. Wicked Maraya
Ephel Duath Osiris Winds
Ephemeral Sun Outworld Witherscape
Escapethecult Pagan's Mind Wolverine
Event Pain Of Salvation Zero Hour
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