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

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