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

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