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