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 Parish
Adramelch Evergrey Planet X
Aftermath Exivious Platitude
Age Of Silence Farmakon Pomegranate Tiger
Aghora Fates Warning Poverty's No Crime
Alarum Fifth Season Power Of Omens
Alchemy X Forte Psychotic Waltz
Alkemyst Fountain Of Tears Pyramaze
All Too Human Frantic Bleep Pyramid
Alogia Freak Kitchen Queensryche
Anacrusis Fury N Grace The Quiet Room
Andromeda Futures End Reading Zero
Angra Garden Wall Realm
Angtoria Ghost Ship Octavius Red Tide
Animals As Leaders Golgotha Redemption
Annon Vin Gordian Knot Renaissance
Anubis Gate Gracepoint ReVamp
AraPacis Grayceon Riverside
Arch/Matheos Gwynbleidd Rush
Archetype Haken Savatage
Ark Heads Or Tales Scale The Summit
Artension Heir Apparent Scholomance
Atomic Rooster Hex Sea Of Dreams
Atrox Hieronymus Bosch Secrecy
Attention Deficit House Of Spirits Secret Sphere
Auvernia ICS Vortex Seer's Tear
Ayreon Imperium Serenity
Behold ... The Arctopus Inner Strength Shadow Gallery
The Beyond Ion Vein Shaolin Death Squad
Beyond Twilight Jester's March Sieges Even
Black Jester Kamelot Sinphonia
Blotted Science Kinetic Dissent Sore Plexus
Braindance Kong Spastic Ink
Cain's Offering Krown Vega 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
Continuo Renacer Loch Vostok Symbyosis
Control Denied Lord Bane Symphony X
Cosmics Lost Century Syrinx
Crimson Glory Madsword Tad Morose
Cynic Magnus Tal Dorgar
Cynthesis Manitou Taramis
Damn The Machine Manitou Textures
Deadsoul Tribe Maraya Theory In Practice
Defyance Martyr Thought Industry
Degree Absolute Mastermind 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
Entropia Osiris Winds
Ephel Duath Outworld Witherscape
Ephemeral Sun Pagan's Mind Wolverine
Escapethecult Pain Of Salvation Zero Hour
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