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 ReVamp
Anubis Gate Gracepoint Riverside
AraPacis Grayceon Rush
Arch/Matheos Gwynbleidd Savatage
Archetype Haken Scholomance
Ark Heads Or Tales Sea Of Dreams
Artension Heir Apparent Secrecy
Atomic Rooster Hex Secret Sphere
Atrox Hieronymus Bosch Seer's Tear
Attention Deficit House Of Spirits Serenity
Auvernia ICS Vortex Shadow Gallery
Ayreon Imperium Shaolin Death Squad
Behold ... The Arctopus Inner Strength Sieges Even
The Beyond Ion Vein Sinphonia
Beyond Twilight Jester's March Sore Plexus
Black Jester Kamelot Spastic Ink
Blotted Science Kinetic Dissent Spectral Incursion
Braindance Kong Spheric Universe Experience
Cain's Offering Krown Vega Spiral Architect
Calhoun Conquer Labyrinth Spiral Tower
Canvas Solaris Leprous Stormental
Catharsis Lethal Subterranean Masquerade
Caveat Lethargy Sun Caged
Cea Serin Leviathan Superior
Circus Maximus The Levitation Hex Symbyosis
Communic Linear Sphere Symphony X
Continuo Renacer Loch Vostok Syrinx
Control Denied Lord Bane Tad Morose
Cosmics Lost Century Tal Dorgar
Crimson Glory Madsword Taramis
Cynic Magnus Textures
Cynthesis Manitou Theory In Practice
Damn The Machine Manitou Thought Industry
Deadsoul Tribe Maraya Threshold
Defyance Martyr Tiles
Degree Absolute Mastermind To-Mera
Delian League Mayadome Tragedy Divine
Depressive Age Mechanical Poet Transcending Bizarre?
Digital Ruin Megace Treasure Land
Direwolf Mekong Delta 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

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