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

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