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 Garden Wall Realm
Animals As Leaders Ghost Ship Octavius Red Tide
Annon Vin Golgotha Redemption
Anubis Gate Gordian Knot Renaissance
AraPacis Gracepoint ReVamp
Arch/Matheos Grayceon Riverside
Archetype Gwynbleidd Rush
Ark Haken Savatage
Artension Heads Or Tales Scale The Summit
Atomic Rooster Heir Apparent Scholomance
Atrox Hex Sea Of Dreams
Attention Deficit Hieronymus Bosch Secrecy
Auvernia House Of Spirits Secret Sphere
Ayreon ICS Vortex Serenity
Behold The Arctopus Imperium Seven Year Storm
The Beyond Inner Strength Shadow Gallery
Beyond Twilight Ion Vein Shaolin Death Squad
Black Jester Jester's March Sieges Even
Blotted Science Kamelot Sinphonia
Braindance Kinetic Dissent Sore Plexus
Cain's Offering Kong Spastic Ink
Calhoun Conquer Kontinuum Spectral Incursion
Canvas Solaris Krown Vega Spheric Universe Experience
Catharsis Kylesa Spiral Architect
Caveat Labyrinth Spiral Tower
Cea Serin Leprous Stormental
Circus Maximus Lethal Subterranean Masquerade
Communic Lethargy Sun Caged
Conquering Dystopia Leviathan Sunburst
Continuo Renacer The Levitation Hex Superior
Control Denied Linear Sphere Symbyosis
Cosmics Loch Vostok Symphony X
Crimson Glory Lord Bane Synaptik
Cynic Lost Century Syrinx
Cynthesis Madsword Tad Morose
Damn The Machine Magnus Tal Dorgar
Darkstar Manitou Taramis
Deadsoul Tribe Manitou Terminal Function
Death Machine Wicked Maraya Textures
Defyance Martyr Theory In Practice
Degree Absolute Mastermind Third Ion
Delian League Mastodon The Thirteenth Sun
Depressive Age Mayadome Thought Industry
Devin Townsend Band Mechanical Poet Threshold
Devin Townsend Project Megace Tiles
Digital Ruin Mekong Delta To-Mera
Direwolf Menace Tragedy Divine
Disillusion Mercury Rising Treasure Land
Divercia Misanthrope Twisted Into Form
Donor Mystic-Force Unleashed Power
Dramatica New Keepers Of The Water Towers Vanden Plas
Dream Theater Nightingale Vauxdvihl
Dynahead Nueairea Veni Domine
Dysrhythmia Oceans Of Slumber Vertigo Steps
Earth Electric Operation: Mindcrime Voivod
Earthside Opposite Earth Voyager
Edwin Dare Orakle Warmen
Electro Quarterstaff O.S.I. Watchtower
Elegy Osiris Winds
End Amen Outworld Witherfall
Engine Pagan's Mind Witherscape
Ephel Duath Pain Of Salvation Wolverine
Ephemeral Sun Parish Zero Hour

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