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 Evergrey Periphery
Adramelch Exivious Planet X
Aftermath Farmakon Platitude
Age Of Silence Fates Warning Pomegranate Tiger
Aghora Fifth Season Poverty's No Crime
Alarum Forte Power Of Omens
Alchemy X Fountain Of Tears Psychotic Waltz
Alkemyst Frantic Bleep Pyramaze
All Too Human Freak Kitchen Pyramid
Alogia Fury N Grace Queensryche
Anacrusis Futures End The Quiet Room
Andromeda Garden Wall Reading Zero
Angra Ghost Ship Octavius Realm
Angtoria Golgotha Red Tide
Animals As Leaders Gordian Knot Redemption
Annon Vin Gracepoint Renaissance
Anubis Gate Grayceon ReVamp
AraPacis Gwynbleidd Riverside
Arch/Matheos Haken Rush
Archetype Heads Or Tales Savatage
Ark Heir Apparent Scale The Summit
Artension Hex Scholomance
Atomic Rooster Hieronymus Bosch Sea Of Dreams
Atrox House Of Spirits Secrecy
Attention Deficit ICS Vortex Secret Sphere
Auvernia Imperium Seer's Tear
Ayreon Inner Strength Serenity
Behold ... The Arctopus Ion Vein Shadow Gallery
The Beyond Jester's March Shaolin Death Squad
Beyond Twilight Kamelot Sieges Even
Black Jester Kinetic Dissent Sinphonia
Blotted Science Kong Sore Plexus
Braindance Kontinuum 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
Conquering Dystopia Loch Vostok Symbyosis
Continuo Renacer Lord Bane Symphony X
Control Denied Lost Century Syrinx
Cosmics Madsword Tad Morose
Crimson Glory Magnus Tal Dorgar
Cynic Manitou Taramis
Cynthesis Manitou Textures
Damn The Machine Maraya Theory In Practice
Deadsoul Tribe Martyr Thought Industry
Defyance Mastermind Threshold
Degree Absolute Mastodon Tiles
Delian League Mayadome To-Mera
Depressive Age Mechanical Poet Tragedy Divine
Digital Ruin Megace Transcending Bizarre?
Direwolf Mekong Delta Treasure Land
Disillusion Menace Twisted Into Form
Divercia Mercury Rising Vanden Plas
Donor Misanthrope Vauxdvihl
Dream Theater Myrath Vertigo Steps
Dynahead Mystic Force Voivod
Dysrhythmia Nightingale Voyager
Edwin Dare Nueairea Warmen
Electro Quarterstaff Operation: Mindcrime Watchtower
Elegy Opposite Earth Wicked Maraya
End Amen O.S.I. Winds
Entropia Osiris Witherscape
Ephel Duath Outworld Wolverine
Ephemeral Sun Pagan's Mind Zero Hour
Escapethecult Pain Of Salvation  
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