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 Parish
Adramelch Exivious Periphery
Aftermath Farmakon Planet X
Age Of Silence Fates Warning Platitude
Aghora Fifth Season Pomegranate Tiger
Alarum Forte Poverty's No Crime
Alchemy X Fountain Of Tears Power Of Omens
Alkemyst Frantic Bleep Psychotic Waltz
All Too Human Freak Kitchen Pyramaze
Alogia Fury N Grace Pyramid
Anacrusis Futures End Queensryche
Andromeda Garden Wall The Quiet Room
Angra Ghost Ship Octavius Reading Zero
Angtoria Golgotha Realm
Animals As Leaders Gordian Knot Red Tide
Annon Vin Gracepoint Redemption
Anubis Gate Grayceon Renaissance
AraPacis Gwynbleidd ReVamp
Arch/Matheos Haken Riverside
Archetype Heads Or Tales Rush
Ark Heir Apparent Savatage
Artension Hex Scale The Summit
Atomic Rooster Hieronymus Bosch Scholomance
Atrox House Of Spirits Sea Of Dreams
Attention Deficit ICS Vortex Secrecy
Auvernia Imperium Secret Sphere
Ayreon Inner Strength Seer's Tear
Behold The Arctopus Ion Vein Serenity
The Beyond Jester's March Shadow Gallery
Beyond Twilight Kamelot Shaolin Death Squad
Black Jester Kinetic Dissent Sieges Even
Blotted Science Kong Sinphonia
Braindance Kontinuum Sore Plexus
Cain's Offering Krown Vega Spastic Ink
Calhoun Conquer Kylesa Spectral Incursion
Canvas Solaris Labyrinth Spheric Universe Experience
Catharsis Leprous Spiral Architect
Caveat Lethal Spiral Tower
Cea Serin Lethargy Stormental
Circus Maximus Leviathan Subterranean Masquerade
Communic The Levitation Hex Sun Caged
Conquering Dystopia 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 Third Ion
Degree Absolute Mastermind Thought Industry
Delian League Mastodon Threshold
Depressive Age Mayadome Tiles
Digital Ruin Mechanical Poet To-Mera
Direwolf Megace Tragedy Divine
Disillusion Mekong Delta Transcending Bizarre?
Divercia Menace Treasure Land
Donor Mercury Rising Twisted Into Form
Dream Theater Misanthrope Vanden Plas
Dynahead Myrath Vauxdvihl
Dysrhythmia Mystic Force Vertigo Steps
Earthside Nightingale Voivod
Edwin Dare Nueairea Voyager
Electro Quarterstaff Operation: Mindcrime Warmen
Elegy Opposite Earth Watchtower
End Amen O.S.I. Wicked Maraya
Ephel Duath Osiris Winds
Ephemeral Sun Outworld Witherscape
Escapethecult Pagan's Mind Wolverine
Event Pain Of Salvation Zero Hour

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