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 Ephel Duath Pain Of Salvation
Adramelch Ephemeral Sun Parish
Aftermath Event Planet X
Age Of Silence Evergrey Platitude
Aghora Exivious Poverty's No Crime
Alarum Farmakon Power Of Omens
Alchemy X Fates Warning Psychotic Waltz
Alkemyst Fifth Season Pyramaze
All Too Human Forte Pyramid
Alogia Fountain Of Tears Queensryche
Anacrusis Frantic Bleep The Quiet Room
Andromeda Freak Kitchen Reading Zero
Angra Fury N Grace Realm
Angtoria Futures End Red Tide
Animals As Leaders Garden Wall Redemption
Annon Vin Golgotha Renaissance
Anubis Gate Gordian Knot Riverside
AraPacis Gracepoint Rush
Arch/Matheos Grayceon Savatage
Archetype Gwynbleidd Scholomance
Ark Haken Sea Of Dreams
Artension Heads Or Tales Secrecy
Atomic Rooster Heir Apparent Secret Sphere
Atrox Hex Seer's Tear
Attention Deficit Hieronymus Bosch Serenity
Auvernia House Of Spirits 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 Wolverine
Entropia Pagan's Mind Zero Hour

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