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 Planet X
Adramelch Exivious Platitude
Aftermath Farmakon Pomegranate Tiger
Age Of Silence Fates Warning Poverty's No Crime
Aghora Fifth Season Power Of Omens
Alarum Forte Psychotic Waltz
Alchemy X Fountain Of Tears Pyramaze
Alkemyst Frantic Bleep Pyramid
All Too Human Freak Kitchen Queensryche
Alogia Fury N Grace The Quiet Room
Anacrusis Futures End Reading Zero
Andromeda Garden Wall Realm
Angra Ghost Ship Octavius Red Tide
Angtoria Golgotha Redemption
Animals As Leaders Gordian Knot Renaissance
Annon Vin Gracepoint ReVamp
Anubis Gate Grayceon Riverside
AraPacis Gwynbleidd Rush
Arch/Matheos Haken Savatage
Archetype Heads Or Tales Scale The Summit
Ark Heir Apparent Scholomance
Artension Hex Sea Of Dreams
Atomic Rooster Hieronymus Bosch Secrecy
Atrox House Of Spirits Secret Sphere
Attention Deficit ICS Vortex Seer's Tear
Auvernia Imperium Serenity
Ayreon Inner Strength Shadow Gallery
Behold ... The Arctopus Ion Vein Shaolin Death Squad
The Beyond Jester's March Sieges Even
Beyond Twilight Kamelot Sinphonia
Black Jester Kinetic Dissent Sore Plexus
Blotted Science Kong Spastic Ink
Braindance Krown Vega Spectral Incursion
Cain's Offering Labyrinth Spheric Universe Experience
Calhoun Conquer Leprous Spiral Architect
Canvas Solaris Lethal Spiral Tower
Catharsis Lethargy Stormental
Caveat Leviathan Subterranean Masquerade
Cea Serin The Levitation Hex Sun Caged
Circus Maximus Linear Sphere Superior
Communic 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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