The following is a list of progressive metal artists, bands and groups. This list contains some bands that at least at some point during their career played progressive metal. Rooted in the early 1980s, the genre fused mellow progressive rock with a heavy metal aesthetic. Characteristics may include complex song structures, unusual time signatures, lengthy songs and often using concept albums.
The beauty of progressive metal is that it combines the genres of progressive rock and heavy metal to crate a genre that is as innovative as it is exciting. Prog metal started in the 1970s in the UK and US before shooting to prominence in the 1980s.
Music video by Queensryche performing I Don't Believe In Love.
Operation: Mindcrime (1988) is often considered one of the greatest concept albums of all time.
Progressive Metal Bands were ranked for popularity, influence, impact, talent, creativity, originality, musical and lyrical quality within their respective genre. Number of albums and quality of each album is also considered.
"Pull Me Under" by Dream Theater
To date, the band has received two Grammy nominations.
Progressive metal (prog metal for short) is less about brutality and speed, as is the case with extreme metal or thrash. And the focus is not so much on evil or satanic themes, much like black metal. Instead, listeners can hear everything from classical music, symphonic metal, speed metal, power metal and traditional heavy metal in many "prog metal" bands.
"Of Sins and Shadows" by Symphony X
Symphony X also incorporate a neoclassical sound into many of their songs.
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