List of progressive metal artists

List of progressive metal artists

The following is a list of progressive metal artists, bands and groups. Note, 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. [cite web | title = Progressive metal | | url = | accessdate = 2008-03-07] It is known for its complex song structures, unusual time signatures, lengthy songs and often using concept albums. [cite web | last = Bowar | first = Chad | title = More Metal Genres | publisher = | url = | accessdate = 2008-03-07] For these very reasons, progressive metal bands rarely get heard on major radio stations and videomusic channels. Some bands incorporate jazz fusion to their works, and is often termed technical metal.cite web | title = Tech/Extreme Progressive Metal | | url = | accessdate = 2008-03-07 ]

Later on, many extreme metal bands began to experiment and developed an array of progressive metal fusions with other genres, including death metal, black metal, thrash metal and avant-garde. It also received a lot of experimentation and became common elements in post-metal and sludge metal bands. [cite web | title = Experimental/Post-Metal | | url = | accessdate = 2008-03-07 ]

Some notable progressive metal bands include Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, Pain of Salvation, Symphony X and more extreme acts such as Opeth, Atheist and Voivod.


*flagicon|USA 3 [cite web|title=AllMusicGuide overview for 3|accessdate=2008-07-12|url=]
*flagicon|Norway The 3rd and the Mortal


*flagicon|Germany Abydoscite web|title=ProgArchives Progressive Metal section|accessdate=2007-12-24|url= ProgArchives is a website dedicated to progressive music and evaluates artists on their progressive tendencies before listing them.]
*flagicon|France Adagio
*flagicon|Netherlands After Forever
*flagicon|USA Agallochcite web|title=ProgArchives Experimental/Post Metal section|accessdate=2007-12-24|url= ProgArchives section for non-traditional prog metal. The section was diverged from the old Progressive Metal section.] [cite web|url=|title=All Music Guide Agalloch Overview|accessdate=2008-01-07]
*flagicon|Hungary Age of Nemesis
*flagicon|Norway Age of Silencecite web|title=ProgArchives Tech/Extreme Prog Metal section|accessdate=2007-12-31|url= ProgArchives section for extreme metal bands. The section was diverged from the old Progressive Metal section.]
*flagicon|Iran Agah Bahari
*flagicon|USA Aghora
*flagicon|UK Akercocke [cite web|title=AllMusicGuide Akercocke overview|accessdate=2008-07-12|url=]
*flagicon|AUS Alarum
*flagicon|Australia Alchemist
*flagicon|USA Aletheian [cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-07-17|title=AllMusicGuide review for the album Dying Vine by AletheianThe review asks "A Christian progressive death metal band? Is there really such a thing? ...there sure is."]
*flagicon|Serbia AlogiA
*flagicon|ISR Amaseffer
*flagicon|Netherlands Ambeon
*flagicon|Finland Amorphis [cite web|title=AllMusicGuide Amorphis overview|url=|accessdate=2008-07-12]
*flagicon|Chile Anachronos
*flagicon|USA Anacrusis
*flagicon|SWE Anata
*flagicon|UK Anathema
*flagicon|Sweden Andromeda
*flagicon|Brazil Angra
*flagicon|NOR Ansur
*flagicon|Norway Arcturus
*flagicon|Norway Ark
*flagicon|SWE Art Metal
*flagicon|Bangladesh Artcell
*flagicon|USA Artension
*flagicon|USA Atheist
*flagicon|Netherlands Ayreon


*flagicon|USA Baroness [cite web|url=|title=AllMusicGuide Overview of Baroness|accessdate=2008-07-17] Cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-07-17| article "Aggressive Tendencies: Year in Review refers to Baroness as "potential successors to the progressive metal throne" and to Between the Buried and Me as "North Carolina's premier progressive metal export".]
*flagicon|USA Believer [cite web|title=AllMusicGuide overview of Believer|url=|accessdate=2008-07-17]
*flagicon|USA Between the Buried and Me
*flagicon|DEN Beyond Twilight
*flagicon|JPN The Black Mages
*flagicon|GER Blind Guardian
*flagicon|USA Blotted Science [cite web|url=,|accessdate=2008-07-17|title=RockDetector artist page for Blotted Science]
*flagicon|NOR Borknagar
*flagicon|SWE Burst [cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-07-17|title=AllMusicGuide overview for Burst]
*flagicon|USA Byzantine


*flagicon|SWE Carbonized [cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-07-24|title=AllMusicGuide overview for CarbonizedThe editor writes "the LP delved ever deeper into psychedelics and progressive metal experiments..."]
*flagicon|NOR Circus Maximus
*flagicon|NOR Communic [cite web|url=,|title=Rockdetector page for Communic|accessdate=2008-07-24] [cite web|url=|title=AllMusicGuide overview for Communic|accessdate=2008-07-24]
*flagicon|NOR Conception
*flagicon|USA Confessor [cite web|url=,|title=Rockdetector page for Confessor|accessdate=2008-07-24]
*flagicon|USA Control Denied
*flagicon|Chile Coprofago
*flagicon|Switzerland Coroner [cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-07-24|title=AllMusicGuide overview for Coroner]
*flagicon|USA Crimson Glory
*flagicon|SWE Cult of Luna
*flagicon|USA Cynic


*flagicon|USA Dali's Dilemma
*flagicon|USA Damn the Machine [cite web|url=,|accessdate=2008-07-24|title=Rockdetector page for Damn the Machine]
*flagicon|GER Dark Suns [cite web|url=|title=AllMusicGuide review of Dark Suns album Grave Human Genuine|accessdate=2008-07-03In the text of the review, AMG notes that they "were being described as full-fledged progressive metal" and later that "...this 58-minute CD is essentially progressive metal..."]
*flagicon|Austria Dead Soul Tribe
*flagicon|USA Death(later) [cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-07-24|title=AllMusicGuide biography for DeathThe AMG editor notes that " [T] he astounding musicianship and increasingly sophisticated songwriting found on their later-day efforts may have influenced even more groups exploring the limits of extreme metal's progressive outposts."]
*flagicon|GER Disillusion
*flagicon|USA Dominici
*flagicon|USA Dream Theater
*flagicon|GER Dreamscape


*flagicon|US Echoes of Eternity
*flagicon|Sweden Edge of Sanity
*flagicon|Netherlands Elegy
*flagicon|Canada Electro Quarterstaff
*flagicon|USA Enchant
*flagicon|Italy Ephel Duath
*flagicon|Netherlands Epica
*flagicon|Sweden Evergrey
*flagicon|ENG Exit Ten
*flagicon|Norway Extol
*flagicon|Australia Eyefear
*flagicon|Norway Enslaved


*flagicon|USA Fates Warning
*flagicon|Iran Farzad Golpayegani
*flagicon|GRE Fragile Vastness
*flagicon|Norway Frantic Bleep
*flagicon|Sweden Freak Kitchen
*flagicon|Philippines Fuseboxx


*flagicon|USA Galactic Cowboys
*flagicon|Netherlands The Gathering
*flagicon|USA Giant Squid
*flagicon|USA Paul Gilbert
*flagicon|USA Gordian Knot
*flagicon|France Gojira
*flagicon|Norway Green Carnation


*flagicon|France Hacride
*flagicon|Sweden Harmony
*flagicon|UK Hawkwind
*flagicon|USA The Human Abstract


*flagicon|USA Ice Age
*flagicon|NOR Ihsahn
*flagicon|USA Impellitteri
*flagicon|EST Inferno
*flagicon|DEN Iniquity
*flagicon|SWE In Mourning
*flagicon|NOR In the Woods...
*flagicon|CAN Into Eternity
*flagicon|USA Intronaut
*flagicon|Canada Ion Dissonance
*flagicon|USA Isiscite web|url=|title=Chicago Reader feature "Liquid Metal"|accessdate=2008-07-17The paper reports that the article's featured band "have admirers in world-class progressive-metal outfits like Isis, Mastodon, and Tool]


*flagicon|USA Jacob's Dream
*flagicon|USA Bobby Jarzombek
*flagicon|USA Ron Jarzombek
*flagicon|USA Jelly Jam
*flagicon|USA John Arch
*flagicon|USA Jon Oliva's Pain
*flagicon|USA Juggernaut


*flagicon|SVK Kalijuge
*flagicon|USA Kamelot
*flagicon|US Katagory V
*flagicon|USA Kayo Dot
*flagicon|Canada flagicon|Indonesia Kekal
*flagicon|USA King's X
*flagicon|Finland Kiuas
*flagicon|Germany Klabautamann
*flagicon|Colombia Kraken
*flagicon|US Krucible


*flagicon|CAN James LaBrie
*flagicon|FRA Vivien Lalu
*flagicon|USA Lethargy [ [ Lethargy Biography on AMG] ]
*flagicon|ENG Liquid Sky
*flagicon|USA Liquid Tension Experiment
*flagicon|Sweden Loch Vostok
*flagicon|Netherlands Arjen Lucassen
*flagicon|POL Lux Occulta
*flagicon|Czech Republic Lykathé


*flagicon|USA Magellan
*flagicon|Denmark Manticora
*flagicon|USA Mastodon
*flagicon|USA Maudlin of the Well
*flagicon|Russia Mechanical Poet
*flagicon|Germany Mekong Delta
*flagicon|Sweden Meshuggah
*flagicon|Pakistan Mizraab
*flagicon|Brazil Mindflow
*flagicon|Denmark Mnemic
*flagicon|POL Moonlight
*flagicon|Sweden Moonlight Agony
*flagicon|Canada Mullmuzzler


*flagicon|SWE Narnia
*flagicon|GER Necrophagist
*flagicon|CAN Negativa
*flagicon|IND Nerverek
*flagicon|USA Nevermore
*flagicon|SWE Nightingale
*flagicon|FIN Nightwish [cite web|url=|title=AllMusicGuide overview of Nightwish|accessdate=2008-07-21]
*flagicon|USA Nile
*flagicon|USA Nocturnus
*flagicon|ITA Novembre


*flagicon|Sweden Opeth
*flagicon|Israel Orphaned Land [cite web|url=|title=Orphaned Land - Metal Storm|date=11-08-2007] [cite web|url=|title=All Music Guide (Orphaned Land overview)|date=11-08-2007]
*flagicon|USA OSI
*flagicon|USA Outworld


*flagicon|NOR Pagan's Mind
*flagicon|SWE Pain of Salvation
*flagicon|BUL Pantommind
*flagicon|GER Pavor
*flagicon|UK Peach
*flagicon|SRB Pero Defformero
*flagicon|AND Persefone
*flagicon|Netherlands Pestilence
*flagicon|USA John Petrucci
*flagicon|USA Michael Pinnella
*flagicon|USA Planet X
*flagicon|USA Platypus
*flagicon|Netherlands Polluted Inheritance
*flagicon|UK Porcupine Tree [cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-07-24|title=IGN Music news feature: Porcupine Tree and Opeth TourIGN reports that "Progressive metal bands team up and criss-cross the U.S."] [cite web|url=|title=PopMatters review of Fear of a Blank Planet|accessdate=2008-07-24The editor writes "Fear of a Blank Planet"... strips away all the pretenses and takes prog-metal back to its logical basics..."] (later) [cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-07-24| feature: Porcupine Tree Branches OutThe editor refers to Fear of a Blank Planet as "a progressive metal attack." Later in the article, Steve Wilson, the guitarist and creating force behind Porcupine Tree is quoted: "I go through phases...Then metal starting with 'In Absentia.'"]
*flagicon|GER Poverty's No Crime
*flagicon|ITA Power Symphony
*flagicon|SLO Prospect
*flagicon|CAN Protest the Hero
*flagicon|US Prototype
*flagicon|USA Psychotic Waltz
*flagicon|AUS Psycroptic
*flagicon|USA Psyopus
*flagicon|USA flagicon|DEN Pyramaze


*flagicon|USA Queensrÿche
*flagicon|CAN Quo Vadis


*flagicon|USA Redemption
*flagicon|Spain Relative Silence
*flagicon|Italy Rhapsody of Fire [ All Music Guide Rhapsody Overview] ]
*flagicon|Sweden flagicon|Germany Ride the Sky
*flagicon|Poland Riverside
*flagicon|USA Michael Romeo
*flagicon|Denmark Royal Hunt
*flagicon|USA Jordan Rudess
*flagicon|Canada Rush
*flagicon|USA flagicon|Mexico Rusty Eye [cite web|url=|title=Encyclopaedia Metallum Progressive Bands|accessdate=2008-01-09] [cite web|url=|title=Rusty Eye Unleash Controversial Macabre Music Video|accessdate=2008-01-09]

*flagicon|ITA Sadist
*flagicon|USA Sadus
*flagicon|USA Savatage
*flagicon|NOR Scariot
*flagicon|USA Sculptured
*flagicon|AUT Serenity
*flagicon|RUS Sergey Mavrin
*flagicon|FIN Sethian
*flagicon|SWE Seventh Wonder
*flagicon|USA Derek Sherinian
*flagicon|USA Shadow Gallery
*flagicon|GER Sieges Even
*flagicon|JPN Sigh
*flagicon|UK Sikth [cite web|url=|title=All Music Guide SikTh Overview|accessdate=2008-01-07]
*flagicon|POL Sirrah
*flagicon|ENG Son of Science
*flagicon|USA Spastic Ink
*flagicon|SWE Spawn of Possession
*flagicon|UK Sphere3
*flagicon|NOR Spiral Architect
*flagicon|FIN Stam1na
*flagicon|Netherlands Star One
*flagicon|USA Steve Vai
*flagicon|Sri Lanka Stigmata
*flagicon|CAN Strapping Young Lad
*flagicon|FIN Stratovarius
*flagicon|Netherlands Stream of Passion
*flagicon|USA Stride
*flagicon|USA Subterranean Masquerade
*flagicon|GER Sunblaze
*flagicon|Netherlands Sun Caged
*flagicon|GER Superior
*flagicon|USA Suspyre
*flagicon|SWE Dan Swanö
*flagicon|CAN Sympathy
*flagicon|USA Symphony X


*flagicon|US Taken
*flagicon|Netherlands Textures
*flagicon|USA Theocracy
*flagicon|SWE Therion [cite web|url=|title=All Music Guide Therion Overview|accessdate2008-03-29]
*flagicon|SWE Theory in Practice
*flagicon|USA Thought Industry
*flagicon|UK Threshold
*flagicon|UK To-Mera
*flagicon|GER Tomorrow's Eve
*flagicon|USA Tool [cite web|url=|title=All Music Guide Tool Overview|accessdate=2008-01-07]
*flagicon|USA Tourniquet
*flagicon|CAN Devin Townsend
*flagicon|NOR Trail of Tears
*flagicon|USA Trans-Siberian Orchestra
*flagicon|NOR Trivial Act
*flagicon|NOR Tundra
*flagicon|Faroe Islands Týr


*flagicon|CAN Unexpect [cite web|url=,|accessdate=2008-07-18|title=Rockdetector band page for Unexpect]


*flagicon|GER Vanden Plas
*flagicon|AUS Vanishing Point
*flagicon|NOR Ved Buens Ende
*flagicon|SWE Veni Domine
*flagicon|SWE Vintersorg
*flagicon|USA Virgin Steele
*flagicon|SWE Visceral Bleeding
*flagicon|ITA Vision Divine
*flagicon|CAN Voivod
*flagicon|AUS Voyager
*flagicon|Czech Republic VUVR


*flagicon|Finland Warmen
*flagicon|Greece Wastefall
*flagicon|USA Watchtower
*flagicon|Norway Winds
*flagicon|Finland Wintersun
*flagicon|Hungary Without Face
*flagicon|Sweden Wolverine


*flagicon|Japan X Japan


*flagicon|USA Yakuza [ [ Review: "Yakuza: Transmutations" - Sea of Tranquility - The Web Destination for Progressive Music! ] ]

ee also

*Progressive metal
*Progressive rock
*Jazz fusion
*List of heavy metal bands


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