Born in the 80s from early experiments splicing genres like Fates Warning, Watchtower and Queensryche, progressive metal has had a slow but fruitful journey to its current position as one of the most influential, if sometimes misunderstood, of the many metal subgroups. genres. But it’s hard to dispute the huge success of acts such as Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Tool and Devin Townsend, and equally hard not to be blown away by the dizzying musical overtaking of newer bands like Animals As Leaders, Haken and Periphery.
But who is the biggest prog band of them all? That’s the $64,000 question – which is why we’re asking you to decide. It’s very simple – we’ve listed some of the biggest names in progressive metal and the most influential cult bands below. All you have to do is register your vote by ticking the little box next to it. You know how voting works, right?
“But what exactly is progressive metal? we hear you cry. It’s a great question, especially because every progressive metal fan will have a different definition. For us, that’s what happens when a group of highly skilled musicians mix the complexity of prog with the aggressiveness of metal, constantly pushing their own limits. So, Genesis and Yes? Program. Killer and noose? Metal. Voivode, Cynic, Mastodon and Meshuggah? Progressive metal! See, simple.
What if you don’t see your favorite progressive metal band on the list? We’ve got that covered too – there’s space to add them at the bottom.
And that’s all? Any questions (that don’t involve the words “Why is Iron Maiden on the list, it’s not prog”)? Nope? Good. Get your voting fingers ready and go…