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Yeah, so can someone suggest good progressive metal, the inverted commas being present due to some overlap / confusion (?) as to what constitutes progressive metal (I am still not sure).

But yeah, throw some suggestions at me ?

Thanks y'all.



^ a few songs.

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Dream Theater is probably the most known prog band.

Kamelot counts too I believe.

Nightwish has some progressive style songs.

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Good call, that was my favourite song from my favourite band for a couple of years actually. Haven't really listened to them in a while but they're good quality.

I don't listen to a great deal of prog, but as a starting point I might suggest Mastodon. They're a really well-known band but with good reason. From my observation a lot of prog metal is made up of ridiculous amounts of time signature changes that serve no purpose other than to make the music sound "complicated", but Mastodon are one of the few prog bands who handle the time signature changes well and make them sound as if they're actually meant to be in the music.
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If you're also a fan of Power metal, Blind Guardian's newer stuff, especially their latest release, could be considered progressive metal. One of my favorite prog bands is Pain of Salvation, and I'd also recommend checking out Riverside, Adagio, and Spheric Universe Experience.

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If you're also a fan of Power metal, Blind Guardian's newer stuff, especially their latest release, could be considered progressive metal. One of my favorite prog bands is Pain of Salvation, and I'd also recommend checking out Riverside, Adagio, and Spheric Universe Experience.

This + Symphony X and Fates Warning.

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Arsonists Get All The Girls.


Atleast on the Portals album

Tool is an absolute must, as well.

 

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From my observation a lot of prog metal is made up of ridiculous amounts of time signature changes that serve no purpose other than to make the music sound "complicated", but Mastodon are one of the few prog bands who handle the time signature changes well and make them sound as if they're actually meant to be in the music.


That's mostly because playing in 4/4 becomes more boring/mundane the more talented you become

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Tool is an absolute must, as well.

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One of my top 3 bands right there.

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From my observation a lot of prog metal is made up of ridiculous amounts of time signature changes that serve no purpose other than to make the music sound "complicated", but Mastodon are one of the few prog bands who handle the time signature changes well and make them sound as if they're actually meant to be in the music.


That's mostly because playing in 4/4 becomes more boring/mundane the more talented you become

Though bands that play technical for the sake of being technical can be boring to listen to. Though I can't say anything about specific time signatures, it ends up sounding like the band is trying to show off in the middle of an otherwise good song.
For a Dream Theater example, I love the song "Ministry of Lost Souls", but the solo sounds like they just threw it in because there wasn't anywhere else to put it. A solo or instrumental section like the one in 'Hollow Years" or "Learning to Live" would have probably suited the song better.

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From my observation a lot of prog metal is made up of ridiculous amounts of time signature changes that serve no purpose other than to make the music sound "complicated", but Mastodon are one of the few prog bands who handle the time signature changes well and make them sound as if they're actually meant to be in the music.


That's mostly because playing in 4/4 becomes more boring/mundane the more talented you become

Though bands that play technical for the sake of being technical can be boring to listen to. Though I can't say anything about specific time signatures, it ends up sounding like the band is trying to show off in the middle of an otherwise good song.
For a Dream Theater example, I love the song "Ministry of Lost Souls", but the solo sounds like they just threw it in because there wasn't anywhere else to put it. A solo or instrumental section like the one in 'Hollow Years" or "Learning to Live" would have probably suited the song better.

My problem with Dream Theater, especially later DT (Systematic Chaos and BC&SL era) is that it seems like nearly every songs has a guitar solo and keyboard solo, or a solo battle, and for no real purpose other than to have it there. We get it, you can play your instruments.

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Ooh, and Devin Townsend.

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Ooh, and Devin Townsend.

Ayreon, as well. Progressive metal supergroup-type thing.

Only reminded of him/them by the fact that Devin Townshend was in The Human Equation. :razz:

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Ooh, and Devin Townsend.

Ayreon, as well. Progressive metal supergroup-type thing.

Only reminded of him/them by the fact that Devin Townshend was in The Human Equation. :razz:

Ayreon as well, or Star One for that matter.
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From my observation a lot of prog metal is made up of ridiculous amounts of time signature changes that serve no purpose other than to make the music sound "complicated", but Mastodon are one of the few prog bands who handle the time signature changes well and make them sound as if they're actually meant to be in the music.


That's mostly because playing in 4/4 becomes more boring/mundane the more talented you become

Though bands that play technical for the sake of being technical can be boring to listen to. Though I can't say anything about specific time signatures, it ends up sounding like the band is trying to show off in the middle of an otherwise good song.
For a Dream Theater example, I love the song "Ministry of Lost Souls", but the solo sounds like they just threw it in because there wasn't anywhere else to put it. A solo or instrumental section like the one in 'Hollow Years" or "Learning to Live" would have probably suited the song better.

My problem with Dream Theater, especially later DT (Systematic Chaos and BC&SL era) is that it seems like nearly every songs has a guitar solo and keyboard solo, or a solo battle, and for no real purpose other than to have it there. We get it, you can play your instruments.

It's fine w/ me as long as the solo is melodic. The Best of Times from BC&SL has become my favorite song since I first heard it in 2009, mostly because of its beautiful, climactic solo


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Tool are not a metal band. Ignore anyone who suggests Opeth, they suck. ;)

No mention of Control Denied yet? Schuldiner's other band, they played quality progressive power metal. Other progressive metal bands with cleans:

Communic
Fates Warning
Ihsahn
Labyrinth
Queensryche (no mention yet? For shame! Operation: Mindcrime is a classic of the genre)
Threshold

And harsh vocals:

Shining (NOR)
The Ocean (GER)
Dan Swano
Burst
Altar Of Plagues
Arcturus
Code
Enslaved
The Meads Of Asphodel
Nachtmystium
Solefald
Ved Buens Ende
Atheist (fantastic band)
The Chasm
Cosmic Atrophy
Edge Of Sanity
Pan.Thy.Monium
Pestilence (on Spheres)
Portal (very weird)

Also, the guy who mentioned Arsonists Get All The Girls is not your friend. Terrible, terrible, even for deathcore.

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^ quality post. Haven't listened to metal in ages but I really should.

Can recommend watchtower, once you get past the vocals they're really good. Also Gorod and Gorguts, though those are more prog death.
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Tool are not a metal band. Ignore anyone who suggests Opeth, they suck. ;)

No mention of Control Denied yet? Schuldiner's other band, they played quality progressive power metal. Other progressive metal bands with cleans:

Communic
Fates Warning
Ihsahn
Labyrinth
Queensryche (no mention yet? For shame! Operation: Mindcrime is a classic of the genre)
Threshold

And harsh vocals:

Shining (NOR)
The Ocean (GER)
Dan Swano
Burst
Altar Of Plagues
Arcturus
Code
Enslaved
The Meads Of Asphodel
Nachtmystium
Solefald
Ved Buens Ende
Atheist (fantastic band)
The Chasm
Cosmic Atrophy
Edge Of Sanity
Pan.Thy.Monium
Pestilence (on Spheres)
Portal (very weird)

Also, the guy who mentioned Arsonists Get All The Girls is not your friend. Terrible, terrible, even for deathcore.


You seem like the kind of guy that spends excessive hours on youtube criticizing other people's posts on songs you don't even enjoy :P

 

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I'm the sort of guy who spends way too long listening to music and thus forms strong opinions about nearly everything I hear.




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