Progressive Metal

(see also) hair metal, heavy metal, progressive rock

Progressive metalProgressive metal or prog metal as some call it is a combination of progressive rock and heavy metal which came into popularity during the late 80's with cutting edge bands like Queensryche and Dream Theatre. Progressive metal has a small but very loyal and devoted group of fans that have allowed it to survive when more mainstream genres have died out. Progressive metal combines many unusual elements inherited from the progressive rock tradition such as incorporation of Jazz, chamber music, and other varied influences.

Queensryche was one of the first bands to break from the heavy metal and hair band stereotype to fuse progressive elements into their heavy music format. Albums like Operation Mindcrime combine the heavy guitars of metal with progressive compositional techniques and other staples of prog rock like album themes. Operation Mindcrime was a brilliant opus combining frenzied guitars, dark themes like government mind control and other abuses.

Dream Theatre are well known in the genre combining elements of jazz, unusual scales and other extremely complex arranging techniques to make what some argue is the best examples of modern progressive metal. Other bands like tool take a bit more traditional approach but still break from the normal metal traditions to make some of the most commercially accessible progressive metal. Progressive metal is alive and thriving in the underground and has as yet escaped the inevitable demise that comes after great commercial success much to the delight of most fans.

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