RushProgressive metal is a sub-genre of progressive rock and has progressive rock playing with some heavy metal twists and powerful sound. It’s a technical genre. Most drummer, guitarists, pianists, etc. listen to it because it can help improve dexterity and technicality of playing instruments. Playing progressive songs will help increase knowledge of music. Just like progressive rock, progressive metal is usually longer than regular metal songs. They are often linked thematically in concept albums too. As a result, it is rarely a part of popular culture.

Progressive metal started back in the 80’s with the influence of progressive rock bands like Rush, Pink, Yes, Focus, etc. They took elements of these bands and merged them with the heavy metal style of Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Megadeth. As a result, you got bands like Queensryche, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, etc. These three bands may actually even be called the flagship bands of progressive metal. All three has a different sound. Queensryche certainly is the most melodic and was also the most successful commercially. Fates Warning was the most aggressive, and Dream Theater used more traditional progressive sounds.

Now, bands like Tool, Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Threshold, etc. are all part of this genre and have signature sounds of their own. What started out as a sub-genre of progressive rock is now much more. There are countless sub-genres in progressive metal today.

Most of the time, people aren’t aware that progressive metal isn’t the same as avant-garde metal. Both genres favor non-standard ideas and experimentation, but there are large differences among the two as well. Progressive metal experiments with song structure and complex rhythm using traditional instruments. Avant-garde metal uses unusual instruments and sounds. Progressive metal focuses more on the technicality of music. Avant-garde metal is unorthodox and questions musical conventions.

Progressive metal is quite fun to listen to. Why not give it a try?