Wednesday Question: Best Progressive Metal Albums?

What are the best progressive metal albums of all time? Post your nominations here and we'll post a bone-crushing top 10 playlist this Friday.

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Few genres are as technically advanced as progressive metal. But what progressive metal albums are the best in the genre? Progressive metal takes the intellectual ambition of progressive rock and combines with with the weight of heavy metal. The result is a stunning sound which pushed boundaries that neither parent genre can touch. This week's Wednesday Question is:

What are the best progressive metal albums ever?

. There's so many great examples out there that we can't wait to see what you come up with. You might opt for the majesty of Tool, or the jazz-inspired licks of Ephel Duath. Perhaps you like the demented English rasps of Sikth, or the crushing guitar tones of Car Bomb. Whatever you nominate, please post one per comment and up vote those you agree with. YouTube links are welcome! We'll round up the most popular nomination in an awesome tip 10 playlist this Friday. Good luck!

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    Opeth- Blackeater Park
    Not as popular, but Watershed is amazing too
    I prefer Blackwater Park.. I'll have to hear this Blackeater one though, is it good?
    Actually I prefer Heritage, but that would probably be prog rock more than metal.
    Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
    Seriously! Though my vote's for Fear of a Blank Planet. Anesthetize is such a killer song.
    Dream Theater - Images and Words
    Darth Crow
    This. Prog metal just doesn't get any better than Images...
    I voted for I&W, but I think Awake is an album that deserves recognition. Nothing gets more prog and creative that this one. Also, Labrie is a powerhouse on this album; his best contribution to date, if you ask me.
    I was going to say Black Clouds And Silver Linings.
    Black Clouds is indeed a great album, but Images and Words is one of their best albums and also Scenes from a Memory is a masterpiece.
    Haven't heard "Images and Words", but my favorite DT album has been "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence." I think it should make the list.
    Six degrees is very good, .. but, you haven't heard Images and Words? It's well worth a go lol.
    Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet
    Fuck this is a tough one. My heart tells me any Tool album, but I have to give praise to Between The Buried and Me's "The Great Misdirect"
    awesome album, although i am a bigger fan of ├ćnima
    I'm with you on that one. I love lateralus but the two albums are like the left and right hand side of your brain, you need both.
    I can't really get into it, and hopefully people aren't praising it just because they managed to incorporate some mathematic notions in it?
    I just think it's hard to find anything wrong with the album whatsoever. Even the artwork (Alex Grey) is awesome.
    dont get me wrong, Lateralus is most certainly a masterpiece. but i personally prefer 10,000 days