Weekly Question: Best Progressive Metal Bands?

Who is the best progressive metal band ever? Nominate and vote for a prog-tastic top 10 this week.

Weekly Question: Best Progressive Metal Bands?
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Progressive metal is one of the most popular genres with Ultimate Guitar readers thanks to the relentless showcase of technical ability and moving music. But what progressive metal band is better than the rest? With the intellectual ambition of progressive rock and the might of heavy metal, the result is a huge sound which pushes real boundaries. This week's Wednesday Question is:

Who is the best progressive metal band ever?

There's so many great examples out there that we can't wait to see what you come up with. Do you love Tool or Dream Theater? Are you a fan of Sikth or Opeth? And most importantly, who do you love most? 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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    Andyvie
    Mastodon, amazing. And of course (even if they're obvious) Dream Theater. Opeth also really deserves a spot.
    Funnyname99
    Didn't mastodon just get voted for best prog metal album this month? Apparently the Forum is going to show whether they think that was a one-off great, or if they really think Mastodon writes the best music. And if Dream Theatre get best band; why didn't the the UG community think they had the best albums?
    Kaon
    Band? Maybe Mastodon, but the best progressive metal musician (IMO) is Devin Townsend... the guy sings, plays guitar, writes great songs, is a mixing engineer, and on top of that, he's ****ing insane!
    MetallicaAnders
    Dream Theater, Tool, Protest the Hero, Opeth, Periphery, Between the Buried and Me, Mastodon
    sideslick
    Do people even realize that when they post more than one nomination in a comment that none of the votes count? It says "one nomination per comment" for a reason. These are great suggestions, but sadly, none of them will matter.
    Rajah
    Exactly! "Whatever you nominate, please post one per comment" Sadly, a lot of people on here are complete morons.
    Vandekill
    Periphery? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    joeyreece
    They do claim "progressive deathcore", guessing just because they're progressing towards deathcore but they're definitely not traditional deathcore (even though they have a fairly traditional sound). Think about it in the way most modern progressive rock bands use the term progressive
    Masta' Exploda'
    Periphery is a bit progressive because of their complex time signatures, and their orchestration.
    FUZION PREDATOR
    Periphery is a djent band, which is part of prog metal. Take a look at their tabs you'll see why it's prog, complex compositions, multiple guitars playing complete different things at the same time but still sounding interesting, odd time signature and orchestration like you said. I don't think that's even close to deathcore.
    mopmetallica
    Opeth... They're the only prog band that seem kind of exciting.
    third(-)eye
    The only PROG band that seems "kind of" exciting? Are you high? Like, chronically high???
    third(-)eye
    Oh wait, your username is a Metallica reference. Case closed.
    mopmetallica
    heheh... No, I'm just not much of a Prog fan but Ghost Reveries from Opeth is ****ing awesome and so is Blackwater Park.
    Second Rate
    Opeth waved goodbye to Metal a few albums ago. Other than that, why have none of you people mentioned Fates Warning, Queensryche, or Watchtower yet? Without them, there is no progressive metal.
    TheWhiteKeys101
    What the flying ****?? Waved goodbye to Metal? Go listen to Watershed again, if that shit is not metal I will gladly suck donkey balls. FFS blast beats in 'The Lotus Eater' and 'Heir Apparent' is heavy as ****!
    Second Rate
    ehh, no thanks. I heard enough of that album in 2008. Ghost Reveries marked the beginning of a protracted drop in musical quality for this band, and also a rapid flight away from heavy metal music that culminated in 2011's "Heritage." By the time "Watershed" was released, Opeth's connection to Metal was tenuous at best. The blast beats on "The Lotus Eater" do not undo the rest of the album, which sounds like an aging melo-death band having a midlife crisis and pretending to be some sort of second coming of early 1970s "Canterbury Scene" Progressive Rock. Or, to put it in terms you can more easily understand: Heavy as ****? FFS, go listen to "Heritage" again and get those lips on a pair of donkey testicles ASAP.
    SGofawesome
    Heritage isn't a metal album, no, but Ghost Reveries and Watershed are certainly classifiable as metal. Even if Heritage isn't a metal album, it's still a good album.
    djc707
    I disagree but your response is so well-worded that I'm not going to argue
    TheWhiteKeys101
    I didn't say 'Heritage' was heavy as ****, I said 'Heir Apparent' was heavy as ****. And if 'Ghost Reveries' marked the beginning of a drop in quality in your opinion, well, let's just agree to disagree 'cause imo GR is their masterpiece.
    john.agnez
    OPETH
    third(-)eye
    I like how even though Opeth was mentioned earlier in the comments, the one that mentioned them in ALL CAPS is the one that gets the medal. Hm.
    axld
    After Still Life, I don't think it's possible not to like Opeth