Progressive metal

Progressive metal
Stylistic originsProgressive rock, heavy metal
Cultural origins1970s, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada
Typical instrumentsGuitar - Bass guitar - drums - keyboards
Mainstream popularityWorldwide popularity among followers of heavy metal and progressive rock music styles.

Progressive metal (often called prog metal) is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that mixes the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complexity of progressive rock, which includes odd time signatures and complicated instrumental playing. Some progressive metal bands are also influenced by jazz fusion and classical music. Like progressive rock songs, progressive metal songs are usually much longer than other metal songs, and they are often themed in concept albums. As a result, progressive metal is rarely heard on mainstream radio and video programs.[1]


The origins of progressive metal started with progressive rock bands from the late 1960s and early to mid-1970s such as Yes, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Genesis, Kansas and Rush. However, progressive metal did not evolve into a genre of its own until the mid-1980s. Bands such as Queensrÿche, Fates Warning and Dream Theater took certain aspects of progressive rock music and mixed them with heavy metal styles.

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  1. Regalia, Mike. "Progressive Metal". Retrieved on November 11, 2008.