The Best Progressive Metal Album

1.  Leprous - Coal 279
2.  Riverside - Shrine Of New Generation Slaves 210
  Haken - The Mountain 210
4.  Scale The Summit - The Migration 100
5.  Anciients - Heart Of Oak 88
6.  Ayreon - The Theory Of Everything (write-in vote) 78
7.  Dream Theater - Dream Theater (write-in vote) 68
8.  Caligula's Horse - The Tide, The Thief & River's End 52
9.  Dreadnought - Lifewoven 50
10.  Jolly - The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2) 41
11.  Kingcrow - In Crescendo 29
12.  Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) (write-in vote) 14
  Witherscape - The Inheritance (write-in vote) 14
14.  Protest The Hero - Volition (write-in vote) 11
15.  Octopus - Into The Void Of Fear 8
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Anciients - Heart Of Oak

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Anciients employ an extremely varied and eclectic mix of styles, from blues rock to black metal, that combine together so effortlessly to form what is without a doubt not only one of the best progressive metal albums of 2013, but one of the best debuts of the year to boot. Heart Of Oak is as unique & ambitious as it is memorable, and will undoubtedly be a hit with any fans of progressive, expansive music.

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Caligula's Horse - The Tide, The Thief & River's End

Caligula's Horse are Australia's next big thing in progressive metal as the scintillating songs of their second studio release The Tide, The Thief & River's Enddraws on all the strengths of the alternative side of the genre. This eclectic blend of progressive sounds is sure to suit a broad range of the genre's fans as it finds a number of familiar influences brought into one fresh experience. With an equally as diverse and impressive vocal performance this excellently produced album is one of the year's most promising efforts.

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Dreadnought - Lifewoven

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Someone somewhere once described this as a tasty and expensive sandwich that stretches beyond words as a result of its envelope-pushing brilliance. If that doesn't make you hunger for Lifewoven, then allow us to elaborate on why it should. Dreadnought are essentially a throwback to the prog entrepreneurs of ancient times, having modernized that sound with flecks of folk and black metal to create one of the most flavorful and ambitious releases of its time. Feeling hungry yet?

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Haken - The Mountain

What a fitting name for an album as magnificent as this. Haken are known to have ambitious song-writing that is hard to pull off. They are also known to be technically brilliant to match their song-writing skills. The Mountain is an exceptional album, paying homage to the prog rock greats as well as retaining the bands' unique features. Not to say they've outdone themselves but this is definitely their most mature album to date where everything falls into place.

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Jolly - The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2)

Ever wondered if science could be metal? No, you haven't. Well, it can be, as Jolly's double album The Audio Guide To Happiness has been scientifically designed with a university professor, using binaural waves and frequencies that are slightly offset in each ear to make the listener feel happy. If you haven't understood anything of what we're talking about, welcome aboard: neither have we. This may seem a little nerdish, but turns out to be one of the most refined progressive metal albums of 2013 from one of the most promising young bands of the genre.

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Kingcrow - In Crescendo

A straightforward prog album? Here's one. A very good one. When you listen to the album, you can here the theme being developed. It just doesn't go off on a tangent for the sake of being prog. It might be unspectacular to some extent but consistency is the key. Moreover, this here is a very aptly titled album, it's very nature being about gathering momentum. These Italians sure know how to cook up an interesting prog album.

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Leprous - Coal

Some might've thought "Surely Leprous have made enough masterpieces." Nope, they actually outdid themselves one more time because that is what they do. Always quirky, avantgarde and cheeky, Leprous' music is heavy and dark in Coal but you still get unbelievably fresh hypnotic riffs and instances of rare over-the-top mellow magnificence. And Einar Solberg continues to do things with his voice that some can only dream of doing. Ultimately, Coal defies the limits of progressive metal and pushes it even further.

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Octopus - Into The Void Of Fear

Clocking at less than half an hour, Octopus latest album is one that you'll miss if you blink! Into The Void Of Fear is a very busy instrumental album that makes the most out of its length. The lines between prog, djent and jazz get blurry and there's always a surprise at every corner but once you get used to the extreme and spacey technicality, you realise there's simply no better way this could have been made.

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Riverside - Shrine Of New Generation Slaves

Riverside are not known to disappoint their fans. It's less heavy than the predecessor but in no way is it less interesting due to that. It's deep and beautiful, unmistakably Riverside, drawing you in from the first moment to the last. They know how to do a good album, they really do. And S.O.N.G.S. is a testament to that.

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Scale The Summit - The Migration

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The Migration is almost like a painting in the way the music splatters colours and lets your imagination run wild. Scale The Summit never sounded so driven and clear about where they want to go; and their music has never been so exquisite and rich. Every single song is prog heaven because the band found a way to keep melodies simple yet sophisticated, and make the album concise yet perfectly balanced. These Americans might have well reached the summit with this one.

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