The Best Progressive Metal Album

1.  Leprous - The Congregation 238
2.  Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase. 203
3.  Riverside - Love, Fear And The Time Machine 124
4.  Between The Buried And Me - Coma Ecliptic 103
5.  Kingcrow - Eidos 43
6.  Subterranean Masquerade - The Great Bazaar 31
7.  Native Construct - Quiet World 30
8.  Ghost Ship Octavius - Ghost Ship Octavius 29
9.  Symphony X - Underworld (write-in vote) 24
10.  Subsignal - The Beacons Of Somewhere Sometime 17
11.  Agent Fresco - Destrier 15
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Agent Fresco - Destrier

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Operating right on the border between progressive rock & metal, Iceland's Agent Fresco combine majestic vocals with playful and diverse musicianship to create an extremely melodic, intricate & expansive album that should appeal to fans of bands such as Leprous & Caligula's Horse. Destrier is without a doubt one of the most engaging & intriguing progressive albums of 2015.

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Between The Buried And Me - Coma Ecliptic

With each subsequent release, Between The Buried And Me have drifted further and further away from a metalcore sound to a mellower, purely prog metal one, and the shift is almost complete on Coma Ecliptic. Yet fret not; while it might be less heavy than before, the BTBAM quirkiness is still here, with all the catchy hooks, convoluted compos and contrasts we've grown to love with them!

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Ghost Ship Octavius - Ghost Ship Octavius

Ghost Ship Octavius's debut is the definition of epic. Put Van Williams' distinctive drum sound together with the modern/magnetic riffs of Matt Wicklund; add a very charismatic singer to that and what you get is strikingly powerful. GSO put out one of the most exciting debuts of the year with a clear-cut personality, mixing all kinds of melodic metal genres together to cook up a delicious musical melting pot.

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Kingcrow - Eidos

If you thought that Kingcrow's previous album, Phlegeton was good, just listen to Eidos. The band draw inspiration from many modern prog bands without sounding like any of them. The song structures are complex, intense, and very diverse, yet never turning into a musicianship show-off. There is no solo contest, only well-adjusted elements and perfect timing from everybody involved. This album sets the bar high and does not disappoint.

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Leprous - The Congregation

Once again two years have passed, and in 2015 we were gifted with a new Leprous release. Without doubts, this Congregation is another beautifully dark gem; kind of an evolution, a refinement, of Coal's sound, with stellar songwriting and, of course, Einar Solberg's fantastic singing. Come on, join The Congregation of Leprous afficionados if you haven't already!

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Native Construct - Quiet World

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It seems impossible that such a new band should already be so comfortable waltzing through a myriad of styles as if they've been progging for years - but that's Native Construct for you. Whether swinging through Queen, noodling through King Crimson, or blasting through explosive bursts of metal, Quiet World never fails to be beautiful. It really is an entire world in itself, and one that offers up a variety of expert performances and calming atmospheres.

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Riverside - Love, Fear And The Time Machine

Riverside are changing, adapting, evolving. The progressive metal elements are slowly eroding away in favor of deeply emotional and dramatic architecture. Relying on soulful and carefully mended compositions, the sonic template now features clean, melodic and tender guitar work and keyboards. Lyrical content is dark and with shorter and less complex song writing, Love, Fear And The Time Machine avoids improvisation and lack of originality. Riverside are launching high into the stratosphere of mainstream and accessibility. Let's see where they land after this magnificent album.

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Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Without Steven Wilson no prog shortlist would be complete in recent years. The man always puts out solo records of exemplary quality, yet still finds ways of improving his level. Hand. Cannot. Erase. is still a gloomy album, as his previous one was, yet has a layer of warmth and feminine touch that turn this album's mood to somewhat lighter tones than the topic of disappearances suggests. And it still has that characteristic deep and thought-provoking quality.

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Subsignal - The Beacons Of Somewhere Sometime

A great prog album is always more than just an album; it is a journey you want to repeat. And that is exactly what Subsignal deliver with The Beacons Of Somewhere Sometime. Their poignant songwriting capabilities reach new heights on this album which has many moments of poetic beauty and genius. Subsignal have a real knack for writing emotional songs. This album is definitely worthy of prog worship.

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Subterranean Masquerade - The Great Bazaar

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Ten long years after the release of their first album - the utterly fantastic Suspended Animation Dream - Subterranean Masquerade are back into the fray, reinvigorated by the addition of Kjetil Nordhus, vocalist extraordinaire. And truth be told, The Great Bazaar is quite the worthy follow-up! With its really intricate songwriting and wonderful use of various strings, flutes and piano, this is a melodious and challenging listen, full of wonders awaiting discovery. So, what are you waiting for?

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