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Progressive Metal Bands for People Who Hate Prog



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Posted by Ganondox, 27.08.2015 - 14:13
Not saying that you'll hate them if you love prog, but these are bands that don't take themselves too seriously and frequently avoid prog cliches that turn people away from the genre like overly long, unstructured songs with pretencious lyrics. Basically any band that can keep a good fun rock n' roll attitude. For example:

Prog Bands for People who love Prog:
Dream Theater
Rush
Ne Obliviscaris
Aryeon
Opeth
Between the Buried and Me

Prog Bands for People who hate Prog:
Devin Townsend Band
Porcupine Tree
Toe Hider
Coheed and Cambira
Mastodon (post-Crack the Skye)
Tarby

I gave some non-metal bands in the list, but I'm looking more for metal bands, not just neo-prog bands with some metal influence. Many bands like Tool or Savatage I'm not quite sure if the belong in this category, so I'd also like some thoughts on those. If you personally hate prog but like some bands labled as progressive, feel free to share them.
10.04.2020 - 04:55
Ganondox
I've updated the list.
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10.04.2020 - 07:47
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Tage Westerlund
Written by symphonicmetal:) on 06.03.2020 at 05:47

If you like ayreon, you should check Star One, arjens other prog project.

This is typical band Why we hate prog
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27.04.2020 - 09:44
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Tage Westerlund
Americans Manifest

Only song I can find, but seems cool

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27.04.2020 - 10:01
JoHn Doe
Written by Bad English on 27.04.2020 at 09:44

Americans Manifest

Only song I can find, but seems cool



not bad, but it just sounds like US Power to me.
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27.04.2020 - 10:07
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Tage Westerlund
Written by JoHn Doe on 27.04.2020 at 10:01

Written by Bad English on 27.04.2020 at 09:44

Americans Manifest

Only song I can find, but seems cool



not bad, but it just sounds like US Power to me.

There are many such bands from USA what are cool from mid 90's specially prog
This is hard to judge, need hear whole album , but song is awesome, can not find whole piece
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26.05.2020 - 18:53
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09.07.2020 - 16:30
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Tage Westerlund
Mercury Rising

Sounds nice somehow good music



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01.08.2020 - 18:02
Jugulador
Savatage and Angra?

Cheers!
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09.10.2022 - 11:38
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Tage Westerlund
Landfall shared video for "Two Strangers", taken from new album "Elevate"
https://www.frontiers.shop/new-releases/1476/landfall-elevate-cd-jewelcase

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06.11.2022 - 07:22
ToughestMSuser
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Never into Opeth, I dont know why.
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20.01.2023 - 19:04
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Tage Westerlund
CARISMA -1825



Great prog metal album , soft parts, heavier parts, flowing vocals , good song writing, sad band died, was from wrong place n time.
btw band name is more like horse name lol
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17.02.2023 - 10:18
Facaletz
Hmmh, I am not really that much big of a prog fan but I think some of Katatonia's albums such as The Fall of Hearts or Dead End Kings are good for this. It's soft prog but it's still a little prog.

Maybe I would go more into depth mentioning The Contorsionist --> Language 1&2 is such a good introduction to this genre.

And last but not least, Sleep Token, not the last releases, but the album "This place Will become your tomb'

Also some credits to VOLA. They can also be good for people who are good on this.

So yeah, these are some bands that are prog but are quite enjoyed by someone who doesn't really like prog.
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11.03.2023 - 10:48
JoHn Doe
66crusher from Norway
https://66crusher.bandcamp.com/

They've released 5 albums, only the last two are on bandcamp.
I have listened to their first two albums so far,
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG55h1x0nHX09Ljl2vrBfaw/featured
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14.06.2023 - 22:37
Elf
I didn't see anyone mentioning Symphony X.
Probably if going according to Ganondox's categorization they would belong in the first post.
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11.08.2023 - 17:01
Crème fraiche
Would Hakken or Soen fit here? Just getting into Soen; gives me lots of Tool vibes.
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11.08.2023 - 17:13
JoHn Doe
Written by Crème fraiche on 11.08.2023 at 17:01

Would Hakken or Soen fit here? Just getting into Soen; gives me lots of Tool vibes.

I don't know about Haken, they can get quirky at times.
Soen were a Tool pastiche on their first couple albums. They might fit with the non-prog crowd (for lack of a better word).
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08.05.2024 - 11:21
Helios1
Surely Rainbow deserve at least a mention here. I wouldn't call them full-on prog, though I would definitely say they have some prog influences. A gateway prog band, perhaps?
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12.05.2024 - 12:38
Vortexy
Well, I came here to discuss about one of my fav band that is about to release a new album and saw this topic that, I think, could match...

So, for people for don't like prog but like strange avant-garde stuffs (or some kind of Queen meets metal things), I think that Akphaezya could be a good mention here...

They just announced a new album, released a song (Nauseating blend) and a clip for the end of the week !

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