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8 Classic Progressive Metal Albums That Haven’t Aged A Day (Part 1)

Strap yourselves in for a cerebral pasting, these classic Progressive Metal monsters were purpose built to fry your brains!

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Progressive Metal, in all it’s guises, has been home to a wealth of classic albums since its rise to prominence in the late 1980’s. From Death Metal’s excursions into Proggy territory to Thrash Metal’s diversions into ever expansive realms and epic song length’s, Progressive Metal has bloomed in the intervening years and this article focuses on 8 of those classic recordings which have admirably stood the test of time. To put it simply, if they were released today they’d blow your mind, just as they did all those years ago!

To that extent, this article focuses only on those albums released pre 2000, any worthy Prog Metal albums released post 2000 will be covered in a future article. Also, for the sake of diversity, our usual one album per band mantra applies.

This is just Part 1 of a series focusing on Classic Prog Metal albums….look out for Part 2 over the coming weeks. 

Strap yourselves in for a cerebral pasting, these classic Progressive Metal monsters were purpose built to fry your brains!

About Chris Jennings (1273 Articles)
I love Heavy Metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about Metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' Metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

9 Comments on 8 Classic Progressive Metal Albums That Haven’t Aged A Day (Part 1)

  1. symphony x-divine wings of tragedy?
    Dream theater-images and words/awake?
    Vandenplas-God thing?
    Dalis Dilemma-manifesto for futurism?
    He’ll I would have even picked Stratovarius over kings x :/

  2. Alun Phillips // May 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm // Reply

    Hope “Skyclad – Wayward sons of mother earth” makes it into part 2.

    • Chris Jennings // May 19, 2015 at 1:02 pm // Reply

      Tricky one Alun! Skyclad, especially in the early days, were more Folk-Thrash than Prog Metal really.

  3. Missing some bands: Coroner, Toxik, Nevermore, plus maybe even a band that influenced a lot of prog metal bands…Celtic Frost. Also, Wrathchild America’s 3D album would fit the bill too. Just sayin’.

    • Chris Jennings // July 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm // Reply

      Very Thrash-centric suggestions Thasher, all good but not sure they fit. Celtic Frost certainly don’t, more avant-garde than Prog I feel. Thanks for reading and commenting \m/

  4. …guess you’ve never heard of Heir Apparent “One Small Voice” – 1989

  5. Rolly Hammond // September 12, 2015 at 4:58 pm // Reply

    Between The Buried And Me – Colors
    ANYTHING from Rush.. Say what you want, Rush is metal as f*ck!
    I will give you Queensryche.. Some of the others on the list though…..

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