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The Greatest Progressive Metal Albums Of The 1980’s & 1990’s

Two decades of the finest Progressive Metal known to man....

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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’s diversions into ever more expansive and technical realms and those who rigidly adhered to the classic 80’s power/prog sound, progressive metal bloomed in the intervening years and this article focuses on those classic recordings which were releaed in the 1980’s and 1990’s and 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!

Strap yourselves in for a cerebral pasting, these classic progressive metal monsters were purpose built to fry your brains for all eternity! For the sake of diversity, our standard one album per band mantra applies.

Crimson Glory – Transcendence (1988)

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Approaching progressive metal from a fast-paced, power metal angle, Crimson Glory’s seminal second album is a full-on metal assault with it’s opening two tracks, Lady In Winter and Red Sharks, providing a welcome kick to the nuts.

So far, not so progressive we hear you cry!

Well, it’s true, Transcendence often smacks of straight-up American heavy metal but its progressive nature subtly reveals itself, the band enhancing progressive metal’s standing via lyrical concepts and rapid-fire tempo changes.

“In Dark Places”, the album highlight, is a progressive metal updating of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and “Burning Bridges” takes the slow burn approach to epic balladry; consummate musicianship backed up by vocalist Midnight’s powerful, classic metal delivery.

If released today, Transcendence‘s classic metal stylings and adventurous compositions would still turn heads, its ability to stretch minds and bang heads proving as formidable as ever!

About Chris Jennings (965 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/

5 Comments on The Greatest Progressive Metal Albums Of The 1980’s & 1990’s

  1. Peter Tsiolis // August 25, 2017 at 11:42 pm // Reply

    Cool to have worked on this record. Great honor to be on the list

  2. Good! But where is SADIST’s Above The Light?

  3. Chris Carinder // August 29, 2017 at 2:47 am // Reply

    What about Punishment For Decadence by Coroner?????? Or Think This by Toxik?

    • Chris Jennings // August 29, 2017 at 2:12 pm // Reply

      Punishment For Decadence may be an oversight but Think This is (arguably) not a match for the majority of albums featured! \m/

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