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Encyclopedia > Progressive Metal
Progressive metal
Stylistic origins
Cultural origins
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Mainstream popularity Popular among heavy metal and progressive rock fans
Fusion genres
Mathcore - Progressive death metal
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Timeline of heavy metal

Progressive metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. Some progressive metal bands are also influenced by jazz fusion and classical music. Like progressive rock songs, progressive metal songs are usually much longer than standard metal songs, and they are often thematically linked in concept albums. As a result, progressive metal is rarely heard on mainstream radio and video programs. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (frequently abbreviated as NWOBHM or N.W.O.B.H.M.) emerged in the late 1970s and reached mainstream attention in the late 1970s, in the United Kingdom, as a reaction in part to the decline of early heavy metal bands such as... This article is about Western art music from 1000 AD to the present. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Percussion redirects here. ... Piano, todays most common keyboard instrument A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Mathcore (also known as technical metalcore, technical hardcore, and math metal) is a style of metalcore recognized for a high level of technical musicianship. ... Technical death metal, or tech death for short, is a term used to describe bands in the subgenre death metal. ... This is a timeline of heavy metal and hard rock, from its beginnings in the mid 1960s to the present time. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... The time signature (also known as meter signature) is a notational convention used in Western musical notation to specify how many beats are in each measure and what note value constitutes one beat. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... This article is about Western art music from 1000 AD to the present. ... In popular music, a concept album is an album which is unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical (Shuker 2002, p. ...

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History

The origins of progressive metal can be traced back to progressive rock bands from the late 1960s and early to mid-1970s such as Yes, Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Focus, Renaissance, The Alan Parsons Project, early Queen, Kansas, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep and Rush. The latter 5 also often blended metal elements into their music. However, progressive metal did not develop into a genre of its own until the mid-1980s. Bands such as Rainbow had many qualities of progressive metal. Bands such as Fates Warning, Queensrÿche and Dream Theater took elements of these progressive rock groups – primarily the instrumentation and compositional structure of songs – and merged them with heavy metal styles associated with early Metallica and Megadeth. The result could be described as a progressive rock mentality with heavy metal sounds. For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... ELP can also stand for Extra Long Play, a format for the VCR tape. ... For the 18th-century agriculturist after whom the band was named, see Jethro Tull (agriculturist). ... This article is about the musical group. ... Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967. ... Gentle Giant were a British progressive rock band, one of the most experimental of the 1970s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Annie Haslam Renaissance were an English progressive rock band popular in the 1970s. ... This article is about the collective named The Alan Parsons Project. ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... For other uses, see Kansas (disambiguation). ... In Hearing of Atomic Rooster, 1971 Atomic Rooster were an English progressive rock band, formed by ex-Crazy World of Arthur Brown members, Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer in 1969. ... Uriah Heep are an English rock band, formed in December 1969 when record producer Gerry Bron invited keyboardist Ken Hensley (previously a member of The Gods and Toe Fat) to join Spice, a band signed to his own Bronze Records label. ... Rush is a Canadian rock band originally formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario; presently comprised of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... Rainbow were a hard rock and heavy metal band formed by former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in 1975. ... Fates Warning is a progressive metal band, formed in 1983 by John Arch, Jim Matheos, Victor Arduini, Joe DiBiase, and Steve Zimmerman in Connecticut, USA. The band directly contributed to the establishment of the progressive metal genre. ... Queensrÿche (pronounced IPA: ) is an American heavy metal / progressive metal band formed in 1981 in Bellevue, Washington. ... Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Myung, John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, before they dropped out to support the band. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, frontman, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Mustaine. ...


Progressive metal received mainstream exposure in the early 1990s when Queensrÿche's "Silent Lucidity" (from 1990's Empire) became a radio and MTV hit. It was not a typical progressive metal song, but its popularity increased the profile of other progressive metal bands. In 1993, Dream Theater's "Pull Me Under" (from 1992's Images and Words) became popular on radio and MTV. In the 1990s, bands such as Pain of Salvation, Opeth, Ayreon, and Symphony X developed their own signature sounds. Queensrÿche (pronounced IPA: ) is an American heavy metal / progressive metal band formed in 1981 in Bellevue, Washington. ... Silent Lucidity is a single by the American progressive rock band Queensrÿche. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Myung, John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, before they dropped out to support the band. ... Pull Me Under is the first track from Dream Theaters 1992 album Images and Words. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Images and Words is the second album by progressive metal band Dream Theater. ... Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive metal band featuring Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the lyricist, chief composer, guitarist, and lead vocalist. ... Opeth are a heavy metal band from Stockholm, Sweden. ... Ayreon ( ) is a project by Dutch composer and musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen. ... Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from New Jersey founded in 1994 by guitarist Michael Romeo. ...


Pain of Salvation drew heavily on more obscure 1970s prog acts. Ayreon stayed with the traditional Prog Metal themes, but mixed them with rock opera and ambient influences. Symphony X married progressive elements to power metal and classical music, bridging the gap between the three sub-genres. Steve Vai's former singer and heavy metal band Strapping Young Lad's singer and guitarist Devin Townsend combined elements of post metal and ambient with traditional progressive metal on his first two solo albums Ocean Machine: Biomech and Infinity. Opeth combined their prog influence with death metal. Another influence on prog metal was "technical metal" bands, such as Meshuggah, Watchtower, Atheist and Cynic, which played complex song structures and used virtuoso instrumental playing. Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive metal band featuring Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the lyricist, chief composer, guitarist, and lead vocalist. ... Ayreon ( ) is a project by Dutch composer and musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen. ... The Whos Tommy, the first album explicitly billed as a rock opera A rock opera is a rock music album or stage production that resembles the form of an opera. ... Ambient music is a musical genre in which sound is more important than notes. ... Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from New Jersey founded in 1994 by guitarist Michael Romeo. ... This article is about the sub-genre of heavy metal music. ... This article is about Western art music from 1000 AD to the present. ... Steven Steve Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York) is a Grammy Award winning guitarist, composer, vocalist, and record producer. ... Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... Strapping Young Lad is an influential progressive extreme metal band from Canada, started by Devin Townsend in 1994. ... Devin Garrett Townsend (born May 5, 1972 in Vancouver, Canada) is a Canadian musician currently residing in British Columbia. ... Post-metal is a music genre, a mixture between the genres of post-rock and heavy metal, with roots in progressive rock and industrial music. ... Ambient music is a musical genre in which sound is more important than notes. ... Line up Devin Townsend / vocals, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, programming, mixing and mastering Gene Hoglan / drums Christian Olde Webbers / Upright bass Andy Codrington / trombone Track listing All songs by Devin Townsend except Christeen by Devin Townsend and Ginger Truth (3:58) Christeen (3:41) Bad Devil (4:52) War (6... Opeth are a heavy metal band from Stockholm, Sweden. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Meshuggah, whose name is taken from the Hebrew and Yiddish word for crazy, is a five-piece Scandinavian metal/tech metal band from UmeÃ¥, Sweden who use extended polymetric passages, complex drum patterns, odd time signatures, angular, dissonant guitar riffs, and harsh, non-pitched vocals. ... Watchtower is a progressive technical thrash band based in Austin, Texas that was mostly active in the 1980s. ... Atheist are a Technical death metal band from Florida, USA, founded in 1984, whose music combined brutal riffs with subtle latin music arrangements and elements of jazz. ... Cynic is a technical death metal/progressive metal band from Miami, Florida, United States. ...


Bands like Sun Caged, Dominici and Circus Maximus are influenced by traditional progressive metal and several of the first wave of 1990s bands. Bands such as Dark Suns, Disillusion, or Conscience are influenced by emotional progressive metal bands like Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Green Carnation and Anathema. Sweden's Tiamat have also been influential in the progressive metal genre, especially on their 1994's breakthrough-album Wildhoney. Sun Caged is a progressive metal band originating The Netherlands which formed in the spring of 1999. ... Charlie Dominici, former of the band Dominici is a progressive metal band that was formed in 2005 by ex-Dream Theater vocalist, Charlie Dominici. ... Circus Maximus is a Progressive metal playing quintet from Oslo, Norway with obvious symphonic and power metal influences in vocals, synthesizers and occasional keyboards. ... Dark Suns was formed in 1997 by Tobias Gommlich and Niko Knappe (two very well known players of the local metal scene in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany). ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Opeth are a heavy metal band from Stockholm, Sweden. ... Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive metal band featuring Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the lyricist, chief composer, guitarist, and lead vocalist. ... For the book, see The Green Carnation Green Carnation is a Norwegian Progressive Metal/Art Rock band formed in 1990. ... Anathema are an English band from the city of Liverpool, which, together with Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, helped to develop the death/doom sound, a subgenre of doom metal. ... Tiamat is a band that formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1988. ... Wildhoney is the critically acclaimed 1994 album by the Swedish band, Tiamat. ...


Diversity

Progressive metal can be broken down into countless sub-genres corresponding to certain other styles of music that have influenced progressive metal groups. For example, two bands that are commonly identified as progressive metal, King's X and Opeth, are at opposite ends of the sonic spectrum to one another. King's X are greatly influenced by softer mainstream rock and, in fact, contributed to the growth of grunge influencing bands like Pearl Jam, whose bassist Jeff Ament once said, "King's X invented grunge". Opeth's growling vocals and heavy guitars (liberally intermixed with Gothic-evocative acoustic passages) often see them cited as progressive death metal, yet Mikael Åkerfeldt refers to Yes and Camel as major influences in the style of their music. This article is about the band. ... Opeth are a heavy metal band from Stockholm, Sweden. ... Grunge redirects here. ... This article is about the rock group. ... Jeff Ament (born March 10, 1963 in Big Sandy, Montana), is an American Rock bassist and one of the founding members of Pearl Jam. ... Gothic metal is a genre of heavy metal music. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Mikael Ã…kerfeldt (IPA: ) (born April 17, 1974, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a highly influential Swedish musician, best known as the current lead vocalist of progressive metal band Opeth, and former lead singer of death metal band Bloodbath. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Camel is an English progressive rock band formed in 1971. ...


Classical and symphonic music have also had a significant impact on sections of the progressive metal genre, with bands Devin Townsend, Symphony X and Shadow Gallery fusing traditional progressive metal with a complexity and grandeur usually found in classical compositions. Similarly, bands such as Dream Theater, Planet X and Liquid Tension Experiment have a jazz influence, with extended solo sections that often feature "trading solos". Cynic, Atheist, Pestilence and Meshuggah also blended jazz/fusion with death metal. Devin Townsend draws on more Ambient influences in the atmosphere of his music. Progressive metal is also often linked with power metal, hence the ProgPower music festival. Prog metal has also overlapped thrash metal. Most famously perhaps with Dark Angel's swansong album Time Does Not Heal, which was famous for its sticker that said "9 Songs, 67 Minutes, 246 Riffs". Other bands with recognizable progressive metal elements include Anacrusis, Coroner, Mekong Delta, Voivod, Forbidden, Defiance, Metallist, Heathen, Sadus, Tool, and Blind Illusion. Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... Devin Garrett Townsend (born May 5, 1972 in Vancouver, Canada) is a Canadian musician currently residing in British Columbia. ... Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from New Jersey founded in 1994 by guitarist Michael Romeo. ... Shadow Gallery is a six-piece American progressive metal band formed in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania during the early 1980s, originally under the name Sorcerer. ... Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Myung, John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, before they dropped out to support the band. ... Planet X is an evolution of keyboardist Derek Sherinians 1999 solo album Planet X. Sherinian has stated in several interviews that his intention when forming Planet X was to create a band that played their instruments so fiercely, that they would strike fear in the hearts of all musicians... Liquid Tension Experiment is an instrumental progressive rock/metal project, founded by drummer Mike Portnoy, in 1997. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Cynic is a technical death metal/progressive metal band from Miami, Florida, United States. ... Atheist are a Technical death metal band from Florida, USA, founded in 1984, whose music combined brutal riffs with subtle latin music arrangements and elements of jazz. ... Pestilence were a death/thrash metal band from the Netherlands founded in 1986. ... Meshuggah, whose name is taken from the Hebrew and Yiddish word for crazy, is a five-piece Scandinavian metal/tech metal band from Umeå, Sweden who use extended polymetric passages, complex drum patterns, odd time signatures, angular, dissonant guitar riffs, and harsh, non-pitched vocals. ... Devin Garrett Townsend (born May 5, 1972 in Vancouver, Canada) is a Canadian musician currently residing in British Columbia. ... Ambient music is a musical genre in which sound is more important than notes. ... This article is about the sub-genre of heavy metal music. ... ProgPower Europe (formerly ProgPower) and ProgPower USA are music festivals held in Europe and the United States respectively. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Time Does Not Heal is the fourth and final album by Dark Angel, which was released in 1991. ... Anacrusis was a progressive/melodic thrash metal band from St. ... Coroner is a Swiss thrash metal band. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Voivod is a progressive metal band from Canada. ... Forbidden was a thrash metal band from the San Francisco Bay Area, part of the Bay Area thrash scene, most popular in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. ... Defiance was a thrash metal band from Oakland, California. ... Photo of the band Heathen. ... Sadus is a highly technical thrash metal trio from the United States. ... Tool is an American rock band that was formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, California. ... Originally a progressive rock band formed in high school by guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Blind Illusion had morphed in time to a thrash metal band in the 1980s. ...


Differences with avant-garde metal

Although progressive metal and avant-garde metal both favor experimentation and non-standard ideas, there are rather large differences between the two genres. The experimentation of progressive metal lies mostly in playing complex rhythms and song structures with traditional instruments[1]. For avant-garde metal, most of the experimentation is in the use of unusual sounds and instruments[1]. Progressive metal also puts a greater emphasis on technicality and theoretical complexity (e.g., odd time signatures, complex song forms, jazz fusion influences), while avant-garde metal is more unorthodox and tends to question many of the musical conventions[1]. Avant-garde metal or experimental metal is generally regarded as a cross-genre reference to metal bands or more exactly as a stylistic adjunction with specific traits (just like Progressive-, Symphonic-, Viking-, Pagan-, Folk-, Industrial-). It is characterized by large amounts of experimentation and by non-standard sounds, instruments, and...


References

  • Recording Industry Sourcebook, Seventh Edition, Burkhart Publishing (1996, ISBN#0918371090)
  • ProgArchives.com

See also

This list of songs or music-related items is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... Avant-garde metal or experimental metal is generally regarded as a cross-genre reference to metal bands or more exactly as a stylistic adjunction with specific traits (just like Progressive-, Symphonic-, Viking-, Pagan-, Folk-, Industrial-). It is characterized by large amounts of experimentation and by non-standard sounds, instruments, and... Heavy metal redirects here. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c "Mittel Ethan, "The Avant Garde And How To Swing It" on Metal Storm" 2006.
Heavy metal redirects here. ... Alternative metal is an eclectic form of music that gained popularity in the early 1990s alongside grunge. ... Avant-garde metal or experimental metal is generally regarded as a cross-genre reference to metal bands or more exactly as a stylistic adjunction with specific traits (just like Progressive-, Symphonic-, Viking-, Pagan-, Folk-, Industrial-). It is characterized by large amounts of experimentation and by non-standard sounds, instruments, and... This article is about the musical genre. ... Christian metal is a form of heavy metal music and its many subgenres with Christian lyrics and themes. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Doom metal is a form of extreme metal music that emerged as a recognized sub-genre during the first half of the 1980s. ... Extreme metal is an umbrella term, somewhat loosely defined, for a number of related heavy metal subgenres that have developed since the 1980s. ... Folk metal is a diverse collection of music, encompassing a wide variety of different styles and approaches. ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... Gothic metal is a genre of heavy metal music. ... Groove metal, often associated with neo-thrash/post-thrash and power groove, is a term sometimes used to describe a derivative of thrash metal which took its current form during the early 1990s. ... Industrial metal is a musical genre that draws elements from industrial music and heavy metal music. ... Metalcore is a fusion of extreme metal and hardcore punk that began in the United States. ... Neo-classical metal is a subgenre of the heavy metal music heavily influenced by classical music in its style of playing and composing[1]. It implies a very technical performance and the use of elements borrowed from classical music and/or by famous classical music composers. ... Nu metal (also called aggro metal, or nü metal using the traditional heavy metal umlaut) is a musical genre that has origins in the mid 1990s. ... Post-metal is a music genre, a mixture between the genres of post-rock and heavy metal, with roots in progressive rock and industrial music. ... This article is about the sub-genre of heavy metal music. ... Rap rock is a hybrid of rap and rock music. ... Sludge metal is a form of heavy metal music that is generally regarded as a fusion of the doom metal and hardcore punk genres, often displaying southern rock influence. ... Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal that spawned in the early 1980s and was the direct musical progenitor of thrash metal[1] [2]. When Speed metal first emerged as a genre, it innovatively increased the tempo of the music template set forth by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin... Stoner rock and stoner metal are interchangeable terms describing sub-genres of rock and metal music. ... Symphonic metal is a term used to describe heavy metal music that has symphonic elements; that is, elements that sound similar to a classical symphony. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ... Viking metal is a term used in reference to heavy metal music with a dramatic emphasis on Norse mythology, Norse paganism, and the life and times of Northern and Central Europeans prior to the Christianization of Scandinavia. ... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (frequently abbreviated as NWOBHM or N.W.O.B.H.M.) emerged in the late 1970s and reached mainstream attention in the late 1970s, in the United Kingdom, as a reaction in part to the decline of early heavy metal bands such as... The early Norwegian Black Metal scene consisted of a black metal youths that met in the independent record store Helvete in Oslo. ... Scandinavian death metal concerns the death metal bands of Scandinavian origin. ... Bay Area thrash metal, or Bay Area Thrash, referred to a steady following of heavy metal bands in the 1980s who formed and gained international status in the San Francisco Bay Area, California [1]. Along with Tampa, Florida, the scene was widely attributed as a starting point of American thrash... // Cover of Ultimatum Split By Dorsal Atlântica and Metalmophose in 1984 While in the beggining of the 80s in the U.S., Germany and Canada was appearing bands such as Metallica, Slayer (U.S.), Destruction, Kreator (Germany) and Voivod, Exciter (Canada), in Brazil at the same time was... Australian heavy metal music has its roots in the both the Australian hard rock and pub rock tradition of the 1970s and the American and British heavy metal scenes. ... For the playable character in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, see Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. ... Judas Priest, in typical heavy metal attire, performing at the VH1 Rock Honors on May 25, 2006. ... A number of overlapping heavy metal genres have developed since the emergence of heavy metal (often shortened to metal) in the late 1960s. ... This is a list of bands that pertain to the heavy metal genre of music. ... This is a list of metal festivals ordered by country. ... This page contains special characters. ... Headbangers in action, at DarkLights club Omega in Johannesburg, South Africa Headbanging is a type of dance which involves violently shaking the head in time with music, most commonly heavy metal music. ...

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