Progressive Metal, unlike other subgenres of heavy metal, borrows heavily from hard rock, classical rock and early heavy metal influences. Although several of the bands on this list might not technically be considered metal, we group hard rock and metal under the same umbrella for the sake of clarity. Progressive metal (prog metal for short) is less about brutality and speed, as is the case with extreme metal or thrash. And the focus is not so much on evil or satanic themes, much like black metal. Instead, listeners can hear everything from classical music, symphonic metal, speed metal, power metal, and traditional heavy metal in many 'Prog Metal' bands. The focus in this subgenre has always been in the proficiency of the musicians, epic song writing and sounds that aren't neatly categorized into only one type of metal. As this list will show, even extreme metal bands can lean more towards the Prog Metal side. We now present our list of the 10 Best best Progressive Metal/Hard rock bands.
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