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100 Greatest Progressive Metal Albums

Criteria: These Progressive Metal Albums were chosen for their musical and lyrical quality, creativity, originality, influence, and popularity within the genre.

(Note: Compilation, Greatest Hits, Best Of, and Live albums are not included.)


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2017-05-23

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  1. Operation Mindcrime - Queensrÿche (1988)
  2. Images & Words - Dream Theater (1992)
  3. Aenima - Tool (1996)
  4. Out Of The Silent Planet - King's X (1988)
  5. No Exit - Fates Warning (1988)
  6. Energetic Disassembly - Watchtower (1996)
  7. Scenes From A Memory - Dream Theater (1999)
  8. Still Life - Opeth (1991)
  9. Empire - Queensrÿche (1990)
10. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son - Iron Maiden (1988)
11. Transcendence - Crimson Glory (1988)
12. Abigail - King Diamond (1987)
13. Nothingface - Voivod (1989)
14. ...And Justice For All - Metallica (1988)
15. The Divine Wings Of Tragedy - Symphony X (1997)
16. A Social Grace - Psychotic Waltz (1989)
17. The Warning - Queensrÿche (1984)
18. Unquestionable Presence - Atheist (1991)
19. Gretchen Goes To Nebraska - King's X (1989)
20. Awaken The Guardian - Fates Warning (1986)
21. Awake - Dream Theater (1994)
22. Destroy Erase Improve - Meshuggah (1995)
23. Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory (1986)
24. Undertow - Tool (1993)
25. Them - King Diamond (1988)
26. Liquid Tension Experiment - Liquid Tension Experiment (1998)
27. A Change Of Seasons - Dream Theater (1994)
28. Deliverence - Opeth (1999)
29. Fifth Angel - Fifth Angel (1986)
30. Paradox - Royal Hunt (1997)
31. Faith Hope Love - King's X (1992)
32. Perfect Symmetry - Fates Warning (1989)
33. Dimension Hatross - Voivod (1988)
34. Universe - Planet X (2000)
35. Into The Electric Castle - Ayreon (1998)
36. Conspiracy - King Diamond (1989)
37. When Pus Comes To Shove - Platypus (1998)
38. Falling Into Infinity - Dream Theater (1997)
39. Holyland - Angra (1995)
40. Queensrÿche - Queensrÿche (1983)
41. Mods Carve The Pig - Thought Industry (1993)
42. Lateralus - Tool (2001)
43. King's X - King's X (1992)
44. Night On Brocken - Fates Warning (1984)
45. The Galactic Cowboys - The Galactic Cowboys (1991)
46. Bleeding - Psychotic Waltz (1996)
47. Universe Migrator, Part I: The Dream Sequencer - Ayreon (2000)
48. Wounded Land - Threshold (1996)
49. Twilight In Olympus - Symphony X (1998)
50. Opeth - Opeth (1995)
51. Promised Land - Queensrÿche (1993)
52. Dream Theater - Dream Theater (2013)
53. A Burnt Offering For The Bone Idol - Skyclad (1992)
54. Focus - Cynic (1993)
55. Train Of Thought - Dream Theater (2003)
56. Control And Resistance - Watchtower (1989)
57. Songs From The Lion's Cage - Arena (1995)
58. Elements - Atheist (1991)
59. Dogman - King's X (1994)
60. Astronomica - Crimson Glory (1999)
61. Liquid Tension Experiment II - Liquid Tension Experiment (1999)
62. Nothing - Meshuggah (2002)
63. The Spectre Within - Fates Warning (1985)
64. Hear In The New Frontier - Queensrÿche (1997)
65. Recreation Day - Queensrÿche (1997)
66. Age Of Impact - Explorers Club (1998)
67. Conflict & Dreams - Cairo (1998)
68. Remedy Love - Pain Of Salvation (2002)
69. Moon Babies - Planet X (2002)
70. My Arms, Your Hearse - Opeth (1998)
71. Symphony X - Symphony X (1994)
72. Queensrÿche - Queensrÿche (2013)
73. Parallel - Fates Warning (1991)
74. Critical Mass - Threshold (2002)
75. Tribe - Queensrÿche (2003)
76. A blueprint Of The World - Enchant (1995)
77. Legacy - Shadow Gallery (2001)
78. V:The New Methology Suite - Symphony X (2000)
79. Angel Rat - Voivod (1991)
80. Sanity Obscure - Believer (1991)
81. Liberation - Ice Age (2001)
82. Fatal Portrait - King Diamond (1986)
83. Leatherwolf - LeatherWolf (1986)
84. Spiritech - Alchemist (1997)
85. Darkness in a Different Light - Fates Warning (2013)
86. Tapehead - King's X (1998)
87. For Madman Only - Atomic Opera (1998)
88. Disconnected - Fates Warning (2000)
89. The Jelly Jam - The Jelly Jam (2001)
90. The Odessey - Symphony X (2002)
91. Blackwater Park - Opeth (2001)
92. Clown In The Mirror - Royal Hunt (1995)
93. Immortal - Arena (2000)
94. Strange & Beautiful - Crimson Glory (1991)
95. Black Umbrella - Thought Industry (1997)
96. Manic Moonlight - King's X (2001)
97. Machine Fish - The Galactic Cowboys (1996)
98. Sense Of Change - Sieges Even (1999)
99. Chaosphere - Meshuggah (1998)
100. Morning Rise - Opeth (1996)

Operation Mindcrime album cover album cover
Images and Words album cover
Aenima album cover
Out Of The Silent Planet album cover
No Exit album cover
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