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Question about Progressive Rock/Metal

  • Question about Progressive Rock/Metal
    October 2, 2011 - 8:39am

    I am new to Progressive Metal and Rock! I love Dream Theater and they turned me on to the genre especially after being a jazz addict! However, what other bands would you guys recommend that are similar to Dream Theater? I am not into the "death metal" screaming although at times I am I will admit. As of right now, I have been listening to Opeth but the search stops there. Any recommendations? Thanks ya'll in advance! :)

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Fresh Maverick's picture
on October 2, 2011 - 8:39am

I am new to Progressive Metal and Rock! I love Dream Theater and they turned me on to the genre especially after being a jazz addict! However, what other bands would you guys recommend that are similar to Dream Theater? I am not into the "death metal" screaming although at times I am I will admit. As of right now, I have been listening to Opeth but the search stops there. Any recommendations? Thanks ya'll in advance! :)

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skildude's picture

new opeth albums
Yes
spocks beard
black bonzo
Rush
Ayreon
star one
The Quill
OSI(former Dream Theater Member Kevin Moores band)
check out Insideout records they are almost exclusive at promoting prog bands

daemonhunter's picture

Haken
Headspace
Threshold
Shadow Gallery
Riverside
Neal Morse
Ayeron
OSI
Pain Of Salvation
The Safety fire

Wolfpacker96's picture

Not many King Crimson props here, but if you like jazz, you'll probably like the '80s and onward versions of King Crimson.

skildude's picture

Black Bonzo
Cryptic Vision
Arctica Sonata
HourGlass - a small band from Utah

JanneDaArc's picture

A big thank you to all you guys that offered suggestions. Living in Nebraska limits my access to awesomeness and I think DT holds my state suspect for containing any fans as the closest they've ever come is Kansas City.

Now all I need is about $300 to pick up all these albums.

Jedizen07's picture

There is soooo much great material out there. In fact, I found that listening to too much progressive rock/metal burned me out. I had to listen to lots of different stuff ( jazz, blues, hip-hop, etc . . . ) which helped me be the music fanatic I am-haha. But while there are some great listings here, I would recommend the following myself: Besides DT there is anything from Genesis, Symphony X, Marillion, Return To Forever and Transatlantic. But I would strongly recommend listening to Frank and Dweezil Zappa for a more extreme progressive music experience. It's all good. But don't get too caught up into listening to it all. Take the time and enjoy it separately!

Batur Togay's picture

Symphony X
Rush
Liquid Tension Experiment(Kind of an instrumental Dream Theater)

Soulfire's picture

Ditto on Spock's Beard.

Dave52's picture

If you come from a more Jazzy background and want a more mellow Prog experience. Can I suggest "The Underfall Yard" by "Big Big Train", and just about anything by "Yes".

EDIT: I forgot - "Frequency" by "IQ" and anything by "Spock's Beard".

Imonkeyman's picture

@IrishDTFan: Thanks for the post on the band "Glyder." Those guys are really good, and not a band I have ever listened to before, but it inspired me to buy the album " Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow."

IrishDTFan's picture

All of the above! Maybe less well known but curious to know what people think of Irish band Glyder? I'm Irish so a bit biased : ) but think they're great. Less expansive and progressive than DT but have that melodic metal side and are great players. Check out new song Fade to Dust below : )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7OCAZ7spKs

Acid Rain Puppy's picture

DreamScape (from Germany)
Age Of Nemesis (from Hungary)
Amaseffer (from Israel)
Andromeda (from Sweden)
Spiral Architect (from Norway)
Enchant (USA)
Tiles (USA)

RC Towers's picture

Well, since you love jazz, and not really into the death metal genre, I recommend:

Rush: Moving Pictures, Signals, Permanent Waves, Hold Your Fire, Power Windows- more mellow, progressive rock with some jazz elements - too many good songs to listen to especially if you like percussion, and bass, as Neil Peart, and Geddy Lee are considered one of the best, probably top 5 all time in their respective instruments.

Queensrhyche: Promised Land, Empire: milder version of Queensrhyche, with progressive and jazz elements (Della Brown is a good example of this)

Journey: Evolution, Infinity - some progressive elements

These are the bands, especially Rush, that lead me to Dream Theater.

rinoRotti's picture

From less to more complicated, I would absolutely recommend:

- Porcupine Tree
- Transatlantic
- Star One
- Symphony X
- Liquid Tension Experiment
- The Mars Volta
- Devin Townsend

Keysman's picture

Not forgetting Marillion. :D
Misplaced childhood is a prog rock classic.
I always wished the DT guys had done an official bootleg of that album.

Soulfire's picture

Rush
Porcupine Tree
Transatlantic
OSI
Spock's Beard
Symphony X
The Flower Kings
King Crimson
Pain of Salvation
Opeth
Steven Wilson
Periphery
Tesseract

The Forsaken's picture

Knight Area
Astra...check out their debut album, The Weirding.
Blood Ceremony, a canadian band, female singer. They have a Black Sabbath sound to em', but they also incorporate some flute into their music as well, so sometimes they sound like a Sabbath/Jethro Tull hybrid...very retro, early seventies sounding.
Then my favourite out of this bunch, the magnificent Colour Haze, a retro early seventies sounding bluesy rock/prog band. Like Dream Theater, songs frequently over ten, fifteen minutes long and few over twenty minutes long too, incorporating long instrumental passages, i suppose there sound is a mixture of Cream, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac and again Black Sabbath with a bit Hendrix thrown in... These are an amazing band.

reo73's picture

I am a huge DT fan but am really hit/miss with progressive metal bands that I like. But here are some other bands that are in the progressive spirit of DT that I think are exceptional that you should check out.

1) Symphony X
2) Riverside
3) Porcupine Tree
4) Frost* (Milliontown is probably the greatest prog rock album I have ever heard)
5) Fates Warning

Imonkeyman's picture

If you like/love DT, then you should check out these bands:

1. Circus Maximus
2. Seventh Wonder
3. Above Symmetry
4. Anubis Gate
5. Haken
6. Lost In Thought

And as an afterthought, John Petrucci's solo album (Suspended Animation), while all instrumental, is absolutely amazing!!

John

Ilaria's picture

If you like DT, you should definitely listen to Rush :) bye