Progressive metal has its roots in the progressive rock movement of the '70s. In the mid-1980s, bands began to take the basics of progressive rock and add in a heavy metal sound to the equation, forming a new style of progressive music.

Progressive metal became huge in the early '90s, with Queensrÿche and Dream Theater having several hit singles that were played regularly on MTV. Since that time, the genre has expanded to include death metal, jazz, and classical elements. Here are some essential progressive metal albums that will give you a good overview of the genre

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