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Ryan's favorite progressive metal, sans Dream Theater

Ryan Bentz "kalath"
The list author says: "I've seen a handful of lists that say they list out the finest prog metal albums out there and then proceed to list all of Dream Theater's albums. While Dream Theater is great, you'll miss a lot of other great bands if you don't check these guys out."
Andromeda Unchained
Andromeda Unchained
"Undeniably Anubis Gate's finest album. Another one that if you like DT, you should seriously check out. This album is great from start to finish -- not a dud in the lot."
Enigmatic: Calling
Enigmatic: Calling
"Hands down one of the best prog metal albums out there. This one is frequently integrated into my "best of" playlists."
03 A Trilogy - Part 3
03 A Trilogy - Part 3
"Charlie Dominici used to sing with Dream Theater so if you're a fan of Dream Theater and you're looking for something new, you can start here. Definitely check out the other two albums in the trilogy."
Anima
Anima
"French progressive metal. These guys rock and they rock hard. This is a wonderful album full of texture and dynamics. A veritable treasure trove of prog gems."
03 a Trilogy 2
03 a Trilogy 2
"Arguably finer than Vol. 3. The first track (The Monster, instrumental) on this album is genius."
Black Halo
Black Halo
"Arguably my favorite band in progressive metal. While not as technical as DT or some other prog bands out there, the concept behind this is excellent and polished in every sense of the word."
Temple of Shadows
Temple of Shadows
"Aural bliss. These guys are great. You cannot be a progressive metal listener and not like this album."
Calling The Earth to Witness
Calling The Earth to Witness
"It's Christian metal, but I didn't realize that until much later. Great vocals, musicianship and songwriting here."
Mercy Falls
Mercy Falls
"Wow - this album blind-sided me. Music and production are high quality across the board. Track 10 is amazing and one of my fave tunes this year."
Anubis Gate
Anubis Gate
"The newest from Anubis Gate. This time with a new lead singer. This is second in line after Andromeda Unchained for me. Andromeda Unchained is still their masterpiece."
Isolate
Isolate
"I was hooked on this album non-stop for a couple months about a year ago. Check out Mouth of Madness (track 7) if nothing else. His vocals are insane and the instrumental work in the middle is very well done...and rocks HARD. Love it!!"
Aquarius
Aquarius
"These guys totally came out of left field for me. For prog metal fans out there, this album has absolutely nothing not to love on it. It's got it all and they've got some serious technical chops and songwriting ability to back it up."
Fragile Equality
Fragile Equality
"Ah, Brazil. A safe haven for progressive metal. Almah is from the former lead singer of Angra. This is a wonderful album replete with intense riffs and drumming. There are a couple songs in it that you might think are duds, but they really round out the more technical tracks on the album and make for a complete package."
Oblivious to the Obvious
Oblivious to the Obvious
"Whoa -- I hadn't heard this one until recently. Complex, epic and very satisfying."
Mirror of Creation 2: Genesis II
Mirror of Creation 2: Genesis II
"I prefer this album over their album "Tales from Serpentia." Great vocals, drumming and songwriting. Track 3 (Pain) is short but one of my faves. Some excellent riffs throughout."
Snowfall on Judgment Day
Snowfall on Judgment Day
"Just discovered this album recently. Fantastic and LaBrie makes a guest appearance (not my fave song though). The first track and track 4 are must-haves."
Rocket Ride
Rocket Ride
"Some might argue these guys shouldn't be on this list but I saw them with Kamelot once and they were unbelievable live. This is their best album although all of their albums have great material throughout. You'll love it, but you might not admit it..."
Burn the Sun
Burn the Sun
"A lot of mixed reviews on this album, but I love it. It's progressive for folks who don't like progressive rock. It's accessible for newcomers to progressive but not so accessible that seasoned prog listeners won't enjoy it."
Pleasant Shade of Gray
Pleasant Shade of Gray
"This is a darker and brooding sound of metal and is very well done and layered."
Second Life Syndrome
Second Life Syndrome
"Riverside is phenomenal. If you like Tool and/or Porcupine Tree, check these guys out. The track "Second Life Syndrome" is the standout track here if you don't want to buy anything else, but the album in its entirety works very well and I highly recommend it."
Unia
Unia
"Guilty pleasure. These guys are more dramatic/cinematic in nature but you can't deny the great songwriting throughout. "The Harvest" is an awesome ride."
Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
"Everyone who listens to prog metal has come across Symphony X at least a time or two. They're usually the next step after DT for many. Paradise Lost is their most recent effort and their finest."
Animations
Animations
"Instrumental metal from Poland. The mix is weird on this but good stuff nonetheless."
Celestial Entrance
Celestial Entrance
"Did I mention these guys are awesome? I was unsure about adding more than one of these guys' albums but I just couldn't resist...."
Inhuman Nature
Inhuman Nature
"An excellent album from a relatively unknown band. Not a bad track on this album."
God's Equation
God's Equation
"Again, a fantastic album from Pagan's Mind"
Under a New Sign
Under a New Sign
"Progressive rock closer to the good ol' days of Genesis. Lots of stuff in 7/8."
Words Untold & Dreams Unlived
Words Untold & Dreams Unlived
"This is the best of their two albums. Hard to believe these guys have day jobs."
Gods of Vermin
Gods of Vermin
"The cover art on this album rules -- and it actually has great music to match. The keyboardist from Kamelot put this group together. Highly textured, symphonic and original -- quite the journey!"
10,000 Days
10,000 Days
"Ack! Tool isn't prog!! I know, but check out the "Wings for Marie" tracks (3 and 4). Great concept and well-executed musically...not technical though."
Infallible
Infallible
"Unbelievably awesome prog metal from Brazil. Aquiles Priester on drums. These guys rock. There are a couple metal-lite tracks but that's what they invented playlists for... ;-)"
Seraphic Clockwork
Seraphic Clockwork
"This is the only album I like from these guys. They really churned out a piece of quality work with this one."
Visions
Visions
"The latest from these guys is a masterpiece. The last track, Visions, is epic and worthy of five stars alone. Very well done and polished album."
Sympathetic Resonance
Sympathetic Resonance
"Holy smokes this album rocks. Killer riffs throughout and the drumming is exceptional. Don't miss this one."