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."
"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."
"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!!"
"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."
"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."
"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..."
"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."
"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."