Prog Metal or Progressive Metal is another sub genre of metal music. Prog Metal Bands have some features from jazz and rock that are mixed into metal music. Powerful singing and guitar riffs from metal are still the main features. Prog metal bands usually have some type of jazz or classical inspiration. Progressive metal has taken these musical genres and used them as their backbones. Progressive metal is a small metal genre, but with bands becoming more mainstream so will the popularity of the music.
Progressive Metal Roots
In the 60's and 70's is where progressive metal started off. There was one band called High Tide that was one of the first bands to bring out some of these elements. Rush and King Crimson started to experiment with their style of music and start to become a more progressive metal type band. But with these bands starting the new wave, there were three bands that took it to the next level. Fates Warning, Dream Theater and Queensryche were the three bands that really got progressive metal offs its feet. With having some inspiration of rock, jazz and classical music, this gave these three bands more edge and influence of a metal sound.
Progressive Metal into the Community
Progressive metal started to become more popular in the metal community in the 1990's. This was all because of Queensryche's Silent Lucidity, which became a huge hit in stores, on the radio and on MTV. And because of its wide popularity it increased other progressive bands to be exposed. More popularity for progressive metal means more bands. Bands like Ayreon, Pain of Salvation, Opeth, Threshold, Symphony X and Tool started to make way.
Each had their own distinct sounds and elements to keep progressive metal evolving.
New Bands Merge Up
The future continue with the build of progressive metal. Dark Suns, Disillusion and Conscience started to become the new comers of progressive metal and were greatly influenced by the "fathers" of progressive metal. Most progressive metal bands have always looked up to Green Carnation, Tool, Opeth, Pain of Salvation and Anathema.
Progressive Mixed with Rock, Classical, Jazz and Metal
Progressive metal's structure is more like heavy metal with some elements of progressive rock, jazz and classical music. Progressive metal could be a parent to other metal genres. There are bands like Opeth and King's X that are probably the most popular progressive metal bands which could be referred as progressive death metal. There is also traditional progressive metal, like Devin Townsend, Shadown Gallery and Symphony X. Jazz / Fusion Death Metal has bands like Pestilence, Meshuggah and Between the Buried and Me.
What Does the Future hold for Progressive Metal?
With new bands emerging in the genre there are certain styles that will come with them. With some staying with tradition and some changing it will be interesting what will happen. With time going forward this genre of music will continue to change with all the different music genres that started the music genre. Progressive metal will also have a strong future as long as the bands continue to emerge and bring something new and exciting to the community.