This metal music known as Progressive Metal has also been called "prog" metal. This is just another subgenre of heavy metal. It has some elements of progressive rock and jazz with complex structures and powerful guitar distortion from metal music songs. Progressive metal bands came up from jazz and classical music. 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.
The Start of Progressive Metal
Back in the 60's and 70's in the beginning of Progressive metal. There was one band called High Tide that was one of the first bands to bring out some of these elements. Other bands started to follow the trend. Rush and King Crimson was another band to take some of the features of other music genres and mix them. There was a start for progressive metal, but it needed someone to push it to the next level. There were three bands that could do that. Fates Warning, Dream Theater and Queensryche, they all had a melodic metal sound with traditional rock built in. These three bands really had some progressive rock influences that gave them a more edgy and extreme metal sound.
One Hit Solved it All
Progressive metal started to become more popular in the metal community in the 1990's. This popularity was because of MTV, it was played on all the radio stations and was available in all stores, people loved the song Queensryche, Silent Lucidity. With this spike in popularity, this paved the way for more progressive bands to come out. With the road paved now bands like Ayreon, Symphony X, Opeth, Threshold, Pain of Salvation and Tool now were getting more publicity.
Each had their own distinct sounds and elements to keep progressive metal evolving.
Time Moves On
More and more bands started to go with this trend. The new bands in progressive metal Dark Suns, Disillusion and Conscience were became the new leaders of this metal genre. Most progressive metal bands have always looked up to Tool, Green Carnation, Pain of Salvation, Anathema and Opeth.
The Structure of Progressive Metal
With some heavy metal, elements of rock, jazz and classical music will give you the building block of progressive metal. You can even take this subgenre of metal music and break it down even further. King's X and Opeth could be the most popular bands in progressive metal, but also can be considered under the genre progressive death metal. Band like Devin Townsend, Shadown Gallery and Symphony X have been tagged as traditional progressive metal. There is a genre called jazz / fusion death metal where bands like Between the Buried and Me, Pestilence and Meshuggah have made it famous.
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. Most of this genre has been influenced by classical, jazz, thrash and its own music, but it will continue to emerge and change as time goes on. These song structure, complex riffs and using more traditional instruments will continue to push this metal genre further into the future.