Top definition
Prog metal for short. A sub genre of music that combines the almost jazz-like progression of progressive rock and the agression, volume, speed, and heaviness of metal. Usually features band members who are incredibly skilled at their instruments. Features rapid key changes, odd time signatures, and bombastic instrumental sections. It could be defined as "intelligent metal".
Rapid changes in key are a characteristic of progressive metal.
by Iron Gland May 08, 2006
Get the mug
Get a progressive metal mug for your daughter Helena.
A subgenre of metal incorporating elements from progressive rock. The earliest bands to fuse these two genres together were Dream Theater, Watchtower, Psychotic Waltz, and Fates Warning. (Although some argue King Crimson were ahead of their time doing this with 21st Century Schizoid Man.)

Keyboards/synths, and other instruments not seen as often in the metal genre are more commonly used in progressive metal.

It's common for progressive metal acts to have very long song lengths with plenty of complex instrumental sections which give the musicians a lot of room to show off. Odd-time signatures are also are commonly implemented.

Progressive metal lyrics tend to be very cerebral, with elements of fantasy, psychology, and science fiction thrown into the mix. (The sort of lyrics you'd expect from Stephen Hawking or Sigmund Freud if they ever formed a heavy metal band.)
Dream Theater, Psychotic Waltz, Fates Warning, Watchtower, Galactic Cowboys, Kings X, Spiral Architect, Symphony X, Andromeda, Shadow Gallery, Ayreon, Green Carnation, Winds, Liquid Tension Experiment, Superior, The Gathering circa-Mandylion
by Lunarsight August 12, 2004
Get the mug
Get a progressive metal mug for your sister Riley.
A form of music that takes a very intelligent person to comprehend and appreciate.
The intelligence is usually shown by the fact that the people that like prog metal can actually spell Dream Theater's name right, as opposed to the people who hate on prog/Dream Theater
Tard: "Dream TheatRE and every other progressive metal band suck!!!!!"

Me: "It's spelled Theater you fucking idiot, go wank to some gay Green Day shit."
by BlackwaterPark June 09, 2010
Get the mug
Get a Progressive Metal mug for your papa Georges.
An awsome type of metal that is extremely creative. Progressive Metal usualy tells a story of some kind making it unique from any other type of metal.
by Gunboy May 10, 2004
Get the mug
Get a Progressive Metal mug for your Uncle Callisto.
Progressive metal is a sub genre of rock that usually has guitars with distortion, wah, compression and other effects that help people feel the music. Lyrics are usually about things that are abnormal or abstract like space. Multiple time signatures long songs, elaborate solos, and softly spoken or yelled lyrics (not like death grunts )
Progressive metal bands are like tool, meshuggah, dream theatre among others.
by the man in blue February 08, 2006
Get the mug
Get a progressive metal mug for your fish Callisto.