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A Year In Review: The 2018 Best Progressive Metal Albums

Progressive metal can mean a lot of things. If you take the most accepted definition you would hear something like “a blend of heavy, guitar-oriented metal music enriched with compositional innovation and complex arrangements, usually expressed through diverse instrumentation and often with odd time signatures. Similar to progressive rock, progressive metal draws influences from other genres, such as jazz/fusion, ethnic, classical and symphonic music”. Nonetheless for many bands the term simply describes an approach to songwriting that focuses on what can be done with technicality, bringing it far beyond what listeners would hear in average contexts. Angular solos, driving drums…