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Old 08-08-2010, 09:42 PM
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Upon Request: Essential Progressive and Power Metal Albums

Hey, in the other thread for Essential Metal Albums, I asked if there was any interest in me creating this list, and got a fair amount of response, so I decided to undertake it.

Artists are only allowed one album unless I picked a pair of albums that conceptually belong together (two parts of one story), or in one or two cases, a band actually manage to make two albums that I think are great and impacting enough to both make this list.

The list is in two parts, designated by the dominant quality in the band's music. There are many bands that are technically what I would consider cross-over artists, but I classified them by what I feel is the more obvious quality in their music.

Also, there are a couple of artists that my general lack of interest (or simply lack of exposure) with has left them without an album on this list. So I apologize to fans of Rhapsody, Nightwish (old), Pain of Salvation, Amorphis, and a few other random bands. I feel these artists probably should all have albums on these lists, but I'm just not in the position to choose wisely.

Finally, I tried to make this a list of what I truly consider influential and essential listening overall, and not just a list of favorites (hence the exclusion of artists like Dungeon, Vanishing Point, and Cornerstone), but I did select a few albums that I just think are too god damn good to ignore, regardless of anything else.

Power Metal:
Angra - Angels Cry (1993), Rebirth (2001)
Avantasia - The Metal Opera I (2001), The Metal Opera II (2002)
Blind Guardian - Imaginations From the Other Side (1995)
Edguy - Hellfire Club (2004)
Gamma Ray - Land of the Free (1995)
Hammerfall -Legacy of Kings (1998)
Helloween - Keeper of the 7 Keys Part 1 (1987) and Part 2 (1988)
Hibria - Defying the Rules (2004)
Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes (1998)
Jag Panzer - Thane to the Throne (2000)
Kamelot - Epica (2003), The Black Halo (2005)
Labyrinth - Return to Heaven Denied (1998)
Masterplan - Masterplan (2003)
Nocturnal Rites - Grand Illusion (2005)
Primal Fear - Seven Seals (2005)
Riot - Thundersteel (1988)
Sonata Arctica - Ecliptica (1999)
Stratovarius - Visions (1997)
Tad Morose - Modus Vivendi (2003)
Twilightning - Delerium Veil (2003)

Progressive Metal:
Ark - Burn the Sun (2001)
Ayreon - The Human Equation (2004)
Circus Maximus - Isolate (2007)
Crimson Glory - Transcendence (1988)
Dominici - 03: A Trilogy Part 2 (2007), and Part 3 (2008)
Dream Theater - Images and Words (1992)
Evergrey - Recreation Day (2003)
Fates Warning - Parallels (1991)
Mercenary - The Hours That Remain (2006)
Pagan's Mind - Celestial Entrance (2002)
Queensryche - Operation : Mindcrime (1988)
Redemption - The Fullness of Time (2005)
Royal Hunt - Paradox (1997)
Savatage - Streets: A Rock Opera (1991)
Seventh Wonder - Mercy Falls (2008)
Shadow Gallery - Tyranny (1998)
Symphony X - The Divine Wings of Tragedy (1997)
Threshold - Hypothetical (2001)
Vanden Plas - Christ 0 (2006)
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