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Limited to one album per band and only those featured on Metal Storm.
I feel these albums demonstrate certain qualities that can be of enjoyment to someone who is interested in avantgarde, experimental, extreme, fusion, jazz, post rock, and technical forms of metal.

[In suggested order of immersion and exposure]

Created by: Introspekrieg | 03.03.2010



1. Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick
1972 [Progressive Rock]
2. King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969 [Progressive Rock]
3. Rush - Moving Pictures
1981 [Progressive Rock]
4. IQ - The Road Of Bones
2014 [Progressive Rock]
5. Opeth - Still Life
1999 [Extreme Progressive metal]
6. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
2013 [Progressive Rock]
7. Dream Theater - Images And Words
1992 [Progressive metal]
8. Riverside - Second Life Syndrome
2005 [Progressive metal]
9. Pain Of Salvation - The Perfect Element, Part I
2001 [Progressive metal]
10. Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
1985 [Progressive Rock]
11. Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet
2007 [Progressive rock, Progressive metal]
12. Phideaux - Doomsday Afternoon
2007 [Progressive Rock]
13. Tool - Lateralus
2001 [Progressive metal, Alternative metal]
14. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
1988 [Progressive Heavy metal]
15. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
1996 [Progressive Death metal]
16. The Mars Volta - De-loused In The Comatorium
2003 [Progressive Rock, Progressive metal, Fusion]
17. ---------------------------------Tier II---------------------------------
18. maudlin of the Well - Part The Second
2009 [Avantgarde metal]
19. Devin Townsend - Terria
2001 [Industrial Progressive metal]
20. Kayo Dot - Choirs Of The Eye
2003 [Progressive/Avant-garde Metal]
21. Ayreon - The Human Equation
2004 [Progressive metal]
22. Cynic - Focus
1994 [Progressive Death metal]
23. Neal Morse - ?
2005 [Progressive Rock]
24. Death - Symbolic
1995 [Progressive Death metal, Progressive Thrash metal]
25. Arena - Contagion
2002 [Progressive metal]
26. Beardfish - Sleeping In Traffic: Part Two
2008 [Progressive Rock]
27. Haken - The Mountain
2013 [Progressive metal]
28. Anathema - Judgement
1999 [Doom metal, Atmospheric Rock]
29. Spock's Beard - V
2000 [Progressive Rock]
30. Atheist - Elements
1993 [Technical Death metal]
31. Transatlantic - Bridge Across Forever
2001 [Progressive Rock]
32. Voivod - Nothingface
1989 [Thrash metal]
33. Uriah Heep - Salisbury
1971 [Hard-rock]
34. Symphony X - V: The New Mythology Suite
2000 [Progressive metal, Symphonic Power metal]
35. Redemption - The Fullness Of Time
2005 [Progressive metal]
36. Sieges Even - The Art Of Navigating By The Stars
2005 [Progressive metal]
37. Neurosis - Through Silver In Blood
1996 [Hardcore Punk, Atmospheric Sludge metal]
38. Fates Warning - Parallels
1991 [Progressive metal]
39. Anekdoten - From Within
1999 [Psychedelic Progressive Rock]
40. Gorguts - Obscura
1998 [Technical Death metal, Avantgarde metal]
41. Shadow Gallery - Room V
2005 [Progressive metal]
42. Karnivool - Sound Awake
2009 [Alternative metal]
43. ---------------------------------Tier III---------------------------------
44. Russian Circles - Enter
2006 [Avantgarde metal, Post-Rock]
45. Planet X - Quantum
2007 [Progressive metal, Progressive Fusion]
46. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Of Natural History
2004 [Experimental Avantgarde metal, Experimental Avantgarde Rock]
47. Leprous - Tall Poppy Syndrome
2009 [Progressive metal, Avantgarde metal]
48. Enslaved - Isa
2004 [Progressive Black metal]
49. Green Carnation - Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness
2001 [Dark Progressive metal]
50. Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace
1990 [Progressive metal]
51. Negură Bunget - Om
2006 [Folk Black metal]
52. Unexpect - In A Flesh Aquarium
2006 [Extreme Avantgarde metal]
53. Estradasphere - It's Understood
2000 [Fusion Avantgarde metal]
54. Angra - Temple Of Shadows
2004 [Progressive Power metal]
55. Liquid Tension Experiment - Liquid Tension Experiment 2
1999 [Instrumental Progressive metal]
56. John Zorn - Naked City
1989 [Avant-garde, grindcore, experimental rock, free jazz]
57. Secret Chiefs 3 - Book M
2001 [Avantgarde metal]
58. Sigh - Imaginary Sonicscape
2001 [Avantgarde Black metal]
59. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
2009 [Progressive Stoner metal]
60. Orphaned Land - Mabool
2004 [Progressive Folk metal]
61. Isis - Panopticon
2004 [Post-Metal]
62. Kamelot - The Black Halo
2005 [Symphonic Power metal]
63. Gojira - The Way Of All Flesh
2008 [Progressive Death metal]
64. Agalloch - The Mantle
2002 [Atmospheric Black metal, Neofolk]
65. Disillusion - Back To Times Of Splendor
2004 [Progressive metal]
66. Shaman - Ritual
2002 [Progressive Power metal]
67. Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects - Sol Niger Within
1996 [Experimental Jazz Metal]
68. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
2002 [Avantgarde Black metal]
69. Cult Of Luna - Somewhere Along The Highway
2006 [Atmospheric Sludge metal, Post-Metal]
70. Savatage - Streets: A Rock Opera
1991 [Progressive Heavy metal]
71. ---------------------------------Tier IV---------------------------------
72. Mind's Eye - A Gentleman's Hurricane
2007 [Progressive metal]
73. Indukti - S.U.S.A.R.
2005 [Progressive metal]
74. Diabolical Masquerade - Death's Design
2001 [Avantgarde Black metal]
75. The Flower Kings - Banks Of Eden
2012 [Progressive Rock]
76. Blotted Science - The Machinations Of Dementia
2007 [Progressive metal]
77. Lunatic Soul - Lunatic Soul
2008 [Atmospheric Rock]
78. Threshold - Critical Mass
2002 [Progressive metal]
79. Zero Hour - The Towers Of Avarice
2001 [Progressive metal]
80. Seventh Wonder - Mercy Falls
2008 [Progressive metal]
81. Alcest - Écailles De Lune
2010 [Black metal, Shoegaze]
82. Panzerballett - Hart Genossen Von Abba Bis Zappa
2009 [Progressive metal, Jazz metal]
83. Therion - Theli
1996 [Symphonic metal]
84. Animals As Leaders - Animals As Leaders
2009 [Progressive metal, Instrumental, Djent]
85. Gazpacho - Tick Tock
2009 [Atmospheric rock, Progressive rock]
86. Ihsahn - After
2010 [Extreme Progressive metal]
87. Hemina - Nebulae
2014 [Progressive Metal]
88. Arch/Matheos - Sympathetic Resonance
2011 [Progressive metal]
89. Royal Hunt - Paradox
1997 [Power Progressive metal]
90. Myrath - Tales Of The Sands
2011 [Progressive metal]
91. Dredg - El Cielo
2002 [Alternative metal, Progressive Rock]
92. To-Mera - Delusions
2008 [Symphonic Progressive metal]
93. Ark - Burn The Sun
2001 [Heavy Progressive metal]
94. ---------------------------------Tier V---------------------------------
95. Mekong Delta - Visions Fugitives
1994 [Progressive Thrash metal]
96. Moonsorrow - V: Hävitetty
2007 [Viking Folk metal]
97. OSI - Office Of Strategic Influence
2003 [Progressive metal]
98. Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth
1998 [Power metal]
99. Mr. Bungle - California
1999 [Avantgarde metal]
100. Evergrey - In Search Of Truth
2001 [Dark Progressive metal, Dark Power metal]
101. Between The Buried And Me - The Great Misdirect
2009 [Progressive Metalcore]
102. Pagan's Mind - Celestial Entrance
2002 [Progressive metal, Power metal]
103. Subterranean Masquerade - Suspended Animation Dreams
2005 [Progressive Psychedelic Metal]
104. Ulver - Shadows Of The Sun
2007 [Electronic Avantgarde]
105. In The Woods... - Omnio
1997 [Avantgarde metal, Post-Metal]
106. Lykathé - Elvenefris
2000 [Progressive Death metal]
107. Chimp Spanner - At The Dream's Edge
2009 [Progressive metal, Ambient, Instrumental]
108. Darkwater - Calling The Earth To Witness
2007 [Melodic Progressive metal]
109. Ved Buens Ende - Written In Waters
1995 [Avantgarde metal]
110. Astra (USA) - The Black Chord
2012 [Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock]
111. Watchtower - Control And Resistance
1989 [Technical Thrash metal]
112. Abydos - The Little Boy's Heavy Mental Shadow Opera About The Inhabitants Of His Diary
2004 [Progressive metal]
113. Shaolin Death Squad - Intelligent Design
2006 [Progressive metal]
114. Mind Key - Journey Of A Rough Diamond
2004 [Progressive Metal]
115. Fen - The Malediction Fields
2009 [Atmospheric Black metal, Post Rock]
116. Canvas Solaris - Cortical Tectonics
2007 [Progressive metal]
117. The Gathering - If_Then_Else
2000 [Experimental Rock]
118. Distorted Harmony - Utopia
2012 [Progressive metal]
119. Frequency Drift - Ghosts
2011 [Cinematic Progressive Rock]
120. Ephemeral Sun - Harvest Aorta
2010 [Progressive Metal]
121. Vanden Plas - Christ.0
2006 [Power Progressive metal]
122. Kalisia - Cybion
2009 [Progressive Death metal]
123. Exivious - Exivious
2009 [Progressive metal, Fusion]
124. Shining (NOR) - Grindstone
2007 [Experimental Jazz, Avantgarde metal]
125. ---------------------------------Tier VI---------------------------------
126. Derek Sherinian - Blood Of The Snake
2006 [Progressive metal, Progressive rock]
127. Nightwish - Oceanborn
1998 [Symphonic Power metal]
128. Ephel Duath - The Painter's Palette
2003 [Avantgarde metal]
129. Crimson Glory - Transcendence
1988 [Progressive Heavy metal]
130. Pendragon - The Masquerade Overture
1996 [Progressive Rock]
131. Control Denied - The Fragile Art Of Existence
1999 [Progressive metal]
132. God Is An Astronaut - All Is Violent, All Is Bright
2005 [Post Rock]
133. Conception - In Your Multitude
1995 [Progressive metal, Power metal]
134. Rosetta - The Galilean Satellites
2005 [Sludge metal, Post-Rock]
135. Burst - Lazarus Bird
2008 [Progressive Metalcore]
136. Diablo Swing Orchestra - Sing-Along Songs For The Damned & Delirious
2009 [Symphonic Avantgarde metal]
137. Pestilence - Spheres
1993 [Progressive Death metal]
138. Mindflow - Just The Two Of Us... Me And Them
2004 [Progressive metal]
139. Adagio - Underworld
2003 [Progressive metal, Symphonic Power metal]
140. Dreamscape - 5th Season
2007 [Progressive metal]
141. Beyond Twilight - For The Love Of Art And The Making
2006 [Progressive metal]
142. Spheric Universe Experience - Mental Torments
2005 [Progressive metal]
143. Sky Architect - Excavations Of The Mind
2010 [Progressive Rock, Symphonic Rock, Progressive metal]
144. Caligula's Horse - The Tide, The Thief & River's End
2013 [Alternative metal, Progressive metal]
145. Anubis Gate - Andromeda Unchained
2007 [Progressive metal, Power metal]
146. Altar Of Plagues - Teethed Glory & Injury
2013 [Black metal]
147. Meshuggah - Chaosphere
1998 [Technical Thrash metal]
148. Nekropsi - Mi Kubbesi
1996 [math rock, progressive metal, post-industrial]
149. Sikth - Death Of A Dead Day
2006 [Metalcore, Progressive metal]
150. ---------------------------------Tier VII---------------------------------
151. Tesseract - Altered State
2013 [Progressive metal, Math metal]
152. Votum - Harvest Moon
2013 [Progressive metal]
153. Mono - You Are There
2006 [Post-Rock]
154. Twisted Into Form - Then Comes Affliction To Awaken The Dreamer
2006 [Technical Progressive metal]
155. Thy Catafalque - Róka Hasa Rádió
2009 [Avantgarde Black metal]
156. Crippled Black Phoenix - (Mankind) The Crafty Ape
2012 [Progressive rock, post-rock, ambient, experimental rock, neo-psychedelia]
157. Spastic Ink - Ink Complete
1997 [Progressive metal]
158. Three - The End Is Begun
2007 [Progressive Rock]
159. My Dying Bride - Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light
2004 [Death Doom metal]
160. Joseph Magazine - Night Of The Red Sky
2011 [Progressive Metal]
161. After Forever - After Forever
2007 [Symphonic Progressive metal]
162. Guilt Machine - On This Perfect Day
2009 [Progressive metal]
163. Mägo De Oz - Gaia
2003 [Folk Heavy metal]
164. The Ocean - Pelagial
2013 [Hardcore, Symphonic Sludge metal]
165. Soulfractured - The Great Divide
1999 [Progressive metal] (Ice Age)
166. GRU - Cosmogenesis
2010 [Progressive metal]
167. Rishloo - Feathergun
2009 [Alternative metal, Progressive metal]]
168. Deathspell Omega - Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum
2007 [Black metal]
169. Intronaut - Prehistoricisms
2008 [Post-Metal, Sludge metal]
170. Long Distance Calling - Long Distance Calling
2011 [Post Rock]
171. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
2011 [Atmospheric Black metal]
172. Saga - Generation 13
1995 [Progressive rock]
173. Into Eternity - Buried In Oblivion
2004 [Melodic Death metal, Progressive metal]
174. Fright Pig - Out Of The Barnyard
2013 [Progressive rock]
175. Amaseffer - Slaves For Life
2008 [Progressive metal, Oriental folk metal]
176. ---------------------------------Tier VIII---------------------------------
177. Subsignal - Beautiful & Monstrous
2009 [Progressive metal]
178. Gordian Knot - Gordian Knot
1999 [Progressive Rock]
179. Umphrey's McGee - Anchor Drops
2004 [Rock]
180. Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw
2005 [Instrumental Avantgarde metal]
181. Poverty's No Crime - The Chemical Chaos
2003 [Progressive metal]
182. Vektor - Black Future
2009 [Technical Thrash metal, Progressive Thrash metal]
183. Circus Maximus - Nine
2012 [Progressive metal]
184. Star One - Space Metal
2002 [Progressive metal]
185. Epica - The Divine Conspiracy
2007 [Symphonic metal]
186. Pervy Perkin - Ink
2014 [Progressive rock, Progressive metal]
187. The 3rd And The Mortal - Painting On Glass
1996 [Atmospheric Doom metal, Experimental Ambient Doom metal]
188. Magic Pie - The Suffering Joy
2011 [Progressive metal]
189. Scale The Summit - The Collective
2011 [Instrumental progressive metal]
190. It Bites - The Tall Ships
2008 [Progressive rock, Pop fusion]
191. Fair To Midland - Fables From A Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True
2007 [Progressive metal, Alternative metal]
192. White Willow - Terminal Twilight
2011 [Progressive rock]
193. Wolverine - Communication Lost
2011 [Progressive metal]
194. ---------------------------------Tier IX---------------------------------
195. Lazuli - En avant doute…
2007 [Progressive rock]
196. Antimatter - Leaving Eden
2007 [Atmospheric Rock]
197. Kaipa - In The Wake Of Evolution
2010 [Progressive Rock]
198. Jakob - Solace
2006 [Post-rock]
199. Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick 2
2012 [Progressive Rock] (Ian Anderson)
200. Dark Suns - Grave Human Genuine
2008 [Dark Progressive metal]
201. Effloresce - Coma Ghosts
2012 [Progressive metal]
202. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis
2010 [Mathcore]
203. Ne Obliviscaris - Portal Of I
2012 [Extreme Progressive metal]
204. Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion
2012 [Atmospheric rock]
205. Rhapsody Of Fire - The Frozen Tears Of Angels
2010 [Symphonic power metal]
206. Magellan - Impending Ascension
1993 [Progressive Rock]
207. Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
2014 [Blackened progressive metal, Psychedelic rock]
208. Vaura - Selenelion
2012 [Progressive metal]
209. Persephone's Dream - Pan: An Urban Pastoral
2010 [Progressive Rock, Progressive metal]
210. Sun Caged - The Lotus Effect
2011 [Progressive metal]
211. Aghora - Formless
2006 [Progressive metal]
212. Headspace - I Am Anonymous
2012 [Progressive metal, Progressive rock]
213. Baroness - Red Album
2007 [Sludge metal]
214. Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
2014 [Progressive rock]
215. Andromeda - II=I
2003 [Progressive metal]
216. Aeon Zen - Enigma
2013 [Progressive metal]
217. ---------------------------------Tier X---------------------------------
218. Devil Doll - The Girl Who Was... Death
1989 [Progressive Symphonic Rock]
219. Hourglass - Oblivious To The Obvious
2009 [Progressive metal]
220. Moonspell - Wolfheart
1995 [Folk metal, Gothic black metal]
221. Arjen Anthony Lucassen - Lost In The New Real
2012 [Progressive rock]
222. Deadsoul Tribe - A Lullaby For The Devil
2007 [Progressive metal]
223. For All We Know - For All We Know
2011 [Progressive metal]
224. Ancestors - Of Sound Mind
2009 [Doom metal, Stoner metal]
225. Jolly - The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2)
2013 [ Progressive metal]
226. Lacrimosa - Elodia
1999 [Symphonic gothic metal]
227. Cloudkicker - The Discovery
2008 [Progressive metal, Math metal]
228. Enchant - A Blueprint Of The World
1995 [Progressive metal, Progressive Rock]
229. Winds - The Imaginary Direction Of Time
2004 [Symphonic avantgarde metal, Progressive metal]
230. Echoes - Nature/Existence
2010 [Progressive metal]
231. Textures - Drawing Circles
2006 [Math metal, Progressive metal]
232. Obscura - Cosmogenesis
2009 [Progressive death metal, Technical death metal]
233. ---------------------------------Tier XI---------------------------------
234. Pure Reason Revolution - The Dark Third
2006 [Progressive rock, Alternative rock]
235. Tiles - Presents Of Mind
1999 [Progressive Rock/Metal]
236. Blackmore's Night - Secret Voyage
2008 [Folk rock]
237. Beyond The Bridge - The Old Man And The Spirit
2012 [Progressive metal]
238. Demians - Building An Empire
2008 [Progressive Rock, Progressive metal]
239. Peccatum - Lost In Reverie
2004 [Avantgarde metal]
240. Dominici - O3 A Trilogy - Part 2
2007 [Progressive metal]
241. Special Providence - Soul Alert
2012 [progressivejazzrockmetalturbochill]
242. Wintersun - Time I
2012 [Extreme Power Metal]
243. In Mourning - The Weight Of Oceans
2012 [Melodic death metal, Progressive metal]
244. Novembre - Materia
2006 [Death doom metal]
245. Grayceon - Grayceon
2007 [Progressive metal]
246. Protest The Hero - Kezia
2005 [Progressive metalcore]
247. Earth - The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull
2008 [Drone Doom metal]
248. Los Random - Todo.s Los Colores Del
2011 [Progressive metal]
249. Bad Salad - Uncivilized
2012 [ Progressive metal]
250. ---------------------------------Tier XII---------------------------------
251. Ufomammut - Eve
2010 [Stoner Doom metal]
252. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
1994 [Industrial rock, Industrial metal]
253. Above Symmetry - Ripples
2010 [Progressive metal]
254. Kingcrow - Phlegethon
2010 [Progressive metal]
255. Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven's Last Night
2000 [Symphonic metal, Progressive rock]
256. Periphery - Periphery
2010 [Progressive metal, Math metal]
257. The Shadow Theory - Behind The Black Veil
2010 [Progressive metal]
258. Behold The Arctopus - Skullgrid
2007 [Progressive metal]
259. Spiral Architect - A Sceptic's Universe
1999 [Technical progressive metal]
260. Giant Squid - The Ichthyologist
2009 [Post-metal, Doom metal]
261. Deafheaven - Sunbather
2013 [Atmospheric black metal, Shoegaze]
262. Ephrat - No One's Words
2008 [Progressive metal]
263. The Morningside - The Wind, The Trees And The Shadows Of The Past
2007 [Melodic death metal, Doom metal]
264. Bigelf - Cheat The Gallows
2008 [Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock]
265. Dissona - Dissona
2012 [Progressive metal]
266. Thought Industry - Mods Carve The Pig: Assassins, Toads And God's Flesh
1993 [Progressive metal]
267. Omb - SwineSong
2013 [Progressive Avantgarde metal]
268. ---------------------------------Tier XIII---------------------------------
269. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
1971 [Progressive Hard-rock, Heavy metal]
270. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
1970 [Heavy metal, Hard-rock, Doom metal]
271. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
1988 [New Wave Of British Heavy metal]
272. Rainbow - Rising
1976 [Hard-rock]
273. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
1986 [Bay Area Thrash metal]
274. Blue Öyster Cult - Secret Treaties
1974 [Hard-rock]
275. The Who - Quadrophenia
1973 [Rock, Power pop, Hard-rock]
276. Deep Purple - In Rock
1970 [Heavy metal, Hard-rock]
277. The Doors - The Doors
1967 [Psychedelic Rock]
278. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
1967 [Acid Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock]
279. Budgie - Never Turn Your Back On A Friend
1973 [Hard rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock]
280. Primus - Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
1991 [Alternative metal, Experimental Rock]
281. King's X - Gretchen Goes To Nebraska
1989 [Progressive Rock, Progressive metal]
282. Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force
1984 [Neoclassical Power metal]
283. Steve Vai - The Story Of Light
2012 [Progressive rock]
284. Blackfield - Blackfield
2004 [Progressive Rock]
285. Stream Of Passion - Embrace The Storm
2005 [Symphonic Progressive metal]



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flightoficarus86 - 11.12.2014 at 23:12  
Impressive list. I would only say two things. 1, I prefer Moonsorrow's earlier stuff to V. They're still extremely progressive, but more varied and interesting. 2, I for the life of me can't understand the boners for Still Life. So many people love that album and I have to say it is my least favorite. I find it extremely dull. I will always recommend My Arms, Your Hearse and of course Blackwater Park. Just my opinions.

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