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Best Post-Prog Albums

Here is my personal best of the 2000s progressive music.
8Muse
Origin of Symmetry


For me, Origin of Symmetry is the only Muse album that almost reaches perfection. Far away from the band's way too varied last two albums and the symphonic rock ambitions of Absolution or the electronic experimentations of Black Holes & R?v?lations, Origin of Symmetry has just enough of everything.
7Blackfield
Blackfield II


Blackfield is the less proggy band featuring in this list, but it represents the poppier side of modern progressive music. Stronger than the duo's debut album, Blackfield II is a wonderful collection of well-crafted, ambitious and melancholic pop songs, redefining both prog and pop scenes in its own way.
6Tool
Aenima


Well, Tool is what Tool is... Is there something else to say about that?
5The Pineapple Thief
All The Wars


With All the Wars, The Pineapple Thief creates a style that goes farther than just a blend of alternative and prog rock, a style that definitely deserves a proper name: post-prog.
4Porcupine Tree
Fear of a Blank Planet


Porcupine Tree's 2003 release, In Absentia, is often considered as their best 2000s album, but, in my opinion, Fear of a Blank Planet goes even deeper, both musically and lyrically, standing out as the modern version of society criticism albums such as Pink Floyd's Animals.
3Opeth
Blackwater Park


Aside from mixing the violence and heaviness of death metal with the melodic and complex music of prog, Opeth created a new prog subgenre, one that builds around darker ambiances. Blackwater Park continues where Still Life, the band's previous release stopped, and even improves its sound (who though this could be possible?)
2Dream Theater
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory


The new wave of prog music originated from progressive metal, but no albums before this one was ever considered as much good as the 70s classics and ranked among the best prog albums of all time. (It was out in 1999, so it isn't technically a 2000s album, but who cares when it's Dream Theater?)
1Steven Wilson
The Raven That Refused to Sing


The perfect modern prog definition; it still has the elements that made the genre so special in the 70s, and adds a modern vibe to it, combined with a wonderful production and line-up. Wilson is now the legitimate king of progressive music, sitting on a throne on which once sat King Crimson and Pink Floyd.
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