Top 20 Songwriters in Progressive Metal by Prog Sphere

Top 20 Songwriters in Progressive Metal by Prog Sphere
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We have previously written about top 20 singers, guitarists, bass players and keyboard players in progressive metal and its related subgenres, but with this post we want to highlight some of the greatest songwriters in the genre. It has to be underlined that most of these names wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for their bandmates and/or musicians they collaborated with.

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Top 20 Songwriters in Progressive Metal


Paul Waggoner (Between the Buried and Me)

Between the Buried and Me is definitely one of those bands where creative chemistry between the band members absolutely breaks all possible scales. Guitarist Paul Waggoner is a lucky dude to be surrounded with great instrumentalists such Dan Briggs, Blake Richardson, Tommy Rogers and Dusty Waring, and in the eight releases the band put out to date Waggoner crafted some quite awesome guitar work, placing their music on a whole new level creatively.

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Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.


  1. Nico Savoca

    May 29, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Too bad it’s true…

  2. Michael

    May 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Odyssey is a masterpiece. What I like most about it is combination of orchestral parts with heavy riffs of Michael Romeo. I think that this is unique.

  3. Alisson Vidal

    June 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    No Daniel Gildenlow?! Oo

  4. Metalized

    June 15, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Right, no Jim Matheos… Oh, well, to each his own, but for me Matheos is certainly one of the most influential prog songwriters of all time and one of the top 5. Or did I miss it somewhere?

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