i got this from a website (many websites actully so cant list em all here ) The 101 Rules of Progressive Metal 1. Insist that your definition of prog metal is sacred and that the only progressive bands are the one you deem to be so. 2. Accuse anyone who disagrees with you regarding rule 1 of lacking musical intelligence and not being a true prog fan. 3. Have contempt for mainstream music. 4. Insist that most people listen not to the music, not to the lyrics but only the chorus and that is why prog metal is not mainstream. 5. Accuse anyone who disagrees with you regarding rule 4 of lacking musical intelligence and not being a true prog fan. 6. When showcasing a new prog metal band to a non-musician friend, put on the most technically difficult song, and skip directly to the solo part. 7. If your friend says that it is cool, tell him that he has grasped the grandeur of prog and shown that his intelligence is superior to that of the mainstream sheep 8. If he doesn`t, accuse him of lacking musical intelligence and not being a true prog fan. 9. Renounce all contact with friend in rule 8. Racial purity isn`t all bad. 10. Make sure your drummer has a double bass pedal. 11. If he hasn`t, kick him out and get another one who has. Single pedal is NOT prog. 12. Own every side-project a member of Dream Theater has been involved in. Listen to approximately none of them regularly. 13. When a mainstream fool asks you what prog metal is, tell him something along the lines of "prog is the evolution of musical expression and experimentalism in rock". In any case, make sure that the person in question is left with no idea of what prog metal is. He wouldn`t have understood anyway. 14. Insist that music should always progress, although as long as you write an album in the prog vein, you don't necessarily have to. 15. Accuse anyone who disagrees with you regarding rule 14 of lacking musical intelligence and not being a true prog fan. 16. Refer to progressive metal as intelligent music for intelligent people, preferably at every occasion where a mainstream group or genre is mentioned. 17. Note that the above does not qualify as arrogance any more than pointing out that wine is drink for the more sophisticated. 18. A song under four minutes is NOT prog. If you are stuck with a song under four minutes, insert a phrygian solo trade-off between the guitarist and keyboardist as long as needed. 19. If a mainstream fool tells you that shredders are mindless wankers, tell him that "at least they can tune their guitars, har har", and walk away defiantly. 20. Spocks Beard is NOT prog. If anyone disagrees, kill them. 21. Humming along with the melody to a prog metal song is forbidden. Burn all albums you own with hum-along melodies. 22. Loathe all music you used to like before you got into prog. This is not optional. When asked why, tell people that "I am into GOOD music now, why would I go back?". 23. Accuse any prog metal musician that cuts his hair of selling out. 24. Often state that you don't only listen to prog. Jazz is a good choice. 25. Yeah...like you have more than 3 jazz CDs in your collection... 26. Never accept ANY Berklee graduates. The drop-outs are so much better. 27. Riffs in 4/4 are not progressive. If you happen to come up with a cool riff in 4/4, alternate between 4/4 and progressive time signatures like 7/8 every other measure to ensure the musical complexity synonymous with prog metal. 28. Be able to mention 20 bands noone has heard of, not even true prog fans. Own no releases of these bands. 29. Get an Ibanez. This is not negotiable. 30. Spend 5 hours every day critiquing other musicians on forums. 31. Spend 5 minutes every other day actually practicing your instrument. 32. Yell at people who headbang at concerts: They`re not prog enough to get the music, what do they expect? 33. Sus4 is your friend. To ensure that your album is a true progressive release, include at least one part where the keyboard plays ascending sus4 chords over a single-note broken rhythm in 7/8. 34. Make sure your bandname is either a a)Oxymoron -Silent Noise -Tender Harshness -Healing Gun b)Some geeky sounding name ripped from some obscure book. -Deitronus -Tarakoch -Fentaran or c)Random combination of at least 2 three-syllable words. -Eternal Twilight Tranquility(Can`t get much progger than that) -Redolent Arithmetic -Evolution of Vernacular Domesticated 35. Don`t worry about if your band name makes any sense or not. Since 90% of your fanbase is from Brazil and Japan, you can safely ignore conventional English grammar and instead focus on what`s really important: The lyrics(see rule 36). 36. Write deep and ambiguous lyrics. 37. If unable to write deep and ambigous lyrics, include at least one of the following phrases to ensure recognition as lyrical genius in prog circles: "I`m staring towards ascension divine, caught in my own revelation, a nightly mystery of soulburning apparition" "Mornings` gentle caress, a ray of sunlight enveloping the spirit of the sleeper ventriloquist" "A timid, palatable genocide, turn towards the decline of mankind, the festering wound of ages past changes into the soul-spirit of vestigial sentences" 38. Use a non-standard instrument like violin, saxophone or kazoo, regardless of how idiosyncratic it turns out to be. This constitutes being prog. 39. Make sure your bass-player has as many strings as possible. Don`t worry if he uses approximately three of the 11 strings on his custom Carvin 30 kg bass regularly, just give him a bass solo in the middle of your mandatory instrumental tune(more on that later)where he can really show the extent of his instruments capabilities. Imagine the range of scales on an instrument like that! 40. Release a live-album called "Live in Tokyo". 41. Change time signatures. Constantly. 42. Accuse anyone who does not do so of lacking musical intelligence and not being a true progressive musician. 43. Your amp MUST be a Mesa Boogie. If a friend of yours tries to convince you're wrong and you should check out his Marshall tell him that his tone is thin and buzzy. 44. State that Metallica can't properly tweak the boogies. They're so... unprog! 45. Start a Dream Theater cover band with friends just starting out playing instruments. Spend half of the rehearsal talking **** about punk bands and how people don`t understand your music. 46. Play a ****ty version of a humongously difficult DT song at a Battle of the Bands-type contest. Metropolis Part 1 or Dance of Eternity are both good choices, as is Erotomania. 47. When your band ends up last, shift all blame over to the judges; hey, they have no idea what good music is! Why else would they let that boring pop band win? 48. Talking about starting playing an instrument; always start with the most technically difficult song you know. Remember, this is a testament to your immense talent, so be sure to mention this on every internet community you happen to frequent. 49. When are you able to play something at half speed very sloppy, proudly state that you "nail" the song in question.