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To me, prog elements play into a special atmosphere that happens when simply too much shit is thrown at me at once and I can't follow any of it. It all just ends up sounding like noise, and for some reason, I just love it! I think it ends up almost calming me down the same way the noise elements in post-metal/rock do. Suppose I should post some tracks to demonstrate:
On the technical side of things, music like Fallujah kinda just breaks down into that enjoyable nothingness I was talkin about. This isn't a group I really listen to all that much though, but I might have to. If I'm understanding your tastes correctly though, then you won't like this. Not even sure if I like this, really. It sound pretty damn cool, but it...goes nowhere? too generic? I know I'm not articulating myself very well, but I kinda like it and I kinda don't. and I can't explain why I guess. Still, I'll share.
Fallujah - Starlit Path
Now if you want a group I can actually recommend, Animals as Leaders can sometimes have that same effect on me, but in a...more controlled fashion? I''ll feel like I can follow it one moment, which is cool and all, and then it'll change on me and put me back into that noise haze again. I love it!
Animals As Leaders - Tooth and Claw
Oh, and then there's just stuff that melts my fucking face off! Not really sure where this factors into my above points, but I like these guys and this track has that "wall of noise that fucking crushes you" effect. Is this what people mean when they refer to a crushing performance? Cuz if I'm understanding that correctly, then this song is, like, the crushiest of performances!