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The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands

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Considered one of the most interesting subgenres of heavy metal, avant garde metal bands have incorporated elements outside of the traditional metal universe. Unlike other metal genres like death metal or black metal, avant garde metal is more experimental and pushes the limits of traditional heavy metal. In terms of experimental metal, avant garde metal bands play with song structure and unconventional sounds, and in some instances, bizarre stage shows that have made them some of the biggest heavy metals, at least cult popularity standpoint. Granted, this isn't a list of popular metal bands, instead, we're seeking to rank the best avant garde metal bands. Long described as one of the most difficult genres to describe, avant garde metal is easily one of the most innovative metal genres.

So, what are the best avant garde metal bands? Well, for starters, avant garde metal bands that are some of the most popular are Faith No More, Boris, Meshuggah and Static-X. These bands are widely known as some of the best avant garde metal bands who aren't afraid to push the envelope. The best avant garde metal bands aren't concerned with becoming popular, they make the music they make and in the end, that's why these avant garde metal bands have caught on.

That said, it's up to you to determine what is the best avant garde metal band. If you think there's a metal band that's not on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best avant garde metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest avant garde metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular avant garde metal bands that you might've heard of. (195 items)


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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal

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    Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Experimental rock, Heavy metal, Experimental metal

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    Death-doom, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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    Progressive metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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    Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Experimental metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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    Heavy metal, Experimental metal, Alternative metal

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    Funkcore, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Technical death metal

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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

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    Heavy metal, Extreme metal, Experimental metal

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    Post-metal, Avant-progressive rock, Rock music

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    Dark ambient, Progressive metal, Folk music

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    Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Spoken word

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    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

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    Groove metal, Rock music, Crust punk

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    Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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    Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Experimental metal

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    Progressive metal, Chamber music, Progressive rock

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    Progressive metal, Crust punk, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Heavy metal, Experimental metal, Ambient music

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    Experimental metal

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    Post-metal, Progressive metal, Electronic music

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    Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Experimental metal, Alternative metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk jazz

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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    Doom metal, Black metal, Acoustic music

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    Extreme metal, Experimental metal

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Experimental music

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    Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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    Doom metal, Post-metal, Shoegazing

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    Progressive metal, Mathcore, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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