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Best Avant Garde Metal Bands

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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    Angel Dust, The Real Thing, King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime

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    Mr. Bungle, California, OU818

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    Destroy Erase Improve, obZen, Chaosphere

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    Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda, Frizzle Fry

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    Scumdogs of the Universe, Beyond Hell, Lust in Space

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    Suicidal for Life, The Art of Rebellion, Join the Army

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    Purgatory Dance Party, Last Call in Jonestown, From Bethlehem to Oblivion ...

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    Ænima, Lateralus, 10

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    From Mars to Sirius, The Way of All Flesh, L'Enfant Sauvage

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    Gigantour 2005, Manifesto of Nevermore, The Obsidian Conspiracy

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    angL, The Adversary, Eremita

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    City, 1994 - 2006 Chaos Years, The New Black

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    El Norra Alila, Sahara, The Never Ending Way of ORWarriOR

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    Omnio, Heart of the Ages, White Rabbit

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    Prick, Houdini, Stag

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    Obscura, The Erosion of Sanity, Considered Dead

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    Sarsippius' Ark, The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move... It's the ...

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    House of Secrets, Sevas Tra, Jihad

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    Zîrnindu-să, 'n crugu bradului, OM

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    Enemy of God, Pleasure to Kill, Phantom Antichrist

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    Monotheist, To Mega Therion, Morbid Tales

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    Wisconsin Death Trip, Machine, Cannibal

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    From Enslavement to Obliteration, Harmony Corruption, Diatribes

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    Khaooohs & Kon-Fus-Ion, Dawn of Dreams, Khaooohs

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    Twelve Point Buck, Uncompromising War on Art Under the Dictatorship of the ...

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    Time Will Fuse Its Worth, To Walk a Middle Course, Spiral Shadow

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    Choirs of the Eye, Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue, Coyote

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    Storm Seeker

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    Acidity, Embrace the Dead, The Painful Experience

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    Acid Mist Tomorrow, Des deux l'une est l'autre

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    Spiritech, Organasm, Austral Alien

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    Amor Fati, Lost in Reverie, Strangling from Within

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    The City Is Alive Tonight...Live in Baltimore, Erotic Massage, Committed ...

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    Toxicity, Hypnotize, Mezmerize

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    Glowsticks for Clubbing Baby Seals, 12 Lbs., Twice as Long

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    Dimensions, Extraction From Mortality, Sanity Obscure

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    Hephaestus, Firon, Power of the Lion

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    Angel Rat, Lives, The Outer Limits

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    In a Flesh Aquarium, Utopia, We

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    THE MARROW OF A BONE, Dum Spiro Spero, Kisou

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    The Butcher's Ballroom, Pandora's Piñata, Sing Along Songs for the ...

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    Itse, Tyhjyys, Äpäre

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    Dead Like an Angel, WaterHells, A Kiss in the Charnel Fields

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    I Swear..., The Lost. The Sick. The Sacred., Bury Me Alive

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    GlaubeLiebeTod, Ego, Unrein

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    Gangrene, Carriers of Dust, Of Wind and Weeping

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    Asristir Veildrioxe, Orthrelm / Touchdown, 2nd 18/o4 - Norildivoth & ...

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    Unfortunate Snort

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    Vivalavida, Collection Prestige, French Cancan / Fear Not CinC

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