bands/musicians 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. (196 items)

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Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Faith No More Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Mr. Bungle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Mr. Bungle Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal

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Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Meshuggah Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

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Primus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
dan808 added Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Celtic Frost Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

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Tool is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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Voivod is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Voivod Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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Gwar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Gwar Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

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Arcturus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Arcturus Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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Gorguts is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Gorguts Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Experimental metal

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Strapping Young Lad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Strapping Young Lad Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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Gojira is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Gojira Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
dan808 added Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Shining is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Shining Nu jazz, Avant-progressive rock, Progressive metal

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Polkadot Cadaver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Polkadot Cadaver Experimental rock, Heavy metal, Experimental metal

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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Melvins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Neurosis Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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Fantômas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Fantômas Doom metal, Noise rock, Thrash metal

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Triptykon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Triptykon Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

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Carbonized is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Carbonized Progressive metal, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

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Ihsahn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Ihsahn Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Technical death metal

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Kreator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Kreator Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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Diablo Swing Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Diablo Swing Orchestra Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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Master's Hammer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Master's Hammer Black metal, Experimental music, Experimental metal

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Yakuza is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Yakuza Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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Ulver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Ulver Folk music, Electronic music, Gothic metal

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Orphaned Land is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Orphaned Land Death-doom, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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Otep is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Otep Nu metal, Groove metal, Spoken word

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Nevermore is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nevermore Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Mudvayne Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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Dog Fashion Disco is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Dog Fashion Disco Heavy metal, Experimental metal, Alternative metal

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Negură Bunget is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Negură Bunget Dark ambient, Progressive metal, Folk music

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Cephalic Carnage is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Cephalic Carnage Goregrind, Technical death metal, Deathgrind

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White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
White Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

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Vintersorg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Vintersorg Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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Sigh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Sigh Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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Dødheimsgard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Dødheimsgard Industrial metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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The Tony Danza Tapdance Extrav... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza Mathcore, Extreme metal, Experimental metal

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Ephel Duath is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Ephel Duath Progressive metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Diabolical Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Diabolical Masquerade Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Experimental metal

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Northern Kings is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Northern Kings Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Devilish Impressions is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Devilish Impressions Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Static‐X Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

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Infectious Grooves is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
dan808 added Infectious Grooves Funkcore, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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Kayo Dot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Kayo Dot Post-metal, Avant-progressive rock, Rock music

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Napalm Death is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Napalm Death Groove metal, Rock music, Crust punk

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Maudlin of the Well is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Maudlin of the Well Progressive metal, Chamber music, Progressive rock

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In the Woods... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
In the Woods... Progressive metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Unexpect is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Unexpect Heavy metal, Extreme metal, Experimental metal