Metal 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. (197 items)
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90 45
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
70 31
Tool is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

3
74 36
Primus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
dan808 added Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

4
72 38
Mr. Bungle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal

5
57 33
Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

6
44 25
Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

7
35 19
Diablo Swing Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

8
53 35
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

9
30 15
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
31 18
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

11
46 33
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

12
55 42
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

13
19 10
Fantômas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Thrash metal

14
20 11
Ulver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Folk music, Electronic music, Gothic metal

15
42 32
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
dan808 added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

16
24 15
Arcturus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

17
23 15
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

18
27 19
Voivod is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

19
35 30
Orphaned Land is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Death-doom, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

20
30 25
Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

21
28 23
Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

22
14 10
Vintersorg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal

23
32 29
Strapping Young Lad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

24
16 13
Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music

25
16 13
Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

26
28 26
Ihsahn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Technical death metal

27
21 19
Napalm Death is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Groove metal, Rock music, Crust punk

28
19 17
Dog Fashion Disco is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Experimental metal, Alternative metal

29
12 10
Animals as Leaders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

30
11 9
Sigh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

31
10 8
Blut Aus Nord is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Dark ambient, Symphonic black metal

32
24 23
Otep is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Spoken word

33
9 7
Triptykon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

34
22 21
Gorguts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Experimental metal

35
18 17
Maudlin of the Well is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Chamber music, Progressive rock

36
18 17
Kayo Dot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Post-metal, Avant-progressive rock, Rock music

37
16 15
Negură Bunget is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Dark ambient, Progressive metal, Folk music

38
16 15
In the Woods... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

39
15 14
Unexpect is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Extreme metal, Experimental metal

40
14 13
Therion is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

41
12 11
Shining is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu jazz, Avant-progressive rock, Progressive metal

42
21 21
Infectious Grooves is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
dan808 added Funkcore, Funk metal, Heavy metal

43
21 21
Nevermore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

44
9 8
Yakuza is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

45
11 11
Believer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

46
11 11
Master's Hammer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Black metal, Experimental music, Experimental metal

47
10 10
The Dillinger Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

48
9 9
Stolen Babies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Dance-rock, Dark cabaret

49
9 9
Sculptured is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

50
18 19
Polkadot Cadaver is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Experimental rock, Heavy metal, Experimental metal