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The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands 

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Updated June 14, 2019 5k votes 427 voters 15.4k views 196 items

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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Tool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Primus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Mr. Bungle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Gojira is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Gwar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Deftones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Diablo Swing Orchestra ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Melvins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Arcturus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Voivod is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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The Dillinger Escape Pla... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Napalm Death is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Fantômas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Strapping Young Lad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Ulver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Ihsahn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
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Orphaned Land is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands