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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83 31
Tool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

2
98 46
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
83 37
Primus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
dan808 added Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

4
79 40
Mr. Bungle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal

5
62 33
Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

6
48 25
Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

7
63 38
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

8
36 17
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
36 19
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

10
51 33
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

11
36 21
Diablo Swing Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

12
60 45
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

13
28 17
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

14
45 34
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
dan808 added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
29 20
Voivod is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

16
20 12
Fantômas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Thrash metal

17
21 13
Ulver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Folk music, Electronic music, Gothic metal

18
25 17
Arcturus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

19
25 19
Napalm Death is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Groove metal, Rock music, Crust punk

20
33 27
Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

21
36 31
Orphaned Land is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Death-doom, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

22
15 10
The Dillinger Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

23
18 14
Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music

24
18 14
Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

25
30 27
Ihsahn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Technical death metal