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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74 33
Primus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
dan808 added Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
69 30
Tool is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

3
87 45
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

4
68 37
Mr. Bungle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal

5
55 32
Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

6
43 24
Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

7
34 18
Diablo Swing Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

8
29 15
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
51 35
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

10
30 18
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

11
44 32
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

12
54 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
23 14
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

17
26 18
Voivod is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

18
22 15
Arcturus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

19
28 22
Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

20
30 24
Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

21
34 30
Orphaned Land is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Death-doom, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

22
32 28
Strapping Young Lad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

23
16 12
Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

24
28 25
Ihsahn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Technical death metal

25
21 18
Napalm Death is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Groove metal, Rock music, Crust punk

26
13 10
Vintersorg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal

27
11 8
Sigh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

28
9 6
Triptykon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

29
19 17
Dog Fashion Disco is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Experimental metal, Alternative metal

30
15 13
Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music

31
12 10
Animals as Leaders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

32
10 8
Blut Aus Nord is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Dark ambient, Symphonic black metal

33
24 23
Otep is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Spoken word

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
Kayo Dot is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Post-metal, Avant-progressive rock, Rock music

36
18 17
Maudlin of the Well is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Chamber music, Progressive rock

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
15 14
Unexpect is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Extreme metal, Experimental metal

39
12 11
Shining is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Nu jazz, Avant-progressive rock, Progressive metal

40
21 21
Nevermore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

41
21 21
Infectious Grooves is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
dan808 added Funkcore, Funk metal, Heavy metal

42
9 8
Yakuza is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

43
9 8
Sculptured is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Doom metal, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

44
18 18
Polkadot Cadaver is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Experimental rock, Heavy metal, Experimental metal

45
15 15
In the Woods... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

46
13 13
Therion is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

47
13 13
Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

48
23 24
Kreator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

49
11 11
Master's Hammer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Black metal, Experimental music, Experimental metal

50
11 11
Believer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Avant Garde Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal