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The Best Post-rock Bands  

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Not to be confused with experimental rock bands, post-rock also for the most part doesn't use vocals. But what makes it different is that the instruments - most notably guitars - aren't used in a traditional rock riff fashion. Thus, post rock bands are forward thinking with song structure and have been lauded for their incorporation of other genres. The best post-rock are the most creative and their non-traditional ways appeal to fans who are interested in intricate, challenging music that strays from the mainstream.

So, what are the best post-rock bands? Any list of post-rock bands has to include the likes of Explosions in the Sky, God is an Astronaut, Sigur Ros, Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. These critically lauded bands are widely considered by many to be the best post-rock bands and with good reason. Their reputations of innovation speak for themselves and if you have a chance to hear their catalog, you too will agree, that among post-rock bands, these are the best. That said, there are a large number of post-rock bands worthy of your vote as well.

That said, it's up to you to determine are the best post-rock bands. If you notice someone is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best post-rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest post-rock 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 post-rock bands that you might've heard of. (186 items)
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City of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
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City of the Lost is a Russian post-rock/experimental band that was formed in Moscow (November 15, 2010) by composer and multi-instrumentalist Grigoriy Kolokutin.
The first full-length album «At the Edge» represented the first chapter of the general concept in the work of the band. It tells about the journey in the post-apocalyptic world of the future after a man-made disaster, that was caused by the irresponsible actions of mankind in the present to find the lost ark-city.
The story about a journey of Key Keeper through the snow-covered northern lands continued in the second album «Wild Wind Blows». Now City of the Lost recording the third LP, which will continue the storyline of the previous chapters. In short, you can find concept on official website 
http://roadtocotl.com/ 
All tracks are available in loseless on official Bandcamp page 
http://cityofthelost.bandcamp.com/
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Balmorhea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Classical music, Acoustic music, Experimental music
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Ef is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-rock, Ambient music
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El Ten Eleven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Indie, Experimental music, Post-rock
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Bark Psychosis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-rock, Indie rock
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Jarne Sienaert added Post-Rock
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Uztar added Post-rock
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Immanu el is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-rock
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Deafheaven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Shoegazing, Black metal
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Hood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Britpop
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Maserati is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Post-rock
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Fur Aliah is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Uztar added Post-rock
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Amebix is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Thrash metal, Anarcho-punk, Black metal
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Big John Bates is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
bigjohnbates added Thrash metal, Americana, Gothic rock
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Carbon Based Lifeforms is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
EricCalvin1977 added Downtempo, Psybient, Chill-out music
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The Most Serene Republic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-rock, Indie rock, Baroque pop
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The Union Trade is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
DonJoslin added

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Bryant Clifford Meyer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Progressive metal, Experimental music
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I Concur is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Indie, Alternative rock, Post-rock
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Inventing Edward is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Space rock, Instrumental rock, Post-rock
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Fredo Viola is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Folk music, Post-rock, Ambient music
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Clive Painter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Post-rock
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Pyramids is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Experimental music, Post-rock
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Old World Vulture is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock
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Unexploded is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Progressive rock