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Best Avant-garde Metal Bands

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51 bands
Rank Image Band / Formed / Genres Albums
1
Sigh
1990, Japan
Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal
Imaginary Sonicscape (2001)  #363
Scenes From Hell (2010)  #978
In Somniphobia (2012)  #1413
2
Arcturus
1991, Norway
Progressive Metal, Avant-garde Metal, Symphonic Black Metal
The Sham Mirrors (2002)  #222
Aspera Hiems Symfonia (1996)  #661
3
Diablo Swing Orchestra
2003, Sweden
Avant-garde Metal, Progressive Metal
4
Gorguts
1989, Canada
Death Metal, Technical Death Metal, Avant-garde Metal, Dissonant Death Metal
Obscura (1998)  #1691
The Erosion of Sanity (1993)  #2219
From Wisdom to Hate (2001)  #2362
5
Celtic Frost
1984, Switzerland
Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal
To Mega Therion (1985)  #258
Morbid Tales (1984)  [EP]  #2090
Into the Pandemonium (1987)  #2352
6
Mayhem
1984, Norway
Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal
De Mysteriis Dom. Sathanas (2020)  [Boxed set]
Chimera (2004)  #1023
7
Unexpect
1996, Canada
Avant-garde Metal, Progressive Metal
In a Flesh Aquarium (2006)  #4932
Utopia (1999)
8
Rainy Sun
Korea
Avant-garde Metal
Porno Virus (1998)  #916
Origin (2009)  #2601
Woman (2003)
9
Thy Catafalque
1998, Hungary
Avant-garde Metal, Progressive Metal
Vadak (2021)  #2152
Meta (2016)  #3803
Alfö​ld (2023)  #4730
10
Dir en Grey
1997, Japan
Alternative Metal, Visual Kei, Progressive Metal
Uroboros (2008)  #972
Arche (2014)  #1558
Gauze (1999)  #1669
11
Devin Townsend Project
2008, Canada
Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock, Ambient
12
Avenged Sevenfold
1999, United States
Heavy Metal, Metalcore, Hard Rock
City of Evil (2005)  #720
Nightmare (2010)  #875
Hail to the King (2013)  [Single]
13
Faith No More
1982, United States
Avant-garde Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal
The Real Thing (1989)  #1026
We Care a Lot (1987)  [Single]
Epic (1990)  [Single]
14
Deathspell Omega
1998, France
Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal
15
Odraza
2009, Poland
Black Metal
Rzeczom (2020)  #889
Kir (2015)  [EP]
16
Alchemist
Australia
Avant-garde Metal, Progressive Metal
Tripsis (2007)  #3622
Organasm (2000)
17
Igorrr
France
Breakcore, Avant-garde Metal, Experimental
Nostril (2010)
Savage Sinusoid (2017)  #2327
18
Manes
Norway
Electro Avant-garde metal
19
Solefald
1995, Norway
Progressive Metal, Post-Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal
20
Akphaezya
2002, France
Avant-garde Metal, Gothic Metal, Progressive Metal
21
Zeal and Ardor
2014, United States
Avant-garde Metal, Black Metal
Stranger Fruit (2018)  #2799
Devil Is Fine (2016)  #4105
Live in London (2019)  [Live]
22
Blut aus Nord
1994, France
Atmospheric Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal, Black Metal
23
Dødheimsgard
1994, Norway
Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal, Industrial Metal
Black Medium Current (2023)  #4369
666 International (1999)  #5155
24
Kayo Dot
2003, United States
Avant-garde Metal, Post-Metal
Hubardo (2013)
Choirs of the Eye (2003)  #5350
25
Lunatic Gods
1995, Slovakia
Death Metal, Progressive Metal, Doom Metal, Black Metal
26
Ex Eye
2016, United States
Avant-garde Metal, Progressive Metal
Ex Eye (2017)  #4168
27
Shining
1999, Norway
Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock, Avant-garde Metal, Progressive Metal, Experimental Rock, Alternative Rock, Pop Rock,
28
Iwrestledabearonce
2007, United States
Experimental Grindcore, Metalcore, Experimental Deathcore
29
Imperial Triumphant
2005, United States
Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal, Dissonant Death Metal
30
Mr. Bungle
1985, United States
Avant-garde Metal, Fusion
31
Au Revoir Michelle
2009, Korea
Progressive Metal, Avant-garde Metal, Folk Metal
Les Cris De La Nuit (2012)  #4866
님의 찬미 (2012)  [Single]
흥보가 기가막혀 (2012)  [Single]
32
The Dillinger Escape Plan
1997, United States
Mathcore, Metalcore, Alternative Rock
Calculating Infinity (1999)  #3465
Irony Is a Dead Scene (2002)  [EP]  #5016
Miss Machine (2004)  #5371
33
Schammasch
2009, Switzerland
Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal
34
Phlebotomized
1990, Netherlands
Death Metal, Avant-garde Metal, Progressive Metal
35
Ved Buens Ende
Norway
Avant-garde Metal, Black Metal
Written in Waters (1995)  #7901
36
Portal
1994, Australia
Dissonant Death Metal, Avant-garde Metal
Seepia (2003)  #993
Avow (2021)  #3818
Vexovoid (2013)  #4867
37
Primus
1984, United States
Experimental Rock, Funk Metal, Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal
Pork Soda (1993)  #7048
Antipop (1999)
38
In the Woods...
1991, Norway
Progressive Metal, Avant-garde Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal
Pure (2016)  #2117
Live At the Caledonien Hall (2003)  [Live]  #2344
Heart of the Ages (1995)  #2844
39
Fantômas
1998, United States
Avant-garde Metal
40
Madder Mortem
1997, Norway
Progressive Metal, Atmospheric Doom Metal
41
Car Bomb
2000, United States
Mathcore
Mordial (2019)  #5479
Meta (2016)  #8267
42
Oranssi Pazuzu
2007, Finland
Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal
Värähtelijä (2016)  #756
43
Lux Occulta
1994, Poland
Symphonic Black Metal
Dionysos (1997)  #3517
Forever Alone Immortal (1996)  #5500
My Guardian Anger (1999)  #6338
44
Melvins
1983, United States
Sludge Metal, Stoner Rock, Drone Metal, Noise Rock
Millennium Monsterwork (2002)  [Live]
Houdini (1993)  #6345
45
Ulver
1993, Norway
Black Metal, Ambient, Electronic
46
Triptykon
2008, Switzerland
Doom Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal
Melana Chasmata (2014)  #629
Eparistera Daimones (2010)  #1866
Shatter (2010)  [EP]  #8057
47
Botanist
2009, United States
Blackgaze, Black Metal
48
Liturgy
2005, United States
Avant-garde Metal, Black Metal
H.A.Q.Q. (2019)  #7611
Aesthethica (2011)  #8219
49
Peste Noire
2000, France
Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal
50
Necronomidol
2014, Japan
Black Metal, Blackgaze, Darkwave, Synthwave, Power Metal, Kawaii Metal
Deathless (2017)
DAWNSLAYER (2017)  [EP]
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 45,435
Reviews : 9,967
Albums : 162,812
Lyrics : 216,036