Avant-garde metal

subgenre of metal music

Avant-garde metal (also known as experimental metal or avant-metal) is a type of heavy metal music. It uses many things from experimental music, such as sounds, instruments, and ways of playing music that are not normal. Avant-garde metal is inspired by progressive rock and extreme metal. It sounds similar to progressive metal.

Gorguts in 2016.

Avant-garde metal started as a type of death metal.[1] Some metal musicians wanted to experiment with their music. They were inspired by progressive rock.[2] Some of the first avant-garde metal bands were Celtic Frost, Meshuggah, Sunn O))), Boris, Voivod and Helmet.[3][4][5]


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