The Avant-Garde Metal Thread

First Post January 16, 2022 01:20 AM

For this week's top ten I decided to tackle my Top Ten Avant-Garde Metal Releases Of All-Time. There are a few included that probably have another subgenre as their primary one but I aimed to minimize that as much as possible by prioritizing the ones that were genuinely avant-garde & will work the others out of the list as I review more avant-garde releases over time. See what you think:


01. Oranssi Pazuzu – “Mestarin kynsi” (2020)

02. Kayo Dot – “Choirs Of The Eye” (2003)

03. Ad Nauseam – “Imperative Imperceptible Impulse” (2021)

04. Kayo Dot – “Moss Grew On The Swords & Plowshares Alike” (2021)

05. maudlin of the Well – “Leaving Your Body Map” (2001)

06. maudlin of the Well – “Bath” (2001)

07. Gorguts – “Obscura” (2000)

08. Ved Buens Ende….. – “Written In Waters” (1995)

09. Mr. Bungle – “Mr. Bungle” (1991)

10. Warning (GER) – “Warning” (1982)


https://metal.academy/lists/single/156

January 16, 2022 01:38 PM

Like Andi, I don't listen to a lot of avant-garde metal (a lot of it just gives me a headache) so I'll go with a top 5 also:

1. Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin kynsi (2020)

2. Deathspell Omega - Paracletus (2010)

3. Jute Gyte - Perdurance (2016)

4. Thy Catafalque - Naiv (2020)

5. Jute Gyte - The Sparrow (2017)

January 21, 2022 06:00 PM

I gotta listen to more avant-garde metal, there's some great stuff but I'm not always in the mood to listen.


Anyway here's my top 10:

1. Mutyumu - I l y a

2. A Forest of Stars - Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes

3. Devin Townsend - Empath

4. Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandora's Pinata

5. La Torture des ténèbres - Civilization Is the Tomb of Our Noble Gods

6. Zeal & Ardor - Stranger Fruit

7. Bubblegum Octopus - Perfect Life & Other Stuff

8. öOoOoOoOoOo - Samen

9. Grandmother is Dead - Trust Christ Today

10. Mamaleek - Come & See

January 21, 2022 11:49 PM

That’s a seriously interesting list Scarecrow. Well done!

January 22, 2022 12:07 AM

I gotta listen to more avant-garde metal, there's some great stuff but I'm not always in the mood to listen.


Anyway here's my top 10:

1. Mutyumu - I l y a

2. A Forest of Stars - Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes

3. Devin Townsend - Empath

4. Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandora's Pinata

5. La Torture des ténèbres - Civilization Is the Tomb of Our Noble Gods

6. Zeal & Ardor - Stranger Fruit

7. Bubblegum Octopus - Perfect Life & Other Stuff

8. öOoOoOoOoOo - Samen

9. Grandmother is Dead - Trust Christ Today

10. Mamaleek - Come & See

Quoted PrincetteScarecrow

Cool list, Scarecrow! Empath has some avant-garde experimentation going on, but it's mostly a progressive metal album. If you're looking for some avant-garde progressive metal action from Devin Townsend, may I suggest one of his Project albums, Deconstruction?

May 22, 2022 06:34 AM

Updated my list following Deathspell Omega's "Fas – Ite, maledicti, in ignem aeternum" successful Hall nomination finally giving it entry into the Avant-Garde Metal genre:


01. Oranssi Pazuzu – “Mestarin kynsi” (2020)

02. Deathspell Omega - "Paracletus" (2010)

03. Kayo Dot – “Choirs Of The Eye” (2003)

04. Ad Nauseam – “Imperative Imperceptible Impulse” (2021)

05. Blut aus Nord - "777 - Cosmosophy" (2012)

06. Kayo Dot – “Moss Grew On The Swords & Plowshares Alike” (2021)

07. maudlin of the Well – “Leaving Your Body Map” (2001)

08. Deathspell Omega - "Fas – Ite, maledicti, in ignem aeternum" (2007)

09. maudlin of the Well – “Bath” (2001)

10. Dog Fashion Disco - "Adultery" (2006)


https://metal.academy/lists/single/156

July 28, 2022 07:54 PM

Ved Buens Ende..... - "Written In Waters" (1995)

It's been many years since I revisited this seminal & quite bizarre one-off record from Norwegian avant-garde progressive metal outfit Ved Buens Ende..... & that really needed to be rectified because it's a truly confounding & resoundingly original piece of work from a band that were far too young to achieve such a feat. I first encountered Ved Buens Ende..... through the 1996 Blackend Records compilation "Blackend: The Black Metal Compilation Vol. 1" via one of the highlight tracks in "Carrier of Wounds" & immediately found myself captivated but it took time for the full effects to take hold because there's simply far too much going to be able to grasp it in one or two sittings. There are enough common traits to comfortably determine that Ved Buens Ende..... hail from the Norwegian black metal scene of the early 90's & you'll see plenty of evidence of that across the tracklisting however to describe them as a black metal band is far too limiting. You can expect to hear dissonant & completely atonal open-string guitar work that wouldn't seem out of place on Voivod's more ambitious records mixed in with jazzy experimental drumming & unusual & quite powerful clean vocals that somehow seem to draw upon dark melodies that perfectly compliment the tense atmosphere. Then a simplistic & consciously grim old school black metal section will appear out of nowhere & the snarliest, croakiest blackened vocals this side of Darkthrone will leap forth to penetrate your calmed state & remind you that this is still a release that has been born from the darkest pits of extreme metal territory.

For all those positives, Ved Buens Ende..... don't get it all right here. I rarely find an entire track to ticks all of my creative boxes with only the lengthy "Remembrance of Things Past/To Swarm Deserted Away" doing enough to qualify as a genuine metal classic in my opinion. There are also a couple of pretty ordinary atmospheric pieces included in "Autumn Leaves" & the hidden track that closes the album, both of which suffer from being too loose & wishy washy. Thankfully though those are the exception rather than the rule with the more substantial works being much more successful in their realization of an ambition that's stood out amongst its peers ever since. The best moments occur when the clean vocals manage to penetrate my soul in a way that leaves their eery melodies still easily recalled by my brain all these years later. More often than not these melodies are accompanied by a majestic & often dissonant guitar arpeggio that could only have been drawn from the Norwegian black metal scene yet somehow doesn't feel like black metal at all & it's this sort of contradiction that makes "Written In Waters" an enthralling ride, despite all of its imperfections.

For fans of Dødheimsgard, Fleurety & In the Woods...

4/5

November 23, 2022 02:39 AM

Liturgy - "H.A.Q.Q." (2019)

This is some fucking weird-assed shit from this Brooklyn outfit. I wasn't much of a fan of Liturgy prior to this record but they managed to get my attention with this fourth album. What we get here is a swirling mass of avant-garde dissonant black metal noise & screaming combined with glitchy electronic sound manipulation, cinematic orchestration that sounds like it could have been the soundtrack to "The Wizard of Oz" & several stripped back interludes that remind me of the totalism branch of the minimalism movement. Does it all work? Well, in a word no but the majority of it does & when they get it right it's hard not to be impressed by how much sense can be made from such chaotic components. The interludes are pretty boring & don't add a lot to the album in my opinion but the majority of the black metal oriented material is quite entertaining. I'm just not sure I'll ever find all of my metal boxes being ticked by such obscure sounds unless it can achieve some catchier melodic ideas.

For fans of Krallice, Jute Gyte & Mastery.

3.5/5