The Best Avantgarde / Experimental Metal

1.  Thy Catafalque - Sgùrr 188
2.  Dødheimsgard - A Umbra Omega 128
3.  Sigh - Graveward 119
4.  6:33 - Deadly Scenes 40
5.  Waltari - You Are Waltari 31
6.  Pyramids - A Northern Meadow 30
  Panzerballett - Breaking Brain 30
8.  Kekal - Multilateral 28
9.  Remmirath - Shambhala Vril Saucers 17
10.  Metallic Taste Of Blood - Doctoring The Dead 10
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6:33 - Deadly Scenes

The toughest part of playing absolutely every genre of music at the same time is keeping those transitions tight. If you can't blend together all the random ten-second segments of music you've written, you wind up with a disjointed, soulless mess - but 6:33 are artists. They're so stupidly suave that every little flourish and affectation and massive directional shift makes perfect sense. It's funky, punky, dance-y, trance-y, groovy, gospel-y, heavy, and just a pinch of Devy. Most of all, it's everything.

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Dødheimsgard - A Umbra Omega

Dødheimsgard take their unique stylistic approach to a whole new level on what can easily be called their best album so far. This record is anything an avant-garde-black fan can ask for. If you like your black metal sound to be from this millennium and know how to appreciate the jazz influence, these two singers and their band will haunt your dreams. This varied and ambitious output will certainly take more time to grow on you than some of its competitors. But it's all the more rewarding in the end.

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Kekal - Multilateral

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Jakartan avantgarde metal from the band where all musical contributions are kept anonymous and there are no official members. Whatever their reasons are for remaining hidden, it certainly shouldn't be out of shame. A return to their metal roots was a welcome surprise for many fans, but with Kekal you never know what to expect when you hit play. Raw production and blastbeats clash with electronica and vocaloid on this experimental, multi-directional release.

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Metallic Taste Of Blood - Doctoring The Dead

Jazz. Psychedelic rock. Stoner jammage. Industrial riffage. They're just a few of the many ingredients making up the tantalizing meal that is Doctoring The Dead. This album is a Frankenstein of sorts, with the various muscles and limbs that compose it chosen seemingly at random, but nonetheless sewn all together into quite the formidable beast. Want a metal experience like Jim Henson's Labyrinth, that just spins you in all directions til you can't tell North from South? Metallic Taste Of Blood are in your corner.

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Panzerballett - Breaking Brain

Zee German jazz-metal fusion engineers return with more Smoochy Borg and Zehrfunk instrumentals to break your brain. Unwind to the smooth, seductive saxophone and funky basslines while struggling to tap your feet in rhythm with the complex beats. There are exotic new spins on familiar classics, such as "Pink Panther," aboriginal scat bebopping, and someone even plays a typewriter on one song. Yes, a typewriter. It's what they used to use before texting.

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Pyramids - A Northern Meadow

Could you imagine a Blut Aus Nord record with only clean vocals? If you can't, you must definitely check out this second full-length of the mysterious Pyramids. Vindsval, the legend of the underground, took an active part in the composing and writing, so expect his distinct drum machine's sound to be ever-present. It's an ambitious and challenging piece of work, which may not transform God, but at least should please fans of the experiments.

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Remmirath - Shambhala Vril Saucers

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The young Slovaks in Remmirath pulled a ninja move on us in 2015, appearing seemingly out of nowhere with a sophomore effort sure to satisfy even the most ardent of experimental metal fans. With the rapid fusion of various styles characteristic of artists like Sigh and The Meads Of Asphodel, the tongue in cheek humor found from the likes of Frank Zappa and Mr. Bungle, and a groovy black metal core holding everything together, Shambhala Vril Saucers is a wild, multifaceted, and above all fun journey that alludes to numerous other artists while still managing to have a distinct flavor all its own.

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Sigh - Graveward

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Graveward teems with intricacies and mysteries, layers upon layers of musical intrigue that refuse to surrender all of their secrets even on the hundredth listen. Everything builds on Sigh's characteristic noisy, basement black metal sound - Mirai Kawashima's desperate shrieks and Goblin-like keyboards, Dr. Mikannibal's demonic wails and manic saxophone fills, and the contributions of myriad guest musicians from different spheres of metal. As ever, this eclectic Japanese powerhouse detours through countless styles, tones, and textures to create a truly masterful musical agglomeration.

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Thy Catafalque - Sgùrr

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There must be some sort of wormhole sorcery within the musical realm of Sgùrr, because those two tracks that exceed 15 minutes just feel like 3 minutes. Otherwise, the colourful display of bouncy electronic rhythms, shimmering tremolos and fragile folk melodies that go hand-in-hand with razor-sharp black metal riffing, all wrapped up in Hungarian vocals, should have your auditory nerves all warped up.

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Waltari - You Are Waltari

If you are a fickle music lover who can't decide which type of music to listen to, Waltari would most definitely be every doctor's prescription. Every song on this album is played in a different style and incorporates a variety of genres, with the only commonalities being Kartsy's vocals and an overall devotion to metal. After almost 30 years since their inception and creating ultra-crossover music, Waltari are still the masters of genre-juggling chaos.

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