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Avant-garde metal

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Avant-garde metal (or experimental metal) is a subgenre of heavy metal music loosely defined by use of experimentation and innovative, avant-garde elements, including non-standard and unconventional sounds, instruments, song structures, playing styles, and vocal techniques. [1]

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AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide or AMG) is an online music guide.

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Alternative metal

Alternative metal (also known as alt-metal) is a rock music fusion genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres not normally associated with metal.

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Avant-garde music

Avant-garde music is music that is considered to be at the forefront of experimentation or innovation in its field, with the term "avant-garde" implying a critique of existing aesthetic conventions, rejection of the status quo in favor of unique or original elements, and the idea of deliberately challenging or alienating audiences.

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Bass guitar

The bass guitar (also known as electric bass, or bass) is a stringed instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings or courses.

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Bazillion Points

Bazillion Points is a book publishing company owned and operated by author Ian Christe.

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Billboard (magazine)

Billboard (styled as billboard) is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries.

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Blabbermouth.net is a website dedicated to heavy metal and hard rock news, as well as album and music DVD reviews.

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Boris (band)

is a Japanese experimental band formed in 1992 in Tokyo and composed of drummer Atsuo Mizuno, guitarist/bassist Takeshi Ohtani and guitarist/keyboardist Wata. All three members participate in vocal performance. The band is named after a song of the same name on the Melvins' 1991 album Bullhead. Their debut album Absolutego was released in 1996 on their own record label Fangs Anal Satan, followed by 24 more studio albums (as well as a number of EPs, singles and collaborative albums) on various labels around the world.

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Boston is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States.

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Canongate Books

Canongate Books (often simply Canongate) is a Scottish independent publishing firm based in Edinburgh; it is named for the Canongate, an area of the city.

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Celtic Frost

Celtic Frost were a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich.

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Death metal

Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music.

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Dotdash (formerly About.com) is an American Internet-based network of content that publishes articles and videos about various subjects on its "topic sites", of which there are nearly 1,000.

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Drone metal

Drone metal or drone doom is a style of heavy metal that melds the slow tempos and heaviness of doom metal with the long-duration tones of drone music.

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Drum kit

A drum kit — also called a drum set, trap set, or simply drums — is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments, typically cymbals, which are set up on stands to be played by a single player, with drumsticks held in both hands, and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum.

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Drum machine

A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument that creates percussion.

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Earth (American band)

Earth is an American musical group based in Olympia, Washington, formed in 1989 and led by the guitarist Dylan Carlson. Earth's music is nearly all instrumental, and can be divided into two distinct stages. Their early work is characterized by distortion, droning, minimalism, and lengthy, repetitive song structures. The band's later output reduces the distortion while incorporating elements of country, jazz rock, and folk. Earth is recognized as a pioneer of drone metal, with the band's Earth 2 being regarded as a milestone of the genre.

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Electric guitar

An electric guitar is a guitar that uses one or more pickups to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals.

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Electronic musical instrument

An electronic musical instrument is a musical instrument that produces sound using electronic circuitry.

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Exclaim! is a monthly Canadian music magazine that features in-depth coverage of new music across all genres with a special focus on Canadian and cutting-edge artists.

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Experimental rock

Experimental rock (or avant-rock) is a subgenre of rock music which pushes the boundaries of common composition and performance technique or which experiments with the basic elements of the genre.

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Extreme metal

Extreme metal is a loosely defined umbrella term for a number of related heavy metal music subgenres that have developed since the early 1980s.

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Future US

Future US, Inc. (formerly known as Imagine Media and The Future Network USA) is an American media corporation specializing in targeted magazines and websites in the video games, music, and technology markets.

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Gannett Company

Gannett Company, Inc. is a publicly traded American media holding company headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia, near McLean in Greater Washington DC.

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Giant Squid (band)

Giant Squid is a post-metal, progressive rock band, based out of San Francisco, California since 2007, but originated from Sacramento, California in 2002, as well as a stint in Austin, Texas throughout 2006.

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Gorguts is a Canadian extreme metal band from Sherbrooke, Quebec, formed in 1989.

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Grayceon is a three-piece metal band from San Francisco.

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Harper (publisher)

Harper is an American publishing house, currently the flagship imprint of global publisher HarperCollins.

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Heavy metal music

Heavy metal (or simply metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom.

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Helmet (band)

Helmet is an American alternative metal band from New York City formed in 1989.

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Holy Records

Holy Records is a French metal label run by Misanthrope frontman Phillipe De L'Argilière.

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Houston Press

The Houston Press is an online newspaper published in Houston, Texas, United States.

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Hydra Head Records

Hydra Head Records is an independent record label that specializes in extreme metal music, founded in New Mexico by Aaron Turner (the frontman of Isis) in 1993.

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Ian Christe

Ian Christe (born 1970 in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland) is an author, disc jockey and the publisher of Bazillion Points Books.

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Industrial metal

Industrial metal is the fusion of heavy metal music and industrial music, typically employing repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals.

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Ipecac Recordings

Ipecac Recordings is an independent record label based in California.

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Isis (band)

Isis (sometimes stylized ISIS) was an American heavy metal band founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1997 but later based in Los Angeles.

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Jann Wenner

Jann Simon Wenner (born January 7, 1946) is the co-founder and publisher of the popular culture biweekly magazine Rolling Stone, and former owner of Men's Journal magazine.

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Japan (日本; Nippon or Nihon; formally 日本国 or Nihon-koku, lit. "State of Japan") is a sovereign island country in East Asia.

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John Wiley & Sons

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., also referred to as Wiley, is a global publishing company that specializes in academic publishing.

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Kayo Dot

Kayo Dot is an American avant-garde music group.

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King Crimson

King Crimson are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968.

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Larks' Tongues in Aspic

Larks' Tongues in Aspic is the fifth studio album by the English progressive rock group King Crimson, released on 23 March 1973 through Island Records.

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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968.

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List of avant-garde metal artists

This is a list of avant-garde metal artists, regional scenes, and record labels.

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles (Spanish for "The Angels";; officially: the City of Los Angeles; colloquially: by its initials L.A.) is the second-most populous city in the United States, after New York City.

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Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper which has been published in Los Angeles, California since 1881.

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Ludicra was a metal band from San Francisco.

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Mathcore (sometimes referred to as experimental metalcore) is a style of music characterized by rhythmically complex dissonant riffs and tempo changes, with the speed and aggression of hardcore punk and extreme metal.

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Maudlin of the Well

Maudlin of the Well (commonly abbreviated as motW) is an avant-garde metal band from Boston, Massachusetts.

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Mayhem (band)

Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo.

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Mean Deviation (book)

Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal is a non-fiction book written by former Metal Maniacs magazine editor Jeff Wagner.

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Misanthropy Records

Misanthropy Records was a British heavy metal record label.

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Montreal Mirror

Montreal Mirror was a free English language alternative newsweekly based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada which was distributed every Thursday.

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Mr. Bungle


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Napalm Records

Napalm Records is an Austrian independent record label focused on heavy metal and hard rock.

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Napster (streaming music service)

Napster, known as Rhapsody prior to June 14, 2016, is an online music store subscription service based in Seattle, Washington.

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Neoclassical metal

Neoclassical metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that is heavily influenced by classical music and usually features very technical playing,Stephan Forté, "Metal néoclassique" in Guitarist Magazine Pedago, Hors Série #29, "Les secrets du metal- Etudes de Style", March 2009, pp.14–15.

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Neurosis (band)

Neurosis is an American avant-garde metal band based in Oakland, California.

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Nielsen Holdings

Nielsen Holdings PLC (formerly known as Nielsen N.V.) is a global information, data and measurement company with headquarters in the U.K..

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Opera (English plural: operas; Italian plural: opere) is a form of theatre in which music has a leading role and the parts are taken by singers.

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Oslo (rarely) is the capital and most populous city of Norway.

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Post-metal is a style of music that is rooted in heavy metal but explores approaches beyond the genre's conventions.

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Post-rock is a form of experimental rock characterized by use of rock instruments primarily to explore textures and timbre rather than traditional song structure, chords or riffs.

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Presence (album)

Presence is the seventh studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released by Swan Song Records on 31 March 1976.

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Progressive metal

Progressive metal (sometimes known as prog metal or technical metal) is a fusion genre melding heavy metal and progressive rock which combines the loud "aggression".

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Progressive rock

Progressive rock (shortened as prog; sometimes called art rock, classical rock or symphonic rock) is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s.

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Quebecor Inc. is a communications company based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Red (King Crimson album)

Red is the seventh studio album by English progressive rock group King Crimson, released in 1974 by Island Records in the United Kingdom and by Atlantic Records in the United States.

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Relapse Records

Relapse Records is an American independent record label based in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

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Revolver (magazine)

Revolver is a metal music and hard-rock magazine, publishing in North America.

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Roadrunner Records

Roadrunner Records is an American-based Dutch major record label that concentrates primarily on heavy metal and hard rock bands.

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Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer.

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San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area (popularly referred to as the Bay Area) is a populous region surrounding the San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun estuaries in the northern part of the U.S. state of California.

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Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe, with strong historical, cultural and linguistic ties.

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Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States.

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Seventh Rule Recordings

Seventh Rule Recordings is a record label based in Portland, Oregon that formed in 2003 to release underground metal and noise rock.

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Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques.

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Sound of the Beast

Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal is a 2004 book by Ian Christe, documenting the history of heavy metal music and its origins.

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Southern Lord Records

Southern Lord is an American heavy metal record label that was founded in 1998 by Greg Anderson.

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String instrument

String instruments, stringed instruments, or chordophones are musical instruments that produce sound from vibrating strings when the performer plays or sounds the strings in some manner.

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Sunn O)))

Sunn O))) (pronounced "sun") is an American experimental metal band from Seattle, Washington that formed in 1998. The band is known for an extremely heavy sound that blends diverse genres including drone, doom metal, black metal, dark ambient, and noise rock, and for very loud live performances. Supported by a varying cast of collaborators, the band was formed by two core members: Stephen O'Malley (also of Khanate and Burning Witch) and Greg Anderson (of Goatsnake and Engine Kid).

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Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a sovereign state in Europe.

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The Arizona Republic

The Arizona Republic is an American daily newspaper published in Phoenix.

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The End Records

The End Records is a record label in Manhattan that specializes in rock, heavy metal, indie, and electronic music.

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The Flenser

The Flenser (also known as Flenser Records) is a San Francisco-based record label specializing in experimental music.

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The New York Times

The New York Times (sometimes abbreviated as The NYT or The Times) is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership.

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The New York Times Company

The New York Times Company is an American media company which publishes its namesake, The New York Times.

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The Stranger (newspaper)

The Stranger is an alternative biweekly newspaper in Seattle, Washington, U.S. It runs a blog known as Slog.

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TiVo Corporation

TiVo Corporation (formerly Rovi Corporation and Macrovision Solutions Corporation) is an American technology company.

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Today Is the Day

Today Is the Day is an American experimental metal band from Nashville, Tennessee.

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, officially, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and has been the capital since 1869.

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Tribune Media

Tribune Media, also known as Tribune Media Company and formerly known as the Tribune Company, is an American conglomerate that is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

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United States

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

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Voice Media Group

Voice Media Group (VMG) is an American privately held media company headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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Voivod (band)

Voivod (or Voïvod) is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Quebec.

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Wind instrument

A wind instrument is a musical instrument that contains some type of resonator (usually a tube), in which a column of air is set into vibration by the player blowing into (or over) a mouthpiece set at or near the end of the resonator.

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