The Best Avantgarde / Experimental Metal

1.  Ihsahn - Das Seelenbrechen 370
2.  Vulture Industries - The Tower 224
3.  Terra Tenebrosa - The Purging 67
4.  Omb - SwineSong 65
5.  The Meads Of Asphodel - Sonderkommando 56
6.  Kayo Dot - Hubardo 46
7.  Nocte Obducta - Umbriel (Das Schweigen Zwischen Den Sternen) 27
8.  Pensées Nocturnes - Nom D'une Pipe ! 26
9.  Way To End - Various Shades Of Black 17
10.  Cloak Of Altering - NONE 13
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Cloak Of Altering - NONE

As chaotic and free-structured as ever, NONE is yet another Mories release that pushes the envelope in every way and makes you question your understanding of musical composition. It's a challenging listen and seemingly convoluted overall but each element has its purpose and nothing is out of place, from the epic symphonic sections to the noise-influenced blackened electronic moments. The Cloak Of Altering name grows ever stronger and ever weirder with this mini-album, one you'd be wise to invest time with.

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Ihsahn - Das Seelenbrechen

Ihsahn challenges himself with Das Seelenbrechen. As a result his new album will challenge you with its initially more approachable sound, before making an abrupt transition into the avant-garde. This is Ihsahn's most explorative effort yet, which pushes at the boundaries of his style with electronic impulse and unprecedented ambience.

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Kayo Dot - Hubardo

Throughout the years, Toby Driver has made it clear that his works under the name of Kayo Dot and the late Maudlin Of The Well are household names within the weird and bizarre. Hubardo is jazzy avant-garde metal at it's finest. It's a massive journey covering almost 100 minutes of music but the fascinating textures, experimentations and dream-like atmosphere will leave you floating as if time lost its meaning.

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Nocte Obducta - Umbriel (Das Schweigen Zwischen Den Sternen)

Throwing their fans a curveball unlike any other, the 9th full length from these Germans sees their black metal personality hushed into a state of quiet repose, almost completely smothered in a dense layer of psychedelic guitar tones and heavy ambient touches. Quite likely their most atmospheric release to date, the subtitle of Umbriel sums it up perfectly: "The silence between the stars."

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Omb - SwineSong

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Not as schizophrenic as many avant-garde bands can be, but far too bonkers to be considered straight-up prog, this release straddles the line between the two genres perfectly to create an ambitious, diverse, theatrical & technically proficient album that is a joy from start to finish. Give this album a couple of listens to sink in and I promise, you are gonna love what Omb have in store for you!

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Pensées Nocturnes - Nom D'une Pipe !

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Nom D'une Pipe! is like the journey of an absinthe-fueled Monsieur Bungle surfing channels at 3am. One moment it's black metal. The next it is le cirque circa 1890. The following passage conjures the atmosphere of Parisian jazz clubs in the 20's only to be followed up with something that sounds like Orb dubbing reggae or a child's music box lullaby. Embrace chaos.

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Terra Tenebrosa - The Purging

Easily as crushing and terrifying as The Tunnels but in a different, more dynamic and less claustrophobic way, Terra Tenebrosa's second album totally lives up to the high expectations we all had. This is a seriously disturbing, creepy as hell, totally twisted beast full of really heavy riffs and eerie ambiant passages. Come get sucked in The Nucleus Turbine...

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The Meads Of Asphodel - Sonderkommando

Black metal's Monty Python is at it again. Returning with perhaps their most ambitious album to date, The Meads tackle the gruesome topic of the Holocaust with a tongue in cheek humor and schizophrenic instrumentation that can only be recognized as their own. Violins, horns, harmonica, a ton of audio samples, and an excellent blend of clean and extreme vocals make Sonderkommando undoubtedly one of the most impressive and overall fun releases of 2013.

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Vulture Industries - The Tower

The Tower is a remarkably accessible record for the avant-garde genre, yet it's still twisted and experimental without doubts. This is a dark, soaring and theatrical album (Bjørnar Nilsen is a crazy, gifted vocalist for sure), fully loaded with fantastic and deeply emotional songwriting (Lost Among Liars). Long gone are the Arcturus copycat days, now Vulture Industries just released their most personal album to date. And probably their best too!

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Way To End - Various Shades Of Black

The soundtrack to the Mad Hattvr's Tea Party, Various Shades Of Black is carefully controlled chaos. The cacophony might threaten to spin out of control at times, but never quite does. Jazz, black metal, prog, tossed in a blender and pureed for 60 minutes.

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