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Avant-Garde Metal

AVANT-GARDE METAL (Mid 1980s-present)

Avant-Garde Metal, also known as Avant-Metal or Experimental Metal, is a sub-genre of Heavy Metal music loosely defined by use of experimentation and characterized by the use of innovative, avant-garde elements, large-scale experimentation and the use of non-standard and unconventional sounds, instruments, song structures, playing styles and vocal techniques.

Avant-Garde MetalThis form of Metal is influenced by Progressive Rock and Extreme Metal, particularly Death Metal and is similar to and often overlaps with the similarly experimental Progressive Metal genre. Some local scenes include Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston and Seattle in the United States, Oslo in Norway and Tokyo in Japan.

Characteristics

Avant-garde metal has been called the most diffic...

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Progressive Metal

PROGRESSIVE METAL (1970-present)

Progressive Metal (sometimes known as Prog Metal or Technical Metal) is a sub-genre of Heavy Metal, originating in the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1970s. It blends elements of Heavy Metal and Progressive Rock, taking the loud “aggression” and amplified electric guitar-driven sound of the former, with the more experimental, complex and “pseudo-classical” compositions of the latter.

Progressive MetalWhilst the genre emerged towards the late-1980s, it was not until the 1990s that Progressive Metal achieved commercial success. Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, Tool and Fates Warning are a few examples of Progressive Metal bands who achieved commercial success; additionally, Heavy Metal bands such as Megadeth incorporated elements of progressive music in their work...

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