Aenaon – Hypnosophy

When looking through a tag in music curation services, encountering “avant-garde black metal” means clicking play will either result in something incredible or terrible. Few artists have the combination of self-irreverence, self-respect, sense of the fundamentals and how to think outside of them to be able to pull off the latter. As if that’s not enough, take a black metal band, add a saxophone, power metal-esque clean singing, a blues/jazz tint – does it sound potentially disastrous already? Several bands this year alone have attempted this formula and failed. Well, good news is, the Greek masterminds Aenaon have totally nailed it with Hypnosophy.

Windfaerer – Tenebrosum

Traditional string instruments in metal, while not exactly commonplace, are certainly nothing new to the genre. From Blind Guardian to Ne Obliviscaris, orchestral backings to a singular instrumentalist in a band, it’s hardly the least likely thing to hear from a metal band. There’s no specific subgenre one could pin…

Sigh – Graveward

Japan is home to a lot of interesting bands, and Sigh are probably the most well-established act among the country’s many quirky acts. They’ve been around since the late 80s, and they’ve consistently put out quality music, starting out as black metal then over time transitioning into top notch avant-garde metal. Graveward…

SIGH Strike Again With Sick New Single

If anyone were to ask me, “Dude (this is how I force everyone to address me), what’s a band that can really get me movin’ and groovin’ to some blackened symphonic progressive power-metal-influenced avant-garde metal?” I would absolutely point them in the direction of SIGH, Japan’s resident blackened symphonic progressive…