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Avant-Garde Metal Week: Stagnant Waters – Stagnant Waters

Well, we have a truly weird thing here. Stagnant Waters are a French/Norwegian avant-garde metal band, and if one were to describe the sound of this band, the best explanation would be "pure chaos". Actually, a better word for it would be "dadaism". Chaos implies lack of structure, whereas dadaism is a deliberate disregard for any sort of form, convention or appeal. Stagnant Waters are as avant-garde as it gets, and their self-titled debut album walks the line between brilliant and insane. Actually, it's completely batshit insane but one can't help but wonder how anyone can construct such a thing and not be a mad genius.
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Avant-Garde Metal Week: Forgotten Silence – La Grande Bouffe

Contrary to the album title and tracklist, Forgotten Silence are a Czech avant-garde/prog metal band. La Grande Bouffe is their sixth studio album, and there's quite a lot of diversity present in the tracklist (half of the songs are 30-80 second long interludes though). The overall theme would be jazzy progressive death metal with electronic elements employed in a manner that is closest to The Monolith Deathcult. Weird death metal that varies in tempo and tone, with industrial elements added to give the music more color. But does La Grande Bouffe provide a grand buffet of enjoyment, or will it be forgotten in silence?
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Avant-Garde Metal Week Reviews: Iblis – Menthell

Iblis are a Polish avant-garde/psychedelic death metal band. What does that mean? Remember the feeling of weirdness you got the first time you listened to Atheist? Take that, and amplify it to the level of crazy that !T.O.O.H! pull off. That's what Iblis sound like. If those words don't make sense to you, then just think old school progressive death metal on drugs. Menthell is Iblis's debut album, and it's quite ambitious. It tries to take on a niche that is very closed to newcomers due to it being defined very strictly by brilliant albums about 20 years ago. When the stakes are so high, Menthell could either fail miserably or take a firm step towards the hall of fame. But which one will it be?