Hey! Listen to Område!

“Avant-garde” is arguably the most misused genre descriptor in modern metal. Whether in blog posts or comment sections, there’s always someone that’s heard a slightly off-kilter metal album and immediately slapped on the old “A-G” tag. That said, I’m not going to use Område as an example to parse out the differences between avant-garde, experimental and progressive metal (an article worth writing by someone who actually wants that to be their hill to die on). I’m actually here because of the French duo’s invigorating take on avant-garde metal—an approach that captures the essence of the genre in gorgeous, meticulous detail. Whereas bands like maudlin of the Well and Pan.Thy.Monium found success by thrusting death metal into avant-garde territory, Område excel by nailing down the core of avant-garde metal and renovating it’s structure with intricate furnishings and vibrant coats of paint. There may be no shortage of high-quality albums to recommend to metal fans flirting withe the avant-garde, but there are a sparse few that rival Nåde’s marriage of accessibility and bold artistry.

Myrkur – M

There are two ways to describe what the black metal scene has been undergoing for the past few hours: you can either see it as a revival of a sound once calcified or as an assault on what makes the genre great. It is an advantage of those who stand…

Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra

Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra 01. Xibir 02. Born Treacherous 03. Gateways 04. Chess With The Abyss 05. Dimmu Borgir 06. Ritualist 07. The Demiurge Molecule 08. A Jewel Traced Through Coal 09. Renewal 10. Endings And Continuations [Nuclear Blast | 10/12/10] Abrahadabra (loosely translated: “I will create as I speak”), was…