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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:37 pm 

I know this type of thread probably gets brought up a lot, but what bands would everyone recommend that are a proper mix of jazz & metal?
Not jazz-influenced metal bands like Cynic, Naked City & Defeated Sanity (good bands though) bands that are full-on 'jazz metal' or even just heavy/brutal jazz with all the characteristics of jazz (Improvisatin, Polyrhythms, Swing Feel, Syncopation) in metal form.
Bonus points for awesome bands that can fuse 2 specific genres of jazz & metal; like Free Jazz + Funeral Doom or Hard Bop + Brutal Death Metal, for instance.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:40 pm 

Cynic's side-projects, Aghora and Gordian Knot, have a lot of jazz fusion elements. In fact I'd go as far as saying they're almost half of their formula. Exivious also take the Cynic concept a bit further into jazzy leanings.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:30 am 

Exivious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joUiwaglBmo

Trioscapes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ARb9_YWKFo

Metal newbie

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:12 pm 

The only thing I can think of that sounds any thing like what you're looking for is Diablo Swing Orchestra, maybe.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:18 am 

La Rumeur des Chaînes. Sadly they only released a 3 song EP in 2005. I still hope there's more to come.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:13 pm 

Exivious is definitely the closest I think I have heard.

Free Nelson Mandoom Jazz is a doom jazz project.

Trioscapes is pretty much just jazz it isnt really metal, still awesome though. (contains members from between the buried and me)

T.R.A.M. has some pretty neat guitar work but once again they are pretty much jazz with some decent guitar work here and there (Contains members from animals as leaders and ex the mars volta members.

Mestis - The other guitarist from Animals as leaders (not tosin) side project this is pretty much progressive metal heavily jazz influenced.

Panzerballet they do remakes of some jazz classics

Also Naked City is not a Jazz influenced metal band.... It is actually the other way around. John Zorn the main writer is a renowned Saxophone artist who does more than naked city and most of his stuff is jazz.

La Rumeur Des Chaines is mostly black metal with a jazzy part here and there

Behold the Arctopus could arguably be called free jazz/ metal

Diablo Swing Orchestra is pretty much exactly what the title delivers. Some goofy upbeat swings with some metal and theatrical/operatic vocals a lot of the time.

I recommend checking all of them as these are all pretty much good artists.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:02 am 

Weird that these guys come up again: Madder Mortem. I've heard only Eight Ways, and found it a little uneven, but "jazz" is the word that kept popping in my mind all the way through.



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:01 am 

Kevmaster wrote:
La Rumeur des Chaînes. Sadly they only released a 3 song EP in 2005. I still hope there's more to come.

Strongly seconding this! One of the best integrations of jazz in BM I've heard so far.
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Metal newbie

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:47 am 

Continuo Renacer did the jazziest metal song of the time with Fusion For Suckers on their debut album. Nowadays they're still great technical/progressive instrumental death metal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EruqeiNWxG4

Conflux is where real jazz metal is at, lead sax and all. Too bad they only have an EP out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YzldB6wFqs

Agonhymn have an album called Doom Jazz, but I fail to find it any jazzy at all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ3_SkdAlTI

And then there's Ettrick, which is basically metal-inspired improvisational free jazz. Just a frenzy of drums and a screeching sax. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6PfgQ5ULZI


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:33 pm 

Jonas Hellborg's Art Metal album while more heavy on the jazz side is pretty good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhFi9zhm ... 4577C988FF


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:17 am 


Also the Gallery by Dark Tranquility is pretty jazzy. Lots of interesting key/rhythm/tempo changes; a very "gypsy jazz" feel.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:46 am 

Try Shining from Norway. One of the most unique and innovative bands to come out in a long time. Truly doing something different. More of like noise jazz or free jazz meets an extreme metal influenced type of electronic/industrial music.

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