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Avant-progressive rock is a style of rock music that explores unconventional territory, often incorporating non-standard chord progressions, tempo changes within a piece, odd time signatures, avant garde passages and complex horn and orchestral arrangements. It generally relates to experimental bands and musicians influenced by 20th century avant garde, classical, jazz, folk and other music, and who stretch the boundaries of the rock form in both the compositional and improvisational arenas.

Often the only similarities between groups creating avant-progressive rock music is their complete lack of conformity to convention.



In the late 1970s a group of European "progressive" bands joined forces under the banner of Rock in Opposition or RIO to unite against the music industry that refused to let their music be heard. While RIO was originally a collective of bands with the same political agenda, the term is now often used to identify the "collective style of music" of the original RIO bands. This "collective style of music" later became known as "avant-progressive rock".

Avant-progressive rock music has since grown beyond Rock in Opposition and now encompasses a far greater body of music than the original "collective music" of RIO.

Avant-progressive rock bands

The original Rock in Opposition bands were:

Aqsak Maboul
Art Bears
Art Zoyd
Etron Fou Leloublan
Henry Cow
Samla Mammas Manna
Stormy Six
Univers Zero

Other bands in this category include (but are by no means limited to):

Ain Soph
Alamaailman Vasarat
Altered States
Ars Nova
Bi Kyo Ran
Bondage Fruit
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
Boud Deun
Daniel Patrick Quinn
Debile Menthol
Deus ex Machina
Dillinger Escape Plan
Doctor Nerve
Forever Einstein
Frank Zappa
French TV
Gatto Marte
Ground Zero
Happy Family
Idiot Flesh
Kayo Dot
Keiji Haino
Maudlin Of The Well
Mike Keneally
Motor Totemist Guild
Mr. Bungle
My Hero
Naked City
National Health
News from Babel
Pain Killer
Secret Chiefs 3
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
The Muffins
The Residents
The Work
Thinking Plague
This Heat

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