Tag Archives: experimental rock

Steve Vai


STEVE VAI (1960–). One of the most recognizable guitarists on the rock scene over the last twenty years, Vai, along with his erstwhile teacher Joe Satriani, has only worked within established groups for short periods of time, instead having established a successful solo career of largely instrumental albums. After graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Vai started his professional career in 1979 as a transcriber for Frank Zappa, going on to play guitar for Zappa’s band for Read more [...]


OM (2003–PRESENT). Al Cisneros (bass/vocals), Chris Hakius (drums, replaced by Emil Amos). Om is an avant-garde noise/drone/art metal band formed by former members of legendary stoner rock band Sleep. After Sleep’s Jerusalem album (considered by many critics to be a classic of the genre), guitarist Matt Pike departed to form the brutally heavy High On Fire while his former bandmates Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius formed the more experimental Om. If the music of Sleep, where a single song Read more [...]
Faith No More


FAITH NO MORE (1982–98). Various, then Chuck Mosley (vocals, replaced by Mike Patton); various, then Jim Martin (guitar, replaced by Trey Spruance, Dean Manta, John Hudson); Roddy Bottum (keyboards); Billy Gould (bass); Mike Bordin (drums). Faith No More was an avant-garde mixture of punk, funk, and metal, along with avant jazz. They are best known for their two defining anthems, “We Care a Lot” and “Epic,” both with different vocalists. The band started in 1982 with the core group of Read more [...]


DEFTONES (1995–PRESENT). Chino Moreno (vocals), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Chi Cheng (bass), Abe Cunningham (drums). Playing in a style not unlike that of their contemporaries Korn and Limp Bizkit, the Deftones have been parlaying their brand of metal since 1988 when they first formed in Sacramento, California, featuring vocalist Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, bassist Chi Cheng, and drummer Abe Cunningham. Beginning in a more conventional style, the band drew influence from Read more [...]