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Unread 22nd April 2007, 11:10 PM
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"Experimental" Christian Bands?

I'm not really sure if this thread belongs here, but can anyone give me some advice on what to listen to?

I'm a new Christian and would really like to get into some good Christian music, but my problem is that I'm VERY picky!

I turn on the radio to some Christian stations and I can't find anything that interests me. I guess what I'm really looking for are some bands with an off-the-wall kind of sound and strange song structures (Think: Tool/A Perfect Circle/Nine Inch Nails except Christian). Any bands you can send me to??

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sorry to tell ya bro'.....I think he is looking for something a little less CCM mainstream
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I think that your definition of experimental and my definition of experimental vary wildly.

There is a good experimental Christian underground scene... however, none of them would sound similar to Tool, NIN, etc... but then again, I wouldn't have considered any of those artists very experimental to begin with.

If you're looking for just some interesting, creative music I could help you out. If you're going to pigeon hole the genre that specifically? No can do.
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Well, depends on your definition of "experimental." There are a large variety of "Christian-minded" artists with unique instrumental palletes. NIN, in my opinion, is a little more main-stream rock. But if you want some off-the wall stuff you might have to look to the underground. Tooth & Nail is a mainstream label that still cares about signing creative artist, and there catalogue of past and present artists is quite impressive. I know that they have some groundbreaking (and some not so much) artists. Whether or not any of them fit your tastes, I am not sure. But good music to check out. If you want more "hard-core" their sub-label 'SolidState" has some of the best metal and heavier rock bands in the industry today.

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Thanks for the replies so far everyone!

ParaCristo - I checked out the bands you mentioned. Some of their stuff is interesting to me but too much screaming for my taste. Thanks, though I really appreciate the input


And sorry for the lack of clarification - personally, my definition of "experimental", in this case, "experimental rock" is a band that takes the basics of the genre and mixes in an array of different time signatures, ambient sounds, effects, various vocal styles, different song structures, etc. And most importantly, they mix it up from song to song so that you aren't just listening to the same stuff over and over.

It's very disappointing to me when I hear a couple of songs from a band, go out and get the CD, only to find out that all of the songs follow the same basic principles. NIN and Tool, specifically, have a lot of tracks that you'll never hear unless you get the CD because they aren't radio friendly at all (12 minutes long, all instrumentals, etc.) Hope that clears a bit up.

Again, sorry for the confusion. I did say I was very picky !I would be very interested in hearing about some of these underground Christian-minded artists that some of you have been talking about, though. Thanks!
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Circle of Dust was very NINish. Might check them out, though they no longer exist.

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And sorry for the lack of clarification - personally, my definition of "experimental", in this case, "experimental rock" is a band that takes the basics of the genre and mixes in an array of different time signatures, ambient sounds, effects, various vocal styles, different song structures, etc. And most importantly, they mix it up from song to song so that you aren't just listening to the same stuff over and over.

It's very disappointing to me when I hear a couple of songs from a band, go out and get the CD, only to find out that all of the songs follow the same basic principles. NIN and Tool, specifically, have a lot of tracks that you'll never hear unless you get the CD because they aren't radio friendly at all (12 minutes long, all instrumentals, etc.) Hope that clears a bit up.
There are a number of Christian prog bands around, and you can find descriptions and links to a lot of them at http://www.spiritualprog.com/. However, while they fit your description (different time signatures and song structures), I'm not sure if there are any in the vein of NIN/Tool so there may not be anything there to your liking.
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Sorry for the delayed response, but thank you all for the replies. I've been checking over the artists/links posted here and am finding some nice music I like Thanks for all of your help!
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