Bands who completely changed genre for one or two albums

Been listening to a lot of early Discharge recently so put on Grave New World knowing only that it was poorly received and it’s glam metal! I don’t know if their later albums follow more in the crusty d-beat side of things or more metal but what other bands had only one or two albums where they moved to a different genre before going back to what they were known for. Will accept debut albums which were completely different to any follow ups

Bad Religion made a prog album once - Into the Unknown (Bad Religion album) - Wikipedia

Like Discharge, Celtic Frost explored the glam side of things - Cold Lake (album) - Wikipedia

and Ministry started as a synth pop type band - With Sympathy - Wikipedia

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The cosmic death metal band Blood Incantation have just released an analogue synthy ambient album.

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Ulver are totally unrecognisable from their black metal beginnings.

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Woah

Talk Talk surely a pretty good contender for a complete shift from electro-pop to inventing post-rock

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Anathema and Opeth starting as black metal bands before going prog and then folk.

Didn’t The Rapture start as a hardcore band?

Probably loads

I’m not sure but Hot Hot Heat’s early EPs were quite “art punky” and wouldn’t look out of place alongside something on Three One G stuff

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Has to be Vessels!

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Feel like they slowly changed their sound? Helioscope was a mix of the early stuff and the latter electronic soundscapes

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Radiohead went from Britpop to Techno for a couple of albums

Suffice to say if you started from the proggy, punkish rock of Cave In’s Antenna and then worked backwards to Until Your Heart Stops, you’ll be in for a shock. The latter is a incredibly heavy metalcore masterpiece sprinkled with noise, with very few melodic vocals and a constant barrage of riffs and shouting.

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Liars going from their first post-punk album to whatever genre We Were Wrong… is, that was a hell of a shift.

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KoRn entered the world of dubstep, created its magnum opus, realised there was nothing left to be achieved with the genre, then returned to redefining the world of metal.

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Also WIXIW / Mess

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Beck becoming Poundland Prince for Midnite Vultures

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U2 are very different from their earlier work to their popular crap in the late 1990s

Hundredth used to be a post hardcore bamd or something, but the last album was synthpop and the one before it a little nu-gaze

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The Horrors have made this a selling point haven’t they, a new genre every album

Isn’t hardcore punk stalwarts Bad Religion’s second record a full-on prog album?