Top 10 Animals that Could Symbolize Metal Subgenres


The Top Ten

1 Dragon - Power Metal Dragon - Power Metal A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures.

It's almost the official symbol of power metal - found often on album covers and in the lyrics /song titles /band names. - Metal_Treasure

Perfect match! - Metalhead1997

2 Lion - Death Metal Lion - Death Metal The lion is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes the several subspecies in Africa.

Bears, dogs, and others also growl. Also, how about zombies? - Metalhead1997

Death metal growls are like lion growls. - Metal_Treasure

3 Goat - Black Metal Goat - Black Metal The domestic goat is a subspecies of goat domesticated from the wild goat of southwest Asia and Eastern Europe.

@Lucretia - yes. It probably comes from folklore where Devil / Satan looks like a goat, usually with horns. To see more about it, check out my list - Top 10 Metal Albums with Satan on the Cover. - Metal_Treasure

Goat heads are often on album covers. - Metal_Treasure

4 Cheetah - Speed Metal Cheetah - Speed Metal The cheetah, also known as the hunting leopard, is a big cat that occurs mainly in eastern and southern Africa and a few parts of Iran. The cheetah is the fastest land animal, able to run up to 75 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds

Because it's the fastest animal. - Metal_Treasure

The peregrine falcon are the fastest animal. Cheetahs are the fastest mammals though. - PhoenixAura81

5 Snail - Doom Metal Snail - Doom Metal Snail is a common name that is applied most often to land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod molluscs.

Don't go that fast, please, I am scared! - Metal_Treasure

Of course. - Metalhead1997

6 Dog - Thrash Metal Dog - Thrash Metal The domestic dog is a wolf-like canid in the genus Canis, and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore.

Let the loud barking of the big dogs begin! - Metal_Treasure

7 Panther - Groove Metal Panther - Groove Metal The cougar, also commonly known as the mountain lion, puma, panther, or catamount, is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas.

Because of Pantera which is Spanish for Panther - christangrant

@christangrant - yes, this was the reason I added it. To me groove metal is Pantera. - Metal_Treasure

8 Panda - Black Metal Panda - Black Metal The giant panda, also known as panda bear or simply panda, is a bear native to south central China. It is easily recognized by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body.

The original Corpse paint - GreenDayFan21

Look at their natural corpsepaint! - Metal_Treasure

9 Snake - Groove Metal Snake - Groove Metal Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears. About 600 species are venomous, some of which can be fatal to humans if no medical help is sought.

Because of Pantera album cover to The Great Southern Trendkill. - Metal_Treasure

10 Eagle - Heavy Metal Eagle - Heavy Metal Eagle is a common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae; it belongs to several groups of genera that are not necessarily closely related to each other. Eagles are also one of America's national symbols.

The Contenders

11 Siberian Tiger - Technical Thrash Metal Siberian Tiger - Technical Thrash Metal The Siberian tiger, also known as the Amur tiger, is a tiger population inhabiting mainly the Sikhote Alin mountain region with a small population in southwest Primorye Province in the Russian Far East.
12 Umbonia Spinosa - Avant-garde Metal Umbonia Spinosa - Avant-garde Metal
13 Piranha - Neoclassical Metal Piranha - Neoclassical Metal A piranha or piraña, a member of family Characidae in order Characiformes, is a freshwater fish that inhabits South American rivers, floodplains, lakes and reservoirs.

Piranha is a shredder and can eat you in minutes. Neoclassical metal shredders play hundreds of notes per minute on guitar. - Metal_Treasure

14 Clownfish - Glam Metal Clownfish - Glam Metal Clownfish or anemonefish are fishes from the subfamily Amphiprioninae in the family Pomacentridae. Thirty species are recognized: one in the genus Premnas, while the remaining are in the genus Amphiprion.

No need to explain this one but let's see - they ARE clowns, their outfits are too bright, shiny and colorful compared to the default color of metal (black). - Metal_Treasure

Because they are clowns - christangrant

15 Jaguar - Technical Death Metal Jaguar - Technical Death Metal The jaguar is a wild cat species and the only extant member of the genus Panthera native to the Americas.

Less popular than lions but probably stronger and jaguars have a very strong bite. - Metal_Treasure

16 Liger - Experimental Metal
17 Horse - Heavy metal Horse - Heavy metal The horse is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus. It is an odd-toed ungulate mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae, and can be tamed, bred, and trained, as a mount.

Because gallops are used very often. - Metal_Treasure

18 Poodle - Glam Metal Poodle - Glam Metal The poodle is a group of formal dog breeds, the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognizes four sizes of one breed: standard, medium, miniature, and toy.

Glam Metal is also known as Hair Metal. Not that true metal is "hairless" but you know what I mean. - Metal_Treasure

19 Hyena - Blackened Death Metal Hyena - Blackened Death Metal Hyenas or hyaenas are any feliform carnivoran mammals of the family Hyaenidae /haɪˈɛnᵻdiː/. With only four extant species, it is the fifth-smallest biological family in the Carnivora, and one of the smallest in the class Mammalia.
20 Mantis Shrimp - Progressive Metal Mantis Shrimp - Progressive Metal The mantis shrimp, or stomatopod, is a type of marine crustacean of the order Stomatopoda. Most species can grow to around 10 centimetres in length, though a few species reach up to 38 cm.
21 Eagle - Thrash Metal Eagle - Thrash Metal Eagle is a common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae; it belongs to several groups of genera that are not necessarily closely related to each other. Eagles are also one of America's national symbols.

Because of Slayers logo - christangrant

22 Tyrannosaurus - Thrash Metal Tyrannosaurus - Thrash Metal Tyrannosaurus, meaning "tyrant lizard", from the Ancient Greek tyrannos, "tyrant", and sauros, "lizard" is a genus of coelurosaurian theropod dinosaur. It also had a tremendous bite force, the strongest of any Dinosaur and living terrestrial animal. Its bite force reached up to 12,800 pounds (roughly more.

Considering T. rex is my favorite animal, and Thrash Metal is my favorite Metal subgenre, I think the two would work out well. Because let's be honest; how badass is a T. rex and that appearance just gives off a very menacing feel to it :).

Death Metal could be a pretty good choice too :). - CrimsonShark

23 Chameleon - Progressive Metal Chameleon - Progressive Metal Chameleons or chamaeleons are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of old world lizards with 202 species described as of June 2015. These species come in a range of colors, and many species have the ability to change colors.
24 Alligator - Grindcore Alligator - Grindcore An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The two living species are the American alligator and the Chinese alligator. Additionally, several extinct species of alligator are known from fossil remains.
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