Most Challenging Music Genres to Get Into

Some of you may already like these genres. But for some people that never heard of these genres or are just new to music in general these are some of the most challenging genres to get into.

The Top Ten

1 No Wave

Basically a genre with no distinct characteristics. It has no formula and usually is very odd and weird. A perfect example of a No Wave album is Filth by Swans. It's full of obscure time signatures, strangled vocals, industrial sounds, lyrics with no sign of a pattern and a creepy uncomfortable atmosphere. - cjWriter1997

2 Avant-Garde

Usually involving lots of adventurous irregular ways of creating music. Full of odd time signatures, obscure concepts and lots and lots of atmosphere. If you want a really obscure but important Avant-Garde album, try Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart. - cjWriter1997

3 Neofolk

Very hard to get into - AliciaMae

Very obscure and dark. Contains a dooming, apocalyptic atmosphere with very poetic and vile lyrics. I'm not quite sure what to think of this genre myself but it's definitely a challenge to get used to.
A good Neofolk album is But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter? by Death In June. - cjWriter1997

4 Black Metal

Trying this genre for a lot of time. Can't get into. I could get into technical death metal though. But never liked black metal and similar genres. - zxm

The vocal style is definitely one of the deciding factors. Most Black Metal involves a very dark and brooding atmosphere and lots of tremolo picking. The idealism may be another deciding factor too. Most Black Metal bands aren't necessarily Satanic, but for someone new to the genre, it may seem that way. I'm not necessarily a fan of the genre but I do know some things about it.
A good Black Metal album to start with is De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas by Mayhem. - cjWriter1997

I got into it as soon as I listened to it :D - Ananya

5 Technical Death Metal

Yes that's true.
By the way it's one of my favorite metal genres - Ananya

Yes, Epitaph by Necrophagist and Cosmogenesis by Obscura are relatively "soft" and more melodic albums that are good for beginners. There are many albums from this genre that are critically acclaimed but they are much heavier (Annihilation of the Wicked by Nile, None So Vile by Cryptopsy). Also, some Obscura albums may be better than Cosmogenesis but Cosmogenesis is good to start with. - Metal_Treasure

Probably the hardest metal genre to get into. If you are not a fan of Death metal, than this genre will definitely give you a hard time. It usually involves really heavy instrumentation and creepy but brutal growls.
Some good albums to check out is Epitaph by Necrophagist or Cosmogenesis by Obscura. (Props to Metal_Treasure for helping out with a better recommendation.) - cjWriter1997

Haha, currently this is one of my favorite metal subgenres. Bands: Nile, Obscura, Necrophagist, Cryptopsy, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Brain Drill, Dying Fetus, to name a few. Things I like in this subgenre:
1) Drummers. The most technical metal drummers with the sickest skills and endurance are here: George Kollias, Francesco Paoli, Flo Mounier.
2) Guitarists. Some of the most technical metal guitarists are also here - fast, neoclassical, progressive.
3) Speed. Growls.
4) Lyrics, especially Obscura lyrics (based on philosophy and astrophysics). Nile lyrics are about Egypt history. - Metal_Treasure

6 Noise/Noise Rock

I gave a listen to the song Precious Thing by Big Black - it wasn't as bad as I expected. Will try more when I have time. - Metal_Treasure

This can range from more melodic types of Noise rock to just loud and terrifying Noise music. They usually are loud songs that focus on abrupt and/or unique sounds.
A good example of some Noise Rock is Songs About F-ing by Big Black. - cjWriter1997

7 Horrorcore


Oh yeah, this is a good one. Thanks for adding this SwagFlicks. - cjWriter1997

8 Post-Rock/Metal

Some of the bands of this genre get some influence from other obscure genres but the basis of Post Rock/Metal is usually the same. It usually is an experimented music genre, involving strange production techniques and a progressive flow. Some good examples are Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven by Godspeed! You Black Emperor and To Be Kind by Swans.
It even occurred to me while researching that some of Deftones work is considered Post-Metal. So try them as well, a good example is Diamond Eyes. - cjWriter1997

Most post-rock is really good - purpleyoshi98

Sigur Rós would be a great choice to get into post-rock. - Undistinguished

9 Dark Ambient

A very creepy and dark Electronic subgenre. If you like weird, creepy music, this is a genre for you. But for most, it may be hard to digest as it does leave a very sinister feel when listening. Just try not to listen to this in the dark.
A good album for this genre is The Place Where the Black Stars Hang by Lustmord. - cjWriter1997

10 Progressive Rock/Metal

A lot of progressive rock/metal is easy to get into, but there is some very challenging music in the genre, like Gentle Giant, King Crimson's 1970s work, Fates Warning, maudlin of the Well, etc. - Caleb9000

It wasn't difficult, I have no problem with long and complex songs. My problem now is that these aren't heavy and fast enough to my current taste. - Metal_Treasure

For me it was different. I got into it from hearing two or three prog metal songs. - zxm

Wasn't challenging for me at all.. - Ananya

The Contenders

11 Down Tempo

It's hard to describe Down Tempo. It's like a slowed down, ambient EDM song that seems to leave listeners in a clear-minded trance. It's a very peaceful genre that usually is great for relaxing the mind. Songs are often very long. It's very spacey as well, like your traveling through the depths of outer space. I say this is a challenge because you do need patience when listening and it isn't something that you can just pick up on and dance to. It's more so a genre for relaxing or sleeping.
A good example of a Down Tempo album is World of Sleepers by Carbon Based Lifeforms - cjWriter1997

12 Jazz


I used to hate jazz because I found it boring, but after finding out how hard it is to play I started having some respect for it. - XxembermasterxX

13 Harsh Noise

I just listened to some Merzbow and I can't decide if this is terrible music or amazing music that I don't understand.

I guess it sounds interesting? It pushes the boundaries of music? But what the actual heck am I listening to.. - Atham

Judging by its name this might give me a hard time. - Metal_Treasure

Yes, this is a genre. - SwagFlicks

14 Pornogrind

Hard to get into, but one of the good bands in this genre is 'Stoma' from the netherlands

15 Death Metal

It certainly isn't for everyone (it isn't supposed to be either).

16 Gangsta Rap
17 Cloud Rap
18 Grindcore

sucks - XxembermasterxX

19 Post Industrial
20 Crunkcore
21 Dirty Rap
22 Power Electronics
23 Krautrock
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