Most Complex Metal Genres

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The Top Ten

1 Neoclassical Metal Neoclassical Metal

This genre was invented with many experiments. A lot of technique was created only for inventing this genre and playing this genre. - zxm

Blotted Science is a band that plays only instrumentals. I guess their style is a development of Neoclassical Metal but they are even more technical, more progressive and more brutal. Some call them Instrumental Technical Death Metal. Their guitarist Ron Jarzombek was called "the most underrated axemonger ever”.

Check out my list - Top 10 Blotted Science Songs. You need to play only several song samples to get an idea. You may not become a fan of this band but you will know what metal musicians are capable of. - Metal_Treasure

2 Progressive Metal

I don't play in any prog metal band, but when that moment you see musicians do very difficult things like beating hundreds of drum pieces within few minutes, or how fast the guitarist is shredding, or keyboardists playing some incredible solos, then its out of question which one is more complex. - zxm

3 Technical Death Metal

Once I read a debate that prog death metal and technical death metal is same. But I also read that those aren't same. However I noticed some differences, like prog death metal is little bit of softer than technical death metal. - zxm

It's not the same. Opeth are prog DM but not technical. Nile are technical but not prog DM. In rare cases a band can combine these two versions - one of these bands is Obscura: they are progressive and technical at the same time. Prog DM is the softest among them - Opeth are softer than Death (standard DM), Obscura and Nile. Technical Death Metal is the most demanding. - Metal_Treasure

4 Progressive Death Metal
5 Avant-Garde Metal
6 Djent Djent

About djent drumming: Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake sometimes plays hi-hat and ride cymbal in 4/4 time but he plays snare and double bass drums in 23/16 time. At the same time. - Metal_Treasure

It's still debatable whether it's a genre or style but it's really very complex. It's a development of prog metal so it's complex by default. Djent uses polymeters, their guitars start from 7 strings, etc. Bands - Meshuggah, TesseracT.
If somebody is interested, made a list - Top 10 Facts About Djent Music - Metal_Treasure

7 Power Metal

Power Metal is pretty demanding, takes much talent to play, but isn't very complex. - Metal_Treasure

8 Speed Metal

A bit more complex than power metal because it usually has extented instrumental sections but overall, not very complex. However, it's hard to play because it's very fast. - Metal_Treasure

9 Technical Thrash Metal

Coroner, Annihilator, Vektor. It's thrash but more sophisticated - with less punk and more metal, meaning more (neo)classical and progressive elements. - Metal_Treasure

10 Symphonic Metal

It's relatively complex because of its complex orchestral arrangements that have to be harmonized with typical metal elements. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Progressive Power Metal

For example - Blind Guardian, Theocracy. It's more complex than the ordinary power metal since it usually includes time signature changes, multi-layered vocals, more complex drum beats, elements from other genres (usually folk or jazz), and so on. And songs are longer. - Metal_Treasure

12 Melodic Death Metal
13 Black Metal
14 Dead Cat

Never heard of it. - zxm

15 Death Metal
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