Top Ten Darkest Metal Subgenres


The Top Ten

1 Black Metal

Black metal definitely deservers its place on the top of the list. Not only for truly being the darkest sound but also because black metal artists are very dark themselves. Just go read the story of the band Mayhem and inform yourself on the gruesome things some of them did on stage. - ohwowlovely

This is the darkest sub-genre of metal, no doubt. Even darker than death metal. - Kiteretsunu

Black Metal, especially in Norway, is VERY BRUTAL

Yep Black Metal is dark...And good...I don't care about the haters :D - Ananya

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2 Death Metal

The darkest music genre of all time and the next is Black Metal, listen to Death's Individual Thought Patterns and Cannibal Corpse's Tomb Of The Mutilated,Morbid Angel's Gateways To Annihilation. - GREYBOYY

With sub-genres like Grindcore, Deathcore, Pornogore, Brutal Death Metal, Blackened Death Metal, Deathgrind, Noisegrind, Goregrind, and even Pornogrind, Death Metal wins the crowning achievement of the darkest Metal sub-genre.

3 Doom Metal

Doom metal is what plays whenever you know that death is near

The riffs are pretty much the definition of "ominous". - Metalhead1997

I do not agree with doom metal being in 3rd place because subgenres like deathcore, goregrind and dark ambient are all darker. - ohwowlovely

4 Gothic Metal
5 Death/Doom
6 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal Thrash Metal is a Heavy Metal subgenre developed during the early 1980s and an early precursor of Extreme Metal. Thrash Metal features a faster and more aggressive guitar work than Traditional Metal with shredding and double-bass drums and can range from melodic singing to loud shouts. more.
7 Symphonic Metal
8 Technical Death Metal
9 Heavy Metal Heavy Metal Heavy Metal music is a sub-genre of rock music that originated in the late 1960s-70s, featuring more distorted and heavier instrumental work and darker lyrical themes. Heavy Metal broke into mainstream success with bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica. more.
10 Dark Ambient

Truly terrifying, Google Dark Ambient albums,"Ambient 4" by "Brian Eno", get that album, listen well and don't listen too it when it's dark. - GREYBOYY

The Contenders

11 Drone Metal
12 Depressive Suicidal Black Metal
13 Grindcore
14 Funeral Doom
15 Post-Metal
16 Alternative Metal Alternative Metal Alternative metal is a music genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres normally associated with metal.
17 Symphonic Black Metal

Keyboards make it on of the darkest musics. - GREYBOYY

18 Avant-Garde Metal
19 Dark Metal

Bands like Darkthrone and Gorgoroth write the riffs the way to make the songs Dark and colorless. - GREYBOYY

20 Deathcore

I actually think black metal is the 'darkest' one but I voted for deathcore because this should be the third, instead of doom metal. Deathcore is pure screams of anger, you go compare deathcore with all the subgenres under death metal (because I do think both black and death metal are 'darker' than deathcore). - ohwowlovely

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