Top Ten Darkest Metal Subgenres


The Top Ten

1 Black Metal

Death metal can have pretty grotesque lyrics (just look at Cannibal Corpse), but they are mostly just done for shock value. The Norwegian black metal movement, on the other hand, actually commits to their music, and performs acts that can be way over the top. - yungstirjoey666

Beautiful. - Ananya

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

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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

1-black metal
2-doom metal
3-death metal

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 Depressive Suicidal Black Metal

What the hell is this subgenre? - Userguy44

8 Drone Metal

What's this? - Userguy44

9 Funeral Doom

Atmospheric and Dark

10 Symphonic Metal

The Contenders

11 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.
12 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

13 Technical Death Metal
14 Post-Metal
15 Avant-Garde Metal
16 Deathcore

Not metal. - Userguy44


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

17 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.
18 Pornogrind

Also not metal. - Userguy44

It's called pornogrind for goodness sake!

19 Satanic Metal

Dosen't exist. - MegadethFan07

It is called satanic metal, I'm not sure you could get any darker

Is this a subgenre or classification? - Metalhead1997

20 Symphonic Black Metal

Keyboards make it on of the darkest musics. - GREYBOYY

21 Dark Metal

There's NO such metal subgenre. - Metal_Treasure

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

Darkthrone and Gorgoroth are black metal. There's NO metal subgenre called Dark Metal. - Metal_Treasure

22 Industrial Metal

Really dark actually.But still my favorite music genre.-DarkBoi-X

23 Blackened Death Metal
24 Grindcore

Again not metal. It’s punk based. - Userguy44

25 Nu Metal Nu Metal

This can be very dark actually. - Userguy44

Nu metal isn’t the scariest, but it can get ya going

26 Goregrind
27 Pornogore
28 Shock Metal
29 Glam Metal

Is this a joke? -DarkBoi-X

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