Top Ten Death Metal Subgenres

This list includes all the metal genres derived from death metal, even if they are fusion genres.
The Top Ten
1 Melodic Death Metal

This is the most accessible Death Metal subgenre and may open the door to other Death Metal subgenres. Amon Amarth was the band that made me a death metal fan because they helped me overcome the barrier of the death growls.
Children of Bodom are great. Also Arch Enemy, Insomnium, and more.

First melodic death metal songs I liked were In Flames songs but the band that made me fan of melodic death metal was Amon Amarth. Then I came interested in other great bands as Arch Enemy and Scar Symmetry.

Melodic and tech/prog are my two favorites

Mixture of Brutality with Beauty. (i.E. death Metal with Melody)

2 Technical Death Metal

Currently it's the #1 metal subgenre for me - some of my fave metal bands are namely from this subgenre: Nile, Obscura, Cryptopsy, Brain Drill, Gorguts, Necrophagist, Beyond Creation, and more.
If you wanna hear some exceptional musicianship (insane drumming, a lot of sweep picking, fretless bass playing, etc), this is the right subgenre to check out. But I have to admit it's one of the heaviest and most complex Death Metal subgenres so it isn't easily accessible.

Technical death metal is absolutely amazing. It makes an already amazing genre so much better. With bands like Death, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Beyond Creation, Necrophagist, Archespire, Nile, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Spawn of Possession, Decapitated, Origin, and Obscura, technical death metal is by far the best death metal subgenre.

Insane subgenre! Hour of Penance and Origin are the first two that come to mind.

This is the classic mixing of Death Metal, Progressive Rock & Jazz.

3 Old School Death Metal

This and death doom deserve to be higher!

The best death metal is the oldschool as every metal, oldschool is the best

Although I prefer technical death metal, I’m voting for this because it deserves to #2. Also OSTDM is absolutely amazing.

Death, Morbid Angel, Possessed, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Jungle Rot, Six Feet Under, Gorguts, Hate Eternal, Massacre, Vital Remains

4 Progressive Death Metal

Opeth, Edge of Sanity, Gorod, Akercocke, Atheist, Pestilence, The Faceless, Obscura, Martyr, Sadist

5 Brutal Death Metal

Reason why death metal is still alive.

Dying Fetus, Nile, Suffocation, Abominable Putridity, Devourment, Brain Drill, Origin, Benighted, Pathology, Kraaniun, Putrid Pile

6 Blackened Death Metal

This is too low... I prefer OSDM and death n roll but this needs to be higher!

Fusion genre of Black Metal & Death Metal.

Behemoth, Goatwhore, Acheron, Angelcorpse, Blasphemy, Nunslaughter, Belphegor, Akercocke, Necrophobic, Tartarus

7 Death/Doom

Fusion genre of Death Metal & Doom Metal.

Autopsy, Incantation, Disembowelment, Katatonia, Saturn's, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost

8 Deathcore

Technically not metal (more of a hardcore punk subgenre), but I think it has some contribution. There are a couple of songs that I do enjoy.

I voted for deathcore. Now I'm just gonna wait for all the elitists to start rolling in, giving my comment a thumbs down because I'm so "emo and ruined metal."

Some deathcore is not bad. My favorite deathcore band is Make Me A Donut. They do a good job without all the gore.

Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Carnifex, Rings of Saturn, Thy Art is Murder, Ingested, The Faceless

9 Brutal Technical Death Metal

Nile and Suffocation would fall under this category (Brutal-Tech), Atheist and Gorguts are Fusion-Tech while Cynic and Death are Prog-Tech.

Brutal vocals, sweep picking and blast beats galore.

Nile and Cryptopsy!

10 Deathgrind

Obviously the best subgenre. Brutal Death metal comes close, but the heaviness and brutality of death metal combined with the intensity of grindcore is utterly amazing.

Mixing of Death Metal with Grindcore.

Heaviest music genre ever.

Cattle Decapitation, Aborted, Cephalic Carnage, Exhumed, Benighted, Brujeria, Terrorizer

The Contenders
11 Death 'n' Roll

Entombed was the creator of this genre. This is a typical Death Metal sound with Garage Rock (Rock n Roll) elements.

Entombed, Six Feet Under (Graveyard Classics)

12 Symphonic Death Metal

This one is not a specific subgenre of Death Metal, but bands like Nightfall, Septic Flesh etc. Created this genre by mixing symphony materials into Death Metal.

This is not a particular genre, but some bands like Nightfall, Septic Flesh etc. Combined symphonic elements with Death Metal and this subgenre was created.

Codex Omega by Septicflesh is awesome.
Fleshgod Apocalypse are great, too.
Mayan are good as well

Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse

13 Slam Death Metal

Abominable Putridity, Pathology, Putrid Pile, Cephalotripsy, Katalepsy, Kraaniun, Vomit Remnants, Vulvectomy, Acranius, Ingested

14 Death/Thrash

The quick intensity of thrash combined with the brutality and darkness of death metal

Ghoul, Revocation, Repugnant, Possessed, Legion of the Damned, Pestilence, Battlecross

Vader, Legion Of The Damned, Torture Squad!

15 Blackened Melodic Death Metal

Bands include Naglfar and Dissection.
Dark, brutal and melodic!

Dark, brutal, melodic and powerful.

16 Christian Death Metal

Not a music genre - just group of Death Metal bands who use Christian lyrics

Immortal Souls and Becoming the Archetype are worth checking out.

17 Industrial Death Metal

Basically it's early Fear Factory

18 Avant-Garde Metal
19 Avant-Garde Metal
20 Grindcore

The perfect synthesis of Hardcore Punk and death metal.

21 Pornogrind

This isn't a music subgenre - it's goregrind/grindcore with specific lyrics. Not even sure these bands are metal.

22 Goregrind
23 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. ...read more.

Best subgenre in my humble opinion. Vader rules!

You guys probably mean deathrash

LOL, definitely NOT a subgenre of Death Metal

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