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

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.

Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, Kalmah, Ensiferum, Edge of Sanity, Arch Enemy, Insomnium, At The Gates - ryanrimmel

Best of death metal hands down.

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. - Metal_Treasure

2 Technical Death Metal

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.

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. - Metal_Treasure

Insane subgenre! Hour of Penance and Origin are the first two that come to mind. - Matt3

Nile, Necrophagist, Death, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Atheist, Brain Drill, Decrepit Birth, Decapitated, Origin, Benighted, Cryptopsy, The Faceless, Pestilence, Revocation, Psycroptic, Obscura - ryanrimmel

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3 Old School Death Metal

This and death doom deserve to be higher!

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

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

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

4 Progressive Death Metal

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

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 - ryanrimmel

6 Blackened Death Metal

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

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

7 Death/Doom

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

8 Deathcore

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." - ThatStrangeKid42

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

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

9 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.

Heaviest music genre ever. - ThatStrangeKid42

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

10 Symphonic Death Metal

Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse - ryanrimmel

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

The Contenders

11 Death 'n' Roll

Entombed, Six Feet Under (Graveyard Classics) - ryanrimmel

12 Brutal Technical Death Metal

Nile and Cryptopsy! - Metal_Treasure

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

Brutal vocals, sweep picking and blast beats galore.

13 Death/Thrash

Vader, Legion Of The Damned, Torture Squad!

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

14 Slam Death Metal

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

15 Christian Death Metal

Immortal Souls and Becoming the Archetype are worth checking out.

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

16 Blackened Melodic Death Metal

Dark, brutal, melodic and powerful.

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

17 Industrial Death Metal

Basically it's early Fear Factory

18 Pornogrind

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

19 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.

LOL, definitely NOT a subgenre of Death Metal - Metal_Treasure

Best subgenre in my humble opinion. Vader rules!

20 Grindcore Grindcore

The perfect synthesis of Hardcore Punk and death metal.

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