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 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.

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

Gojira wins by itself in my opinion. - GREATEST

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2 Melodic Death Metal

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.

3 Old School Death Metal

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 Death/Doom

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

7 Blackened Death Metal

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

Heaviest music genre ever. - ThatStrangeKid42

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

10 Death 'n' Roll

Entombed, Six Feet Under (Graveyard Classics) - ryanrimmel

The Contenders

11 Symphonic Death Metal

Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse - ryanrimmel

12 Death/Thrash

Vader, Legion Of The Damned, Torture Squad!

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

13 Christian Death Metal

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

14 Brutal Technical Death Metal

Brutal vocals, sweep picking and blast beats galore.

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

15 Slam Death Metal

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

16 Blackened Melodic Death Metal

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

17 Industrial Death Metal

Basically it's early Fear Factory - SteelCity99

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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.

Best subgenre in my humble opinion. Vader rules!

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