Top 10 Easy Ways to Figure Out What Metal Subgenre You Are Listening To

I made this list for fun but if you think the list also represents correctly some trends, that would be great.

The Top Ten

1 There are dragons - power metal or folk metal

I made a list "Top 10 Metal Albums with Dragons on the Cover". Most of them are power metal albums. - Metal_Treasure

There are dragons in the lyrics, band name, album cover. - Metal_Treasure

2 The singer is really very angry - thrash metal or groove metal
3 Music is really very fast - speed metal or thrash metal

+ power metal - it can be very fast, too. - Metal_Treasure

4 Music is not good - nu metal or rap metal

There are good nu-metal bands, like koRn, Slipknot, Ill NiƱo, etc. - UndisputedLunatic

5 The song is longer than 8 minutes - prog metal, symphonic metal or power metal
6 There are violins or /and accordions - folk metal
7 You don't hear clearly the lyrics - death metal, black metal, or a subgenre with the words 'core', 'gore' or 'grind'
8 The singer is very good and only moderately angry - traditional heavy metal

Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford... - Metal_Treasure

9 The singer is a female - symphonic metal or gothic metal

Okay, this is a little sexist. There's a one-woman black metal band, the vocalist of Cerebral Bore, which is death metal, is female, there's female members of deathcore bands like Make Them Suffer or Winds of Plague, etc. - Metalhead1997

10 You don't know the meaning of many words - prog metal

Yes, my first prog metal song was Artcell's Oniket Prantor. I used to listen the song whole day. I even memorized the lyrics. But I couldn't understand the lyrics of the song. Though I was very young, but still it was more complicated than most other songs. - zxm

The Contenders

11 The best vocals you have ever heard - power metal
12 There is blood - thrash or death metal
13 There are keyboards or /and piano - prog metal, symphonic metal or power metal
14 The music it too complicated and mathematical to understand - prog metal
15 Groovy with a bit of blues tinge - traditional heavy metal

Not sure about this. Traces of blues are found only in some proto-metal songs of the 70s. Or bands mistakenly called metal. Bands that currently play traditional heavy metal (heavy metal) don't have any blues. If there's blues, it's hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

16 Solos are very long - Progressive Metal

At one point I though why these solos are never ending solos. - zxm

V 1 Comment
17 Fantasy Lyrics - Power Metal

Yes, I definitely agree with this. Thanks to whoever added it. - Metal_Treasure

18 The riffs are really slow and ominous - Doom Metal
BAdd New Item

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Top Ten Most Absurd Metal Subgenre Names That Don't Exist Songs that Define the Subgenre of Heavy Metal Top Ten Reasons Hair Metal Is a Poser Metal Subgenre Top Ten Things You Can Do While Listening to Metal Music Top 10 Metal Bands that are the Heaviest in Their Subgenre

List Stats

18 listings
2 years, 121 days old

Top Remixes

1. There are dragons - power metal or folk metal
2. The singer is really very angry - thrash metal or groove metal
3. Music is really very fast - speed metal or thrash metal



Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.