Top 10 Favorite Non-Extreme Metal Subgenres

I made a list about the favorite extreme metal subgenres and I decided to make a list about non-extreme subgenres, which are awesome, too.

The Top Ten

1 Heavy Metal

Should it be at number 1? Definitely. This is the most popular metal genre of all time. Dio, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath we all love, right? For me it's the best metal genre ever. - zxm

This is my remix of my favorite non-extreme metal subgenres and may not represent the opinion of the majority of the metal fans. So vote and make your own remix to say what you like the most. - Metal_Treasure

2 Speed Metal

This includes songs by bands that usually play power metal - Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, Helloween, Primal Fear, and so on. - Metal_Treasure

Wait, speed metal isn't extreme metal? I remember once I saw a debate on this (outside of toptens). - zxm

Zxm - no, speed metal isn't extreme. Speed metal is just a higher version of power metal - faster, heavier and more technical power metal. It's with clean melodic vocals. Blind Guardian speed metal songs (Majesty) are heavier than usual because they are pretty thrashy but still not extreme. To see examples of speed metal songs, go to my list Best Speed Metal Songs.
By the way, many people think that speed metal is every fast metal song but this is wrong. - Metal_Treasure

3 Power Metal
4 Progressive Power Metal

For example Theocracy and a big share of Blind Guardian stuff. - Metal_Treasure

5 Symphonic metal

I prefer Blind Guardian symphonic metal and put this subgenre relatively high on my remix because of Blind Guardian. - Metal_Treasure

6 Neo-Classical Metal Neo-Classical Metal Neoclassical metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that is heavily influenced by classical music and usually features very technical playing, consisting of elements borrowed from both classical and speed metal music.

This is mostly (guitar) instrumentals - the best example is Yngwie. - Metal_Treasure

7 Groove metal

It's a favorite subgenre of many metalheads but I put it at #10 and not higher only because some people think it's an extreme metal subgenre and may disagree with groove metal being on this list. To me it's not extreme although it's sorta heavy. Groove metal is a derivative form of thrash but adding bluesy elements and playing it slower make groove metal even less extreme than thrash. - Metal_Treasure

@Metal_Treasure I agree if you listen to the song damn Electric by Pantera you hear Blues in the song - christangrant

8 Progressive Metal
9 Folk Metal Folk Metal Folk metal is a fusion genre of heavy metal music and traditional folk music that developed in Europe during the 1990s.
10 Gothic Metal

Gothic Metal, Symphonic Metal, Symphonic Gothic Metal, and Pagan Metal are one of my favorite metal genres. As a Goth, I don't just listen to these genres, I also listen to Victorian/Steampunk Industrial, Post Punk and Gothic rock.

No, gothic metal is not Nightwish and Evanescence.
Gothic metal bands are: Type O Negative, Paradise Lost, Moonspell, and many more. Many songs by Type O Negative, Paradise Lost and Moonspell are gothic metal but they also play other subgenres and even rock. - Metal_Treasure

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Top Remixes

1. Heavy Metal
2. Speed Metal
3. Progressive Power Metal
1. Groove metal
2. Heavy Metal
3. Power Metal



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