Top Ten Most Hated Metal Subgenres


The Top Ten

1 Nu Metal

Nu metal is crap. I can't even recognise the metal in it. - gemcloben

Hated because of no guitar solos, and rapping in lyrics. I have mixed opinions about the subgenre. - IronSabbathPriest

To be honest, Nu Metal doesn't deserve the hate it gets because of bands like Three Days Grace and Linkin Park, but that's just my opinion.

Hated because of no solos and its simplicity - which is, ironically, the point of nu metal - CabadePartyhunter

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2 Black Metal

Hated only because it has satanic themes and because it is, along with death metal, the heaviest metal subgenre.
No sense, black metal is one of the best metal subgenres - Anonymous1234

Hated because of the anti religious lyrics. Varg Vikernes, and the like. I personally like the subgenre, but I don't support his views. - IronSabbathPriest

Only christians hate this genre. Atheists love it

People who don't know what's metal are the ones who don't like it, hate metal and I don't care. - Ananya

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3 Glam Metal

I don't think it's metal - it's the glam/pop version of hard rock and not metal. And I really can't stand it's called metal. I hate it's called metal but I like some glam "metal" songs. Just don't call them metal.
A true metal band would never sing a song like "Talk Dirty To Me" by Poison, and shoot its silly video. Can you imagine Dave Mustaine dressed like a clown, desperately trying to get your attention on MTV? No, never. - Metal_Treasure

The only subgenre here that I dislike. And if you're a sensible person, you should too. - IronSabbathPriest

Good god I hate glam metal. Especially the fashion choices the bands make.

No where near as bad as nu metal, but gosh, its awful. - gemcloben

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4 Grindcore

It's hated but I think grindcore is an extreme subgenre of punk and not metal. All subgenres with "-core" and "-grind" should be removed from the metal family because they are more punk than metal.
Maybe initially (20-30 years ago), these subgenres had more metal and were supposed to be metal but they evolved and currently they are more punk.
My explanation for this shift: metal is complex and demanding, so not every band can do metal. Punk is not that demanding - punk's official slogan is "Do it yourself", i.e. you don't have to be a professional to do something. Punk is relatively simple.
I'm not into these subgenres because I love metal but I don't hear much metal in them. Some of them are heavy but their aggressiveness is chaotic and immature. Metal isn't chaotic - it's very well structured. - Metal_Treasure

This should be in 1st place, it's just pigs trying to sing

5 Death Metal

Hated because of growling vocals and powerful music. - IronSabbathPriest

I love death metal. - Metalhead1997

Death metal is awesome but it's hated

DEATH METAL IS GREAT - aliciamsaad

6 Metalcore

I hate it. Metalcore is mostly pop punk with lots of cliches from pop music, spiced with some metal elements but metal is not enough. It sounds so cheesy to me that I wanna throw up. Vocals are not metal - metalcore singers don't sing like metal singers, they sing like punk singers and sound like punk singers.
Metalcore is popular because it has many pop elements and little-to-no metal, and that's why non-metal fans like it. New metal fans, who are not oriented, love metalcore, too, because they think this is "The metal".
Most of the mature metal fans probably hate metalcore (for a reason). If you already listen to Slayer, Dream Theater, Blind Guardian, Death, Opeth, COB, etc, you already know what metal is, and it's impossible to get into jokes like A7X.
Metalcore is not a metal subgenre for me - it's punk influenced by metal. Somebody else also wrote metalcore was punk and not metal in some other Top 10 list. - Metal_Treasure

I like metalcore but third wave metalcore bands like aa or bmth ruin this genre (but some of their song is good for me but they still ruin it)

7 Rap Metal

Crap Metal. Jeez

I call it cRap metal.
Metal fans hate it for a reason. Non-metal fans may like it. - Metal_Treasure

It's like Ketchup and Peanut Butter - SoldierOfFortune


8 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.

Almost every thrash metal music that has come out of the last 20 years is trash - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

I'm not sure it's hated, on the contrary - it's the best metal subgenre according to the metal fans. Thrash is at #1 on the list "Top Ten Metal Sub Genres" with 17%, followed by Melodic Death Metal with 12%.
For me it's the best, too. And I swear metal fans love exactly very fast music. - Metal_Treasure

I mean music fans in general hate this. And I know a few people (metal fans) who dislike it as well. - IronSabbathPriest

I mean music fans in general hate this. And I know people (metal fans) who hate this. - IronSabbathPriest

Oh, this is a different perspective - it may be hated by non-metal fans, yes. But I had in mind metal fans. I know one metal fan who doesn't like thrash - nothing against it, just not his cup tea. - Metal_Treasure

Thrash metal is awesome, but I cannot stand CROSSOVER thrash.

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9 Progressive Metal

Seriously? This is hated? If there were only people like me who would understand this genre.

This Is One Of The Best Metal Sub Genres - FettiMC

No, I don't think it's hated. Hated for what? It's one of the top 5 most liked metal subgenres. There's a list on the Top 10 - go there and see: "Top Ten Metal Sub Genres." Currently prog metal is even at #4.
Prog metal shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure

Hated because people can't take the musical complexity that some bands do. - IronSabbathPriest

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10 Christian Metal

I am not familiar with this sub genre so I can't comment on the entire subgenre.
I know only one band - Theocracy - and I like them a lot. They have very good and intelligent music and lyrics, mostly prog power metal.
Theocracy are very good and don't annoy me at all.

I found their stuff by accident, liked them and later I learned they were a Christian band, so I wasn't biased.
Songs: Martyr, I Am, Laying The Demon To Rest, Sinner, As the World Bleeds, Mirror Of Souls.

A death metal musician recommended me a Christian metal band (Seventh Angel) but I havent't checked them out yet. - Metal_Treasure

Some people hate Black Metal 'cause it's anti-Christian. Some other people hate Christian Metal 'cause it's Christian.
That's interesting.
I've been avoiding this subgenre because 'Christian metal' sounds weird. However, most of metal is not anti-Christian and black metal is the only metal subgenre, which is satanic. - Metal_Treasure

I can see why...

I'm not prejudice or anything. I just think it (along with Christian rock) is really awful music.

Christian metal is a thematic group (lyrical themes) and not a real music subgenre. Christian bands can play any metal subgenre - thrash, power and even death metal. So music is not different. - Metal_Treasure

Even Christians hate this subgenre. Because metal is accused of being "satanic".

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The Contenders

11 Djent


Not really a genre. More of a style of playing.

12 Pornogrind
13 Screamo
14 Deathcore

Underrated in my opinion. At least it actually exists, unlike half the death metal subgenres. - IronSabbathPriest

Surprised this isn't higher. Pretty much every metalhead shuns this genre (not surprising really though, since all deathcore is garbage)

15 Brutal Technical Death Metal

Brutal and Technical Death Metal are two different subgenres I'm sure. - IronSabbathPriest

16 Alternative Metal Alternative Metal Alternative metal is a music genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres normally associated with metal.

I have mixed opinions about it and the negative ones prevail.
Main problem - it doesn't contain enough metal. - Metal_Treasure

17 Doom Metal
18 Power Metal

Why Power Metal? - DejanKalinic

Hated because most songs in the genre sound happy and uplifting which most metalheads hate. I think it's stupidly hated because not all metal has to be dark and depressing.

19 Hardcore Punk

This ain't metal - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

I hate it how people people think that punk is hardcore all though there are some punk bands that are hard coreThink the punk is a sub genre of hard-core and that Hardcore is a sub genre of metal

Get your facts straight - Hardcore is NOT a sub genre of metal. It's extreme punk. - Metal_Treasure

20 Heavy Metal Heavy Metal Heavy Metal music is a sub-genre of rock music that originated in the late 1960s-70s, featuring more distorted and heavier instrumental work and darker lyrical themes. Heavy Metal broke into mainstream success with bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica. more.

It's actually one of the least hated. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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