Top Ten Most Hated Metal Subgenres


The Top Ten

1 Nu Metal

I agree that there's barely any metal in it, but nu-metal can still be lit. Disturbed is my favorite band in this genre, and I do believe that Slipknot has some songs that I would consider metal. Evanescence, Korn, and Linkin Park, despite not being any metal at all, are also decent bands in my opinion. - yungstirjoey666

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.

2 Black Metal

Black metal is not all satanic. There are pagan, Viking, nature, etc. based themes as well. Also, I think the tremolo picking, shrieks, and lo-fi recording adds more to the atmosphere. Unfortunately, it seems to get a bad reputation. - yungstirjoey666

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

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

3 Glam Metal

Not really metal (or even a legitimate music genre), but it's just some good old rock n roll. Besides, there are a few hair bands that can be considered metal and are recognized by the archives, such as Twisted Sister, WASP, and Skid Row. Bon Jovi, despite not being metal at all, is cool as well. The instrumentals are not that complicated, but the riffs are still timeless. And yes, I admit that fashion is kind of ridiculous, yet I don't really mind that much. I'd even go as far as to say that some of them look good. And I am aware of the pop lyrical themes; I could care less about how much "meaning" a song has, especially since Judas Priest made a song about "breaking the law," but I still enjoy the music regardless.
I agree that glam metal should not be considered metal in the first place, and by doing so it's just going to give non-metalheads the wrong idea, but other than that there is really no point in hating it because it's basically been dead for 3 decades. - yungstirjoey666

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.

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

Yes, metalcore has its share of not-great bands like BMTH and AA, but they're not the only metalcore bands out there. Trivium and Killswitch Engage are both awesome and more metal-influenced. I moved on from Avenged Sevenfold after discovering more bands, but I still enjoy some of their songs. - yungstirjoey666

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)

You’re so damn right. AA and BMTH are not metalcore, they’re teenagercore, or gaycore.

7 Rap Metal

Not a real genre. You're probably thinking of nu-metal or rap-rock. - yungstirjoey666

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

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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.

Thrash metal has its fair share of flaws, but it still is a very important contribution to the development of metal. - yungstirjoey666

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

10 Christian Metal

Not a music genre; more like a lyrical theme - yungstirjoey666

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


The Contenders

11 Djent

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

12 Pornogrind
13 Screamo
14 Deathcore

There are a few Suicide Silence songs that I enjoy, but other than that I can't really get into much of this genre - yungstirjoey666

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

Hey, power metal is among my favorite. Those epic symphonies and lyrical themes - yungstirjoey666

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.

Why Power Metal? - DejanKalinic

19 Hardcore Punk

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.
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List StatsCreated 16 May 2015
Updated 16 Oct 2018

100 votes
20 listings
4 years, 188 days old

Top Remixes (4)

1. Nu Metal
2. Rap Metal
3. Screamo
1. Nu Metal
2. Progressive Metal
3. Glam Metal
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