Heaviest Metal Subgenres


The Top Ten

1 Death Metal

Brutal death metal is Death metal!

Brutal death metal!


The heaviest would be:
Cannibal Corpse
Cattle Decapitation
Abominable Putridity
Dying Fetus
Napalm Death
Goatwhore - ryanrimmel

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2 Black Metal

Some of its really heavy. Immortal, Marduk, gorgoroth, 1349, and emperor are probably the heaviest. Others like mayhem and bathory are about as heavy as a thrash band - ryanrimmel

Thrash metal is heavy. In one way its heavier than Black metal but ultimately black metal sounds heavier cause it's a lot faster than thrash metal. - zxm

Immortal and Gorgoroth are the two heaviest bands of the genre - countnightdark13

Black metal is "heavier" than death metal.
Really, I can't find brutal death metal songs as heavy as marduk, anaal nathrakh, archgoat, mayhem, beherit etc...
Cannibal corpse is not even the heaviest brutal death metal band

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3 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. ...read more.

Thrash varies in heaviness. The heaviest thrash bands are probably:
Toxic Holocaust
Iron Reagan - ryanrimmel

4 Grindcore

Napalm Death
Pig Destroyer
Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Extreme Noise Terror
Brutal Truth - ryanrimmel

5 Technical Death Metal

Technical Death Metal's heavy but I can listen to it more comfortably than death metal. Maybe because its technical. - zxm

Go Listen To Gojira there the best Technical D Metal band out there

Cryptopsy, Gorguts, Nile. - Metal_Treasure

Technical Death Metal has 2 sub-groups:
1) Brutal Technical Death Metal: this is really heavy (Cryptopsy, Gorguts, Nile). Technical Death Metal is on this list mostly for this sub-group and should be higher. It's much heavier than death metal and thrash.
2) ordinary Technical Death Metal: it's less heavy than the 1st group and is more melodic (Necrophagist, Obscura, Quo Vadis) - Metal_Treasure

6 Doom Metal

Big fan of speed metal but this is too heavy for me

Really heavy - GreenDayFan21

7 Deathcore

It's like death metal with blast beats and pig squeals. HEAVY

Deathcore Should Be number 1

Deathcore fuses the traditional death metal styke with growls and metalcore screams along with typical "core" genre sounds and breakdowns and pig squeels which makes is the heaviest genre relying to music,if we talk about what the song talks about the heaviest out there is black-blackened death metal, but as to the music...DEATHCORE

8 Groove Metal

Lamb of God
Pantera - ryanrimmel

Take a listen to Pantera,Machine Head,Gojira and Sepultura - Delata

9 Horror Metal

Is horror Metal a thing? - ryanrimmel

What is horror metal?

10 Progressive Metal

Prog metal never seemed heavy to me. - zxm

The Contenders

11 Slam Metal
12 Extreme Metal

Extreme Metal is an umbrella term that covers thrash, Death, black, grind, and doom Metal. So this list doesn't make sense - ryanrimmel

Extreme metal means heavy genres of metal. It isn't a sub-genre. - zxm

Extreme metal is heaviest metal!

Should be number 1!

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13 Melodic Death Metal (Melo-Death)
14 Drone Metal

There's nothing heavier than the sound of eternal darkness and suffering that feels like a cold wind blasting on your face during the cold blizzard of the nuclear winter. You could as well eat raw flesh and sacrifice your own eyes to the Satan and scream in agony while blood drips all over your face from your eye sockets while listening to Drone Metal.

15 Speed Metal

Yes, speed metal is quite heavy. - zxm

16 Blackened Death Metal

Blackened death metal fuses the death style with satan and anti-christ speaking text. This top is really crazy because thrash metal is too light compared to this or other metal subgenres which contain screams,growls and pig squeels with fast rhythm and heavier guitars,people only know metallica and other famous bands and they do not know what they are voting for

17 Brutal Death Metal

Cannibal corpse!

18 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.


19 Deathgrind
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. ...read more.

Just because heavy metal has a name "heavy" doesn't mean it's the heaviest metal genre. Rather I'd choose heavy metal as a soft metal genre. Heavy metal is very soft comparing to Black, Death or Thrash metal. - zxm

This genre defined what Heavy is.
And it got Heavy in its name

21 Industrial Metal

Listen to SYL's City and come back here.

Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails... - leonzillaleon

22 Goregrind

Maybe not as heavy as grindcore, but I think it sounds better

Goregrind has the heaviest vocals

23 Nu Metal

Not that heavy but needs to be higher. It got Slipknot, Soulfly and (referring to old school now) Linkin Park.

As much as I love Nu Metal, this genre has to be the least heaviest subgenre. - wrests

Ha ha! Is this a joke?

Slipknot is heavy but the rest are not.Still this genre has some other good bands Linkin Park,System Of A Down,Korn,Stained,etc.-DarkBoi-X

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24 Technical Thrash Metal
25 Post Metal
26 Symphonic Metal

Symphonic metal isn't heavy. It usually consists of opera vocals with power metal (type of) riffs. - zxm

27 Avant Garde
28 Gothic Metal
29 Metalcore
30 Slamming Brutal Death Metal

Come on whats more heavier than this genre, look at the title, it even sounds heavy, the songs tend to have insanely fast tempos, very heavy sounding riffs, lots of double bass drum, and the vocals are so damn brutal that you can't even understand them.

31 Shock Metal
32 Sludge Metal
33 Bestial Black Metal
34 Mathcore
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