Heaviest Metal Subgenres


The Top Ten

1 Death Metal

Black is close but death just swerves in front!

I don’t listen to death metal, but I know it’s basically all about the cymbals.

Brutal death metal is Death metal!

Brutal death metal!

2 Black Metal

Black metal ist Krieg

The darkest and heaviest metal subgenre. - Userguy44

Swedish black metal is more violent than brutal death metal.
Bestial black metal is the brutal death metal of 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

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.

Metallica,Megadeth And many Anthrax are not too heavy but I don't like thrash I am into hardcore punk

Thrash is definitely heavier than black metal. Master of Puppets ain’t that thrashy. Try their first two albums and another old school Thrash bands, especially Slayer. Then you will find the answer.

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

Demolition Hammer and Warbringer are two that are heavier than what would be expected for Thrash. - CrimsonShark

4 Doom Metal

Heavier than thrash

Stupidly heavy for a kind of music

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

Really heavy - GreenDayFan21

5 Deathcore

When it comes to music that avtually tries to mentally cut its listener with a razer then thrash, death/thrash and grindcore win. But when it comes to heaviness as in "the music that makes you feel like you're trying to lift something heavy," deathcore, funeral doom and death doom win, no brainer.

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

6 Grindcore

There is a point after which it is funny instead of heavy - Alkadikce

Grincore isn't metal. - Userguy44

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

7 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

8 Brutal Death Metal

Cannibal corpse!

9 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

10 Groove Metal

Lamb of God
Pantera - ryanrimmel

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

The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Slam Metal

Go listen to Gutted Face.
Slam is a genre. It's a type of BDM that focuses on the heaviness snd atmosphere of weight than BDM, like Cannibal Corpse. Usually, the vocalist is a frog, and the song is mainly slams (similar to djents, but far less syncopated and done by the guitar, bass and drums)
Some slam bands you should check out are: Extermination Dismemberment, Visceral Disgorge, Devourment, Gutteral Slug, Abominable Putridity, Malodorous, and Pathology
Good luck with the whiplash

Heaviest genre, no question. Just not for every metal fan oout there.

Slam Metal dosen't exist. It’s actually called Brutal Death Metal. It just tricks you Into thinking It’s called Slam Metal - MegadethFan07

12 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.

13 Brutal Technical Death Metal

My fave bands are Nile and Cryptopsy - Metal_Treasure

14 Melodic Death Metal (Melo-Death)
15 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.

16 Metalcore
17 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!

Extreme Metal is not a genre. - GREYBOYY

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18 Progressive Metal

Prog metal never seemed heavy to me. - zxm

19 Horror Metal

Ice Nine Kills

No such subgenre (another example of people making a genre name based on lyrical themes and not on music) - Metal_Treasure

Is horror Metal a thing? - ryanrimmel

What is horror metal?

20 Speed Metal

Yes, speed metal is quite heavy. - zxm

21 Deathgrind
22 Nu Metal

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

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

Ha ha! Is this a joke?

Really? - SirSkeletorThe3rd

23 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

24 Technical Thrash Metal
25 Avant Garde
26 Industrial Metal

Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails... - leonzillaleon

Listen to SYL's City and come back here.

27 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.


28 Goregrind

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

Goregrind has the heaviest vocals

29 Post Metal
30 Symphonic Metal

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

31 Gothic Metal
32 Gorenoise
33 Sludge Metal
34 Unblack Metal
35 Shock Metal

Dosen't exist. It’s called Shock Rock. - MegadethFan07

36 Bestial Black Metal
37 Mathcore
38 Jam Metal
39 Melodic Hardcore
40 Pornogrind

Ewww it's just disgusting. Just like goregrind. Ewww...

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Updated 2 Nov 2019

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