Heaviest Metal Subgenres

The Top Ten

1 Death Metal

Black is close but death just swerves in front!

Brutal death metal is Death metal!

Brutal death metal!


2 Black Metal

Black Metal is so heavy because of its long and heavy growling Vocals.

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

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.

Immortal and Gorgoroth are the two heaviest bands of the genre

3 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

fast, heavy, hard... what's not to love?

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

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

4 Doom Metal

Really heavy

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

Heavier than thrash

Stupidly heavy for a kind of music

5 Deathcore

So many sub categories that are probably the heaviest ei Black Tongue, Slaughter to Prevail, Lorna Shore...

Fused with Black Metal (blackened deathcore) this is unstoppable
Shrine of Malice,
Signs of Swarm,
Lorna Shore,
A Night in Texas..

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

6 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

7 Technical Death Metal

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

Fast, technical, heavy

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

Cryptopsy, Gorguts, Nile.

8 Grindcore

Userguy44, Grindcore is the combination of Death Metal and Punk. That makes it Metal. It also usually leans more to the Death Metal side. It's rare as hell to see a band that leans more to the punk side.

Grindcore isn't metal.

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

Napalm Death
Pig Destroyer
Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Extreme Noise Terror
Brutal Truth

9 Groove Metal

Slower thrash, need I say more?

slow thrash, with more headbanging

Lamb of God

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

10 Brutal Death Metal

Cannibal corpse!

The Contenders

11 Brutal Technical Death Metal

My fave bands are Nile and Cryptopsy

12 Melodic Death Metal (Melo-Death)
13 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.

14 Progressive Metal

Prog metal never seemed heavy to me.

There’s so many different kinds that there’s bound to be something really heavy in there

15 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.

heavy, and goes on forever

16 Speed Metal

Yes, speed metal is quite heavy.

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

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

Extreme Metal is not a genre.

Extreme metal is heaviest metal!

18 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.

19 Metalcore
20 Horror Metal

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

Is horror Metal a thing?

What is horror metal?

Ice Nine Kills

21 Technical Thrash Metal
22 Avant Garde
23 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.

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

24 Nu Metal

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

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?


25 Goregrind

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

Goregrind has the heaviest vocals

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