Metal Bands that are Often Considered the Best of Their Sub-Genre Even Though Most of Their Songs Aren't from that Sub-GenreThis is NOT an hate list to any of these bands.I actually agree with some of these bands being considered the best of the sub-genre and with some others i don't.
The Top Ten
True. Most of their songs aren't doom metal. - Metal_Treasure
Black Sabbath in any metal sub-genre isn't warranted to be considered the best of that field, only as one of the influencers of metal - germshep24
Most of their songs aren't thrash metal - Metal_Treasure
Which songs aren't thrash from the first four albums (other than Peace Sells)? - Alkadikce
I disagree here, but since I only listen to metal since for a year, I might be wrong in some places.
Killing is My Business: all eight songs can be considered thrash
Peace Sells: 5/8 songs are thrash. The title track, I Ain't Superstitious cover and Devil's Island are the ones that aren't.
So Far, So Good... so What: Into the Lungs of Hell, Set the World Afire, Hook in Mouth, 502: half of the songs (4/8) are thrash
Rust in Peace: 6/8 everything is thrash except Tornado of Souls and Lucretia (Dawn Patrol does not count as a full song)
Countdown to Extinction is never pure thrash but has more thrashy songs (Skin O' My Teeth, High Speed Dirt)
Youthanasia is mid-tempo all long, only Victory approaches thrash territory
Cryptic Writings is infamous for being a precursor to Risk but it has two songs that are thrash without doubt (Disintegrators, FFF), and one that is debatable (Vortex)
We know the story for Risk.
The World Needs a Hero: Moto Psycho and Kill the ...more - Alkadikce
I don't really consider Motorhead "speed metal" (they even stated themselves that they don't consider themselves metal)
Honestly, I don't think there is such thing as a pure speed metal band (most bands are more heavy, thrash, or power), although there are some songs that I would consider "speed metal," such as Painkiller by Judas Priest, and maybe a couple of the more melodic Metallica and Megadeth songs - yungstirjoey666
@Alkadikce - the list Top Ten Speed Metal Bands is awfully messed up. But I somewhat agree with you about Speed Metal Bands - most of the bands who play speed metal are either power metal or thrash metal bands. It's because speed metal is between power metal and thrash metal: thrash metal is power metal+punk, so speed metal is like thrash metal without punk. Give a listen to Majesty by Blind Guardian - it's very fast and it's heavier and more aggressive than power metal but it doesn't have punk and because of that it's less abrasive and more melodic than thrash. - Metal_Treasure
Speed metal is a weird sub-genre, unlike sub-genres like power metal and thrash metal, there are really no bands that one can point and be like yep this is a speed metal band, the best you can get is yep this song from this metal band sounds like speed metal, but definitely people thinking that this band that isn't even metal is speed metal band is the weirdest claim for speed metal - germshep24
You are correct, the bands I have listened to that are considered speed metal are early work of Angel Dust, Megadeth, and annihilator, the band you mentioned, and Eliminator's later work other than those are bands like Gamma Ray, Primal fear, and Helloween and though these bands are labeled as speed they only have a handful of songs - germshep24
Isn't speed metal just heavy metal with a fast tempo? - yungstirjoey666
I would disagree with this, sure they transitioned away from Thrash with their black album to make some hard rock albums, but even now with their newer albums there is very much a Thrash element to their music.
It is easy to take a crap on them for make those hard rock albums but to act like them being considered one of the best Thrash metal bands is a slap to Thrash metal is just insulting.
I don't think they should be considered the best with bands like Slayer that have stay true to Thrash metal throughout their whole career, but I can understand why people would - germshep24
Most of their songs are heavy metal. Even though their first album was thrash
So according to this list, there's only one thrash band in the big four. - Alkadikce
Yeah some of there songs were slower thrash metal or just heavy metal I think. Most of Kill ‘Em All was Thrash though. - Userguy44
I agree with this item - they are nowhere near the best from the subgenre of Heavy Metal. And yes, most of their songs aren't exactly Heavy Metal. - Metal_Treasure
I remember, I knew black metal was something even darker and heavier than death metal, so I went on the list best black metal bands and found Bathory at the top. I tried out some songs of them, and I was surprised "is this that genre everybody is talking about as the heaviest thing ever? ". - Alkadikce
That's true. They should be higher than Metallica because they have less thrash songs than Metallica. Many Anthrax songs are speed metal, etc. - Metal_Treasure
True. They have 2-3 speed metal songs on their debut album but that's it, basically. Many people think that I Want Out and Eagle Fly Free are speed metal, LOL. - Metal_Treasure
To me it seems kind of redundant to call a thrash band technical, thrash music is pretty technical on its own, but this band doesn't have much songs that are technical - germshep24
What's next? Calling them neoclassical metal just because of the beginning of Last Rites / Loved to Death? - Alkadikce
Yes, it's a stretch to call them technical thrash metal, let alone the best at it. - Metal_Treasure
I don't get this item to be honest. Most of their songs, or all their songs ARE death metal. I wonder what other genre did they play...For me Death never fully became technical and progressive death metal - in the 90s Chuck just removed a lot of hardcore punk and as a result death metal became more "metal" than in the 80s - the 1st wave of the 80s was with too much punk to get brutality. Chuck added more technical elements just because metal is more technical than punk. However, Death was the band that influenced the most all those newer technical death metal bands, bands that took technicalities to a whole another level. - Metal_Treasure
So this list isn't about metal sub-genres then, just metal bands considered the best of a sub-genre no matter the genre that sub-genre is under? - germshep24
I love Nightwish, but just because they put some emotionally sad songs does not make them true "gothic."