Top 10 Metal Sub-Genres with the Best Intros

Any intros count - guitar, drum, bass, piano, keyboard, vocal, and so on. Although guitar intros are used most often in metal.
Feel free to add your favorite subgenres or/and tell us what are your favorite intros to songs from a subgenre on the list.

The Top Ten

1 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.

Slayer - Raining Blood, Megadeth - Holy Wars, Metallica - Master Of Puppets - Metal_Treasure

Raining Blood intro is legendary. - DarkBoi-X

2 Traditional Heavy Metal Traditional Heavy Metal

Iron Maiden - The Trooper (the intro riff is a stand alone melody)
Judas Priest - Painkiller (drum intro)
Primal Fear - Strike (Primal Fear is a modern band that sounds like Judas Priest, the song is of 2012) - Metal_Treasure

3 Power Metal Power Metal

Power Metal intros vary greatly and variety is its biggest strength.

Electric guitar intros in power metal are similar to those of Iron Maiden, but there are some differences.

Standard electric guitar-driven intros: Gamma Ray - Somewhere Out in Space, Gardens of the Sinner, Man On A Mission, Land Of The Free

Keyboards intro: Edguy - Vain Glory Opera
Acoustic guitar intro: Blind Guardian - Time What Is Time

Vocal-focused intro: Edguy - Nailed to the Wheel - Metal_Treasure

Although I'm not a fan of Metal I really seem to like Thrash and Power Metal for some reason. - DarkBoi-X

4 Melodic Death Metal Melodic Death Metal

Melodeth has some of the best guitar riffs and intros, and they are melodic.
Amon Amarth - Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags, The Pursuit of Vikings
Children of Bodom - every time I Die, Towards Dead End
Arch Enemy - War Eternal, The World Is Yours - Metal_Treasure

5 Extreme Progressive Metal

Example: Ne Obliviscaris - And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope
(this is the most unique metal intro I know; extreme prog metal is very experimental and here we even have violins) - Metal_Treasure

6 Technical Death Metal Technical Death Metal

Obscura - Ethereal Skies, Akroasis, Ode to the Sun, Choir of Spirits, Diluvium, Perpetual Infinity
Necrophagist - Only Ash Remains, Stabwound
Beyond Creation - The Aura
Brutal Technical Death Metal version:
Nile - Evil To Cast Out Evil, Kafir!, Cast Down the Heretic - Metal_Treasure

Obscura- Weltseele, Septuagint
Augury - Illusive Golden Age - Metal_Treasure

7 Symphonic Metal Symphonic Metal

Examples: Blind Guardian - Sacred Worlds, Wheel of Time - Metal_Treasure

8 Death Metal Death Metal

Death metal has several subgenres but here I mean the old school Death Metal / traditional Death Metal (standard Death Metal).

Examples: Deicide - Dead by Dawn, Morbid Angel - Immortal Rites - Metal_Treasure

9 Progressive Metal Progressive Metal

I mean non-extreme Progressive Metal (bands like Dream Theater, Voivod).
I hate that the term Progressive Metal means all types of prog metal but also the part of prog metal that isn't a subgenre, i.e. that isn't extreme prog, prog death metal, and the like. - Metal_Treasure

10 Black Metal

Black Metal isn't for everyone - intros can be very melodic but also very evil. - Metal_Treasure

I dunno why is this last? - BorisRule

The Contenders

11 Neoclassical Metal Neoclassical Metal
12 Glam Metal Glam Metal

Nope - DarkBoi-X

13 Industrial Metal Industrial Metal
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List StatsCreated 12 Jan 2019
Updated 14 Jan 2019

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1. Thrash Metal
2. Traditional Heavy Metal
3. Power Metal


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