Top 10 Metal Sub Genres with the Best Riffs

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The Top Ten

1 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal

Zxm observation is kinda correct but honestly low E and A strings don't annoy me. Another thing in thrash annoys me - overuse of snare drum (especially that simple monotonous hardcore punk beat). - Metal_Treasure

Thrash metal riffs are good. But excessive uses of low E and A strings kinda annoy me. - zxm

2 Technical Thrash Metal

Annihilator and Coroner riffs are awesome - still thrash but more intricate.
Coroner - Absorbed, Masked Jackal.
There are even songs almost entirely composed of riffs: Annihilator - Schizos (Are Never Alone) Parts I & II, Phantasmagoria. - Metal_Treasure

3 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. more.

Classic/traditional metal riffs - Iron Miaden, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Primal Fear. - Metal_Treasure

4 Groove Metal

I mean Pantera riffs. I am not much into the riffs by the other groove metal bands to be honest. I guess it's because Dimebag was just a riff master. R.I.P. - Metal_Treasure

5 Power Metal

Fast and melodic riffs that aren't very heavy but they are very technical. There are some differences between the bands but overall, power metal riffs are very good. - Metal_Treasure

Yes, power metal riffs are very good. More complex, more chords progression. - zxm

6 Melodic Death Metal Melodic Death Metal

Bands like Amon Amarth, Children Of Bodom and Arch Enemy have great riffs.
My favorite riffs from this subgenre are: Amon Amarth - The Pursuit of Vikings, Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags. - Metal_Treasure

7 Death Metal

This is the ordinalry, old school death metal (it isn't technical, brutal or progressive) - its riffs are usually thrashy and most of the metal fans like thrash riffs. - Metal_Treasure

8 Black Metal
9 Symphonic Metal Symphonic Metal

Symphonic metal riffs are kinda complex. I think its more power metal riff structure based, but I noticed, symphonic metal riffs are very good. - zxm

10 Progressive Metal

Progressive metal should be on top 3 in my opinion. Better technique, more notes, more strings played. Ultimately more chord progression. - zxm

Zxm is right - prog metal riffs are complex.
I have only one problem with prog metal in general, and riffs in particular - with rare exceptions, prog metal doesn't get my blood pumping but I insist on this. I know this is a very subjective perception and it's an individual preference. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Progressive Power Metal

I like Theocracy riffs. Some Blind Guardian songs are also progressive power metal. - Metal_Treasure

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