Top 10 Metal Subgenres that Best Do Specific Elements of Metal Music

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The Top Ten

1 Thrash Metal - Riffs

There are great riffs outside thrash but thrash riffs are just incredible. - Metal_Treasure

2 Power Metal - Vocals

Over the top vocals are a must in power metal. If you rank correctly the power metal singers, you will get half of the Top 10 (really) best metal singers of all time - Michael Kiske, Hansi Kursch, Tobias Sammet, Roy Khan, Matt Barlow. - Metal_Treasure

3 Technical Death Metal - Drumming

One name and one number: George Kollias (Nile) - 280 bpm. Also Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), Francesco Paoli (Fleshgod Apocalypse). - Metal_Treasure

4 Death Metal - Brutality

All death metal subgenres are brutal but some of them are even more brutal (Brutal Technical Death Metal). - Metal_Treasure

5 Prog Metal - Complexity
6 Symphonic Metal - Instrumentation / Orchestration

You can hear more instruments than you usually hear in metal songs (guitars, bass and drums, and occassionally - keyboards/piano). Blind Guardian employ full symphonic orchestras with violins, cellos, flutes, etc. (example - Sacred Worlds).
Instrumentation is the particular combination of musical instruments employed in a composition, and the properties of those instruments individually. Instrumentation is sometimes used as a synonym for orchestration. - Metal_Treasure

7 Death Metal - Growls
8 Neo-classical Metal - Guitar work Neo-classical Metal - Guitar work

Yngwie, Marty Friedman, Jeff Loomis, Jason Becker, Buckethead - Metal_Treasure

9 Power Metal - Choruses
10 Thrash Metal - Lyrics

The Contenders

11 Heavy Metal - Solo
12 Power Metal - Lyrics
13 Symphonic Metal - Vocals
14 Technical Thrash Metal - Guitar work V 1 Comment
15 Speed Metal - Choruses V 1 Comment
16 Thrash Metal - Drumming
17 Black Metal - Shrieking

People often associate black metal with shrieking vocals. - IronSabbathPriest

18 Power Metal - Solos

I have always noticed power metal solos are different. Its likely fast but not very heavy. An early example of guitar works is Adrian Smith & Dave Murray's solos. Some guitarists use special effect pedals. - zxm

19 Progressive Metal - Solo
20 Heavy Metal - Riffs Heavy Metal - Riffs 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.
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