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


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 Neoclassical metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that is heavily influenced by classical music and usually features very technical playing, consisting of elements borrowed from both classical and speed metal music.

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. more.
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