Top 10 Music Genres that are Considered Metal but are Not


The Top Ten

1 Metalcore

Personally I consider it metal, but yeah. Its somewhat of a blend of extreme metal genres and harcore punk. - RustyNail

So many 'cores' made by people, that's certainly so idiotic. - Ananya

Somewhat. - Metalhead1997

When I see "core" and "grind" in the genre name I expect to hear more punk than metal. Which is exactly what happens. In some songs from these "metal" subgenres there's no metal at all.
Metalcore is "core" (i.e. punk) influenced by metal. Some metalcore bands have more metal than others but still not enough to me. - Metal_Treasure

2 Nu Metal

I like nu metal, but I can see why most don't consider it as actual metal. Honestly there seems to be a bit more punk or hard rock sound to it. - yungstirjoey666

@zxm, RE The Metal Archives credibility - I also have disagreements with them about several bands but they are still accurate in 99% of the cases. Wiki are accurate only in 1% of the cases when it comes to metal. Yes, nothing is perfect but for now Encyclopaedia Metallum is the most credible source of metal information. - Metal_Treasure

Most Nu Metal bands are not on The Metal Archives - christangrant

I like this sub-genre, but bands like Three Days Grace aren't really metal.

3 Pornogrind

1) it's not a music genre, 2) it's not metal. Pornogrind (aka porngrind or pornogore) is actually goregrind/ grindcore with specific lyrics. Grindcore is a combination of hardcore punk, crust punk, thrash metal, industrial and noise rock. To remind you, thrash metal is already mixed with punk. So how much is metal in this?

Lyrics aren't typical for metal - metal bands avoid lyrics about sex let alone porn. Metal bands even avoid love songs. Pornogrind is far from the spirit of metal and even from metal music. - Metal_Treasure

This is musical abomination. - Metalhead1997

4 Screamo

Nowhere near metal. It's a punk subgenre (it's a version of emo, which is also punk-based). - Metal_Treasure

Musical abhorrence. - Metalhead1997

5 Deathcore

Again, it's more punk than metal. This is "core" (i.e. punk) influenced by death metal. Hardcore punk and metalcore elements are most present. Vocals can be different - pig squeals, shrieked screams and sometimes - growls. The metal subgenre with death growls is called death metal and not deathcore. - Metal_Treasure

6 Crunkcore

Agree, even its name speaks punk and NOT metal. "Crunkcore (also called crunk punk, screamo crunk, crunk rock, and scrunk) is a musical genre that combines crunk with the vocal style of screamo." And screamo is also punk-based and not metal-based. - Metal_Treasure

7 Goregrind
8 Christian Metal

It's the opposite of satanic metal. Basically same music, but have different lyrics. In this case, there would be thousands of metal genres. Like love metal, life metal, depressing metal, sad metal, exciting metal etc. Each genre is different from other based on the instrumental differences. - zxm

Christian Metal isn't really a music genre, it's just a group of metal bands that have Christian lyrics. But these bands can play any metal subgenre - from thrash to power and death metal. There are Christian death metal bands. - Metal_Treasure

@MCS, - yes, Theocracy play progressive power metal with Christian lyrics. And this is a correct description in wiki: "Theocracy is a Christian progressive power metal band founded in 2002." - Metal_Treasure

There is no genre called this because Bands that are Christian play all kinds of metal genres - christangrant

9 Rap Metal

Rage Against the Machine is awesome, but they seem more rap-hard rock than actual metal. - yungstirjoey666

It's more correct to say metal rap because to me it's still rap and not metal. - Metal_Treasure

10 Satanic Metal

Isn't this black metal? - Userguy44

Satanic metal isn't metal. In fact its not even a genre. Any genre could be satanic if it has satanic lyrics. But some call black metal satanic metal. While black metal and satanic metal are two different things. - zxm

There's no such subgenre. Such music genre is not even possible - music itself can't be satanic, only lyrics can. And hypothetically, you can put satanic lyrics into every song - even pop. - Metal_Treasure

NO such thing. - Metalhead1997

The Contenders

11 Hair Metal Hair Metal
12 Glam Metal

Some glam metal do have some metal in them, but bands like Bon Jovi are not even close to metal. Those kind of bands just be called pop rock or hard rock. - yungstirjoey666

I agree with Dio and zxm in that glam metal killed the metal image and gave metal a bad name. Glam metal didn't kill metal literally because metal is still pretty much alive 30 years later. Glam metal bands are good hard rock bands and not metal bands. Metal musicians hated glam "metal". Dave Mustaine said "GLAM stands for Gay Los Angeles Metal". - Metal_Treasure

I don't get why it's even called metal. Basically pop with more guitar. I'd draw the line at glam rock. - IronSabbathPriest

Glam metal musicians used metal for business other than just actual music. - zxm

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