Heaviest Metal Subgenres

The Top Ten
1 Death Metal

I don't know why Black Metal is second. It just hasn't ever seemed heavy to me. Death metal is an easy first followed by either Thrash or Gore honestly, or maybe Deathcore. Black Metal is kittens compared to those.

I don't listen to death metal, but I know it's basically all about the cymbals.

Yeah basically it's just screams and loud as hell instruments.

I may REALLY hate death metal but I agree its heavy.
There's only 2 bands of this subgenre: opeth and death but I respect anyones opinio

2 Black Metal

While I don't listen to it that much, I do have to say that it is very heavy. Some of the experimental stuff borders on just being noise. If you want some of that stuff, listen to Torture and Havohej.

Thrash metal is heavy. In one way its heavier than Black metal but ultimately black metal sounds heavier cause it's a lot faster than thrash metal.

Black metal is "heavier" than death metal.
Really, I can't find brutal death metal songs as heavy as marduk, anaal nathrakh, archgoat, mayhem, beherit etc...
Cannibal corpse is not even the heaviest brutal death metal band

Some of its really heavy. Immortal, Marduk, gorgoroth, 1349, and emperor are probably the heaviest. Others like mayhem and bathory are about as heavy as a thrash band

3 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. The English band, Venom is credited for laying the groundwork for Thrash Metal with their debut album "Welcome to Hell" in 1981. However, the subgenre would peak its influences in the United States with Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth, whose influence would categorize them as the "Big Four" of Thrash.

Thrash is definitely heavier than black metal. Master of Puppets ain't that thrashy. Try their first two albums and another old school Thrash bands, especially Slayer. Then you will find the answer.

Listen to Raining Blood or Fight Fire With Fire and you'll agree that this is the heaviest or the second heaviest genre.

Fight Fire With Fire is the heaviest song in the world!

Fast, angry, comprehensible AND brutal lyrics.

4 Brutal Death Metal

Cannibal corpse is not brutal death metal little kids.

5 Grindcore

Userguy44, Grindcore is the combination of Death Metal and Punk. That makes it Metal. It also usually leans more to the Death Metal side. It's rare as hell to see a band that leans more to the punk side.

Grindcore isn't metal.

6 Doom Metal

Mind crushingly heavy

Heavier than thrash

Slow, heavy, amazing

Not up or debate.

7 Deathcore

Since it mixes hardcore and death metal, you get the best of both worlds. You can hear the aggressiveness of hardcore and the sheer heaviness of death metal. There are plenty of breakdowns in this genre, so if that's up your alley, go listen to bands like Suicide Silence.

When it comes to music that avtually tries to mentally cut its listener with a razer then thrash, death/thrash and grindcore win. But when it comes to heaviness as in "the music that makes you feel like you're trying to lift something heavy," deathcore, funeral doom and death doom win, no brainer.

Fused with Black Metal (blackened deathcore) this is unstoppable
Shrine of Malice,
Signs of Swarm,
Lorna Shore,
A Night in Texas..

So many sub categories that are probably the heaviest ei Black Tongue, Slaughter to Prevail, Lorna Shore...

8 Blackened Death Metal

Blackened death metal fuses the death style with satan and anti-christ speaking text. This top is really crazy because thrash metal is too light compared to this or other metal subgenres which contain screams,growls and pig squeels with fast rhythm and heavier guitars,people only know metallica and other famous bands and they do not know what they are voting for

This is number 1, it fuzes black metal with death metal. Behemoth is a great example of heavy music. And metal in general. Top 3 heaviest bands for sure.

9 Slamming Brutal Death Metal

Come on whats more heavier than this genre, look at the title, it even sounds heavy, the songs tend to have insanely fast tempos, very heavy sounding riffs, lots of double bass drum, and the vocals are so damn brutal that you can't even understand them.

Listen to devourment, enough said.

Bro slam is beyond heavy

10 Technical Death Metal

Technical Death Metal has 2 sub-groups:
1) Brutal Technical Death Metal: this is really heavy (Cryptopsy, Gorguts, Nile). Technical Death Metal is on this list mostly for this sub-group and should be higher. It's much heavier than death metal and thrash.
2) ordinary Technical Death Metal: it's less heavy than the 1st group and is more melodic (Necrophagist, Obscura, Quo Vadis)

Technical Death Metal's heavy but I can listen to it more comfortably than death metal. Maybe because its technical.

Fast, technical, heavy

Go Listen To Gojira there the best Technical D Metal band out there

The Contenders
11 Groove Metal

Slower thrash, need I say more?

12 Extreme Metal

Extreme Metal is an umbrella term that covers thrash, Death, black, grind, and doom Metal. So this list doesn't make sense

Extreme metal means heavy genres of metal. It isn't a sub-genre.

Extreme metal is heaviest metal!

Extreme Metal is not a genre.

13 Brutal Technical Death Metal
14 Slam Metal

Slam is a genre that is based on two things in its most basic form: extremely guttural vocals, and lots of chug riffs. It is generally agreed upon that it started when people listened to the album "Effigy of the Forgotten" by Suffocation. There was specifically this one riff in the song "Liege of Inveracity" that really defined the sound of the genre. The timestamp for that riff is at 2:51 if you were wondering. Some bands I recommend are Epicardiectomy, Cerebral Incubation, and Devourment. I think that Devourment is probably the most entry level band out of these three, so give them a shot, but don't think it's going to be baby stuff either. If you want even more info about the genre itself, watch the Punk Rock MBA's video called "What killed Slam?"

Go listen to Gutted Face.
Slam is a genre. It's a type of BDM that focuses on the heaviness snd atmosphere of weight than BDM, like Cannibal Corpse. Usually, the vocalist is a frog, and the song is mainly slams (similar to djents, but far less syncopated and done by the guitar, bass and drums)
Some slam bands you should check out are: Extermination Dismemberment, Visceral Disgorge, Devourment, Gutteral Slug, Abominable Putridity, Malodorous, and Pathology
Good luck with the whiplash

Heaviest genre, no question. Just not for every metal fan oout there.

15 Melodic Death Metal (Melo-Death)
16 Drone Metal

There's nothing heavier than the sound of eternal darkness and suffering that feels like a cold wind blasting on your face during the cold blizzard of the nuclear winter. You could as well eat raw flesh and sacrifice your own eyes to the Satan and scream in agony while blood drips all over your face from your eye sockets while listening to Drone Metal.

17 Gorenoise
18 Metalcore

The riffs in Metalcore make it feel heavy, but it is more of an extreme rock with metallic elements.

19 Technical Thrash Metal
20 Progressive Metal

Prog metal never seemed heavy to me.

There's so many different kinds that there's bound to be something really heavy in there

21 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. Other notable Heavy Metal bands include Judas Priest, Anthrax, Testament, System of a Down, Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Annihilator, Venom, and Exciter.

Just because heavy metal has a name "heavy" doesn't mean it's the heaviest metal genre. Rather I'd choose heavy metal as a soft metal genre. Heavy metal is very soft comparing to Black, Death or Thrash metal.

This is literally the thing that this list is supposed to be breaking down the subgeneras of. What retard even put this as an option?!?

22 Nu Metal

To the comments saying it is tame in comparison to some genres, most of the genres in the top are too noisy to distinguish any notes and they are a wall of noise with little dynamics, nu metal is heavier than a lot of genres. It is definitely heavier than black metal and death metal since it can be more experimental as well.

Not that heavy but needs to be higher. It got Slipknot, Soulfly and (referring to old school now) Linkin Park.

As much as I love Nu Metal, this genre has to be the least heaviest subgenre.

Korn's first album is pretty heavy but most Nu Metal is pretty tame compared to these other genres

23 Avant Garde
24 Deathgrind

Heaviest, hardest, fastest, and most brutal elements of death and grind put together

25 Gothic Metal

Not necessarily "heavy" in itself, but thematically far darker than most metal genres. A trait which boosts goth metal's overall feel of heaviness.

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