Top Ten Questions for Metalheads


The Top Ten

1 Brutality vs Melody

I think that it depends on the genre. I would prefer more fury and aggression with a death metal band, but with prog, power, or folk, melodeth, or something in the gothic variety, I would like something more melodic. With black metal, I think that it should be an equal mix of both. I listen to more melodic stuff than brutality, so I guess that all that I can say is that they both matter in different forms. - Caleb9000

Depends really. I love the brutality of death metal, slam, grindcore, etc when I'm in that kind of mood. But other times I love the old school Metal/melodic death metal/power Metal when I'm in the mood for that. It's a tie for me - ryanrimmel

I like both. If I can find both in one band it's great (Obscura). If it's not in one band, no problem again - today I listen to brutal metal bands, tomorrow - to melodic metal bands. - Metal_Treasure

Both, now that I don't listen to so much extreme metal. - Lucretia

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2 New Metal vs Old Metal

Old Metal is what started everything. I'll go with that. Nowadays, it seems like the best new Metal bands are the underground ones - ryanrimmel

Not nu metal for me! Old metal of course. - Lucretia

There is nothing like new metal - Ananya

3 Clean Vocals vs Screaming

Again, depends on the mood. If I'm all energetic I wanna listen to extreme Metal. If not, I love the clean bands. It's a tie... Again - ryanrimmel

I enjoy harsh vocals at times, but I would say than clean vocals have more variety. - Caleb9000

A mix, like in some thrash bands - Lucretia

Both. I can't decide - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

4 Slow Metal vs Fast Metal

Fast, if its speed or especially extreme. - Lucretia

Fast easily. There is nothing like putting on a good thrash playlist and headbanging. Kreator, Slayer, Havok, Exodus, Lost Society, etc. Are just some of the craziest bands out there - ryanrimmel

Fast. The fastest. - Metal_Treasure

I like both, but I'm going eith fast metal because it's perfect for headbanging and releasing stress - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

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5 Experimental Metal vs Traditional Metal

I still like traditional metal but prefer experimental metal - esp. technical versions of extreme metal subgenres (technical death metal, technical thrash).

Also non-extreme bands that experiment, such as Flametal - they combined flamenco and metal in a very progressive sound. Or Blind Guardian - they always experiment and sound different. - Metal_Treasure

I love the traditional Metal, that's my vote. But I commend all the bands that bring new stuff to the plate - ryanrimmel

Technical and progressive metal with jazz influences all the way!

Traditional, I barely listen to experimental metal. - Lucretia

6 70s vs 80s vs 90s vs 00s

80s - I have to go with this, too (except glam metal, ironically called "80s metal").
90s were kinda dull - grunge almost killed metal, esp. 1990-1998. However, some really good stuff came out during this period - by Megadeth, Pantera, Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, to name a few.
00s - very good but metal sound became somewhat repetitive and "uniformed" (many bands sound the same). - Metal_Treasure

80s, but my favorite band was 90s not really metal though - Lucretia

80s. You had ozzy's solo career, dio, the nwobhm, the early bay area thrash scene, the Florida death metal scene, the first wave of black metal, early power Metal, and the early grindcore scenes - ryanrimmel

7 Short Songs vs Long Songs

Long songs. You can build up so much more character in a long song rather than a short one. - ryanrimmel

Short, I have a bit of a short attention span. - Lucretia

Long songs - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

8 Mainstream vs Underground

Definitely underground, even the underground of the underground... Can't stand poser metal bands that play poppy, commercial and generic music. - Metal_Treasure

Underground really. Truthfully, extreme Metal will never achieve mainstream success. - ryanrimmel

Underground, popular music can get overrated. - Lucretia

9 Evolution or One Trick Ponies

Evolution. It's better for a band to last long and experiment with new sounds instead of only be good at one thing. - NikBrusk

Evolution is always better than one trick ponies. That's a fact. - LightningBlade

10 Solos vs Breakdowns

Solos easily. I'd rather listen to Randy Rhoads or Zakk Wylde shred than a metalcore breakdown any day. - ryanrimmel

I like both but I solos more.

Blind Torture Kills solo is actually really awesome.

Solos. Breakdowns I don't pay attention to, - Lucretia

The Contenders

11 Complexity vs Simplicity

Complexity. - Lucretia

12 Clean Vocals vs Growls

Both are good but I'm going with clean vocals. Growls that are too deep makes it hard for me to understand the song - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

Both are valid vocal styles in metal, one should respect. I'm more the Death Metal guy, so growls for me, but if it fits well clean vocals in a melodic death metal song are always welcome.
I really like the power and intensity of growls. - Flav

A combination of the two. Like I said, I love singers that can do both. - NikBrusk

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13 Death Metal vs. Black Metal

Can't decide because I like them both. - Lucretia

14 Ministry vs Rammstein

Ministry easily, It's hard to listen to Rammstein when they don't speak English - ryanrimmel

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New Wave of British Heavy Metal wins because Iron Maiden was apart of it. - ElectricCorpseSlayer

16 Megadeth or Metallica?
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