Top Ten Metal Sub Genres

The Top Ten

1 Thrash Metal 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. more.

You can find all things in thrash metal: awesome guitar riffs, epic bass lines, good guitar solos, breathtaking drumming, awesome vocals and lyrics... THRASH is a genre of metal that will always make you headbang in the worst moment! I can tell more than 50 good thrash bands, and even much more... THRASH IS PERFECT! - rock2metal

It's the best. Kill em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, Rust in Peace, So Far So Good So What, Peace Sells, The New Order, The Legacy, Dark Roots of Earth, Reign in Blood, Arise, Bonded by Blood, and Handle with care are just a small sample of the many great thrash albums in existence. With that said, New Wave of thrash Metal needs to be in the top ten. Not familiar with this subgenre? Listen to the albums Time is Up, Enter the Grave, and Skull. You might be just as impressed as you were with the Big 4.

Thrash is metal perfection because of its versatility. You can place emphasis on a singular aspect such as riffs or soloing, yet still be able to orchestrate masterful compositions. The New Wave of Thrash movement has really reassured that well into its third decade, thrash would forever be stamped as an undying form of music. They say that metal never dies, but with such a strong resurgence of great albums from bands of both classic and new eras, I would say that thrash metal never dies either (not even in the 90's). - surgeonsanic


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2 Progressive Metal Progressive Metal

Progressive is the most complex metal genre along with genres like neo-classical metal and progressive death metal. Thrash metal is good. But you won't few things that you'll find in prog metal. Drum solos, the riffs, solos, music arrangements, the lyrics. Nothings beats prog metal in it. It sometimes use fast tempos, sometimes slow tempos. Lots of notes are used in a single song. And of course, more instruments. More ways they play. In a matter of fact, it can be brutal too, or also can be soft. - zxm

I just love the overall length and feel of prog metal, although many would be turned off by the length I like to get into things so prog metals perfect for this, also love the lyrical style of it fact that it often has story's or themes, most metal has quite a lot of politics but this is rare in prog metal.

It's the metal that takes more thought that technical skill. Prog Metal bands almost don't fit into "metal" sometimes, because their sound is not set by clear boundaries. They play the music they choose, and a lot of it happens to be highly expressive and artistic and fits under the bubble of metal. Many great groups, especially Dream Theater and Pain of Salvation.

My favorite

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3 Traditional Heavy Metal Traditional Heavy Metal

Traditional Heavy metal really does deserve to be higher on this list (at least in the Top 5, something lower is a little shameful). If there would be no Traditional Heavy metal, then - I highly doubt, that there would be ANY metal genre at all.

But you guys have forgot about another great Metal genre, that has done quite a lot for the Heavy Metal music in the 80's. Alongside the Traditional Heavy Metal - Glam metal (also called Pop-metal, and Sleaze metal) deserves to be on this list too.
Maybe, the looks of Glam bands were somewhat ridiculous (yet they were still good-looking), and the lyrical themes were more about something positive/neutral. But you gotta admit, that:
1 - it brought in many fans that are still Headbangers up to this day;
2 - Some of the fans, who started with Glam, have explored further into styles like Power Metal, Symphonic Metal, Neo-classical metal...
3 - It helped make Metal popular (and as I said - it helped to increase the amount of fans, ...more

Traditional metal was when metal was at its most pure and honest forms; making kickass riffs with extreme technical proficiency and powerful vocals.That was all that mattered back then. Most metal subgenres are awesome (prog, thrash, power, death, black etc) but other times, they take metal too far. You don't need a rapper or some weird masks to make good metal; in fact most of the time, that just makes the metal not metal anymore. Nu metal is false metal and shouldn't be close to the top ten let alone be in it.

Guys the best metal bands ever are Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath and they are traditional heavy metal! Thrash is good but not as good as heavy metal and is somewhat overrated.

Come on, you knew this was the one.

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4 Power Metal

This should be in the top 3, after progressive and thrash. Probably one of the most structured and complicated genres of all times (after classical music), lyrics are awesome and solos are epic. Hands down for power metal

Yeah this exactly the great sub-genre of metal after thrash metal... Yeah of course elements of thrash metal are seen in power metal... What makes it better than its other counter parts like death and black metal is the amazing vocal range... Power metal is by far the best metal sub-genre because of its fantasised themes, guitar riffs, solos and vocals

I love power metal. This genre can be very intellectual and fantasy oriented. The way the melodies blend with the traditional sound of heavy metal is flawless. I really recommend this genre to anyone who likes fast-paced music, great lyrics that can easily be sung, or an original sound that is unlike anything else.

This should be at the top. It’s just so epic, and there is no power metal band that I don’t like. This genre is full of incredibly melodic and well played guitar drums vocals and bass. And this genre has the most talented wide ranged vocalists at the microphone. IT IS JUST SO EPIC! And a lot of power metal bands are hard for me to not sing along to, let alone sit still to. EPIC!

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5 Death Metal

Melodic death metal in particular, but thank you Chuck for all that you have influenced, and for the music I listen to today.

The vocals are what keeps people away from death metal, which is what I like. Amazing vocals (though not for everyone they do require great skill and ruin the throats of even the most experienced growlers), sharp, piercing and heavy guitar tones on the solos with a heaviness and smashing tone on other guitar parts matched only by (maybe but not really) the heavy and fuzzy tone of stoner doom and sludge. Drums blasting at blisteringly fast speeds and basslines that would make even doom and thrash jealous. With artists such as Chuck, Obituary, Entombed, Nile, Morbid Angel, Bloodbath and Cannibal Corpse as well as many great others, Death Metal reigns supreme.

Death, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Vader, Nile, Entombed, Dismember, Suffocation, Bolt Thrower, Immolation, Cryptopsy, Autopsy, Gorguts, Decapitated, Dying Fetus, Necrophagist, Deicide, Behemoth, Carcass, Obituary, Hypocrisy, Kataklysm, Defeated Sanity, Aborted, Unleashed, Devourment and lots more

Ok, as bad as the vocals may be according to some people, death metal is still amazing from an instrumental standpoint. - Rydog

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6 Melodic Death Metal

Death metal with melody! Why are there only two bands in the parenthesis when there are many good melodeath bands? Like: Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquility, Sonic Syndicate, Carcass, Norther, Amon Amarth, Eluveitie... - rock2metal

Sonic Syndicate sounds more like Alternative Pop-Metal. The rest is indeed awesome Melodic Death. - Flav

I like all of the top genres here but melodic death metal is by far my favourite. Melodic death metal's very best bands are capable of blowing most other metal bands out of the water.

Great melodies and harmonies, great displays of raw power, great instrumentation. It works well in quick and slow tempos. Musicians are usually very skilled. You can find emotional and meaningful lyrics. I prefer when they are not very intense with the growls, though.

Melodic is quite good for me..

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7 Black Metal

The darkest, evilest and most extreme genre of metal. Also the most versatile and complex one.

The most insane and obscure genre.. Gothic, doom and black metal are the king of genres is the black metal, This should be #1.. Go to hell dogmatic Christians, does not fill, I prefer die for a salvation than a hope. Up for the black metal.

What! Seventh place? That's not right! This should be #1 or under thrash metal! Come on?


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8 Groove Metal

I think Groove metal is the best because it actually has a GROOVE to it, so its the most fun to headbang to. Pantera invented breakdowns and they actually had awesome groovy breakdowns, Lamb of God also have some amazing groovy breakdowns, but I think that a lot of Metalcore breakdowns have just gone too far and I wouldn't consider many of them to even be music anymore.

Yes I'm writing this to whoever above me just declared lamb of god a better technical band than such geniuses of dream theaters level. I mean really we all know that prog metal is where its at and your completely oblivious to the scene if you refuse to believe that it is the best.

The most skilled metal heros play this style. The most complicated songs are in this style.
Come on! This is the best metal at the moment, there isn't a band harder and more skilled than Lamb of God or Machine Head, or more complete than Mastodon or Gojira. Groove metal is the way for the metal to turn back to his great age.

Static-X welcomed me to this Genre

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9 Alternative Metal Alternative Metal Alternative metal is a music genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres normally associated with metal.

My favourite metal genre. Alt metal bands like Faith No More, Tool, Primus, and Helmet rock - bluemountaincoffee

Bands like Tool, Deftones, System of a Down, Alice In Chains, Rage Against the Machine are what make this genre awesome!

Heavy metal, thrash metal, Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and all that is good music, but alternative metal is so much more alternative, you know... More complex, deeper meaning and lyrics. Not just usual fast-paced metal with a lot of frenetic solos and stuff. My vision is that this genre has songs which kind of takes their time, so to say.

LOL. A typical comment by somebody who doesn't like metal. Alt metal isn't metal at all. What you like is not metal for sure. - Metal_Treasure

System of a Down isn't actually metal. Same with Tool, Primus and AiC. - Userguy44

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10 Nu Metal

People criticize Nu Metal too much sure a lot of bands are bad but there also are some bad artist in YOUR genre! There's good and bad artists in every genre and Nu Metal is no exception. If you think Nu metal is bad listen to some that are awesome like Korn and Slipknot (mostly their older stuff but there new stuff is okay).

Nu metal does have bands that deserve much criticism, such as Limp Bizkit and Dope. But bands like System of a Down, Deftones, Disturbed, most of Korn, and most of Slipknot are AWESOME and should not be getting all the hate from the thrash metal fans. Coming from someone who likes thrash metal more than nu metal.

Unlike what some people think. Nu-metal is not a bunch of love songs with a guitar. Listen to korn's evolution, System of a Down's science or pluck and slipknot's older stuff (slipknot Iowa) is boss. Yah there are some corny songs but I don't think that's nu metal. Categories should go by song and not by artist

Love the sound vary underrated

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The Contenders

11 Heavy Metal 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. more.

I don't know, but a lot of people call metal and heavy metal to be the same. But in my eyes, I see A LOT of differences in it. - zxm

Metal isn't a subgenre of rock, it's its own subgenre. But heavy metal, yes. - Metalhead1997

Really good subgenre.

What is wrong with you guys?
This is the best metal genre ever - Idiot244

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12 Speed Metal

Speed metal is different from thrash and other fast metal subgenres (death metal). Speed metal vocals are clean, often gorgeous. Speed metal is less influenced by hardcore punk than thrash - so speed metal is less abrasive and more melodic than thrash. Also, speed metal vocals are different from thrash vocals - speed metal singers don't spit the words and they really sing despite the fast tempo, which is more difficult. Example: 'Majesty' by Blind Guardian.
The first speed metal songs were written by Ritchie Blackmore circa 1970 - Deep Purple classics like: Highway Star, Fireball; and Rainbow classics like: Kill The King, A Light In The Black, Death Alley Driver. Later we have: Accept, Anvil, Exciter, Helloween, Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, Paragon, Primal Fear... Mostly German power metal bands develop this subgenre; also DragonForce (UK). - Metal_Treasure

Anthrax are seen as a thrash band, but they're not. They're a speed metal band, as well as Flotsam and Jotsam who are regarded as a thrash band, but they were a speed metal band. Speed metal is a sub genre of thrash.

I don't pretend to know everything, but when Anthrax and Flotsam and Jetsam entered the scene, where I'm from they were definitely speed metal bands in Kerrang, Metal Hammer etc. They incorporated thrash elements with NWOBHM elements like twin-leads and operatic vocals. Even Dragonforce are frenetically paced, so I still think it's an enjoyable bastard child of thrash. Dunno.

Motörhead, Anvil, Accept, Exciter, Helloween, Blind Guardian, Metal Church - ryanrimmel

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13 Doom Metal

Doom metal is the direct descendent of the original heavy metal, therefor metal at it's purest. The slow tempos make for a much heavier darker experience

Doom metal is truly a magnificent subgenre, it towers over others for many reasons. The atmosphere of most doom makes it sound so full, so much larger than other genres, especially on longer tracks you can be immersed into different worlds. While much of these other sub genres center on technicality in speed or complexity, or in some cases vocals, doom is less entertainment factor and more of colossal works of art that make for very unique experiences.

12? Doom metal is not only the first metal genre technically speaking but it still sounds amazing to this day. Don't get me wrong I love thrash death etc (not Nu metal) but what's better than sitting back and listening to some sabbath or pentagram.

The melodic and epic nature of doom metal takes me back to my youth listening to Sabbath. I enjoy the heavy bass and down tuned guitars. I have always enjoyed deeper sounding notes like those from a cello or upright bass as opposed to viola or violins. Such a great sound with a lot of groove and funk to it.

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14 Metalcore

A few good bands.. Often bashed for the huge number of poser bands in it

Next to nu metal, is the most criticized genre by metal fans (mostly by death metal listeners); but this is one of my favorite metal genres because many bands have done a great work in many good songs, musically and lyrically; AND THE BREAKDOWNS ARE PERFECT FOR HEADBANGING! - rock2metal

Many metalcore bands are found in the Christian Metal scene. Not all, but many are. There is definitely a Christian Metal movement, but it probably infiltrates its way into every genre of metal, not just one. Yes, it's a belief system but it's definitely out there.

This should be in the first, the only metal who have both clean and unclean vocals, the lyrical are outstanding the rock the stage on fire.some of the greatest band are as I lay dying, bullet for my valentine, kill switch engage, dead by April, Memphis may fire,our last night trivium,for arcite,august burns red,red, from autumn to ashes,and many more...

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15 Industrial Metal

Industrial Metal is faster than Death, Groove and Thrash Metal together... Should be top 3

Nine Inch Nails, Strapping Young Lad, Rammstein, Skinny Puppy, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory - ryanrimmel

Industrial metal was huge some time ago, and has inspired all of the newly introduced genres such as Djent, Nu, and Alternative. Go back to the roots and make industrial metal a thing again!

Industrial metal isn't faster then death, bar maybe fear factory only, which crushes any of those other bands in their genre.

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16 Symphonic Metal

In my opinion, this is definitely one of the most creative genres. Not just in metal, but in general. In rock and metal there are always limitations to what you can musically do, but when you bring in classical instruments that problem is solved. Overall, this genre has the ability to have some of the most unique melodies.

This genre is not really comparable to anything else. Unfortunately it is underrated by many people. Give your vote for this Genre! Vote for Nightwish! Vote for Within Temptation! Vote for Epica, for Delain, Therion, After Forever...

Symphonies are the basis of all music. This makes Symphonic metal my favorite metal sub genre. Not only that, but there is usually a story arch or overall concept to symphonic metal, and not just random heavy music. Still love other metal subgenres though.

Metal+classical=life - XxembermasterxX

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17 Folk Metal Folk Metal Folk metal is a fusion genre of heavy metal music and traditional folk music that developed in Europe during the 1990s.

Hey, where's Skyclad and Elvenking? Those are two folk metal bands I really like. Listen to Penny Dreadful by Skyclad and the cover version by Elvenking.

There is not a more epic form of music on the planet. Will forever be my favorite genre of metal.

Why is this under deathcore? I think a lot of people are hesitant to give this form of metal a chance mainly due to its name. I know I was (thought it sounded kinda hippie). However, this is an amazing form of metal that takes more delicate instruments and rhythms and fuses them into metal to make... I don't have a description for it. People just need to go look up Equilibrium and Ensiferum for a start. Eluveitie and Wolfchant, too.

Excellent genre, so diverse and unique. Getting all the folk influences from all the different styles of folk music around the world combined with the heavy/aggressiveness of metal is quite the journey. - Architeuthis

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18 Sludge Metal

In my opinion, sludge metal deserves to be higher on the list. Bands like the Melvins, Electric Wizard, Sleep, Kyuss, Weedeater, and countless other great sludge metal bands. Low-tuned guitars, repetitive yet amazing riffs, and fascinating lyrics. Some sludge metal has dark, ominous lyrics, some has lyrics about wed, and some has lyrics about weird, fantasy-type settings.

The most unappreciated metal subgenera of all time. It's stop disgusting and moody and it's sexy!

Sludge and Doom are both below Nu-"metal"? That's just sad.

Eyehategod, Crowbar, Down, Melvins, Mastodon, Acid Bath... Such a underrated genre.

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19 Neo-Classical Metal Neo-Classical Metal 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.

Why is neo-classical way down in the 18th position? This is the classical music with with drums and distortion. you should listen to JASON BECKER, JEFF LOOMIS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MARTY FRIEDMAN, CHRIS BRODERICK and similar neo-classical metal guitarists. this should be at least in top 3 :/

Guys of guitar virtuoso type. Yngwie alone would make me put this subgenre on my personal Top 10 list. - Metal_Treasure

Wasn't Jeff Loomis doing some on his solo records? - EliHbk

What are theNeo classical metal in the 18th position? Its Perfect to be the best metal subgenres

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20 Technical Death Metal

Technical Death Metal is DM at its finest. This sub-genre contains some of the most talented players and most unique yet heavy bands like Obscura, Revocation, and Nile. Technical Death Metal is an elite metal genre.

Death, Necrophagist, Nile, Decrepit Birth, Cryptopsy, Suffocation, Opeth, Atheist, Decapitated, Brain Drill, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Blotted Science, Obscura, The Faceless, Edge of Sanity, Revocation, Dying Fetus - ryanrimmel

Absolutely incredible. It takes death metal, which is already an amazing genre, and makes it 10x better. Some of the best metal bands out there today are technical death metal bands! Bands like Nile, Beyond Creation, Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, and Suffocation are incredible bands. Do yourself a favor and listen to the amazing music that is technical death metal. - HysteriXxD

Jaw dropping technal skill. Some of the most complex music. Must be higher.

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21 Technical Thrash Metal

My goodness. Whether it's technical thrash, or rudimentary thrash, it's thrash. Metallica, Megadeth and Artillery are technical thrash's best, though technical thrash wouldn't even exist without Metallica's progressive thrash. How deep does this rabbit hole need to go?

If you guy don't like bands like Heathen, Artillery, Annihilator, then you have no idea about Metal. Thrash metal on the firs place is a fair deal but this one on 21st is a shame really!

If your just starting to dip your toes in to the water of thrash metal, this is the waste deep line of the swimming pool with bands like Gama bomb, Metallica, Megadeth, annihilator, Anthrax.

Never heard of this before.

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22 Gothic Metal

Theatre of tragedy, type o negative, Paradise lost, Unsun, Moi Dix Mois, Tristania, Elis, Darkwell, Sirenia, Theatres des vampires and much more. Gothic metal combines the lyrics from gothic rock with the sound of metal, finished with some industrial or classical effects. It's a shame that nowadays every metal band that tries to be a little bit dark or symphonic immediately is called goth. Nightwish is symphonic, Evanescence is Nu-metal, and HIM is it's own genre, they are great bands from itself and don't need to be classified.

Epica and Katra Rock!


Did someone says Evanescense? , ok ill will him

23 Deathcore

Deathcore is the worst metal subgenre ever, and shouldn't be on this list at all let alone top 20. Literally every deathcore band in existence is the EXACT same thing: horrible pig squeals, generic chug-chug riffs and breakdowns for the sake of breakdowns. There is not one decent deathcore band in existence.

I actually enjoy it, but yeah, there's a lot of bad things about it. - Metalhead1997

People who can't hang with Deathcore don't know what their talking about. They don't slow down and actually listen to it, and so they claim it all sounds the same. That could be said for any genre really, and there are distinct differences in Deathcore bands. Compare Emmure (my personal favorite) with Suicide Silence. Although they are some of the more similar of bands in this genre, there have very distinct differences.

Opinions will be always just opinions, but TO ME most Deathcore bands sound too similar. Breakdowns over more breakdowns make the music very tedious and the shrieking/squealing vocal style is exhausting to listen to. - Flav

Added because I think it's overhated. Yes, some bands are bad, but bands like Thy Art is Murder don't make it all about cramming in breakdowns and actually make their music aggressive, and when their breakdowns do hit, they hit harder than Chris Brown. - IronSabbathPriest

I get the feeling people say it isn't metal because they don't want it to be, to be honest. - EliHbk

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24 Christian Metal

Christian metal is not a genre of music it is a style of lyrical content

Stryper, Killswitch Engage, perhaps Tool (though they are spiritual, but who really knows with them? ), plus many others probably have Christianity in there somewhere. I've had a hard time working out Slayer's Silent Scream. They're satanic as all get up, but lyrically - taken at face value - it has anti-abortion sentiment, often associated with Christianity. Ponderous.

No, I think Christian metal is both a belief system and a movement. The confusion lies in that they're not handcuffed to a genre. From Glam to Deathcore you will find it.

Lamb of God is really good Christian Metalcore - EliHbk

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25 Stoner Metal

This brand of metal makes me very wary of playing it too loud so as to not disturb my neighbours. I often navel gaze at the lyric sheet whilst whispering the choruses as loudly as I feel is acceptable to social norms.

Sleep, Electric Wizard, High on Fire, Acid Bath, Acid King, Spiritual Beggars, The Sword, The Melvins, Baroness, Orange Goblin - ryanrimmel

Kyuss and Down. Done.

Down - lilrocketman

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26 Funk Metal

It seems like more punk/hard rock mixed with funk music more than metal. - zxm

What is this like RATM? - Revrad

Ok, this is legit. Infectious Grooves, Mordred, Living Colour and the like were good, but it was a fad.

27 Atmospheric Black Metal

Great metal genre, maybe not so skillful as tech death, but it's not necessary either. Keyboards and epic overall atmosphere. Try bands like Midnight Odyssey, Mare Incognitum...

Excellent metal genre, can be embraced by technically every metal fan. The atmosphere, the feeling, something just cosmic(or medieval sometimes). Vote for atmospheric black metal!

I was gonna vote for this, but I saw folk metal first. - WonkeyDude98

3rd place. best metal genres - Morbid_Deth

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28 Drone Metal

Though I agree with genres like Thrash and Power metal, drone is such a unique genre because you truly need to just loose yourself in the waves of sound baring down onto U. Sunn O)))'s Dark One and Monoliths and Dimensions are eerily beautiful and you truly get absorbed into it. WARNING: This not a genre that you can tap your foot or headbang to, it requires you to really listen. Also, you need a lot of patience considering most drone songs are 15 minutes long and it could be about a minute before another chord is played. So put on Sunn O))), sit back and get lost in it.

Drone Metal? Does a nuclear bombardment raining down on civilians count as drone metal? How about Clone Metal? Metallica has many of those chasing them around.

Drone is a experimental genre. Bands like Sunn O))), Boris, Earth, and Growing define this strange genre. It is comprised of long notes, and weird dark ambient sound effects. It's not for everyone. You have to appreciate drone Metal - ryanrimmel

I'm confused - EliHbk

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29 Grindcore

Definitely not my favourite, but I voted because it should at least be in the top 10. There are many great grindcore bands out there! Carcass (Pioneers of the once good but not so much anymore goregrind), Assuck, Cattle Decapitation, Terrorizer, Nasum and my personal favourite Napalm Death! - Oliwally

Probably the best "core" genre ever. Not a brilliant genre by any stretch but waaay better then metalcore and that outright abomination know as deathcore.

Cattle Decapitation and Ring of Saturn. Enough said.

Suicide Silence not so much.

Anti Music

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30 Death/doom

Autopsy, Katatonia, Disembowelment, and My Dying Bride are awesome - ryanrimmel

Good bands mentioned there.

Doom:VS is a good band. - Metalhead1997

31 Progressive Death Metal

Ok, Between the Buried and Me are in a league of one. If someone can come up with something remotely close to these freaks I shall buy it. I'll be the first in line, but it better work this time.

Opeth, Obscura, Ne Obliviscaris, Edge of Sanity, and more. Awesome bands. - Metal_Treasure

Opeth, Atheist, Edge of Sanity, Akercocke, - ryanrimmel

Ok, Opeth counts too.

32 New Wave of British Heavy Metal

This isn't a subgenre. It was a movement. - Metal_Treasure

Why is it so far behind?

33 Rap Metal

Contraband metal rap!

When most people think of rap metal, they think of Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park. Well those bands are horrible (LK was good back in the day, but they suck now). Listen to bands like RATM, and you'll grow to love rap metal.

This list is false. Thrash metal is not good at all. Rap metal should be in the top tens. People who listen to rap and metal music at the same time should listen to this type of metal subgenre.

Anthrax ep.

34 New Wave Thrash Metal

These bands are great! But New Wave Thrash Metal is not a subgenre. It is all Thrash metal. - ryanrimmel

This isn't that great. All these bands are just generic predictable clones of the 80's thrash bands that came before them.

Not the best, but needs to be much higher. Bands like Havok, Evile, Warbringer, Vektor, Revocation (although they are more death metal), Hatriot, Lazarus AD, Hatchet, Violator, Bonded by Blood, and MANY many more are really doing well when carrying the thrash metal torch of the greats.

This isn't a subgenre. It is a movement. - Metal_Treasure

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35 Avant-garde Metal

This one is a brain-teaser. Voivod are up there, perhaps some A Perfect Circle (eMotive era APC), Tool (slightly). Perhaps, in time, metal will evolve itself out of existence? Perhaps all music will? The possibilities are endless. Salvador Dali and H.R.Giger rules!

This genre is by far my favorite. I love post arcturus, sigh, sleepy time gorilla museum, transcending bizarre, mr. bungle, dog fasion disco, blotted science, bucket head. So much creativity in all bands and there all so different from one another.

36 Punk Metal

There's no such metal subgenre. But Punk and Metal were mixed long ago: thrash metal is a mix of metal and hardcore punk; there's punk in death metal and crossover thrash. - Metal_Treasure

This is a thing? Dammit! I wanted to be a pioneer. - MKBeast

Thrash metal is a mix of metal and hardcore punk; there's punk in death metal and crossover thrash. - Metal_Treasure

I like Crust Punk which is not pop-punk top-40 radio bowling for soup - williamb

37 Crossover Thrash

Toxic Holocaust, Bio-Cancer, Municipal Waste, the list goes on. - Metalhead1997


DRI, Stormtroopers of Death, Iron Reagan, Agnostic Front, and Crumbsuckers are great bands! - ryanrimmel

38 Brutal Death Metal

Oh, I could write a whole book's worth of good bands in this subgenre. This is my favorite metal subgenre by far.

I would just FLOOD this page with reasons why it's my favorite subgenre, but I won't for your sake and the site's. - Metalhead1997

Oh gimme a break. May as well say regular death metal bands aren't brutal. - IronSabbathPriest

Its just the best

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39 Blackened Death Metal

Behemoth is one of if not the greatest metal band of this generation. This is an amazing subgenre

i love it - Morbid_Deth

Not a lot of great bands come from this genre, but those great ones include Behemoth, Goatwhore, Angelcorpse, Blasphemy, Akercocke - ryanrimmel

40 Viking Metal

You guys don't know what viking metal is - it's a subgenre of black metal with influences from Nordic folk music. But it's not folk metal because folk metal is a subgenre of power metal.
Many bands from different metal subgenres use viking lyrical themes but it doesn't mean they are viking metal.
Amon Amarth sing about vikings but their music is melodic death metal and not viking metal/black metal. - Metal_Treasure

Viking metal was created by Bathory and it is a sub genre of black metal

Oh for gods sake, this probably doesn't deserve a place in the top five, but 35th place is just ridiculous.

Listen to bathory or amon amarth. viking should be in top 3 - Morbid_Deth

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41 Jazzcore

What? List some bands, please. - Metalhead1997

42 Brutal Technical Death Metal

You like brutal death metal? You like tech death? Excellent, because this very genre combines both BDM and tech death and makes it even better. Check out bands like Flesh Consumed and Nile.

Cryptopsy and Nile are my favorite bands from this subgenre. - Metal_Treasure

Epic riffs and drumming combined with brutality

Like Katalepsy or Katatonia? - Metalhead1997

43 War Metal

Probably the most extreme thing you will ever listen to(and enjoy)
Good bands:
Black witchery
Nuclear desecration

44 Hair Metal

Isn't is same as glam metal. - zxm

This doesn't exist. - Metalhead1997

45 Progressive Vegetarian Grindcore

This is just a loose way of describing Cattle Decapitation. - Metalhead1997

What, the, hell, is, this?


I would actually recommend giving this a listen, it the most stupidly hilarious thing you will ever hear! Just read the name, VEGE-Tarian.

46 Post-Metal

The name "post Metal" sucks. It gives the impression that Metal is dead.

There are great "post Metal" bands. Check out Neurosis, cult of Luna, Isis, the ocean, Rosetta, and pelican, - ryanrimmel

Curious genre. Protest The Hero, Asking Alexandria and the like are interesting. I don't know even what it stands for. Maybe that's a good thing, maybe it's not. I guess if you don't like post-metal then post it to your worst enemy.

Neurosis is good.

Ryanrimmel: You said it all.

47 Blackened Thrash Metal

Color the world, Blackened?

This is where its at - Morbid_Deth

Sodom, Venom, Skeletonwitch, Deströyer 666, Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust - ryanrimmel

48 Nintendocore

I've always thought this would be an amazing genre had it not sucked. Sadly most Nintendocore I've heard is just amateur teenagers with bad production value. But I think this genre would have a lot of potential if someone took it seriously and actually took the time to up the production value. - somelifeonaplanet

This is real. I'm not making this up. Like, one time I was listening to a Nintendocore song that at first had video game sound effects, but then it had screaming and playing the guitar loud like a screamo band. It's just so surreal.

What the hell is Nintendocore? Laugh out loud.

It's called trip hop so believe. Hardcore techno DJ Carl Cox used to utilise Slayer and the like into his mix's. I'm not sure of the precise name of it now, but it essentially sounds like Techno Thrash. True story. Ah! DUBSTEP!

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49 Funeral Doom

Impending Doom.

Lycus, Funeral Tears, Ahab, etc. - Metalhead1997

If you like dark depresive and atmospheric stuff this is for you. Bands that I recomend:(EVOKEN is my favorite of all time), funeral, thergothon.

50 Extreme Metal
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