Top Ten Metal Sub Genres

The Top Ten

1 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. ...read 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

a simply amazing genre. Havok, slayer, Municipal, all of these bands have so much good music. lyrically, musically and everything

Its fast, its intense, it rocks like hell but without all that stupid grunting an sreeeching of Death and Black Metal. The lyrics are also way better due to thrash metal being influenced by Hardcore Punk.

The mixing of Hardcore Punk's aggression and speed and traditional/normal Heavy Metal's guitar tones sure make a kickass genre since that's what Thrash Metal is. A kickass mix of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and Hardcore Punk. - DarkBoi-X

2 Progressive Metal

Whether you like Prog Metal or not, one thing you can't deny is that the musicians are very talented. It can especially mix well with Death Metal(Opeth) or Alternative Metal(Tool) - DarkBoi-X

Emphasis on complexity, unusual chordprogressions, and therefor never boring.

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

The sub-genre that combines every other sub-genre into their sub-genre - germshep24

3 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.

I really like traditional metal like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Saxon, etc. - IronSabbathPriest

4 Death Metal

I'm mixed on this. Bands such as Death and Opeth are some of my favourite bands of all time but I could honestly care less for the other bands in this genre. - DarkBoi-X

Periphery isn't Death Metal. Never listened to the other bands you mentioned. - DarkBoi-X

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

The most extreme, in your face brutal genre. Also the very, very best. Black Metal is almost as good, but death metal will always have my heart, it is the best genre. - shoulderboythemetalhead

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.

5 Power Metal

Unbeaten. I only cast 1 vote since this subgenre is so far above every other subgenre.

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

Has some interesting lyrics dealing with fantasy, mythology, or in Sabaton's case, war & history - yungstirjoey666

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

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.

Children of Bosom, Amon Amarth, In Flames, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Insomnium, Arch Enemy, Kalmah, Ensiferum - ryanrimmel

7 Black Metal

Another genre I'm rather mixed on but leaning more toward like. Not every Black Metal band is satanic and there are plenty of good Black Metal songs.
Not to mention, Black Metal is one of the most diverse genres in all of Metal, you have Atmospheric bands like Burzum and Agalloch, the Symphonic bands like Dimmu Borgir, the hipster bands like Deafheaven which often take influences from Shoegaze and so on. - DarkBoi-X

I *may* have said Death metal a while ago. But suddenly my tastes changed. Black metal's coldness, rawness, atmosphere, and evil are truly amazing. Unlike Death metal (which can be enjoyed by any metalhead) Black metal has that amazing, unique sound that isn't for everyone- and I am not everyone. Long live the Kvlt! - shoulderboythemetalhead

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

The best genre of metal. Satyricon, Beherit, Celtic Frost and Nargaroth are but four of the many talented Black Metal artists. - Snipenu16

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.

If you're looking for some headbanging action, groove metal is the best - yungstirjoey666

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.

9 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 absolute favourite music genre of all time. It not only mixes Alternative Rock and Heavy Metal but many Alternative Metal bands such as Tool, RATM, System of a Down, Deftones, etc take influence from other genres and when you mix it together you can get a fantastic sound. - DarkBoi-X

Linkin park, breaking Benjamin, three days Grace, system of a down

One of the most controversial genres. The thing is, if you say System of a Down, Primus, Faith no More, Deftones, etc. are not metal, it's hard to put them somewhere. To me, alt metal is still metal, and I think Metal_Treasure is judging alt-metal fans to quickly on this one. Genres can stretch far, and you can view metal as integrating many things. To me, Jerry was a racecar drive by Primus has metal elements, and it's generally called "alt-metal". Same goes for most alt-metal songs. I don't see why there is all this hate. It's still derivative of the metal movement in the end.

Sorry it is still not metal nothing against the bands their amazing but being an amazing band doesn't automatically make it metal - germshep24

Best subgenre of Metal. Bands like Red, Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Filter, Alice In Chains, Deftones, and Cold are all in this genre. - Soulstealer

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

I like nu metal most, because it broke many rules of metal. Most of metal fans just care about all legend bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica,... And you never care about the nowadays metal generations, don't you? I feel everyone hates nu metal

The Contenders

11 Doom Metal

The most deep philosophic genre of Metal music. End of all is Funeral and at the end Doom will judge.

Ambush Aces should to be in your playlist, it's evolving. Every supporter counts, people here are mentioning some great bands. This page is a good resource. I found some good ones, some I knew. - Hannable

I love doom metal. There are so many great bands... Sabbath, Yob, Electric Wizard, Melvins... I'd say doom is first and death is second.

I'm voting for Doom Metal simply because the most prominent bands in the genre (Sabbath, Wizard, Vitus, Sleep, etc.) somehow manage to use these insanely heavy and distorted instruments, yet give off such a chill vibe. - JacobM

12 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. ...read 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

Doesn't "metal" mean all metal, whereas "heavy metal" only means classic heavy metal like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple? - Adrian_4

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

Really good subgenre.

The pioneers of the genre. Why wouldn't you vote for them?

13 Speed Metal

Speed metal is so much fun, with great vocalists and lyrics! It's cleaner than thrash metal but still fast, it's pretty underrated

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.

Just, no. Anthrax WAS a thrash metal band before they became mainstream, and speed metal is definitely not a sub genre of thrash, speed metal came first. - 8chAnonymous

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14 Industrial Metal

Marilyn Manson and Rammstein make great Industrial Metal. Also check out Celldweller and Blue Stahli who are multi instrumentalist solo artists who make Industrial Metal too. - DarkBoi-X

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!

15 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

16 Symphonic Metal

Should be much higher, easily one of the most versatile genres, often bands work on themes and that theme will set how the music and the singing will play out - germshep24

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.

Symphonic metal is the best music genre in existence in my opinion. It combines the intensity of metal and the elegance of classical music, and musicians/vocalists of that genre are all very talented

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...

17 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.

Bands such as Mastodon, Black Label Society, Melvins, Electric Wizard, and Down are great. - IronSabbathPriest

18 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.

By far the best metal subgenre, it combines the greatest music genre with great guitars and melodies. - TopTenTed

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

19 Metalcore

AS I LAY DYING
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
PARKWAY DRIVE
TRIVIUM
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE
MISS MAY I
WAGE WAR
FIT FOR A KING
CHELSEA GRIN

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

AS I LAY DYING
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
TRIVIUM
A7X (earlier albums)
PARKWAY DRIVE
ALL THAT REMAINS

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

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.

21 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

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

Yes, like Enterprise Earth, Thy Will Be Done, Upon A Burning Body, Fit For An Autopsy etc. - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

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

Deathcore and metalcore aren't even metal there just punk influenced by metal

22 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.

23 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.

Dunwich- Horror at red hook (demo-1988) - williamb

Epica and Katra Rock!

beautiful. Trees of eternity is a great example.

24 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

Brutal death metal is awesome! Listen to one of these bands: Nile, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Devourment, Abominable Putridity, Cryptopsy, Katalepsy, Pathology, Benighted, Brain Drill, Putrid Pile. - ryanrimmel

25 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.

26 Atmospheric Black Metal

I absolutely love this subgenre. bands like Nelecc, Annorkoth, Austere, and even Burzum make this genre beautiful.

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!

One of the best genres indeed. Favorite bands are Agalloch, Winterfylleth, Summoning and especially Saor - Doggelito98

27 Glam Metal

Glam metal may not be much of a metal subgenre, but it did play an important role, especially by bringing the mainstream popularity to real metal. - yungstirjoey666

I LOVE GLAM METAL! There's so many great bands like Motley Crue, definitely Leppard, Scorpions, Dokken, Poison, Warrant, Europe, and many other bands! My top 5 is 5: Power Metal (Dream Theater) 4: Groove Metal (Pantera) 3: Heavy Metal (Black Label Society) 2: Glam Metal (Motley Crue) 1: Thrash Metal (Megadeth)

I can't believe nu metal is even on the list - admonlee

no its not gay! Def Leppard should have been included in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. - russian

28 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

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.

I can honestly say this is the worst genre of metal.

30 Stoner Metal

The Riders of High Rock by Ambush Aces is good Stoner / Doom though the band kind of moves around - Hannable

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.

31 Drone Metal

Builds a great atmosphere and is quite relaxing. Sunn O))), Earth, and Boris are all very good bands.

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

32 Progressive Death Metal

Awesome genre, Death were the ones who started it all with songs like Philosopher and Perennial Quest

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.

Atheist is the reason. - Roach

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

33 Melodic Black Metal

Hortus Animae, Images at Twilight, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth

Uada, dissection, Mgla watain, just to name a few. this genre is filled with raw magic and beauty. my favorite black metal subgenre.

34 Death/doom

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

Good bands mentioned there.

Doom:VS is a good band. - Metalhead1997

35 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

36 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

Best genre ever🖤
Although I also absolutely love bands like Behemoth, I kinda prefer more underrated ones like Imperial Circus Dead Decadence

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

37 Deathgrind
38 New Wave of British Heavy Metal

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

Why is it so far behind?

39 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.

40 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.

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

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.

41 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.

42 Extreme Metal

Death, Black, Doom, as well as certain speed and thrash metal bands - yungstirjoey666

43 Crossover Thrash

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

KILL THE WORDS!

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

44 Viking Metal

nothing like your heritage in you favorite music gets you pumped up more.

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

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

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

45 Jazzcore

What? List some bands, please. - Metalhead1997

BLACKjAZZ BY SHINING! that whole album bumps - mylesjd

46 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.

47 Hair Metal

Isn't is same as glam metal. - zxm

This doesn't exist. - Metalhead1997

48 Progressive Vegetarian Grindcore

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

What, the, hell, is, this?

You can literally make metal out of anything - yungstirjoey666

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

49 Blackened Thrash Metal

Color the world, Blackened?

This is where its at - Morbid_Deth

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

50 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.

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