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.

None more pulverizing, none more brutal, none more fun, none more melodic (at some points), and none more awesome then thrash. Thrash started it all for extreme music. Listen to the classics first like Tallica, or Slayer, or Megadeth. You will agree with me then. - MattAffterburner

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

The absolute most versatile sub genre. My personal favorite is progressive/technical thrash, but there are so many aspects to thrash metal as a whole that pretty much anybody can find some enjoyment out of it.

Noo genre or subgenre is better than thrash metal I mean it's like if punk rock and heavy metal had a love child. It ended the "war" in between metalheads and punk rockers (well eventhough some continue on fighting usually without a good reason). And lets not mention Metallica one of the biggest if not the biggest metal band ever who invented this amazing genre. But yeah this is the best genre of music ever cause like I said heavy metal, punk rock, love child, case closed!

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2 Progressive Metal Progressive Metal

Most musically-complicated subgenre - yungstirjoey666

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

Opeth fans be like
Do the roar - CygnusX99

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

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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

Heavy metal started it all - yungstirjoey666

The bands that started it all you got to give it respect - germshep24

Yes yes yes - CygnusX99

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4 Power Metal

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

Another genre that combines elements of other genres - germshep24

This should be higher. It consists of the most talented singer among metal genres.

Power metal - powerful vocals, superb guitar solo, lightning fast & structured music tempo, amazing drumming.

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5 Death Metal Death Metal

Deicide. Death. Cannibal Corpse. The list goes on - XxMontrealxXRBLX

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.

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

brutal - yungstirjoey666

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6 Melodic Death Metal

I love melo-death

Melodic is quite good for me..

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.

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7 Black Metal

Mayhem! The darkest metal ever - XxMontrealxXRBLX

So versatile! I recently found out about Summoning which is epic black metal and one of the best bands ever! - Amz_P

Black n' death is all I need to survive. - Black_Abbath

From an instrumental standpoint, black metal is actually pretty good - Rydog

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8 Groove Metal

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

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.

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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.

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

Also I forgot Staind. - Soulstealer

Yeah, this one sounds better than all others!

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10 Nu Metal

Even if it's not a real metal subgenre, it can still be lit - yungstirjoey666

Not metal though more of a sub-genre of rock - germshep24

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).

Love the sound vary underrated

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The Newcomers

? Death/Thrash

The Contenders

11 Doom Metal

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

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.

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

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12 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.


Love it

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

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13 Industrial Metal

Sin/Spine Wrench split- 1992 - williamb

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

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

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14 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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15 Metalcore

Falling In Reverse and Ice Nine Kills are the best

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.

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16 Symphonic Metal

Metal and symphonic instruments makes a very good combo - yungstirjoey666

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

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

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.

Folk metal is lit as well - yungstirjoey666

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

Although the most popular folk metal bands have black metal influences, this is still an excellent genre. My favorite folk metal band is Mägo de Oz (uses clean vocals). - PhoenixAura81

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.

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18 Sludge Metal

Melvins are great

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

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!

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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.

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 :/

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

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

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20 Technical Death Metal

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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24 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.

25 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!

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

3rd place. best metal genres - Morbid_Deth

26 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

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27 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.

Lamb of God is really good Christian Metalcore - EliHbk

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.

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28 Stoner Metal

Down - lilrocketman

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.

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29 Funk Metal

What is this like RATM? - Revrad

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

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

30 Brutal Death Metal

Its just the best

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

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31 Blackened Death Metal

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

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

32 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

Let me explain something here. I find this subgenre EXTREMELY boring to listen to. The only official song I've heard is "Mocking Solemnity" by Sunn O))) and it's just stupid. It's just a guitar riff repeated for 9 minutes with no lyrics.

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33 Grindcore

Anti Music

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.

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34 Death/doom

Good bands mentioned there.

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

Doom:VS is a good band. - Metalhead1997

35 Progressive Death Metal

Atheist is the reason. - Roach

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

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36 New Wave of British Heavy Metal

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

Why is it so far behind?

37 New Wave Thrash Metal

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

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.

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38 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.

39 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

40 Melodic Black Metal
41 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

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

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.

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42 Jazzcore

BLACKjAZZ BY SHINING! that whole album bumps - mylesjd

What? List some bands, please. - Metalhead1997

43 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

44 War Metal

Not really a metal subgenre, more like lyrical theme. But bands like Sabaton do a really good job adding war themes. Metallica's One also contribute to it by showing the true devastating nature of war. - yungstirjoey666

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

45 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.

46 Hair Metal

Isn't is same as glam metal. - zxm

This doesn't exist. - Metalhead1997

47 Progressive Vegetarian Grindcore

You can literally make metal out of anything - yungstirjoey666

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

What, the, hell, is, this?


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48 Symphonic Black Metal Symphonic Black Metal

Now this should be in top 5 - Morbid_Deth

49 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.

50 Nintendocore

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.

When I said surreal I meant it in a good way. Not a bad way.

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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