Top Ten Metal Sub Genres
The Top Ten
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
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.
Slayer is thrash metal and they are the heaviest - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX
Sodom, Kreator, Morbid Saint, Dark Angel are heavier thrash bands than Slayer. Not saying they're better, just heavier. - Alkadikce
Face it. All the best metal bands are thrashers metallica, slayer, megadeth all absolute legends worthy of a no. 1 spot77 Comments
Emphasis on complexity, unusual chordprogressions, and therefor never boring.
Most musically-complicated subgenre - yungstirjoey666
Best genre48 Comments
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 - germshep2418 Comments
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
Melodic death metal in particular, but thank you Chuck for all that you have influenced, and for the music I listen to today.
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.30 Comments
Power to the metal
The best of the best
Has some interesting lyrics dealing with fantasy, mythology, or in Sabaton's case, war & history - yungstirjoey666
Another genre that combines elements of other genres - germshep2437 Comments
At the gates is the best band in this subgenre
I love melo-death
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
Melodic is quite good for me..49 Comments
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 best genre of metal. Satyricon, Beherit, Celtic Frost and Nargaroth are but four of the many talented Black Metal artists. - Snipenu16
Adopted son of metal music
Mayhem! The darkest metal ever - XxMontrealxXRBLX53 Comments
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.
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
BREAKING BENJAMIN - unknown-soldier21 Comments
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 underrated33 Comments
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
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.28 Comments
This is the absolutely best, no contest. - RW700
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. - zxm5 Comments
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
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.2 Comments
AS I LAY DYING
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE
MISS MAY I
FIT FOR A KING
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
AS I LAY DYING
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
A7X (earlier albums)
ALL THAT REMAINS
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
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.13 Comments
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
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.20 Comments
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 - ryanrimmel12 Comments
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!8 Comments
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_Treasure3 Comments
Jaw dropping technal skill. Some of the most complex music. Must be higher.
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 - ryanrimmel3 Comments
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.2 Comments
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
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
I understand what people are saying about all deathcore sounding the same, but you can’t deny the simple fact that it’s brutal and heavy as hell14 Comments
Dunwich- Horror at red hook (demo-1988) - williamb
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!1 Comment
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. - IronSabbathPriest5 Comments
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.5 Comments
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
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. - russian7 Comments
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.
The Riders of High Rock by Ambush Aces is good Stoner / Doom though the band kind of moves around - Hannable
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 - ryanrimmel3 Comments
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 - ryanrimmel3 Comments
Good bands mentioned there.
Autopsy, Katatonia, Disembowelment, and My Dying Bride are awesome - ryanrimmel
Doom:VS is a good band. - Metalhead1997
Awesome genre, Death were the ones who started it all with songs like Philosopher and Perennial Quest
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_Treasure2 Comments
Hortus Animae, Images at Twilight, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth
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
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
This isn't a subgenre. It was a movement. - Metal_Treasure
Why is it so far behind?
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.
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.
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.2 Comments
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.
Death, Black, Doom, as well as certain speed and thrash metal bands - yungstirjoey666
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
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.4 Comments
BLACKjAZZ BY SHINING! that whole album bumps - mylesjd
What? List some bands, please. - Metalhead1997
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.
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)
Isn't is same as glam metal. - zxm
This doesn't exist. - Metalhead1997
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?
I would actually recommend giving this a listen, it the most stupidly hilarious thing you will ever hear! Just read the name, VEGE-Tarian.
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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