Top 10 Worst Death Metal Stereotypes

I get that death metal isn't meant to be for everyone but you can't just stereotype certain genres and expect them to represent those stereotypes. I have a list of 10 dumbest death metal stereotypes.

It's fine if you can't get into it. If you don't like it then just simply turn it off and walk away.

The Top Ten

1 It's Satanic

Unlike black metal, death metal usually isn't. There are several exceptions but they don't define the genre of death metal. - Metal_Treasure

Yes bands like Deicide do exist but you got Christian bands in this genre as well so your argument is completely invalid. - DarkMatter1997

Come on people, I respect everyone's opinions as always, but some people are acting like their religion or nationality is the target of some of these stereotypes. They're opinions about a certain type of music. People need to calm down - TheInsomniac

It's violent yes, not satanic. That's what Black Metal for!

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2 It takes no talent to play

All genres of metal (not just death) are technically challenging. Just look at prog bands or classical metal bands like Uli Jon Roth, Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen. You can even throw Iron Maiden and Metallica in there too. And as if pop music takes any talent to play. Most of it is just synths, and a singer with autotune in their voice. - MattAffterburner

This is SO wrong. Currently the most metal talent can be found namely in death metal - progressive and technical death metal, in particular. Guitarists, drummers and bassists to blow your mind are all in these two subgenres of death metal. Not in Nu metal, ya know. - Metal_Treasure

Some death metal (especially tech death) is some of the most complex music you'll ever hear (I even saw a picture online of a tech death note sheet that looked really challenging, so saying that it doesn't take talent is ludicrous). - DarkMatter1997

One word: Meshuggah - isaaonrtdmtr

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3 It all sounds the same

Of course it doesn't. There's a big difference between the sound of technical death metal and melodic death metal. Also, there's a big difference even between the bands from the same death metal subgenre.
If interested, I made a list about the differences within a death metal subgenre (melodic death metal) - Top 10 Differences Between Children of Bodom and Amon Amarth - Metal_Treasure

Look I think bands like Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel and etc. sound nearly identical. I mean if it's technical death metal or melodic death metal than yeah there might be a slight difference. As for traditional Death Metal, it has no variety from what I've seen and is very similar to Thrash Metal when it comes to how repetitive the bands sound. Call me biased, for having a opinion all you want but so be it. - CaptainMowzker

Depends on what you mean by sounding the same. Most death metal songs sound a lot different. Even some growls sound much different actually (some are high, some are low, some yell, some don't). - DarkMatter1997

Every band has a unique style. - Art_Classical

4 It's too loud

I think "loud" is being misunderstood here. Not loud as in too noisy, but as in too punchy, the singers are too loud and you can't hear the background music. Would you say pop songs are "loud"? No, because it's a person singing softly with mediocre- volume background music. With death metal, it kind of just sounds like a dude screaming his lungs out while musicians in the background try to play louder to be heard. - TheInsomniac

What you do if a pop song is too loud? You turn it down. You have to do absolutely the same with a metal song. Was that too hard to understand? - Metal_Treasure

Then simply TURN IT DOWN (my apologies for using caps). - DarkMatter1997

I get this, they're complaining about it not being ASMR like their lofi hiphop beats or whatever. - EliHbk

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5 You can't understand the lyrics

Death metal vocals are meant to be an instrument and not something that's focused on lyrics. Plus it's not the first time someone's thought of that musical technique (no one can understand opera singers most of the time and opera has been around before death metal has been).

Plus if you wanna know the lyrics then simply look them up. Simple as that. - DarkMatter1997

But that doesn't disprove the fact that you can't hear them. Opera singers aren't singing actual words. Death metalists are. You are supporting the fact that you can't understand the lyrics, and therefore supporting the "stereotype" (Which it really isn't) - TheInsomniac

Opera fans don't understand the lyrics either, because they are usually in Italian, but opera fans don't complain about it. They enjoy the music and its performance, with vocals serving as a musical instrument and not as a person who reads the text for you. It's absolutely the same in metal. - Metal_Treasure

Its not meant to express a deep message anyways. And sometimes the vocals are understandable, depends on the singer. - EliHbk

Just like you can't understand the lyrics to any mumble rap song. - isaaonrtdmtr

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6 It's all angry sounding

I've mentioned before in a previous comment that not all growls are meant to sound angry. Want proof? Some animal experts state that some breeds of dogs growl while they're happy, it's called the play growl (I found that out from the list of reasons to appreciate death growls). - DarkMatter1997

Death metal is an extreme music genre and it sounds aggressive or scary. But not always angry. Thrash metal is a more typical genre that sounds angry. - Metal_Treasure

No, that's grindcore - cjWriter1997

Well it is - TheInsomniac

7 It's too violent

I'm already starting to abhor Cannibal Corpse for this horrendous stereotype that not only harms death metal (but harms metal in general). Not all of it is violent. Some of it tries to focus on being more beautiful and emotional. - DarkMatter1997

Yes, I blame Cannibal Corpse for this stereotype, too. And they aren't even among the best bands musically. - Metal_Treasure

You are kindly invited to visit my list Top 10 Death Metal Bands Whose Lyrics Aren't Gory.
You'll see some of the best death metal bands on that list with details about their lyrical themes. - Metal_Treasure

Just because cannibal corpse is incredibly disturbing that doesn't mean death metal fans are violent. Or any metal fan.

I've got a couple of Metalhead friends, both are decidedly non-violent - Ned964

8 It has a bad fanbase

Death metal is currently my most favorite metal subgenre but I'm a very friendly, intelligent and balanced person. Oh, and I'm not depressed, aggressive, etc. - Metal_Treasure

Poser metal is worse. - CloudInvasion

"Poser metal is worse."

This is PRECISELY why everyone hates your fanbase. - somelifeonaplanet

Let's be realistic, almost all fanbases are full of douchebags. But not all death metal fans are douches (I'm a death metal fan and I'm one of the friendliest people you'll ever meet). - DarkMatter1997

Implying metal fanbases aren't absolutely inane - DCfnaf

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9 It sounds horrible

This is subjective. In my personal opinion, I think it takes the most imaginative person to appreciate death metal (when I listen to it, I'd usually imagine weird creatures who use growling as a form of singing). - DarkMatter1997

To non death metal / metal fans in general, if its not your type of music then don't listen to it - RustyNail

So do horror movies but many people love them. - Metal_Treasure

This is opinion not stereotype - TheInsomniac

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Yeah, can someone get this item off the list? It has no relation to the list whatsoever. - CloudInvasion


Yesss! This is THE single worst death metal stereotype! When people bring this up when I'm trying to explain it, I just cover my ears and walk away. It's honestly so annoying! This should without a doubt be number one! Vote here pleease!
lol that was fun to write. This made me laugh - TheInsomniac

The Contenders

11 The album covers are disgusting

Some of them are actually pretty creative and are pure art (have you seen Malevolent Creation's covers? They're some of the most amazing I've ever seen). - DarkMatter1997

Have you seen paintings labeled " classic art" or " masterpiece", half of them are more disgusting and violent looking - RustyNail

Again, I look at Cannibal Corpse. - Metal_Treasure

Sometimes though... - Neonco31

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12 It's too edgy
13 The band members are drug addicts
14 Singer growls

...The singer does growl? This isn't a stereotype, it's a fact. - somelifeonaplanet

Death metal fans agree with this one. That basically defines death metal - TheInsomniac

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Top Remixes

1. It takes no talent to play
2. It all sounds the same
3. It's too violent
1. It's Satanic
2. It all sounds the same
3. You can't understand the lyrics
1. It takes no talent to play
2. It's Satanic
3. It's too loud


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