Worst Metal Subgenres

Metal, the most loved and appreciated genre in the world and one of the realistic music genres to listen to along with Rock music.
But, did you know that even Metal contains some stupid subgenres which will make you mad if you ever try to listen?
Well, this list contains such subgenres. Please vote and comment!

The Top Ten

1 Nu Metal

What pisses me off the most about this subgenre is that it sells a ton of records. I mean, most of the "metal" people have heard is like "down with the sickness" and "let the bodies hit the floor" or whatever. And then they just assume that's what all metal sounds like. I'm not saying the general public would probably like metal if they heard the real bands, but seriously, Nu metal's kinda the obnoxious force field blocking people from discovering good metal. Same with deathcore.

Besides a few slipknot songs. I completely hate this genre, everything about it. - ryanrimmel

The most lacking of metal elements I have ever listened to... No offense to anyone out there, but this is not metal because it lacks solos even though it has the heaviness. Just evolve it a little and I will reevaluate my whole understanding of this genre. I grew up on this stuff, and then I grew the hell up.

Un metal is just a sub genre of metal which is there to make money, while the fans don't think so because it's 'metal' in their opinion. There are maybe a few songs which are pretty good, but you can tell when they are doing it to inderectly depreciate real metal

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2 Pornogrind

It's just a disgusting form of metal...

What? Why isn't this number 1 this is the worst

Nothing but awful, boring instrumentals, pig snorts for vocals, and nasty album covers. There are no lyrics, but what they claim they're singing about is disgusting. Awful music.

That is disgusting music with vocals straight from the toilet

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3 Glam Metal

I hate their appearance, hairstyle and all. But, I do like some bands belong to this genre. - Nord666

Laugh out loud this genre is a complete joke, bunch of sell outs who conform to a certain look and sound, no individuality - superluke10000

It's hard to be any worse than the immensely fake subgenre that rivaled the pinnacle of musical excellence called THRASH.

The actual music from these bands are usually good, but the band members really need to improve their appearance.

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4 Metalcore

I personally don't believe there is a "worst" subgenre. Mainly because I can listen to all of them without bashing on others, but metalcore isn't that bad. Maybe it's the scene metal core bands like Asking Alexandria and Of Mice & Men that are more hated, but you have to look beneath the bad ones because that's where all the good metalcore is. Prime examples would be As I Lay Dying, Trivium, old Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage, Overcast (first metalcore band ever), All That Remains (except their latest album), etc. Once again, not all of it is bad, and anyone with an open mind could clearly see this. - MetalFoREVer1228

Screaming is a form of vocal distortion and it does take talent to do it right, Just saying. There are some really great metalcore bands out there, just like in every genre, but there are also some bands that aren't that great, either way, I'm not a hater on any band, in the end, they're making money, they're living the dream

I will agree with the negative comments on here because metalcore is one of the most untalented genres in the metal scene screaming is not hard I don't care what anyone says if they say its hard they're full of it anyone can do it just gotta have faith and try of course but other then that any one can hit an open note on the E string and palmute the E, A and D string its not hard I seriously suggest if your a learning guitarist do metalcore but anyways it couldn't get any more annoying with the random sweep solos and just down right stupid simple open note hits and palm mutes you want an actual talented genre of metal kids go listen to thrash or heavy metal that is all stay brutal

This needs to be #1. Way worse than nu metal. - The01Bro

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5 Crunkcore

What? Nu metal worst genre of metal. Have you ever listened to brokencyde. They are the worst band and nu metal is actually decent like korn and around the fur period deftones (after that they went more experimental).

Crunkcore (aka crunk punk) is NOT a metal subgenre - it's a punk subgenre. How this combination can be metal: crunk, screamo, and emo (these are the main ingredients of crunkcore). None of these are metal (emo and screamo are forms of punk, too). Besides, crunkcore often has dance-pop beats and "sexually provocative lyrics." - Metal_Treasure

I just went and listened to a song by Brokencyde. I had no idea this even existed. It was every bit as hard to stomach as rap and country if not harder. It may indeed be one of the worst sound I've heard.

This isn't even metal. This is what bands such as Blood on the Dance Floor and Brokencyde are. Are they metal? No. Kind of annoys me when people say BOTDF are posers when there's nothing metal about them. - IronSabbathPriest

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6 Rap Metal

Hey, Nord666, I understand that you're extremely opinionated and everyone has the right to their own opinion...so here's some news: Anthrax, one of the big four of Thrash and one of the most influential metal bands of all time were at the helm of this one. Not saying that Rap Metal is good, because over all, it's not. But remember that little song called "Bring the Noise! "? Yeah, that was Anthrax and Public Enemy. Let Limp Bizkit (Rap Metal), Emmure (MetalCore), Impending Doom (Christian Doom), and all of the other bands that you've been ragging on, do their thing. They are the ones on stage with millions of screaming, supportive fans who happen to enjoy what these bands do, and you are not.

Woo hoo! The fusion genre of rap (the worst music in the world) and metal! WHOEVER created this genre must hang himself. - Nord666

Scott Ian of Anthrax, yeah from the Big-4 of thrash. Find on YouTube the song Bring the Noise by Anthrax and Public Enemy. - Metal_Treasure

Even when you mix it up with metal it still sucks.

rap sucks

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7 Screamo

Their music is for little emo kids that like childish themes and bad over heroic lyrics. They are a shame for real Rock N' Roll and they better disappear quick with the horrible vocals that this genre implies.

Worse than Core and Nu Metal combined. The only redeeming feature is that most people recognise it isn't metal, unlike Nu Metal which falsely represents metal for the rest of us.

Not metal, but it's awful nonetheless. Also, lulz at the tool who can't understand anything remotely intelligent such as anything classical-influenced.

The WORST music genre ever invented. I won't even TRY to give it a chance. - Metalhead1997

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8 NSBM (National Socialist Black Metal)

Nazi music is here! They talk about race extremism, support racism and racial wars!
Cleary they have a disconnection inside their brain, because Nazisfascism suck and so does their music. - Nord666

This sub sub genre is so hated, even Satanist Black Metal bands shun it!

This one shouldn't be first? I mean, Religious metal doesn't hurt anyone, but this one do! And why rap metal is so bad? Rap music isn't the worst genre in the world ¬¬

This Is The Worst Genre Of Music, I Can Respect Your Opnions If You Like Something Like Crunkencore Or Bro Country, But Here I Can't

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9 Deathcore

I find that the only individuals who hate deathcore are elitist scumbags who think their music is the best kind of music, and can't accept other people's opinions in music. If death metal or black metal is your thing, be a decent person, and LEAVE DEATHCORE AND DEATHCORE FANS ALONE. There are plenty of posers in the sub genre, I get it. But for the sake of those who aren't, like myself, leave deathcore alone. Please and thank you.

Why is metalcore ranked higher than deathcore? Metalcore isn't great but it at least has some decent bands in it. Deathcore, however, does not. Whats the point of even listening to it when there's death metal/melo-death metal, which is FAR superior.

Deathcore has a few good bands like Whitechapel and Make Me a Donut (which is obscure as heck). Deathcore is not my favorite genre at all, but Make Me a Donut is probably my favorite band. Deathcore may not be amazing, but there are a few gems. You just have to search for them.

I don't quite agree with Whitechapel, but Make Me a Donut is an obscure little gem. I would recommend Make Me a Donut to any extreme metal fan. - ThatoneMetalhead


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10 Unblack Metal

Hearing someone growl "I love Jesus" just annoys me.

I've never heard of this honestly anyway why does this annoy you? I mean its only music just leave it there nord666 just a question... Why would growling/screaming be satanic?. -.

What's so bad with spreading a Christian message to fans of Black Metal that are Christians?

The oxymoron as displayed in the genre's name is hilarious. Shrieking in high goblin vocals about loving Jesus Christ doesn't really make sense. You have Christian Metal for that, you know.

How about "Unblack Islamic Metal", except the shrieks are chanting "Allahu Akbar" and praising the Prophet Muhammad? Still wouldn't make any sense anyway.

And before someone calls me an Islamophobe on the second statement, I am a Muslim. - CrimsonShark

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The Contenders

11 Christian Metal

Guys some Christian metal bands are Better than non Christian metal bands. Just saying...

I am pretty sure, if Jesus Christ himself was alive he wouldn't listen to this genre... It's AWFUL man!

This is just a group of bands and NOT a subgenre - Christian Metal bands play all other metal subgenres (thrash, power, prog, death) but with Christian lyrics. You can't create a music genre based on specific lyrics. Same for some other "subgenres" I see on this list - pornogrind, satanic metal, etc. These are not subgenres. - Metal_Treasure


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12 Grindcore

Completely unstructured music. Just blast beat drumming, one to two chord progressions on guitar, slapping random noted on the bass, and squealing like a pig being gutted alive

Where do I begin, well it sounds like the singer is trying to vocalize a sharpening stone in a blender, the guitarists just repeat the same 10 corde over and over, the drummer is no worse, the fans they have are a bunch of emo losers that don't need to be alive and to top it all of the lyrics to some of the songs are repulsive and garbage. the absolute worst genre of music ever. the ONLY good thing is the artwork on some of the albums, I mean some of that is strait baller

There's good grindcore and bad grindcore. For good grindcore, go listen to Pig Destroyer (best album: Prowler in the Yard), Napalm Death (Scum or Apex Predator - Easy Meat). Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Extreme Noise Terror are really good too - ryanrimmel

"Metal is just noise! "

I tend to direct that towards Grindcore. I can forgive Death Metal and Black Metal in that there is a structure in what is played for the most part. On the other hand, Grindcore songs tend to be only seconds long, so very little could be done to lay out a verse. The vocals (Which sometimes feel pretentious) take up most of a song's run time and the instrumentals are quite limited. There may be a redeeming band or two, but the genre is very unimpressive for the most part. - CrimsonShark

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13 Satanic Metal

Satanic metalheads give a bad name to the regular metal lovers

Most pointless weird genre to ever exist. Christian metal is pretty messed up too, but Satanic Metal?... Really?... I just don't get it. Whats the point of it?

"Satanic Metal" This doesn't exist. If you people were twice as smart, you'd still be stupid.

hail satan - imabigpotato

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14 Rapcore

This is a subgenre of hardcore punk.

This has nothing to do with metal - it's "core" (i.e. punk) with rap. There's NO metal in it. - Metal_Treasure

15 Drone Metal

Play as loud and slow as possible! This is comparable to listening to a jet engine. Everyone would like that, right? Right? - GREATEST

Takes patience and certain moods.. Not for everyone..
. Awesome slow and heavy riffs

I don't think its bad but it definitely isn't my thing, although I'm still very open to listen to drone metal if suggested.

Hahaaa "DRONE METAL? LOL... what a joke.

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16 Christcore

Hah, again! This is the Christian version of Metalcore. People already hate metalcore for many a reasons, then imagine how they will hate this one. - Nord666

Lol this genre does not exist! Just another invented label. Just who invented this? Wikipedia always want to categorized metal subgenres.

Nord666, I'm not a Christian but what hell is wrong with you and Christian Metal? Christian Metalheads are a lot better than prople who call themselves Metalheads while they're Satan's slaves. - GREYBOYY

? Never heard of this. - Metalhead1997

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17 Suicidal Depressive Black Metal

There are a some songs I like from this genre itself is not a bad genre but the name Suicidal Depressive Black Metal sounds dumb - countnightdark13

I know black metal is supposed to be dark, but there's no point in listening to a genre if it makes you wanna slit your wrists - ryanrimmel

I only like xasthur and leviathan but still dsbm isn't that bad, quite decent

There are people who really love this, and they don't kill themselves
lol you take its name too seriously
oh dumb people... - Ananya

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18 WP Metal (White Pride Metal)

Oh, well, this is worse than NSBM! These are skinheads who have no talent in music and chose metal to express their retardness.
This is more like Black Power Hip-Hop and all that bs.
Metal is free of racism and it always will be. - Nord666

Obviously metal is not always free of racism as proof of this genre - mool

So... NSBM that isn't Black metal? That sounds terrible. - ThatoneMetalhead

This subgenre sucks I'll rather hear pornogrind.

To many special pride qand faqith genrwes - Lucretia

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19 Kawaii Metal

Kawaii Metal music isn't the best but it sure is interesting and good. Kawaii Metal music is fun and enjoyable to listen to.

Does this even exist? - Lucretia

This genre only has one band (Babymetal). It has yet to really expand into a movement, so I think that it's abbot too early to judge it. - Caleb9000

Anime much? - Metalhead1997

20 Sludge Metal

Sludge is awesome! Listen to Baroness, Black Label Society, MASTODON, Crowbar, Eyehategod, Acid Bath, Down, Neurosis?!? They are incredible bands - ryanrimmel

If you think Sludge Metal is bad, listen to Melvins, Neurosis, Mastodon, and Acid Bath. They will quickly change your mind. - ThatoneMetalhead

Some of the guitar riffs are cool but most bands in this genre have very annoying vocals.

No. Sludge metal, as well as sludge punk are kick-ass genres. - N4XUS

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