Worst Metal Subgenres

Nord666
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.

No this is amazing.Linkin Park,System Of A Down,Korn,Drowning Pool,Disturbed and Sevendust are amazing.Black Metal and Death Metal are worse than Nu Metal.-LitSavage

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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.

This should be number one.

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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.

Pop choruses -checked, boy band image-checked, simplistic approach to a more complex genre -checked, style over substance -checked.

I even prefer that abomination called Nu metal, for christ's sake!

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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

Screamo has Storm [O]. Nu Metal has Faith No More. Metalcore doesn't have anything (as I personally don't really like Converge, either.)

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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 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

THIS IS THE WORST GENRE FOR QUEERS AND POSERS WHO DON'T KNOW ABOUT NOTHING METAL

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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.

Screamo: Emo music with screaming

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8 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

Rap SUCKS! Yeah, I MEAN IT!
Even when you mix it up with metal it still sucks.

Nothing wrong with genre fusion... - Skullkid755

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9 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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10 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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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

I LOVE JESUS CHRIST! HE IS SUPER NICE! IF YOU don't THINK SO, YOU WILL ALL DIE lmao - SoldierOfFortune

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12 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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13 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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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

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

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

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 Black Metal

Not all Black Metal bands are satanic, examples:Immortal, Enslaved,an even the satanic ones like Darkthrone and Bathory are not bad. - GREYBOYY

I've tried getting into Black Metal, I can't do it. Most of the sound production is horrible, and the fans make the metal community look bad. I'm not saying it's too extreme, complex, or satanic for me, it just gives metal a bad name.

I actually enjoy the genre. You hate because of satanism, but what about the music? It has quite a lot of depth and catchy riffing. Listen to Immortal, Bathory, Emperor, Burzum, Darkthrone or Satyricon and it could open your mind a bit.

Black metal is a joke. It's more like comedy metal. The production is terrible. The vocals are trash. They wear make up lmao! And their fans act like it's the best metal genre. Sometimes when I'm in the mood for a good laugh I'll watch a Darkthrone video on YouTube. - Sabbath

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17 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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18 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

Its emo just shrieking

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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19 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.

Rasicm, facism, skinheads, and *some* satanism is bad. They are all bad people who have nothing to do except hate.

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20 Nintendocore

Well, I didn't want to vote for any of the genres here but then I saw Nintendocore and this destroys metal. I don't understand why people don't like Christian metal because even if you are not religious: why should you hate those genres? It's only depending on the lyrics and has nothing to do with the music. Most Christian metal and rock bands write really really good songs, better than for example Slayer. And I'm not sure if satanic metal is a genre and if it is, then it's really senseless. However Nintendocore is really bad.

Is this even a real subgenre?

Nintendocore destroys my favorite metal song :cc

This would more likely be an EDM subgenre. - Metalhead1997

21 Djent

Djent is not a genre, it's a playing style. The term "djent" is an onomatopoeia for the heavy palm muting that Meshuggah uses. Modern bands like Periphery are considered djent, but they aren't.

Calling a metal genre "djent" is like calling a dubstep genre "beep" - ryanrimmel

I don't think djent should be here - whether we call it a subgenre or just a style (there's a discussion about it). Djent is a development of progressive metal with a very specific guitar sound. How bands like Meshuggah or TesseracT are bad? It's a very good subgenre/style that takes a lot of talent. - Metal_Treasure

... or like calling doom metal "dunnn" ... - Metal_Treasure

Duh-jent

22 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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23 Deathgrind

Cattle Decapitation. - Metalhead1997

24 Post-metal

The term "post-metal" is awful. It gives the impression that metal is dead and these bands are trying to revive it, like the post-grunge and post-punk movements.

However, post-metal is a great subgenre nonetheless. Bands like neurosis, Isis, Cult of Luna, Russian Circles, the ocean, and pelican are awesome. - ryanrimmel

Isis? I'm hoping they don't sing about terrorism (sorry for the retarded question) - SirSkeletorThe3rd

Post metal isn't given its name based on the belief that metal is dead (which it obviously isn't). It's basically metal combined with post rock. - Caleb9000

25 Blackened Death Metal

Why is this here - imabigpotato

26 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.

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

27 Groove Metal

Just sucks in my opinion. What's so "groovy" about it? Plus I think it makes no sense that you Pantera fans are the same people that hate on deathcore when Pantera was a major influence (I like deathcore for the death metal element). - IronSabbathPriest

Groove metal is great! Look at Gojira! They are amazing!

Was kinda the prequel of metalcore and nu metal

28 Christian Pornogrind

How would one even write a Christian pornogrind song? Do they just reveal their fantasies about mary? - ryanrimmel

This genre's name makes no sense.

I refuse to believe this exists.

...how do you even write a song in this genre?
Even the name of this contradicts itself. - wrests

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29 Pornogore

So, pornogrind combined with something like Mortician or Devourment? - Metalhead1997

No just no

30 Easycore

Doesn't exist. - Metalhead1997

31 Mallcore
32 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.

Well, Alternative music isn't that bad... But the bands who sing alternative metal are posers... So proud about themselves! But reality is this style requires least talent to play to.
I am a guitarist myself and I know what I'm talking about.

Oh, please, can't we take that simple truth with honesty that Alternative music must not be mixed with metal?

Let me give you example : Nickelback, Coldplay etc. Do they even sounded good to you? If yes, then it's your own fault. - Nord666

Breaking Benjamin falls into this category, and they are not bad. - GREATEST

Alternative metal songs are very good. - zxm

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33 Power Metal

Wait, what? With all the other choices, why would you even vote for this one? Power metal serves as a great gateway genre to new metal fans, even if you don't like the music.

This must be a mistake - the best metal singers are found in power metal (starting with Dio), it's also the most epic subgenre, with some of the most sophisticated pieces. Not to talk about some more technical modern versions like prog power metal and symphonic power metal.

Personally not a fan of it. Don't like how clean and happy it sounds and I really don't like the vocals.

What? One word: Stratovarius. Another: Dragonforce. Two more: Angra and Symphonity.
Power metal, next to Progressive Metal, I'd the best!

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34 Pure Depressive Black Funeral Doom Metal

Never heard of this, but it seems like they really enjoy funerals and death - ryanrimmel

Sounds... Interesting - GreenDayFan21

What the hell is this?

Sounds...specific... - Metalhead1997

35 Bro Core

Imagine if you took a really bad rap metal band, a really bad deathcore band, and dubstep, and mixed it all together. The only good thing about this genre is it seems emmure is the only one actually doing this.

Um...what? - Metalhead1997

36 Jazz Jazz

The Heaviest of all the metal subgenres

I'm not sure if this is a metal subgenre.

What!? This is not even metal

Jazz is good but it's not metal. - Metalhead1997

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37 Happy Metal

More like Happy Meal Metal!

What next?
McDonalds Metal
Cockadoodle-doo Metal
Ronald McMetal
Clown Metal
Eviler- than-Satan Metal
Justin Beaver Metal
Teenybopper Metal
Bubblegum Metal
Barbie princess fairy Metal
My Little Pony Metal
Honey boo boo Metal
Kardashian Metal
Jersey Shore Metal
Okay it's time for me to go to sleep.

It's too hsppy to satisfy my dark metal gothic needs. I need dark, scary stuff. I'm a DARK person. Like Batman dark. You need a torch to see me, that's how dark I am.

Happy metal doesn't exist. - ryanrimmel

...does this really exist? - wrests

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38 Doom Metal

This is the purest metal can possibly get= just like how the mighty Sabbath did it all those eons ago. Not exactly seeing how it's among the worse subgenres. Unless it's because of the fact that it's slower than the others?

Wait what is this even doing on here? Doom is the most beautiful form of metal. It has violins, that in itself means it wins.

39 Funk Metal
40 Hipster Metal

Like what, Deafheaven?

41 Zelda Folk Metal
42 Grunge Grunge Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock and a subculture that emerged during the mid-1980s .

Why would anyone think that grunge is metal? There are only 4 Grunge bands that you could consider metal (Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, The Melvins, and Tad), and even then, the only reason you could consider those 3 bands metal is because they overlap with other genres of metal (Tad and AiC sounds closer to traditional heavy metal, Soundgarden sounds close to Stoner Metal, and The Melvins pretty much created sludge metal). In fact, a good amount of grunge bands didn't consider themselves metal because of hair metal. - roarktenjouin

Officially grunge isn't a metal subgenre. It's alternative rock. Also, many grunge musicians admitted punk influence (I hear some punk in Nirvana). - Metal_Treasure

The worse part about grunge is being forced to describe it as the sub genre of rock nirvana falls into. It's a shame because there's a lot of great grunge bands like Pearl Jam and alice in chains most people miss out on.

Same as Jazz, it's not metal - Neonco31

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43 Melodic Death Metal

This isn't at all a cross between pop and death metal which for work reason some people believe it is. It actually is more a cross between death metal and the new wave of British heavy metal. Check out pre clay an inflames, non mid period soilwork, Carcass's heartwork, dark tranquility, Amon Amarth, and at the gates

What?! Arch Enemy is melodic death metal and they're awesome! Same with The Agonist!

Why is the third famous genre of metal here?

Great instruments, bad singing (Like most death metal) - SoldierOfFortune

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44 Pirate Metal

Like I said about viking metal. You're making a genre out of a lyrical theme which is ridiculous.

Pirate metal is a sub genre of power metal that mixes it with folk metal that often incorporates sailor-sequences vocal melodies. Running Wild is a good example of a pirate metal band. - Caleb9000

There is NO such subgenre - it's folk metal with lyrics about pirates. Music is still folk metal. - Metal_Treasure

Better than death metal or metalcore! - sweetbeef

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45 Crossover Thrash

Suicidal Tendencies is great - Caleb9000

Really? Toxic Holocaust, Bio-Cancer, Municipal Waste? - Metalhead1997

I only enjoy Municipal Waste, but the genre is just terrible. All these bands do is play fast for the sake of playing fast. And most of their lyrical themes are about drinking, parting, headbanging, moshing, playing their own genre, and other stupid random. There are some terrible thrash bands that aren't really crossover, but definitely fit within the genre. (I'm looking at you... Lich King) If you want GOOD thrash metal, I would recommend Dark Angel, Sadus, and late '80s and early '90s era of Sepul-tura! And for the record, I'm the one who added this genre to the list.

46 Blackcore
47 Technical Death Metal

Technical death metal was awesome in the 1990's. But sadly nowadays a lot of the tech-death genre is full of horrible wank-fest bands who just play fast for the sake of it without any real passion. ( I'm looking at you Brain Drill)

48 Slam Death Metal

I like Slam. It definitely isn't for everyone. If you like brutal death metal bands like Dying Fetus, then you would like Slam Death Metal. Check out bands like Katalepsy, Abominable Putridity, Ingested, or Kraanium - ryanrimmel

49 Stoner Metal

Really? Acid Witch, Electric Wizard, Sleep, THOSE bands suck?! You need to branch out more often, dude. - Metalhead1997

50 Viking Metal

You're literally making a metal subgenre out of a lyrical theme. Enough said!

Most people don't know what Viking metal is. It isn't Amon Amarth (they are melodeth). Viking metal is a genre that mixes folk metal with epic doom metal, sometimes with black metal. A good example of a Viking metal album would be Hammerheart by Bathory. Amorphis' "Tales From The Thousand Lakes could also be called Viking metal. - Caleb9000

I voted just so I could say this. Amon Amarth aren't Viking Metal! And no, Viking Metal is not just a lyrical theme, it's an actual sound. Just listen to 'Hammerheart' by Bathory

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