Worst Metal SubgenresNord666 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!
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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.
You can’t get worse than Pornogrind, you can’tV 26 Comments
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.
Nu metal is great, better than the crap kids listen to now, I'm only 12 and I know that. great bands such as disturbed, slip knot, limp bizkit, linken park, ill nino, static x, unloco, and darwin's waiting room are all nu metal. give nu metal a chance and then you will see how good it is.V 33 Comments
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.
SucksV 26 Comments
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
Much worse than hair metal in my opinion.V 44 Comments
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
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).
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. - IronSabbathPriestV 11 Comments
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
A disgrace to metalV 16 Comments
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.
I don't think rap and metal are a good combination to blend. And most bands that play it are hardly "metal" in my opinion, since their only "metal" trait is distorted guitars. No solos, galloping riffs or any other traditionally "metal" element.V 16 Comments
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.
Not metal, but it's awful nonetheless. Also, lulz at the tool who can't understand anything remotely intelligent such as anything classical-influenced.
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.
Screamo: Emo music with screamingV 10 Comments
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 not a genreV 12 Comments
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?
OxymoronV 14 Comments
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
Christian metal actually is pretty goood I mean seriously even metallica's Creeping Death would make the cut and we all know that, that song is amazing!V 13 Comments
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.
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.
It's just... - Userguy44V 11 Comments
No, black metal and satanic metal aren't the same thing. Black Metal is originally a musical sub-genre of Metal. Means an extreme metal genre, heavy genre. Yes, black metal contains a lot of satanism. But you can still play black metal without satanism. Just play black metal guitar riffs and other instruments. Change the lyrics into non-satanism. Then it can still be called black metal. But satanic metal is only that genre which contains satanism. Nothing to do with the music, it focuses on the lyrics. In this point of view any metal genre can be called satanic metal if it contains satanism. But while most of black metal artists have satanic lyrics in their songs, that's why those are both black metal and satanic metal. In fact most famous black metal bands are satanic.
Check some unblack metal bands. They too play black metal music. But only difference is their's lyrics. Non-satanic lyrics.
But anyway, I hate this genre (satanic metal). Cause it hinders the whole metal ...more - zxm
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?
hail satan - imabigpotatoV 10 Comments
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
Takes patience and certain moods.. Not for everyone..
. Awesome slow and heavy riffs
To be honest, I think that Drone metal is like a crappy knockoff version of Funeral Doom.
Funeral Doom metal has the most crushing riffs, and the deepest vocals you will ever hear. Take Thergothon for example. Their one and only album (Stream From the Heavens) is a masterpiece in all regards, and is a must listen for all doom metal fans. If you think you know slow heavy and have not heard that album, you are sadly mistaken.
Aand then there's drone metal. After listening to any song by Thergothon (or just about any other Funeral Doom band, really), you aren't even phased by Drone metal anymore. It just becomes... boring. Even though bands like Sun O))) can craft some crushing riffs, they are not even close to the wonderous riffs that Funeral Doom can provide. - ThatoneMetalhead
Play as loud and slow as possible! This is comparable to listening to a jet engine. Everyone would like that, right? Right? - GREATEST
As much as I hate Metalcore, at least that sounds like music this genre to me isn't music, it's extremley boring noise. it sounds like the band left the recording studio for lunch and there's a rat sniffing around the instruments while accidentally playing the guitar and they just ended up using it - christangrantV 8 Comments
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. - N4XUSV 2 Comments
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
Cattle Decapitation. - Metalhead1997
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. - Metalhead1997V 2 Comments
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
Here is the dumbest metal genre in the spectrum. - AdamDestructorJr.
Its emo just shriekingV 3 Comments
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
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.V 1 Comment
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
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
Doesn't exist. - Metalhead1997
Why is this here - imabigpotato
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.
I hate it there’s pretty much no vocals it’s so slow and it’s NOT HEAVY I REPEAT ITS NOT HEAVY it’s always so low I can’t even hear it it’s so bad people say it’s beautiful it’s so BORING there’s NO SOLOS there’s just extreme growling but there not words all they do is strum pretty much and the riffs are awful so BORING for example sunno))) is pretty bad but not heavy reason why is because it’s slow and when it stays like that it eventually loses sound volume till they strum again and u can here it and sometimes it will vibrate so it sounds like trash when it’s quick u can here the true heavyness cause when u first strum it has this deep distortion that sounds heavy and since it’s constantly played it sounds heavy but with doom it’s not I don’t know mabye I haven’t listen to the good stuff I will try some more out but so far it’s a bad experience
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
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
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
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
Babymetal is trash
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
Very generic, nothing special. I love gothic and symphonic metal.V 5 Comments
This is even a real subgenre?
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
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!
So, pornogrind combined with something like Mortician or Devourment? - Metalhead1997
No just no
With Nu metal should be on top ~
More like Happy Meal Metal!
Eviler- than-Satan Metal
Justin Beaver Metal
Barbie princess fairy Metal
My Little Pony Metal
Honey boo boo 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? - wrestsV 4 Comments
Like what, Deafheaven?
The Heaviest of all the metal subgenres
I'm not sure if this is a metal subgenre.
What!? This is not even metal
I got tinnitus from listening to much to thisV 7 Comments
Faith No More? - Userguy44
Really dumb, there is literally a song called "using rapebabies as riot shields"
At least it's at the bottom. Symphonic Metal is one of the most underrated and most awesome metal subgenres!
It's just really lame music for goth kids
Heavy metal is actually GOOD. Bands like Quiet Riot, Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, how do they suck? - Metalhead1997
Bro this is metal period
Metal is the worst Metal genre
What?! Who ever put this here, is NOT a metalhead?!?!
Iron maiden, Black Sabbath, judas priest, Metallica, five finger death punch... Are Heavy Metal bands! - ShahryRKnoT
Metallica is Thrash, and Five Finger Death Punch is Metalcore. - ThatoneMetalhead
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 - Neonco31V 3 Comments
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) - SoldierOfFortuneV 6 Comments
Like I said about viking metal. You're making a genre out of a lyrical theme which is ridiculous.
There is NO such subgenre - it's folk metal with lyrics about pirates. Music is still folk metal. - Metal_Treasure
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
Better than death metal or metalcore! - sweetbeefV 1 Comment
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.
Slam is flat out bad. Devoid of any riffs.
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
Really? Acid Witch, Electric Wizard, Sleep, THOSE bands suck?! You need to branch out more often, dude. - Metalhead1997
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