Worst Metal Subgenres


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41 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

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.

Officially grunge is a subgenre of punk rock. Not metal. - Metal_Treasure

EDIT: it's more correct to say punk-influenced alternative rock. Many grunge musicians admitted punk attitude. - Metal_Treasure

Same as Jazz, it's not metal - Neonco31

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42 Pirate Metal

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

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

Better than death metal or metalcore! - sweetbeef

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43 Crossover Thrash

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

Suicidal Tendencies is great - Caleb9000

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.

44 Blackcore

Oh come on not even a thing - Lucretia

Nope, Blackcore is very real... and very bad. It's technically called "Blackened Deathcore". - ThatoneMetalhead

45 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)

46 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

47 Stoner Metal

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

48 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

Its good actually think Amon Amarth - Lucretia

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

49 Blackgaze

Deafheaven are great, Alcest are as well (for example), no matter who are listening to them or how they look like. Now, stop being a huge retard who wants to hear something he has already heard and can't stand unusual outfits and aesthetics.

An example? Deafhaven. This genre is a sub genre of black metal which hipsters sing about. Ultimately, it ruins black Metal. Absolute turd of a genre

50 Hair Metal

With Nu metal should be on top ~

51 Gothic Metal Gothic Metal
52 Neo-Classical Metal Neo-Classical Metal Neoclassical metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that is heavily influenced by classical music and usually features very technical playing, consisting of elements borrowed from both classical and speed metal music.

Only few bands do it right. Rest are just monotonous

Most Neo-Classical Metal artists are ridiculously good at what they do... They're just a bunch of wankers. It's a pretentious re-hash of Yngwie and Dream Theater. They've got the technical skill down, I just don't think the music they make is particularly interesting or enjoyable.

Haggard is a pretty great band!

Yngwie, yngwie, yngwie, yngwie! - sweetbeef

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53 Death Metal

Sorry but Death metal is awesome

There are good death metal out their in my opinion. Bands like Death (Absolutely fantastic) and Morbid Angel are great. I even like some Cannibal Corpse and Autopsy. However, after its initial creation, it quickly went south. All the bands started to sound the same and gory lyrics exploded out of proportion so it was all that you ever heard about. So what I'm trying to say is, I like some earlier death metal, but most of it just gets tiresome.

What the hell is Death Metal doing here? - GREYBOYY

The Cookie Monster is not a good singer. - SoldierOfFortune

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55 Progressive Metal

This is one of the best metal subgenres.

Why is this even here? Progressive metal is one of the best metal sub-genres. - zxm

There are some good progressive metal bands. Others are just really generic.

My favorite sub genre. - Caleb9000

56 Symphonic Metal

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

57 Brutal Death Metal

When brutal death first started, it had great bands (Suffocation, Cryptopsy, early Cannible Corpse, Devourment), but a lot of the modern bands are clones with forgettable and laughable music. The only two that actually seem to put out quality music are Nile and Brain Drill. Cattle Decapitations last album in 2015 was also awesome.

Cannibal corpse are very nice


To heavy for somne people buit the fans... they loe it - Lucretia

58 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its fast tempo and overall aggression. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work.The genre evolved in the early 1980s from combining the fast drum beats ...read more.

It brought us Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Exodus, and many more. Thrash metal is one of the most wel known forms of metal and in my opinion, one of the best. - Caleb9000

At the bottom of this list where it belongs. Thrash for life.

Seriously? Thrash metal is awesome!

The technical thrash bands still hold their ground, but the rest of it hasn't evolved at all, to the point where I can predict song structures. We need more bands doing what Metallica did in the 80s. Vektor are doing their best, but alone they're not enough. - IronSabbathPriest

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59 Deathgrind

Cattle Decapitation. - Metalhead1997

60 Goregrind
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