Sub-genres of Metal – For Clarification Purposes.

These are the only and official sub-genres of metal.

  • Black (Gorgoroth, Venom, Dimmu Borgir)
  • Death (Nile, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel)
  • Doom (Katatonia, Empyrium, Cathedral)
  • Industrial/Electronic (Ministry, Godflesh)
  • Folk/Viking (Folkearth, Finntroll, Eluvietie)
  • Gothic (Tristania, Sirenia, Therion)
  • Heavy/Traditional (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple)
  • Symphonic/Orchestral (Epica, After Forever, Nightwish)
  • Power (Helloween, Dragonforce, Rhapsody of Fire)
  • Progressive (Dream Theatre, Symphony X)
  • Thrash/Speed (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer)

Often adjectives are put in front of these genres so create so called sub-sub-genres. Some words can include:

  • Brutal
  • Blackened
  • Fantasy
  • Medieval
  • Epic

etc etc etc

Often mistaken for metal…unfortunately…are:

  • Metalcore
  • Deathcore
  • Grunge
  • Grind

These are the genres ruining metal, most prominently in the United States.

I’ll soon take the time to dive deeper into all the forms of metal and give history, example, and sound.


~ by Dreamflights on November 30, 2009.

One Response to “Sub-genres of Metal – For Clarification Purposes.”

  1. Nobody except for that one guy thought grunge was metal lol.

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