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Subgenres Of Metal

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Australian War Metal

 

Also referred to as Satanic war metal or simply as war metal and originating from Australia, it is characterized by a fusion of death metal rhythm section with 1980s thrash-style guitar riffs and vocals, particularly influenced by European thrash bands such ########Kreator andCoroner. The style also borrows its image and lyrical themes from early Black metal. Exponents of Australian war metal include Bestial WarlustDestroyer 666 & Gospel Of The Horns.

 


Baroque Metal

 

Soft metal with a high influence from baroque musicians such as Johann Sebastian Bach. The best example is Alex Masi.

 

Black Metal

 

Considered to be the most extreme subgenre of metal. The genre has its origins in early thrash/speed metal and is often (but not always) characterised by Satanic or occult lyrical themes, usually 'screamed' out rather than sang. Venom and Bathory are credited with pioneering the genre. Other notable black metal artist includeDarkthroneImmortalEmperor,Satyricon and Mayhem.

 

Blues Rock

 

Most important early heavy metal performers were rooted solidly in blues rock: Jimi HendrixCreamBlack SabbathLed Zeppelin.

 

Christian Metal

 

This category can be any style of metal featuring explicitly Christian lyrics or themes. Examples include Stryper and Mortification.

 

Circus Metal

 

Incorporates circus or carnival elements in music or performances. See Mr. BungleDog Fashion DiscoSecret Chiefs 3Vicious Hairy MaryHeadkase and Darth Vegas.

 

Comedy Metal

 

Features pronounced humor and comedy. Comedy metal may have been unwittingly created by the film This Is Spinal Tap in the mid 1980s. Besides Spinal Tap, other comedians parodying metal have included UK project Bad News (featuring comedians from The Young Ones) and US comedian Bob Rivers. Comedy metal has also been created by metal musicians themselves, with some achieving commercial success (most notably Green Jellyand Scatterbrain). Comedy metal can be varied in humour, from being blatantly offensive and politically incorrect (such as #### #########Pungent Stench), to more middle of the road humour (such as Canadian band ######## Hole#####GWAR).

 

Death Metal

 

An extreme style of metal with low-pitched guitars and growling, often incomprehensible vocals. Lyrical themes of early death metal often centered around gore horror (hence the term), although the genre has since diversified. Examples Bolt ThrowerMortification,DeathMorbid AngelDeicide and Entombed. Also see Melodic death metal.

 

Doom Metal

 

Inspired largely by the lumbering dirges and stoned, paranoid darkness of Black Sabbath, and one of the very few heavy metal subgenres to prize feel and mood more than flashy technique, doom metal bands include CandlemassCathedral and Anathema.

 

Epic Metal

 

Incorporates high fantasy and related elements. Examples of epic metal include Manowar,###### SteeleCirith UngolOmenMedieval SteelBathoryDoomSword.

 

Extreme Metal

 

Not a specific genre but a broader definition of some heavier and aggressive styles of metal including black metal, death metal, doom metal, grindcore, hardcore and thrash metal.

 

Folk Metal

 

A style incorporates folk music instruments or themes. Skyclad is probably the most known band in this genre. See Subway To Sally and In Extremo.

 

Gore Metal

 

Subgenre that bases most lyrical inspiration on gore/horror and anything to be considered macabre and "Dark Taboo", Generally revolving around something sickening. Bands linked with this subgenre include: MorticianExhumed and quite obvious from the band-nameCannibal Corpse.

 

Goth Metal

 

A fusion of the bleak, icy atmospherics of goth rock with the loud guitars and aggression of heavy metal, finding the middle ground between the two styles in a melodramatic sense of theater and lyrical obsessions with religion and horror. Bands include Theatre Of Tragedy,Paradise LostLacrimosaTristaniaMy Dying Bride and Type O Negative.

 

Grindcore

 

Influenced by thrash metal, and also hardcore and punk, that takes its name from the "grinding" sound made by the atonal riffs 'grinding' into one another. The style is characterized by a vocal style similar to death metal, rapid fire "blast beats" from double-kick drums and short songs. Exponents of the genre include Napalm Death (regarded as pioneers of the style), Carcass and Extreme Noise Terror.

 

Grunge Metal

 

Sometimes seen as distinct from grunge itself, although combining elements of both grunge and metal. Prominent grunge metal acts include Alice In Chains and King's X.

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Hair Metal

 

Also referred to as glam metal or #### rock, it was a commercially popular style of metal in the 1980s. It features feel good anthems and flashy costumes. Bands include Mötley CrüeRattSkid RowPoisonDokkenGreg HoweVixen and Cinderella.

 

Hard Rock

 

A progression from blues rock and early psychedelia and a precursor to heavy metal. It was pioneered in the mid to late 1960s by artist such as Jimi Hendrix and Steppenwolf, with British bands such as Led ZeppelinCream and Free developing it further. It is hard to distinguish hard rock from early heavy metal, some artist such as Deep PurpleThin Lizzy,Queen and AC/DC fall into both styles.

 

Hardcore

 

Originating as extreme and chaotic version of punk rock but crossed over into Heavy metal due to its similarities in heaviness and aggression. It was also a pivotal influence to thrash metal and later grindcore and Metalcore. Some artists, most notably Suicidal Tendenciesand D.R.I. crossed over styles from hardcore to heavy metal. Other notable hardcore acts include Bad BrainsAgnostic FrontBlack Flag and Minor Threat.

 

Ice Metal

 

Incorporates sounds, imagery and themes related to ice zones, specifically Scandinavia. See Sonata Arctica.

 

Industrial Metal

 

Features elements of dance music, techno, and heavy, distorted guitars. Synthesizers and drum machines are heavily used in this sub-genre. Well known industrial metal acts includeMarilyn MansonMinistryRob Zombie/White ZombieFear Factory and Rammstein.

 

Math Metal

 

This term was reportedly coined by Mudvayne frontman Chüd, and features bands such as Meshuggah and the noisy, grindcore and jazz influenced band by the name The Dillinger Escape Plan.

 

Melodic Death Metal

 

An offshoot of death metal, featuring melodic guitar riffs (sometimes acoustic), and in some examples occasional 'clean' singing. Death and Morbid Angel are primary influences of the genre, which has been developed further by predominately Swedish bands such asEntombedAt The GatesOpethIn Flames and Katatonia.

 

Metalcore

 

This style is a fusion between hardcore and thrash Metal. Notable metalcore artists includeHatebreed and Killswitch Engage.

 

Neo-Classical Metal

 

Incorporates elements or melodies from classical music, especially works by Johann Sebastian BachAntonio Vivaldi and Niccolo PaganiniYngwie J. Malmsteen is a perhaps known proponent of this branch of metal, classical elements were used in heavy metal and hard rock date back to Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Eddie Van Halen's innovations in the late 1970s.

 

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal

 

Often abbreviated as NWOBHM, the term is used to describe British metal artists that emerged in the late 1970s/early 1980s in the wake of the 'original wave' of British metal artist such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. NWOBHM was hugely popular and is influential to virtually all sub-genres of heavy metal since. Major artists included Judas PriestIron MaidenDef LeppardSaxon and Diamond Head.

 

Nu Metal

 

Features a pronounced hip hop influence, and guitar technique is often different from "traditional metal." Some argue nu-metal is a misnomer, stating the genre has very little to do with heavy metal. See KornPapa #####,#StaindSlipknot####,#Drowning Pool,Machine Head and Limp Bizkit.

 

Opera Metal

 

A genre of metal including operatic vocals. An example would be Nightwish.

 

Oriental Metal

 

A sub-sub genre of death metal and incorporating influences from Jewish tradition and eastern music. See Salem and Orphaned Land.

 

Party Metal

 

Also referred to as Pop metal, it features lyrics celebrating drinking, rock or metal music, ###, and related topics. The style often overlaps hair metal and hard rock. Notable artists include Cheap TrickVan HalenQueen####Quiet RiotTwisted SisterAndrew WKand some Judas Priest ("Living After Midnight", "Heading Out To The Highway," "Hot Rockin").

 

Power Metal

 

Features fantasy or science fiction themes. The most famous bands include Helloween,Blind Guardian and Hammerfall, all of them continental European, and Jag Panzercoming from the US.

 

Progressive Metal

 

Combining elements of progressive rock and heavy metal. See Dream TheaterSymphony XStratovarius and DragonForce.

 

Speed Metal

 

Speed metal has its origins in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal with bands such asMotorheadRavenVenomIron Maiden and Judas Priest often combining heavy metal with the speed of punk rock. The style often overlaps Thrash metal, although speed metal is regarded as being more melodic. Other notable speed metal acts include Watchtowerand Racer X.

 

Stoner Metal

 

Also referred to as stoner rock, it overlaps with doom metal, and features heavy, sometimes slow and sludgily distorted riffs and the obvious influence of psychedelic music and more importantly the 1970s fuzz-distorted metal of Black Sabbath and Budgie. Exponents of the genre include CathedralKyussQueens Of The Stone AgeNebula,## Manchu and Monster Magnet.

 

Synth Metal

 

Soft form of metal strongly influenced by the sounds, forms and fashion of the 80's Synth pop, with synthethizers as predominant instruments and guitars only used in a clean, brilliant, bright way, in a second place. Best examples but not the only ones, are Sonata ArcticaRoyal HuntDark MoorWampas and Final Fight.

 

Thrash Metal

 

Incorporated hardcore punk's speed with traditional metal. SlayerOverkill and earlyMetallica and Megadeth. As is true for many of the terms in this list, the moniker "thrash metal" was not always embraced by its supposed representatives; early on, Metallicareferred to themselves as "power metal" (conflicting with the above definition of this term). Conversely, many more or less obscure bands, like Kreator, came up with equally obscure classifications for themselves, such as hate metal. Such labels were often soon forgotten or reused for something else. It was not the big four, it was actually the big five,MegadethSlayerExodusPantera, and Metallica.

 

True Metal

 

This term was coined back in the 1980s by US band Manowar, but came into wider use in the 1990s, when genres such as alternative metal and nu metal began to emerge to distinguish more "traditional" styles such as power metal.

 

SID Metal

 

A recent genre of metal which uses a SID chip. The Swedish band Machinae Supremacyis said to be the founder of this genre.

 

Vedic Metal

 

Was reportedly started by Indian band Rudra which combined death metal with eastern spiritual and folk elements to create a totally new genre called Vedic metal. Other groups include Canyon and Supremo from India, Hellraiser from Thailand and Brisko from Indonesia.

 

Viking Metal

 

Pioneered by Bathory, this is music including Viking-themed lyrics, and sometimes acoustic guitars and folk instruments. See also Thyrfing and Falkenbach.

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Subgenres Of Metal

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Then there's Drone Metal.
Ex. Sunn o))), Earth and Boris

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"TheAverageJC" wrote:

Then there's Drone Metal.

Ex. Sunn o))), Earth and Boris


I just KNEW you were going to be the first one to post! xD  


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"Betzy123" wrote:



"TheAverageJC" wrote:


Then there's Drone Metal.


Ex. Sunn o))), Earth and Boris


I just KNEW you were going to be the first one to post! xD  

Haha, you know me too well. c:

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Subgenres Of Metal

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"TheAverageJC" wrote:



"Betzy123" wrote:






"TheAverageJC" wrote:




Then there's Drone Metal.



Ex. Sunn o))), Earth and Boris


I just KNEW you were going to be the first one to post! xD  

Haha, you know me too well. c:


Is that such a bad thing? :3  


Subgenres Of Metal

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"Betzy123" wrote:



"TheAverageJC" wrote:






"Betzy123" wrote:









"TheAverageJC" wrote:






Then there's Drone Metal.




Ex. Sunn o))), Earth and Boris


I just KNEW you were going to be the first one to post! xD  

Haha, you know me too well. c:


Is that such a bad thing? :3  

Hmm, good point.

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I never knew "Circus Metal" even existed.

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