Metal has a long and noteworthy tradition all around the world; almost every country in the world has a least ONE metal band to boast about. This diversity has led to a number of styles and genres; here are a few of the very best!
- Hair Metal
Hair metal, such as Poison and Judas Priest, has a firm grip on the 80s as the most popular genre to emerge from that era. With loud, reverberated drums and high-pitched singers, hair metal may sound a bit dated today. But I dare you to put on “Living After Midnight” and NOT nod your head along with the music!
- Doom Metal
This sludgy style, pioneered by Black Sabbath, was more popular in the 90s and early 2000s than it is today, but it still has a place in metal history! It is a slowed down and low-pitched, but man it packs an emotional punch!
- Industrial Metal
This style melds electronica with heavy, drop tuned guitars and distorted vocals. Bands like Nine Inch Nails virtually invented this style in the late 80s and early 90s; NIN’s 1992 album “Broken” introduced this tortured sound to the world.
- Folk Metal
This type of metal blends traditional European instruments with epic strings and metal textures. Listen to bands like Ensiferum and Korpiklaani to rock along with this sound; it’s best listened to with a pint of ale in your hand!
- Power Metal
This genre is the closest to the 80s that the last 10 years of music can offer. Power metal is a blend of the beautiful melodies of the 80s with the heavy modern guitar textures; listen to Sonata Arctica and Falconer to hear what I mean!
- Black Metal
This Norwegian style is not for everyone; it usually consists of frantic drums, lo-fi guitars, and unintelligible vocals. It is the most openly Satanic of metal genres, so proceed at your own risk! Mayhem and Darkthrone are two of the best black metal giants.
- Death Metal
This type of metal contains brutal, low screams and low-pitched guitars and some of the BEST playing in metal. It is hard to listen to at first; listen to Cattle Decapitation or Cannibal Corpse for an example!
- Progressive Metal
This style of metal takes influence from classical music and jazz to form complicated song structures; 8 minute long songs are the norm in progressive metal! The solos are usually long and complicated, and orchestral textures are as common as electric guitar power chords. Rush and Dream Theater are two good bands to get you started!
This genre fuses punk energy and speed with metal, and usually has young screaming singers. This is the style many people mistakenly call “screamo.” August Burns Red and Bring Me The Horizon are some of the biggest metal acts today in ANY genre.
And now we get to the most popular metal genre of them all; Metallica, Pantera, and Slayer are all thrash metal bands. This genre also combines punk with metal, but tends to be more angry and raw-sounding than metalcore.
And these are our favorite genres metal! There are many types of metal to try, so you should listen to a bunch of bands and find out what you like best!