Old School Death Metal

Old School Death Metal

Death metal was born after 1982, when Discharge, Amebix, the Exploited and G.B.H. refined the techniques of extreme music. Bands like Bathory, Slayer and Hellhammer then mixed metal's epic riff styles with the new punk nihilism to invent underground metal. That was in 1983-1984. The following year, Sepultura released Morbid Visions/Bestial Devastation and Possessed released Seven Churches, both of which were death metal in its fully mature form. The year after that, Morbid Angel unleashed one of the first truly progressive death metal album with Abominations of Desolation. At that point, the

Old School Death Metal
Oriental

Oriental

Oriental means "from the East". It is a traditional designation for anything that belongs to the Eastern world in relation to Europe. Oriental music encompasses numerous and different musical styles originating from a large number of Asian countries. It includes Turkish music, Persian music, Jewish music, Arabic music, Central Asian music, South Asian music, Southeast Asian music, and East Asian music.

Oriental
Pagan Metal

Pagan Metal

Pagan metal is a term referred to metal bands with emphasis on Paganism. It is closely related with terms of like viking metal and epic black metal. Pagan metal bands are usually have sort of a black metal and/or folk metal sound, characterised by galloping pace, keyboard-rich anthemic sound and bleakness. Although pagan metal doesn't have a specific sound, it usually features replicated and sometimes real folk instruments, with frequent addition of acoustic guitars and heavily relies on atmospheric elements.

Pagan Metal
Porngrind

Porngrind

Goregrind characterized by sexual themes, vocals that range from pitchshifted growls to absurdly high-pitched screams, and groove-based riffing. Due to pornogrind's often misogynistic and homophobic imagery, many fans of political grindcore detest the subgenre.

Porngrind
Post-Black Metal

Post-Black Metal

The term post-black metal refers to music which is rooted in black metal, but has taken on new directions beyond the traditional aesthetics. Exemplar bands may incorporate progressive, industrial, electronic or post-punk elements or may just have experimental tendencies in general. Although several disparate strains are commonly recognized as post-black metal, such as the post-rock and shoegaze-influenced wave or the more discernibly black metal-oriented avant-garde metal bands, the most appropriate definition of the term would be music in which the core elements of black metal are the

Post-Black Metal
Post-Metal

Post-Metal

Post-metal is a mixture of post-rock and heavy metal, with elements of shoegaze, industrial metal and sludge. It is broadly characterized by distorted guitar, atmospherics, gradual evolution of song structure and a minimal emphasis on vocals. Most songs follow the format of intense crescendos on simple chord sequences but may include sections of powerful riffing. Hydra Head Records owner and Isis frontman Aaron Turner originally termed the genre "thinking man's metal", demonstrating the link with Avant-garde metal, by trying to move away from common metal conventions. "Post-metal" is the

Post-Metal
Powerviolence

Powerviolence

Powerviolence (sometimes written as power violence), is a raw, dissonant sub-genre of hardcore punk. The style is closely related to thrashcore and grindcore. Musically, powerviolence bands focus on speed, brevity, bizarre timing breakdowns, and constant tempo changes. Powerviolence songs are often very short; it is not uncommon for some to last less than 30 seconds. Some groups, particularly Man Is the Bastard, took influence from sludge metal and noise music. Lyrically and conceptually, powerviolence groups were very raw and under-produced, both sonically and in their packaging. Some groups

Powerviolence
Progressive Death Metal

Progressive Death Metal

Technical death metal and progressive death metal are related terms that refer to bands particularly distinguished by the complexity of their music. Common traits are abruptly changing, sometimes chaotic song structures, uncommon time signatures, atypical rhythms and unusual harmonies and melodies. Bands described as technical death metal or progressive death metal usually fuse common death metal aesthetics with elements of progressive rock, jazz and/or classical music. While the term technical death metal is sometimes used to describe bands that not only focus on complexity but also on speed

Progressive Death Metal
Progressive Deathcore

Progressive Deathcore

Deathcore following in the progressive tradition of bands such as Veil of Maya, Born of Osiris and The Contortionist. Progressive Deathcore bands frequently incorporate both elements into their music. This usually takes the form of instrumental breaks, irregularly timed riffs and unusual melodies.

Progressive Deathcore
Progressive Deathgrind

Progressive Deathgrind

Progressive Deathgrind is a subgenre that combines progressive death metal and grindcore.

Progressive Deathgrind
Progressive Metal

Progressive Metal

Progressive metal is a subgenre of heavy metal, which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. Progressive metal is guitar-driven and often features varying (and sometimes sudden) changes in time signatures. The genre is also known for lending itself to complex and extended guitar solos. Consequently, progressive metal songs can become relatively long. Progressive metal, itself a subgenre of rock and metal, has many offshoots. Elements of progressive metal can be

Progressive Metal
Punk

Punk

Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed the perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They created fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY (do it yourself) ethic, with many bands self-producing their recordings and distributing them through informal channels. The ideals associated with punk music have caused a rift between fans of the music due to mainstream bands claiming the title while not applying any of the

Punk
Raw Black Metal

Raw Black Metal

Raw black metal is a 'subgenre' of black metal that seeks to return to the early roots of norwegian black metal, opting for an even more primitive, chaotic, lo-fi and bare-bones sounding music, as direct opposition to the more melodic, cleaner and structured black metal bands that had started to sprung up during the late 90's. Early examples of 'raw' black metal include Ildjarn, Mutiilation and Moonblood. Most 'raw' black metal bands actively seek to remain as underground as possible, often limiting their releases to only a few hundred copies. Raw black metal should NOT be confused with

Raw Black Metal
Satanic Death Metal

Satanic Death Metal

Death metal with Satanic lyrical themes and the bands have a Satanic image as well. Artists such as Deicide and Acheron are pioneers of Satanic death metal.

Satanic Death Metal
Slamming Beatdown

Slamming Beatdown

Slamming beatdown or slamdown is the fusion of "slamming" and "beatdown" genres (for example: slamming deathcore + beatdown hardcore).

Slamming Beatdown
Slamming Brutal Death Metal

Slamming Brutal Death Metal

Slamming Brutal Death Metal (or Slam for short) is a Brutal Death Metal subgenre which focuses on the 'mosh' parts (slams) rather than the blasting parts. The genre started in 1991 by the idea focused by Internal Bleeding but was not recognised as an official sub-genre until 1995 when their debut album Voracious Contempt was released. This was still not enough for most fans to go over to calling it slam death metal. However, Devourment changed this with their debut release in 1997 and made it highly exposed. The genre has since spawned sub-genres which are still criticized as not being proper

Slamming Brutal Death Metal
Slamming Deathcore

Slamming Deathcore

Slamming Deathcore is a sub-genre of deathcore, which focused on the mosh (slam) elements.

Slamming Deathcore
Slamming Downtempo

Slamming Downtempo

Slamming downtempo is the fusion of "slamming" genres (such as slamming deathcore) and downtempo.

Slamming Downtempo
Sludge Metal

Sludge Metal

Sludge metal (sometimes referred to simply as "sludge") is a subgenre of heavy metal that melds elements of doom metal and hardcore punk; sometimes southern rock. Sludge metal is typically harsh and abrasive; often featuring shouted or screamed vocals, heavily distorted down tuned instruments and sharply contrasting tempos. Sludge generally combines the slow tempos, heavy rhythms and dark, pessimistic atmosphere of doom metal with the aggression, shouted vocals and occasional fast tempos of hardcore punk.

Sludge Metal
Speed Metal

Speed Metal

Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music originating in the late 1970's to mid 1980's that was the direct musical progenitor of power metal and thrash metal. Speed metal is characterized by staccato drumming, single-note riffing at fast tempos and complex guitar solos. Unlike thrash metal, speed metal uses melodical hooks. Lyrical themes of speed metal are those common for Heavy metal. Early speed metal bands include Motorhead, Judas Priest, Venom, Anthrax, Megadeth, Rage, Helloween, Blind Guardian, Running Wild, Мастер, among others. Recently, Extreme Power Metal subgenre arose with

Speed Metal
Stoner Metal

Stoner Metal

Stoner metal is a subgenre of metal music that combines elements of doom metal with elements of psychedelic rock and blues rock to create a melodic yet heavy sound. Like stoner metal's close relative genre stoner rock, riffs are often groovy and psychedelic, while the tempo of the music as a whole is generally slow to mid paced. The guitar tuning is kept low and, unlike stoner rock, there is an additional emphasis on a bass-heavy sound. This form of music was first pioneered in the early 1990s by such bands as Kyuss, Sleep, and Cathedral. Several of the genre's earliest establishers shared a

Stoner Metal
Symphonic Black Metal

Symphonic Black Metal

Symphonic black metal is a style of black metal that uses symphonic and orchestral elements. This may include the usage of melodic instruments found in the sections of a symphony orchestra (string instruments, brass instruments, woodwinds and keys). Vocals can be "clean" or operatic in style, song structures are more defined or are inspired by symphonies. However, much of the characteristics of "traditional" black metal are retained, such as shrieked vocals, fast tempos and high-pitched electric guitars often played with tremolo picking. The sound is not always literally symphonic; that

Symphonic Black Metal