If you have just started listening to heavy metal or been stuck in one sub genre of music, it can be confusing where to venture to. There are dozens of sub genres of metal music, all ranging with different styles. For those who are looking to break out for a new area here are the best heavy metal bands to listen to.
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Stay with the classics with the bands that brought heavy metal to main stream. This is the basic and most pure form structure of true heavy metal.
3 Inches of Blood
When you are looking for a fast tempo metal with an aggressive stance pick thrash metal. Combined with overlaid shredding solos, sit back and enjoy.
Death metal will give you low distortion with palm muting, tremolo picking, double bass, and deep growling vocals, also known as “Cookie Monster” vocals.
Also known as melodeath metal, melodic death metal has all the elements of death metal, but with more melodic guitar riffs and vocal singing.
Most common element in black metal is the shrieking vocals and high treble guitar distortion. The raw recording and emphasis on atmospheric sounds come standard on most albums.
Closely related to traditional metal, power metal will give you uplifting sounds with fantasy based subject matter and powerful choruses.
Heavy distortion and low tuned guitars, doom metal has a heavy sound and long notes. It has characteristics of despair, dread, and impending doom.
Swallow The Sun
My Dying Bride
Folk metal comes in different forms, but is characterized by the instruments of choice. There will be musicians using folk instruments such as tin whistle, bag pipes, accordions, hurdy-gurdy, or fiddle.
Progressive metal is heavy metal with a more experimental and complex compositions. Giving you a loud and aggressive but controlled style.
If you are looking for some metal that has deep drums, full symphony orchestras, keyboards and close relation to classical music, symphonic metal here for you.
Cradle of Filth
Metalcore has a high energy and emphasis breakdowns, promoting intense moshing. Most characteristic found in metalcore is heavy guitar riffs, double bass, and screaming vocals.
Between The Buried and Me
As I Lay Dying
All That Remains
Alternative metal is closely related to rock music but combines elements of heavy metal. This music is characterized with heavy guitar riffs, melodic vocals, with limited harsh vocals.