The most comprehensive list of Metal Music genres available on the Internet

The Music Genres List site covers many of the most popular styles of metal music, we hope this becomes the definitive list of metal music genres on the Internet, send an email to add @ musicgenreslist dot com if you feel any metal music genres are missing and we’ll add to complete the music list.

  • Heavy Metal
  • Speed Metal
  • Thrash Metal
  • Power Metal
  • Death Metal
    • Melodic Death Metal
    • Technical Death Metal
    • Brutal Death Metal
  • Slam Death Metal
  • Black Metal
    • First Wave of Black Metal (Blackened Thrash Metal)
    • True Norwegian Black Metal
    • Depressive Suicidal Black Metal
    • Symphonic Black Metal
    • Post Black Metal
    • Atmospheric Black Metal
  • Pagan Metal
  • Viking Metal
  • Folk Metal
  • Symphonic Metal
  • Gothic Metal
  • Glam Metal
  • Hair Metal
  • Doom Metal
    • Funeral Doom Metal
    • Stoner Doom Metal
  • Groove Metal
  • Industrial Metal
  • Modern Metal
  • Neoclassical Metal
  • New Wave Of British Heavy Metal
  • Post Metal
  • Progressive Metal
  • Avantgarde Metal
  • Sludge
  • Djent
  • Drone
  • Kawaii Metal
  • Pirate Metal
  • Nu Metal
  • Neue Deutsche Härte
  • Math Metal
  • Crossover
  • Grindcore
    • Goregrind
    • Porngrind/Shitgrind (Yes, those are a thing)
    • Deathgrind
    • Powerviolence
  • Hardcore
  • Metalcore
  • Deathcore
  • Post Hardcore
  • Mathcore


With thanks to Mich Weber

“I am a journalist for metal music and active as a metal musician and composer, all while trying to walk this earth with open ears and learn a lot about music. So I’d say I have accumulated some knowledge about metal and its categories. Which are many. Like every other day some band tries to come up with a new name for what kind of music they are playing. 

But with this message I’m sending you a list of (hopefully) all metal genres that have at least some bigger influence on the scene and are/were played by many bands. I also skipped those that are just combinations of two genres (like Black Death Metal for example) and those that are purely based on lyrical themes and not on musical distinctiveness. This leaves us still with a pretty big list – metal is a thriving subculture with lots and lots of bands.

The first thing I’d say is that metal should not be listed as a subcategory of rock. Sure, your basic old heavy metal from the 80s might fit there, but this musical genre has evolved and changed in so many directions over the last decades, that classifying it as rock seems really outdated and uninformed (no offense! Your list rules). Metal should be its own category, rock is merely metals ancestor.”

Best Metal Albums Ever?

Paranoid – Black Sabbath

Master of Puppets – Metallica

Judas Priest – British Steel

What’s your best ever?