Ten most common metal subgenres examined
Keeping track of metal and all its subgenres can often be confusing and frustrating. Classic and thrash metal are at the center of the metal universe, while various other styles are major and minor constellations radiating manic energy. Sorting through the subgenres can be a tedious task. This is why metal nerds were invented. Here we do our best to examine the ten most common metal subgenres.
10. Power Metal
Power metal is more chipper than most metal subgenres, featuring a more exhilarated atmosphere with high-pitched vocals, a crisp recording, pulsating double-bass drum and clean, lighting-fast power-chord fingering. Power metal is also one of the geekiest subgenres of metal, commonly manned with lyrical themes of fantasy and science fiction. Meshed with an upbeat atmosphere, it gets the imagination blasting off into outer space. Larping can't get much better than when accompanied with power metal.
9. Symphonic Metal
Plucked from power metal, symphonic metal wraps operatic vocals with power chords, keyboards and is usually fronted by a female vocalist. Symphonic metal takes the upbeat mood of power metal and injects it with Red Bull, puts the keyboard at the forefront and strips back the guitar -- feeling more like an accent than a major metal weapon. It can also often emulate orchestral arrangements or add a live orchestra alongside to amp up the grandeur.
8. Nu Metal
Rap metal found its way with a stepping stone of Faith No More, Beastie Boys, Anthrax and Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise," and then to the seamless blend of rap and metal by Rage Against the Machine. Nu metal grew from Korn's funk metal combined with emotions other than anger, rollercoaster whispering to screaming vocals, bass slapping instead of strumming/plucking and minimalistic guitar. Subsequently, nu metal bands like Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park added more rap, turntables, melody and backwards baseball caps.
7. Progressive Metal
Progressive metal is as time consuming and complex as a spider web to create. Syncopated beats throw off first time listeners, puttering like a malfunctioning functioning old engine you pump the gas pedal to get started. With each beat, it seems like the song can be taken in any direction. Extensive and technical solos are common from all instruments, not just the guitar, mirroring a jazz-like mood and improvisation.