Explaining The Different Types Of Heavy Metal

Here is An Explanation Of The Different Genres Of Heavy Metal


Image Courtesy of Findadviser

Thrash Metal


At the end of the 70s, the new wave of British heavy metal (New Wave of British Heavy Metal or NWOBHM) gave birth to numerous sub-genres. Among them, the speed metal, variant of accelerated heavy which, in turn, will engender the thrash metal then the power metal.

The thrash in its beginnings takes the form of a heavy metal influenced by hardcore punk temples, very technically oriented, yet melodic but little-not-harmonic and much more aggressive. Unlike other forms of extreme metal vocal techniques are clear and the vocals often shouted. According to the aesthetics, the thrash may be closer to its hardcore origin, as the thrash of the Slayer group, or its heavy and progressive rock origin with Metallica for example.
Power metal is a form of speed metal that focuses on the melodic aspect and often deals with fantastic and epic themes.

Black Metal


Image Courtesy of Findadviser


Evolution of thrash in the 1980s, black metal originated mainly in Scandinavia and was initiated by members of Bathory (Sweden) and Mayhem (Norway). This extreme music is characterized by a high tempo, the predominance of the acute in the type of singing as in the guitars and the saturated basses. Black metal plays mostly on atmospheres, delights in a heavy atmosphere, particularly dark themes related to folklore, mythology, politics or religions.

Among the sub-genres of black metal, there exists in particular a form which favors arrangements of symphonic and atmospheric inspiration: symphonic black metal, extreme music in which the synthesizers are added to the basic formation.
And the metal pagan, a mixture of black metal and folk metal, also known as viking metal, is the basis of this kind of pagan inspiration.


Death Metal


Image Courtesy of Findadviser


Death metal appeared at the beginning of the 80s thanks to some American bands such as Possessed, Morbid Angel or Death which wanted to orient and evolve the thrash towards more extreme forms.

The main objective is to deploy a greater musical technique, all with speed and brutality, in order to produce a sound effect close to a sound wall.
This type of metal is easily recognizable thanks to the use of special vocals, a sort of hoarse grunts, called “grunts” or “growls”, guttural techniques that favor mediums and bass.
The imagery of death metal is, as the name suggests, related to death, suffering, horror and is found both in texts and in group visuals.



Born of the trash, hardcore and anarcho-punk of the early 1980s in the UK, grindcore is a form of music that combines brutality and simplicity. Fast and punk punk, the grind tracks are played very quickly, are particularly short and recorded in a very raw way.

On vocals, we find the gutturales of the death metal vocals and sometimes the screams typical of punk hardcore.
Music very underground and very political at the beginning, the grindcore tackled mainly sociopolitical themes (to read, the texts of groups such as Napalm Death, Nasum or Brutal Truth) then, under the influence of other types of extreme music, Evolved and tackled other themes such as gore or pornography