What is Metal Music?

The Music of a Nu Generation

Metal music ain’t your Grandaddy’s cup of tea. It’s a huge steaming cup of shit aimed straight at the ole audio receptors. Known as the music of satan, metal has a reputation for aggravating, angering, and disturbing people from all over the world. And that’s why we love it so.

For the mast majority of metalheads, Metal music is a way to release energy in a community of others who love the adrenaline of headbanging and heathenism. Kids these days enjoy all kinds of metal music that it’s hard to keep track, but here’s a quick run down of the different types to tickle your ear hole.

Main Types of Metal Music 

Death Metal 

The classic form of metal that you are all familiar with, Death Metal features even more aggressive tones and lyrics than the typical metal sound. Violence is usually a common theme with major bands being named Slayer, Possessed, Obituary, Morbid Angel and more leading the way. This imagery is consistent with themes in the lyrics as well. Singing about death, violence, and disturbing content is all fair game in the Death Metal genre (DUH!).

Thrash Metal

Fast paced time signatures and a heavy reliance on chugging make up this strain of metal that aggressively assaults and assails. Double kick drums and double bass drums are also prevalent and contribute to the unique sound of thrash metal. Some of our favorite bands in this genre include metal behemoths Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Thrash = fast and I could not be more on board.


Disclaimer: there are more “cores” to come. Metalcore swishes around the genres of metal and punk in a form of music that’s a little more accessible to the mainstream crowd. Double bass drums are again a factor (as with most metal) to optimize rockage. I’m not a big fan of Metalcore, but some of the big names are Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage, and Underoath.


See, told ya! Grindcore is more specific even than Metalcore. Grindcore combines crust punk, hardcore punk, and thrash metal to create the sound that keeps on giving. If you like your intensity on level 11 then Grindcore will definitely be your jam. It’s a little more technical and usually includes similar lyrics to Metalcore. My take: I love Grindcore. Napalm Death has to be one of my favorites all time and a true pioneer of the genre. If you haven’t heard them you need to get the fuck off this page and hit up youtube. 

Viking Metal

This is not a joke. Viking Metal does exist! And it’s pretty damn awesome! Leaning heavily on the tropes of norse mythology and viking history, this genre is pretty self explanatory. Some of the bands embrace the whole viking shtick and even dress up (Moonsorrow). If you go to a Viking Metal show in Norway though make sure you don’t laugh, because these dudes mean business. While they may look cute and cuddly many are disgruntled Norwegians with a penchant for paganism.

Christian Metal

The true “dark metal” in my humble opinion, Christian Metal is exactly what it sounds like. Metal which exalts this dude named Jesus. Many conservative Christians decry this as devil worship as well, but who gives a shit. Either way it’s terrible music with a terrible message that only 12 year old subservients would listen to. Just wanted to throw this on here so I could rant a little bit.


Industrial Metal

Popular in warehouses all around Europe (especially in the 90s), Industrial Metal has come to describe a sounds that focuses on repetitive riffs and an almost dance-like backbone. Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, and Marilyn Manson are spearheads of this movement that is not quite as popular as it once was. I still like it, but to me it just screams the 1990s.