Metal music is one of the most understood music genres. It is often looked at as all really intense and loud “screamo” music. The lyrics are generally assumed to take on dark, depressing, or even violent themes. However, this is simply not the case. In fact, there are many different styles of metal music that all differ greatly. Some of the most popular include heavy metal, power metal, thrash metal, death metal, and metalcore.

Heavy metal

This is the style you probably think about when you think metal. It usually has some screaming, although not as much as you might think. The music generally consists of heavy drum input with some double kick that is used for emphasis. The tone of the music tends to be fairly dark and sticks to low musical keys. To the untrained ear, all heavy metal music may sound the same, however, I can assure you that every heavy metal band has their own unique flare.

Power Metal

Power metal has a much lighter tone than other styles of metal. Imagine adventures, knights, dragons, and magic then cross it with metal music and you have power metal. It has a fast tempo and progressive melodies. One of the most unique parts of this style is the speed. It is very reliant on the fast progressive guitar solos combined with fast drum beats. Unlike heavy metal, however, this style focuses more on the guitar than the drums. The songs also tend to tell stories within them and are notorious for being long drawn out ballads. One of my favorite power metal songs is 22 minutes in length.

Thrash metal

You could say that thrash metal is a combination of heavy metal and power metal. Ti takes on the darker more intense attributes of heavy metal and speeds them up exponentially. It tends to emphasize the guitar more than anything else. From the riffs to the solos, guitar in thrash metal is simply incredible.

These are just a few of the many different sub-genres of metal music. There are tons of other styles that each has their own selling points. If you want to take a look at some of the other styles take a look here. Hopefully, you realize that not all metal music is the same dark intense music for only specific types of listeners. there is something in metal for all music lovers. You just have to find your niche. Next, I am going to break down of the lyrics in some of my favorite metal bands. Let me know what your favorite style of metal music is, and why. Also, has metal music had a positive impact in your life in some way?