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  3. Metal Sub-genres

    1. Gothic Metal

      The heaviness of doom metal with the dark melancholy of gothic rock

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    2. Groove Metal

      Often used to describe bands like Pantera and Exhorder. With mid-tempo riffs similar to those found in Thrash Metal and a tendency to focus more on groovy syncopation and heaviness than outright speed.

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    3. Industrial Metal

      Repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals.

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    4. Progressive Metal

      Powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with complex compositional structures, odd time signatures and diverse philosophical lyrics.

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    5. Heavy / Traditional Metal

      Mid-to-fast-tempo riffs, by thumping basslines, crunchy riffs, extended lead guitar solos, and clean vocals.

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    6. New Wave of British Heavy Metal

      The New Wave of British Heavy Metal was a heavy metal movement that started in the late 1970s, in Britain, and achieved international attention by the early 1980s.

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    7. Doom Metal

      Slower tempos, low-tuned guitars and a much "thicker" or "heavier" sound.

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    8. Black Metal

      Fast tempos, shrieked vocals, highly distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, blast beat drumming and raw recording.

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    9. Nu-Metal

      A fusion genre which combines elements of heavy metal with other genres, including grunge and hip hop.

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    10. Power Metal

      Fast tempo and melodic harmonies, the sound tempered by characteristics of speed metal.

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    11. Stoner Metal

      Slow-to-mid tempo and features standard-tuned guitars, a bass-heavy sound, melodic vocals, and 'retro' style production.

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    12. Folk Metal

      Fusion of heavy metal with traditional folk music. This includes the widespread use of folk instruments and vocal style.

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    13. Death Metal

      Heavily distorted guitars, tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, blast beat drumming and minor keys.

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    14. Thrash Metal

      Fast tempo and aggression, fast percussive and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead.

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    • Circling back to Cradle of Filth, I was shocked to hear the two singles for the new album and loving both of them!! I haven't heard a CoF track that really excited me since Midian, but these two were great. I had to order the album.
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    • I haven't listened to them muchm but first thing that springs to mind is Ne Obliviscaris. I don't know about the drummer being the best on the planet, but the other boxes are ticked (two singers, strings, modern mix/master etc).  
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