Extreme metal is an umbrella term, somewhat loosely defined, for a number of related heavy metal subgenres that have developed since the 1980s. Though the term does not refer to any specific style or sound, it most commonly refers to music which is either a member, or incorporates elements of, genres such as thrash metal, black metal, death metal and arguably doom metal.

Though not well-known to mainstream music fans, extreme metal has influenced an array of musical performers inside and outside of heavy metal, and thrives in various intensely devoted subcultures.



Below is a basic summary explaining how the three primary extreme metal genres evolved:

Extreme metal genresEdit

Primary genresEdit

Primary sub-genresEdit

Fusion genresEdit

Fusions between extreme metal stylesEdit

Fusions with punk and hardcore stylesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. Kahn-Harris, 2007
  2. Kahn-Harris, 2007
  3. Kahn-Harris, 2007
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