10 Amazing Metal Bands That Totally Defy Genre

Celebrating heavy music’s most eclectic and unpredictable artists.

Season of Mist

Let’s face it: We metalheads love to put things into categories. Our genre is one comprised of countless subsects, movements and eras that all readily provoke discussions, each of which separating the rock ‘n’ roll expert from the poseur.

“How amazing was the New Wave of British Heavy Metal?”, “Who was really the first death metal group?” or “Was nu metal really that bad?” are all topics that metal fans usually find themselves debating, while the rest of the world looks into our genre and just sees the one, unilateral style: “Metal”.

But what about those bands that take our affinity for categorisation and spit it back in our face?

The select few that, try as we may, are too eclectic and too unique to wholly fit into just one niche? The following acts have all mastered the supple art of genre-bending, their brilliance resulting in many a rocker looking on and asking “I love it… but just what the hell is it?!”

From cult-adored mavens to up-and-coming connoisseurs, no stone shall be left unturned as we joyfully romp through the most versatile and diverse acts in today’s heavy metal scene.

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