Last Updated on September 28, 2023
People who are not big into music more often than not confuse metal with rock. Band? Check. Guys in mostly weird styles? Yes. Electric guitar and drum sets on stage? Absolutely. The consistently-widening diversity of these two music types is another thing that makes differentiating between them more confusing than before.
But when it comes to the word, what music can be truly called ‘metal’?
What is considered metal music?
You will find a lot of write-ups about its origins that say pretty much the same features. Metal music revolves around heavily-distorted guitar riffs and frequent use of power chords. A lot of them have complicated drum sequences, accompanied by the lowest range of bass notes you’ll hear.
Of course, there’s those usually aggressive, throaty, or screechy vocals that add depth to the songs. Most of these are pretty dark in nature: death, depression, guilt, justice, remorse, and violence are the go-to ideas for many metal composers. Some break the mold and use comedic lyrics masked by head-banging music. When it sounds heavy, chances are you’re listening to a metal track.
If you’re already a fan, then the names Black Sabbath, Pantera, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Korn, Dream Theater, Judas Priest, and Alice In Chains will be familiar to you. If not, you can always check them out on Spotify or YouTube Music. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up adding a new genre to your usual playlist.
Best Heavy Metal Fonts
Playfully nostalgic with incredible vintage aesthetic, Dans Design brings you this amazing typeface that will suit product logos, packaging, headlines, album covers, and apparel.
Highly detailed and ornate, you will love this font on your tattoo parlor or on a metal music cover.
5. Black Pytter
Pair this contemporary blackletter font from Letterhend with regular sans serifs for interesting, polished results. Recommended to be used on Adobe apps and Corel Draw.
8. Hello Mytoys
Want to give your dark, punk works a little sophistication? Use this impressionist typeface with beautiful swashes that will complement whatever project you have in mind.
This gorgeous, ornate font can be applied to wine or whiskey bottles, music covers, shirts, logos, branding, tattoos, or even books.
Boardslide is a rad all caps typeface inspired punk and skateboarding culture. This sharp and energetic typeface is perfect for creating logos, headlines, social media posts, t-shirts, Youtube graphics, event posters, and much more. If you’re looking to create a wild design, then Boardslide is perfect for you!
Bold and somewhat quirky, this decorative typeface by MartypeCo features 4 cool styles in Regular, Rounded, Stamp, and Rough.
18. Escape! Font
Your metal or rock band deserves only the best font. Holismjd brings you this solid choice that could be applied to more than just music projects.
20. Black Orchestra
21. Pink Punk
Want something wild but still readable? This fierce, ‘burning’ all-caps typeface by Prioritype Co will suit all your creative projects.
Gassstype is proud to present this black metal display font that’s handmade and awesome. Includes alternates and multi-language support.
Scary or deadly – you decide. Regardless of usage, this black metal font by Blankids is ready for the undertaking.
Rooted, readable, and ornamental, this strong and brutal typeface will make audiences scream for more.
25. Scratch Metal Font
Easy to install, elegant, and decorative, everything you could ever want in a metal font is here. Brought to you by Naulicrea.