Thrash metal is heavy metal that is usually at a higher tempo with influences from punk, speed metal, and hard rock. It's been one of the most successful metal genres, with many platinum albums by the famous bands called the Big Four of Thrash metal which include Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer.
Death metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music. Descended originally from thrash, it often employs heavily distorted guitars, tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, blast beat drumming, minor keys or atonality, and complex song structures with multiple tempo changes.
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Slayer: for fans of the death metal/speed metal band Slayer, who mixed British heavy metal (NWOBHM: Angel Witch, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Judas Priest) and extreme hardcore punk (GBH, Discharge) to create a new style which along with Bathory and Hellhammer served as the birth of the death metal and black metal movements.
Melodic death metal is a subgenre of metal that combines elements from the new wave of British heavy metal with components of death metal. Melodic death metal began in the early 1990s through the rise of bands such as In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and At The Gates. /r/melodicdeathmetal is is a place for news, song sharing, and discussions on all things related to melodic death metal.
Metalcore is a subgenre of hardcore punk combining various elements of extreme metal and hardcore punk. The name is a portmanteau of the two genres. Metalcore is distinguished from other punk metal fusions by its emphasis on breakdowns: slower, intense passages conducive to moshing. This is a place for news, reviews, videos and discussion of your [favorite metalcore bands](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Metalcore_musical_groups).