I am amazed at the number of subgenres regarding heavy metal music. Wikipedia listed 26. Yesterday, I found one more. But first, a brief and condensed list on what I found, with bands that I like and you may know.
Glam metal – Motley Crue and Ratt
Gothic metal – Within Temptation and Evanescence
Industrial metal – Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails
Neo-classical metal – Yngwie Malmsteen
Power metal – Dragonforce and Stratovarious
Progressive metal – Dream Theater, Queensryche and my personal favorite – Savatage!
Speed metal – Motorhead
Symphonic metal – Nightwish
Thrash metal – Metallica and Megadeth
Traditional metal – Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest
Alternative metal – Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Tool. Listed under some of the subgenres, wikipedia includes derivatives. For instance, under alternative metal is funk metal – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour and Rage Against the Machine. Also, nu metal – Disturbed, Godsmack and Korn. It’s crazy – I know.
Other subgenres and lesser known are avant-garde metal, black metal, cello metal, Christian metal, crust metal, dark metal, death metal, doom metal, extreme metal, folk metal, grindcore, latin metal, metalcore, post-metal and stoner metal.
So, what did I find that wikipedia missed? Pirate metal.
I never heard of Alestorm. They have 5 pirate-related albums with song titles like Keelhauled, Swashbuckled, and Walk the Plank.
I can find something to like in all kinds of metal and pirate metal just added to it. Hopefully, you may find a song by them to like. Unless, you hate pirates. Or rum. Or tavern wenches named Nancy