Wednesday Question: Best Modern Rock Genres

What are the best genres in modern rock music? Share your opinion here to find out.

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Rock music has, thankfully, spiralled out of control.

Since its modest beginnings as an unruly cousin to blues, rock music has captured the imagination of young people across the decades. And with each generation comes new iterations to enjoy, share and develop.

Today, there are dozens if not hundreds of rock music offshoots - but which are the most popular?

This week's question is:

What are the best modern rock genres?

It might seem like a tough poll, but it's pretty straightforward. Just pick a genre and an artist which you think is a great example, and if others vote for it, it might win the poll.

Post one genre (and sample artist) in the comments, and place your votes as normal. Feel free to correct people if the genre can be better described, or if you have a suggestion for a better artist to share. Good luck!

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    Stoner rock/metal (like corrosion of conformity, the sword etc)
    That dont count, Thats been around for daaaaays. were talking about newer genres.
    just put stoner/doom/sludge in one category, they are so similar plus then the results will be varied.
    Early Mastodon, Sleep, High on Fire, Electric Wizard, and Bongzilla to name a few more
    Actually I like Sludge (in all his forms - Neurosis, ISIS, etc)
    post-metal, or 'heavy music', or 'metal influenced prog rock', or whatever they like to call themselves, doesn't get enough respect anywhere, and especially not on UG.
    Can't we all just love music and get along? The man likes Christian Rock, big deal...a besides, Skillet's new album got some pretty epic shred going on
    Melodic death metal (Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy...)
    Classic Rock: cos' at the end of the day, you can't beat the old shit :p
    Hard desicion between classic rock (Beatles, Zeppelin, Queen, Stones etc.) and alternative rock (Radiohead, Muse, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand etc.)
    it's a lame name, but the whole 'scramz revival' scene thing has quite a cool vibe, a lot of variation in band sound and that, bands like La dispute, mewithoutyou, algernon cadwallader etc
    Why are people posting metal/metalcore in a rock question poll? If this was a metal sub genre question and people posted rock genres the metal heads would explode into rage fits and possibly trace your IP and show up at your door with their replica Conan the Barbarian swords ready to chop heads. On another note, **** genres.
    Post-Punk. Joy Division is the famous example, but Bauhaus, Early The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees etc.
    I really like the punk-prog movement that's been starting up in the underground. These Arms Are Snakes and Slint, for example.
    Post-Rock/Post-Metal (The Ocean, Russian Circles, Cult of Luna)
    Hmm...I love rock...but there is this sort of music called the billy-goat sessions with Yo Yo Ma which is actually pretty spectacular...whatever genre that would be.
    In a attempt to at least stay within the last 15 years or so, just to underline the "modern" part, I'm voting for post rock/experimental rock - In the likes Sigur Rs, GYBE!, Radiohead, Caspian, and so forth...
    Wouldn't put Sigur Ros in rock/experimental. More in Ambient Rock. But definitely agree about Experimental Rock being a great genre
    Sigur Ros is usually referred to as post-rock - Personally though, I think they fall into both that and, just like you said, ambient rock - A band can fall into more than one genre.
    I hate to say it but..... Christian rock - Red -Skillet -Thousand foot krutch
    Why all the downvotes? I'm not at all religious but i love a lot of christian rock
    Darth Wader
    Good bands! I will forever be a fan of Switchfoot, Relient K, DCB, RED, needtobreathe, Skillet, Flyleaf, Fireflight, Hawk Nelson, Hillsong United, House Of Heroes, Jars of Clay, Kutless, Disciple, MuteMath, Downhere, Supertones, and Third Day.
    Nothing wrong about that, malacyman. DILLIGAF if I get downvoted? I forget how juvenile UG readers must be
    Post-Rock- Explosions in the sky, Godspeed Y!BE, Russian Circles Post-Metal- Isis, Pelican, most bands on Hydra Head Records. Shoegaze- My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Deerhunter Post-Hardcore- Fugazi, At the Drive-In, Pianos Become the Teeth. Stoner/Sludge/Doom- Electric Wizard, Boris, Kyuss. Progressive Metal- Between the Buried and Me, Dream Theater, Animals as Leaders. Metalcore- Converge, Killswitch, Dillinger Escape Plan. Indie pop- Smiths, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend. No particular order, but I'll be damned if Post-Rock or Stoner isn't on the list
    This so much it sums up all the great subgenres of this era
    Just the mainstream ones.
    Implying shoegaze is mainstream
    the only band that could be considered shoegaze that is mainstream would be Smashing Pumpkins, but they only have influences, My Bloody Valentine is the only thing that comes close to being mainstream
    Progressive metal like Mastodon
    Post Rock
    And all subgenres of postrock. Post-metal, post-sludge, post-black metal, holyshitthatsnotagenre etc.
    explosions in the sky, mogwai, sigur ros, this will destroy you, mono, godspeed you black emperor, caspian, and so i watch you from afar, sleepmakeswaves, all brilliant.