Look at the sticky for the "best bass for metal" info. The short answer is that there is no such thing and most folks are sick of hearing the question.
There is no one tone that is right for all metal songs - some metal bassists use a jazz, some use a P, some use a Stingray, etc etc. The real question is what characteristics YOU want in a bass -- slim or chunky neck, active or passive electronics, heavy and solid or light and airy, thumpy tone or growly tone, long, standard, or short-scale?
My normal advice to a beginner is just to get something cheap but serviceable and that you like the look and feel of to start, because you won't really understand all the differences until you've been playing a while. Squiers and SXs, or anything used, are the usual candidates here. Learn to play it properly while reading lots of TB and doing research and trying stuff out in stores, save up your money, and buy the perfect bass a year or so from now.
Originally Posted by pacojas
because of your post, i have just quit my band!
the truth is liberating!
infact,... i think i'm about to leave my wife!!!
and move to Canada!!!! and buy a boat!!!!!