I found my genre! GRIMDARK FANTASY
Grimdark fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy that revolves around stories that are thematically both grim (in terms of setting and worldbuilding) and dark (in terms of style and characterisation). There tends to be an emphasis on realism in the grimdark genre; even when set in a fantastical world. Life in these narratives is often cruel and unforgiving, the world is harsh and unfair, and plots rarely unfold without tragedy, bloodshed or disaster.
Ok so I just discovered Demons & Wizards, the side project/collaboration between Hansi from Blind Guardian and Jon Schaffer from Iced Earth...
... And I also discover they've just ended the project lmao
Literally went from "Hey!" to "Aww" in less than an hour lol