Yes, they'll work. You don't need massive drums to sound metal. Lots of metal drummers now a days are using smaller drums than the power toms from the 80's. Also, drums are so compressed and EQ'd that drums can't really sound like they do in recordings, so going bigger to get a lower sound doesn't have much of an affect anyway.
All about the tuning. I have a 18" kick with considerably more bonham boom than my 22" right now. There's arguably a few brands that have very limited tuning range, but with the right heads I'd be surprised if even they can't have a 'bigger' sound. That's all for live, in recording basically anything is possible.