Best Lesser Known Alternative Metal Bands


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1DeftonesDeftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. The band, which was founded in 1988, consists of Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham and Sergio Vega.

I like Sevendust but Deftones had done a lot more to have deserved their success. They are so underrated and are usually overtaken by rip-offs Linkin Park. Listen to Bored, My Own Summer, Change, Back to School, Hexagram, Rocket Skates and Tempest. - metaldude8

They're actually a pretty successful band, but they deserve so much more respect for their songwriting and talent. Best albums are Koi No Yokan, White Pony, Around the Fur, Diamond Eyes, Adreneline and Saturday Night Wrist (yep, I just named all of them. They're that good)! So PLEASE check them out and share your support for this amazing, underrated band. They're INCREDIBLE!

Chino's voice is the best thing about this band for me. - MetalFoREVer1228

Oh and I forgot to mention there self-titled album is also brilliant!

2SevendustSevendust is an American heavy metal quintet from Atlanta, dating back to 1994. more.

My favourite band of all-time. Amazing songs that I am more than stunned not to see on more top ten lists. Songs like "Black", "Waffle", "Live Again", "Broken Down", "Ugly", "Inside", "Hope", "Better Place", "Till Death", "Decay" and "Murder Bar" should elevate them to the top of anyone's list (if they'd just go ahead and give them a listen already, instead of listening to the generic garbage featured on rock radio these days).

These guys are awesome. Listen to songs like Enemy or Feed and you'll see just how incredible their music is. - MetalFoREVer1228

3Stone SourStone Sour is an American rock band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1992, performing for five years, before disbanding in 1997. They reunited in 2000 and since 2006, the group has consisted of Corey Taylor, Josh Rand and Roy Mayorga.

Not as heavy as Slipknot, but Corey's voice is amazing and Stone Sour are the perfect mixture between metal and soft rock

Deftones and Sevendust are not better than Stone Sour, they are only higher because they are better known.

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4In FlamesIn Flames is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1990. more.

In Flames started as a melodeath band but they later reached more of an alternative sound. It's not bad though. Listen to Cloud Connected or Delight and Angers. Some very awesome work there. - MetalFoREVer1228

5VolbeatVolbeat are a Danish metal band which was formed in Copenhagen. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly.
6ToolTool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.
7FozzyFozzy is an American heavy metal band, formed in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1999 by lead singer Chris Jericho and guitarist Rich Ward.

Love the song Sandpaper with M. Shadows. I never considered Stone Sour a lesser known band - Danielsun182

8Sick PuppiesSick Puppies is an Australian rock band, formed in 1997. Sick Puppies rose to prominence in 2006 when their song "All the Same" was uploaded along with a video to YouTube.
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10Protest the Hero

The odd dudes with a dose of experimental, which may sound odd to some - yet, give "Voliton" a try if you're just looking for solid music, and soon you'll be pretty much addicted. (When "Yellow Teeth" and "Plato's Tripartite" start playing, you'll know what I mean.)

The Contenders

11ChevelleChevelle is an American rock band that formed in 1995 in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Illinois. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Joe Loeffler.

If Deftones counts as alt metal Chevelle does too. They draw influences from Helmet and Tool. Listen to "Under the Knife" "A New Momentum" and "Untill you're Reformed" they also have a very bad habit of making there best songs bonus tracks.

12Finger Eleven
13Trust Company
14Acid Age
15Savage Spawn
17Between the Buried and MeBetween the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.
18ColdCold is an American rock band, formed in 1996 in Jacksonville, Florida. With two gold-albums, Cold has sold over one million records in the US alone.
19SeetherSeether are a South African hard rock band founded in May 1999 in Pretoria, South Africa. The band originally performed under the name Saron Gas until 2002, when they adopted the Seether name.
20Scars of Life

This band is way underrated, please anyone listen to their songs, go buy their albums, follow them on social media and support them

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