Most Underrated Heavy Metal Bands

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Avenged Sevenfold
A7 is the most overrated metal band
They are an epic epic band. But they are not underrated, they just became Billboard number 1 in the uk!
Most over rated band of all time after one direction


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I don't know why a7x is at the top. If anything they're overrated because they sold out and copied Metallica on hail to the king and were in 2 Call of Duty games. So underrated is not them. Granted I still like their music but disturbed has still sold more records and has done better and is just an amazing band who cares more about the music than the fame. Extremely talented and TRUE musicians
David Draiman's amazing vocals are way too underrated. Why is Avenged Sevenfold on the top? Ask anyone who Avenge Sevenfold is and they'll know. Ask anyone who Disturbed is and you'll find less people know.
I don, t know how is a7x the 1st in most underrated in my mind they are one of the most overrated.. Compare them to band like Disturbed Slipknot... You will know what I mean.


Savatage is a very complete band. The melodies are complex and perfect, as if each instrument's line was carefully planned - yet, it all sounds so intuitive. The vocals too are amazing, I mean, very few singers can perform Hall of The Mountain King (oh, those high staccato notes! ). The lyrics are just pure poetry, they come up with these intricate stories, and make them so universal that everyone can relate to them. I could spend the rest of my life just listening to Savatage and Beethoven.


I hear of almost all of the bands above this all of the time, but I never hear anything about Savatage, and it's far better than most of those bands. The only reason I even learned about Savatage was because I looked at Trans-Siberian Orchestral's page on wikipedia. This band was both one of the first Thrash Metal bands and one of the first Symphonic Metal bands, they are hugely influential, but they rarely get the credit they deserve.
Simply the best and most influential metal bands out there. Operatic and classically inclined - a real breakthrough for progressive and symphonic metal.
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Whaat?!? Anthrax is not underrated has someone heard about the BIG 4? Anthrax is there, Anthrax IS the law
Are you kidding me?
How the hell are they under rated?
They are one the biggest thrash legends for God's sake
Are you mad! Anthrax and underrated! Holy ... They are one of the big four!

Hey ax7 is way too overrated to be underrated guys... Look at shinedown they are a record making band and no1 knows about 'em

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I am actually in love with Shinedown and feel they are way too underrated. Love the sound of madness and amarylis

6Papa Roach

Anvil defined metal back in the day. They were role models to Slash, Scott Ian, Lars Ulrich and other rock and metal profiles. Lemmy himself stated that he always liked Anvil. For some reason they never made it the whole way. That's the very DEFINITION of underrated! AVENGED SEVENFOLD IS THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE! They are the most overrated bunch of douche bags I have ever heard of!
Laugh out loud top 3 are possibly the most overrated of all time. Laugh out loud how can bands that get played on the radio 24/7 be underrated. Anvil is a classic influential metal band that only started gaining popularity with a fan-made documentary that wowed critics. Savatage is another good pick.
What?! A7X underrated? Black Veil Bride heavy metal?! For me there is only 5 heavy metal bands really underrated in this list : Sadus, Black Bomb A (but it's French, so it's understandable), Savatage, U.F.O. and the must : Anvil. I don't think that A7X has been left behind after something like 16 albums recorded. It's not like if they're headlined at every summer festivals... And what is ACDC doing in this list?! ACDC heavy metal? ACDC underrated?! Just remake yourself a culture in Heavy Metal!

8Breaking Benjamin

9Bullet For My Valentine
The first band that got me into metal world.
Love their songs, their voice, their riffs n drums
Definitely one of the most underrated metal band.
They are a cool band

They're exist at the wrong time..where big 4 still influenced most of thrash metal world. To be honest..their music maybe more aggressive and attractive compared to big 4.
For me..dimebag, vinnie and phil are the best!
Dime is the one who inspired me to play guitar and still encourages me today

The Contenders


12Mercyful Fate
I rarely see these guys mentioned but what is wrong with this list? The ONLY band that belongs in the top ten is Anvil, the entire list is almost completely made up of commercial overrated nu-metal and metalcore
It's unbelievable that a band like Mercyful Fate is so underrated, they have been inspiration for great bands like slayer and metallica. It is an amazing band and King Diamond's voice is outstanding.

No other band on mother earth ever made songs, so rhythmic and melodically diverse... Yet I can't find their name in the top 200 Hard rock bands!
They deserve to be counted among Anthrax and Korn.


15Strapping Young Lad
The band made couple masterpiece albums (City, Alien) and few good albums in relatively short time of existence. The band had enormous amount of talent in them, both playing and songwriting skills. Not just Devin Townsend, but also Jed Simon (guitar), Byron Stroud (bass) and most of all Gene Hoglan (drums, the Atomic-Clock himself) are excellent players.
SYL has more class and quality in their "average" song than most of the bands have in their whole catalogue. SYL managed to to blend many styles, like industrial, thrash, death, melodic death, grindcore, progressive, djent, hard rock etc. Perfectly together and create their own unique style of complex and modern extreme metal, which remains to be a class of their own, right at the top. But they haven't ever got nearly as enough attention as they deserve.
Strapping Young Lad would knock off Avenged Sevenfold's socks off with one single drum beat, man. These are way more complex than the majority of post-grunge bands (I don't mind Staind, as long as it's during the Dysfunction era and I love Deftones, in fact you'll love S.Y.L. if you like Deftones). Listen to S.Y.L. , Satan's Ice Cream Truck, Love? , Detox, Oh My God and All Hail the New Flesh. They are also pretty funny too.
SYL is a hidden gem, leaded by the epic devin townsend.


So so heavy. Listen to them live to get what I mean. This guys vocals are beast, and the drummer has the best groove. Listen to "Explosia", "The Art of Dying", "Toxic Garbage Island" and "Ocean Planet". Amazing
Awesome band. Deserve way more credit and exposure than what they get. Avenged seven fold? Haha if they are so underrated why are they no. 7 in the best metal bands of all time top ten list?
I don't get why A7 is at nr 1...

17Puddle of Mudd


19Black Veil Brides


21Alter Bridge
Although a fan of a7x and Syn too but Mr Mark Tremonti is Awesome.

The only band on here that is a true metal band. Get out the way ax7, they can't keep up with the onslaught of Meshuggah's power. Shinedown? Not even a metal band!
I love jamming out to lithargica

23Black Bomb A


THE underrated thrash metal band.

Great Band. One of the first Power Metal Bands. Since '77 their first album they've got a lot of really great albums, like "Thundersteel", "Fire Down Under" or "Destiny" and that's only a few.

R.I.P. mark Reale

27Sonata Arctica
Finnish power metal band.. Popular nationaly.. But underrated internationaly.. They should have a high position they deserve.. But silly they are kicked away by other artist's like Justin bieber/One direction.. And I DARE YOU TO LISTEN THEIR SONGS
Got me into metal, and is in my opinion one of the best out there!


29Diamond Head
The forefathers of all modern metal
Listen to 'Am I Evil' and you will be convinced
Syncopated droptuning guitar riffs, galloping through the forrests of medeival England, beheading the unjust purveyors of evil, upholding the swords of truth and justice. Timeless and immortal.

They are the most underrated band in history but their music is ok

Incredible thrash band, they cannot be described in any other way than fantastic
With the king of bass, Steve DiGiorgio, I'm really unsure how they didn't make it to the levels of Exodus and Testament


The Sacramento quintet constantly teeter between malicious and the surreal with several outstanding records but always appear as an afterthought in the metal community. For a taste of singer Chino Moreno's blood curdling screams one only has to listen to the song 'hexagram'. For crushing riffs go no further than 'Diamond Eyes'. The entire album, White Pony, is a showcase of not only intricate and well executed drumming, but a display of pure art. Deftones may have never been the flashiest of metal bands, but definitely one of the raddest in the last 20 years.


35Blind Guardian
SO under-rated! Can knock anyone off their pedestal!
Gods of power metal

This is the stupidest list in the history of metal. SAXON behind avenged sevenfold, kiss, D.R. I, Overkill, Deftones? What! Saxon sould be AT LEAST #5.

37Rev Theory



40Demon Hunter






46Machine Head



49Deep Purple


51Goodmorning, Gorgeous

52Falling In Reverse

53Thousand Foot Krutch

For Further detail.. Listen on youtube "Heavenly - Destiny"...

55The Word Alive

56Glass Cloud

57I, the Breather

58The Afterimage


60Municipal Waste



63Verbal Abuse

64Dr. Know

65Flotsam and Jetsam


67Nuclear Assault



70Sacred Reich






76Bad Brains

77Toxic Holocaust


79Septic Death


81Suicidal Tendencies

82Lawnmower Deth

83Cross Examination

84The Brood

85Uncle Slam



88No Mercy

89Vegan Reich

90Mortal Sin


92MX Machine

93Wasted Youth

94Poison Idea

95Bad Acid Trip

96Charged GBH


98Dead Horse


100Metal Church
These guys never really got the recognition they deserve. Like Anvil, they should be in the top 5

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