Most Underrated Heavy Metal Bands

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1
Savatage
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.

amandamop

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.
[Newest]Chris Oliva may be the most underrated guitar player ever. The riffs he comes up with are simply amazing and his solos are incredibly clean.

2Avenged Sevenfold
HOW ARE AVENGED SEVENFOLD UNDErrated?!
A7 is the most overrated metal band
Most over rated band of all time after one direction

shivendra

[Newest]2 songs in video games, with 50 million plus views on YouTube per video. They aren't exactly underrated...

3Anvil
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.
I just saw Anvil October 6th in Toronto. They are incredible live. No drummer is as good as Rob Reiner period. I was blown away by the sheer energy. This band is still hungry 37 years later. Lips is a excellent front man and personality! His lead playing is impressive and original! A much more real from the heart concert experience.

4The Death In Me

5Anthrax
Are you kidding me?
How the hell are they under rated?
They are one the biggest thrash legends for God's sake
Whaat?!? Anthrax is not underrated has someone heard about the BIG 4? Anthrax is there, Anthrax IS the law
They are very underrated because people don't put them in the same class as megadeth and slayer when in reality I think anthrax is better than those bands

ryanrimmel


6Annihilator
Jeff Waters is the man in this band - his fast and technical riffs and solos are exemplary. He is one of the top 3 lead G players in thrash, sharing this honor with Marty Friedman and Alex Skolnick but never gets the same credits.
By the way, I think Alex is underrated, too, but not as much as Jeff. It's because Annihilator are even more underrated than Testament.

Metal_Treasure


7Living Sacrifice

8Diamond Head
Diamond Head should be #1. They have great songs, plus bands such as Metallica and SLAYER have listed Diamond Head as a key influence. Metallica's song Am I Evil? Is actually a diamond Head song.

ryanrimmel

The forefathers of all modern metal
Listen to 'Am I Evil' and you will be convinced
DiamondHead's best. Can't believe it's eight in position.

9Breaking Benjamin
They are not underrated
Although they are underrated, they ARE NOT HEAVY METAL.
Heck, they aren't even metal. They're post grunge.

10For Today

The Contenders

11Trivium
Great band! Most of today's people don't like metal music, because it's "evil" and "satanic" but if you listen to their lyrics you see that they are made with heart and soul and that's why today's awesome metal bands are underrated like this guys.

tiagocowboy11

Trivium should win this list but I guess a7x is so overrated that they even win the most underrated metal band
Makes as good of metal as the best. Pull harder on the strings of your martyr is a modern classic.

12Disturbed
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.
DISTURBED IS UNDERRATED? I Love Disturbed and yet not many people know them? That is a BIG shock to me.

MusicalPony

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.

nooreldeen

[Newest]Disturbed isn't overrated or underrated there in between

13Demon Hunter

14Coroner
They are considered as one of the most technical and proficient thrash bands - high level of complexity and musicianship.

They are a thrash/technical thrash band from Switzerland, active from 1983-1996, 2010-present.

Metal_Treasure


15Death Angel
Theost underrated thrash band by far! Give them a listen, they are so good!

ryanrimmel


16Deep Purple
Extremely underrated - inventors of metal and nobody cares.

Metal_Treasure


17Rainbow
Absolutely underrated - they are never mentioned among the greatest metal bands although they were really great. How many metal bands have had such super-talented musicians like:
Dio (RIP), Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Cozy Powell (RIP).

They invented a bunch of metal subgenres and lots of metalheads enjoy them now. Rainbow influenced directly the non-bluesy metal sound of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
Check out these genre defining songs by Rainbow:
From the 1976 album: Stargazer, A Light in the Black, Tarot Woman
From the 1978 album: Gates Of Babylon, Kill The King, LA Connection

Metal_Treasure


18Shinedown
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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Sound of Madness was a killer album
I LOVE "Bully" AND "Her Name Is Alice"

19Faith No More

20Papa Roach

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