Most Underrated Heavy Metal Bands

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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.
[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.

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.

3The Death In Me

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


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.


6Living Sacrifice

7Avenged Sevenfold
A7 is the most overrated metal band
Most over rated band of all time after one direction


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

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.


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.

9For Today

10Breaking Benjamin
They are not underrated
Although they are underrated, they ARE NOT HEAVY METAL.
Heck, they aren't even metal. They're post grunge.

The Contenders

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.


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.

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.


13Death Angel
Theost underrated thrash band by far! Give them a listen, they are so good!


14Demon Hunter

15Deep Purple
Extremely underrated - inventors of metal and nobody cares.


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


17Faith No More

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"

19Papa Roach

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.
Saliva is epic and better than almost all of these bands on here

THE underrated thrash metal band.
Most underrated metal band ever (along with Exodus). After 30 years they still sound fesh and hungry. Plus, their musicianship is amazing.

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.


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.


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

23Blotted Science

24Puddle of Mudd

25Blind Guardian
They are the only metal band I know that has been improving over time - every next album is better than the previous one. Altogether 10 albums and almost 30 years of exemplary musicianship.

I just listened to their 2015 album and what can I say? - I have nothing but admiration for them! Similarly to other people, I'm also beginning to think that Blind Guardian are comparable to Maiden and Priest in terms of quality and consistency. And never seeing them in the top 10 best bands breaks my heart - instead of true metal bands like Blind Guardian I usually see poser bands in the top 10s.


These guys are very good and their amount of skill and talent shows in their music. Every album they make, they aim to surpass their last, and they do it every time. These guys have quality music and their skill is way beyond any other metal band I've heard
SO under-rated! Can knock anyone off their pedestal!
[Newest]Based on their awesome 2015 album - Blind Guardian are also the new gods of symphonic metal!

26Crown The Empire

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...


29Crimson Glory

30Alter Bridge
Alter Bridge is the best rock-cum-metal band there is out there today. But they ARE NOT HEAVY METAL!

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
I think they are correctly rated.


32Dream Theater
Umm Dream Theater is Prog Metal... But still metal ( they do have some heavy metal influences)...


33Bullet 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



36Angel Witch

They were at the start of the NWOBHM but never got the accolades they deserved. The Schenker albums are true legend


38Primal Fear
These guys are keeping metal traditions alive - they are the most successful attempt to revive traditional metal of Judas Priest type by adding some fresh air.

Without bands like Primal Fear, after several years nobody will know how the pure metal sounds! I'm sick and tired of new poser bands that don't even sound like metal but are labeled as metal or pseudo-metalheads consider them metal... And I see those posers on the top of every list - they are more popular than the true metal bands! This is the bitter truth - all true metal bands are underrated!

Listen to pure metal and don't waste your time with poser metal bands. Songs of Primal Fear are perfectly written and performed - memorable riffs, choruses, solos. Awesome twin lead guitars, harmonies. All band members show musicianship - remarkable vox, drums, guitars, bass.
Songs: King For A Day, Strike, All for One, Rebel Faction.


39Mercyful 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.

40Strapping 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.


They're not exactly metal. Lemmy himself states they've never been metal.


Dio is way too underrated like I know their vocalist Ronnie James Dio aka The best vocalist of all time is dead and all but they deserve more credit bands like Metallica are so overrated but they aren't as good as most bands like Dio. Dio is classic if you don't know Dio you don't know metal Dio is by far one of the best bands out there they had the perfect singer but not many people has heard of Dio. I am growing up this generation I am 13 and I don't listen to this popular music I listen to metal or in other words Dio.




46Black Veil Brides



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

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
Should be in the top 10 at least.

51Sonata 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!

Michael kiske has one of the greatest voices ever! I would go as far as to compare to Ronnie James dio


Nor Underrated, Or Overrated. They Actually Got Better Without Cliff. Lars Is the Worst Metal Drummer. The Other Big Four Blows. What Will Metallica Do Without Hammett?
A band from the Big-4 can't be regarded as underrated!


In my opinion Metallica is way to overrated not underrated

54Sacred Reich

55Blue Öyster Cult
They are kinda their own genre but they are pretty underrated at least they're good albums

56Black Bomb A






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
Here Is A Underrated Band. The Bass Lord Steve Digiorgio. Must Be Poser If Hadn't ListenTo Chemical Exposure, Swallowed In Black.



65Thousand Foot Krutch
I saw them at Winter Jam and they are pretty underrated.

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.

A band from the Big-4 can't be regarded as underrated!


68Machine Head
How is this not in the top ten. Also slayer and anthrax are not underrated and Metallica is way overrated.
Unlike much of this liat, Machine Head is a metal band. I'm typing this in November 2014 and they've just released their 3rd absolute masterpiece in a row. They're at the top of the metal heap right now.

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.

70Rev Theory
Agreed totally. But they aren't heavy metal.


I knew it. Should be much higher on the list!

73Municipal Waste

74Flotsam and Jetsam

You are dead to me
This Is Metal Not Rock. Why Are They Here? Anyway, These Guys Are Like Over Sixtyfive Years Old Already.

76Love and Death
A heavier version of korn

77Goodmorning, Gorgeous

78Falling In Reverse

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

80The Word Alive

81Glass Cloud

82I, the Breather

83The Afterimage



86Verbal Abuse

87Dr. Know


89Nuclear Assault






95Bad Brains

96Toxic Holocaust


98Septic Death


100Suicidal Tendencies

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