Best Metal Bands Most Have Never Heard Of

A list that contains heavy metal bands (any genre) that are very underrated and that most people (even metalheads) have never heard of. Maybe this can help get some recognized and give some metalheads some new material to listen to.

The Top Ten

1 Volbeat Volbeat Volbeat are a Danish heavy metal band formed in Copenhagen in 2001. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly.

Great band. A lot of fun to listen to and watch.

I love Colbert they were one of the bands that got me into metal!

Volbeat is my favorite band in the whole world. I have seen this band 4 times in concert and they sound even better live than they already are on recording. Volbeat has a unique and incredible sound that just can't be matched. Michael Poulson is one of the most underrated singers of all time. Volbeat is just an incredible band with incredible guys and they definitely need more attention than they get.

I disagree - many people have heard of them and they are very popular. Their sound it pretty mainstream and most of their songs are not exactly metal, which makes them easier to stomach. I've heard of them from a non-metal fan and it's not a good sign. Maybe their sound is too pop for a metal band. - Metal_Treasure

2 Men Without Armies

Brilliant band man... Brennan Dylan, the driving force behind Men Without Armies, is an awesome guitar player. I mean AWESOME! The band is a hidden gem for peeps who appreciate a band driven by a killer rock virtuoso, memorable riffs & melodies as well as a thundering drummer. nothing' like 'em brother and I mean nothing'. m/

I truly appreciate the skill sets that guitar player Brennan Dylan brings when he picks up his guitar. The dude is one of those fearless guitar players who own the fret board and does without any FX or pedals which is bloody rare. Without him there would be no Men Without Armies, a band that is a true powerhouse and like Dylan completely underrated. - GuitarFreak

Awesome band with a killer guitar player!

Men Without Armies is a hard rock/metal band that is totally underrated like their guitar player Brennan Dylan. Dylan totally owns the fret board man. My favorite songs from their self-titled EP are The Devil's Bride and Metal Rain, a song that could become a metal anthem. - GuitarFreak

3 Protest the Hero

One of the more fresh metal offerings I've come across over the last number of years. Been looking for other of similar ilk but end up just coming back to Protest The Hero. These guys have serious chops, with a sound that jumps around from classic (clean singing) metal, melodic to metalcore/hardcore, to djent. With tight, intricate and interesting structure (reminds me a lot of a cross between instrumental beasts Animals As Leaders and symphonic metal band Leprous), these guys bring a bit of everything to the table, and somehow it works! Best album in my opinion is their brilliant 2008 effort "Fortress".

4 Element
5 Byzantine

Probably my favorite metal band. If you like thrash/groove metal or bands like Lamb of God or Pantera, you will love Byzantine! - byzantine

By far and away the best metal band out there today...period. This band is innovative, unique, incredibly talented, and has thrived underground for nearly twenty years without getting the real credit they deserve. If you have never listened to them, stop what you are doing and put on the Byz...NOW.

An awesome band! I discovered them on satellite radio a few years back, my favorite to date. Wish they came to play in Canada

Only know "Trapjaw", but they're a good groove metal band. - Metalhead1997

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6 Evile Evile Evile are an English thrash metal band from Huddersfield, formed in 2004. The band's debut album, Enter the Grave, was produced by Flemming Rasmussen at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark and was released worldwide in 2007 by Earache Records to critical acclaim by fans and critics alike.

I KNEW Evile would be there. They're the only band I have all the CDs of. Many of the bands here (perhaps even Evile) aren't THAT underground, but I'm voting for Evile anyway.

This band is great, an awesome new thrash band to get into after the older ones stop making the music every metal head loves! Do us proud guys!

Again, a band that falls into the thrash/groove metal genre. This is probably my favorite genre of metal and these guys do it proud. - byzantine

Byzantine you know that Evile is 100% thrash metal no other genre They ain't groove metal

7 Panic Cell
8 The Arusha Accord

Formed in 2005 The Arusha Accord are a 6 piece Technical Metal band hailing from Reading, UK. They are currently on an extended break from shows to write their 3 release as yet untitled. For everything Arusha related visit the official website & be sure to add us on Facebook and Twitter if you like bands like Sikth then you will like these - Elementukband

9 Coroner Coroner Coroner is a Swiss thrash metal band from Zürich, formed in the early 80s. They have been called "the Rush of thrash metal" for their increasingly complex style of progressive rock-infused thrash. They garnered relatively little attention outside Europe .

Very good progressive thrash band check out masked jackal

Awesome technical thrash from the 80s. - Metal_Treasure


10 Necrophagist Necrophagist Necrophagist is a German technical death metal band, founded and fronted by guitarist and vocalist Muhammed Suiçmez.

One of the best technical death metal bands out there. There first album was written and recorded entirely by the lead singer by himself at the age of 14. Truly amazing with some of the best guitar work I have ever heard. - byzantine

Muhammad Suiciez is amazing! Singer, and insane shredder! Necrophagist should be at the top of this list!

Sadly I’ve heard of them. Emphasis on SADLY.

The Contenders

11 Hurt
12 Primal Fear Primal Fear Primal Fear are a German metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner. They play heavy metal, power metal and speed metal. Primal Fear remind of Judas Priest but Primal Fear are faster and heavier. They use twin (dual) lead guitars. Ralf Scheepers voice reminds of Rob Halford.

Their sound reminds of Judas Priest but it's heavier, faster and updated. The singer (Ralf Scheepers) shines with his 4 octave range and was accused of imitating Rob Halford. It's true that his tone and singing style are Halford-esque but I personally think it's a compliment - how many metal singers can be 'accused' of sounding like the metal god?
Their drummer is awesome (Randy Black) - he is actually a thrash/speed metal drummer who played for Annihilator for 10 years and it shows.
Amazing twin lead guitars.
King for a day (2014), Rebel faction (2014), Strike (2012), All for one (2005), The Man (that I don't know) - 2007. - Metal_Treasure

13 Fellsilent
14 Acid Bath Acid Bath Acid Bath was a seminal American sludge metal band from Houma, Louisiana that was active from 1991 to 1997. Acid Bath combined doom metal roots with influences from black metal, death metal, gothic rock, blues, folk, and country.

Legendary sludge Gods

Acid Bath played a unique brand of sludge metal with death metal and avant- garde influences. Released two of the most phenomenal albums in the entire extreme metal pantheon.

Best Lousiana Sludge out there, they don't get the respect their fellow LA bands like Down, Crowbar, Eyehategod and the rest get, to this day, but honestly they blow all those other guys out of the water.

15 Dethklok Dethklok Dethklok is both a virtual band featured in the Adult Swim animated program Metalocalypse and a real band created to perform the band's melodic death metal music in live shows. Both bands were created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha. more.

These guys are seriously awesome. They might be a band from a cartoon but they are amazing. The songs they write are just incredibly unique... Very creative

Metalheads may shrug off Dethklok considering they are the band in an adult swim cartoon, but these guys can really slay. There first album is great with pretty funny lyrics, but there second album is amazing with a more serious approach. A must have for melodic death metal fans. - byzantine

Hear Murmaider II, Murmaider I and you will know why I Voted for them - nooreldeen

How has anyone NOT heard of them? - Metalhead1997

16 All Shall Perish All Shall Perish

This band has now put out 3 great albums. They get shorted by being labeled a deathcore band. They are probably the best deathcore band there is. I don't really care for deathcore, but All Shall Perish is the exception. Relatively clear vocals with amazing guitar work. - byzantine

They have a nice heavy sound with good hard vocals
They should be more known by now surely

17 Lazarus A.D.

A relatively new band that is becoming more popular every day. Another great thrash/groove metal band with obvious influences like Metallica, Pantera and Lamb of God. - byzantine

18 Monuments
19 Gojira Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.
20 Demolition Hammer Demolition Hammer Demolition Hammer is a thrash metal band from the Bronx, New York. The band formed in 1986 and released three full-length albums between 1990 and 1994. Century Media Records made a complete anthology available in 2008.
21 Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for "forget not") are an extreme progressive metal band from Melbourne, Australia, formed in 2003.
22 Cerebral Bore
23 Demons and Wizards Demons and Wizards Demons and Wizards is a power metal band conceived as a side-project by vocalist for Blind Guardian, Hansi Kürsch, and the guitarist for Iced Earth, Jon Schaffer.

AMAZING clean vocals and rhythm guitar.
Try: Crimson King, My Last Sunrise, Heaven Denies, Path Of Glory, Tear Down The Wall, Fiddler On The Green. - Metal_Treasure

24 Abadden

Thank metal of the highest Octane!
Old school thrash with a totally new school feel!
This band is so under-rated and need to up there with UK Thrash titans such as; EVILE, Gama bomb, Sylosis and Mutant!

Another band that deserves more recogniton. Some of the best guitar work in thrash regarding rythym and riffs.

These guys are awesome! Fast paced riffs, rythyms and solos.
The big break for them should come.!

25 Dead Letter Circus
26 Xasthur Xasthur Xasthur is a black metal and acoustic project of American musician Scott Conner, formed in 1995. Xasthur was perhaps the most notable black metal group from America. In 2010, Conner announced the end of Xasthur, after 8 black metal albums. However, in 2015, Conner revived Xasthur as an acoustic project. more.
27 Sarcofago Sarcofago Sarcófago was an influential Brazilian extreme metal band. They were fronted by Sepultura's original singer, Wagner Lamounier, and Geraldo Minelli.
28 Witchfinder General Witchfinder General Witchfinder General were a heavy metal band from Stourbridge, England. They were part of the new wave of British heavy metal scene and have been cited as a major influence on the doom metal genre.
29 Rings of Saturn Rings of Saturn Rings of Saturn is an American extreme metal band from the Bay Area, California. The band was formed in 2009 and was originally just a studio project.
30 Obscura Obscura Obscura is a technical/progressive death metal band from Germany, founded in 2002. The band became prominent when members of Necrophagist and Pestilence joined Steffen Kummerer to release the critically acclaimed second full-length album, Cosmogenesis. The band was named after the Gorguts album Obscura. more.

Top-notch technical death metal from Germany. - Metal_Treasure

31 Savatage Savatage Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

A great progressive metal band with power and thrash influences one of my favorites

32 Bloodsoaked
33 Gorguts Gorguts Gorguts is a Canadian technical death metal band from Sherbrooke, Quebec. The band was formed in 1989; its only constant member has been Luc Lemay.
34 Versailles

Not really actual "metal", but this IS my favourite band so I just had to vote. Their music bring out the most emotion for me.

35 Machine Head Machine Head Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. They have received great critical success especially for their album "The Blackening" which is considered a modern metal more.

Machine are the most awesome band, keeping the thrash metal genre alive and adapting it to greatness. This is one of those bands who are quite big but some how still loads of people have never heard of them, its strange.

This list truly justifies itself not heard any of them except machine head

They are quite popular. - Metal_Treasure

36 Dark Fortress
37 Death Angel Death Angel Death Angel is an American thrash metal band from Daly City, California, initially active from 1982 to 1991 and again since 2001. Death Angel has released seven studio albums, two demo tapes, one box set and two live albums.

Very underrated 80's thrash band. The Ultra Violence and Act III are both awesome.

38 Theocracy Theocracy Theocracy is a Christian progressive power metal band founded in 2002 by Matt Smith of Athens, Georgia.
39 Kataklysm Kataklysm Kataklysm is a Canadian death metal band. They call their musical style "northern hyperblast" after an advertisement in M.E.A.T.

These guys have been around forever and some of you may know them well. However, they remain a relatively unknown band. They have a couple albums that are terrific. A great live band as well. - byzantine

Kataklysm was my roller derby name based off how much I loved them"as I slither" was my amp up so 🤘😁🤘

40 Lurker of Chalice
41 Korzus
42 Sylosis

Most underrated band of all time.

Sylosis is by far my favorite band of all time. They fuse Thrash Metal with Doom Metal with Progressive Metal. Even throwing in a little Death Metal every now and again. Their music is extremely powerful and also very epic! Their musicianship is top notch! And in about 1/3 of their songs they have clean singing, and it always blows me away. No he doesn't sing like a little bitch! Everything about this band is awesome. Definitely the best new Thrash band around for sure! They deserve to have the top spot in this category!

43 Toxic Holocaust Toxic Holocaust Toxic Holocaust is an American black/thrash metal band from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1999. The band has gained notoriety among the thrash metal community, and is arguably one of the most popular modern thrash metal bands. Toxic Holocaust also gained attention when their song "Bitch" was featured more.
44 Havok Havok Havok is an American thrash metal band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2004, their members currently consist of David Sanchez, Nick Schendzielos, Pete Webber, and Reece Scruggs.

Not on this list yet? Don't think everyone has heard of them, but maybe some have. 3 great albums in and all are kick ass!

45 Lost Society Lost Society Lost Society is a thrash metal band from Finland, formed in 2010. Lost Society released their debut album in 2013 when band members were teens aged 17, 18, 19, and 19.

Check out the song Piss Out Ass

These guys are teens, aged 17-19 but their debut album (2013) was awesome.
Try the song "Kill (Those Who Oppose Me)' - one of the fastest thrash metal song I've ever heard and also the video is very funny while making a point.
Other songs: Thrash all over you, Braindead metalhead. - Metal_Treasure

46 The Absence

Another band that deserves more recogniton. Some of the best guitar work in metal. - byzantine

47 Revocation Revocation Revocation is an American technical death metal band from Boston, Massachusetts founded by guitarist and vocalist David Davidson, bassist and vocalist Anthony Buda and drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne in 2000.
48 Mendeed
49 Skeletonwitch Skeletonwitch Skeletonwitch is an American blackened thrash metal band from Athens, Ohio, formed in 2003. The band currently consists of drummer Dustin Boltjes, bassist Evan Linger, and guitarists Nate Garnette and Scott Hedrick and vocalist Adam Clemans.
50 Method of Destruction
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