Most Overrated Metal Bands
I hate to do this. Metallica gets too much praise from too many people, but so many people put them too low. They're in the top 3 metal bands for sure. In my mind, they're battling it out with Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden and winning.
Also, how are Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Deep Purple overrated? That makes no sense. Even Slayer and Megadeth are kind of pushing it. These bands are all appropriately or maybe even underrated. Whatever. Point is, people rarely know what they are talking about. Slipknot are overrated in the same way Justin Bieber or Ke$ha are overrated. They're just bad and people like them anyway.
Metallica hasn't released ANY good album since 1988. Black album succeed (comercially), but it's a very generic, monotonic and non-thrash album. Similar with Load and Reload. St. Anger is terrible. Death Magnetic is decent, even though its mastering is just horrible. And finally, Lulu - absolutely the worst album I've ever heard. And I've heard a lot - yeah, even Trout Mask Replica seems to be better.
Definitely not the best nor most important metal band in the world. There's so many artists that are less known, but play better music - let's just remind few: Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Megadeth, Pantera, Venom, Death, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Anthrax... And the list goes on. And on.
Metallica is a great example of a good band goes wrong. They play crap, but ironically, it helps them to expand their fanbase.
Metallica's truly great albums can be condensed to "Kill Em All" and "Ride The Lightning". Everything else was just average (yes even the hugely overrated and really boring Master Of Puppets). Ulrich killed the band because he just wanted to get rich (see the dumb Napster lawsuit... and don't fool yourself that it was for a more noble cause than lining his pockets). Metallica are a real sad story in the history of metal. They will never stand tall with the likes of Judas Priest or Iron Maiden. I see them as merely a business out to screw honest fans out of their money for sub-par music.
Not that overrated, even if they "sold out", they still produced lots of well-written and produced thrash metal for a decade.
Not as good as Maiden, Priest, or Megadeth, but great nevertheless.
It is horrible that these guys are considered top of the pile in mainstream metal nowadays. I'm in my early twenties so these guys would be held in high regard by lots people my age but these guys are everything that's wrong with metal. They are posers they don't have that powerful aura that pantera, motorhead and slayer would have. My point being they seem more commercial emo than they do metal. I thought bat country was a good song in fairness but unfortunately that seems to be it. Everything else I've heard has been fairly awful. Nightmare is meant to be one of their best loved songs I don't even consider it metal and upon hearing it my face contorted into a grimace of disgust. Also Metallica shouldn't be number 1 even though their output for the last twenty years has been horrible at least they begun by giving us some of the best metal albums ever. And also even when they are bad now they still provide entertainment in the guise of unintentional comedy like the some kind of ...more
So I would like to ask someone with some sense how these guys are overrated. Oh hold on I'm sorry, no one with sense thinks they're overrated? Exactly. Now I've been trying to be ad sophisticated as possible while going through these lists tonight, but this is where I draw the line. Oh I'm sorry A7X is at the top of every modern metal list, it's not my fault that they're just that good. There's a difference from being overrated and good. A7X just happens to be the best band of all time (excuse my facts). Sorry that Avenged Sevenfold is taking the spotlight off of your precious Slipknot, or Linkin Park (which happen to be overrated as well). So, everyone just go sit down and take another listen to Buried Alive, Afterlife, and Dear God.
Not only are they some of the most unbearable posers ever to walk the Earth (right alongside Linkin Park), but they can't even come up with their own logo. So steal Overkill's?
Many of the bands I see on this list aren't even overrated, and so shouldn't even be near these fools. Metallica's first 4 albums were kick-ass and unfathomably influential, but not even as much so as everything Led Zeppelin has ever done. Steve Harris of Iron Maiden composes the best power ballads I've ever heard ("Paschendale", "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns", "The Talisman", etc. ), and that's just the stuff that everyone overlooks because they're too busy listening to their '80s stuff, which is also undeniably awesome. The only reason that anybody thinks that Deep Purple is overrated is because they've never bothered listening to any of their music besides the "Machine Head" album. Try listening to the "In Rock" and "Fireball" albums, then reconsider.
Avenged Sevenfold is not overrated, they are number 1 in so many categories and have members that are number 1 in their categories because they are just that good. Listen to City of Evil, Nightmare, And waking the fallen. The best albums ever made by far. Even when they changed their sound in Hail to the King, they still sounded better than all other albums that year. It takes true talent to be able to change your sound and still top the charts.
Slipknot in 10? next to Metallica, is the most overrated metal band!
many guys only know this band about metal, with other band which are also commercial; as Metallica (they are really good but every fan should admit that they turned very commercial)... I'm not saying they are bad, but at least I have to say that is stupid that the guy who made this list thinks that Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Pantera, Megadeth, Slayer, Judas Priest and Deep Purple are most overrated than one of the most played bands in MTV!
These guys were killer back in 99-02 but the masks seem much more gimmicky now. After Iowa Corey and Jim went and did stone sour. They have an awful whiny sound that drives me mad. So some of that started to leak into slipknot and to be honest I liked volume 3 a lot but the albums after that are whiny excuses for talent.
This juvenile pop band is metal by no stretch of the imagination - anyone who thinks otherwise should grab a screwdriver and perforate their inoperative ear drums. Corey Taylor is just a whiny douchebag who tries to act all tough, but can't sing like a man.
The band's below Slipknot are also overrated, however it doesn't matter since they are talented, Slipknot however have absolutely no talent whatsoever and are constantly overrated by the clueless media and the fanboys.
I love Linkin Park, but let's be fair; they're not a Metal band, and even Chester stated that.
On an additional note, you can't escape being called overrated when you're incredibly successful with critics, fans and sales.
Why does Linkin Park have to receive such negativity? Yes, they may be overrated, and almost more than half of their stuff isn't metal, but I don't think those reasons are not valid for you to hate them.
Not a metal band in any sense of the word. To even put them here is an insult to all the actual metal bands. Save this mindlessly overpraised mediocre band for the rock list.
I used to like them but they are just a stupid sellout band who cannot even create a song whitout using computers.. Even chesters scream is no good anymore. I hope they start writing good, heavy songs like they used too.
I like slayer, but it's not like they're the single most amazing band in the world. Sure, they're influential, but that doesn't change the fact that they're incredibly overrated. They're talented, and their music is super fast and hard to play, but they do suffer from a huge case of "every song sounds the same." The drumbeat to pretty much all of their songs is just snare over and over, and the guitars get old pretty quickly. Also, let's be honest. Tom Araya is a terrible vocalist. The worst part about this all is that since I didn't say "Slayer is the most amazing band ever," this comment is going to get thumbs-downed all over the place. I like Slayer, but people need to grow up and realize that heaviness alone doesn't make a band good.
Well, they're probably past recovery, sadly. Ever since Divine Intervention, Kerry (would he just quit and go home? ) Kerry started writing most of their songs after Divine Intervention, but before Hanneman wrote them. By the way, Divine Intervention wasn't half bad. It could've been better, though. What do Angel of Death, Chemical Warfare, Hell Awaits, Raining Blood, South of Heaven, War Ensemble, Seasons in the Abyss, Disciple, and World Painted Blood have in common? All written by J. Hanneman. Now, sadly, he's dead, and so cannot redeem Slayer. Maybe Holt can, but he's only done a mediocre job on Repentless, and, for that matter, with his own band lately. Last good Exodus album was in '03. But make no mistake, Seasons and Reign are thrash classics forever, right up with Rust in Peace. But the band's sum talent is pretty low. They had one super talented dude pushing it, and let Kerry write a song or two so he would shut up, and made some darn good albums. Then Araya and King thought ...more
How is Slayer not number 1? Here's a band with 10 or 12 great songs and then a 100+ songs that all sound exactly alike & equally bad. Almost all of their guitar solos are nothing but sped up, chaotic noise. Araya's voice is terrible but it does seem to work on some songs. Their lyrics are comically bad, never progressing past the old "Let's shock everyone with songs about Satan & demons & death". Actually Slayer has pulled of the hat trick in my opinion. Most overrated metal band, most overrated metal album(Reign in Blood) & most overrated metal song(Raining Blood).
Solid band who released a lot of good albums in the 80's but they used up all of their good riffs by 1994's Divine Intervention. Ever since Diabolus in Musica came out in '98 Slayer have not put out one single album worth listening to. Most of their contemporaries like Testament and Megadeth have recently dropped good albums so Slayer has no excuse to release garbage like Repentless.
Incredibly overrated. How the hell is Dimebag Darrell ranked in the top ten greatest guitarists with HUGE heavyhitters like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Same goes for Vinnie Paul. My brother puts him in his top 5 favorite drummers, and I just don't see why. Pantera's songs are sloppy and dull. They don't deserve all the praise they get all the time.
Ok one very good album vdop, cfh okay, the other three are the same garbage, have like 2 good songs each album, they took advantage of the poor metal 90s! Good for anselmo that teamed with down! That's a good band. Dimebag was a very descent guitar player, but think if pantera still playing now, I think they fell off short of imagination, those three last albums are sinking and are very forgettable.
People, learn the meaning of the word "overrated". Yeah, we know that Dimebag was a great guitarist but Pantera like the most of the bands got really popular after he died. Him and Phil were only "great" musicians in the band, and only 2 albums were really good and "special".
NvGNICK. You seem to be into a certain kind of rock, which consists of simple rhythm and basic beats, clearly you don't no enough about metal to be on this page... Go help yourself to a Justin Bieber album and watch re runs of 7th heaven or something...
So overrated! I could honestly tolerate them more if they just weren't so cheesy. Fury of the Storm is one of the cheesiest songs I've ever heard in my life.
And what makes this band worse is that from what I've heard, they speed up their music in the studio. That alone makes me lose a lot of respect for them because it's just like with singers who use auto-tune. They don't use their real voices.
DragonForce isn't a bad band. They do have interesting guitar solos, good production and the musicianship is commendable, but you can't deny one thing...
...DragonForce is pretty cheesy, especially in terms of their lyrics. And yeah, there are better Power Metal bands anyway.
The problem with them is that they keep using the same formula over and over again. They don't speed up their music in the studio, watch the live DVD from 2015 and album from 2010 and you will realize that. They used to drink too much. But almost all of the songs sound the same.
They destroy the image of whole power metal community and thus bands like Blind Guardian, Sabaton, Gamma Ray, Therion, Iced Earth, Kamelot, Symphony X, Angra... That are actual quality power metal get shunned upon.
Easily the most overrated Metal band going. If they weren't always compared favorably to Metallica, a band very much hated, people might realise just how overrate Megadeth really are. Even though Megadeth fans are blind to this, Megadeth sold out just like Metallica did, Cryptic Writings/Risk, except they were no where near as successful at "selling out" as Metallica were.
The problem is that Megadeth fans are so rabid and worshipping of Mustaine that it's frankly disturbing. Megadeth sold out, that's a fact. Look at most of their albums during the nineties, not to mention supercollider. The difference is that they failed to make a success of it like Metallica. Metallica are more overrated, but that doesn't mean Megadeth aren't.
Megadeth - just Take Metallica, put some leftist whiffle thrash lyrics in place of the poetics heard from the latter, up the technical ability of the instruments and then place the single most annoying vocal performance in the Thrash genre.
And then replace the vaguely Nu-metal St. Anger with a damn POP album.
Unoriginal, irritaing. Should be taken up by overkill as a Big 4 Band.
They used to be simply mind-boggling. Of late, there's been a noticeable decline in Megadeth's songs. Don't get me wrong, their contribution to metal is extraordinary, but in thirteen, the songs seemed to be remakes of their old songs and the supercollider title track makes ac/dc sound like a heavy metal band.
I don't know if these idiots should even be considered hard rock. They make metal music sound like dad rock. They are the wimpiest softest band ever that would make Nickelback sound heavy as heck. Bruce is also the worst vocalist ever in history and Steve Harris is so damn overrated. Their guitarists are okay but not even close to the best guitarists. The only good song they ever did is Empire Of The Clouds, the rest is hot garbage.
Hallowed Be Thy Name is one of the most boring dull things I have ever heard.
Aces High is so damn overrated there is nothing good about it.
Blood Brothers is a failed attempt at a power ballad. It's also a straight-up ripoff of Orion.
The Trooper is the most Iron Maideny song in their catalouge that shouldn't even be considered hard rock.
The Angel and The Gamber is one of the worst songs ever made it's chorus repeats on for half the song.
Don't get me wrong, I love some long songs, but Rime Of The Ancient Marrier is trash and it drags ...more
Iron Maiden really sucks. First of all, Bruce Dickinson is the worst vocalist ever in history, it sounds like he's "singin"g opera over metal. Steve Harris is the most overrated bassist, right next to John Entwistle. They are both just average bassists and get 10 times more praise than they deserve. Their guitarist and drummer are ok, but apart from that, they suck. They always stuck to the same E C D chord progression all the time for like, 40 odd years. Their songs sound the same with the boring old dual guitar, and Bruce Dickinson's bad "singing". And Maiden better than Metallica?! You have got to be joking. Metallica are no doubt the best Metal band ever! Their music has much more variety than Maiden. James Hetfield can actually sing, unlike Dickinson. Cliff is a much better bassist than Steve Harris. Kirk is a far more versatile guitarist than Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. And Lars is just better than the drummer.
I don't listen to the overrated Run to the Hills, I prefer The Nomad. Wait...
Oh no I can't listen to Iron Maiden anymore because the whole band is overrated. Shame, I have to switch to Judas Priest. Oh no, traditional heavy metal as a whole is overrated, why not search for some funeral doom metal? Ah, metal is overrated, if I want to shine from the crowd, I have to find something else.
Maybe I should listen to Oleg Lundstrem's Big Band. Hell no! Music as a whole is overrated, maybe I should read about medieval France. Um, free time is overrated, I will try to learn/work all the time. No, life is overrated, I have to kill myself. Suicide is also overrated, what should I do? Maybe I'll go back listening to Iron Maiden and don't care about what other people think of it.
After Slipknot and A7...X most overrated band on the planet. Albums with Paul were pretty good with some nice riffs and actual good singing, and the glorious Steve Harris could actually be heard. After BD joined Maiden just became one big melody with operatic and annoying vocals with good song here and there.
Black Sabbath aren't too overrated, but some of their songs (NIB, Paranoid) are very overrated. Still, they have some amazing songs and Tony Iommi os one of the greatest guitarists ever.
Black Sabbath of the 70s with Ozzy is overrated mostly because everybody thinks they invented metal but they didn't - they invented doom metal and maybe goth metal but that's all, not the rest of the metal genre. Black Sabbath's stuff of the 70s wasn't metal - it was heavy blues rock and even Tony Iommi admitted that. That's why they radically changed their sound in 1980 - they just started play metal.
Judas Priest and Iron Maiden didn't sound like Black Sabbath (bluesy, slow and/or quite simple songs), they sounded like Rainbow and Deep Purple (non-bluesy, fast, complex, technical and classically inspired songs). Same for the current metal, which means that not Black Sabbath but Deep Purple and Rainbow invented metal as we know it now.
While their influence and importance are noteworthy and they have some good tracks, Black Sabbath is arguably the most overrated Metal band that I know of. Partly because they tend to be the only Metal band of their time period that gets any sort of attention, and hence overshadows other great bands like Deep Purple, Scorpions and Rainbow, who were just as influential to Heavy Metal.
On an additional note, Ozzy Osbourne. Yes, his voice suits Black Sabbath's gloomy atmosphere and its recognizable. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean it's great. I can name numerous singers from several genres (Yes, even Pop Music) who are better singers than Ozzy and his successor, Ronnie James Dio eclipses him so badly it's not even funny.
Metallica sold out? Guess what, Ozzy did that too, but MUCH worse! By pulling out a reality T.V. show, which embarrassed one of his daughters enough to wind up not joining him on that. Also, many of his solo songs are really poor if given a thought.
I would argue that Black Sabbath is underrated. Their early work with Ozzy was all great, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage don't get NEARLY enough credit. Their are two masterful albums with Dio that no one cares about (Heaven and Hell was great as well), Born Again, Headless Cross and Tyr were all amazing and 13 had a lot of energy. I would put Black Sabbath in my top 5 bands of all time, probably at #4.
Honestly, the guitarist is the highlight of the band, you'll get an awesome intro and then Andy's voice kicks in, along with a generic drum track... Andy's voice, despite sounding gritty, is just very weak, you don't get a sense of power behind it, and his harsh vocals are some of the worst I've heard where the accent goes all twangy. The Legacy had an awesome intro and then it just lost all its momentum, and the only songs I can say were good all the way through were In The End, Fallen Angels and I Am Bulletproof.
They have some great songs (In The End, Heart of Fire, etc.), and I do think that they get a bit too much hate, but I get why they're in this list. Their music is pretty generic, and Andy Biersack, while not bad, is not that great of a singer (Jake Pitts is pretty good guitarist though, obviously not Dave Mustaine level, but still good nevertheless). I also agree that their emo fanbase is too cringy. I don't want to hear another "this band saved my life " But they are technically not really metal.
A band for girls who want to seem alternative and into the 'metal scene' yet would cower if ever shown some Slayer or Pantera.
Their appearance and sound is as if KISS and Avenged got put in a blender together with some razor blades.
Overrated as hell. This is not a metal band, contrary to what many scene/emo kids will tell you. The fact that Metallica and even A7X are above this makes me worry about people these days
They may not be black metal, but at least they can be considered gothic metal, unlike Nightwish or WT.
Black metal? Seriously? More like wannabe metal!
Their recent stuff is pop metal!
How can they be overrated in metal when most metalheads don't even consider them metal in the first place?
His lyrics are fantastic, but his style of singing isn't that good.
This should be way higher, and Metallica shouldn't be on this list.
Shock rock, not metal.
Heavier version of Nickelback - all their songs sound exactly the same. And Jekyll and Hyde is the worst I've heard over the airwaves since Coldplay was inescapably popular. The only reason they're "big" right now is because Wrong Side of Heaven's music video managed to whip the general populace into a circlejerk frenzy because of the military theme, and apparently nobody knows how to draw the line at "Yeah, that one thing they did was good but let's just let it die now."
Seriously. One decent song with a decent message does not make them good.
God what an abysmal band on so many levels. Vocalist who can't sing, some of the most garbage lyrics ever penned, generic riffs that are stolen from Pantera and Machine Head, and a fanbase consisting entirely of rednecks.
That band name sounds like it was created by a wannabe tough guy.
This should be #1 on this list. Tried to get into it but I could not. Also their singer is a turdbucket
Saying Motörhead isn't Metal just doesn't make sense. Metal isn't strictly defined as classical inspired music. It's just a louder/heavier version of Rock and Roll. Motörhead is one of the most influential Metal Bands ever. They were one of the first metal bands as well. I mean, just listen to them. If that isn't metal, then I must not know what Metal is. It's fast paced, bluesy speed metal. Lemmy said he didn't feel apart of the Metal community, but that doesn't mean they aren't metal.
Whats with Metallica haters get a life their the biggest metal band ever... And motorhead is the most underrated band ever I bet you don't even know who lemmy is...
Just noise to me, no melody, sorry I just dot get them. Maybe I just don't like metal. I do like zeppelin, Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rainbow cause it's not constant overkill, more light & shade
Nonononono, Motörhead was amazing. People only think they're overrated because people only listen to Ace of Spades which leaves their other amazing songs in the darkness. The whole ace of spades album has amazing songs. And so does Overkill.
Why are these guys so popular? They're one of the worst metalcore bands out there. Generic, unoriginal, emo band with cheesy lyrics and terrible vocals, and they suck live. There's so much better metalcore bands out there. Listen to As I Lay Dying or August Burns Red, not this crap.
Not Metal, but a really good Metalcore-band!
So overrated! I have no idea why so many people are into them. They're just boring, uninteresting, and mediocre at best. Really terrible band in my eyes.
Their earlier albums (remission-Crack the skye) were beautiful but they dropped and then boom. Emperor of sand.they however moved from sluge to prog
The most poseur band on the planet. The singer is in an orchestra! The lyrics have absolutely no meaning whatsoever in any shape or form. Terrible music!
Every song I listen too I hated and I think it is the vocals.
Lonely day is the only song I could listen too.
This is the kind of band you will like (as a guilty pleasure only).
The vocalist sounds like a 12 year old trying to sound tough.
This band ISN'T actually TERRIBLE, it's just that it gets way too much praise for mediocre guitar work, low quality locals, and poor lyrics. DM bands like: Death, Morbid Angel, COB, Opeth, Obituary, Decide, Etc. ARE MUCH better than this band. It also contributed to several negative stereotypes, contributing to a problem in metal. We're isolated enough already, no need to make it worse with bad lyrics. This band was too focused on shock value and making as much money from morbid curiosity, instead of making good music. Their "best" song, "Hammer Smashed Face" is mediocre at best.
Sorry, but Cannibal Corpse are definitely the most overrated death metal band. I hate it when people say they're better than legends such as Death, Autopsy, Morbid Angel, Entombed, etc.
This should be number one.
These guys are garbage. There is absolutely no reason Metallica should be at the top of the list, they deserve their praise. Cannibal Corpse is the worst metal band. Period.
These guys are so boring with the exception of their first three records.
They're not a metal band, why are they on this list? Same for Zeppelin.
I love kiss! And there not even metal. But anyway there the best band ever!
They are satanic! Their name stands for "Knights in satanic service"
Kiss is hard rock
They are not afraid of ridicule and questioning. When the die-hards are still quarrelling about the classification of metal rock and roll, they prove everything with their strength.
They are overhated. Just a bunch of kids having fun, no need to hate them.
I would say Babymetal is more weird than overrated.
Why are they on the list
Seriously, have you HEARD their new music? They sold out worse than Green Day did. Better yet, they sold out worse than Metallica did. (And that's almost literally impossible. )
Started out ok but then turned into a fetty wap/little Wayne guitar solo type band. Absolutely terrible.
Cheesy poser band.
@CostcoHotDogs - brief answer to "Who did? Cirice is amazing":
1) Many did (go to the lists - Best Metal Albums of 2015, but skip Meliora by Ghost; Best Metal Songs of 2015).
The riff is a ripoff - it is composed of 2 well known riffs by Slayer: Skeletons of Society and a variation of the intro to Raining Blood.
Instantly forgettable solo.
If there's something amazing here, these are the Slayer riffs.
They ripped off the riff from Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth, which is the best part of the "Ghost song".
I actually like these guys, but come on! THEY'RE OVERRATED! These guys are more famous than any modern metal band which is not fair at all!
I so agree with Rambles. And they definitely didn't deserve the Grammy for Best Metal Performance.
Can't believe these clowns won a grammy. It should have gone to Iron Maiden, maybe even Sevendust
To be honest, Anthrax is the least known and, thus, the most underrated out of the Big 4 of Thrash. Its surprising how people want to jump in on how Anthrax isn't as good as the other three, although in terms of 2010s material Anthrax has (so far) done the best.
Easily the worst of the "Big 4" and rides off the coat tails of the others.
One decent album (among the living) gets them grouped in with 3 of the most influential, genre defining bands of a generation.
So overrated, they should belong in the big 10 if such thing would exist. Only thing that got then famous is moshing and kept singing about it for years they always sound the same: silent hardcore-thrash with even more idiotic vocals. Stupid band
Spawned some of the worst bands ever, and simply aren't as good as they're made out to be.
A pop rock band that plays heavy breakdown just to make it sound brutal.
Play a random lick, just to show that they can play technical.
Deathmetal growls to show that they are deathmetal.
Sang cheesy pop vocals, to prove the the young girls that they are emotional and can sound feminine like Justin beiber.
Great musicians with bad music taste of writing songs. and a horrible combination.
Pop rock with deathmetal growls, 5 breakdowns in one song, girlyman pop singing, annoying licks, boring lyrics. these combination is too cheesy.
I gave them too many chances I listen and gave them a fair review.
And all I have to say. their style is horrible.
Talentless hacks who only seem to know how to write pointless 0-0-0-1-0-0-0 breakdowns. Hopefully the scene kids who like these guys eventually grow up and listen to something worthwhile. Oh, and this band is anything but metal, despite what they'd tell you.
OH MY GOD. This band is horrible, it's one note breakdowns and techno. Slipknot, Priest, Metallica, Sabbath, and Avenged Sevenfold could definitely be considered overrated but at least they have good music to back it up. AA should be #1.
I always get confused why they are successful. Bloody emo teenagers!