Most Overrated Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

Cliff was not just the best musician of the band, after his death James was alone, the only musician among novice. In the end he became one of them. They are responsible for closing napster, the only free music provider at the time. All these to be able sell even more of the overrated black album. They were the reason metal started becoming commercial and main stream introducing the soft, abstract, no sense metal! Comparing the past with the last years I don't think there is another band disappointing me in that level.

Most overrated metal band ever

Pots & pans are better than Ulrich. Hetfield's vocals are atrocious. Bass is always drowned out, which is a shame considering their bassist was their most talented member(R.I.P.). I don't have much to say about the guitarist, other than the guitar is terribly mixed in Ride the Lightning. Everything after And Justice for All fell apart 100%. Not consistent musicians. Overrated.

Metallica is definitely the most overrated metal band in the world. I don't know why there are so many people love Metallica and consider it's a great band. I like some metal bands, such as Megadeth, Helloween, Children of Bodom, Slayer, Anthrax, Iron Maiden..., but I was/am never into Metallica because their songs always convey headache and unpleasant feeling to me inexplicably.

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2 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

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

Only emos listen to them...

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.

They are more Hard Rock than Metal. - DarkBoi-X

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3 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. ...read more.

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. - Vip3r

Dude, I get that your favorite metal sub-genre is Black Metal, but just because a band is "softer", or simply not Black Metal, doesn't make it any less Metal. Slipknot is as much a Metal band as any Black Metal band. - RogerMcBaloney

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! - rock2metal

Good clean vocals but the riffs and heavy vocals are awful

They’re good! Why say not?! - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

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4 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.

How can they be overrated in metal when most metalheads don't even consider them metal in the first place? - Joeljohns249

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. - CrimsonShark

Really these guys are VERY OVERRATED and not that skilled

Aren't even metal but they are still good - DarkBoi-X

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5 Slayer Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. ...read more.

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. - AngryByrd

I completely agree. Slayer is good, but they're probably around my 50th favourite band. Their music can't compare to other bands. - IronSabbathPriest

Heaviness =/= quality. - Alkadikce

How can you get heavier than this!?!? - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

Slayer might be better than Demolition Hammer but your original comment was about heaviness.

Besides, I don't think Slayer had a great album since South of Heaven, but those are opinions - Alkadikce

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

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6 Pantera Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with ...read more.

Not overrated same as megadeth and iron maiden

Not overrated. - Userguy44

I never got why they were popular to begin with. I don't even like Pantera. - PhoenixAura81

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".

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7 DragonForce DragonForce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

They are actually underrated. - I80

I like Dragonforce, but they are better power metal bands out there, such as Rhapsody, Blind Guardian, etc. Through the Fire and Flames is also kind of overrated in my opinion, they have plenty of other songs. - yungstirjoey666

Just to let people know, most of their music isn't sped up and is indeed repeatable and also does require a large amount of technical skill. They aren't really proper power metal, so can't really be compared with angra, helloween etc

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.

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8 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave ...read more.

Dave mustaine is a much better guitarist than singer

Good, but more overrated than Metallica. - Adrian_4

They are not overrated they are legends

Absolutely terrible band. Never heard a good album (after Peace Sells) from these pretentious douchebags.

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9 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm ...read more.

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. - Alkadikce

Maiden are top 3 of all time without doubt.

Metallica better than Maiden? Only in the mind of Lars Ulrich.

Most overrated. Same chord progressions for 30 odd years and still playing sold out concerts. People who start listening to metal, start with Maiden with time they mature and move on to bands like Priest.

From Maiden to Priest? Despite Iron Maiden being more popular, I think it's the other way around. Both are very accessible by metal standards, but Judas Priest's songs are way more radio friendly and usually have pretty simple melodies.

Which is the typical chord progression in every Iron Maiden song? I thought Green Day were the kings of staple chord progression

Never mind, it's your opinion, but I can't see how somebody thinks Judas Priest is a more mature and intellectual band with songs like "United" or "Nightcrawler", both sounding like children's songs - Alkadikce

What the hell is this even doing on this list?! Maiden is worthy of all the praise it gets. Great band.

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10 Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. ...read more.

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. - yungstirjoey666

A universally hated band cannot be overrated - Joeljohns249

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.

The band is not as good as their fans claim them to be, only Jake Pitts is talented on this band, he is one hell of a guitarist, with this band you get an awesome lead guitar with horrible vocals, drumming and bass, pretty much the only good thing about the band is the lead guitar, they are generic glam metal and in the beggining they were playing generic metalcore, that makes them a natural generic band

I totally agree, but have you ever heard the amazing rhythm guitarist Jinxx? The lead and rhythm do AMAZING guitar dual riffs AND solos. Overall you're completely right. - Plonderss

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The Contenders

11 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.

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. - CrimsonShark

Black sabbath started metal. They are the kings of metal. They have no business being on here. All of these people that are talking trash on them and liking each others comments are pathetic - Sabbath

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. - Caleb9000

Uh...I don't think they're underrated at all. In fact, they're at the top of most 'Top 10 Metal Bands' lists. - AdamDestructorJr.

They're aren't overrated! - Userguy44

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12 Cradle of Filth Cradle of Filth Cradle of Filth are a British extreme metal band that formed in Suffolk in 1991. The band's musical style evolved from black metal to a cleaner and more "produced" amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic black metal and other extreme metal styles.

They may not be black metal, but at least they can be considered gothic metal, unlike Nightwish or WT. - yungstirjoey666

Cradle Of Filth sounds like ass - shanelester67

Black metal? Seriously? More like wannabe metal!

They Are Good Band But Overrated too much!
They Are Not A Black Metal Band, the Real black Metal Belong to Norway and Sweden! BURZUM MAYHEM EMPEROR DIMMU BORGIR IMMORTAL DARKTHRONE GORGOROTH Dark Funeral BATHORY and etc.

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13 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch, often shortened to Five Finger or Death Punch, also abbreviated as 5FDP or FFDP, is an American Alternative Metal/Alternative Rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death.

That band name sounds like it was created by a wannabe tough guy. - PhoenixAura81

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.

Saw them live and Ivan is BY FAR the worst singer of all time without his voice effects in the studio

What year did you see them? Because earlier in the band's career Ivan was an alcoholic and performed drunk at many concerts. Now he is clean and sings a lot better. - Sh4rp1e

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14 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. ...read more.

How can they be overrated in metal when most metalheads don't even consider them metal in the first place? - Joeljohns249

Shock rock, not metal. - Userguy44

His lyrics are fantastic, but his style of singing isn't that good.

Not a metal band.

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15 Kiss Kiss Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

They're not a metal band, why are they on this list? Same for Zeppelin.

They are satanic! Their name stands for “Knights in satanic service” - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

I love kiss! And there not even metal. But anyway there the best band ever!

Kiss is hard rock - zxm

16 Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist ...read more.

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.

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.

This band is the single biggest crime against humanity since Hitler

The second worst metal band of all time, and like bring me the horizon, they suck

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17 Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason ...read more.

The Poison was kickass album, everything else I have to dissect for good songs which includes SAF, yes I find that album overrated

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!

Not metal but extremely Overrated - christangrant

18 Babymetal Babymetal Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal".

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. - SoldierOfFortune

I would say Babymetal is more weird than overrated. - ThatoneMetalhead

Why are they on the list

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19 Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

I think they’re the most underrated of The Big 4. - Userguy44

Nah Anthrax deserve their praise. They wrote awesome riffs and they had a unique sound. Just because they're not an uber-fast uber-brutal band like Dark Angel doesn't mean they suck. Plus their new albums are a lot better than Slayer's and Metallica's new albums.

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. - CrimsonShark

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.

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20 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with ...read more.

Not underrated or overrated. - Userguy44

Don't say anything bad about this awesome band! Michael Akerfeldt is one of the greatest songwriters in metal. Blackwater Park easily makes it into my top 10 albums of all time. - IronSabbathPriest

They deserve no place on this list because they are the most underrated band I've ever heard

No positive or negative opinions regarding their musical ability or the quality of their albums and songs" I just think that the hype surrounding this band is insane: literally ANY negative feedback about Opeth is regarded as hypocrisy. No band should be that overrated.

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21 Motörhead Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and ...read more.

22 albums that sound exactly the same. They should be no. 1. - RighteousMalevolent

Nothing special here at all.

Never knew why they are worshipped so much. This band is extremely overrated and mediocre at best

They're okay but not great

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22 Motorhead Motorhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and ...read more.

They're twice on the list? - Userguy44

23 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.

They are not even metal.

Not metal, lol. - RighteousMalevolent

Not metal at all. - Userguy44

Whenever I say "metal", the first thing that comes to people's minds is AC/DC. That's just wrong! - Rorywilbren

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24 Ghost Ghost Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 4 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa ...read more.

Few albums, catchy riffs and very dumb lyrics, I don't get why they are so praised

I so agree with Rambles. And they definitely didn't deserve the Grammy for Best Metal Performance. - Metal_Treasure

Can't believe these clowns won a grammy. It should have gone to Iron Maiden, maybe even Sevendust

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!

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25 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Alternative Metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

It's mostly their Chop Suey song that you refer to as "overrated" - yungstirjoey666

Not metal but extremely Overrated - christangrant

They aren't metal but they are heavy and they aren't overrated in my opinion

Up! "Such a lonely day, and it's mine.."

More underrated in my opinion. - FlaMeThrOwer9

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26 Korn Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.

So Korn should be hated on for pioneering a genre which created some amazing and highly successful albums in the 90s. It's not their fault bands came with it. That literally makes no sense. Their new content is open for debate but they are hardly over rated they don't have that much presence in modern day metal. - rbodding

If it weren't for Korn there would be no Limp Bizkit or Linkin Park. I think that's reason enough.

Why do people like these guys? They're the ones who created nu metal. One of the most hated metal subgenres. If you people hate nu metal so much then blame Korn for it. They're the ones who made it.

Get this in the top 10. They're the ones who made nu metal and influenced some crappy bands.

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27 Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively ...read more.

I think they are very mediocre - Userguy44

I like them but they're 12 year old scene girls only linking them for their looks.

True, a band is about the music, not the looks of the people. If that was the case... My Chemical Romance wouldn't be one of the best bands. - JoMama163

They also try to be edgy but suck at music and the vocals sound like someone swallowed a frog, gargled saltwater fir an hour, and screamed into a briken mike set

Metalcore in general is overrated

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28 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

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.

Boring awful just no way interesting

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

29 Papa Roach Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.

Cheesy poser band. - Userguy44

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.

30 Death Death Death was an American death metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's ...read more.

Death practically shaped the entire death metal genre and always managed to say one step ahead of their contemporaries (minus the crappy Sound of Perseverance). Not overrated in the slightest.

They're good but they weren't the first death metal band. Possessed was.

People who vote for Death, go hide. Saying Death is overrated is like saying Iron Maiden is overrated.

Good to see this garbage band on the list.

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31 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.

Judas Priest should not be on this list. Its one of the most influencal metal band that ever existed.

Very popular but incredible! - PhoenixAura81

Why the hell is Judas Priest on this list?

What? If anything, Priest is underrated!

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32 Motley Crue Motley Crue Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

I've never understood why they were places so high in critics eyes. They've got a few good songs but the majority of there music is nothing but filler - sextysex

33 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.

Mediocre melodeath at its best. Perfect for beginner extreme metal fans, and viking wannabes.

Amon Amarth aren't overrated in the slightest. They're basically a bucket list of everything that makes a great band: brilliant and memorable riffs, great vocals, stellar lyrics that really capture the viking spirit, a terrific atmosphere, and they're highly consistent in quality. They're completely deserving of all their praise.

Nope. Amon Amarth deserve their praise. Their music is too awesome.

I'll never understand the hype surrounding this band. They have one phenomenal song, and that is Twilight of the Thunder God. After that... Everything just sounds like a bastard child of this song. CRIMINALLY overrated.

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34 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

Overrated? Yes!
Metal? Hell no! - Userguy44

They're not metal and not good. - PhoenixAura81

They should be removed from this list.

Led Zeppelin is one of the best bands ever, but they are not metal. They had a lot of influence on metal, but they are a hard rock band. - ryanrimmel

This whole list is a joke. It just seems to me like this person couldn't think of a lot of other bands to name other then the legendary bands. Metallica was the first thrash band to play in arenas before mtv even discovered them. - Sabbath

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35 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

A universally hated band cannot be overrated - Joeljohns249

More like overhated. - RighteousMalevolent

Not overrated, just awful.

Limp Bizkit getting praise of any kind makes them overrated. They deserve none. - AdamDestructorJr.

36 Messhuggah

They created the musical abortion known as "djent". Get them higher, also, their vocalist sounds like an angry dog. - RighteousMalevolent

Their music makes me lose brain cells - DarthPhasey

I don't know why so many people like them. Most of their music sounds boring and monotonous due to the guitar tuning.

They suck ass? Using 7 string and 8 string guitars is just a terrible idea, as a guitarist I tend to avoid bands that tune any lower than drop B. And all the songs are creative, but they're terrible guitar tone ruins every possibly good song with they're "brutal" drop g# riff.

37 Burzum Burzum Burzum is an influential black metal solo project of Norwegian musician and writer Varg Vikernes. Burzum came to prominence at the beginning of the Norwegian Black Metal scene in the early 1990s. Vikernes was imprisoned for 21 years for the murder of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, and charges of church ...read more.
38 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

Children Of Bodom is not overrated, you have just listened to their wrong stuffs, listen to their first 3 albums and you'll see their not overrated at all, Halo Of Blood is also great. They're actually one of the most underrated metal band

How are these guys below Amon Amarth? Compared them, Children of Boredom is terrible.

These guys deserve the hype. They are like Slayer, but Technical Death Metal... Which is pretty awesome. - ThatoneMetalhead

They suck so bad that I had to go to a hospital to replace my ears

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39 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: ...read more.

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. - IronSabbathPriest

These guys are so boring with the exception of their first three records. - RighteousMalevolent

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.

They're not that bad, but the style gets old fairly soon, their albums are very similar and show little variation musically or lyrically

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40 Hellyeah Hellyeah Hellyeah is an American heavy metal supergroup, consisting of Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray, former Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, bass player Kyle Sanders, guitarist Christian Brady and former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul.

Are they really overrated? I've never met one person that would fess up to liking Hellyeah (rightfully so. They're garbage)

Are these guys overrated? Hell Yeah. - ThatoneMetalhead

41 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.

Honestly, they aren't the worst, but they can be overrated... I mean... I feel like people just wear it for the icon merch, not because of the band. Same with Nirvana and Blink 182, most people just where the merch to where it, not even knowing the meaning behind it. - JoMama163

Wow. They're aren't even metal. - Userguy44

I'm really, REALLY surprised they are not number one. - Roy_Aspiros

You can't be surprised, idiot. Guns N' Roses is not a heavy metal band. All those years, people couldn't understand this fact. Face the truth.

42 Dimmu Borgir Dimmu Borgir Dimmu Borgir is a Norwegian symphonic black metal band from Oslo, Norway, formed in 1993. The name is derived from Dimmuborgir, a volcanic formation in Iceland, the name of which means "dark cities" or "dark castles/fortresses" in Icelandic, Faroese and Old Norse.

1st album was pretty much or less good after that they sold out and became a stupid gothic band

The only Norwegian Black Metal band I don't like.

Dimmu Borgir are hardly overrated, they don't exactly get much praise, and all the trve-kvlt metalheads tend to label them as a disgrace to black metal (even though they're much closer to symphonic metal nowadays)

I Know their 2010 Abarahadabra Album Sucks, But This Guys Are Awesome and Real Symphonic Black Metal, They are Not a band Like Cradle of Filth, In My Opinion Cof even is Good band, But COF Is Not a Black Band!
In My Opinion they are Best Black Band After Burzum, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Emperor, Gorgoroth, Immortal and Bathory!

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43 Rammstein Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . ...read more.

Why is Rammstein everyone's favourite band? Their music has it's style and is original I agree, but probably the most overrated band. I personally hate them.

Not at all. I think they have a perfectly balanced rating as of now. Their rating on most lists (around 30-20th place) fall exactly in line with the quality of their music.

These guys are creepy and overrated! I don't know why so many people like them. It really baffles my mind.

44 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

No, they are good - Userguy44

Pretentious garbage. It seems like all they do is hold circle jerks between who can write the least cohesive time signatures and melody changes.

They belong in the top ten. James LaBrie is one of the worst singers of all time. - RighteousMalevolent

I love this band and all, but they are honestly pretty overrated, a large portion of their songs while good seem to lack emotional appeal to me, it’s impressive how they write their music but they all seem to focus too much on the technical talents more than emotional. - FLIPMODE

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45 Lamb of God Lamb of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.

LOG is a bunch of pussies that give in to terrorism.

No. Never ever put lamb of god and overrated in a sentence.

46 Venom Venom Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.

They invented trash metal! - Userguy44

They deserve to be here. They suck, musically they’re just a ripoff of Motörhead. They took everything that made them amazing and made it garbage.

"Musically, they are a ripoff of Motorhead". Except they're not. This band was way more aggressive and they had a more unique sound which helped make up the blueprints for black metal. Motorhead made the same album 22 times. - RighteousMalevolent

47 Mayhem Mayhem Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. The band is also known for the infamous events surrounding them including the 1991 suicide of vocalist Dead (in which former guitarist Euronymous took pictures of Dead's ...read more.

I'm a black metal fan, but I hate this band sure they created black metal, but their music sounds like bunch of distorted noise, and calling their vocals mediocre is being generous. - XxembermasterxX

HAHAA, get them off the list immediately. - RighteousMalevolent

Legendary is unequal to great. Honestly, this is just mediocre black metal in its "prime." Terrible vocals that sound like some talentless drunk attempting to be evil at a karaoke bar. Blast beats all the way through, and mind bogglingly repetitive guitars that I can't stand. Its only atmospheric when you try to force yourself into thinking so. Crappy lyrics with no thought, combine with ear grading music and you've got a band that I will never be able to appreciate

Influential is unequal to great. Sure they may have influenced a ton of bands in black metal but that doesn't mean they're not mediocre black metal with awful vocals and repetitive guitars.

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48 Queensryche Queensryche Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob. They released their self titled EP in 1984, but didn’t gain notoriety until the release of their critically acclaimed album Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. As of now, they ...read more.
49 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

Tool can definitely be called overrated but they have got 1-2 really good songs in the form of Lateralus and The Grudge. Their worst album is 10,000 Days and the worst song is The Pot. I never really saw the appeal for this band and no, I'm not new to Tool as my Dad is a huge fan of them and I got a lot of exposure to their songs since my pre-teen years yet, I find them to be pretty underwhelming and boring.

Tool just put some odd time signatures and weird lyrics in their songs and the fangirls think it's cool and amazing music lol
Boring guitar, atrocious vocals, uninteresting songwriting.

There are way too many boring fillers within their songs just for the sake of extending the song's length. They're pretty much an uninteresting and overhyped band, and not to mention their fanbase is extremely obnoxious and pretentious.

Immensely overrated and boring as hell.

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50 Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.

Metal/deathcore is a stupid genre. It is only listened to because ONE:the name sounds "cool" Two:its emotional... Whatever that means

Really? They're not on here, but Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Dio, The Scorpions, Judas Priest, Children of Bodom, and Led Zeppelin are? Seriously? I can't stand KSE. They're emo music masking themselves as metal. I can't consider them at all metal with a good conscience.

They destroyed Holy Diver. One of the worst metal covers possibly of all time.

Yep. Not to mention that they ruined Holy Diver, this band is just taking everything bad about FFDP and adding to metalcore, which is already a horrible genre. They're not good at all.

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