Most Overrated Metal Bands


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". more.

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 has sold out. They're old stuff like ride the lightning, master of puppets, seek and destroy and justice for all were great albums. But after that they sold out, the only ones that have stayed true and kept they're old thrash metal scene is megadeth. Dave mustaine for president.

Nobody can deny they are awesome, but they're not THAT great. We don't hear a really good album since the Black, and most of the solos are...'just ok'.

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2 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) 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). 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

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.

I have given these guys WAY too many chances and as each day passes I start to hate them more they do have a few good songs but the more I listen to them the more things I find I dislike about them for instance most of their cover songs are covering some of the easiest songs to cover (EX, Walk Wish You Were Here, Paranoid) Plus their Hail to the King album is one of the most unoriginal albums of all time because most of the songs are just ripoffs of other bands songs and plus this band as a whole is unorginal and they are treated as if they are the greatest thing to have ever happened to music which they clearly aren't none of their songs or albums inpress me they are just boring and repetitive and now they are called a Metal band but they aren't even metal to me they make too many soft songs and plus their closest song to being metal (Afterlife) uses too much "core" elements overall I'll give them one last chance if the next album they realese is good and somewhat trys to be ...more - christangrant

Metallica is still extremely overrated in my opinion, and their 2016 stuff sucked. A7X should be number 1 though.

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3 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". more.

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

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.

I went to the mall with my friend and saw like 60 slipknot t-shirts what they are overrated but still good

Pikachu is a virgin

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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 include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture more.

Really these guys are VERY OVERRATED and not that skilled

One of the most overrated bands in the world. All they do is use their computers for music and scream in the name of singing. THERE IS NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT THEIR SONGS.

LP has really bothered me all of the sudden like I really use to like them then Chester started to sing more... And Mike had less lines...

The fact that the stupid 14 year old fanboys call this crap "metal" is insulting.

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5 Slayer Slayer 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

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

Reign in Blood is one of the most overrated metal albums of all time. It's a heavy album but there's much more heavier albums out there. Like for example, Kreator released an even heavier album (Pleasure to Kill) the exact same year Slayer released Reign in Blood. That album alone should get more recognition.

The problem with Slayer's music is that they ALWAYS use the same musical key. So their songs all sound similar.

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6 Pantera Pantera Pantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power". As the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, They more.

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".

Why the hell are they even in the same zip code as an "overrated" list. Excellent riffs, drums, and vocals (sometimes)

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. - NvGNick

Pantera singlehandedly resurrected metal after the horrible glam 80s. After Phil came aboard that is. Not to mention, they gave hope to sooo many disenfranchised white kids who were being inundated with all that late 80s, early 90s "gangster rap" and the like. DO NOT BADMOUTH PANTERA!

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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.

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.

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.

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. - Aragorn98

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8 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal 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 guitarist Adrian more.

Maiden are top 3 of all time without doubt.

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

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

Don't get me wrong, I love Iron Maiden, the are one of the most original, diverse, and talented bands out there, but they get too much praise from almost every metalhead out there. All they can ever talk is Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden this, Iron Maiden that... OKAY! WE GET IT! You like Iron Maiden. They're undoubtedly a great band, but there are so many bands out there that are just as good... if not better than Iron Maiden.

Most overrated metal band of all time. I think their albums mostly. The only song I ever truly liked from theirs is Wasted Years.They are a 2nd rate Judas Priest.

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9 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 more.

Dave mustaine is a much better guitarist than singer

There's no way in this world Rust in Peace could be the best metal album of all time... - somekindofaguy

I don't even recognize these guys anymore. Megadeth have never really been a band. It's more accurate to refer to Megadeth as Dave Mustaine and a revolving door of hired guns. How many people have been in this band?

This band is good, but EXTREMELY Overrated. First of all, it is not a band. It is Dave Mustaine and his bunch of cronies. Second of all, they have a terrible fan base and Dave is a douche. Last, they didn’t stay true to their genre - GreenDayFan21

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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. more.

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

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. - Mullac

Great, all they are missing is metal. - Lucretia

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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 Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, more.

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.

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. - Metal_Treasure

Early years with Ozzy weren't that great, but Dio years were. Paranoid is not their best song

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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.

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.

Their recent stuff is pop metal!

13 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch is an American heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name is derived from a fictional martial arts maneuver in the 2003 film Kill Bill.

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

They had 2 good albums and since that they suck. - CostcoHotDogs

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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. more.

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

Not a metal band.

He's not metal - christangrant

Not a metal band. Not a band. Not anything.nothing but bull bull bull bullsheit

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15 Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore 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 James; more.

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

16 Motörhead Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal/Hard Rock 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 more.

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

They Kick a lot of ass and don't get the recognition the deserve.

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17 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 more.

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

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.

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

Only there first two albums were great. - Rambles

That has got to be a joke, still life, blackwater park, and ghost reveries are amazing records! - imabigpotato

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18 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.

Kiss is hard rock - zxm

Hair is trash. Always will be. - Lucretia

19 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were 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 more.

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

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

Do these guys even classify as metal?

They are good, but so overrated. If only they were metal. - Lucretia

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

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.

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

They’re not overrated. Have you heard Caught In A Mosh, Madhouse, Deathrider, etc? - CostcoHotDogs

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