Most Underrated Heavy Metal Bands

The Top Ten

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

Savatage is a very complete band. The melodies are complex and perfect, as if each instrument's line was carefully planned - yet, it all sounds so intuitive. The vocals too are amazing, I mean, very few singers can perform Hall of The Mountain King (oh, those high staccato notes! ). The lyrics are just pure poetry, they come up with these intricate stories, and make them so universal that everyone can relate to them. I could spend the rest of my life just listening to Savatage and Beethoven. - amandamop

Savatage is the most underrated band in history and Criss Oliva is the most underrated guitar player in history!
Their 1991 concept album "STREETS - A ROCK OPERA" is a flawless masterpiece, deserving to be in every house just like "Dark Side Of The Moon" or "The Wall": anyone listening to rock, pop, metal, classical music SHOULD OWN A COPY. It's a raw and emotional story about the rise and fall of a rock star with a moving finale and huge stage potential, masterly sung, played and narrated by the charismatic Jon Oliva.

In a fair world, Savatage would be selling out headlining shows in stadiums and arenas, cashing in millions of dollars each night just like Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Trans-Siberian Orchestra (a side project born from Savatage) do.

I hear of almost all of the bands above this all of the time, but I never hear anything about Savatage, and it's far better than most of those bands. The only reason I even learned about Savatage was because I looked at Trans-Siberian Orchestral's page on wikipedia. This band was both one of the first Thrash Metal bands and one of the first Symphonic Metal bands, they are hugely influential, but they rarely get the credit they deserve.

These guys are criminally underrated, in my opinion some of the albums Savatage have released are easily in the top 50 albums in the history of Heavy Metal. At least they got the success they deserved as TSO, shame Criss wasn't alive to be a part of that.

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2 Diamond Head Diamond Head Diamond Head are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England. The band is recognised as one of the leading members of the new wave of British heavy metal and is acknowledged by thrash metal bands such as Metallica and Megadeth as an important early influence.

Diamond Head should be #1. They have great songs, plus bands such as Metallica and SLAYER have listed Diamond Head as a key influence. Metallica's song Am I Evil? Is actually a diamond Head song. - ryanrimmel

They directly influenced Metallica, and Lightning to the Nations is one of the greatest metal albums of all time. - Brobusky

The forefathers of all modern metal
Listen to 'Am I Evil' and you will be convinced

Have you heard of the prince? - awesomedp900

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3 Annihilator Annihilator Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.

Jeff Waters is the man in this band - his fast and technical riffs and solos are exemplary. He is one of the top 3 lead G players in thrash, sharing this honor with Marty Friedman and Alex Skolnick but never gets the same credits.
By the way, I think Alex is underrated, too, but not as much as Jeff. It's because Annihilator are even more underrated than Testament. - Metal_Treasure

Allison Hell and The Fun Palace are amazing songs. Very underrated,

In my opinion annihilator has the one of the best heavy metal guitarists ever who is criminally underrated too...

Alisson Hell is one of the best songs I've ever heard. Is so complete, the guitars and the audible bass are perfect and their lines completely complete each other. Just fantastic! Jeff Waters is a beast - MetalGurja

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

Theost underrated thrash band by far! Give them a listen, they are so good! - ryanrimmel

Death Angel Blows Chunks.One Of Worst Bands Ever.

5 Anvil Anvil Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Robb Reiner and Chris Robertson.

Anvil defined metal back in the day. They were role models to Slash, Scott Ian, Lars Ulrich and other rock and metal profiles. Lemmy himself stated that he always liked Anvil. For some reason they never made it the whole way. That's the very DEFINITION of underrated! Avenged Sevenfold IS THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE! They are the most overrated bunch of douche bags I have ever heard of!

Laugh out loud top 3 are possibly the most overrated of all time. Laugh out loud how can bands that get played on the radio 24/7 be underrated. Anvil is a classic influential metal band that only started gaining popularity with a fan-made documentary that wowed critics. Savatage is another good pick.

I just saw Anvil October 6th in Toronto. They are incredible live. No drummer is as good as Rob Reiner period. I was blown away by the sheer energy. This band is still hungry 37 years later. Lips is a excellent front man and personality! His lead playing is impressive and original! A much more real from the heart concert experience.

Very Underrated band in my opinion, they were thrash as hell before Metallica or Slayer even existed

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6 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums ...read more.

Absolutely underrated - they are never mentioned among the greatest metal bands although they were really great. How many metal bands have had such super-talented musicians like:
Dio (RIP), Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Cozy Powell (RIP).

They invented a bunch of metal subgenres and lots of metalheads enjoy them now. Rainbow influenced directly the non-bluesy metal sound of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
Check out these genre defining songs by Rainbow:
From the 1976 album: Stargazer, A Light in the Black, Tarot Woman
From the 1978 album: Gates Of Babylon, Kill The King, LA Connection - Metal_Treasure

Really underrated p, they're never mentioned as one of the main influences of the later metal

Dio!

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

They are considered as one of the most technical and proficient thrash bands - high level of complexity and musicianship.

They are a thrash/technical thrash band from Switzerland, active from 1983-1996, 2010-present. - Metal_Treasure

I truly can't believe Coroner is in the top 10 here...must be some smart metalheads contributing to this list. Absolutely one of the most underrated metal bands ever...and one of the most talented. Mental Vortex is one of the greatest death/extreme metal albums ever recorded. Period. A masterpiece to go along with the rest of a strong catalogue.

Coroner Rocks,Sorry,I Forget About You.

8 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

Extremely underrated - inventors of metal and nobody cares. - Metal_Treasure

9 Overkill Overkill Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.

THE underrated thrash metal band.

Overkill has never gotten the recognition that they deserve. Amazing band. Every album is spectacular.

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

From 1980 - Present

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10 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative rock 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.

A7 is the most overrated metal band

HOW ARE Avenged Sevenfold UNDErrated?!

Most over rated band of all time after one direction - shivendra

I really like them and their "experimental" way of doing music...
The only thing I don't like is about fans that always say: "The Rev, the best drummer of all time", "Afterlife, the greatest song of all time", "Syn, the greatest guitarist of all time"
The problem is fans, not the band - Rocker00

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The Newcomers

? Beartooth Beartooth Beartooth is an American metalcore band formed by Caleb Shomo in Columbus, Ohio in 2012. They are signed to Red Bull Records since 2013 along with Shomo's electronic act Class.

The Contenders

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

Are you kidding me?
How the hell are they under rated?
They are one the biggest thrash legends for God's sake

I think Anthrax is better than Slayer, almost as good as Metallica, a bit better than Testament. Megadeth is the ultimate thrash band of all time in my opinion, But I do agree that Anthrax is underrated in the context of the big four. But in general, they get a lot of recognition. The Big 4 goes like this for me: Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer.

Whaat?!? Anthrax is not underrated has someone heard about the BIG 4? Anthrax is there, Anthrax IS the law

They are very underrated because people don't put them in the same class as megadeth and slayer when in reality I think anthrax is better than those bands - ryanrimmel

Anthrax kick Metallica's ass any day. In the early days, they were just savage. They've had more bad luck than they deserve throughout their careers but they've pulled through each time. Now that is Thrash 'Til Death!

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12 Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate was a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann.

It's unbelievable that a band like Mercyful Fate is so underrated, they have been inspiration for great bands like slayer and Metallica. It is an amazing band and King Diamond's voice is outstanding.

I rarely see these guys mentioned but what is wrong with this list? The ONLY band that belongs in the top ten is Anvil, the entire list is almost completely made up of commercial overrated nu-metal and metalcore

Many Get Mad At Me,Mercyful Fate Is Overrated.One Of The Worst Ever,I Cold Come Up With Unsigned Bands That Can Smoke The Danish King On Stage.Just Listen To That Voice,Jeez.The Schmuck Rip Kiss Corpsepaint In The Eighties.Truth Hurts Bro.

13 Saxon Saxon Saxon are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976, in South Yorkshire. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums.

This is the stupidest list in the history of metal. SAXON behind avenged sevenfold, kiss, D.R. I, Overkill, Deftones? What! Saxon sould be AT LEAST #5.

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14 Soilwork Soilwork Soilwork is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Helsingborg. They are signed to Nuclear Blast. Formed in late 1995 by Björn Strid and Peter Wichers, originally under the name Inferior Breed, the band changed their name in late 1996 to Soilwork. V 1 Comment
15 Neurosis Neurosis Neurosis is a post-metal band, based in Oakland, California. They formed in 1985 as a hardcore punk band, and their sound progressed towards a doom metal style that also included influences from dark ambient and industrial music as well as incorporating elements of folk music. V 1 Comment
16 Living Sacrifice

Probably doest get as much recognition because they are a Christian band.

One of the best Christian Metal bands out there...

97 and 2000 albums are masterpieces, must listen

Jesus rocks.

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17 Katatonia Katatonia Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band has released nine studio albums spanning the course of three decades, and their tenth studio album, The Fall of Hearts was released on May 20, 2016.

Definitely deserve more shoutouts. I've only heard one song played on the radio and that was at midnight but what makes these people so cool is that they don't rely on screaming vocals or pounding screaming guitars. Sure their latest 2 albums are "soft" but it's the heavy (saddened) tonality that makes them one of my favorites. Depressive rock would be an accurate description, or think of Opeth.

18 Blotted Science Blotted Science Blotted Science is an instrumental technical metal supergroup formed in 2004. It is headed by Ron Jarzombek, bassist Alex Webster and drummer Hannes Grossmann.
19 Crimson Glory Crimson Glory Crimson Glory is an American progressive metal band that formed in 1979 under the name Pierced Arrow.
20 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.

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

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

These guys are very good and their amount of skill and talent shows in their music. Every album they make, they aim to surpass their last, and they do it every time. These guys have quality music and their skill is way beyond any other metal band I've heard

SO under-rated! Can knock anyone off their pedestal!

Based on their awesome 2015 album - Blind Guardian are also the new gods of symphonic metal! - Metal_Treasure

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21 Exodus Exodus Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.

Recently discovered how awesome Exodus are. Fabulous Disaster is so good an album I bought it after listening to each song first. A true Thrash band that won't go down without a fight, so get off your ass and Toxic Waltz!

22 My Dying Bride My Dying Bride My Dying Bride are an English doom metal band formed in Bradford, England in 1990. To date, My Dying Bride have released twelve full-length studio albums, three EPs, one demo, one box set, four compilation albums, one live album, and one live CD/DVD release. V 1 Comment
23 Angel Witch Angel Witch Angel Witch are a British heavy metal band which formed in London, England in 1977 as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

Definitely underrated. - BrianScott01

THEY ARE SO UBDERRATED! Are you serious? Needs to at least top 5

24 Sodom Sodom Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.

As good as any thrash metal band period.

25 Havok Havok Havok is an American thrash metal band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2004, their members currently consist of David Sanchez, Nick Schendzielos, Pete Webber, and Reece Scruggs.

I wish I had voted for these guys. So good. Listen to songs like Prepare for Attack and Scumbag in Disguise.

26 Gojira Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.

All of their songs have epic openings, unrivaled (currently, Death was good...) technical death metal vocals, and genius poetic lyrics. - GREATEST

So so heavy. Listen to them live to get what I mean. This guys vocals are beast, and the drummer has the best groove. Listen to "Explosia", "The Art of Dying", "Toxic Garbage Island" and "Ocean Planet". Amazing

Awesome band. Deserve way more credit and exposure than what they get. Avenged seven fold? Haha if they are so underrated why are they no. 7 in the best metal bands of all time top ten list?

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27 Scar Symmetry Scar Symmetry Scar Symmetry is a Swedish metal band from Avesta in Dalarna County, Sweden, formed in 2004. The band has released six albums, with seven released singles.
28 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.

They are not underrated

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

OVERRATED

29 Demon Hunter Demon Hunter Demon Hunter is an American Christian metal band from Seattle, Washington, started in 2000 by brothers Don Clark and Ryan Clark. Although the brothers created the band together, only Ryan remains, since Don left the band to take care of his family.

Heavy ass band. Their latest album is a step lower than the rest but its still good.

So underrated it makes me wanna cry

30 Shinedown Shinedown Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd, and Barry Kerch.

Hey ax7 is way too overrated to be underrated guys... Look at shinedown they are a record making band and no1 knows about 'em - ror":{ "message":"(#803)someof

Bro, they are NOT METAL - they are mostly hard rock, post-grunge and some alternative metal. And alternative metal has little metal in it. - Metal_Treasure

Sound of Madness was a killer album

I LOVE "Bully" AND "Her Name Is Alice"

Ummm... I love Shinedown so much and I agree they're underrated but since when Shinedown metal? They're not metal.

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

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

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

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

32 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.

#44 no respect to the ryche.

33 Carcass Carcass Carcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons.
34 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.
35 Kreator Kreator Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer ...read more.
36 Nuclear Assault Nuclear Assault Nuclear Assault is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed after bassist Dan Lilker left Anthrax in 1984. After releasing five full-length albums and touring relentlessly throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Nuclear Assault split up in 1995. They briefly reunited in 1997 and again ...read more.

Verry Underrated, they kick tons of ass

37 Trivium Trivium Trivium is an American Heavy Metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. Their frontman, Matt Heafy, lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu and Bassist Paulo Gregoletto are the band's most consistent members and have appeared in every album since. ...read more.

Great band! Most of today's people don't like metal music, because it's "evil" and "satanic" but if you listen to their lyrics you see that they are made with heart and soul and that's why today's awesome metal bands are underrated like this guys. - tiagocowboy11

One of the best metal band I've ever heard their melody is so soulful yet the screams is so powerful

Makes as good of metal as the best. Pull harder on the strings of your martyr is a modern classic.

Best modern metal band

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38 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

I don't know why a7x is at the top. If anything they're overrated because they sold out and copied Metallica on hail to the king and were in 2 Call of Duty games. So underrated is not them. Granted I still like their music but disturbed has still sold more records and has done better and is just an amazing band who cares more about the music than the fame. Extremely talented and TRUE musicians

David Draiman's amazing vocals are way too underrated. Why is Avenged Sevenfold on the top? Ask anyone who Avenge Sevenfold is and they'll know. Ask anyone who Disturbed is and you'll find less people know.

DISTURBED IS UNDERRATED? I Love Disturbed and yet not many people know them? That is a BIG shock to me. - MusicalPony

Yes, people don't know about this heavy metal kings. They are writing nice songs. If you are talking about "underrated bands". Disturbed is the most underrated band of all times, I guess.

They're good, but not overrated.

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39 Helmet Helmet Helmet is an American alternative metal band from New York City formed in 1989. Founded by vocalist and lead guitarist Page Hamilton, Helmet has had numerous lineup changes, and Hamilton has been the only constant member.
40 UFO UFO UFO are an English rock band that was formed in 1969. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal.

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

41 Fear Factory Fear Factory

Hell Yeah,They Are Underrated,Hall Of Famer In Metal History,F.F. With Dino.They Should Call It Day,If They Are Genius,No Buy CD Anymore.Soul Of New Machine Was A Killer.

42 Saliva Saliva Saliva is an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996. Saliva released their self-titled debut album on August 26, 1997, through Rockingchair Records, a record label owned and operated by Mark Yoshida, who recorded and produced the release at his studio, Rockingchair Studios.

No other band on mother earth ever made songs, so rhythmic and melodically diverse... Yet I can't find their name in the top 200 Hard rock bands!
They deserve to be counted among Anthrax and Korn.

These guys are great but no body hears about them more people should listen to them there really good

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

43 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.

They're exist at the wrong time..where big 4 still influenced most of thrash metal world. To be honest..their music maybe more aggressive and attractive compared to big 4.
For me..dimebag, vinnie and phil are the best!

Dime is the one who inspired me to play guitar and still encourages me today

I think they are correctly rated. - Metal_Treasure

44 Puddle of Mudd Puddle of Mudd Puddle of Mudd is an American rock band formed in 1991. To date, the band has sold over seven million albums and has had a string of No. 1 hits with their most famous hit being "Blurry".
45 Alter Bridge Alter Bridge Alter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

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

Although a fan of a7x and Syn too but Mr Mark Tremonti is Awesome.

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46 Exciter Exciter Exciter is a Canadian speed metal band from Ottawa, Ontario, formed in 1978 as Hell Razor. In 1980 they changed the name Exciter. They are widely considered to be one of the first speed metal bands and a seminal influence of the thrash metal genre.

Really good speed metal band. Especially their first album
Heavy Metal Maniac

47 Trapt Trapt Trapt is an American rock band that formed in Los Gatos, California in 1995, best known for their 2002 single "Headstrong".
48 Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad was a Canadian extreme metal band formed by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1994. The band started as a one-man studio project; Townsend played most of the instruments on the 1995 debut album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing. By 1997, he had recruited permanent members; ...read more.

Strapping Young Lad would knock off Avenged Sevenfold's socks off with one single drum beat, man. These are way more complex than the majority of post-grunge bands (I don't mind Staind, as long as it's during the Dysfunction era and I love Deftones, in fact you'll love S.Y.L. if you like Deftones). Listen to S.Y.L. , Satan's Ice Cream Truck, Love? , Detox, Oh My God and All Hail the New Flesh. They are also pretty funny too.

The band made couple masterpiece albums (City, Alien) and few good albums in relatively short time of existence. The band had enormous amount of talent in them, both playing and songwriting skills. Not just Devin Townsend, but also Jed Simon (guitar), Byron Stroud (bass) and most of all Gene Hoglan (drums, the Atomic-Clock himself) are excellent players.
SYL has more class and quality in their "average" song than most of the bands have in their whole catalogue. SYL managed to to blend many styles, like industrial, thrash, death, melodic death, grindcore, progressive, djent, hard rock etc. Perfectly together and create their own unique style of complex and modern extreme metal, which remains to be a class of their own, right at the top. But they haven't ever got nearly as enough attention as they deserve.

SYL is a hidden gem, leaded by the epic devin townsend. - andrewtuckey

49 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.

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

Ronnie James Dio is the artist and man, I will always cherish with vivid memories and endless respect - one of the best back catalogues in the history of rock n roll. RIP

50 Skid Row Skid Row Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They were very successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their first two albums certified multi-platinum.
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