Most Overhated Rock/Metal Albums

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The Top Ten

1 St. Anger - Metallica

This album is not Metallica's best but it is great if you compare it to Lulu, which should be the most hated. - MetalObsessed

This album deserves all the hate it gets. Awful production, boring, repetitive music that is way too long, cringe worthy bad lyrics, horrendous drum sound and NO guitar solos... - TheStargazer

2 Chinese Democracy - Guns N' Roses
3 Virtual XI - Iron Maiden

No. This album is rightly hated for being a piss poor waste of a great band who at this point were out of ideas and sense. Bayley's vocals are weak throughout and the production is utterly sloppy, letting songs go on for way too long (The Angel And The Gambler) while letting other ones lack any energy (Futureal, which is ironically the best track on the album). The tracklist, while fine in each individual song, is a slog to get through altogether. Not their worst, but definitely their most uninspired. While this level of mediocrity and amateur production would have been fine if this was a debut album, but not from the band who at this point had delivered us classics like Killers, Number Of The Beast, Powerslave among other classic albums and songs. Pretty poor overall, and while their follow-up (Brave New World) was fantastic, it can't remove the stain that this and their other 90s work left on Maiden's otherwise stellar lineup. - Mrveteran

4 Load - Metallica
5 Reload - Metallica
6 Diabolus In Musica - Slayer
7 The X Factor - Iron Maiden

Their most underrated album. While their other underrated albums are better musically (Killers, Somewhere In Time, their early noughties work), they aren't as hated as much. While not as ground-breaking as their other works, this is a perfectly fine album that has many underrated gems (Fortunes of War, Look For The Truth, Edge of Darkness) and is a huge step up from their weaker work earlier in the 90s. And while Blaze was definitely the wrong choice for Maiden, he works for the most part here. His bass like vocals work with the moodier and darker material on the album and he helped to kick some life into a tired band. Shame about Virtual XI though. - Mrveteran

8 All the Right Reasons - Nickelback
9 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden

Two good songs (Be Quick Or Be Dead, From Here To Eternity) doesn't excuse a boring album that showed a band out of ideas and sense. - Mrveteran

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10 Risk - Megadeth

The Contenders

11 Volume 8 - The Threat is Real - Anthrax
12 Dystopia - Megadeth
13 March or Die - Motorhead

The allmusic review only hates this album because "Motorhead tried to go for Commercial Success" and nothing to do with the music - christangrant

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