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To be honest, even if it is my favorite Metal subgenre, I get why people call Thrash Metal overrated. Heck, my favorite band (Metallica) cannot be spared and I'm not denying it. It is a great genre nonetheless, but Thrash did have a downfall period during the 1990s, which did signify fans becoming bored of it and moving on to a more fresh taste. It would also explain why the Big Four (Plus Testament) tried to be experimental during that time. - CrimsonShark
Thrash metal was very important. I wouldn't ignore the fact that death metal was very much based on/inspired by thrash metal. Later death metal created its own interesting subgenres - melodic, progressive, technical, symphonic,... - Metal_Treasure
Very overrated, I can't think of a band in the genre where at least half the albums aren't bad. Later albums by thrash bands rehash their old ideas. I'll never understand why people call it versatile. - IronSabbathPriest
I find it to be a lot less interesting than the other genres, as well as somewhat samey. - kempokidV 3 Comments
I'll admit that a lot of the fans are mouth breathers who think it's the most hardcore thing imaginable. But to me it sounds heavier than death metal. It may be a punk subgenre, but it is also a death metal subgenre. Same as how folk metal has folk in it. - IronSabbathPriest
Overrated? Haha! More like, overHATED.
Yep, overrated. But again, it's probably an extreme subgenre of punk and not metal - most of the deathcore bands aren't on Encyclopaedia Metallum, i.e. not metal (ex., Infant Annihilator, Suicide Silence). - Metal_Treasure
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I disagree. There are many really talented musicians in death metal. I would even say that currently the most talented metal musicians are in progressive and technical death metal - Opeth, Obscura, Ne Obliviscaris, and many more. - Metal_Treasure
I have respect for a lot of death metal musicians, but the music itself never really did it for me. - Metarock
Alternative Metal and Heavy Metal are good but Death Metal and Black Metal suck.
Depends on what context is Death Metal overrated in. A band like Cannibal Corpse is easy to be picked on, considering it's the most popular Death Metal band and probably the genre mascot. Recent bands like Arch Enemy and Children of Bodom could also be victim if one considers the popularity and attention they receive compared to other Death Metal bands.
I hate Cannibal Corpse and I do respect Children of Bodom and Arch Enemy to an extent. These points do not make up for me consensus. - CrimsonShark
Metalcore does have good artists but those are few and some of them people claim are the best (I.E. Every Screamo Band Bullet For My Valentine Avenged Sevenfold) are either mediocre or just plain awful. - christangrant
I agree most of the bands in this genre are either mediocre or bad Their are some good ones though but those are few. - christangrant
Yep, it's very overrated. Moreover, it's very debatable whether it's metal at all because metalcore usually has more punk than metal elements. And metalcore is even too poppy at times. Metalcore isn't metal in my opinion. Also, most of the metalcore bands aren't on Encyclopaedia Metallum, i.e. not metal.
There are interesting and useful things on my list Top 10 Bands that Aren't Metal According to Encyclopaedia Metallum - Metal_Treasure
I'm on Metal_Treasure's opposite spectrum. I find Metalcore to be overhated actually. While not the best genre, Metal or not, there are a number of great bands, most of which are pretty underrated in my opinion.
Also, no disrespect to Metal_Treasure. I respect his opinions on music, even if they do tend to clash with mine. - CrimsonShark
Dammit. This is going to end up just like any other negative metal genre list. They sure as hell are not overrated. They are the worst on worst metal subgenres, it just doesn't make sense - SoldierOfFortune
I can't believe Death Metal, Black Metal and Thrash Metal are higher than Nu Metal on THIS list. Come on. Get real. - Metal_Treasure
I do like this genre but it is overrated people/bands from this genre always are at the top of best metal lists when other people/bands from other genres that are usally more talented should be there but aren't - christangrant
I'm just going to say Nu Metal is both overrated and overhated. Sure there's cringe in some bands and doesn't exactly encompass what Metal is meant to stand for, but at the same time, its not as bad as many make it out to be.
In fact, most Nu Metal bands can fit right into Hard Alternative. They do share a good influence from Grunge and Alternative Rock, with slight traces of Metal, so I'd consider it. - CrimsonShark
Agreed - it's very overrated. - Metal_Treasure
Most of the songs have no metal at all. Sometimes I think music experts put the label 'Alternative Metal' when they can't identify the subgenre, LOL - Metal_Treasure
Many of the bands in the Alternative Metal genre do have traces of Alternative Rock, Grunge and Metal.
If you ask me, I would bring back the term "Hard Alternative" just in case. It does feel like a more accessible term and it might apply to Nu Metal. - CrimsonShark
I really don't see how Black Metal is overrated provided that this is the most underground subgenre and the majority of the metal fans don't like it. - Metal_Treasure
I won't say its overrated. But when I listen to black metal, my facial expression becomes like the facial expression of Jared Dines in the video of "10 guitar tricks (for beginners)". The part where he does tremolo picking.
In other words, its boring and repetitive. Kinda sounds like distorted version of flamenco guitarists. played less technically. Brutality on one note. - zxm
Totally an unnecessary genre. Musicians wearing long hair, posing like girls, singing about girls. There isn't any special about their music, the music is hard rock. No offense, but I have never seen any kind of immaturity in metal what I saw in glam metal. Thank God it died. - zxm
I don't like it at all but it's not really overrated anymore. I don't think anyone likes it anymore. - IronSabbathPriest
Not metal, nobody I know calls it that anyway, its clearly "glam rock" - EliHbk
"Glam Metal" is just a nickname for Hard Rock bands who just so happen to have Heavy Metal elements in their heaviest songs (E.g. Guns N' Roses). I don't tend to categorize bands in "Glam Metal" because the term just seems too arbitrary. - CrimsonShark
Hair Metal and Glam Metal are synonyms. Also, it was mistakenly called "metal" - it's just the 80s version of hard rock. - Metal_Treasure
Thrash, death and black metal are more overrated than Hair Metal?!?
Great job metalheads (sarcasm). - Metal_Treasure
Power metal could sort of count as this. - IronSabbathPriest
I'm afraid there's no such metal subgenre. - Metal_Treasure
By definition, surely. - bugger
IronSabbathPriest, I am happy at least one more person thinks Dream Theater's The Astonishing isn't metal. I think it's a rock opera. - Metal_TreasureV 1 Comment
I disagree - without Traditional Heavy Metal none of the metal subgenres would exist. I can't imagine metal music without Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Dio. And some other important bands. Come on. - Metal_Treasure
Which dumbass added this here - SoldierOfFortune
To be honest I've never really been a big fan of Saxon, The Scorpions, Accept, or even Thin Lizzy. I do have respect for the genre but I pretty much agree with what CJ said. - IronSabbathPriest
Also I don't actively dislike the genre, it just sort of pales a bit compared to the other stuff I listen to. - IronSabbathPriest
Consider me commiting blasphemy but this is one of the least interesting subgenres of metal to me. Most of the bands sound way too similar for me to actually want to listen to them all the time. It comes off boring, or even monotonous sometimes.
That being said, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and sometimes Dio, I really enjoy. - cjWriter1997
Its not the most well known genre but if Black Metal is here so should this genre - christangrant
No it is not overrated, but it is trash and is hated ever so rightly - SoldierOfFortune
This lists logic: Black Metal is more overrated than Nu Metal even though Nu Metal has a bigger fanbase and is usally very high on best metal lists
By this logic Grindcore is also overrated - christangrant
Just because it's technical does not mean it's good. I mean look at Megadeth. - SoldierOfFortune
True it just means it's hard to play. If it's easy that means more people can play it and thus have fun. Sorry for not ignoring the comment - Skullkid755
It's a version of Metalcore that many people consider it the most hardcore thing ever - christangrant
Screamo is bad but it isn't a metal subgenre - it's a version of emo, and both are punk developments.
It shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure
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