Most Overrated Metal Subgenres


The Top Ten

1 Death Metal Death Metal

I kind of agree and kind of don't. I feel that it gets a really bad rap by some people and there are bands that I really like, like Death and Gojira, but there are other bands that I think are overrated and wouldn't touch with a fifty foot pole.

I still like it, though

I disagree because Cannibal Corpse is the best band ever. Their albums are a treat to the ears from back to front - no other band on this planet have such a flawless discography. I do agree that rest of the bands from this sub-genre are highly overrated with the exception of one good album from the other band i.e. ("Cause of Death" by Obituary).

Hella overrated.
But at the same time hated - Anonymous1234

2 Deathcore Deathcore

More overhated than overrated. I agree that it's somewhat unnecessary since we already have death metal, but deathcore can be lit too. - yungstirjoey666

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 - in deathcore usually "core" (punk) is more than metal. And most of the deathcore bands aren't on Encyclopaedia Metallum, i.e. not metal (ex., Infant Annihilator, Suicide Silence). - Metal_Treasure

Deathcore Is Metalcore + Death Metal and sometimes Hardcore Punk. - MegadethFan07

3 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal Thrash Metal is a Heavy Metal subgenre developed during the early 1980s and an early precursor of Extreme Metal. Thrash Metal features a faster and more aggressive guitar work than Traditional Metal with shredding and double-bass drums and can range from melodic singing to loud shouts. more.

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

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

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

I think we are working with different definitions / ideas of overrated... - Metal_Treasure

Its probably the best, but is very overrated - EliHbk

4 Metalcore Metalcore

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

5 Groove Metal Groove Metal

Groove metal is the best subgenre to headbang to - yungstirjoey666

Agreed - it's very overrated. - Metal_Treasure

Pantera is a groove metal band and they are extremely overrated and not even good (Dimebag Darrel has some sweet guitar skills though, even though the guitars don’t sound good). At first, I though groove metal would be like groovy and danceable metal (which sounds AWESOME by the way), but it’s not. And I’m sad. - PhoenixAura81

6 Nu Metal Nu Metal

Also kind of overhated. I don't really see it as metal, but the music can be good - yungstirjoey666

More overrated than thrash metal in my opinion. - Userguy44

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

7 Black Metal

More like overhated by many, metalhead or not - yungstirjoey666

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

I’m in a chat on amino where black metal is considered “the best genre”. These members also think power metal is gay, which I hate because it’s epic, not gay. - PhoenixAura81

8 Glam Metal Glam Metal

Also kind of overhated. Even I have doubts about this, but it can be a great gateway to mainstream listeners to real metal. - yungstirjoey666

Glam and Hair metal is awesome though. - PhoenixAura81

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

Not metal, nobody I know calls it that anyway, its clearly "glam rock" - EliHbk

9 Alternative Metal Alternative Metal Alternative metal is a music genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres normally associated with metal.

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

10 Hair Metal Hair Metal

It rules though. - PhoenixAura81

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

Hair Metal is automatically overrated by the very fact it's called metal when it isn't. Just because you like a poser metal genre it doesn't mean it isn't overrated. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Pop Metal

What is this? - Userguy44

I'm afraid there's no such metal subgenre: "pop metal" has a contradiction in the name - if something has pop in it, it certainly isn't metal. - Metal_Treasure

You can describe Glam Metal as pop metal and poser metal but pop metal isn't an official metal genre. Pop metal has a contradiction in the name - if something has pop in it, it certainly isn't metal. - Metal_Treasure

Power metal could sort of count as this. - IronSabbathPriest

By definition, surely.

12 Traditional Heavy Metal Traditional Heavy Metal

This might be my favourite metal subgenre. - Userguy44

Traditional metal is amazing and probably my favorite genre. - PhoenixAura81

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

13 Djent
14 Industrial Metal Industrial Metal
15 Grindcore Grindcore

Grindcore sucks anyway. - PhoenixAura81

No it is not overrated, but it is trash and is hated ever so rightly - SoldierOfFortune

Its not the most well known genre but if Black Metal is here so should this genre - christangrant

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

16 Technical Death Metal Technical Death Metal

What about Nile? - Userguy44

They are the most popular tech death band so chances are the person who added this here considers them overrated - Alkadikce

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

17 Melodic Death Metal Melodic Death Metal
18 Brutal Death Metal
19 Power Metal Power Metal

Power metal is totally epic though, especially Blind Guardian, my second favorite band. Mägo de Oz, a folk metal band that is my third favorite band, has power and even symphonic elements among many others. - PhoenixAura81

20 Screamo

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

21 Progressive Metal Progressive Metal
22 Doom Metal Doom Metal
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List StatsUpdated 30 Aug 2019

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