Most Overrated Metal Subgenres


The Top Ten

1 Deathcore Deathcore

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

I dig Nails - _Jack_

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2 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 under question 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

3 Nu Metal Nu Metal

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

A lot of people who hate this are pretty obvs thrash elitists and such - EliHbk

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4 Groove Metal Groove Metal

Agreed - it's very overrated. - Metal_Treasure

5 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

6 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its fast tempo and overall aggression. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work.The genre evolved in the early 1980s from combining the fast drum beats more.

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

Its probably the best, but is very overrated - EliHbk

I think that thrash metal is overrated as a metal genre.

1. Its because even though the thrash metal riffs are very good, but the thrash metal solos sound same a lot like other metal genre solos - speed, traditional heavy, neoclassical etc.
2. Another thing I don't like about thrash metal is the drumming. Well not for technical thrash - zxm

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7 Death Metal Death Metal

I disagree. There are many really talented musicians in death metal. - Metal_Treasure

Thrash is good, death is trash - sweetbeef

8 Glam Metal Glam Metal

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

9 Hair Metal Hair Metal

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

10 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

The Contenders

11 Pop Metal

I'm afraid there's no such metal subgenre. - Metal_Treasure

Power metal could sort of count as this. - IronSabbathPriest

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_Treasure

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12 Black Metal

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

13 Industrial Metal Industrial Metal
14 Grindcore Grindcore

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

15 Technical Death Metal Technical Death Metal

Just because it's technical does not mean it's good. I mean look at Megadeth. - SoldierOfFortune

16 Traditional Heavy Metal Traditional Heavy Metal

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

17 Power Metal Power Metal
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