Most Overrated Metal Subgenres


The Top Ten

1 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

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. - kempokid

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2 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

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3 Death Metal Death Metal

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.

Hella overrated.
But at the same time hated - Anonymous1234

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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 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

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

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6 Groove Metal Groove Metal

Agreed - it's very overrated. - Metal_Treasure

7 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

8 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

9 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

"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

10 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

The Contenders

11 Pop Metal

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_Treasure

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12 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

13 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

14 Industrial Metal Industrial Metal
15 Technical Death Metal Technical Death Metal

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

16 Power Metal Power Metal
17 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

18 Progressive Metal Progressive Metal
19 Doom Metal Doom Metal
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