Most Overrated Thrash Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

I do love anthrax A LOT, but I don't think they should be in the big 4. - gemcloben

Death Angel and Testament are better than Anthrax in my opinion...

Anthrax are in the big four because they were one of the first four thrash metal bands to break into the mainstream. Its got nothing to do with how good people think they are.

Anthrax isn't Overhated, just a little more unpopular and liked than the others. If you want to talk overhated, look at Metallica. - Metalfan2112

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2 Exodus Exodus Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.

Exodus, Anthrax, Sodom, Overkill, Death Angel, Evile, Tankard? These are all amazing bands. Although I don't think Pantera or Machine Head are thrash - ryanrimmel

They're seen as this legendary classic band but they've never released anything mind blowing. Piranha is hailed to be their best song, but it's nothing special.

I think Exodus are actually very underrated. - Metal_Treasure

Exodus with Baloff was the best.Bonded by Blood! but there's nothing special after that with Zetro

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3 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

Well, I do think Exodus is a bit overrated. Now, I voted for Metallica, but I do want to remind everyone that Anthrax may deserve spot 2 or 3. They did sell out. Now, they came back, but I do want to remind people that so did many other bands that don't catch the flak they deserve. Only a couple big thrash bands didn't seriously sell out: Megadeth (Yeah, I know Risk, but remember that their real move from thrash was 1994. And it seems like they were genuinely just doing something they thought was interesting. And they showed they kick butt no matter what they're playing), Sodom, Overkill, F&J, Metal Church, and Slayer (though after '94, they flat-out sucked). Exodus just quit.

Metallica takes the cake easily. However, Slayer, Exodus, and Anthrax are close behind. I might even throw in Testament. I do think they are a bit overrated, but they have been consistently good. Maybe a bit too consistent, like Slayer. Honestly, their last three albums are almost indistinguishable if you listen to them while sleepy.

I mean they only put out 4 thrash records. They were all extremely good, but since then, they haven't been very good.

Sure, The Black Album had some great songs, but that style is not Metallica. - ryanrimmel

Metallica, Slayer, Testament, Exodus, and Anthrax are the only really overrated bands here.

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4 Sodom Sodom Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.
5 Death Angel Death Angel Death Angel is an American thrash metal band from Daly City, California, initially active from 1982 to 1991 and again since 2001. Death Angel has released seven studio albums, two demo tapes, one box set and two live albums.

How are they overrated?! Death Angel is one of the most underrated thrash metal bands of all time!

How can someone say this is overrated?

6 Pantera Pantera Pantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power". As the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, They more.

I just don't think they should be on the best thrash bands, as they are groove - gemcloben

7 Overkill Overkill Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.

How is this above Metallica and Slayer?!

My all time favourite thrash band. - IronSabbathPriest

Every album sounds the same. at least Metallica didn't spend their whole career making albums with the same music with different lyrics and horrible vocals. - Sabbath

8 Evile Evile Evile are an English thrash metal band from Huddersfield, formed in 2004. The band's debut album, Enter the Grave, was produced by Flemming Rasmussen at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark and was released worldwide in 2007 by Earache Records to critical acclaim by fans and critics alike.
9 Tankard Tankard Tankard is a thrash metal band from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, founded in 1982. Along with the bands Kreator, Destruction and Sodom, Tankard is often considered one of the "The Big Teutonic Four" of Teutonic thrash metal.

Who the hell overrates Tankard?

10 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy more.

Should be number 1 - christangrant

The Newcomers

? Toxic Holocaust Toxic Holocaust Toxic Holocaust is an American black/thrash metal band from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1999. The band has gained notoriety among the thrash metal community, and is arguably one of the most popular modern thrash metal bands. Toxic Holocaust also gained attention when their song "Bitch" was featured more.

The Contenders

11 Slayer Slayer more.
12 Metal Church Metal Church Metal Church is an American heavy metal band. They originally formed in San Francisco, California in 1980 before relocating to Aberdeen, Washington the following year and briefly using the name Shrapnel.

If this is overrated, then just what is Metallica?

13 Machine Head Machine Head Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. They have received great critical success especially for their album "The Blackening" which is considered a modern metal more.
14 Nuclear Assault Nuclear Assault Nuclear Assault is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed after bassist Dan Lilker left Anthrax in 1984. After releasing five full-length albums and touring relentlessly throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Nuclear Assault split up in 1995. They briefly reunited in 1997 and again more.

Hahah,nice joke.This must be the most underrated Thrash Metal band,along with Annihilator - DejanKalinic

15 Kreator Kreator Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer more.

Ever since Gods of Violence released, everyone keeps talking about them, and it's annoying the hell out of me.

16 Havok Havok Havok is an American thrash metal band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2004, their members currently consist of David Sanchez, Nick Schendzielos, Pete Webber, and Reece Scruggs.

What? No. Just... no. If anything, they're underrated.

17 D.R.I. D.R.I. D.R.I. is an American crossover thrash band that formed in Houston, Texas in 1982. As of 2015, the band comprises two of its founding members, vocalist Kurt Brecht and guitarist Spike Cassidy, as well as drummer Walter "Monsta" Ryan and bassist Harald Oimoen.
18 Vio-Lence Vio-Lence Vio-lence was an American thrash metal band formed in 1985 in the San Francisco Bay Area. They released demo tapes, one EP and 3 LPs between 1985 and 1993. Their most stable line-up was Phil Demmel and Robb Flynn on guitars, Deen Dell on bass, Perry Strickland on drums and Sean Killian on vocals.
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20 Razor Razor Razor is a Canadian thrash metal band formed in 1984 at Guelph, Ontario. The group shot music videos for songs such as "Evil Invaders", "Shotgun Justice", "American Luck", and "Sucker for Punishment".
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