Top Ten Underrated Metal Bands of the 1980s

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The Top Ten

1 Crimson Glory Crimson Glory Crimson Glory is an American progressive metal band that formed in 1979 under the name Pierced Arrow.
2 Laaz Rockit Laaz Rockit Lääz Rockit is a thrash metal band formed in San Francisco, California in 1982. Although one of the lesser-known groups of the Bay Area thrash metal scene, each album in their career has received high critical marks. One of their signature elements were Ibanez guitars adorned with elaborate airbrushed ...read more.
3 Anvil Anvil Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Robb Reiner and Chris Robertson.
4 Voivod Voivod Voivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec. Their musical style has changed several times since the band's origin in the early 1980s.

Few bands were so innovative as constituting there own genre for the longest time while inspiring many other artists. Voïvod really became great when they left their early brand of brutal trash metal (War and Pain, Rroääärrr! ) for a more technical, entirely new sound that started to emerge with Killing Technology and really crystallized on Dimension Hatröss and their masterpiece, Nothingface. Angel Rat and The Outer Limits were almost of the same caliber, inimitable and immediately identifiable. People tried to fit them into a box, to no avail: they invented terms like "space metal" or "future metal" to describe Voïvod, but the label pretty much fitted only the band from Jonquière, QC. The band pretty much sounds like robots singing about a dystopian future...

After that, it gets somewhat disappointing... I never really got into the Eric Forrest period (that sounded more like technical death metal, with growling vocals), and Jason Newsted's (Jasonics) arrival signaled a ...more

5 Saxon Saxon Saxon are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976, in South Yorkshire. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums.
6 Riot V
7 Stormwitch
8 Coroner Coroner Coroner is a Swiss thrash metal band from Zürich, formed in the early 80s. They have been called "the Rush of thrash metal" for their increasingly complex style of progressive rock-infused thrash. They garnered relatively little attention outside Europe .

A very good thrash band. I made several lists about them so if you are interested you can start with this one: Top 10 Songs to Get You Into Coroner - Metal_Treasure

9 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 ...read more.
10 Angel Witch Angel Witch Angel Witch are a British heavy metal band which formed in London, England in 1977 as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

The Contenders

11 Celtic Frost Celtic Frost Celtic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their heavy influence on extreme metal genres.

People, give a listen to Circle of the Tyrants. - Metal_Treasure

12 Savatage Savatage Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
13 Grave Digger Grave Digger
14 Exciter Exciter Exciter is a Canadian speed metal band from Ottawa, Ontario, formed in 1978 as Hell Razor. In 1980 they changed the name Exciter. They are widely considered to be one of the first speed metal bands and a seminal influence of the thrash metal genre.
15 Helloween Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.
16 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.
17 Candlemass Candlemass Candlemass is an influential Swedish doom metal band established in Stockholm 1984 by bassist, songwriter and bandleader Leif Edling and drummer Matz Ekström.
18 Manilla Road

So underrated their not even on the list. - Rambles

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1. Crimson Glory
2. Saxon
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1. Laaz Rockit
2. Anvil
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