Wednesday Question: Most Underrated Bands Right Now?

Who deserves more coverage on UG? DO your favorite bands a favor and bring them to our attention in our first poll of 2013.

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Classic rock artists have written some of the best music in history, and many have an established marketing team to help push them to the top of the news pile each day.

We love them, but it's time to find some new blood.

There's plenty of acts that the UG team wants to cover more in 2013, but since this is a community, we want to get your feedback first. This week's Wednesday Question is:

Who are the most underrated bands in the world right now?

They could be brand new, or they could be long-established. Either way, you think they deserve more coverage on UG, and you want your fellow readers to hear more about them.

Post one nomination per comment, and remember to upvote any nominations that you agree with. We'll post the top 10 results on Friday, and put them firmly on our radar for news coverage and reviews.

We're also interested in hearing about underrated labels, so feel free to nominate them too. They won't get on the top 10 bands list, but they might get on the post too, and the UG team will subscribe to their updates.

To be clear, this isn't about unsigned acts - we want to hear which artists you love that will be active in 2013.

Examples that would work: Tame Impala, Clutch, Tomahawk.

Things that won't work: Your cousin's band, anyone unsigned, anyone who has broken up, and anyone on hiatus.

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    Porcupine Tree!
    Can't say that Porcupine Tree are underrated - they're (as said before) among most widely known and praised prog rock bands - but the are really great band!
    one of the most widely known and praised prog rock bands of the past 20 years are underrated? steven wilson is known more than most small bands for his record producing alone....
    But the question is more about UG coverage of them
    Coming off that, The Pineapple Thief. In fact, modern prog in general.
    Pineapple Thief are most certainly under-rated, but Porcupine Tree aren't. It's like people are just naming bands they like that not many of their friends do
    I agree, Porcupine Tree are probably the most commercially successful modern-prog band and also one of the most critically successful as well.
    Actually, they are on a hiatus. So its not really a legit answer. But Steven Wilson is on tour, and highly active. And with his Guthrie and the rest, it is at least as good as PT. But i gave you a + anyways
    Porcupine Tree are most certainly not "underrated"; every prog musician knows them nowadays. Which, personally, I think is more than they deserve.
    Clutch. Tim Sult has written some killer riffs. It's criminal they are not better known, though I don't mind the $20 ticket prices...
    Maximum the Hormone, a band from Japan that takes mixes everything from death metal and rap to synthpop.
    the best song i love this band, did see them last year in cologne and it was one of the best concerts i visited
    The bass player will go on to sell Mogwai in a mysterious shop when he's an old man.
    Most of bands from japan are very underrated, except Dir En Grey i think
    MtH is incredible. Which reminds me, I think we stay too western specific on this site. There're some really great bands that aren't from the UK, Britain, northern Europe, and the US. Expand, my friends. X Japan, Porno Graffitti, etc.
    They are not underrated or unknown at all, they did the second OP and ED for Death Note ffs, possibly the most successful anime/manga series in recent years.
    but outside of japan no one really knows them except a minority, so i would say there not well known
    Dead Letter Circus, COG, Chevelle, Karnivool, Primus, Silversun Pickups, Placebo, Cage The Elephant, The Butterfly Effect, Silverchair, Radiohead
    I was gonna post Dead Letter Circus as my choice, same with Karnivool. It seems like Australia gets the shaft when it comes to music outside ACDC. Video for those to check out DLC:
    Cage, Chevelle, and old Silverchair stuff is good, but I'd have to say Radiohead is in no way "underrated". They're good but I'd have to say they're a bit overrated for what they are. Love their older stuff though.
    High On Fire. They're getting bigger with every album, but I think they're an incredible metal band that doesn't get the respect they deserve.
    Oh, and I forgot to add Ihsahn to this. he rarely if ever gets a mention on this site. His post-Emperor solo stuff has been awesome. If you like progressive post-black metal, check him out.
    Neurosis. They are well known in narrow circles, but to the general public they are still unknown. I think they deserve much more attention.
    P.S. Sorry for the "reply" post
    Neurosis are incredible, really hope this gets the votes it deserves.
    A-MEN to that my friend, neurosis is a favorite to a couple of my friends and I, but are genuinely unknown to several bonafide metal aficionados that I am in contact with.
    YES. Neurosis is definitely one of my favorite bands, and they have influenced tons of other incredible music as well. If you like Neurosis check out Amenra too.
    I would really like to see more coverage of this genre. Somebody else mentioned Isis too, but there are so many Amazing post-metal/rock bands out there that receive virtually NO coverage. A few that come to mind: Neurosis, Isis, Pelican, Red Sparowes, Mono, Mogwai, Russian Circles, Intronaut, Jesu, Caspian, Cult of Luna, Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, God is an Astronaut, The Ocean, Rosetta, Sigur Ros, Tortoise, and probably 50 other bands that I havent heard yet but will love.
    ^ This guy (ToolCreedence) knows what he's talking about. All those bands are incredibly underrated, especially Rosetta, Explosions in the Sky and ISIS. Please cover these bands more UG, I don't need to hear another story about Lars' favorite brand of toilet paper or Mustaine's opinion on Obama.
    One thing to bear in mind is that these kind of bands sadly don't announce things as often, so there's no opportunity to put them on the agenda. However, since there's love for them, it'll help get at least their new releases and tours on the news here.
    You've just listed many of my favorite bands from the last decade. When they come up, I'll be sure to put their stories forward for the site.
    Don't know why someone with their panties in a twist voted all these replies down, but I voted them all back up because Neurosis ARE underrated.
    I listened for about a minute and a half waiting for the music to start. Never did, so I stopped listening.
    Protest The Hero
    On top of being talented they're also really nice and funny fellas, their new album is one of my most anticipated of 2013 for sure.
    Yes Yes Yes. I would put Kezia/Scurrilous as one/two of the best Metal albums of all time. At least my personal list.
    this guy. the's the guitarist from sacred mother tounge. he's epic
    Alter Bridge is pretty underrated. I mean they have a loyal fan base but to the general public they are still pretty unknown even though they're awesome!
    I've seen Alter Bridge under the "popular music" category in a store (here in Australia). I thought they WERE pretty big? Especially after Myles Kennedy w/ Slash, that's gotten them a lot more popular as well, but they're still really great by themselves
    Alter Bridge, but perhaps it will change after the Slash project!
    Huge Alter Bridge fan, but I don't know that I would say they are underrated... They are well praised on this site and reached a pretty large amount of success on their last two albums. However, please take this + as a peace offering
    I've brought them up to quite a few people I know. None of them recognize the name. But they've heard Isolation because of the radio, so they recognize the song. They just don't know any of their other songs. Based on that, I would say they are pretty underrated because they have a great number of solid songs (Metalingus, Broken Wings, In Loving Memory, Ties That Bind, Come to Life, Blackbird, Rise Today, pretty much all of AB III). Then again...I am a little biased.
    AB III is amazing. Very well written and composed. Interesting but not with any of those "why did they do that?" moments.
    The only song on that album that I haven't been obsessed with at some point is Breathe Again. The rest are gold IMO
    Jimmy Eat World
    I can't really say that I really enjoyed everything they've released, but they definitely deserve a title better than "one hit wonder".
    I know right haha But I agree probably not one of the top guesses for this category but everyone to their own I suppose
    Agreed. My town's rock radio station promoted a show they played here during their Chase This Light tour, and they only played The Middle during the 'be the 10th caller" thing. They could've used a great handful of other songs to play too
    BUCKETHEAD!! you've only published news about him once since 2007 and from that day to the present he has released 20 new albums!!! SHAME ON YOU UG!the most known guitar site forgot about the most incredible virtuoso guitarist alive!
    agree 100% but, other than album releases what news of buckethead is there ( nobody knows anything about the guy)
    Sylosis Maybe they are "to big" for this list, but i saw some other "big" bands mentioned so im going for it. And i really do think these guys deserve a lot more attention then they're getting. So yeah, too underrated.
    Converge - not an unknown band, but deserve much attention - at least on UG.
    The Black Crowes
    The end of this article is impossible to find, so I am going to be a douche and post this here: The Dear Hunter This is a bit slower than their average song, but such chilling story telling:
    Yes totally! They've made such amazing music, every album tells a story like a novel, and the difference in style is unmatched. I've only known them for half a year but I dare say that they're the best band of the decade.
    Sorry about the reply but there really needs to be a comment box up top or something. But anyways, O'Brother!
    I have seen these guys and met them multiple times, everyone should listen to the color spectrum.
    Wolfmother. Honestly, "Woman" was such a great track that they won a Grammy for it. "Joker And The Thief" is great too.
    Agreed, but I don't think that basing them upon two great and them not being reported on and such constitutes them as 'underrated'. However, both of their LP efforts have been rather good.
    Oh no, I totally agree. I love both of their albums. I put them as underrated though due to the whole "A band 30 years too late" thing dubbed by music services like Spotify and other media.
    Not for long
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