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 shmodzilla
Joined: 10/6/2008
Msg: 2
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There are a lot of bands out there that are not so much underated but not popular simply because they won't fall to letting producers talk them into cheesey radio edit songs. Quite frankly, i am greatful because the second they do so the entire band goes to crap.
 Eyes O Blue 2
Joined: 7/16/2009
Msg: 3
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Posted: 2/9/2010 3:15:40 PM
My vote goes to " Jane's Addiction ".

Yes, they aren't unknown but they deserve waaaaaaaaaaaay more acclaim than a LOT of bands do that aren't , IMO , as nearly as deserving.

Their debut album, " Nothing's Shocking " is a masterpiece. Highly creative, original for it's time and totally kicks ass ! " Ritual de lo Habitual " also has amazing moments !

 2ears1mouth
Joined: 7/13/2009
Msg: 4
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Posted: 2/10/2010 2:23:26 AM
There are so many great artists and bands who are virtually unknown, one can go on and on.

A few that come to mind, with brief descriptions:

Justin Clayton: Indie rock with folk influences that reminds me at times of Bends/OK Computer era Radiohead, the Byrds, and the Beatles. His 1999 album (Limb) had songs every bit the equal of his influences. I think he hasn't gotten more attention because his stiff just hasn't been promoted very well, and doesn't have enough glitz or glamour.

Silent Violet: Lovely ethereal tip-hop influenced pop with thoughtful songs and some classical instrumentation, but definitely a pop feel. Probably just too thoughtful and intelligent for mass appeal, though singer/composer Mariam McCarthy certainly has the looks and talent to be massively popular and a few songs have hit potential to my ears.

The High Strung: Great, energetic indie power pop. Might be more popular if they got a good opening slot on tour for someone like the New Pornographers.

Analog Missionary: Very interesting and intense eastern-influenced goth-progressive rock. Way too intense to be popular, unless they chance upon a soundtrack break.
 picassodali
Joined: 2/3/2010
Msg: 5
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Posted: 2/10/2010 6:55:36 AM
Ohh there are so many.... There are a few local bands around here that I think could do very well, given the opportunity and materials.

Besides them though:

Portishead. I'm pretty sure they came out in the 90's.. Someone told me they used to hear them on CKUA years ago. They're kinda rough and jazzy with a female lead vocalist that sounds almost vampiric, with an entire orchestra behind her. Glory Box is one of the coolest songs I have ever heard.

Thousand Foot Krutch. I was amazed to actually hear one of their new songs on mainstream radio the other day! Yes, they're a Christian rock band....but so is Creed and TFK is so much better. They started out in the 90's sounding kinda pop-punk but now...well, go listen. Move is one of my favoritees, though I think their newer stuff is heavier.

The Distillers. Seriously....Brodie Dalle. Need I say more?
 TicketToMayhem
Joined: 1/15/2010
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Posted: 2/11/2010 7:42:38 PM
My top 2 would have to be:

Voivod- One of canada's first thrash bands and arguably the best. Setting out to be different from everyone else, they certainly managed to do it, incorporating odd tempos and dissonant riffs which were incredibly outside, but managed to still make them work. Not to mention sticking to pretty much strictly sci-fi lyrics without ever sounding geeky, changing their style up several times, and still make a great album with each change.

Mott The Hoople- Few bands have the electric live force they did, or the jamming capability. Along with the musical versatility to meld several different styles, doing what they wanted and still nabbed the great reviews, and acknowledgement from fellow rockers. Just a pity it never translated into sales.
 davidvarga
Joined: 3/13/2009
Msg: 7
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Posted: 2/12/2010 7:28:21 PM
I gotta go with

System of a Down

the way they were able to Incorperate there Arminian Heritage into Hard Rock made them one of the Most original sounding Bands I've heard. I know they had Success but you never hear them mentioned among other greats of this era.. The thing about system is a lot of there music has themes that document the turbulance of our time....Don't be supprised if "Bring Your own Bomb" becomes as popular in the future Iraq war movies as "Paint it Black" by the Stones is to Vietnam movies


To the Lady who Mentioned Portishead....I agree with that choice as well.. One of a kind electric music in a genre Dominated by techno rhythms and tr 808s
 TicketToMayhem
Joined: 1/15/2010
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Posted: 2/13/2010 8:50:59 AM
Well, by underrrated I was more reffering to popularity, if you're hip to metal then yeah most people know, but you'd still be surprised how many people (including natives from there) have no idea who they are.
 JosephKekoa
Joined: 2/9/2010
Msg: 9
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Posted: 2/13/2010 9:11:08 AM
Id like bands like

Ensiferum
Eluveitie
Equilibrium
Suidakra

To be more recognized. General theme of their genre is freaking genius. The way Eluveitie uses instruments that most metal bands would put off, is epic in its own sense. Bow down to Europe fersure.
 JosephKekoa
Joined: 2/9/2010
Msg: 10
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Posted: 2/13/2010 5:25:24 PM
Ok well underated bands in america??

Atheist - These guys are sick
 TooWild4u
Joined: 3/11/2009
Msg: 12
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Posted: 2/14/2010 10:15:31 AM
One band that comes to mind is the legendary Paul Butterfield Blues Band, from the 60s. The significance of this band has dwindled with the passage of time and the evolution of music history, but their contribution cannot be forgotten, especially the first three albums, both with Mike Bloomfield and the Elvin Bishop/Buzz Feiten years! Incredible band!
 IamKathyAnn
Joined: 3/2/2010
Msg: 13
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Posted: 3/9/2010 1:38:06 PM
I used to get their email on accident all the time years ago!

Anyway nobody has mentioned Warrior Soul.
Most underrated ever.

They were there before System of a Down, before Rage, before the "angry political" music, only it came with love and compassion.
They have a song called Love Destruction that describes all the others at the time.

Love not destruct. People didn't get them, so they didn't make it.
 Cricket_2010
Joined: 1/18/2010
Msg: 14
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Posted: 3/10/2010 9:00:27 PM
KAMELOT- These guys are from Tampa, FL. They are pretty big in Europe but practicly unknown in the US. They are a symphonic heavy metal group. Kahn, the lead singer, is a classicly trained singer. They are phenomenal live and their albums tells stories in such a beautiful moving wa while retaining their edge. Metal lovers in the US need to give them more attention.

VINCENT BLACK SHADOW- I became aware of them at about the same time as Paramore came out. I personally prefer them to Paramore. It is female fronted rock with more of a cabaret vibe. Check out the video/single for "Metro". The album "Fear in the Water" is one of my favs of all time but few people have heard of them.

OURS- Jimmy Gnecco's voice is amazing in its range, power, and emotion. The songwritting is excellent. "Distorted Lullabies" is one of my favorite albums ever. I dont think it could ever be "mainstream" music, but it is definately worth more people listening.
 CleanseFoldManipulate
Joined: 1/4/2010
Msg: 15
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Posted: 3/18/2010 11:46:47 PM
I got a few bands for this one...

The Reign of Kindo - This band is bringing out a whole new genre, I guess I'd describe it as Emo Jazz or Pop Jazz. These guys are sooooooo amazing and it saddens me that no one has ever heard of them!

Darkane - Just listen to Chaos vs. Order and you'll know why...metal at it's finest.

Skinny Puppy - Some of the godfathers of Industrial music, yet when I meet a Nine Inch Nails fan and ask them if they like Skinny Puppy their answer is always "Who?" WTF is that? Trent Reznor has even said Skinny Puppy was one of his main influences!
 Eclipsedxox
Joined: 3/6/2010
Msg: 16
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Posted: 3/22/2010 11:44:40 PM
Poison the Well. They're new cd The Tropic Rot is brilliant. Yet know one i've suggested it to has ever heard of them. O.o .....They're an amazing band.
 pennywize99
Joined: 1/19/2008
Msg: 17
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Posted: 3/24/2010 11:24:31 PM
Hands down for me is Live.........been around for years, unfortunatly the band just recently broke up. a huge shame. What made it great for me was that they are huge over seas, but pretty much under the radar in the states, which meant they had the finance to keep putting out albums and touring but at the same time i wasn't subjected to arena concerts to see them. They would hit the Hard Rock or House of Blues, made being a fan ideal.
 Montreal_Guy
Joined: 3/8/2004
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Posted: 4/6/2010 10:50:07 PM
Morphine - Mark Sandman ( also the blues band Treat Her Right, with Sandman as well)

I came across them totally by accident, and found them doing some pretty interesting music for the time they played. Seemingly, they were overshadowed by arriving on the Seattle music scene at the same time as Cobain and Nirvana - and with a much older front man.


His instruments were extensively altered and sometimes built by hand to create unique sounds. In Morphine, he played primarily a two-string slide bass guitar usually tuned to a fifth, but he also was known to play a unitar (named after the one-stringed instrument in American blues tradition), and three-string slide bass with one bass string and two unison strings tuned an octave higher (usually A). He sometimes paired bass strings with one or two guitar strings, creating the "basitar" "tri-tar" and "guitbass." The guitbass and basitar were later used by The Presidents of The United States of America (with whom Sandman was close friends).
For Sandman, the result was a murky, slurring sound that, particularly when paired with the baritone saxophone of Morphine's Dana Colley, created what Sandman termed "low rock." His baritone singing completed the sound. "We're just baritone people," he once told an interviewer. "And the cumulative effect of all these instruments is that it sounds really low, but you can still hear what's going on between the different instruments. It hits the body in a peculiar way that some people like a lot."

On July 3, 1999, Sandman collapsed on stage at the Giardini del Principe in Palestrina, Latium, Italy (near Rome) while performing with Morphine. He was soon pronounced dead of a heart attack at the age of 46.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Sandman



Morphine combined blues and jazz elements with more traditional rock arrangements, giving the band a very unusual sound. Sandman's distinctive singing was described as a "deep, laid-back croon," and his songwriting featured a prominent beat influence. When asked by reporters to describe their music, the band created the label "low rock". One critical appraisal suggests that "Morphine immediately established a minimalist, low-end sound that could have easily become a gimmick: a 'power trio' not built around the sound of an electric guitar. Instead, with sly intelligence, Morphine expanded its offbeat vocabulary on each album.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphine_(band)


It sounds like a train wreck, by description alone, but it surprisingly works rather well as a sound in a lot of their music.
 feb0226
Joined: 4/12/2010
Msg: 20
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Posted: 4/15/2010 8:15:46 AM
The Jesus Lizard band is nutZ!

Don't youtube it unless you can handle insanity.
 irockwithdirt
Joined: 6/5/2005
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Posted: 4/17/2010 8:50:13 PM
Don't think I could pick a " most " . There are so many.
Listening to these guys right now. Bullets and Octane. Album " The Revelry" is great start to finish. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqwfvuvMLN4
 GL Is My Idol
Joined: 3/9/2010
Msg: 23
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Posted: 4/28/2010 11:34:59 PM
1. Rush (I know they're extremely well-known and recognized, but a lot of people my age haven't even heard of them. Furthermore, they are so laden with commercial success that their progressive-style of rock is largely overlooked)

2. The Cars

3. Anthrax

4. Motion City Soundtrack

5. Vio-lence ( That's a good one, and I'll love anyone who says they have listened to them.... )
 DameWrite
Joined: 2/27/2010
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Posted: 6/4/2010 12:24:17 PM
Peter Frampton, Frampton comes Alive! I believe he got screwed by his promotors and they turned him into a teeny bop poster boy instead of promoting him as the kick ass guitar player he really is.
System of a Down, but we will be hearing more from them. Brillant!
Beth Hart, she has the guts of Joplin, great tunes, and she plays keys.
Portishead, beautiful!
PUD, great tunes, kickin guitars, rockin' drums, hoppin' keys, sweet harmonies. Too bad egos got in the way.Damn we were good! lol.
 chrono1985
Joined: 11/20/2004
Msg: 25
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Posted: 6/5/2010 4:46:28 PM
Ayreon, I only recently learned of them and was surprised at the brilliant mixture of genres they have pulled off. It's surprising to find music of that quality which goes for the most part unheard.
 Ska_Voovie
Joined: 10/26/2009
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Posted: 6/8/2010 8:34:45 AM
glad to see someone mention Cymande , always liked 'the message' !
Kool & the gang - yep like a different band in their early days ,
How about War ? a great band pre -disco [ including their time with Eric Burden]
or the Fatback Band ?? [early stuff]
 MusicPenPals-PunkHardcore
Joined: 7/29/2009
Msg: 28
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Posted: 7/29/2010 5:14:03 PM
For those who like punk/hardcore, I think it's the Canadian band NoMeansNo...been around for years, early innovators of hardcore, and despite some line-up changes,still going strong
 flyguy51
Joined: 8/11/2005
Msg: 29
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Posted: 7/30/2010 3:47:46 PM
King Crimson-- they are very quirky and experimental and sometimes have instrumentals which make them unpopular, but the musicianship, originality, and creativity is outstanding. With Adrian Belew in the lineup, there is even a pop sensibility to some of the songs. Just give Frame by Frame a listen. They weren't so underrated as not to be a signifigant influence on bands such as Rush and Tool.

Faith No More-- they were overshadowed by the more popular "hair bands" and then grunge, and then they broke up. They aren't the most consistent, but they have originality and creativity in spades. Their lead vocalist was very versatile, the bass was very up front, and they managed to incorporate ethereal keyboards into some very rocking songs.

King's X-- they were largely influential on the Seattle grunge movement (just ask any member of Pearl Jam), but they were not grunge themselves. Their songs are just a little too off the beaten path for most people, and they trade lead vocals a lot. But you will never see a better rock band play to a bar crowd of about 200 people. Their guitarist is world class.

Porcupine Tree-- sort of Rush and Pink Floyd-esque and therefor too quirky for most people. They get more attention than King's X (who has been their opening act even though King's X predates them by about 10+ years) but less than Faith No More did. First class talent all around.
 MusicPenPals-PunkHardcore
Joined: 7/29/2009
Msg: 31
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Posted: 8/3/2010 5:07:11 PM
re: suggestion above of the band The Tragically Hip
Agreed...and for any non-Canadians in this forum who don't know this band, you might want to check out their great track/video Locked In The Trunk Of A Car
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