The 10 Worst Metal Bands of the '80s

Categories: Metal

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If you look closely, you can pinpoint the exact moment Scott Ian realized people know him as "that guy on VH1 with the beard."
Look, the '80s are back in style in every way, and that's totally cool. It means pop music is more bearable than it's been in a long time.

But there's a disturbing trend happening right now in metal. It's not quite that some top acts are aping the decade's worst aspects, but they're definitely starting to verge into some of the less-flattering trends. For instance, much love to Dallas crossover thrash band Power Trip, but the reverb addiction has got to stop.

To give some helpful hints on what to avoid in the future, here are 10 metal bands from that decade who absolutely sucked, and you should avoid sounding like at all costs.

See also: The 10 Most Metal Deaths of Metal Musicians

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10. Tesla
Christ, these guys were awful, and they have so much to teach about what not to do. First, it doesn't matter if the riffs and solos are hard to play. If they're strung together with as little logic as this, it doesn't work. Second, intellectual subject matter doesn't make your lyrics any less cheesy or horrible.


9. Def Leppard
Yeah, they made a lot more cash betraying their New Wave of British Heavy Metal roots, but you respect Iron Maiden a hell of a lot more than you do Def Leppard, don't you? Lesson here: Don't Sell Out for cash.


8. Twisted Sister
Gimmicks like Dee Snider's can only hide how bad your music is for so long. At some point, people will notice, and your next stop is a fate worse than death: VH1.


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