Metal as a genre tends to be a tad bit underrated in the public consciousness. In the grand scheme of rock music, the sounds of heavy riffs and gutteral vocals tends to be a big stumbling block for the more casual music fans. Then again, even the heavyhitters of the genre have those hidden gems amid their discography.
From every stripe of metal music, there have been those albums that don't get nearly the amount of love they deserve. As opposed to the immediate riffs coming from classic albums, these are the ones that had to grow on you for a little while in order to be hailed as great. Amid thrash, hair metal, and even the various stripes of nu metal, these records had the potential to be great but somehow managed to slip under the bar. Why, though? Well, not everything that actually comes to prominence in the rock scene necessarily has to have the goods from the word go. Any old album can be in the right place at the right place, yet these records managed to do everything right except for registering with the public.
Hell, at the best of times, these records end up breaking new sonic ground for their respective acts that they hadn't tapped into before. So before someone tells you that these albums are just passable, give them a second look and see the brilliance just under the surface.