15 Most Underrated Hard Rock Bands Of All Time

Faith No More and the long-under-heralded Riff Lords.

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Some of the greatest rock acts seem to be in a league all their own. Whether it's the way they write riffs or how they approach the stage, much of the iconic acts of old have so many signatures that it seems to be ingrained in the very fiber of their being. On the other hand, everybody gets it from somewhere.

As much as we like to fawn over our favorite bands, some truly great groups have been lost to history who deserve to be mentioned right alongside these great acts. Across their tenure, these acts have pushed the genre forward in their own unique way, with tunes that encompassed both great riffs and exciting new sonic avenues. Some of the ideas these bands had were so good that even the iconic bands of the genre ended up taking a few cues from their sound.

From glam to punk to garage rock, each one of these acts have done their part to make their namesake genre a bit meaner. While their songs may not have been as a big as other artists' hits, they are more than worthy of being included among the all-time greats.

Here are just a small helping of the Masters of Riff that time has forgotten.


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