Wow guys what the hell are you talking about??!??An underrated German scene and an overrated US scene?!? I just can not agree.
Yes, Germany had a very strong, powerful and absolutely influential metal scene but that goes only for the run of the mill type of bands like Accept, Running wild, Helloween, Rage etc. On the contrary, 90% of the German underground bands sucked. Of course, if you call Stormwitch or Tyrant an underground band it's ok with me, but then we should have stopped at Jag Panzer or Hittman in the USA (regarding the underground level), both of which CRUSH easily the first two (my example is random). The two biggest problems for the German bands IMO were :1) unbelievably awful vocalists, who just could not hit a high note correctly without sounding like sissies 2) lack of originality in the composition section- most of them sounded like D-class copies of Accept or Judas Priest. There are some exceptions of course, but generally i believe that one could find more easily an underground US band that he would like or perhaps adore, rather than a German band. OK, everything is matter of taste after all, but i find a little bit "weird" a comment like "US scene is overrated". Besides, US scene had some thousand bands more than Germany. It wasn't so easy all of them to be brilliant. USA had bad bands, Germany as well, France too, UK the same. Tell me ONE metal scene in the world, whose bands were ALL great- you won't find any. OK, some of you maybe frustrated with the fact that some U$ ob$cure band$ are overrated-and i will definitely agree with you- but you just can't condemn the whole scene, because of 9-10 bad and unfortunate cases.
Anyway, what about the thrash scene? In my opinion: Germany vs USA:1-0.