Five Metal Bands Who Should Break up Immediately
We've talked before about bands who we thought should break up here at Rocks Off, but frankly, I think metal deserves its own little corner of this argument. How come? Because there are just so damn many metal bands who reached their expiration date a long time ago but keep milking their fans for every last dollar.
Photo by Groovehouse James LaBrie of Dream Theater
I'm sorry to say, but metal in large part is a young man's game, as well as a genre that demands innovation and adaptation. Sure, we have our classics like Motorhead. I'd never ask Lemmy to try to adapt his style for modernity. But there's a whole lot of others that just need to quit already.
At what point should one quit playing music? Most likely when one sounds like Dave Mustaine does now. As you can so painfully hear above, his voice is so trashed he sounds like Mickey Mouse. Not to mention the fact that dementia set into his brain a few years ago and he won't stop writing songs about FEMA death camps and NWO conspiracies.
It would be nice if they'd stop just to save their legacy from any more tarnishing. It's hard enough as it is having to ignore a decade's worth of bad songs and worse interviews.
4. Dream Theater
Hoo boy. Look, I get it, okay? I was 13 once, and Dream Theater seemed really awesome, with all their technical wizardry. Then I turned 14 and realized that there is nothing to this band but technical wizardry. Well, that and brie cheese.
Putting on my objectivity cap, though, I'll admit: they did some kick-ass things in the progressive-metal genre for about two albums. Images and Words and Awake still rock. From then on out they've either made weak bids for commercial success or have played their schtick into the ground. They've done this for so many albums now that I've lost count. Abandon ship, guys. It's time.
3. The Acacia Strain
For middling metalcore or cliché deathcore, the Acacia Strain could reliably provide you your fix for a many years. They benefited from some great Adam Dutkiewicz production and a knack for at-the-time trendy songwriting. Of course, the love affair has since ended.
In trying to preserve their career past the expiration date of deathcore, the Acacia Strain has descended further and further up their own asses with whatever the hell the song above is supposed to be. Then they lost their guitarist and songwriter DL Laskiewicz this year.
What exactly is left for them? Don't ask me. If I were them, I'd have given up sometime around 2008.
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