Five Metal Bands Who Should Break up Immediately

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James LaBrie of Dream Theater
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.

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.


5. Megadeth
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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34 comments
Kandace Lytle
Kandace Lytle

Who the hell calls NIN a "metal" band? Industrial rock/alt rock is def NOT metal!

mrmashftw
mrmashftw

Bands should only break up once they stop liking their own stuff, or stop enjoying being in the band.
Whether or not anyone else likes it doesn't matter.

I think it's very childish of this article writer to go "I don't like these bands any more so they should stop existing"

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Nope, not "haters", just ignorant when it comes to Metal.

Trish Lotterhos-Gilbreath
Trish Lotterhos-Gilbreath

Since when is NIN metal? They have always been industrial/electronic with a pop leaning. Some of Reznor's best work has been done in his later years (Year Zero for example.)

Kyle Moody
Kyle Moody

Proof again that Public News was better!!

Brent Tisdale
Brent Tisdale

And these are the kind of articles you write when you want to reduce your fan base. Why not try writing something informative. Ya know, like maybe, an article about local bands that are hot on the scene, or the best clubs to play at, you know, helpful stuff.

Lux Lunæ
Lux Lunæ

Awesome article. You shared my sentiment for the aging Dream Theater. Especially with Brie Cheese and all. If you'd like listen a band that would have sounded like DT with a better singer..they're called Circus Maximus. Still put out great work 3 albums in even after the DT wizardry. As for Megadeth..I wish Chris Broderick would leave and reunite withJeff Loomis and ignite what Nevermore once was.

Kyle Moody
Kyle Moody

How does Metallica not end up on the list?

James Inglish
James Inglish

Wow. . Yet another bogus and ignorant article.

Terrence Persaud
Terrence Persaud

Are you kidding me? NIN over Metallica. You're going to blast NIN for something that Metallica has consistently done over and over again since the Black album. Yet, you're not going to include them in this crazy tirade of disliking geriatrics on stage? That's nuts to me.

Cody Hardin
Cody Hardin

Ugh, insert another lame article from this guy. Does Houston Press need a freelance writer that bad?

Erik Salguero
Erik Salguero

How does one breakup with oneself? NIN is awesome and forever will be.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Yeah because Risk and Endgame sound so much alike. Or Youthanasia and The System Has Failed. Shouldnt talk about things you know nothing about.

JimWC
JimWC

Best move Metallica ever made was cutting Mustaine loose.  The record industry should do the same.

Kyle Abrams
Kyle Abrams

I agree, NIN is awesome. Maybe you got older and your taste in music started to suck.

Carlitos Way
Carlitos Way

NIN is not a metal band. At least Megadeth still plays metal that you can respect. Metallica sold out years ago and hasn't had a listenable song in maybe 6 years or more.

Fawaz Khayat
Fawaz Khayat

You think Nine Inch Nails should break up just because you didn't like an album? Get over yourself dude.

Mark Young
Mark Young

Megadeth has been making the same album for 20 years, why stop now?

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Fun stuff. I only knew/heard of two these bands and didn't know they were still together.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Remember back when the Houston Press was about twice as thick as it currently is? Hmmm...I wonder why.

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

Recipe for this article: 2 parts low hanging fruit, 2 parts obscure-hipster-referencing, 1 part grandiose controversial statement. Mix together and hope for some ad clicks and combox activity. Lame.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

I think the writer just felt the need to attack Megadeth since he doesnt agree with Mustaine's political views. Pretty typical behavior from the Press. Also, it should be pointed out that the video clip he posted was from right before he had neck surgery and is sounding better recently.

Alan Beito
Alan Beito

Yea I agree with Jimi, Slayer and Metallica should be on that list. Metallica definitely milking it!

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

You put Megadeth on the list, but not Slayer or Metallica? I do agree about Metal being a young man's game though.

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