Bands You Never Gave a Chance That Probably Deserved One
Band Photo: Children of Bodom (?)
My personal confessions are less about what I enjoy that would shred my credibility through a wood chipper and more about which bands I used to despise that I'd never talk shit about today. Namely, I used to really hate System of a Down, Iron Maiden, Behemoth and Chimaira. After only hearing a handful of songs from each, I decided that all were overrated before actually giving their discography a real chance.
Holy shit did I regret that later on after listening to Chimaira's self-titled album, Iron Maiden's “Powerslave”, “Zos Kia Cultus,” and the entirety of “Toxicity” (although I still maintain that “Chop Suey” has always been overrated and overplayed and I'm not a fan of the title track on “Resurrection”).
It's hard to look at yourself after talking shit about music that you were completely ignorant about. Eventually, I moved on to "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,” “Resurrection,” and “Steal This Album” and realized that I was talking out my ass and sounded like one of those guys who calls eurodance “techno” but has never listened to speedcore or confuses hip-hop with R&B.
And with that comes a seething hatred for mainstream radio, primarily since singles are designed to be watered down and frequently don’t represent the rest of the album. I still enjoy other forms of radio like Pandora and Second Life but only because I know I'll run into some deep cuts. Imagine what would happen if I only heard “Escape” from Metallica and wrote them off entirely based on one radio friendly song instead of taking the rest of their first five albums into account? I'd be a total laughing stock.
And this is why I've given up on making fun of bands that I dislike. Even though I hated any and all previous music by Emmure (and to be fair, I still do), I'll always maintain that “Slave to the Game” (reviewed here) is a sick album. To put it lightly, I'm not going to be the guy who'd judge the next Pantera by their Terry Glaze output as I believe that nobody is truly beyond redemption. Even if Children of Bodom did record “Are You Dead Yet?” and Motley Crue put out “Girls, Girls, Girls,” they did later record “Relentless Reckless Forever” and “Dr. Feelgood” respectively. Hell, if Limp Bizkit one day made album of the year material, I'd still be down for it. The odds of that happening are about even with E.L. James winning a Pulitzer but I'd still give credit where it's due.
Are there any other bands out there that our readers have unfairly judged based on one or two songs or even a whole back catalog? Sound off in the comments section.
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