As I assume everyone knows, part of this site’s philosophy is not to crap on metal bands whose music sucks. Instead, we pretty much just ignore those bands. About the only exceptions are big, famous, wealthy, arrogant bands who just won’t shut the fuck up. If you think a minute, you can figure out who those bands are. But when it comes to just about everyone else, our philosophy is to stay positive and spend our time talking about music we feel we can honestly recommend. There are plenty of other sites that will tell you in amusing ways which music you should avoid like genital herpes.
BUT, since we’re here in December and Listmania is rampant, other sites are making lists of the worst metal albums of 2011, and I thought I’d feature one of those lists in this post to go along with all the “Best of 2011” lists we’ve been posting — just to get the conversation started, because I know all of you have heard some music this year that disappointed you, or worse yet, made you want to stick your finger down your gullet to relieve the nausea.
So, the list I’ve picked as a conversation-starter is one put together by Adrien Begrand for MSN Entertainment. MSN Entertainment is another one of what I’ve been calling “big platform” sites, i.e., websites that have huge amounts of traffic but cover metal as only one of dozens of interests. As in the case of other big-platform sites whose Best of 2011 lists I’ve been featuring, I’d be surprised if any of you visit MSN Entertainment to get guidance about good and bad metal. But Adrien Begrand writes for lots of sites and publications and I certainly respect his opinions.
So, after the jump, we’ll take a look at his list of the 10 Worst Metal Albums of 2011, and then we’ll open up the Comments for discussion. And yes, you will be able to guess which albums are in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions.
To see Adrien’s list with explanations of why he picked these albums as the 10 worst, use this link. Here they are, which Adrien prefaced with this statement: “To preface, I should mention that I have to hear tons of terrible albums throughout any given year, especially by young bands just starting out. It’s much more fitting that my list of worst albums sticks to the higher-profile turkeys out there, the mediocre records by bands that should know better. So here they are, ten albums that I hope to write about for the very last time and wash my hands of forever. But we’ll never forget the top two, will we?”
10. Trivium, In Waves
9. Chimaira, The Age of Hell
8. As I Lay Dying, Decas
7. Pestilence, Doctrine
6. Limp Bizkit, Gold Cobra
5. Winds of Plague, Against the World
4. Gamma Ray, Skeletons & Majesties
3. The Haunted, Unseen
2. Morbid Angel, Illud Divinum Insanus
1. Lou Reed and Metallica, Lulu
Do you agree with all of these choices? I don’t. For example, though I wouldn’t put the Chimaira or the Pestilence on my list of the year’s best, I certainly didn’t think they were among the 10 worst albums I’ve heard this year either. In fact, there are things about both those albums that I liked. Are there albums on this list you don’t think belong there?
And what would be on your list of the worst metal you heard this year — other than Morbid Angel and Loutallica. Unless you’re Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy) or Dale Crover (Melvins), we already know that if you listened to those two atrocities, you thought they sucked ass. But other than those two, what albums made the most negative impression on you this year?