Bands I Should Like, But Do Not!

So don’t throw a hammer at me or anything because of this list.  I think of myself as an equal opportunity metal fan, but there are some bands out there that I have heard numerous times and/or seen in concert and I still can’t get into them.  So if you asked me if i liked any of the five bands I am about to list, I would either say no or shrug my shoulders in uncertainty.  This list is in no particular order.

1. Lamb of God.  There is no underestimating this band’s popularity.  I want to really like them, I really do because they are a no frills metal band.  They kind of remind me a bit of Pantera.  I even saw them three times in concert with Anthrax, Slayer, and at Download 2010.  I also own two of their albums and still…just can’t be crazy about Lamb of God.  This is one of the shrug my shoulders bands.  I think I am missing something here.

2.  Mastodon.  This is another one I just do not get.  I saw them once with Slayer, but do not own any material from them.  I feel I should like them, but again, not sure what I am missing with this band.  When I saw them, they were loud and heavy live, but I sat in the bleachers patiently waiting for Slayer to come on stage.

3.  Avenged Sevenfold.  I have seen probably all of their videos on Scuzz and Kerrang.  I can see that this band has some talent individually, but as a group I think they are missing the mark. I heard that their earlier stuff was more heavy than it is now.  They seem so popular today, but more with the younger metal crowd.  Maybe it’s because I am pushing 40 that I do not get this band.

4.  Coheed and Cambria.  I like when bands come out with a different style of music.  I like some prog bands and I think this is where Coheed and Cambria fit…so why is it that I can’t get into them?  I am not sure why.  I see that they are wildly popular with their fans and that they are highly talented, but when I hear them I find myself scratching my head.

5.  Meshuggah.  No way.  I tried, I really did, and this is one band I feel I should like, but no.  I bought an album, gave it the three customary listens (for proper judgement), and no.  This band is a no-go for me.

I could probably name a few other bands, but I went with a list of bands that I know reached a certain level of popularity and/or success in the metal world.  I should like them, but either I am still uncertain or I just do not like them.  Do you think I am missing the mark here?  What are some bands you feel you should like, but do not?  Chime in, let’s talk about it.


About Reggie

Just a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!

Posted on October 23, 2010, in Ramblings and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Great post Plantera7. I know we talked about this subject at length before, and I have tried to put a couple of bands forward for this subject.

    Of course, I have a few Nu-Metal dislikes, namely Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park. Not a fan.

    Mastodon is one of the bands that I respect but don’t particularly listen to or own any of their material.

    I hate to say this, but I haven’t given Machine Head a fair shake. I have seen their videos and listened to some of their stuff, I just haven’t given them much attention. Rest assured, though, I will give them a fair shake.

    I also can’t seem to get into Avenged Sevenfold. I like the guitar work and the drumming. I just don’t think I can get into the vocals.

    I will also give you Meshuggah. I am not a fan of their extreme-metal style.

    There are some bands that I can’t even explain why I don’t like them. That’s the great thing about music. You don’t usually need to give an explanation.

    I am not a fan of Godsmack. I can’t even explain why.

    I can’t get into Disturbed. I think it is because they are too commercial.

    There are a couple of others that I just don’t listen to, such as Mushroomhead and Sevendust.

    Don’t get me wrong, I would rather listen to a rock or metal band that I don’t care for over a pop band that I outright can’t stand.


  2. Dude, you do have a very valid point. I would listen to Avengled Sevenfold on 10 before i listen to Chumbawumba or Hootie. Hey, just found out the wife likes 30 Seconds to Mars. Not sure what to make of that. I guess it’s better than Goo Goo Dolls.

  3. Dude, NO ONE should listen to avenged sevenfold! they can’t even get their own mascot/see Chaly/ …posers, they sound like all other “?metal?” out there

  4. Ok, I know that at the end of the day, all music is opinion and therefore like and dislike is relative. That being said, I’m really curious what it is about Avenged Sevenfold that turns you and Matt off. I was looking through your “Who We Are” section and both of you list Dream Theater in your favorite bands of all time and both list Avenged Sevenfold as overrated. Now let me start by saying that I’m not a huge fan of their early work mainly cause I dont like the straight scream vocals and I also thought their last effort was heavily overrated. That being said, City of Evil and their Self Titled album are beyond compare in the modern heavy metal genre.

    I guess it also depends on which era of Dream Theater you were into. If your favorites are with Kevin Moore and early Jordan Rudess, then those Avenged albums are almost a direct extension of that sound applied over a layer of youthful rage. While the real Dream Theater boring’ed its way through its next couple albums, Avenged was releasing stuff like “Sidewinder” and “Gunslinger”!

    Like I said, I understand its all personal opinion. I was just curious what makes you feel they are overrated?

    • With A7X it’s a band I should like, huge guitars, insane solos, yadda yadda yadda, but whenever I listen to them it just always sounds so sterile and safe to me. There’s no layer of dirt on the sound, it lacks the balls I want to hear in that style of music. The vocals seem to be the prime offender to my ears, way to breathy for my tastes and not enough variety. I’ve heard City of Evil and sampled nearly every release they’ve done in hopes that they catch my ear with something, cause there are elements I do like, but something else pops up that always ruins it for me (vocals mainly). But the best way I can put listening that band to me is like having sex but only being allowed to thrust twice before you have to pull out and go to bed unsatisfied.

  5. Oh and that being said, I completely agree on Coheed and Cambria. Everything but “Welcome Home” is just a serious of nothing happening over a dude whining. At least thats what I hear.

  6. Very true, we do all have our opinions. Quite frequently, I compare us metalheads to wine drinkers…very picky. When it comes to Avenged Sevenfold there are parts of their music that I think are cool, but I for me it boils down to the vocalist and the fact that I do not like their guitar work. Those two elements kill it for me. But, they do have a few songs I like and I think they come off City of Evil. As for the rest of the bands on the list, I have grown to appreciate Lamb of God and Mastodon. The rest, I still feel the same.

    Thank you for checking out the archives and the “who we are” page. It gives you an idea of what we like. Though Matt and I both have a fondness for Dream Theater, we do still have different tastes. I think I need to update my thoughts on that page….it’s been a while.

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