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Have you ever heard somebody saying that “This band has sold out/They used to be awesome but now they’ve turned to shit”? Usually, it happens with popular bands that used to play in one genre and then started “experimenting with sound”. So here’s a list of such bands.

10. Papa Roach

Best album – Lovehatetragedy (2002), UG Score: 9.3

Worst album – F.E.A.R. (2015), UG Score: 4.9

Papa Roach were founded in 1993 and their albums Infest (2000) and Lovehatetragedy (2002) made them really popular. Guess every teenager in 90’s or 00’s was shouting “Cut my life into pieces this is my last resort” (I know you did at least once when you were home alone). But with every next album, Papa Roach sounded more and more “radio-friendly”. We're yet to see what their new album “Crooked Teeth” will be like, but judging by singles that were released, it will not be a new Lovehatetragedy.

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9. Bloc Party

Best album – Silent Alarm (2005), UG Score: 9

Worst album – Hymns (2016), UG Score: 5.1

English indie rock band Bloc Party was founded in 1999. Their first album Silent Alarm was picked "Album of the Year" by NME and was number 3 in the UK Albums Chart. Also, it’s been certified platinum. After first success Bloc Party started experimenting with electronic music and all their albums after Silent Alarm were not so successful. Their last album Hymns was released in 2016 and got more negative reviews than positive. As it was said on TinyMixTapes.com: “Hymns, unfortunately, does not mark the logical next step for the band, nor does it exactly tread new ground. Rather, it denotes a descent into self-indulgence that’s paradoxically reckless and complacent”.

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8. Fall Out Boy

Best albums – Take This To Your Grave (2003), UG Score: 8.4 and From Under The Cork Tree (2005), UG Score: 8

Worst album – American Beauty/American Psycho (2015), UG Score: 5.5

Founded in 2001 Fall Out Boy have become iconic with their first two albums “Take This To Your Grave” (2003) and “From Under The Cork Tree” (2005). Many bands all over the world were influenced by them and FOB with My Chemical Romance were the leaders of “mainstream emo” genre at the beginning of 2000’s. However, Fall Out Boy’s last album American Beauty/American Psycho released in 2015 wasn’t emo or pop-punk at all. Too many samples, almost no guitar. There will be a new album released in September. Just listen to their single “Young and Menace”. and you will know what to expect from these guys. The answer is – nothing good.

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7. All Time Low

Best albums – Nothing Personal (2009), UG Score: 8.3 and Don’t Panic (2012), UG Score: 8.1

Worst album (so far) – Future Hearts (2015), UG Score: 6.6

One more band that’s better not to experiment with electronic music. After listening to their single “Dirty Laundry” I can’t wait for their new album that will be released on June 2017 [sarcasm].

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6. Paramore (as a rock band)

Best album – Brand New Eyes (2009), UG Score: 8.6

Worst album – After Laughter (2017)

Paramore were founded in 2004 and during their career turned from alternative rock band into pop/power pop band.

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5. Bullet For My Valentine

Best album – The Poison (2005), UG Score: 8.9

Worst album – Temper Temper (2013), UG Score: 5.2

This band from Wales released their first album The Poison in 2005 and so far it has been best album. In 2009, 1,000,000 copies of The Poison sold worldwide and 500,000 copies in the US. After that there was a good album Scream Aim Fire released in 2008 and decent Fever in 2010. Everything was ruined by Temper Temper album. BFMV has raised the bar so high with their previous albums that they didn’t manage to reach it themselves. This album could be labeled 'ok' if it was any other band, but for BFMV that’s simply not enough. Fortunately, their last album Venom was not as bad as Temper Temper. Also, their last single Don’t Need You was pretty good so we can wait for the new album with optimism.

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4. Bring Me The Horizon (as a deathcore band)

Best album – Count Your Blessings (2006), UG Score: 8.1

Worst album – That’s The Spirit (2015), UG Score: 6.3

Bring Me The Horizon were founded in 2004 and 2 years later they were awarded Best English Newcomer at the 2006 Kerrang! Awards ceremony. Also in 2006 Bring Me The Horizon released their best deathcore album Count Your Blessings that got a lot of positive feedback from fans of the genre. After that release BMTH started playing soft, non-aggressive music, and with each album they were becoming more and more “radio-friendly”. Last album That’s The Spirit was released in 2015 and it’s unbelievable that it was recorded by the same band as Count Your Blessings. Some people say that they’ve grown up, some say that they’ve sold out (mostly deathcore fans), but it’s a fact that from a deathcore band they’ve turned into an alternative metal band.

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3. Suicide Silence

Best album – The Cleansing (2007), UG Score: 8.1

Worst album – Suicide Silence (2017), UG Score: 4.6

That was the biggest failure of 2017 winter. One of the best deathcore bands took a one-year break after the tragic death of vocalist Mitch Lucker in 2012. They came back with a vocalist Hernan “Eddie” Hermida and released You Can’t Stop Me in 2014 that was not so bad. In February 2017, they’ve released a self-titled album. That was a disaster. Many people were joking about clean vocals on this album (the famous “teehee”haveby Jared Dines) and that Suicide Silence turned into Deftones cover band. What would Mitch say about this album?

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2. All That Remains

Best albums – The Fall of Ideals (2006) UG Score: 9.5 and This Darkened Heart (2004) UG Score: 9.5

Worst album – Madness (2017), UG Score: 4.8

One more disappointment for hardcore music lovers. All That Remains have released absolutely generic, mediocre, lyrically repetitive album Madness. Bhas changed a lot since their first album. Vocalist Phil Labonte explains why they are not playing heavy songs from the first albums on concerts that their new fans won’t like it. Ok, Phil, that’s understandable. But don’t forget who got you where you are.

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1. Linkin Park

Best album – Hybrid Theory (2000), UG Score: 8.9

Worst album – One More Light (2017), UG Score: 3.9

Guess that you knew who would be on the first place when starting reading this article. Hell yeah, that’s Linkin Park with their pop album One More Light. Probably will be nominated as“The Bummer of The Year”. Metal Hammer stated that this album “makes Ed Sheeran sound like Extreme Noise Terror (grindcore band)... With One More Light album, Linkin Park have waved goodbye to rock”. Some started saying that Linkin Park has sold out and Chester Bennington have replied on these accusations with really strong emotions “if you're gonna be the person who says like, 'They made a marketing decision to make this kind of record to make money,' you can fucking meet me outside and I will punch you in your fucking mouth because that is the wrong fucking answer!”. Anyway, that doesn’t change anything – Linkin Park’s new album is not rock music at all.

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Know any other bands that used to be good? Feel free to share them in the comment section below!

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    Nethero
    Next we should get a list of pop bands that became rock bands.
    Arthurman
    Yeah, that would be nice. Have any examples tho? I can't imagine at the moment :/
    H8ed H3r0
    Lil Wayne of course 
    Wermund
    Then it should be "metal bands" cause damn, those shreds of Wayne are hella impressive
    scottishmob
    I still have a hard time believing the videos of him playing are real. I seriously can't believe he is thinks it's cool. It's.... it's just crazy haha
    eddiehimself
    Pantera
    zack2k
    Jumping from Pop Metal to Groove? I think everyone predict it's going to be number on the list.
    Way Cool JR.
    Pantera was never realy a pop band.  They went from Metal/Hair Metal to Power/Speed/Thrash Metal to Groove.  If anything of theirs was considered Pop as in "Popular Music" it wasn't until Cowboys From Hell when their music went mainstream/popular.      
    RaisingCain199
    I mean, technically you're kinda right, but they were glam inspired. And when you think back, Pop music was a lot different then than today. Really they were very Pop inspired before transitioning into what they were. Plus, Pantera transitioning from glam, is noteworthy enough to make any list remotely related.
    ninfan200
    Ministry comes to mind. Their first two albums are straight up 80's pop music.
    kuiljapiecishi
    Well Uncle Al has stated himself. The record company he signed first didn't let him put out the material he wanted. He was forced to sing with cheesy English accent and make synthpop music just to fulfill the legal agreement. Already on Twitch you can hear some darker sounds.
    suicidalpoptart
    MGMT...I wouldn't necessarily call what they're doing now rock, but they've gone a completely different route from their early pop hits. They've actually come out and pretty much shunned them.
    jedke
    John Mayer sort of. He became commercially successful with pop then became a way more blues/oriented musician. And played with a lot of the greats such as Clapton
    warmachinerox87
    Well I think Michael Jackson counts... I mean, dangerous and history are pretty much rock after thriller and that before album... you know... the disco one
    Pkmm
    Maybe it's too specific. From non-metal to metal though?
    RaisingCain199
    I wanna see a list of bands with the best music videos.
    b5537341
    Why do I get the feeling that this article was written just to complain about LP's new album... I mean, I'm not complaining, One More Light is utter shit but, really?
    PRSguitars87
    Because it totally was. UG likes to work backwards from number 1 on these countdowns. Its pretty obvious when all they do for number 1 is plug recent articles
    tc94
    I was waiting for Opeth... There was no Opeth, I smiled.
    ScottStewart1
    I still rock out to 70s prog rock rip off Opeth. Mikael is just a great song arranger, to where he can make a full riff like the one in the title track Sorceress 'bop' so to speak.
    DissonantTimbre
    After Laughter is a good album.
    viknes219
    After Laughter is what made me a Paramore fan again.Album has some deep messed up shit underneath all the poppyness.
    DissonantTimbre
    This, and Zac is back. There is something about his drumming under Hayley's vocal that makes it Paramore.
    viknes219
    Yes,Zac being back is one of the highlights!Now if only they can somehow get Josh and Jeremy back....
    xonboang
    True, well written and groovey AF! I never got much interest in Paramore but after hearing this album.. kudos to them!
    lazarusfive
    I Love it how UG just decided that After Laughter is their worst album... Really solid and interesting record with many memorable songs! 
    TheBlisterer
    If I didn't like their 2013 album will I like this new album?
    DissonantTimbre
    I hated the 2013 self-titled, admittedly it has grown on me. I love this one but I love 80s synth music so that probably has a lot to do with it.
    onetonryan
    Totally agree.  Paramore has proven that they can write "smart" pop songs.  I actually like their latest 2 albums more than their earlier stuff. 
    imbatman1312
    This is an example of rock band gone pop done right. This is where Linkin Park went wrong, they didn't make anything interesting.
    GR84
    Huh, surprising amount of Paramore respect on this community, it's great because they are great, but it just surprised me a tad
    mitchxx
    its actually their best
    thalesmlp
    I wouldnt get that far, but It is a very good album. In my opinion, Paramore was always meant to be a pop band. They do it very well. The self titled is my fav
    TheBlisterer
    The 2013 album? Yeesh.
    thalesmlp
    Not everyone can appreciate decent music I guess. Just sorry for you
    TheBlisterer
    You're sorry that I don't like their 2013 album? Whatever, I'm just really surprised that Paramore's 2013 album can be anyone's favourite after the 3 that came before it. I thought some of it was painful to listen to.
    Jasonbts
    It's fantastic! And I notice this article labels it as their worst without a score to back it up... It's a pretty good album and half the songs have been stuck in my head since the release. 
    theoliraptor
    Agreed. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the new album. For such a different style, they really executed it well. Seems UG just needed a "worst" to put in the list and went with that.
    k0stil
    yeah i heard this never was a fan of them but i enjoyed this more than their more early stuff
    bdof
    That drop in quality for All That Remains is all-time bad.  Fall of Ideals is a damn near perfect album for that genre, and to see them slowly turn shit is still a little hard to believe. Some might disagree, but I loved Five Finger Death Punch's first album "Way of the Fist".  But they dropped in quality so unbelievably fast.  Lyrics were always pretty cringey though
    Mandalore30
    Gotta agree with you on FFDP. I honestly think that, musically, they're really not that bad as people make them out to be. The instrumentation is solid, and i actually really like Moody as a vocalist....however, and i think this is the only thing that really drags them down, i despise him as a lyricist. This is what makes them bad, and garners them so much hate. The lyrics, and the attidude.
    deadmanwalkin00
    I'm in agreement. Their first album was great and the 2nd one was okay (IMO) but after the 2nd album they just tanked. The band sounds great and I get exited when I hear them on the radio then I get disappointed as soon Moody starts to sing. But his lyrics and attitude is a turn off and he just has douche bag demeanor to him.
    tubyvagyok
    BFMV? Yeah Temper Temper was shit, but Venom is great af. Also, Tears Don't Fall is crap, there were much better songs on that album.
    MetalRock4ever
    This article was let down by this nomination massively in my opinion. First off, BFMV have not yet gone pop. Even if you don't like Temper Temper, it was still a rock album. Secondly, the videos was "Then:" and "Now:" and Riot is not the most current material from them. I agree with many of the other choices though, but that was poor by the author (maybe just had a thing against BFMV)
    Spinnerweb
    Probably to please the people who haven't acthally ever heard a BFMV song and say stuff like 'this is a boy band' for some reason.
    mkybrat
    Yeah I don't think they should be on this list. They had one crappy album and then the one after was a return to form...not sure how that counts as not rocking anymore.
    Fruitoxique
    Venom is indeed a great comeback after Temper Temper. I really like their new bassist/screamer and I am looking forward the next album, hoping it won't be as terrible as temper temper
    AsOneIStand
    I'm one of the few who thinks Scream, Aim, Fire is better than The Poison, so...
    ScottStewart1
    I'm with you, granted I didn't discover the band until Scream Aim Fire so it's the first album of theirs I heard.
    gustheant
    Personally both Poison and SAF are both killer albums all the way through. There isnt really one song that doesnt have a riff or verse or solo that doesnt stick in your head.  I think with Fever everything started to follow a formula that hasnt hardly changed at all since then. Padge's solos have become some sort of variation of the solo in Begging For Mercy, the riffs have become quite simple compared to the ones heard in SAF, and the lyrics seem like an afterthought compared to the music. Granted Matt has said he's always written the lyrics last for almost every song they've done as a band.
    wylde1994
    The only problem i see with them is the fact Matt hasn't evolved what so ever as a lyricists in exactly the same way Ivan Moody has in FFDP...musically they're both fantastic band...but man they're let down with the lyrics 9 times out of 10
    TheBlisterer
    Tears Don't Fall is BFMV's Back In Black, it was awesome upon release and is now considered one of their classic songs. There are better songs though definitely.
    eddiehimself
    Sorry, but I thought Venom was decent. I think Bullet for my Valentine have a thing of releasing decent albums then not so good ones and back to the decent ones again. A bit like Windows. 
    arturtishchenko
    Where is 30 Seconds to mars?
    immoralthang
    30 Seconds.to Mars were never good in the first place.
    arturtishchenko
    Well, that's just your opinion, I think their debut was wonderful. And regardless of what you personally think of them, they are the prime example of "experimenting with sound" and changing completely.
    zack2k
    if Mars a pop band? then This is War is my guilty pleasure.
    arturtishchenko
    I agree, but compare how their first and last albums sound, and tell me it's not a perfect example of selling out.
    RaisingCain199
    The term selling out really bothers me. Its like, how dare they make music that people are gonna buy. You have to make the sacrifices to maintain relevancy, to more than just a niche group. They have the families of everyone involved to support. They are working to develop careers, not just selling out what was originally their style so people will like them.
    arturtishchenko
    Well, ok, but what you wrote is still a textbook definition of selling out, right? I mean, sure, they have a right to do what they want, just as I have a right to point that out.
    Beanjo
    Weezer is also one that could be added
    Outshined
    Absolutley, this is a band I rank among the best of all-time but they've lost their "knack" they had throughout the 90's early 00s's.
    maikletsplay1
    I can't stand these Linkin Park jokes anymore. 
    Ridg3
    Trust UG to bleed it out but they have a history of not breaking the habit whenever stuff stops being funny. I'm numb to them now, all the same, but I'll be still here waiting for the end of it all. We were guilty, all the same of making jokes on LP so let's draw a line in the sand pls.
    Spinnerweb
    '10 bands who changed things up a little because people were whining about them being repetitive and now that they changed a tiny bit people whine about them selling out.' Most of these bands still rock. Except Linkin Park, I do think that Linkin Park actually sold out. BFMV have always been great imo, even 'Temper Temper' was okay. I think most of the backlash stemmed from people expecting solely heavy metal from them when Matt Tuck himself said they were more of a hard rock band.
    millertd0513
    Temper Temper wasn't even as bad as people make it seem. It did feel a little like Fever Pt. 2, but with something missing. The songs and production both just were missing one or two things from being a decent album, but yeah they came out with Venom and got back on track.
    MetalRock4ever
    I think some of the songs were lacking, and felt kind of like not much effort was put into them. Riot is a good example: the music was good, the lyrics were not great, the solo stood out like a sore thumb. Venom felt like it was more thought out and it all worked - the instrumentation, the lyrics, the sound, etc.
    Spinnerweb
    Padge and Jay were what was missing. The band were fighting internally at the time, so Matt and Moose wrote and recorded it by themselves. Venom was great, Broken is my favourite song of 2015.
    Nuclearcrayon
    The thing is, if these bands were still recycling their old stuff at the age they're at now, it would be very weird, as if they were never able to escape a teenage mindset.
    thalesmlp
    Altough It has some itens I dont agree with (Paramore's "worst" is better than most best albuns inthis list, just saying"), overall It is a good list.
    Guns N' Chains
    Can I say the Goo Goo Dolls? They are one of my favorites and have a lot of cool tunes over the course of their career branching into different sounds but they started as a punk band, turned rock/alternative then are now basically a pop act. Their latest album is very poppy. 90's period was their best, IMO.
    Charvel1030
    who the hell wrote the descriptions for this article? UG needs to hire a proof reader or at least hire someone that has a grasp of the english language...the descriptions are unreadable.....geez
    hoonin_hooligan
    Bullet For My Valentine doesn't belong on this list - there most recent album Venom was a huge return to form. Anyone who has written them off owes it to themselves to listen to "Skin" and say that doesn't drip with old school BFMV
    Holybeer
    Wow the shit post... Papa Roach .. ? Really ? BMTH ?
    Nuclearcrayon
    Bring Me the Horizon's new music is very good if you ask me. They incorporate a lot of post-rock and electronic elements that I like a lot. Quite an innovative sound for such a popular band.
    the_small_guy
    Oli said in an interview why the change in sound from Count Your Blessings to Suicide Season was "cos it was shit". Id argue that There Is a Hell is their best album. Although I will say I'm not so keen on That's the Spirit.
    MetalRock4ever
    I thought Sempiternal was the sweetspot for them. It included them experimenting with a lighter sound, whilst keeping that There Is a Hell vibe, which I loved. Latest stuff was good, but not my kind of music on the whole (I do enjoy some of the singles). 
    AlexGreat123
    Sempiternal is their best overall album. There Is A Hell is their best guitar album
    MetalRock4ever
    Subjective, but I am inclined to agree, although it is a close call between those two albums for me (which one is the best, that is)
    AlexGreat123
    What's really funny in my opinion the best musicians in the band weren't/aren't original members. Jona Weinhofen and Jordan Fish
    AndreyGlushkov
    true. That's why there is a remark "as a deathcore band" =) IMHO, the last album wasn't as good as Sempiternal 
    avatarofwhoa
    I can't say that I agree. Sempiternal was a masterpiece, I think that's where they should have pumped the brakes on their shift toward 'alt-metal', or 'post-hardcore', or whatever you'd prefer to call it. That's the Spirit (imo) only has about three good songs on it. 
    JustStayDown90
    Not a fan of Papa Roach, but that Periscope song is still more rock (and is better, as a musical piece) than anything on the new Linkin Park album.
    AC0RN
    That's the Spirit by Bring Me the Horizon is still a wonderfully rocking album. Less metalcore but more of its own breed of hard rock
    RHtonyflowCP
    Paramore don't deserve to be on this list. If anything, they've evolved to something more mature and interesting. 
    pianoman43092
    I feel like this article was written just to take advantage of another opportunity to talk shit about the new Linkin Park album lol. Well done UG!
    fakhriDN
    No muse?
    blackone666
    Drones is their rockiest album since 1998.  
    jimmy-moto
    Just because it's "rocky" doesn't mean it's good. They just released a new single last week and it's just a re-hash of Madness. They're just recycling old material, which is sad.
    blackone666
    I grant you that, Dig Down was atrocious. I don't know man, I really liked Drones, it's incredibly cheesy sometimes but yeah., it does the trick for me. 
    ivonahora
    I feel like most people say it's Madness 2.0 because of the first few bars. Yeah, it's got that weird iPad bass, but calling it a re-hash of Madness is like saying Butterflies and Hurricanes is just Sunburn with an orchestra.
    jimmy-moto
    The lone bass intro, the way the vocal harmonies come in, the way the song builds and adds instruments as it goes, and the melodies/harmonies in general are quite similar. 
    robo37
    I rather liked Drones but how on Earth is it rockier than Origin of Symmetry?
    woody182
    Incubus gets a lot of shit from fans too. There's a lot of people out there who think they peaked at S.C.I.E.N.C.E. or Make Yourself then went to shit from Morning View onwards. Personally I couldn't disagree more and think MV is without doubt their best album. I actually like Linkin Park for changing it up regularly. The fourth and fifth albums are pretty good albums looking back. And 7/10 of the tracks on the new album would actually fit on any of the albums after Meteora, it's just that the style of tracks that the new ones are, are all lumped together.
    Zaqua
    I'd say Aerosmith. Their stuff from the 70's and 80's had a pulse. But around the time they started doing those videos with Alicia Silverstone, it seems like everything after that was one power ballad after another.
    ogdv88
    Bloc Party became Kele solo project since the departure of Gordon (bass) and Matt (Drums).  He and Russell should have renamed the project.
    m4ss3 m/
    Say what you say, but I love the new Paramore album. Also, I didn't start to listen BMTH until their latest album which I think is great. 
    Skrazor
    The one thing I don't get is why everyone seems to hype BFMVs The Poison so much. It was mostly teeny emocore. I always thought their best record was Scream Aim Fire.
    tmarci93
    It's not exactly fair when you take a proper rock song from an old album and THE softest track from a new album. I don't know about the rest, but that's what you did with Papa Roach, though it wouldn't have been as effective if you you'd shown Crooked Teeth instead of Periscope. It's like comparing Seek and Destroy to Nothing Else Matters. 
    Bubu7
    I don't like deathcore, so I never liked Bring Me The Horizon. The funny thing is that I heard on tv a couple of the singles that came out when they became "soft", and now it seems they are what Linkin Park would have became if they didn' mellow out!
    jayleddy
    Guys, you better trade lightly on what you say about Linkin Park's recent musical direction, or else Chester will "punch you in the face..."