Heavy Metal Contract Fillers

The fall of metal music. Something is very wrong with the music industry in America.

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Some heavy metal bands know when to quit. With the release of SwanSong, Carcass made their bow at the curtain and kindly left the stage. Applause all around, great career, killer material. Others don't, and the list of these embarassing excuses for classic bands goes on so long, it begins to resemble Santa's "naughty" list.

The most noted contract-filler is Metallica, pumping out Loads and ReLoads of forced crap that is so far removed from their metal roots, it makes me want to wretch. A band named Metallica playing alternative...there you go. Why? Money, record contracts, white people in business suits pulling the strings, twisting your mind and smashing your dreams. Blinded by me you can't see a thing, and I haven't seen Metallica in years, it's a waste of time and $65.

Then you have Pantera. Allow me to pause and scream like Phil circa Vulgar Display Of Power. Too bad I seem to be the only one doing that anymore, Phil stopped about a decade ago. Once he got onto heroin and other drugs he used to renounce, it was all downhill for the frontman, who now heads the ridiculous Super Joint Ritual. Sounds like the name of a high school garage band, Phil.

But that wasn't until we had to be disappointed, no that's not the word, utterly awestruck by the lack of inspiration, the lack of anything even closely resembling metal on the Reinventing the Steel album. It's weak, very weak. Especially for Pantera. I can't say enough bad things about it, so I'll leave it at I am very glad that I didn't actually purchase it.

Then of course there is the unspeakable condition of Guns 'N Roses, the heart and soul of which has been ripped out, chewed, churned around in the stomach acid of life, and puked back out at us, usually a couple of hours late if the vomitous mass decides to show up at all. Buckethead left, what's that tell you?

Crappity crap crap! I'm tired of this, truly tired. Why is it that the only quality material seems to be coming out of Sweden these days? Is it because of a lack of talented heavy bands in the States? No, there are plenty of them, and every time I go see a small show at a bar with some black or death metal band ripping it up on stage, I think "Why does nobody know about this?"

The answer: something is very wrong with the music industry in America. It is the Machine of Perpetual Bastardization that lays waste to everything good, everything Holy, everything brutally sacred about American heavy music. My advice for metal bands today? Move to Europe where people actually listen to this stuff. Here in the states you have no chance.

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    JIBTEXHNKA
    you all just wait. theres a local band that just staretd up around here called SlaveRace, and they rock harder then nu-metallica is right now. not hating on metallica theyre my favorite band just making an example
    m_unit_soldier
    [Q]Money, record contracts, white people in business suits pulling the strings[/Q] *** you you have no right to say that. if you are not white, then you are demeaning your own ethnicity. if you are white, its not only white ppl running the show. look at quincy jones or randy jackson or everyone else in hip hop or pop or anything. im tired of everyone blaming shit on white ppl. find someone else to give shit to.
    jshred
    You make several good points. For the most part metal in the US has been utter shit this last decade. The only truly good US metal right now is the new metalcore/hardcore bands that are finally starting to get more popular. Sweedish metal is the best shit ever though, more people need to wake up and start listening to Children of Bodom (the best band ever) thats what the *** metal is.
    Bodom
    You can all go *** it, Metallica and Pantera both kick ass. Anyone who says other wise can dig a hole crawl in it and shoot them selves in the face. Also this article sucked the dick hard.
    bigbryan
    Agreed... Metallica is a joke... The whole music industry in general is in a poor state.
    Gurgle!Argh!
    Perhaps Metallica released Load and Reload because they evolved as musicians and wanted to do something a little more interesting.... Didn' t think of that did you?
    erling
    DUDE reload and load was good ,why give a shit about the name of the band that made it?retarded ! 1*
    tragik
    I agree about moving to Europe. Europe totally has a better metal scene than the United States. Check out some of the bands that have come out of Europe. .Iron Maiden. .In Flames. Goes on
    CaptainCrash
    The second to last paragraph finally stated a thesis...you could have had a solid argument instead of a rant against bands who's MUSIC will live on, regardless of where the actual BAND goes. So maybe if you do a part 2 of this, and perhaps support your rant, then maybe you will have a good opinion piece, not a journal entry.
    legionaire
    stop listening to crap; problem solved there are plenty of good american metal bands you fag just stop listening to bad ones
    The Jin
    THIS ARTICLE IS A WASTE OF SPACE, IVE TOTALLY WASTED 2 MINS OF MY LIFE ACTUALLY READINJG THIS CRAP
    Bubonic Chronic
    '"white people in business suits" ur an idiot, and go see metallica live and tell me how it is' I don't need to. Honestly, I saw both Metallica and Megadeth in the same year - '96 - and Megadeth was by far better. Their latest material isn't that great and I think they are near the end, too, but certainly don't deserve my scathing commentary. Metallica are not good musicians at all. Hell, half the early material was written by Mustaine! I've seen Megadeth 5 times and they consistently kicked ass. Metallica was good, too, but I felt like I had spent a week at Ab Ghrab or whatever when all the corporate sponsors, sadistic Gistapo security forces and TicketBastard had their way with me. Metallica in 1984 = awesome! Metallica now = done. American metal now = NuMetal, let's tune our guitars to three octaves below the hearing threshold and prance around like retards.
    `NeXxuS`
    its decent enough... people really need to listen to some real metal... i dont know why u felt the need to diss bands tho... it is hard to maintain musical integrity... i mean you can only write so many metal tunes and then get tired of it right? im just hopin that some new bands come out and write some good new quality shit... metals been dying steadily IMHO for years... needs a bunch of new bands to come along and revitalize it... and finally OPETH RULES!
    MetallicAddicct
    Crappity crap crap! I'm tired of this, truly tired. Why is it that the only quality material seems to be coming out of Sweden these days? Is it because of a lack of talented heavy bands in the States? No, there are plenty of them, and every time I go see a small show at a bar with some black or death metal band ripping it up on stage, I think "Why does nobody know about this?" The answer: something is very wrong with the music industry in America. It is the Machine of Perpetual Bastardization that lays waste to everything good, everything Holy, everything brutally sacred about American heavy music. My advice for metal bands today? Move to Europe where people actually listen to this stuff. Here in the states you have no chance.
    HEY , let me guess youre from Sweden right, let me tell you that you are a FUCKING ASSHOLE BASTARD, please if youre gonna write, make a TRUE article please. Then of you are : I'm tired of this, truly tired. WHY THE FUCK YOU KEEP OPNING YOUR FUCKING ASS TO TALK, PLEASE SHUT THE FUCK UP! and finally... SINCE WHEN GNR BECAME HEAVY METAL?, I THINK YOURE JEALOUS, OF THIS GREAT BANDS THAT HAVE SUCCESS, PLEASE STOP THE SHITTY TALK, IM TRULY TIRED OF READING COMMENTS LIKE THIS ONE.
    MetallicAddicct
    Crappity crap crap! I'm tired of this, truly tired. Why is it that the only quality material seems to be coming out of Sweden these days? Is it because of a lack of talented heavy bands in the States? No, there are plenty of them, and every time I go see a small show at a bar with some black or death metal band ripping it up on stage, I think "Why does nobody know about this?" The answer: something is very wrong with the music industry in America. It is the Machine of Perpetual Bastardization that lays waste to everything good, everything Holy, everything brutally sacred about American heavy music. My advice for metal bands today? Move to Europe where people actually listen to this stuff. Here in the states you have no chance.
    xxgenocide98xx
    What a douche, the guy said the drummer from iron maiden DIDNT use a double bass pedal. bullshit, he uses one. I saw it at the concert, holy crap. If I could beat you to a pulp for saying metallica sucked I would, but I can't and that dissapoints me. Iron maiden are alright but they arent heavy enough for me.
    MetallicAddicct
    The most noted contract-filler is Metallica, pumping out Loads and ReLoads of forced crap that is so far removed from their metal roots, it makes me want to wretch. A band named Metallica playing alternative...there you go. Why? Money, record contracts, white people in business suits pulling the strings, twisting your mind and smashing your dreams. Blinded by me you can't see a thing, and I haven't seen Metallica in years, it's a waste of time and $65.
    What the *** are you bitches talking about, please, you want metallica to make another "Enter Sandman", "Nothing Else Matters", "One", "Fuel", come on, give them a chance, they are coming back after a while, James was in Re-Hab, give them a little time and they will make another hit, and please, why do you have ALWAYS to write about bad, I MEAN , really bad stuff, always looking the bad side of everything please, get a job.
    Then of course there is the unspeakable condition of Guns 'N Roses, the heart and soul of which has been ripped out, chewed, churned around in the stomach acid of life, and puked back out at us, usually a couple of hours late if the vomitous mass decides to show up at all. Buckethead left, what's that tell you?
    WHY THE HELL YOU DONT LET GNR DIE?, GNR DIED WHEN SLASH WENT OUT, BUT YOU HAVE ALWAYS TO KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT... AND ABOUT BUCKETHEAD, HES A FUCKING BASTARD ASSHOLE, HOW DOES HE DARE TO SUPLANT SLASH?, TRYING TO LOOK LIKE HIM WEARING SOMETHING ON HIS HEAD, COME ON, WHAT AN A-S-S-H-O-L-E, FOR ME (AND I THINK, THAT FOR ALL GNR TRUE FANS) DIED WHEN SLASH LEFT, HE WAS THE SOUL OF GNR, AXL WAS AN IDIOT WITH GOOD VOICE.
    slash_rules04
    hey tC2oo4... u dirty bastard... we seemed to acept some of yalls band...for example black sabath def leppard the beatles...nd i live in america nd im not a "yank" so u can kiss my ass
    bestofthebeast
    metalfan: howcan u say that iron maiden is better than metallica, if u say that u are a f***ing ******* with no ***ing ear for music. maidens songs are all the same with repetitive rifss and abuse of them with crapie solos ,dont say that *******. and by the way load and reload are awsome albums its just not metal,if u dont like em dont listen to them and dont judge em because its not the kind of music u listen too. pantera guns suck balls now.they blew their carreers away, metal its stuck and cant get out for now but wait some time and it will be back for sure. this comercial crap that we r sinck in will end soon.and by who will it come back?? MetallicA for sure , and all the european bands that kick ass lioke stratovarious and all of those. METAL RULES . My god you're a prick. You just described Metallica, but said the name Iron Maiden instead. Maiden are innovative, and they have songs that DON'T all sound the same, where as Craptallica songs DO all sound the same. I HAVE a ***ing ear for music, which is why I know that the melodic yet powerful True Metal sound Maiden is far superior to Metallica's pathetic Thrash Pap. Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers are guitar gods, Kirk Hammet is a sloppy arse.. Bruce Dickinson, legendary metal vocalist, James Hetfield? Can't sing for shit. Steve Harris, brilliant bassist and song writer, Jose Truillo (or whoever it is) average at best. Nicko McBrain, brilliant drummer, can put out the fastest bass drum beats WITHOUT a double bass pedal, Lars Ulrich? Egotistical arse who killed the little bit of quality that Metallica once had. In summary: Iron Maiden > Metallica thanx very much bye Jesus both of us r asswipes both Metallica and Iron Maiden are brilliant bands Its just that one of you has a different opinion you cant say that met. or IM play the same riffs becus they dont and you cant say that Kirk or IM guitarists are shite kirk has got more skill that is the truth(taught by satriani) and the singers sing in different styles. Why does everyone get so worked up about other ppls opinions
    In_Flames101
    As far as the Iron Maids vs Metallica thing goes...Metallica wins hands down. Iron Maiden music reminds me of something like The Doors. The songs just bore me. They have some good songs, but they're just too repetative and just get boring. Also compare St.Anger to the new Iron Maiden cd. Of course i am biased but i have seen WAAY more copies of madien's cds in the "used" pile at many stores than i've seen st.anger...BTW Metallica kicked ass when i saw them, best $77 i've ever spent. Superjoint Ritual does suck ass and Damage Plan does not. About the Napster thing, you do realize that there were more bands/artists then metallica that wanted it shut down, its just that lars had the balls to speak out for them. Hmmm what else was said in the topic? Oh yeah the MAIN argument. No more metal in America..yeah right..can anyone say Shadows Fall, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage, Probot(hehe), Between the Buried and Me,(older) Nothingface...i could go on but ive done that enough today.
    mrantony
    You should have had a warning at the start of that crap reading.."You are about to waste 2 minutes of your life"...That article was a pile of sh1t.And as far as the metallica thing goes,bands grow musically,just 'cos some guy sitting at home wanking 4 times a day doesnt like the direction they are going in doesn't mean they have to stay metal....Oh man i just wasted another 2 minutes! Metallica rule.
    Bubonic Chronic
    "this article sucked. maybe people are sick of the black metal cliches. i just started getting into bands like dimmu borgir and opeth, but the subject is almost all the same. maybe the bands that you just trashed are trying to expand beyond the of black metal and the like." My grandmother is more black metal than Opeth.
    Rattlehead
    good metal bands??? just go to fye and listen to some of their metal cd's some aren't bad i.e. biohazard, napalm death, and some other lesser known bands. oh yea, metal will never die so just shut up already.
    strangled
    i love it when people bash on band that they couldnt posible hope too compete with just shows their ignorence btw bubonic chronic your name seems to suite you every article youve written is total and complete arse fartin shitt
    Angelus Mortem
    Sometimes you have to play the "Devils Advocate" to generate an interesting debate. I don't totally agree with the author, but I also do not totally disagree. Music MUST change and evolve to survive, and the same is true of bands. Metal music evolved from Rock N Roll, which came from Jazz and the Blues. Like it or not. I know that the songs I write today are nothing like the songs I wrote just a few years ago, and certainly not because I "Sold Out" or anything like it. I won't coment on the "Metallica VS. Maiden" argue ment, which is silly at best. They are nothing alike in any way. Apples and Oranges. Later.
    whitehouseffect
    this comments list is made up of people who like metallica tewlling him to stop paying out metallica. Imagine he used bands you dont know as examples, then respond.
    ServWithaSmile
    i like superjoint ritual...but i agree with most of what he said, but its getting metal more popular, i know a lot of people have got into metal because they listened to some metal band on the radio, or since metallica is so popular, usually its them, but they arent even metal anymore, and i dont like their new stuff, i got st. anger when it came out and i listened to some newer stuff and its ok, but definatly not the best...i dont know, im into cradle of filth and murderdolls, and stuff like that, they are probably my two favorite bands, but even getting off the sunject of metal i think there should be more bands that dont try to be a certain category, my band is leaning toward being different, i wouldnt want to be in a band thats the same as 150 other ones, and primus, they are an original band, there should be more bands that you cant really label...
    guitar_freak333
    Then of course there is the unspeakable condition of Guns 'N Roses, the heart and soul of which has been ripped out, chewed, churned around in the stomach acid of life, and puked back out at us,
    guns n' roses isnt that good, get over it metallica was one of the only true metal bands up until their Black Album.
    eyehatepop89
    [But that wasn't until we had to be disappointed, no that's not the word, utterly awestruck by the lack of inspiration, the lack of anything even closely resembling metal on the Reinventing the Steel album. It's weak, very weak. Especially for Pantera. I can't say enough bad things about it, so I'll leave it at I am very glad that I didn't actually purchase it.] DUDE!!Reinventing The Steel is their jump over the death metal bridge for those guys. It may not be their best, but it ***ing ruled. Goddamn what the hell's yer problem. Screw Phil and screw u!
    BlackLight45
    Yea fender is right. MTV ***ed up this nation. They have that kind of power. When Metallica came out into the mainstream, Metal heads were born. When nirvana came out, Grunge was cool. Now all these Hip hop, no talents come into play and Thats all you see in some towns. Northern Illinois has NO metal scene what so ever...
    fender rocker16
    MTV. Music's worst enemy. Metallica DOES suck now and America has become a bunch of stupid shits with cell phones and jerseys. (don't try to insult me for dissing America. I live here so if you have a problem with what i say about this place you can go eat a dick cause its not like im a foreigner or anything.)
    0blue skies0
    MAN he didnt even mention Sepultura - a f**king awesome metal band! i doubt SOAD or Tool would exist without these guys.
    jshred
    You can all go *** it, Metallica and Pantera both kick ass. Anyone who says other wise can dig a hole crawl in it and shoot them selves in the face. Also this article sucked the dick hard.
    Your S/N is "Bodom", how can you disagree w/ this article. Bodom is the best shit there is along w/ soilwork and most Sweedish shit. I love Metallica and Pantera as well, but you cannot say that ST.Anger wasnt SHIT because it was and Superjoint Ritual is Fucking PATHETIC. IF YOU THINK YOU LIKE METAL LISTEN TO SWEEDISH SHIT LIKE HE SAID, THATS METAL.
    Volcom_Prophecy
    How doare you say Metlallica is a waste of time, you know what a waste of time is, Emo bands, those are a waste of time there only here for on CD then they disappear becuase they all sound the same for a few exceptions. Metal is a wider variety and the sounds of each metal band is very disctintive like Metallica and Pantera, to totally different sounds. You know what this is a waste of time im done.
    thm_05
    and i know your shining down on me from heaven.....hahahaehh ehah. this is not the Boyz2Men forum?
    CS91253
    suck it you little bitch, no one wants your opinion, Metallica rapes, so *** you
    Deicide89
    stop being such an f-in metal head....metal is not the only genre out there. Either embrace, or get the hell out
    AngusYoung4ever
    good article. I think this is the first time i've ever actually said that....wow you should be proud!
    CK1
    INSTEAD OF BADMOUTHING GOOD BANDS THAT HAVE INFLUANCED PPL ASK YOUORSELF WHAT HAVE UDONE BESIDE WRITE A SHITY ARTICLE