|Great bands that became awful later, part 2|
Decided to create a second list of this. Artists or bands that showed real promise at the start of their career, before plunging headfirst into the sea of mediocrity or just downright awfulness.
|1||The Amity Affliction|
This band showed some real promise in their early days, and even now their first 3 or so albums are still very much listenable, even if I've left my scenecore days far behind, but after that they became boring and stale, and their latest offering was just horrible.
After I made my first list, this band got mentioned in the comments so I decided to check them out. Their first 3 albums are fantastic, but good lord did the departure of their guitarist take a massive toll on the band. Everything they've put out since then has been almost unlistenable.
At some point between 2015 and 2018, Shining decided to completely abandon everything that made their sound unique and interesting and release an entire album of forgettable and derivative hard rock garbage.
Some may disagree with me on this one and say that Morbid Angel redeemed themselves with Kingdoms Disdained. As far as I'm concerned, a generic comeback album is not enough to redeem this band from the trainwrecks that were their previous 2 albums which covered the span of almost a decade.
The fact that this generic as fuck band has 2 of the most talented guitarists in modern metal is just sad at this point. Arch Enemy hasn't put out a decent record since 2005 and that's unlikely to change any time soon.
One of the few bands I can think of that has had 2 downfalls in terms of quality. Not content with releasing a derivative series of albums in the late 90s, Dave Mustaine decided to give us something even worse in the 2010s with Super Collider, book-ended by 2 albums which offered nothing new to thrash metal.
Muse's earlier material may be overrated, but it's undeniably great. However, their last 4 albums have been overly bombastic, at best, boring, and at worst, flat out annoying.
|8||Thirty Seconds to Mars|
Perhaps another biased choice for me given how often I would listen to their first 2 records in my scene kid days, but my god, their most recent material is bad. Really, really bad.
For those of us who thought Supercharger was the lowpoint of this band's career, we had no idea what fresh hell Rob Flynn would unleash onto us when they put out Catharsis.
They are a legendary hardcore band, but there is absolutely no reason to listen to anything Discharge put out after 1982.
These guys started out as a promising and overall enjoyable hard rock band until their original singer left. Unfortunately that showed him to be the most talented member of the band, because there's nothing that topped those two albums since.
This band went from classic death metal to absolute train-wreck, and the two albumsreleased under the Entombed A.D. name haven't been much of an improvement.