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Shadows of Their Former Selves

It was said best in Pet Sematary - "Sometimes they come back" and..."Sometimes dead is better". These are bands that disbanded and reformed; but not near as potent as they once were.
Talk Sick

Great to hear Jay Gordon on the mik again. But, without his original supporting cast, the instrumentals in new Orgy (and this EP) fall pretty flat.
2Powerman 5000
Destroy What You Enjoy

It all comes down to "Anyone for Doomsday?" Talk about a huge mistake - not releasing this album. PM5K was at the top of their game at this time - and then disbanded - and then Spider One rebranded as a shitty punk-influenced band. And PM5K has never been the same ever.
3Guns N' Roses
Hard Skool

Now I admit that I am a fan of Chinese Democracy, understanding that the album is not a GNR album. But taking the dated and leftover songs written by this lineup, and then having Slash and Duff re-record key guitar and bass parts - doesn't work for me.
4Drowning Pool

With the revolving door of vocalists - it's hard to take this mainstream band seriously. They certainly have persistence and durability though...
5Ill Nino
Till Death, La Familia

Only one of the OG members remains. So now - the band is anchored by - who, the drummer? Not going to deny that Dave Chavarri lays down some great Latin grooves on drums - but this band no longer makes much sense.
The Verdict

This is for all the current fans out there. Sorry, no Queensryche w/o Geoff Tate.
7Queens of the Stone Age
Lullabies to Paralyze

Now I will admit - there are some great tracks on this album and "...Like Clockwork". But all in all, none of it touches the prior albums/tracks with Nick Oliveri. Nick brought punk-rock ethic to QOTSA, as well as a varied formula. Recent albums have been 1-D and formulaic.
Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys...

Now I enjoyed the reformed Pantera concert. But was it actually Pantera? No, the spector (and absence) of the Abbott brothers looms large over this band. OK with them touring, but don't know if I could buy into a new Pantera album by the current lineup.
9Stone Sour

I like this album a lot actually. But...it doesn't sound like Stone Sour. More in-line with, but a bit heavier than, Corey Taylor's solo work. Good thing that this band is taking a hiatus - maybe they can regroup in the future with more of the OG members.
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