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Watching Headbanger's Ball is a little like...

Post by Demolition Hammer » Wed Aug 16, 2006 2:06 am

...getting bombarded with poseur propaganda!
I recorded the rerun of last Saturday’s HBB since Dragonforce was going to be in the studio, and I watched at least part of every video they played. Surprise surprise, part of it was cool but the majority of it was incredibly lame. Here’s my take on all the featured bands:

All That Remains – Those clean vocals have got to go. These guys pretty much epitomize everything I dislike about modern metal. But I can say that about a lot of bands.

Agnostic Front – not my cup of tea, and their singer is just awful, but they get 1 point for being originals.

Iron Maiden – “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg”. Overly long song, but not bad. There may be hope for Maiden after all.

Iced Earth – “The Reckoning”. Great track, great band. Remember when Richard Christy was a drummer instead of Howard Stern’s whipping boy?

Unearth – All That Remains minus the terrible clean vocals. Fast parts = good. Ultra-lame hardcore breakdowns = bad.

Eyes of Fire – One of the worst things I’ve ever heard in my life. It sounds like a camel being anally raped with a spiked baseball bat.

Dragonforce – “Through the Fire and the Flames”. Blistering song, amazing band, and a great video. Dragonforce is a light in the darkness.

Eighteen Visions – Did I say Eyes of Fire was one of the worst things I ever heard? Well, this is pretty close.

Lamb of God – and the crap just keeps rolling in. Why this band is so popular (relatively) is a mystery to me. It’s like they’re trying to suck! Uninspired riffing, bland vocals, totally lifeless. They’re the complete package. Of crap.

Cryptopsy – They finally managed to get a decent sound, just in time for the music to really suck. What the hell is so special about Lord Worm? He sounded fine back in the day but here he is upstaged by his guitarist’s vocals. Cool video though.

Inked In Blood – hardcore is not metal.

Bullet For My Valentine – bullet for my head, please.

Satyricon – That’s Satyricon??? I read somewhere they were a black metal band?! (sarcasm, yes I’ve heard their older stuff) Almost as gay as the Bullet For My Valentine song.

Priestess – wish you were Motorhead much?

Manowar – “Blow Your Speakers”. Other bands play, MANOWAR KILL!!!!!!!

Through the Eyes of the Dead – an obvious Cannibal Corpse reference wasted on a talentless bunch of metalcore hacks. And if I see one more singer holding the mic sideways I’m gonna barf. Hey genius, it’s not a harmonica, it’s meant to be sung into the tip of it not the side! Bands like this infuriate me.

Artimus Pyledriver – Their singer is quite possibly the most annoying, distracting vocalist in existence. What I said about Eyes of Fire? Apply that here as well.

And the first post-HBB video by Hawthorne Heights would sadly have fit right in, sandwiched between Bullet For My Valentine and Lamb of God. Absolutely pathetic. Now granted, towards the end of the Rikki Rachtman era they were playing some pretty weak stuff, and there were hair metal bands in the 80s HBB, so they haven’t always stuck with the ‘most metal’ stuff, but I’ll take Cinderella over any of these crummy bands anyday. Hell, I’d prefer Pearl Jam. So what’s the score? Out of 2 hours (which they couldn’t get through more than 2 videos before going to a commercial) and 16 videos there are 4 I would deem as good. Now granted these are just my opinions, so if you like Unearth or All That Remains go about your business and don’t let little ol’ me rattle you, but seriously this is crap must end. Call your congressman, boycott Roadrunner Records, something must be done!
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Post by sharklive6 » Wed Aug 16, 2006 5:13 am

I agree MTV sucks, emo sucks

But you need to get over the 80's vs. today crutch I don't see the point. Its never gonna be the same it was back then. You have to admit there are some good new bands, although All that Remains has 2 good songs, mostly they suck, and so does Inked in Blood they are lame.

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Post by sharklive6 » Wed Aug 16, 2006 5:15 am

Whatever sounds heavy and fierce I usually go after it no matter what genre it is. Hatebreed "Supremacy" coming soon.... is gonna kick your balls
From what I heard of Unearth it is gonna shred.

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Post by MetalGoddess » Wed Aug 16, 2006 5:45 am

Brad, you are absolutely right! Great comments!!! :D :cheers:

This is why I don't watch Headbanger's Ball anymore. The last one I watched and recorded was the Dimebag Darrell tribute in December. Maybe it's time for MTV to either end it or infuse it with a different/better host.

While I enjoyed Lamb of God's live show (watching the crowd as I watch the band), I can't stand their recorded stuff, as with most of the new metal bands.

Hard Attack on Sirius radio plays alot of this crap, too, but then they play something really good so I stay tuned. It is nice that music is uncensored and uncut. :dsmoke:
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Post by sharklive6 » Wed Aug 16, 2006 6:05 am

Dragonforce =snore
Eyes of Fire terrible terrible terrible
Cryptopsy I have never gotten into them
Inkied in blood gay

that must have been the worst playlist ever on HBB

fuck MTV


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Post by gsfnw » Wed Aug 16, 2006 6:54 am

Dude, it's a show that airs on MTV. Were you really expecting anything but a bunch of card board cut out bullshit?

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Post by zach » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:05 am

Eyes of fire: musically terrible, but i have to say their drummer is something else. Technical? Hell no, but anyone who saw him at apocalyptica, he's one of the most intense drummers to watch, plus he hits them fuckers HARD.

Of course, you can't see that on cd or in their videos, so it's pointless.
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Post by Morbid » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:54 am

I still don't understand what is so special about DragonForce....
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Post by Project Undead Vish » Wed Aug 16, 2006 10:24 am

i cant agree with you when it comes to the following bands:

All That Remains
Unearth
Lamb of God

Everything else, I would say that you are spot on.
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Post by Demolition Hammer » Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:43 pm

gsfnw wrote:Dude, it's a show that airs on MTV. Were you really expecting anything but a bunch of card board cut out bullshit?

No, I was only watching because of Dragonforce and I figured the rest of the show would be really lame, it was just how unneccessarily terrible it was that got to me.
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Post by Demolition Hammer » Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:44 pm

Morbid wrote:I still don't understand what is so special about DragonForce....


They're really fast, and way over the top. That's why I like them anyway.
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Post by Demolition Hammer » Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:49 pm

sharklive6 wrote:I agree MTV sucks, emo sucks

But you need to get over the 80's vs. today crutch I don't see the point. Its never gonna be the same it was back then. You have to admit there are some good new bands, although All that Remains has 2 good songs, mostly they suck, and so does Inked in Blood they are lame.

Music was good in the 80s and now it sucks. There's nothing to get over and you're right, it will never be the same. And yes, being that there's exceptions to every rule I'm a big fan of Shadows Fall, Into Eternity, and I even liked the last Machine Head album, but aside from a few exceptions most of this stuff is rehashing of a rehashing of bands that weren't that good to begin with, and aside from gay hardcore breakdowns my main problem with a lot of these bands is that their singers suck. Monotony does not equal listenability.
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Post by Oof » Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:15 am

Morbid wrote:I still don't understand what is so special about DragonForce....


Yup, Id rather listen to someone scraping their nails across a chalkboard than listen to that crap.


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