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Welcome to “Question of the Week,” a (sometimes) weekly debate amongst the MetalSucks staff regarding a recent hot button issue.

This week, we have our first ever reader-suggested QOTW, coming from MetalSucks Maniac Cougar Party:


The MS staff’s answers after the jump.

Warbringer. This band’s handlers seem to subscribe to the policy that having them be an opening act on EVERY. FUCKING. TOUR. that criss-crosses the country is the best way to expose them to the masses, and to their credit, it seems to have worked; the past couple of times I’ve seen them play NYC (always as a support act, of course), the audience was going nuts with chants of “War-Bring-Er! War-Bring-Er!” the minute the previous band finished. But the result is Warbringer overkill; I’d had enough after seeing them a couple times, but I’m still forced to see them at least four times a year. I can’t hate this band because they’re talented dudes, but my general distaste for the whole re-thrash scene coupled with having seen this band at least ten times in two years makes me cringe every time I see their name on a tour bill. Since Warbringer have now moved up to middle-of-the-lineup order, seeing Warbringer’s name on a tour usually means I’ll have a solid 45 minutes to go downstairs to the bar to drink and hang out. Hopefully they’re finally at that point where they can headline so I can just skip them altogether. Maybe in a couple of years I’ll be ready to see them again, because like I said they’re talented cats… I’m just so over it right now.

-Vince Neilstein

With age, I’ve come to look at an opening band as an obstacle. The whole set-up seems presumptuous, as though I’ve ordered a delcious gyro, but it won’t be ready for two hours and in the meantime I’m forced to eat a so-so burger, then a bacon-dog that tastes shitty but is popular with Gates of Slumber fans, and finally a dish that might be spaghetti or chili or salsa but it’s impossible to tell. I’m not that hungry anyway! Bring on the gyro already. Oh and the worst is when a blah support band foils me by somehow turning up at the top of a bill, like all those times In Flames has killed the buzz built by our Soilworks, Strapping Young Lads, and Gojiras.

-Anso DF

LITURGY.  In 2009 and part of 2010, it felt like you couldn’t go to a metal show in New York City without “experiencing” a set from these Pitchfork-approved purveyors of “white metal.”  Imagine being locked in a small box with only treble as your companion, and you’ve got a pretty good idea.  Sometimes I’ve resorted to timing my arrival at a show specifically to avoid their pretentious squall of sound.  I don’t hate them because they’re hipsters; I hate them because they’re terrible.

Also, I could do without seeing Black Anvil again for a few months.

-Gary Suarez

There were a couple years where every other major touring act that came through L.A. had the local band Letum Ascensus as an opener. Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Immolation, Morbid Angel, Vital Remains…even Testament. I was bored by their totally faceless DM when I first saw them open for Deicide, and I’ve been bored every single time since. It’s rare to be blown away by openers, but I felt embarrassed for my city that it was mustering the same mediocre band over and over again, when there were much better death metal bands (e.g. Abysmal Dawn, for whom Letum Ascensus also opened) that could’ve been asked.

-Satan Rosenbloom

Fucking Murderdolls. I’ve seen them more often than bands I actually like. It’s not that I hate them per se, it’s just that I’ve never had any urge to see them and they keep following me.

-Leyla Ford

Yeesh. There are actually quite a few. The one that comes to mind right away is Whitechapel — I’ve seen them at least three times, and every single time, I’ve been at the front because I wanted to be there for  Cannibal Corpse or something. I just stand there while scene kids rain down all over the place. I’ve also had to see Beneath the Massacre a few times, and they are just a horrible band to deal with in any way, shape, or form.

-Dave Mustein

I know this is a cop out, but I don’t think I can answer this question. Around 2002/2003 this incredibly bad local nu-metal/rapcore atrocity of a “band,” called Sicks Deep, seemed to open every fucking show I went to. It didn’t even matter that half the time they were wildly out of place — I saw them open for a glam supergroup with Gilby Clarke and Eric Dover once — they were just… always… there. And after seeing them about eight gajillion times, I learned the value of set times. I like to have set times specifically so I can avoid bands I don’t want to see, let alone see said bands multiple times.

Of course, you can’t always get set times, but, even then, I kinda feel like “What’s the big deal?” Like Vince said, if there’s a band playing that I don’t like, well, guess what? The bar is right over there, I can go drink and socialize with my friends while this group finishes their crappy act.

Holy shit, I can’t believe I was the non-curmudgeonly one this week! My shrink will be so proud of my progress.

-Axl Rosenberg

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