Rounds 1-4: Metallica Vs. Impending Doom, Slipknot Vs. Coal Chamber, Avenged Sevenfold Vs. Burzum, Arch Enemy Vs. Rings of Saturn
As we announced on Wednesday, the MetalSucks reader-voted Most Needlessly Shat Upon Band Bracket kicks off today! Please remember that these are NOT shat-upon not just by MetalSucks– we’ve actually given favorable coverage to some of these groups — but bands often shat upon by the metal world at large. Defend your champions by voting below!!! The polls for these rounds close at 4:30 pm EST tomorrow, Tuesday, July 9.
METALLICA VS. IMPENDING DOOM
Metallica aren’t just the biggest metal bands of all time — they’re one of the most divisive, too. Should they get a free pass for all their past accomplishments? How many good albums do they have? Was Death Magnetic a return to glory, or more evidence that they suck now? DO they suck now? Meanwhile, Impending Doom are a band, too! Vote for the winner below!
Although it might not seem to be the case at first, Slipknot and Coal Chamber have oddly similar stories: both were signed to Roadrunner in the late 90s, both are generally remembered for their outfits as much as they are for their music, and both have to deal with fans who think they’ve become pussified (Slipknot for turning into Stone Sour, Dez Fafara for returning to Coal Chamber after a decade with DevilDriver). But which band is more innocent of their alleged crimes? You decide!
Avenged Sevenfold and Burzum really only have two things in common: they’re both politically misguided, and they both have as many detractors as they do fans. Does it matter that A7X dress like they’re on the cover of Hot Topic’s new catalogue? Does it matter that Varg Vikernes indiscriminately despises Jews, Christians, Buddhists, blacks, Asians, latinos, Canadians, homosexuals, little people, Na’vi, all other black metal musicians, the girl they cast as the mother on How I Met Your Mother, and decent production? In which case should one just ignore their shortcomings and appreciate the music? Make your choice!
Rings of Saturn may or may not actually be able to play their own music — but Arch Enemy has a girl in the band! EWWWWWW! COOTIES!!! Which is the greater offense? Step right up and pick yer winner!
THE BRACKET SO FAR (click to enlarge):