Question Of The Week: Their Break-up = Your Breakdown
There’s a bit of insanity inherent to getting a pet: You accept that someday it will die. Before then, there’s tons of awesome fun and hilarious hijinks, but then poof — nothing but a memory, ruined furniture, and photos. I guess that’s life. Likewise, fandom of a band can be boiled down to “setting yourself up for heartbreak.” Except that even after a band returns to ashes, the main part of your relationship remains: recorded music. That goes a long way to make up for the end of exciting new albums, to bi-annual tours, and to your dreams of joining as third guitarist.
We might place an indestructible bubble around our most cherished act if that were possible. We’d seal that band in a time-space vortex for eternity. Which active band do you depend on the most? Tell us in this week’s Question Of The Week :)
Inspired by the recent break-ups of God Forbid, The Chariot, Altar Of Plagues, A Life Once Lost, Onward To Olympas, Mar de Grises, and War From A Harlot’s Mouth, we asked our staff:
An industry pal has phoned you, said hello, and instructed you to brace yourself for news that an awesome band you love has just broken up. Your first thought is, OH SHIT, I HOPE HOPE HOPE IT’S NOT __________.
Face your fears, MetalSucks people. Look into the eyes of the beast. Reject the possibility that he shall best you. Have a great weekend!
Torche. What is life without the bomb string? What is life without those heavy poppy jams? I mean, their pre-Torche band Floor doing more stuff would be tight, but Torche did what they did better. Floor also isn’t quite the right outlet for songs like “Kiss Me Dudely” and “Rock and Roll Mantasy.”
EyeHateGod. They mean too damn much to me … and all my other all-time favorite bands are dead or defunct.
The Crown. I love them and want more albums — at least a follow-up to their 2003 masterpiece Possessed 13, after which they broke up. (They reformed in 2009 and in September were rejoined by their real singer.) Secondly, I have a weird thing about this one particular band someday getting some more recognition. But not attention for the sake of acclaim, I mean measurable stuff like big crowds, happy fans, hearty sales, and, like, a public consensus that I was right about their awesomeness :)
Cannibal Corpse. Most of my favorite bands are such old fucks that I really wouldn’t be surprised or too heartbroken if they split up. But Cannibal Corpse is one of my favorite bands and have been doing death metal forever, so their breaking up means that a) someone has died, or b) some really bad shit went down between the members.
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Lamb Of God. I mean, give these guys props for sticking together without a lineup change for, well, how long now? New American Gospel was 2000’s throwback to the excessively violent Burn The Priest, yet it had the beginnings of the more dynamic As The Palaces Burn. Fast forward to last year’s Resolution and the benefits of an unadulterated lineup: consistent and sexy evolution. Except for Sacrament, every product of theirs is top-shelf, including their shows. So mad respect to LOG. And please don’t break up, lulz.