The ten most disappointing metal albums

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Brandon Marshall

In the darkest recesses of the metal world, truly shitty albums lurk. Now, these albums aren't necessarily 100 percent shitty (there may still be some redeeming music to be found), but they are certainly incredibly disappointing, particularly given the otherwise worthiness of their creators. Plug your nose and dive on in to this cesspool of the ten most disappointing metal albums.

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10. Ozzy Osbourne - Any of his recent albums
"Shitty" is a strong word for the last three Ozzy albums. A better way to explain them would be albums that you would skim past at the record store without stopping. It would strain your brain to name more than five songs out of the thirty-plus here. It's unfortunate that none of them stands out when you could easily name over a dozen Ozzy songs from twenty to thirty years ago at the drop of a hat, and even more if you're allowed to mistake Sabbath for Ozzy songs.

9. Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus
Eight years could have any fan of any music starving for something fresh from the band, but instead of providing a feast of death metal, Morbid Angel spooned up stone soup for its fans. No one was licking ther fingers at this failed attempt to add an industrial sound. Despite receiving praise from big metal critics, Illud Divinum Insanus had many hard-core fans calling it Morbid Angel's St. Anger, an album that was shittier than 2 Girls 1 Cup. When a band like Morbid Angel, which thrives in a subgenre like death metal, with hard-core fans who don't like anything other than death metal, it's probably better to experiment with music like this in another collaboration.

8. Iron Maiden - No Prayer for the Dying
No Prayer for the Dying saw the reflection of the first bandmember change since the bulking up of the vocals with Bruce Dickinson in 1982, and the replacement of Clive Burr with Nicko McBrain on drums in 1983. Usually known for great songwriting, Steve Harris and Dickinson turned in songs that were below par on No Prayer for the Dying. This record failed to produce any classics like those on Number of the Beast and marked the beginning of a series of flatliners in the '90s.

7. Slayer - Diabolus in Musica
Diablolus in Musica embraced the nu-metal sound at the height of its movement -- a movement that had older hard-core metal fans bumping heads with metal younglings. This album, coming from one of the big four of thrash-metal bands, was a slash in the gut. Slayer lost focus on what defined them as pure aggressive dark beasts, while the band's idiosyncratic chaotic guitar fingering became more domesticated in wildness. They even started playing tours with nu-metal instigators like Korn, trying to keep up with the changing times by meddling with new-age heavy-metallers. God Hates Us All brought them back to their roots as the first wave of nu-metal bands began to fall by the wayside.


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18 comments
teababe27
teababe27

Disagree with #6, 3, and 2. Load wasn't too bad, Reload had some good songs, St Anger sucked, and I actually liked Death Magnetic. I would have put #4 higher.

llksk8metal92
llksk8metal92

Turbo was awesome, Whatre you talkin about? sure it went with a different, more 80s Loverboy soundin music, but goddamnit, all it proved was that they can make quality music no matter what. Angel of Retribution had more of a shot on here, and that album still kicks ass. Its Judas fuckin Preist, you dont talk shit.  Its like iron maiden, just enjoy the music ( poss. excluding blaze bayley, i hated that era)

Metal_Messiah
Metal_Messiah

Turbo wasn't that bad. There were a lot of good songs. Honestly I liked it better than Point of Entry. Judas Priest is (in my opinion) the greatest metal band because they can do different types of music and still sound good, instead of sticking to the exact same sound through their whole career.

ssspyder1220
ssspyder1220

Diabolus in Musica rocked I loved that album personally. How about putting slipknot on this board for everything after Iowa.....

Jesus
Jesus

Diabolus in Musica is a great album asshole.

Keith Coombes
Keith Coombes

I assumed St Anger would be your Metallica listing, however, you nailed it instead. The Black Album and beyond = jock metal garbage entroidinaire.

Lance Cayko
Lance Cayko

So glad you put Metallica in there. I was hoping for that as I clicked thru the links. Just terrible.

John Dalby
John Dalby

THANK YOU! #1 is something I've been telling people for years!!! I do have an exception and that is "Garage Days, Inc.", new covers of Sabbath, Misfits, etc. Other than that 1989 was the last time they were even viable...

Michael Apostle
Michael Apostle

Turbo is an awesomely fun and rockin' record, synths and all.

Pat Angello
Pat Angello

How is Savage Amusement by the Scorpions not on this list? They came off a 4-year high of Love at First Sting to release that turd of a wanna be follow up.

adrotar623
adrotar623

wow everything after... and justice for all? that is a douchey pretentious move... you sound like a hipster metal fan.

ultramanj007
ultramanj007

Pretty generic offering here and I call foul on the "everything after..." entries. How this article really reads is that your metal tastes ended circa 1986 to 1988 anything after that didn't sound like the previous albums you purchased and therefore no longer connected you to your original musical discovery.

I agree that "No prayer for the Dying" was the first time I felt the foundations of Iron Maiden falter but I would hardly call the album a disappointment. Sighting everything after "...And Justice for All" is just nonsense when it comes to Metallica but falls in line with your musical boundaries. I still think we are five or ten years out from people realizing what a special album "St. Anger" is in regards to songwriting and both Load and Re-Load are monster records, there are some tunes I could live without, but in regards to sonic sound and song crafting they are light years away from "...And Justice for All" and I mean that in a good way.

I will give you the fact that Judas Priests "Turbo" was a bold adventure in new sounds but it obviously worked for the band. If you look at the Priest catalog up to the point you can see that they were constantly re-inventing themselves and growing as musicians. If there is a disappointing Priest album I would have to argue that "Ram it Down" sounded like leftovers from Turbo that would have been better off not released. 

I think you are reaching here, but I guess you are getting paid to do it. 

Tommy Penalver
Tommy Penalver

Ha! The description of how the drums sound on St. anger is dead on

Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson

I was waiting to find "St. Anger". You exceeded my expectations! But, seriously, Death Magnetic is pretty damn good.

SxPxDxCx
SxPxDxCx

Enough with repeating the same boring line about Diabolus in Musica being a Nu metal album.  Have you listened to it?  Sure the song Stain Of Mind was a little mid tempo and had a bit of the sound from that era. The rest of the tracks on D.I.M, Scrum, Death's Head, Screaming From The Sky, Bitter Peace included are pure Slayer.  Is it their best album?  No but I would rank it above God Hates Us All in the disappointment department.  The biggest disappointment from Slayer I fear is yet to come.  They should just hang it up now since they only have 2 original members left.  In honor of Jeff.  RIP. 

Also I would say the Iron Maiden’s album X Factor with Blaze Bailey is a way bigger disappointment.

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