Friday, April 28, 2006


No, I am not referring to that skit from the movie Airplane, but rather something about music. I have asked about bands that you think are overrated or underrated before. However this is something slightly different.

Are there any bands that you liked years ago and now you listen to them and think they are not as good as you once thought they were?

The opposite would be to think of any bands that you didn't think were that good years ago and now you listen to them and think they really are better than you gave them credit for?

I can think of two for each category.

Two bands that I overrated are Exciter and Grim Reaper. Exciter are a Canadian speed metal band that I loved from say 85-88. I listened to them recently and realized they had some good songs, but a lot of average ones as well. I used to love Grim Reaper back in the mid-80's as well. Now I listen to them and although the guitarist was good, the singer was annoying and their writing was poor at times.

Two bands I underrated were Trouble and Cinderella. I never got into Trouble in the 80's because I was into a lot of speed metal and I thought they were dull. Now I listen to them and I like their Sabbath inspired music and they got better with each album. I can't wait for their reunion album to come out this summer. I thought Cinderella were weak glam metal in the 80's. While I don't think Night Songs is anything great, I do feel that Long, cold winter and Heartbreak station are fantastic albums. Tom Keifer has a great rock voice and they are strong song writers. Although they have as much to do with a classic rock sound as they do with hard rock.


Blogger Mike said...

Over - I'd say that my band for that would be Ratt. I really enjoyed them growing up, but as I've gotten older, You're in Love and Slip of the Lip just sound cheesy.

Under - I actually began listening to Megadeth more after I turned 20. For some reason, just never was interested, but now I love to listed to Peace Sells, Crush 'em etc.

To comment on one of yours, Cinderella always appealed to me, especially Long Cold Winter. I liked the bluesy tunes on that album.

5:32 AM  
Blogger Vicious Steve said...

I over-rated Bon Jovi. Back in the day, I really enjoyed the 1st 4 albums and I saw them on the Slippery Tour & the New Jersey Tour. I recently listened to every Bon Jovi album and realixed that they aren't as good as I thought, they're quite boring.

I over-rated Ozzy as well. Take the 1st 2 albums out and every album since has had a TON of filler. Not just filler but bad filler. I wore out my cassettes of Bark At The Moon and The Ultimate Sin and thought Ozzy was genius.....the musicians around him, and his wife, were the geniuses.

Frehley's Comet is another. I worship at the altar of Ace and I was hanging on every note of the debut, Second Sighting, and Trouble Walkin'. I played them recently and realized that Ace and the Comet were no better than a 3rd tier Hard Rock band.
I never really got into post-Ozzy/post-Dio Black Sabbath back in the day but I really dove into the Ian Gillan/Glenn Hughes/Tony Martin era around the Reunion w/Ozzy. Some of Iommi's heaviest guitar work is laid out on these slabs of metal. IMO, Sabbath put out two absolute classics in The Eternal Idol & Headless Cross.

Mercyful Fate/King Diamond - I could never get past the vocals, I always thought the King's falsetto was annoying. Now I wonder what I was thinking.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Strutter71 said...

Oh, man. There was a bunch of hair metal that I listened to that I hear today and wonder what I was thinking. My #1 choice would be Europe.

As far as under-rated goes (and this has nothing to do with metal), I HATED Duran Duran with a passion in my high school days, but really enjoy them a lot now.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Overrated- I'd go along with Ratt. Other than "Round and Round", there wasn't much else I liked.

Underrated- Judas Priest. It wasn't until years later that I truely started to appreciate them.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Mike and Bruce-I agree about Ratt. I thought Ratt were great when I was teenager, but now I think they are just good.

V and D- I agree about Ozzy except I think that No more tears was a great album.

Strutter- I don't think that I have ever heard a whole album by Duran Duran so I really can't judge.

4:49 PM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

Great question! Funny, my first reaction to your question -- on the under side -- was ... Cinderella! I had the same view that you did back in the day, and the same higher opinion now.

Unlike Mike, I didn't like Ratt at all back then and now I find them much more fun to listen to. Except for "Slip of the Lip." I'm with you, Mike; I'll admit that those lyrics are just painful to hear.

Also, unlike Vic&Del, I dismissed the first Frehley's Comet offering then, and now find most of it to be great, straightforward rock. Not "Dolls," though--I'll never like that schlock.

OK, my others ... I used to over-rate:
Post-Pyromania Def Leppard
Sammy Hagar-era Van Halen

I used to under-rate:
Blue Murder
Jimi Hendrix

-- david

4:56 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

David- Def Leppard did albums after Pyromania? I will just say that I wasn't too pleased when I heard Hysteria the day it came out. I may give it a spin soon and write a review to see if it is any better.
I like Annihilator's first 2 releases and the rest are hit and miss.
I do think Panter were overated. However along with Metallica they did help keep metal alive in above ground circles during the 90's. I do think that was important in keeping metal alive.

5:24 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Mark - I agree with you on No More Tears. That's one of my favoite Ozzy albums.

General comment about Ratt - I will admit that I still listen to Out of the Cellar occasionally, but that's pretty much it.

2:17 PM  

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