A bunch of bands have been around for a few years, a bunch have been around for a decade, and some for decades. They continued to make the music they love no matter how old they got, how many kids they had, or how many divorces they have been through. The true rockers and metallers of the industry have been rockin out non-stop putting out album after album and staying relevant no matter the style. But, we all have to admit that over time legendary bands can change and try to evolve. Sometimes it’s a great success, and others you wish just retired when they were still good. So let’s take a look at a few songs by bands THEN and NOW, and you be the judge.
Children of Bodom (20 years)
Not my favorite band as a whole package, then or now. But, they are a band of note with a 20 year career, 8 studio albums, and a front man who I am a fan of. One thing I can say about Bodom is that they always show signs of maturity from one album to the next and they will most definitely go down in history as a metal band that shared many bad ass riffs with the metal world.
Then: COB in 1999 “Downfall”
Now: COB in 2013 “Transference”
Avenged Sevenfold (10+ years)
Formed in 1999, this band has caused for many debates among rock and metal music lovers. Many hardcore metalheads will see or hear the name Avenged Sevenfold and give a disapproving smirk and say that the band isn’t metal. Well, I’m about as hardcore as they come, and i truly disagree as of this year. In their early days it was kind of hard to decide what or who they were with albums like 2001′s Sounding the Seventh Trumpet being followed by Waking the Fallen and Bat Country. But, that’s all part of a bands evolution. And, now I can truly say that A7X are growing on me with their evolution and path to maturity being extraordinary after their latest two releases Nightmare (2010) and Hail to the King (2013) which I consider to be one of the best albums of 2013 so far.
Then: A7X in 2003 “Unholy Confessions”
Now: A7x in 2013 “Hail to the King”
Korn (20 years)
The band that has given the most WTF moments ever, now I know they are very mainstream and kinda weird; But, they have had their kick ass moments and who is to say that mainstream is a bad thing anyway. In Korns’ case, I personally think they have dropped into an abyss from which there is no return, and not in a bad ass evil metal way either. These dudes have gone from hardcore classics like “Blind”, “Freak on a Leash”, and “Here to Stay” to freakin “Get Up” (which features Skrillex) and “Never Never” which are good songs for electro music lovers, just not rock or metal. It’s goodbye rock and hello dubstep for Korn…what a shame.
Then: Korn in 1994 “Blind”
Now: Korn in 2013 “Never Never”
Black Sabbath (45 years)
What is there to say that hasn’t already been said. A spectacular band and arguably the first metal band ever! This band has had some spectacular talent join and leave throughout their illustrious career; But, it all started with Ozzy and it looks like it’s gonna end with Ozzy. 45 years later the godfathers have released one of their their greatest albums to date with 2013′s 13 and they did it with every member being over 60 years old. These seniors have proven to be timeless and true legends of this music we love.
Then: Sabbath in 1970 “Paranoid”
Now: Sabbath in 2013 “God is Dead?”
\m/r Post by Leo