This is a pretty blatant retread of Seether’s earlier hit “Rise Above This”, but since that song was one of the band’s best, the song is still above-average work from them, and it’s ultimately a pretty good song.
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Staind were initially the protégés of Limp Bizkit, and while they aren’t as saliently awful as their mentors, they perform in the same melodramatic, noisy, obnoxious musical style. For a while, it looked like they had abandoned it, and rather improved themselves in the process, but on their latest album, perhaps inspired by Limp Bizkit’s Gold Cobra, they returned to their original sound. This song is particularly reprehensible now that even bands like Korn and Linkin Park have abandoned this style, which really has no place in modern rock.
This band, like My Darkest Days and Saving Abel, is another of Nickelback’s massive crop of hand-picked protégés. Some of these bands (e.g. Hinder) managed to eventually escape Nickelback’s influences, but this is not one of them. These guys have apparently decided to try to be exactly like their heroes, modeling their sound and vocal style almost entirely on Nickelback’s, with predictably awful results.
I’m not usually a fan of Metalcore, but Avenged Sevenfold are one of the better acts in the genre, and this highly vivid song, written as a tribute to the band’s recently-deceased drummer and emotional heart, caught them on a particularly good day. It’s a stunning piece, and one of the few really good Metal songs to gain major success on the Rock charts in that period.
Seether are one of the better bands in the much-maligned genre of post-Grunge Hard Rock, with classics like “Fine Again”, “Broken”, and “Rise Above This” under their belt, but this almost embarrassing Southern Rock pastiche is easily one of the worst things they’ve ever released.
Like “The Good Life” by Three Days Grace, this song has become very popular as a sporting-events anthem. It’s not as deep or moving as the band’s “What a Shame” or “The Crow And the Butterfly”, but its galvanizing intensity makes it very suitable for getting an entire stadium of people on their feet and cheering wildly.
Let me tell you a story. Once there was this band called Creed, and they were absolutely terrible and nearly everyone hated them. Then Creed’s frontman Scott Stapp left, and his backup band decided to continue without him under the name ‘Alter Bridge’. And amazingly, they were suddenly a fantastic band, and everyone, critics and audiences alike, loved them. So apparently, the only thing keeping Creed from being a great band was their frontman. I’m just as surprised as you are.
Saving Abel are one of the most repulsive bands out there. They’re basically the b-list version of Nickelback; think about what that implies for a minute. Their lead singer’s voice is almost as bad as Chad Kroeger, and every one of their songs, including this one, is an asinine sexist strut that combines the worst features of bad post-Grunge and Akon-style R&B sleaze.