reply to post by olliemc84
Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction and Lies were incredible albums - I wasn't a fan of November Rain though - they lost their appeal for me at
that point and it didn't surprise me they went completely dormant afterwards (for like 15 years at least, the last album really sucked, Chinese
Democracy? EWWWW) - I'm not sure they can win against Metallica, but if we only look at Appetite for Destruction and nothing else, they were serious
competition in the hardness factor.
As far as Metallica's height of popularity, EVERYONE knows that the Black album sold so well and got so much notoriety because they began following
the "formula" (aka sellout)
I do not judge them on this fact, I adored the Black album, but it is still a fact. I actually call it the Cliche Album because its seriously
with cliche's (haha loaded)
The formula I believe goes something like this....
15 seconds before the lyrics start, 1 Verse, 1 Chorus, 2nd Verse, 2nd Chorus, Repeat Chorus, 3rd shortened verse or additional lyrics, repeat Chorus
till fade - and fit it all in within 4 to 5 minutes.
All you have to do to see the proof is compare the length of a songs on their previous albums to the Black album.
Black averages 5 minutes
Ride the Lightning averages over 6 minutes
Master of Puppets (my favorite) well over 8 minutes (8 mins 20 seconds if my math is right)
And justice for all averages 8 minutes
The main difference is that the majority of the older songs, had extremely lengthy guitar solos. With some songs even containing 2 lengthy solos.
Its difficult (if not impossible) to get away with that in todays mainstream mindset.
If you look at newer albums, the songs are getting longer again, and that explains why most people are downloading things like Justin Beiber and Lady
Gaga, when Metallica is infinitely better.
ETA: No u2, never ever ever - Bono is the Antichrist, I'm convinced - I don't know why, he just is. I've always know it, you can't change my mind
edit on 1-8-2011 by Forevever because: bono