Once again, I apologize for what I am about to say. I do not mean to offend any fans of the following bands that may be reading this. I hope you undestand that this is my personal opinion, and no amount of death threats will stop me from stating my honest opinion.
Even though I don't write that many reviews (at least not on Gamespot), I still have listened to and graded nearly every rock/metal album that has come out in 2007. The Used's Lies for the Liars album is by far the worst album I've heard so far this year, and it even made me reconsider not only wanting to pursue reviewing music professionally, but also listening to music in general. After my inital listen to an album, I always write a sentence or so in an Microsoft Word file summarizing my reaction. Here's what I wrote many months ago after listening to that pile of trash The Used's fans call music: "I'm not sure if this was the album's purpose, but it certainly left me depressed, as well as with a feeling that doing anything positive for a society that gives money to crap like this should be a crime." As you can probably tell by now, I really hated that album. It did in fact leave me depressed, but not in a way that music should. The type of depression caused by The Used is not one that has any sort of emotion connection or thought process. Instead, it's a period of torture that eventually leads into a state of reconciliation of how something you love so much (music) can be betray you in a such a way. The sound of the band is basically what you would get if you had a whiney emo kid yell at you for the length of the song or album, while the same riff is repeating over and over again. Listen to the MTV hit, "The Bird and the Worm," and you'll see my point. Even if you consider all of the awful songs MTV has promoted over the years, that song is a new low. The point is, listening to The Used is torture, and the only reason they aren't my most hated band is because I haven't been forced to hear them as much as some of the others on this list. It also should be noted that The Used played Ozzfest on the second stage before they had a single or album out, and they left the tour part way through due to being booed off-stage at every venue.
Believe it or not, there are aspects of Limp Bizkit that I like. Alright, that may be an exaggeration, but there are aspects that I can at least tolerate. For example, Wes Borland is a pretty decent guitarist compared to most in the genre, and although the instrumentals of the band are not good enough to be praised, they at the very least could have worked if the lyrics and vocals were decent. The problem is that the lyrics aren't decent, or even bad. To call them awful would be giving the band too much credit, and I honestly can't think of a word for how awful Limp Bizkit's lyrics and vocals are. Fred Durst is the reason for that, and there is not a doubt in my mind that Durst in the worst frontman in the history of music. His annoying rapping doesn't flow, his lyrics range from idiotic to nonsensical, and his giant ego made matters even worse. I'm guessing that Limp Bizkit was intended to be a serious band, but I can't go through even a single song without laughing my head off. All of their songs are laughably bad, and it's sad to think that this band was once one of the biggest in the world. I suppose one could argue that Limp Bizkit could be called unique for their time, but that wasn't by their choosing. If you listen closely to the music, they have a large amount of Korn, Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and even Metallica influences. However, they suffer from the same problem Fall Out Boy has. They may try to rip-off what other bands have done, but they failed at creating a sound with any of the positive aspects of their influences. Basically, Limp Bizkit took the flaws of Korn, as well as the small flaws of the other aforementioned groups, and then added Fred Durst. Fred Durst, unfortunately, may just be the worst thing to ever happen to rock music, and if it wasn't for a duo of rapping clowns, Limp Bizkit could easily be called the worst band in a long list of awful bands that have combined rock and rap.
Based on their sound alone, Nickelback is boring, generic, and especially simple. However, that's not my reason for hating them. Instead, I hate Nickelback for a simpler reason. All of their songs are the same. It's not that all of their songs sound the same, but instead that all of their songs are literally the exact same song. There's a video that can be found right here that plays "How You Remind Me" in one speaker and "Someday" in the other. If you listen, you'll find that they are the exact same song, and that the only differences are the lyrics and length. Both songs use the same riffs, identical chord progression, and the exact same instrumentals. The vocals are also on the same one note, and the lyrics are similar as well. More or less, Nickelback has created the perfect marketing scheme. They found a hit with "How You Remind Me" and then re-recorded the exact same song for multiple albums. Nickelback has really only recorded one song in the last five years, and yet people buy their albums to get 12 slightly different variations of the same song. Nickelback are a bunch of talentless conmen who apparently have no problem with tricking their fan base into buying album after album of the same song. Musically, that one song isn't THAT bad, but it's the thought that counts, right? It's obvious that Nickelback is in it strictly for the money, so I don't see the point in even wasting my time continuing to talk about them. I hope that none of you have or ever will give you hard earned money to these lazy bums. After all, you've worked harder just by reading this than Nickelback ever has on their music.
Insane Clown Posse
As bad as their music is, there are many things I respect about Insane Clown Posse. I respect that they're anti-censorship, and that they've made intelligent arguments to defend their music against religious groups or other organizations that have tried to ban their albums. I respect that both members are high school dropouts that have managed to do something with their life. I respect that they've managed to become wildly successful without help from radio or MTV. I respect that they don't want to be judged on image. I respect that their fan base really loves their music, and that they've managed to maintain a huge following over the years. I respect many things about Insane Clown Posse, and thus you may be wondering why I claim to hate them more Nickelback, who I had nothing but ill words for. The reason for that comes from the music itself. Despite my respect for the members of the band, I have no respect for this group's music. From a musical perspective, Insane Clown Posse is easily the worst band of all-time. I can rap better than these guys, and that's pathetic to say the least. These "rappers" just rap to pre-recorded drum and bass lines, thus "mixing rap and rock." However, the rapping and lack of real instrumentals are probably the best part of Insane Clown Posse. Considering those two things alone are worse than any musical aspect of the other bands on this list, I'd say that's quite sad indeed. The worst part of their music is the lyrics. Their lyrics range from being about how much the world sucks to how their "cool" their "homies" are. An example of the former would be the lyrics of "**** the World," in which the band raps "**** you / **** me / **** us / **** Tom / **** Mary / **** Gus / **** Darius / **** the west coast / and **** everybody on the east / Eat **** and die / or **** off at least / **** pre-schoolers / **** rulers / Kings and Queens and gold jewelers / **** wine coolers / **** chickens / **** ducks / Everybody in your crew sucks / punk mother ****s / **** critics / **** your review /Even if you like me, **** you" Personally, I can't think of worse lyrics than those, but ICP comes close with their song, "Juggalo Homies," which contains the chorus of "We're talking about homies / we are mother****ing homies / we are juggalo homies." As you can hopefully see by now, Insane Clown Posse doesn't exactly write the most complex or well thought out lyrics in music, and I think my point has already been made. Insane Clown Posse avoids being #1 because of the small amount of respect I have for them outside of their music, but the music itself is worse than anything I've heard from any other recording artist of any genre of music.
My Chemical Romance
My hatred for My Chemical Romance goes beyond simply disliking the band or the music, and I admit that part of my hatred has to do with the popularity that they've received for doing absolutely nothing. This was just another awful semi-popular punk band during the days of their first album, but then proceeded to copy what was popular for their second and third albums. In terms of talent, these guys don't have any. Everything from the annoying vocals to the generic and repetitive instrumentals make this band one of the most vomit-inducing acts I've ever had the displeasure of hearing. Their lyrics are worthless, and I don't understand how anyone in their right mind can think the lyrics to "Helena" and "Welcome to the Black Parade" have any redeeming qualities. They are basic, always negative for no apparent reason, and often incoherent. I've talked to people who honestly believe that My Chemical Romance write some of the best and most genuine lyrics in music. That baffles me, as their lyrics aren't any different from what other bands in the genre write, and I fail to see how a band that all of a sudden started writing negative and depressing lyrics after that became the trend can be called genuine. I also know people who call MCR their favorite band, yet can't name any of their songs. I know that sounds like something that is just a one time occurrence, but I've talked to enough idiots like that to believe it may be common among a portion of their fan base. It seems their fan base is made up largely of those two types of people, and due to many of my neighbors, cousins, and acquaintances at school being one of those types of people, I have been forced to listen to all three MCR albums. I hated every single song, and I'm not lying when I say I would rather commit suicide than have to listen to The Black Parade in its entirety again. It's just that bad, and it's the only album that's literally made my ears hurt and my stomach sick. I suppose being someone that has such a strong emotional connection to albums by bands like Ayreon, Opeth, Rush, and other bands that have written music that has made me become obsessed with the art, it only makes sense that I can feel an equally strong reaction to something as awful as a My Chemical Romance album. My Chemical Romance does not create music. They instead copy what other bands do and have made millions of dollars off of acting depressed and miserable. Music is about the music, not the money. If My Chemical Romance learns that, then maybe I will grow an ounce of respect for them. Until that day, I hope their fans wake up and realize what awful "music" this band has released. I have no respect for My Chemical Romance, even to the point where I would refuse to attend any concert or festival they are part of. England bottled them at this year's Download and last year's Reading festivals, and I commend the attendees of those festivals for realizing just how awful My Chemical Romance really is.
Thanks for reading, and I apologize if I offended anyone.