First, we’d like to say that no band is perfect. Even some of our favorite rock and metal artists have released some stinkers over the years, and it’s all well and good because the greatness far outweighs a couple missteps or steps off the cliff entirely. As some of the world’s most creative forces, the batteries can become drained and the inspiration just isn’t there or sometimes there’s an undying desire to experiment and take the music in a new direction.
For some bands, reinvention and experimentation has helped widen their appeal and intrigued diehard fans. For others, it sent fans running in every other direction, returning albums to music stores, burning them and flat out abandoning an act altogether.