As the old saying goes, taste doesn’t matter. No matter how much you love an artist, some people are just going to hate them. And it may be for reasons that you consider misguided or unfair, but at some point it doesn’t matter. Anything universally loved is usually boring, and worrying about what someone else thinks of art that makes you feel whole is a waste of time. Different shots.
Except with some groups, I feel like this rule doesn’t apply. There are bands where to voice criticism, disgust or lack of interest in them seems like a cardinal sin that will get you attacked or rejected by their fans, if not all music fans. Why this happens isn’t always clear – sometimes it’s the era in which a band emerges, sometimes it’s the many different genres they straddle, and sometimes they have a particularly rabid fanbase. — but there’s no denying that not liking certain bands will roast you.
To take a look at this phenomenon, we’ve compiled a list of 11 bands so beloved that to say you don’t like them is considered blasphemy. Here’s who made the list, or else…
Few bands have the well-kept reputation of Swedish groove metalers Meshuggah. Saying you don’t like Meshuggah is, for many, a statement that you don’t really like metal, period. But the loyal fans of the group also have one more trick up their sleeve: you don’t have to have it. If you don’t like Meshuggah, it must be because you’re too basic to understand things like polyrhythms, or how they ARE play in 4/4 time, or another music theory discussion topic. Either way, saying they’re just not your cup of tea might get you throwing that cup of tea in your face.
With Iron Maiden, we see a rare example of a metal band that even non-metal fans will stubbornly defend. Everybody like Iron Maiden, even if they just like Eddie or wear one of the band’s shirts. As such, saying you don’t care about their music won’t just anger metalheads, it’ll even make casual rock fans wonder how much of a metalhead you really are. Maybe you’re just not interested in soaring voices on steampunk airships! No shame in that!
While we’re 100% sure they didn’t mean it that way, Bad Brains’ embrace of “PMA” – positive mental attitude – was an awesome branding move. Don’t like Bad Brains? Ah, you must be one of those people with a negative mental attitude. As such, criticizing this band or admitting that you don’t like their music will not only get you a lot of frustrated explanations, it will label you as anti-positive by nature. Don’t worry, you can always point to “Don’t blow bubbles”.
Given how heavy and dark they are, the fact that Neurosis has such a massive following is impressive. But that’s also why their fan base is so unbearably enraged – because Neurosis has become an embodiment of underground, ugly music that’s also very beautiful. To say you’re not here for that is to say you don’t support this whole concept of beauty and darkness and underground being cool. People will come out of the woodwork to let you know that you are wrong in your opinion of this group. The group itself? Hey, they seem like cool guys.
When an entire genre emerges where bands include “dis” in their name as a tribute to you, chances are your fans won’t take “Eh” for an answer. Dumps are not only loved by their fans, they are Holy, patron saints of the sweaty and vital life. That’s why admitting you never really cared for them is considered a mortal sin in the eyes of these crusty followers. Man, let’s say you never got the call from these guys, and their followers will talk to you.
The truth is, given their progression over the years, Death fans may only enjoy one incarnation of the band. But it also means you MUST love some Death, be it the horrible ultra-thrash of Gore Bloody Scream or the rough progressiveness of Individual thought patterns. Not caring about ANY death music, however, is apparently an act of culture warfare, and will quickly get one dismissed. It’s okay if Chuck’s voice doesn’t do it for you.
That Alice In Chains spans so many genres is both a blessing and a curse. For the band, it’s great, because metalheads, punks, alternative rock fans, all love AIC. For anyone who doesn’t I love AIC, though, it’s a shame, because fans in all of these communities feel the need to cross-question you about your tastes. By building bridges between genders in this way, Alice In Chains has unknowingly raised a class of reverse guardians, who get angry if you don’t want to cross a bridge. What, are you happy on THIS side of the river? Damn, is that wrong with you?
Even before Riley Gale’s tragic passing, Power Trip had become an unstoppable force within the contemporary metal scene. Because of that, saying you didn’t really like their music – and hey, we like Power Trip, but someone’s gotta not, right? — was to admit that you didn’t like metal to be new, meaningful, or cool again. It’s impressive that a band can achieve this status in just a few years, but they certainly did. Of course, Riley’s death only added to the unthinkable transgression of never understanding what this is all about.
I’m as guilty of being that guy with The Misfits as anyone. A friend of mine once confessed to me that he wasn’t much into punk rock, nor horror movies either, and as such, he never understood the appeal of the Misfits. . I tried to convince him that he was wrong hours, and tore on him even longer. And looking back, I still feel unfairly, immaturely justified in my actions. Who doesn’t love fucking Misfits? My friend must be a moron.
There’s something about Entombed’s influence on death metal that put them on a specific pedestal. Many bands have helped define the genre, but few are regarded with as much esteem as Entombed. Because of this, the group has become a group that people will defend with a frightening sense of loyalty. It’s not just that Entombed fans disagree when you say you don’t like them, it’s that they want you to explain yourself. They are confused. it does not meaning to them you might hate Entombed. Somehow, a band that writes about crumbling corpses and ancient graves has become desensitized to criticism or lack of interest in the eyes of its fans. It must be the melody.
Type O negative
What’s interesting is that Type O Negative really should to be a band that a lot of people don’t like. Romantic gothic metal from Brooklyn buddies who also do a ton of classic rock covers? It makes so much sense that the world responds with, Nah, fuck this shit. And yet now, whether it’s because of their misanthropic attitude or the sanctification of Pete Steele after his death, they’re universally loved, and to say you don’t like them is like saying you don’t like when the metal is Well. You will definitely be disappointed at Duff’s for admitting you’re not a fan, if you’re served at all.