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    Posted: 14 May 2020 at 11:00pm
Since I'm currently only able to listen to music on my local machine while working due to lack of bandwidth, I have notice I have a shitload of albums from bands I don't really like. Most of these came from my younger brother. We have some musical taste overlaps (he's been to see Iron Maiden, Metallica, AC/DC, NOFX, and Alice Cooper with me), but then there are a lot of things which veer off wildly. He gave me a huge dump of mp3s from his music collection, and I have never really weeded them out.

What I thought I might do, for my personal amusement, and hopefully to generate some discussion, is go through these albums while I have the opportunity, and then express my opinions on them. Please be warned: some may not be very polite, and might be offensive to any sensitive souls out there. I'm not meaning to hurt anyone's feelings or attack them personally, it's just me being a dick with what might be some really shitty music. Then again, I might discover a few things I actually like!

First off is !Dos! by Green Day. I suppose it's there because it starts with a symbols (one of those upside down exclamation marks, which I could probably figure out how to do on my keyboard if I really wanted...)

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What a start lol, I remember nobody liking that trilogy of Green Day albums back when they came out. Never heard them myself, last album I listened to them by them was 21st Century Breakdown which was pretty bad.
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OK, !Dos! is a keeper. It doesn't have any instant classics, but the music is quite varied and not near as annoying as I thought it might be.

Next comes !Tre!:
It hasn't got off to a good start. This first track is complete shit!

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Nah, !Tre! can fuck off! There's nothing there I will miss. I got to the third song and started skipping through the rest. Samey, overproduced pop-punk schlock!

And finally, !Uno!

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Nah, fuck it. !Uno is going the same way, for the same reasons!

Right, what's next?

Oh, fuck me, more Green Day!Dead This is older shit from 1990, before they caught big-budget-rockstaritis...

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OK, much better. A bit dirtier sounding. Even in the early days, these guys had the melodies and vocal harmonies they later got famous for. They just didn't have the songs. Keeping.
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Interesting thread. I'm pretty sure I have a few mp3 albums in a similar boat. Mine will be promos I downloaded but never had time for though. 
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Back to it...

System of a Down is a band I don't actually hate, but I didn't really know them when I got this.
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OK, that was worth 3 stars at least. Keeping.
Loading up two more SOAD demos so I don't have to come back to the music player quite so often. (I am technically supposed to be working...) I'm expecting these to be pretty good because the first one was.



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Can’t be too many of those original demo tapes about, I wouldn’t have thought?
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Originally posted by Bosh66 Bosh66 wrote:

Can’t be too many of those original demo tapes about, I wouldn’t have thought?


I have no idea where my brother got these, but he's a bit of a completist. Someone somewhere has digitised 'em. And those were both well worth a listen.

This next one is SOAD again, and looks a bit... bootleggy? We certainly don't have it listed.
https://www.last.fm/music/System+of+a+Down/12th+Annual+KROQ+Almost+Acoustic+Christmas


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As far as bootlegs go, that was pretty fucking good. Decent sound quality, and Serj Tankian is an excellent sings - bootlegs often show up dodgy ones.

More fucking Green Day, because this damn album starts with a number. I don't remember ever listening to this in it's entirety.

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That was a keeper, although 21 Guns is such a shit song.
Onto this:

Not a band I hate as such, just one I've never bothered to check out.
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OK, so I didn't find Black Label Society terribly exciting... Keeping it, but it's not something I'll listen to often.

Next comes a bit of Devin Townsend. This was surprising to get from my brother because I really didn't think he'd be in to such a thing. As with BLS, I have never listened to it properly.

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Originally posted by Vim Fuego Vim Fuego wrote:

OK, so I didn't find Black Label Society terribly exciting... Keeping it, but it's not something I'll listen to often.


The first two albums are their best imo, but Black Label Society is one of those bands where they don't really change their sound. It's the songwriting that makes their albums differ, so I don't know if you'd feel similar about those.
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OK, Devin Townsend was alright, but not the sort of thing I'd listen to a lot. Gotta say I prefer Strapping Young Lad or the Ziltoid album.

I really don't much like KISS. I see them as a triumph of marketing over genuine substance. My brother loves them. The four solo albums were a bit of a gimmick, and I used to have his old copies on vinyl, but sold them. I have also heard that Ace's album was the best of the lot. I gotta say I love the song "New York Groove", but haven't really listened to the rest of this.
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Ace was pretty fucking decent! A good chunk of solid 70s rock! Gonna give it a 4.

Now, more Devin Townsend:


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Devin Townsend, fucking awesome! Loved that album!

Next up is Aerosmith. I got Pump way back in the day, and thought it was a bit meh. Maybe I needed to go right back to the start? I'll soon find out.

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Now I think I get Aerosmith. The big budget overblown shit came later in their career. This was fucking good! First time I had heard the original version of Mama Kin.

I was never one for guitar heroes, so I don't know what I'll think about this:

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OK, not near as wanky as I thought it might be! Keeping, and rated it 3.

Back to KISS. I have heard KISS fans say that Alive II is their best album, and one of the all-time great live albums. I am skeptical... I shall find out.

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