Sometimes metalheads misjudge some rock and metal albums. That’s why some albums do not put the place where it belongs. When you listen to them for the first time of albums, do you remember or forget them? Do you have any hated rock and metal albums in your mind?
As a metal and rock music fan, you assume that your favorite album might band the newest album the best. However, this assumption misleads listeners. Because there are a lot of albums that did not meet fans’ expectations cannot be popular. However, some of the albums deserve a second look. Maybe we might underestimate them.
Are you ready the find a new album on dusty history pages? We listed albums hated by fans are masterpieces of the bands.
Hated rock and metal albums that are better than you listen to on the first day
Iron Maiden, “The X Factor” (1995)
When Iron Maiden fans listened to this album, they did not like The X Factor. Iron Maiden fans had expected much more from Iron Maiden. For today’s Iron Maiden fans, this album did not put the place where it belongs. For this album, the band released two classic LPs. Changes in the singing make this album different from Meiden’s previous ’90s releases.
This album shows us the band’s progressive era. Despite the differences, this is not enough to replace your copy of Brave New World. However, this song does not deserve a place where Iron Maiden’s history.
KISS, “Unmasked” (1980)
When we Think about hated rock and metal albums, the first album which is coming to our mind is KISS‘ Unmasked album. KISS fans do not like the band’s disco years album. Because those albums are different from fans’ favorite albums. That’s why The 80s is a bad decade for the KISS band. They disbanded the original drummer Peter Criss. Then, KISS released Unmasked lost in the shuffle.
This album represents KISS’s first attempt to make a full-on powered pop album. To write song lyrics, they worked with Ace Frehley. Also, with this album KISS decided to go more conceptual mood on their next album, music from the Elder. Surprisingly, when fans listen to the album again, they feel full sounds fit KISS’s music style.
Guns N’ Roses, ‘Chinese Democracy’ (2008)
Time can affect album popularity. Guns N’ Roses know better than other bands in this situation. Unfortunately, Guns N’ Roses fans have forgotten Chinese Democracy. However, the album includes popular tracks: “This I Love” and “Shackler’s Revenge.” If you are Guns N’ Roses fan, you must give a chance to this album. I am sure you will like it. You can listen to Chinese Democracy.
Judas Priest, ‘Nostradamus’ (2008)
The Nostradamus album is beyond the fan’s expectations, supposed to be the metal Gods’ first foray into concept territory. However, Judas Priest cannot accomplish what they want to do. The length of the songs made a lot of listeners tune out.
Despite the terrible comments about this album, this album is not a poor metal record. That’s why some songs like “Pestilence,” and “Plague” continue in popularity among Judas Priest tracks.
Rush, ‘Vapor Trails’ (2002)
Unfortunately, this album was the victim of the loudness wars. If you are a fan of Rush’s original mixes, you need to get away from this album. Besides the uncommon mixes, this album includes a variety of good tracks. Those tracks are: “Out of The Cradle,” “One Little Victory,” and “Peaceable Kingdom.”
Def Leppard, ‘X’ (2002)
Def Leppard made a major come back with this album. However, this was not a surprise for Def Leppard. Because he knew that fans would not like his new style. With this new album, Def Leppard started to follow a pop direction. Luckily, he accomplished gaining new fans who love pop rock. That’s why we saw his album in the charts circa 2002.
Green Day ‘¡Uno!’ ‘¡Dos!’ + ‘¡Tré!’ (2012)
2012 was productive for the Green Day band. The thorough year they released three new albums. However, this was too much for the music industry. That’s why their albums mostly fell flat. If you are a Green Day fan, you might see it as a time capsule showing the band’s era. In addition, this album includes popular songs written by the singer and songwriter Bille Joe Armstrong. Those songs are: “Lazy Bones” and “X-kid.”
Metalica, ‘Reload’ (1997)
Metalheads want to forget the entire era of “Alterna-Tallica.” Because of this situation, Metalica fans have forgotten this album. This album includes a few popular songs liked by old-school listeners: “Where the Wild Things Are,” and “Fuel.” If you are a Metallica fan, you should give a chance to this album.
Linkin Park, ‘A Thousand Suns’ (2010)
After they gained a lot of fans with Minutes to Midnight, this was the wrong decision to release A Thousand Suns for Linkin Park. Because of the songs’ different styles, the Thousand Suns did not catch the attention of fans. However, we realized that this album influenced musicians in the rock scene over time. Hybrid Theory and Meteora are proof of this concept.