Washington Think Tank with W.: What’s in a name?

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Science prevails! Thanks to all of my studious little citizens, I have now been thoroughly briefed on the heavy. This is even better than having some disposable senate intern write up a report for my executive approval. You’ve done your country proud, but there are even more pressing matters now.

Today’s Question: What’s in a name?

As I scan through the lists of new releases we post here every week, I sometimes find myself thinking, “Wow, what a stupid name. I’m definitely not going to listen to them.” I sometimes feel that juvenile names like Anal Necropsy or Anal Cunt or really anything with anal in the title are a big deterrent for me. However, there have been a few times when I was pleasantly surprised. That said, I know metalheads can be very disparaging if a band christens itself with a particularly misinformed moniker. I recall a Metal Hammer article about the band Hackeneyed that spent the entire length of the column deriding their name.

So, my question then is this. Have you ever chosen not to listen to a band because of their name, even if you had heard good things about them? Conversely, have you ever decided to give a terribly-named band a listen and found yourself pleasantly surprised? Have you ever not wanted to tell your friends about a band because the name is just ridiculous? Does the name even matter? If you really liked a band’s music, would you still buy a shirt if their name was stupid? Does an indecipherable logo help?

Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Dokken rhymes with Rockin’!

    Names are silly. But yes I always swore I would never listen to Heaven Shall Burn because of their name. So to make up for that fact a buddy and I use to call them Bunny’s Shall Burn, then we would listen to them….

    GL

  • I think a lot of the hate directed at The Black Dahlia Murder comes from the fact that their shitty name misrepresents them. That doesn’t sound like a band that writes killer death metal.

    • W.

      That’s actually a good example. It sounds like a mallcore name.

    • You’re right, sounds like a super shitty entry-level deathcore band from the early 2000s.

      EDIT: The name, I mean. I love TBDM.

      • W.

        Sidenote, I was on the blog one day and was scrolling through the comments. My wife saw your username and just shook her head.

        • When I first told my girlfriend about the blog, I told her my username and surprisingly, she said “you thought of that!? that’s hilarious!”
          I was kind of afraid she would think I’m fucking insane.

          • Negrodamus

            This was definitely worth trolling back through here, lol

    • Ok, the Black Dahlia Murder is good? I totally ignored them because of their name, can somebody recommend a song from them?

    • Xan

      My friend forced me to listen to them because I was convinced they were one of his usual “2 deathcore 4 U” recommendations. I was pleasantly surprised when I inhaled their essence.

    • Randall Thor

      I don’t like BDM personally, but I can respect what they do and sympathize with them, since they always get bundled together with metalcore bands.

    • Max

      Yeah, whenever I read that name I always associate it with My Chemical Romance or something really emo and scenecore.

  • Negrodamus

    Not so much the name, well kinda, but I recently found myself investigating some slam metal bands and stumbled upon the Bandcamp for Cemetary Rapist (not slam, I know). I was looking at some of the album covers and thinking, is this really the best use of my time at the moment? Also, lately, I have been put off by some of the more gruesome album covers in brutal death and slam metal, I will show you one for an example.

    NSFW NSFW NSFW NSFW

    http://thatshowkidsdie.com/2014/06/29/reek-of-reviewtrefaction-a-gore-house-productions-roundup/#more-7861

    • Everything I’ve heard about CR leads me to not want to have anything to do with that shit period.

      • Christian Molenaar

        This is a good plan.

      • Howard Dean

        This is the guy behind the band. Draw your own conclusions. Listen at your own risk.

        http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Cemetery_Rapist/60993

        • lolwut.
          that dude looks like he belongs driving a 12 year old rusty mustang while smoking black and milds because it’s badass to smoke before you’re old enough.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            kind of like when vanilla ice tried to make himself cool. Don’t forget to pick up the directors cut 3d blu ray collector’s set of cool as ice.

          • Ughhhh. I once sat through Cool As Ice. It was impossibly awful.

            I would totally watch the Ice-T/Coco adaptation though.

      • Call the Slambulance

        CR isn’t too bad. It doesn’t necessarily hit home for me due to the cricket vocals, but it’s some solid pornogrind.

      • Call the Slambulance

        CR isn’t too bad. It doesn’t necessarily hit home for me due to the cricket vocals, but it’s some solid pornogrind.

    • Scrimm

      Agreed. I Like a lot of the music, but have pretty much given up on the style because of that shit. You seriously don’t have anything better to say?

    • RuIN?

      I wonder if people that make this music and create these album covers are the only trve bands out there. They can’t really expect to be taken seriously with the style and the images that they are putting out there. they must be doing it for the art and love of music?

      • Negrodamus

        I assume, cause I really don’t know, that they either expect to be taken very seriously or they know it’s all a gag. The thing is, I actually enjoy slam metal or at least the better stuff of the little I’ve heard. I like it as a style, but the imagery definitely interferes with me getting into it more. I guess I’m more against the disturbing covers against women than just the standard piles of corpses and body parts though.

        • RuIN?

          I get your point. I wonder about the motivation behind it. Who thinks its a good idea to put out things like that. Surely they think they can reach a larger more varied audience when they put pictures of tortured chicks on an album. -sarcasm.

  • As a graphic designer, I actually loathe the indecipherable logos. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I also hate that the style of logo for death metal/tech death/deathcore is basically the exact same with a few exceptions.

    • Mook Styfawker

      Crisp, clean, and readable logos > the garbage logos you just described. ALWAYS.

      • I understand the novelty of having a shitfuck of a logo that no one can read, but from a marketing standpoint, it’s idiotic and childish.

      • old_man_doom

        I think crisp, clean titles/logos can be better, and often times deceiving (in a good way). Imagine someone picking up The Ocean’s “Precambrian” or “Aeolian” thinking, “hmm, nice artwork, nice title,” but when they spin it for the first time, they immediately have their faces fucked off. This is actually a true story of how I came to be the The Ocean mega-fan I am today.

    • Sponge Of Mystery

      My fav logo is Dying Fetus’s cuz its just their name in impact font lol they dont need to prove how metal they are

  • Tyree

    Cock and Ball Torture play dream pop right?

    • Mother Shabubu III

      When I was younger, I googled that band name and the results were not the band. I am scarred, scared, and amazed by the fact that people enjoy that shit.

    • Xan

      When I first was getting into metal, I went to this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_metal_subgenres and listened to three bands in every genre to determine whether or not I liked the sound. Cock and Ball Torture was one of the ones I listened to for Pornogrind. It creeped me out. Meat Shits is also a really off-putting name to me.

      • W.

        Throbbing Gristle sounds super gross to me.

      • Tyree

        Wow, some one really went all out.

  • Mother Shabubu III

    I think Gaza had one of the best band names. With all the chaos and turmoil in the real Gaza, it’s fitting the band named after it sounds like chaos and turmoil. However their other band’s name, Bird Eater, albeit it kind of cool, does not match with their awesome music.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgPB6p0Sk1E&list=PLFD8W_GNaWJf-cbFKERXlV6NKmYdYLfQK&index=5

    • Negrodamus

      I think Gaza is Cult Leader now with a different singer cause Gaza’s singer was accused of a pretty serious crime.

      • W.

        Correct. And Cult Leader is a great name too!

        • Negrodamus

          They put out a great release this year, too.

      • Mother Shabubu III

        Cult Leader is an awesome name, but I would expect it to be some kind of dark, droning, Deathspell Omega-like band.

        And supposedly he was cleared, but the band was so sick of him already that the rape case pretty much was the straw the broke the camel’s back.

        • Negrodamus

          Ah, I did not know that, interesting…

          Cobalt also released an album called Eater Of Birds.

          • Mother Shabubu III

            It’s a shame. Parkin was one of the last few remaining intimidating presences behind a mic.

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      GAZA touring with CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN would have been THE tour of 2014. #topical

      • Mook Styfawker

        Am I going to hell for laughing at that?

        • Mr.CustodialArts

          *Looks around* Plenty of room down here, brother!

  • Howard Dean

    I had to chuckle the first time I read the name for the bands Anal Blasphemy, Goat Molestör, and Satan’s Almighty Penis, but knew almost exactly what to expect from them sound-wise based upon the name. That happens to me a lot.

    • Negrodamus

      Isn’t Goat Molestor someone else now?

      • Howard Dean

        Yes. The band became Grave Miasma.

        • Negrodamus

          Ha, that’s why I knew who they were!

          • Howard Dean

            Grave Miasma rips. And is a better name, even if “grave” names are a little trite and overdone now.

            Grave Upheaval is another awesome “grave” band.

  • I think you’re missing out if you ignored Anal Cunt, it’s the most tongue-in-cheek offensive fun you’ll have all day. They have nothing to do with all the other bands that put the word “anal” on their name. Plus, this album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLEZunJmyjw

    • I’ve got a long post on AxCx I’ve been waiting to put out into the world. I think next week I’ll drop it.

      • Tyree

        SO EXCITED!

      • Mr.CustodialArts

        If it is a testament to the antagonistic genius of Seth Putnam, I await with bated breath. Also, you’re gay.

        • I wanted to write something about the band that I don’t think anyone’s ever written before. Here’s a hint: it involved listening to every single AC tune.

          • RomuluxX

            Are you going to compare and contrast every Anal Cunt song ever written to Jane Eyre!?

          • Elizabeth Short

            40 minutes well spent.

        • Tyree

          Seth Putnam died because he was gay.

          • Mr.CustodialArts

            FULL BLOWN AIDS.

      • Xan

        Oh yes.

    • Elizabeth Short

      Anal Blast was a pretty juvenile and dumb name and the song titles/subject matter weren’t any better, but they were pretty goddamn heavy and surprisingly not horrible at all and had a similar sense of humor. Pretty sure Decker checked out the same way Seth did. Good life lesson for anyone thinking of putting the word anal in your band’s name.

    • Poop Mango

      I’m one of those people who only really liked their song titles and aesthetic. Musically, they were pretty meh, though I did like the song Seth did with Jon Mikl Thor. Where’s the Toilet article about that guy?

  • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

    Hey W. I hear you’re big into Painting. Do you think that album art plays any part in this too?

    • W.

      It does for me. I honestly tend to avoid albums with pretty graphic nudity on the cover.

    • Scrimm

      I have bought so many albums based on the cover art alone.

      • W.

        That was actually how I got into High on Fire. i bought Death Is This Communion because the art stuck out to me.

      • I’ve only done that once. I was pretty disappointed but I’m not really sure what I was expecting.
        http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61J2LQYBaoL.jpg

        • Hahahahaha wtf.

        • W.

          I will never not like the phrase “grown-ass man.” However, I like to add alligator to the end of it.

          • Negrodamus

            Grown ass man alligator?

          • W.

            You better believe it. Like, “You can’t tell me what to do. I’m a grown-ass-man-alligator.”

          • old_man_doom

            Fuck, that’s terrifying.

        • Poop Mango

          So this was terrible then? Because something about the title and cover art makes me very happy.

          • That’s precisely why I bought it. Turns out it’s a side project from one of the Yo Lo Tengo dudes. Just a boring, lo-fi indie project. There is a half-way decent cover of “Cowboy Song” on it though.

    • Mook Styfawker

      I actually wanted to make an entire article on this topic. : /

  • one of the best examples: Germany’s Dew-Scented. great death/trash!!

    also, little-known Italian melo-deathers Moonrise:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFw4ZYY6tC4

    • W.

      Oh, Dew-Scented is a great example. Who the heck signed off on that name?

      • Mr.CustodialArts

        I’m guessing the dude who writes all the songs/owns all the equipment. I DO enjoy the scent of morning DEW, however…who doesn’t?

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        Hey , they’re krauts, they can’t even come up with anything agressive or the govt. clamps down. And thats the way it should be. Germany will always be watched just like varg. A country can’t attempt genocide without consequences. And i am half german myself. I still feel guilt for it , and i live in canada so i also feel guilt for the destruction of the native peoples here.

    • Psst. Just saw on facebook The Black Dahlia Murder are stopping by St. Louis Sept. 18th with Lorna Shore.

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      “Hey man, what are you listening to?”
      “Dew-Scented.”
      >punchedinthroat<

  • RomuluxX

    Over time I forget how much I hate a name or how stupid I think it is. Metallica and Megadeth are both really stupid names, but their music easily makes me forget that.

    Also, I am seriously going to use Oxygen Destroyer as a band name and anyone who finds it stupid can die in a laser orgy.

    • W.

      Don’t forget to give ya prez a nod for that one.

      • RomuluxX

        Don’t worry Dubya, we’ll write a song declaring war on all hawks for you

    • Mother Shabubu III

      I wanted to name by band Oxygen Breather at one point. lol

      • Tyree

        I always thought Oxygen Channel would be a good band name. Our first album would be called “Live Out Loud”.

        • W.

          Lifetime: Television for Idiots

          • Mother Shabubu III

            Lifetime: Where actors who can’t even get roles in commercials go to act horribly.

          • W.

            You know, I’m all for gender equality, but the material on lifetime is just insulting. Neither men nor women need to sit through that intellectually-devoid tripe.

          • Steve Smithwick

            It’s the same thing with BET. As the brilliant Huey Freeman once surmised, BET exists to destroy black people.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunger_Strike

          • W.

            Good point.

          • Mr.CustodialArts

            I like LIFETIME and TELEVISION.

          • Tyree

            I wanna know how one becomes a janitor because Dubya, James_Jimmy_McNulty, Joe Thrashnkill, and all of the others here, are very interested in pursuing a career in the custodial arts.

      • Mook Styfawker

        A little unrelated, but is Mouth Breather a taken name? Probably is.

    • crazytaco_12

      Dude, that’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the original Gojira and heard that name, “holy shit that’d be a cool band name”

  • Mother Shabubu III

    Awful band names, regardless of how you feel about their music: Job For a Cowboy, Arsonists Get All the Girls, Mudvayne, Modest Mouse, The Breathing Process, Fear Before the March of Flames, basically that trend from like 2004-2009 where bands tried to see who had the dumbest name or name with “die”, “dying”, “dies” in it.

    • Yup. Let me pull out my Warped Tour compilations from high school and list ever single band.

      • Mother Shabubu III

        As I Lay Dying
        Every Time I Die
        It Dies Today
        I Killed the Prom Queen
        If Hope Dies
        etc…

        • Funny how only one of those doesn’t have die in the name.

          • Mother Shabubu III

            It implied a death and was stupid, so I included it.

          • Yea my bad, didn’t see your first comment about including variations of the word.

          • Mother Shabubu III

            I shouldn’t talk though, my band’s name is awful, but it accurately describes the music.

          • Xan

            One of the only good bands with a reference to dying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6G2eSpXmUI

        • Jointsalot

          Devil wears prada. Shit name, I have no idea about the band though. I just couldn’t get past that name.

    • W.

      Great name for a non-metal band: And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.

      • One of my favorites. And from Austin!

        • W.

          If you were to map a prog-alt rock spectrum, here’s what I’d give you:

          Phoenix->Muse->Trail of Dead->???

          • That’s an interesting way to look at it. ToD kinda toed the line between prog and punk (and over the last 3-4 albums tuneless garbage)

          • W.

            I really liked Tao of the Dead.

          • I was super bummed out by it when it came out but I haven’t touched it since. I should give it another try.

          • W.

            Speaking of Austin bands, do you like Giant Squid?

          • Never listened to them! Any recommendations?

          • W.

            Check out The Ichthyologist. It’s a bit easier to digest than Metridium Fields, which was how I got introduced.

          • EsusMoose

            mormon island, throwing a donner party at sea are both good

    • Mr. Bojangles

      Hellyeah.

    • Anthrallica

      LOL. I joined a local band called A Lovely Sort of Death in 2006…

  • “Have you ever chosen not to listen to a band because of their name, even if you had heard good things about them?”

    All the time.

  • Captain Ron Rico

    I just wish every storm or squall was an alestorm.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      upvote for avatar – kurt russell – one of the greatest, the thing, escape from NY, Big trouble in little china, death proof.

  • JWG

    ‘unexpect’ is simultaneously a shit name for a metal band and yet a completely brilliant one once you get the slightest hint of their sound, because it perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the band *and* the avant-garde metal subgenre as a whole.

    • W.

      I agree. That one works for them.

  • Scrimm

    Yes to all of those questions.

    • Further Down the Metal Hole

      Same here, I’ve encountered a few such occasions.

  • Back in the day, I avoided Avenged Sevenfold because of the name sounding stupid. When i finally heard the song Nightmare and found out it was A7X I wanted to punch myself. Now that was before I realized what good metal was, but still.

    • Mother Shabubu III

      As soon as I realized the vocals sound like a wannabe Axl Rose if he had throat surgery, then passed a stone every time he yelled like at the beginning of “Bat Country”, I was out.

      • M Shadows!

        fuck yourself also!

        • Mother Shabubu III

          I do. Nightly.

          • M Shadows!

            good man

    • M Shadows!

      FUCK YOURSELF!

      • I really appreciate the effort that went into this.

        • Sponge Of Mystery

          its like he looks all over the internet for comments/posts relating to A7x

    • The Black Dahlia Burger

      Sorry if I’m retarded, but are you saying you liked Nightmare and wanted to punch yourself for not listening sooner OR that you thought it sucked so hard you wanted to punch yourself?

      • Wanted to punch myself for not listening sooner haha

  • Cattle Decapitation.

    • W.

      That one actually lured me in.

    • That’s a great name!

    • Kazz

      I was always turned off by their name, but eventually gave in and listened when they dropped Monolith. Now I’m a huge fan.

  • I recently stumbled upon a tech death band called fuck you and die. Fuck you and die…really? Although they make good music, reminiscent of necrophagist.

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    KVELERTAK sounds a lot cooler than CHOKEHOLD, that’s for fucking sure!!!

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    I’ve had all these things happen to me at some point. I am surrounded by people who hardly know any music even vaguely metal at all, so Dying Fetus is enough to produce funny reactions.

    If I like the music more over time I tend to forget how goofy a name is, but I do draw a line at some point when names get a bit over the top. I know there are certain recurring themes in metal, but mostly I just think bands with overly violent names etc. that are formed nowadays mostly just want to act “tough”, which I find quite laughable. It’s not like you’re really going to shock anyone nowadays.

    • Xan

      Dying Fetus is my go-to if I want to troll someone with some of the ridiculous names in metal.

      • Howard Dean

        Prostitute Disfigurement and Torsofuck are a couple of my go-tos.

        • Negrodamus

          What about Female Nose Breaker? I have heard they are actually a good band lol

        • Negrodamus

          What about Female Nose Breaker? I have heard they are actually a good band lol

          • Howard Dean

            I’ve never listened to them. But I’d sure hate to use that name as an example around the office. Misogyny and domestic violence tend to draw the stink eye of suspicion–even more so than hooker butchery or body part necrophilia.

          • New band name “Hooker Butchery.”
            I call dibs.

      • Howard Dean

        Prostitute Disfigurement and Torsofuck are a couple of my go-tos.

      • Max

        Begging For Incest.

  • Xan

    Names that turn me off are one’s with the names of people in it. Examples of these bands include Dance Gavin Dance, Killwhitneydead, and Chelsea Grin. I guess I do have a legitimate reason in hating these bands because they are just the worst.

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    Years ago I was stocking shelves at a grocery store, shooting the shit with a buddy who was at the far end of the aisle…he asked me what I was up to lately, and I replied “Yeah, I saw DEFTONES, LIFE OF AGONY and ANTHRAX last night”…I didn’t even realize how ridiculous that sounded until an old guy behind me sarcastically grumbled “SOUNDS like FUN.”

  • Dental_Damnation

    If your band name is a sentence, you’re doing it wrong.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Sabbatical Goat Semen. Someone named their band Sabbatical Goat Semen. Da fuq…?

    • W.

      Goatcraft, however, is pretty cool.

      • Keegan Lavern Still

        Dat necroclassical.

  • Xan

    I’ve got another anal band for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb_qWroe5Gk

    • W.

      See, I have absolutely no desire to listen to a band named after farts.

      • Xan

        I never listened to them before linking this and it isn’t horrible. It isn’t something wonderful but I expected something much worse from a band named Anal Stench.

      • Tyree
  • Xan

    Goatwhore, Goatpenis…I could go all day with terrible band names.

    • Tyree

      Yay for Goatpenis!

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      GOATSBLOOD were pretty badass…

    • The Satan ov Hell

      Bitchslicer, Masskontroll

  • IfJthenS

    The only band in recent memory that I was told was good but I’ve avoided thanks to their silly ass name is The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza. Sorry, that just sounds a few levels below a band I avoided because I KNEW it was going to be a bad idea, and that’s iwrestledabearonce. That name still aggravates me.

    • Mook Styfawker

      Amen to that. The only thing good about the name Iwrestledabearonce is that it accurately describes the terribleness of their music.

      • Call the Slambulance

        Iwrestledabearone is an objectively terrible name, but their music isn’t all that bad. I mean, if you don’t like mathcore or deathcore, then you’ll fucking hate it indefinitely. But, I enjoy mathcore a lot, so I can tolerate them pretty well. They are kind of a “meh, pretty rad, I guess” on my rating scale.

    • Poop Mango

      I went out of my way to download Vincent Price’s Orphan Powered Death Machine based on their name. They were ok.

  • FeelTheDarkness

    Every Dis- band imaginable

    • Poop Mango

      ¿¿¿¿¿Why do you hate D-beat so much?!?!?!?!?

      • FeelTheDarkness

        Hahahaha! I love D beat!!! In the early 90’s I played with a million Dis bands and always got a good chuckle out of it. Just take a word and add Dis, Boom! Instant band name.

  • Randall Thor

    Jack the Frost is one of the worst power metal names I’ve come across, but they’re actually pretty solid if you like Finnish style power metal (Stratovarius, early Sonata Arctica)

  • Can someone please explain to me why Hackneyed is such a bad band name? I love that band and don’t get what about that name would turn you off from the music?

    • W.

      It isn’t particularly clever, but it isn’t the worst ever. I just recall MH railing them for it.

  • Kazz

    Severed Crotch is the first one that comes to mind. You might expect some slam or goregrind to go with that name, but not excellent tech death with some progressive flourishes. They’ve apparently changed their name to Severed, which isn’t as cringe-worthy but is quite generic.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWKdtj2B3rk

  • Mook Styfawker

    TONS of times. Only one I can think of isn’t metal, but a bunch of people I knew were fawning over a band called Red Jumpsuit Apparatus a few years ago. I never bothered, and still haven’t bothered, to check them out because that is an awful name.

    • The Satan ov Hell

      You aren’t missing out, it’s that awful pop punk trash

  • Call the Slambulance

    First of all, thank you for reminding about Hackneyed and taking me back to being thirteen of fourteen. They’z is rad. Secondly, if the band’s name is obviously tongue-in-cheek or outright goofy, like “Vaginal Chicken”, then I’ll give them a chance. If the band sounds like they are trying to be s00per serious, then I’ll mentally label them as douches and ignore them.

  • Mr. Bojangles

    I rarely hear any band names that I think are good.

  • Paris Hilton

    Never was an Anal Cunt fan, never will be. If I wanted to hear the incomprehensible ramblings of a racist heroin addict I would just talk to a bum at a crack house. I sure as hell wouldn’t pay for it lol

  • Anthrallica

    Barney Rubble & The Cunt Stubbles, a 3rd rate Green Jello (so 5th rate GWAR) wannabe band with some of the funniest songs ever. The name made me listen. Now they are just called The Stubbles, fucking sellouts.lol.

  • JWG

    Supposedly, there is/was active thrash/death/grindcore band called “Enchanted Faeries” from here in Victoria. That, clearly, is an awful band name for anything but an all-girl Power Metal band, but I think that was the point. They were almost definitely a joke side-project of, at least, Oli Peters (Archspire’s vocalist!)

    They released a demo about ten years ago that I’ve never seen outside of a mention on the Metal Archives. It also claims they’re “active” but (a) I can find no record of any local shows past 2007, and (b) Archspire. Duh.

  • Weekend Nachos. Bad name good band

  • crazytaco_12

    I thought Animals as Leaders, Between the Buried and Me, and Darkest Hour were core bands so I never got around to listening to them until way later.

  • crazytaco_12

    Also any band that sound like a pornogrind band I usually stay away from ie anything with the words rapist, fucker, cunt, gag, incest, etc or some obscenely long, indecipherable word before one of those words (hey, just made my own name!: Onomatopoeia Slut)

  • Max

    Well, it’s not that Entombed is a bad name (the logo’s pretty cool), but I really wish they’d been able to remain Nihilist (though the logo wasn’t as cool).

    The first time I ever heard of Pantera I remember thinking it just sounded like some made-up, vaguely-“metallic” kind of word; like they’d taken Pandemonium and Sepultura for cues. When I learned it was a model of car in the ’70s, I thought “Well, that’s a bit less silly, I guess.”

    I always thought Cerebral Bore, though unmistakably death metal, was kind of inviting “And they certainly are a bore”-type critical barbs.

    My personal pet hate is band-names that are mis-spelled for artistic effect: Xecutioner, Megadeth, etc. I shouldn’t care what the rest of the world thinks, but it always makes me wince in anticipation of the “metalheads are so dumb they can’t even spell” stereotype.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    These pictures in the header never get old.

  • Kevin Nash and Friends

    I love the old NWOBHM bands with names like Jaguar, Quartz, Samson and other bands with the cool names. Hell, I love Rihanna’s music non ironically and I love her name and how attractive she is.