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5 Bands Who Completely Changed Genre…And Probably Shouldn’t Have Bothered!

If it 'aint broke, don't fix it!

5. KISS – From Heavy Metal Monsters To Progressive Rock Noodlers

Source // jasonhuskins.files.wordpress.com

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We all know what we expect from living legends KISS; nothing but hard rock/heavy metal theatrical stompers designed to make men lose their sh*t and women lose their knickers!

So what the hell were Gene, Paul, Ace and Eric thinking when they decided to ditch their trademarked sound to record a progressive concept album?

Fan reaction to 1981’s Music From “The Elder” was understandably one of confusion and resentment. The tale of a young hero, recruited and trained by the Council of Elders to combat evil, was not what the KISS Army wanted and the album, although not completely without merit, was quickly regarded as a prog rock flop.

Not that this departure should have come as surprise. KISS had already dabbled with disco on Dynastyso the signs of further change were writ large.  

Poor sales of Music From “The Elder”, led to an immediate re-think and just 1 year later Creatures Of The Night heralded the return of the hard rock/heavy metal style that had made their name.

Proof that they really shouldn’t have messed with a winning formula in the first place!

About Chris Jennings (1986 Articles)
I love metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

2 Comments on 5 Bands Who Completely Changed Genre…And Probably Shouldn’t Have Bothered!

  1. the korn/dub-step album was pretty good, i dont know why the sounds should not mix. go to a live gig of korn, and how this metal/dub step sound blows your head off. i think its amazing, but, tastes are different though….

    • Chris Jennings // April 13, 2016 at 7:17 pm // Reply

      Fair point Andreas. The album was not to my taste (and I’ve been a massive fan of Korn’s since day one) but the live environment does bring a different element to the songs. Thanks for reading and commenting \m/

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