Is Illud Divinum Insanus That Bad? Could It Be Better?

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Morbid Angel- Illud Divinum Insanus

In retrospect, an album only really gains the moniker of a bad album under particular contexts. Musicianship, fan reactions, critical reception, creativity and the style of music are all factors that determine whether an album can be met with widespread acclaim or derision. However, this pales into insignificance when you start to include an artist’s previous works as a context. An underperforming album is made glaringly obvious when stacked against albums that are deemed superior. Look at it this way: if a band consistently produces poor albums, no one bats an eyelid- but when a band that has previously had a spotless record regarding their creative output releases a polarizing and divisive body of work, then everyone has an opinion. Continue reading

Is Blooddrunk That Bad? Could It Be Better?

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Children Of Bodom 2008

Whilst I’m sure that bands try their hardest to produce the best music they can in the studio, it goes without saying that every band has a ‘weaker’ album. Whether its a stylistic shift or otherwise, a change in the bands line up, or an ill-fitting production, there’s always reasons for fans and critics to turn their noses up at a band’s latest offering. However, I want to look back at some of those maligned works and understand why these albums have been received poorly, and to determine whether it was judged harshly or unfairly at the time. Perhaps with the benefit of hindsight these albums can be given a degree of credit- and if not, then maybe there’s a way to improve them. I’d like to start proceedings by evaluating Blooddrunk by Children Of Bodom. Continue reading