Top Ten Bands that Got Less Heavy Over TimeOpposite of HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345's list Top Ten Bands That Got Heavier Over Time. You can also include bands like Coldplay that were never really heavy but are now even softer. My music knowledge in most genres is pretty limited because I only listened to classical music until the age of 15, so feel free to add new items and remix.
The Top Ten
I'd say that they were still as heavy as they started at Rust in Peace. The less heaviness started at Countdown. Listen to Good Mourning Black Friday and tell me Peace Sells is less heavy than the original album. - MattAffterburner
I see your point. I wrote that because most songs on Rust in Peace (excluding Poison was the Cure and Take No Prisoners) are severely slower than the ones on the first two albums (compare Tornado of Souls with Wake up Dead), the lyrics are less dark and is overall more melody-centered. - Alkadikce
Megadeth should be higher than Metallica because:
1) Risk is less heavy than Reload (the least heavy Metallica album)
2) I think Megadeth started off heavier with Killing is My Business than Metallica with Kill 'em All
3) Metallica had less softening tendencies in their classic era (AJFA is heavier than MOP), while Megadeth was getting softer from the very beginning.
4) Metallica suddenly got softer with the black album and than suddenly even softer with Load and than the progress stopped. By Megadeth, it was permanent: KiMB... aBIG > Peace Sells > SFSGSW > Rust in Peace > Countdown > Youthanasia > Cryptic Writings > Risk when it comes to heaviness. - Alkadikce
Other than the instrumentation, I don't find their later songs rock at all. Hysteria sounds like a guitarist joined ABBA. - Alkadikce
Their debut album was part of the NWOBHM, but after that it was several things, one of them being power pop, or something like that. Joe Elliott said that they wanted to be popular like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, and become a household name, and not an underground metal band. So it was a choice. - Metal_Treasure
Classic example of a sellout band. The new material is more like symphonic metal with a few black metal shrieking here and there, although I don't find their old music that heavy with black metal standards either. - Alkadikce
Their new songs sound like someone added some distorted guitar riffs to Coldplay songs and made a vocal cover with black metal shrieking, than threw in an orchestra following the melody. Lower than Dimmu Borgir because their old music was already less heavy than Dimmu Borgir's. - Alkadikce
From Nu-metal to Pop...
The only reason some fans gave their last album "One More Light" (Pop album) a few positive reviews was simply because of sympathy for Chester Bennington's then-recent death. While I have the utmost respect & sympathy for Chester & his family, that doesn't change my opinion that the album sucked & so did their change in their style of music - Joeljohns249
Chester's death wasn't why I liked the album, I genuinely enjoyed - xEliHbkx
Why is everything so heavy? - Misfire
From death metal to progressive rock. That's a very big change. And it's very sad because Opeth were a great death metal band and one of the best metal bands ever. WERE. - Metal_Treasure
I'd say that even when listening to Blackwater Park I'd still say its pretty darn progressive. Prog death is the best. - MattAffterburner
From Death metal to Progressive Rock...
It's like Cannibal Corpse covering Pink Floyd albums - Joeljohns249
Probably Metal_Treasure can explain it better. He always says that after the departure of their classic members they became not bad, but mediocre and with A. Deris they turned cheesy. - Alkadikce
After Ritchie Blackmore left, they don't have their metal elements. Bananas seems to have tried to follow mainstream music of those times, featuring some grungy riffs and rap-like vocals, while In Rock was one of, if not the heaviest albums when it came out. - Alkadikce
Classic example of selling out in metal - by gradually getting less heavy AND lowering the quality and complexity of the genres they played: from death metal to groove metal to metalcore to alternative rock. - Metal_Treasure
The latest albums are more progressive and contain soft instrumental sections (like the beginning of Flesh and the Power it Holds) and breakdowns. The vocals are also more melodic. Some thrash metal bands are heavier than Death in the 1990s.
I wouldn't put Death very high because in the 90s they got less brutal than in the 80s but they got more complex, more progressive and technical so it was actually an improvement. In the 90s Chuck just ditched a lot of hardcore punk and replaced it with more metal. I wanna add that in most cases getting less heavy is a sign of selling out but not always - if a band gets less heavy but music gets more demanding, that's not selling out - for example: compositions get more complex, instrumental parts get harder to play, and vocals harder to sing.
Getting less heavy does not necessarily mean getting worse, I know it, for that purpose, there's the list bands that didn't age well.
Of course for a true metalhead (although not everyone considers them metal) it's an unforgivable sin that they show up on YouTube after typing 'r'. I am pretty surprised they do. - Alkadikce
Eh, they were always on the borderline in terms of "heavy"
Just in a slightly different style from metalcore to a more modern hard rock/heavy metal sound - yungstirjoey666
From Metalcore to hardcore punk to a sort of hard-rock & heavy metal fusion...
This might be the only transformation on this list that was sorta good...but still I wish their vocalist would stop singing with such a nasally voice - Joeljohns249
Metalcore to prog rock - xEliHbkx
From Funk Rock to Pop...
A transformation no one asked for...
Not saying this is a bad thing, but I don't believe I've ever seen a band to do a complete sound change like this. Starting out as a pure Deathcore band, then a 90sish type of metalcore, then electric metalcore/ post hardcore, then post hardcore/ alt rock, then electric alt rock, now currently pop rock...wow.
From Deathcore to Pop.
What a transition
Definitely Bring Me The Horizon. Hey I do not sing, so...
I just wanted Count Your Blessings again UwU
Mother's Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik have much more raw funk in them than the later albums. One Hot Minute is under the influence of metal. The two albums with Josh have minimal rock elements. - Alkadikce
Put them on the last place because the tendency is only true until the 1990s. Every album was softer than the previous until The Ritual, the softest. - Alkadikce
From pure black metal to shoegaze...
This might be the widest transformation on this list in terms of "heaviness" - Joeljohns249
Oh yeah. They were really heavy for a 70s band when Rainbow Rising came out, mostly because of Dio, and after he left, the went to pop rock. - MattAffterburner
Queen-Sheer Heart Attack: Experiemenal Metal
A Night At The Opera-Jazz: Pop Metal
The Game: Pop Rock
Hot Space-The Works: Disco/Funk Rock
A Night At The Opera-The Miracle: Pop Rock
Innuendo-Mother Love: Ballad Rock
The problem is one album you left out: A Kind of Magic, which features at least two songs in the hard rock/metal genre: Princes of the Universe and Gimme the Prize. The Miracle also featured one of their heaviest songs: I Want it All. So they didn't get less heavy, they were simply an eclectic band. - truckturner
The worst change on the list. - MattAffterburner
From Alt-Rock/Piano Rock to Pop I guess, however I always found them poppy for some reason. - Userguy44
I don't think country is heavier than pop. Remember this list is not about the ones who got worse over time.
Mentioning her as a band doesn't actually annoy me that much because it would be pretty useless to create the same list but with music artists just to include her, I have more concerns about what I describe in my initial comment
I wouldn't consider her old stuff "heavy".
From thrash to heavy to hard rock to alt, all the way back to their thrash roots
I'll be honest though, but I think that Load and Reload are better than Hardwired
From Pure Thrash Metal to thrashy Progressive Metal to Heavy Metal to hard-rockish Heavy Metal to Alternative Metal to generic Thrash metal back again...
Yeah... I'm speechless...
From Pop Punk to Pop...
Obvious sell-outs - Joeljohns249