Top 10 Music Artists that Released Some of the Best but Also Some of the Worst Albums of All Time

Metal_Treasure
It's when you can't believe some pairs of albums were made by the same band. This list is about music artists that haven't been consistent, in a dramatic way.

The Top Ten

1 Guns n Roses Guns n Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.

Yeah I agree, The Spaghetti Incident? was a bland and generic hard rock album, and even worse all the songs are covers that are vastly inferior to the originals, its sad because Guns N' Roses are great at covers except for the ones on this album, This was when the Guns N' Roses members were at the boiling point and after the album Slash left the band which then the band became dormant. I'd take Chinese Democracy over that anyday, at least that had some good songs and Buckethead plays on it. - christangrant

Agreed.

Masterpiece: Appetite for Destruction
disasterpiece: The Spaghetti Incident - Metal_Treasure

2 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave ...read more.

Risk is probably the worst album by a Thrash Metal band, the best song on it was a Japanese bonus track that was the Duke Nukem Theme. Pooper Collider had a few good songs but most of them are bland hard rock, and some are among Megadeth's worst (Off the Edge, Burn! ) - christangrant

Risk wasn't even a metal album, it was an electro-pop album. - awesomedp900

I couldn't agree more. They sold out completely. And the album was awful. - Metal_Treasure

I actually really like Risk and Super Collider, I’ll Be There and Kingmaker are two of my favorite Megadeth songs.

Masterpiece: Rust in Peace
disasterpieces: Risk, Supercollider - Metal_Treasure

3 Morbid Angel Morbid Angel Morbid Angel is an American death metal band based in Tampa, Florida. UK music magazine Terrorizer ranked Morbid Angel's 1989 debut Altars of Madness first in its list "Top 40 greatest death metal albums".

IDI was very disappointing too, David Vincent came back to the band, but the album sucked and then he left them again (not because of the album though) - christangrant

Masterpiece: Altars of Madness
disasterpiece: Illud Divinum Insanus - Metal_Treasure

4 Queensrÿche Queensrÿche Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob. They released their self titled EP in 1984, but didn’t gain notoriety until the release of their critically acclaimed album Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. As of now, they ...read more.

Masterpiece: Operation: Mindcrime
disasterpiece: Dedicated to Chaos - Metal_Treasure

5 Van Halen Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Masterpieces: Van Halen, 1984, 5150
Disasterpiece: Van Halen III - christangrant

6 Helloween Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

Masterpieces: Keeper II (1988), Keeper I (1987)
disasterpiece: Pink Bubbles Go Ape (1991) - Metal_Treasure

7 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

Fun fact: David Bowie said about Lulu "This is Lou’s greatest work. This is his masterpiece. Just wait, it will be like Berlin. It will take everyone a while to catch up." - Metal_Treasure

I didn't put Metallica very high because Lulu wasn't a Metallica album - it was a Lou Reed album ft Metallica. The songs were basically written by Lou Reed, including all lyrics.
St. Anger was bad (for Metallica standards) but not painfully bad in general.
Masterpieces: Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets,...And Justice for All
Disasterpiece (with the help of Lou Reed): Lulu - Metal_Treasure

8 Destruction Destruction Destruction is a German thrash metal band. They are considered one of the "The Big Four" of the German thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator, Sodom and Tankard.

Masterpieces: Eternal Devastation, Release from Agony, The Antichrist
Disasterpiece: everything from 1994 - 1998 - christangrant

9 Pantera Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with ...read more.

I can barely listen to Metal Magic - EliHbk

This is the only band in my top 10 that got better over time: first they released a weak album and later - much better albums.
Disasterpiece: Metal Magic
Masterpieces: Vulgar Display of Power, Cowboys from Hell - Metal_Treasure

10 Weezer Weezer Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner.

Masterpiece: Blue Album, Pinkerton
Disasterpiece: Raditude - cjWriter1997

100 percent raditude and pacific daydream were atrocious but the first two are amazing

The Contenders

11 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.
12 Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

Masterpiece: Persistence of Time
Disasterpiece: Stomp 442 - christangrant

13 Cryptopsy Cryptopsy Cryptopsy is a Canadian technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 1988. The band has sold over 300,000 records.

Masterpiece: None So Vile
Disasterpiece: Unspoken King - christangrant

14 Korn Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.

Their Best: Korn, Follow the Leader,
Disasterpiece: The Path of Totality - christangrant

15 Entombed Entombed Entombed is a Swedish heavy metal band formed in 1987 under the name of Nihilist. Entombed began their career as an early pioneer of Scandinavian death metal which initially differed from its American counterpart by its distinct "buzzsaw" guitar tone.

Masterpiece: Left Hand Path, Wolverine Blues
Disasterpiece: Same Difference, Inferno - cjWriter1997

16 Slayer Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. ...read more.

Masterpieces: South Of Heaven, Seasons In The Abyss
Disasterpieces: Diabolus In Musica, Divine Intervention, Undisputed Attitude

BAdd New Item

Recommended Lists

P