The ten most disappointing metal albums

In the darkest recesses of the metal world, truly shitty albums lurk. Now, these albums aren't necessarily 100 percent shitty (there may still be some redeeming music to be found), but they are certainly incredibly disappointing, particularly given the otherwise worthiness of their creators. Plug your nose and dive on in to this cesspool of the ten most disappointing metal albums.

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10. Ozzy Osbourne - Any of his recent albums "Shitty" is a strong word for the last three Ozzy albums. A better way to explain them would be albums that you would skim past at the record store without stopping. It would strain your brain to name more than five songs out of the thirty-plus here. It's unfortunate that none of them stands out when you could easily name over a dozen Ozzy songs from twenty to thirty years ago at the drop of a hat, and even more if you're allowed to mistake Sabbath for Ozzy songs.

9. Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus Eight years could have any fan of any music starving for something fresh from the band, but instead of providing a feast of death metal, Morbid Angel spooned up stone soup for its fans. No one was licking ther fingers at this failed attempt to add an industrial sound. Despite receiving praise from big metal critics, Illud Divinum Insanus had many hard-core fans calling it Morbid Angel's St. Anger, an album that was shittier than 2 Girls 1 Cup. When a band like Morbid Angel, which thrives in a subgenre like death metal, with hard-core fans who don't like anything other than death metal, it's probably better to experiment with music like this in another collaboration.

8. Iron Maiden - No Prayer for the Dying No Prayer for the Dying saw the reflection of the first bandmember change since the bulking up of the vocals with Bruce Dickinson in 1982, and the replacement of Clive Burr with Nicko McBrain on drums in 1983. Usually known for great songwriting, Steve Harris and Dickinson turned in songs that were below par on No Prayer for the Dying. This record failed to produce any classics like those on Number of the Beast and marked the beginning of a series of flatliners in the '90s.

7. Slayer - Diabolus in Musica Diablolus in Musica embraced the nu-metal sound at the height of its movement -- a movement that had older hard-core metal fans bumping heads with metal younglings. This album, coming from one of the big four of thrash-metal bands, was a slash in the gut. Slayer lost focus on what defined them as pure aggressive dark beasts, while the band's idiosyncratic chaotic guitar fingering became more domesticated in wildness. They even started playing tours with nu-metal instigators like Korn, trying to keep up with the changing times by meddling with new-age heavy-metallers. God Hates Us All brought them back to their roots as the first wave of nu-metal bands began to fall by the wayside.

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Adam Steininger

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