Justify Your Shitty Taste

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Voivod’s “Angel Rat”

August 17, 2017 Greg Pratt

We shrugged our shoulders at it in 1991, but it’s time to realize that Angel Rat totally rules.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Paradise Lost’s “One Second”

July 14, 2017 Shawn Macomber

Legendary Brits Paradise Lost took their first tentative steps away from metal with this unsung classic, which was released 20 ago today.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Lightning Round

July 3, 2017 Neill Jameson

Morgoth, Xysma, Destruction and more have their weakest work defended by our own Neill Jameson. 

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Helloween’s “Chameleon”

June 7, 2017 Shawn Macomber

Maybe it’s a growing-up-stateside thing, but I can’t honestly say I’ve ever met a single headbanger who got into metal through Helloween.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Earth Crisis’s “Slither”

May 24, 2017 Shawn Macomber

Mustering up a defense of Slither is a strange, somewhat lonely business — never mind the fool’s errand of hunting for freethinkers in the Earth Crisis fanbase to back me up on this one…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Pantera’s “Reinventing the Steel”

March 30, 2017 Greg Pratt

In which we reconsider Pantera’s final offering, 2000’s Reinventing the Steel.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Slayer “God Hates Us All”

March 29, 2017 Vince Bellino

Slayer’s eighth LP of original material, God Hates Us All, stands as one of their most divisive. To some, it appeared to be another record in which the thrash icons failed to diversify their songwriting.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Amebix “Sonic Mass”

March 6, 2017 Neill Jameson

Yeah, it wasn’t Arise!, but punk legends Amebix weren’t exactly in their 20s when they released their misunderstood comeback/swan song Sonic Mass.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Immortal “Blizzard Beasts”

December 9, 2016 J. Andrew Zalucky

We revisit Immortal’s transition stage between two regions of Blashyrkh.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Tiamat “A Deeper Kind of Slumber”

November 15, 2016 Neill Jameson

Wake up, people! Tiamat‘s 1997 departure A Deeper Kind of Slumber actually rules. Here’s why.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Bathory “Requiem”

October 4, 2016 Neill Jameson

Put down the Yellow Goat pressing of the first Bathory album you paid $500 for on eBay, and spend some time with the overlooked gem that is Requiem.

Justify Your Shitty Taste – Dismember’s “Massive Killing Capacity”

September 26, 2016 Chris Dick

The first Justify Your Shitty Taste I wrote for Decibel covered, in detail, Dissection’s Reinkaos album, Jon Nödtveidt’s divisive, not-at-all-like Storm of the Light’s Bane comeback album.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Ulver’s “Perdition City”

September 19, 2016 Chris Dick

Ulver traded their wolves’ skin for electronica and trip-hop 16 years ago. Are you over it yet?

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Satyricon’s “Rebel Extravaganza”

September 15, 2016 Neill Jameson

Satyricon may have traded in medieval times for urban discipline in 1999, but that doesn’t mean that you should overlook the power of the controversial Rebel Extravaganza.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Morbid Angel’s ‘Domination’

September 6, 2016 Neill Jameson

Was Morbid Angel’s minor change in direction in 1995 just “too extreme” for old-school death metallers to accept? Our Neill Jameson defends Domination’s place in metal history.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Godflesh’s “Us and Them”

July 14, 2016 Kevin Stewart-Panko

Us and Them may be an outlier, but that’s to be expected considering who’s at the helm. Throughout Godflesh’s history, they never sat still and even from the very start, were atypical.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Neurosis & Jarboe

June 28, 2016 Daniel Lake

As a monument to the collapse of one isolated psyche, as an exploration of an emotional sphere often relegated to the unconscious, Neurosis & Jarboe is far more compelling than any other attempt we’ve heard yet.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Napalm Death’s “Diatribes,” “Inside the Torn Apart” & “Words from the Exit Wound”

June 16, 2016 Greg Pratt

Even Napalm Death had growing pains. Our latest Justify Your Shitty Taste defends that era of the legendary grindcore band.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Deftones’ Deftones

September 1, 2015 Daniel Lake

Deftones is the sound of a rock band making a rock record. Deftones were never an art rock band. Parts of White Pony might have misled you, but the band’s 2003 album should remind you to pump your fucking fist.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Ministry’s With Sympathy

July 24, 2015 Justin Norton

While derided by Al Jourgensen and some fans With Sympathy contains some of Al’s most iconic songs and tips the hat to what followed in his still evolving career.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Deicide’s In Torment In Hell

June 12, 2015 Justin Norton

Upon hearing that Deicide’s sixth album In Torment In Hell was a potential selection for Justify Your Shitty Taste our Editor-in-Chief responded with a simple: “Oooh, that’s bad.” No other words were uttered. But is it really?

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Obituary’s “World Demise”

May 27, 2015 Shane Mehling

I am gobsmacked that I’m being asked to defend Obituary’s World Demise, a record that, in my mind, is nothing less than a classic extreme metal record which I assumed was pretty much universally respected.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Machine Head “The Burning Red”

May 18, 2015 Jesse Chase

Okay, before we step into the ring, fair warning: This is going to be some bare-knuckles shit. Go ahead and tighten up your gut.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: King Diamond’s “The Graveyard”

May 11, 2015 Matt Solis

I’m going to give my editors the benefit of the doubt here and assume they meant Verify Your Awesome Taste. I mean, come on, everybody knows there’s no such thing as a shitty King Diamond record. Some might be less memorable than others based on your personal criteria and/or schlock tolerance, but I’ll be goddamned if King has ever had a “St. Anger” moment in the span of his career. 

Justify Your Shitty Taste, Celebrity Edition: KISS, “The Elder”

September 21, 2012 Andrew Bonazelli

November 16th, 1981. Utter that date to any KISS fan and you’re going to get punched or hugged. Who knows, you may get nothing because maybe said KISS fan never did his homework. Either way, it doesn’t really matter because this is Justify Your Shitty Taste, and I’m talking Music from “The Elder” by KISS.