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: Rush’s “Hold Your Fire”

June 29, 2017 Greg Pratt

In which we reconsider Rush’s 1987 soft-rock opus Hold Your Fire.

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: 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: Mind Funk’s “Mind Funk”

September 1, 2016 Greg Pratt

Thinking-man alt-metal tarnished by a horrid band name: Mind Funk’s 1991 debut is way better than any of us want to admit.

JUSTIFY YOUR SHITTY TASTE: ENTOMBED’S “SAME DIFFERENCE”

July 28, 2016 Greg Pratt

Remember in 1998 when Entombed went noise rock? About that…

JUSTIFY YOUR SHITTY TASTE: TERRORIZER, EVERYTHING AFTER “WORLD DOWNFALL”

July 7, 2016 Greg Pratt

If we could all stop worrying about World Downfall for a goddamn minute, we’d realize Terrorizer‘s output after it was really pretty awesome.

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.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Faith No More’s “Introduce Yourself”

July 31, 2012 Adem Tepedelen

The tribal beats, the crunching metal guitar and the half rap/half sung vocals of Chuck Mosley coalesced into something altogether original. You can unfortunately perhaps heap some blame for nu metal on these dudes, but what they created at the time was in fact revolutionary. It was like Killing Joke, Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers swapped members for a jam session and came up with a new genre.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: In Flames “Reroute to Remain”

October 12, 2011 Shawn Macomber

The nature/nurture quotient breaks down, the promise of the sprawling, churning overture that launches the anthemic title track is relentlessly fulfilled. Reroute to Remain is not only In Flames most multidimensional, diverse offering, it is also the record where every previously established aspect of its game — stellar, yeomanly guitar work; a rhythm section jackhammering ever deeper into the foundation — congeals, raising the whole to hitherto unscaled heights.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Cave In, Everything After “Jupiter”

September 28, 2011 J. Bennett

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. This time, Comrade Bennett accepts the editor-in-chief’s challenge to resurrect Cave In’s post-Jupiter oeuvre from beyond hypothermia.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Pestilence’s “Spheres”

September 14, 2011 Jeff Wagner

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, once in a while, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The Shit. Let’s keep the death spiral going with Jeff Wagner “circle”-jerking Pestilence’s Spheres

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Rebel Meets Rebel, “S/T”

September 7, 2011 Frank Lemke

Almost every band has that album: the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise radical back catalog. Formerly, every other Wednesday morning (more or less), a Decibel staffer or special guest would take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The Shit. Let’s get started with Frank Lemke’s vigorously deranged defense of Rebel Meets Rebel’s self-titled bow. 

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Sepultura’s “Against”

June 22, 2011 Jonathan Horsley

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Voivod’s “Phobos”

June 15, 2011 Jeff Wagner

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Bruce Dickinson’s “Balls to Picasso”

June 8, 2011 Adrien Begrand

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Megadeth’s “Risk”

June 1, 2011 Jeff Treppel

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Venom’s “Possessed”

May 25, 2011 Greg Moffitt

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Autopsy’s “Shitfun”

May 18, 2011 Jonathan Horsley

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Melvins’ “The Colossus of Destiny”

May 11, 2011 Nick Green

There’s an old fake news headline from Buddyhead (I think) that applies to the task at hand, but I’m scrambling to source right now. The basic gist is “Mike Patton Takes a Shit on Microphone, Releases It,” and while that’s entirely fair to Mr. Patton, it also describes about 85 percent of the Ipecac catalog…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: S.O.D.’s “Bigger Than the Devil”

May 4, 2011 Frank Lemke

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The…