Last night I was listening to the new album from Battles (good album by the way!) and I got the idea of today's blog to be about super groups. There seems to be a few super groups out there Battles being one of them and there's definitely some good and some really really bad, here's a list of the good and bad.
Them Crooked Vultures
Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones create Them Crooked Vultures a band that was kept quiet for a very long time, the band has one album a self titled release which I thought was pretty solid. The album had a really nice rock sound throughout with tracks such as Reptiles and Dead End Friends being stand outs for me. I even took the opportunity to go and see them live January 2010 which was a decent enough gig although the sound was terrible (the venues fault not the band) which made the gig a little indifferent but still overall this super group gets a pass mark.
Overall Super Group Rating: 7/10
Chad Gray, Greg Tribbett (both Mudvayne), Tom Maxwell (Nothingface), Bob Zilla (Damageplan) and Vinnie Paul (Pantera). This for me is the strongest example of a shit super group, the bands music is truly bad and I even had their last release Stampede as the worst album of 2010. Vinnie Paul looking for another meal ticket in another super group? living off the greatness his brother has in the metal community? either way this band blows and I still don't know why anyone wants to see what they do, its really cheesy/embarrassingly bad southern metal.
Overall Super Group Rating: 0.5/10
(only gets that high a rating because the lyrics are hilariously bad)
Two of the lesser known members of Van Halen in Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar + Joe Satriani (solo) + Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) = a forgettable super group. The band to me was a strange formula in the first place and the band produced nothing more than forgettable music, there will be people that dig this band if its just for Satriani's guitaring or Hagar's vocals but as a whole there's very little that's memorable being produced.
Overall Super Group Rating: 4/10
Heaven And Hell
Arguably this isn't even a super group as this is just the Black Sabbath lineup of 1980 - 82 but they renamed themselves Heaven and Hell so to me they're a supergroup and a pretty fuckin cool one. the band consists of Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Dio, Rainbow and Black Sabbath), Vinny Appice, Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) the band made one album before Dio's recent death (RIP) and I was quite the fan of this, such a shame I missed the chance to see them live a few years back also, a group of legendary musicians that did something worth listening to.
Overall Super Group Rating: 7.5/10
Broken Social Scene
Band formed by Kevin Drew (KC Accidental) and Brendan Canning (By Divine Right) is a super group that consists of these two and a gazillion other musicians. The band are a hit with the indie hipsters and I too enjoy the music they play. The part I love about this band is the sheer weight of instruments used to create such a large amount of interesting sounds, all these albums are well received with You Forgot It In People being the greatest of the four releases.
Overall Super Group Rating: 8/10
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Nick Cave with a plethora of other musicians created Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. Now There's very little that needs to be said about this super group 14 albums and not a bad one in the bunch is enough to tell you this band is more than a success but more a yard stick for bands that start a super group should be looking at.
Overall Super Group Rating: 9/10