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I was wondering for longtime metal fans to tell me which bands are completely awful live. I've heard of a couple, like Mastodon and Nile, but what do you guys think?


Worst band I’ve ever seen live was Alice in Chains. Walked out about half way through.

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For national and international bands? Hate to say it, but, Katatonia. They've been great the past few times I've seen them but the first US tour was terrible. Bad sound, no stage chemistry, awkward, uncoordinated, Jonas was straining for every syllable. Glad they got their act together. The second worst has to be Cradle Of Filth, again with a combo of bad sound and substandard performance. I hear they're doing a lot better these days too. I won't judge any band too harshly over one or two bad shows, or even a bad tour, there's just so much that can go wrong.

I've been underwhelmed by a lot of big-name acts, but I think that's less to do with their performances than how the material translated or whether I even liked them to begin with. Nile played fine the two times I saw them, but I've never been a fan. 

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For me it was Alcest. 

No presence or sense of personality, and backing tracks were used to an extreme degree including for main melodies. I raged and raved. 

Also, and I hate to say this, but I’ve stood through quite a few boring Mayhem shows over the years. Fortunately, the greatest show I’ve ever seen was the Maniac/Blasphemer lineup in 2001. 

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