Top 10 Worst Off Shoots Of Good Bands

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Sometimes when an artist decides to form a side project or leaves his or her popular band to form one of their own, greatness can happen.  Most of the time though, they just turn out awful. Here Alternation Nation lists ten of the worst of these acts. Most of the bands on this list failed to get much attention and the ones that did gained a nasty reputation shortly after.

10. How to Destroy Angels

Named after the Coil song of the same name, How to Destroy Angel’s is a side project of Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame. The project sounds like a less inspired and rather boring version of Nine Inch Nails with female vocals.

9. Kryst the Conqueror

When he original version of Misfits broke up, vocalist Glen Danzig would form Samhain and then later his solo band Danzig, both which had classic albums. During this time Jerry Only and his brother, Doyle Von Frankenstien formed Kryst the Conqueror, a heavy metal band with Christian lyrics. When you think Misfits fans you think Jesus right? NO! Their only EP, Deliver us From Evil, got so much backlash that their planned debut album was canceled. Some of the songs would be reworked for the Michael Graves era of Misfits. These tracks would be way better than this shark jump.

8. Primal Rock Rebellion

Featuring Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith and vocalist Mikee Goodman of the British band Sixth, Primal Rock Rebellion play an alt-rock influenced brand of prog metal.While the music is pretty technical, the songs are ruined be Goodman’s horrible vocal performance and the duo’s very forgettable songwriting.

7. Oysterhead

From bass master Les Claypool comes Oysterhead. This project also featured members of Phish and The Police. The band only lasted from 2000-2001. They played funk metal  like Primus, but without any of the charm.

6. DamagePlan

While ex-Pantera vocalist, Phil Anelsmo’s offshoots get much praise, Vinnie Paul’s projects tend to be rather terrible. Most known as Dimebag Darrel’s last band before his death, Damageplan played an uninspired and generic version of Pantera’s style. With horrendous vocals, cliche lyrics and forgettable riffs, Damageplan is the absolute worse band to feature Pantera members.

5. Superheavy

One would probably expect Mick Jagger’s solo career to be on the list, but he had one project that was way worse. Here he teams up with singer-song writer Joss Stone, reggea artist Damian Marley, Indian musician A.R. Rahman, and Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics. The band sounded like a random mix-match of these artists different styles all thrown into a blender and then giving a topping of unfitting vocals (mainly from Jagger). The band only released one self-titled album in 2011.

4. Genitorturers

Most known as the project of ex-Morbid Angel front man David Vincent and his wife Gen, Genitorturers are an industrial rock act from Florida. The cringe worthy sex pun lyrics, terrible vocals and very lazy songwriting all make you wonder if Dave would have even joined this project if it didn’t involve his wife. The name Eartorturers would have been more fitting.

3. Six Feet Under

Six feet Under are widely regarded as the worst death metal band of all time and it is not hard to see why. Formed by ex-Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes, this sad excuse for a band plays a nu-metal influenced brand of death metal. The band’s worse releases are their Graveyard Classics series. These are a series of albums where the band covers classic rock and metal songs. The second of these is a complete remake of AC/DC’s Back in Black (not making this up).

2. Asia

When members of Yes,King Crimson and Emerson Lake and Palmer announced forming a super group, prog fans were stoked. Sadly what they got was a huge downgrade in quality from all of those involved. Asia are an ultra-cheesy arena rock band most known for the 1982 hit “Heat of the Moment”. The band commonly appears on worst artists of all time lists. At least this band made that iconic South Park scene possible!

 

1.Starship

In the 1960’s Jefferson Airplane were one of the pinnacles of the psychedelic rock scene. Driven by surreal guitar work, Grace Slick’s powerful vocals and bizarre lyrics, the band is to this day a favorite among those who love the retro sounds. In 1972, they would split into two bands, Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna. In 1984, Jefferson Starship would split up and out of the ashes Starship would rise.

Starship would take on a more 80’s arena rock direction and embrace everything that is wrong that genre. Their tracks contain so much cheese that it completely drowns everything else out. The band’s signature song “We Built this City ” is widely regarded as the worst song ever written as well as it’s music video, also being considered among the worst. All the bands on this list are slumps in quality, but this one really takes the cake as well as the ice cream,coffee, cookies and then asks for seconds.

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Hailing from north of NYC, Anthony Carioscia is one of Alternative Nation's original metal experts, coming on board in Fall 2014. Anthony is a huge collector of horror and metal memorabilia and various oddities. You can reach Anthony at tonythechosen(at)gmail.com.
  • Emma Bauer

    But Starship also did “Stranger”. Such an awesome song.

  • Eddie Yarler

    Surprised Lulu by Metallica & Lou Reed wasn’t on here.

    • John Smith

      Well that wasn’t really a separate band just a collaboration album that is technically a part of both Lou Reed’s and Metallica’s discography.

  • Felonious Punk

    HTDA was the best you could find to round out this list? Please.

    That NIN off-shoot has WAY more credibility than any supergroup who didn’t make this list

    • Corndog

      I really enjoyed the Zwan album personally. It’s happy Pumpkins:)

      • Ishmael

        same here.

      • Felonious Punk

        Yea, but who wants happy Pumpkins? Even Billy hates it now.

        • Corndog

          Can’t rain all the time.

          Billy hates everything except his own ‘In plainclothes with a slice of horse radish and a sprinkling of monkey tears played on light balsamic vinaigrette strings’ nonsense these days though.

          • The Crow. It can’t rain all the time.

      • Oxymoron!

        • Corndog

          What did you fucking call me??

          Just kidding. I get ya:)

          • If you didn’t hear me, it’s obvious I’m calling you a bloody old geezer. 😀

    • GhastlyFuckFace

      You can’t really criticize Zwan just from their one studio album. There are countless songs which were only performed live or discovered after some digging. Corgan wrote over 70 songs for the band, many of them quality. Listen to songs like Riverview, For Your Love, A New Poetry, On The Meaning Of Loss, Spilled Milk, Always, My Life & Times, Consumed, Rivers We Can’t Cross, Pony Express, Freedom Ain’t What It Used To Be, and The Girl With The Cruel Face specifically. Also, their cover of ‘Love Is A Battlefield is pretty awesome.

      It’s just the same song & dance with Corgan since the Pumpkins’ original breakup- he is not adept at picking out his best material for release. Not every song is quality, but there are countless of gems that he has failed to release over the past 15 years.

      • Felonious Punk

        I’ve heard a lot of those; aren’t they on that DVD that accompanied the special edition of the album?

        I was merely going by what the author was saying about offshoot bands who did nothing commercially or were a joke of their bigger counterparts. Mary Star of the Sea sounded like a 2nd-rate Pumpkins album with a weird (for the time) religious slant that sold little and dissolved into mediocrity when it ended almost as soon as it began, with Billy badmouthing the entire experience in public.

    • Kooler Than Jesus

      Yeah, HTDA is awesome.

      “The project sounds like a less inspired and rather boring version of Nine Inch Nails with female vocals.”

      Maybe the writer of this article should check out artists/bands like Recoil, Yazoo, (early) Cabaret Voltaire, (early) Gang Of Four, Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky, M83, Fever Ray/The Knife and many others, because that’s more what this band sounds like, I don’t think it was trying to sound like NIN with female vocals, although with Reznor and Ross writing and producing the music it has to sound like NIN somewhat (and I think that’s a good thing) or like their (great) score work, but I don’t see how their music is less inspired or more boring than NIN’s, I think “Welcome Oblivion” is as good as most of NIN’s albums, it just lacks the rock and the “male agresiveness” elements that can be found in much of NIN’s music, and that for some people seems to equal to “uninspired and boring”, don’t know why tbh.

      I hope a new HTDA album is released some day.

      • Felonious Punk

        Reznor has his own sound that clearly identifies anything he’s involved in. Few musicians can claim that these days.

        I think this was more a case of the author saying “I need to find 10 bands to fill out this list…didn’t Trent Reznor have a side project? I bet it just sounds like a lesser version of NIN, so I’ll just go with that.”

        • Right mate the reason is because the author is a bit of a twit.

          • Felonious Punk

            lol

    • ah yes, Zwan was utter shit.

    • Wam Meesly

      ^What he said +1

    • Nikdik

      Totally agree. HDTA were awesome. I would say they are closer to Portishead than NIN.

    • Bilbo

      I will forgive you because you’re probably too young or musically illiterate, but to even mention ELP as not having credibility… Oh well… ELP achieved more musically than ALL punk bands put together. Perhaps one day you’ll achieve a level of maturity to be able to appreciate real music…

      • Felonious Punk

        Actually, please don’t forgive me. Especially if you think ELP was a legitimate act that “did more than all punk bands put together”. That doesn’t even make sense, which tells me all I need to know about your self-righteous “opinion”

        Bilbo, is it? More like DILDO. Now kindly remove your head out of your own ass so you can go fuck yourself.

        • Bilbo

          Yes, sure. ELP, King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, just a bunch of wankers! Ramones, Misfits, NIN and Nirvana,, now that’s REAL music!

          It’s OK, just let go of your anger. Someday, someday… “Chalk up another victory for the human spirit!”

          • Felonious Punk

            “Yes, sure. ELP, King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, just a bunch of wankers! Ramones, Misfits, NIN and Nirvana, now that’s REAL music!”

            Good job. I figured you’d see it my way eventually 😀

          • RiFF RAFF

            LOL @ YOU THiNKiNG NiNE iNCH NAiLS iS A PUNK BAND

    • scrosced

      Freebass had some good tunes. Peter Hook is a God among mortals.

  • nomad

    Generally speaking, the “I’ll put my spouse/friend/family member in a band” model doesn’t work.

  • GhastlyFuckFace

    You can’t really criticize Zwan just from their one studio album. There are countless songs which were only performed live or discovered after some digging. Corgan wrote over 70 songs for the band, many of them quality. Listen to songs like Riverview, For Your Love, A New Poetry, On The Meaning Of Loss, Spilled Milk, Always, My Life & Times, Consumed, Rivers We Can’t Cross, Pony Express, Freedom Ain’t What It Used To Be, and The Girl With The Cruel Face specifically. Also, their cover of ‘Love Is A Battlefield is pretty awesome.

    It’s just the same song & dance with Corgan since the Pumpkins’ original breakup- he is not adept at picking out his best material for release. Not every song is quality, but there are countless of gems that he has failed to release over the past 15 years.

  • iLeonD

    Asia shouldn’t be on this list. The author is a savage.

  • dakotablue

    “Blows Against the Empire,” the first Starship album, was pretty good imo.
    Great cover art, too.

  • Wam Meesly

    I have not heard of any of these bands aside from HTDA, Asia and Starship. And you are wrong about HTDA, they are more of a supergroup than anything else and their music is impressive. Anthony you were really reaching on this one.

  • Robert Brooks

    Damageplan should taken off and Metallica + Lou Reed should on and #1 along with Chris Cornell and Timebland. Those are the worst collaborations.

  • Bilbo

    So you have Asia on it and not Puscifer? OK…

  • random hero

    damage plan was a good album.