I had heard "Bat Country" on the radio a few times, but RB2 and "Almost Easy" was really the first time I gave the group anything close to a proper listen. And I love the hell out of that song, I've got to say. It's heavy, it's catchy, it's damn fun to play in RB. I have most of the A7X DLC as well (ironically "Bat Country" is one of the songs I don't have) and most of them fit that bill, too.
Yet it's always seemed like they're one of the bands that it's cool to hate, that the internet decided was off-limits, like.......well, do I really need to give examples?
I really don't get it. The singer isn't some pitch-perfect virtuoso, but for this style of music his angry growls and occasional plaintive singing work just fine. The lead guitarist plays some of the most complex solos I've heard from recent bands (yes, I'm sure there are scores of examples of guitarists who "shred" better, good for you for coming up with them). Musically, they're certainly no less talented than the 'average' band. And I've never heard of anyone getting their ire up for a bassist
But the drummer...this is really the only thing I can think of that gets people to rage about this band. I've seen the posts too, of some of the downright scary A7X fans who say things like "I was sadder when the Rev died than when my own father died!" I mean, this is kinda creepy. No two ways about it. (The members of the band have tattoos relating to him, too, but this one is just from some guy) I don't understand that level of attachment and I do not want to.
So is that it, or is there something else? Because most of the time I can at least understand why overwhelming consensus is against a band, even if I don't agree. I'm a bit at a loss here.