WTF Is Going On With Band Names Lately?

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I Killed The Prom Queen The cool band name well is getting more and more dry by the day. I’ve seen a spike in stupid bands names as of lately. Most of the time it’s Metalcore bands but not all the time. Everyday I see a band name that makes me say; “WTF?”. I’m not rippin’ on these bands for their music because I’ve heard some of them are really good, but if you got a good band, it needs a good name. Here are just a few that I have seen in the past couple of days.

Considering all the really cool metal names are pretty much taken, you don’t have much of a choice but to try to be creative these days…but at least TRY to be creative. I’m waiting for some band to names themselves “Larry Has AIDS” or “She Needs To Douche“. Seriously, if your bands name is a phrase or part of a sentence then you need to reconsider. Yes, having something to do with death or evil is cool, but don’t make it sound emo unless your band is emo-ish and that’s who you”re trying to accommodate. Sometimes the most un-metal name is very metal, but choose wisely or you may not be taken seriously. Taken seriously? Yes, taken seriously, especially when trying to get signed. Having a fun and funny name is cool at first, but do you think Nuclear Blast would sign you if your bands name was “Love Plunger“? Maybe, but not likely and you’ll have to settle for some second rate, indie label that isn’t going to take you far and promoters that aren’t going to book you unless your music is the best thing they have heard…ever.

Here are some of the best names in metal and obviously were used before the well started to dry up.

  • Slayer: How can you really beat that as a metal name? I’ll tell you how…
  • Death: point blank and nothing to dissect here.
  • Metallica: Your band name has “Metal” in it, it doesn’t get much better than that.
  • Megadeth: What’s almost as cool as Death…Mega-deth. Still pretty “kewl”.
  • Black Sabbath: Take a holy day and make it sound scary and evil. It’s been done, so don’t try to name your band “The Easter Massacre” or “Black Death Christmas“, Although Black Death Christmas does sound kind of cool!

Now obviously these are just some of the basic and classic metal names that helped create a foundation for the amazing music they produced. Slayer once considered the name “Wings Of Fire“, no bullshit. Do you think they would have made an impact in the early days with that name?


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  • Ana Wolken

    The bad band name epidemic seems to span all genres. Some SXSW favorites were We Were Promised Jet Packs and This Bike Is Not A Pipe Bomb

  • Scott

    lol. Those are funny names. There was another one I heard lately too but I just can’t think of it.

  • fang

    i think people just post these crappy band names just to get noticed but some of these names are just ridiculous. band names have no inner meaning anymore, originality has just become a contest among new bands to see who can find the most retarded names!!

  • Scott

    I could have searched and found a dozen more stupid band names if I felt like it, but who has the time? I think it is an attention thing too. I like band names with inner meanings too. 1349 for example. I’m not a huge fan of them but if you don’t know any better and you hear the name it makes you want to know why 1349. You look it up and find out that that’s the year that the Black Plague reached their homeland of Norway. See, that’s an interesting concept. Other bands, depending on their genre use shocking, gory names. Is this for attention too? I would say yes, but it coincides with their music.

  • Alex Rochon

    I’ve been listening to a bit of “horror metal” recently, and some of the bands have solid names, others are a little… wonky.

    Some examples
    -Acid Witch (I think it’s pretty awesome)
    -Vacant Coffin (It’s OK)
    -Decrepitaph (I get the pun, and it isn’t worth it)
    -Birdflesh (ok…)
    -Bloodfreak (Pushing it)
    -Catasexual Urge Motivation (What the fuck?!)
    -General Surgery And The County Medical Examiners
    -Gruesome Stuff Relish
    -Intense Hammer Rage

  • giles

    i actually like loveplunger…

  • Scott

    It does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

  • Martin

    I’ve heard worst names than the ones you all mentioned here, i can’t think of the names now, but you posted something the other day about a band that i saw live one time called The No. 12 looks like you, which i think is a stupid name.

  • Alex Rochon

    Not really metal, but I found this ridiculous

    !!!, pronounced “chk-chk-chk”. Heard about them a while ago, apparently they have a rabid fan base.

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  • Ryan

    Best names in metal, you forgot Cannibal Corpse. Seriously, that is probably the most metal name out there. Hands down.

  • Scott

    I didn’t forget. I just didn’t feel like naming every cool band name I could think of, but yes, it is one of the most “Metal” names out there.

    On another note, I remembered another one today. ABACABB…a seriously stupid name. I heard their music isn’t much better.

  • Nihilamine

    I agree with most of your point here, Scott. When you mentioned a band called “Mother Died Today,” though, I felt the need to object. I’ve never heard their music, but the name seems to be a reference to a classic work of existentialist literature by Albert Camus, called The Stranger. The book is one of my all-time favorites, and a short trip to Wikipedia explains why:
    “At his trial for murder, the prosecution describes Meursault [the protagonist] as a remorseless killer; he is convicted and awaits execution. In prison, Meursault accepts his fate, because it is his only true option; neither suicide, nor faith in God are options once he fully grasps the absurdity of the world in which he lives. Mersault realizes that death is the permanent end and that the events and actions in one’s life are meaningless.”
    A band named for this book strikes me as worth listening to.

    So anyway, I like that name, as a matter of fact.

  • Scott

    Naming your band after a book has become such a trend in Metalcore. I’m glad they came up with a name that is original and truly holds a meaning for them…

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