Music is a complex world, defined by larger-than-life personalities and vastly different hordes of fans. Due to the wide variety and demands of attentive fans within the industry, music has grown to an immeasurably broad spectrum over the decades to suit everyone’s tastes. From jazz to grindcore, the music offers something for everyone to enjoy. Alternatively, the stunning breadth of today’s music landscape means there’s inevitably something for everyone to hate.
As any seasoned journalist or photographer will tell you, “negativity sells,” and that sentiment is carried by huge chunks of rock music fandom. Some groups rose to prominence through ironic love or a wave of resistance against them. In turn, this generates more opposition to their music as they are exposed to more people.
Rock music is living proof that the more popular you are, the more unpopular you are. Some groups have learned to exploit this, others struggle to move past it.
That being said, here are ten huge rock bands that everyone loves to hate.
Dragonforce is living proof that no matter how good you are at something, you’ll always have other people saying you need to be better. The pioneers of modern British power metal were formed in 1999 by Hong Kong-born lead guitarist Herman Li, and quickly began to catch the attention of fans. By the time the band released their debut album, “Valley of the Damned”, in 2003, they already enjoyed a strong fanbase. Dragonforce only rose to stardom in 2006 with their single “Through the Fire and Flames”, which was featured on Guitar Hero III.
However, anti-fans of the band began to emerge from the woodwork, accusing Dragonforce of being sloppy performers and suggesting that their guitar recordings were sped up in post-production. The band has always denied this, and there’s no doubting Li’s guitar skills.
Coming from a poor family, Li was left-handed as a child, but his parents could not afford to buy him a left-handed guitar. As a result, he learned to play with his less dominant right hand and is now one of rock’s few ambidextrous guitarists.
Dragonforce now has eight studio albums to its name, the latest being 2019’s “Extreme Power Metal”.