A band’s debut album can either define them instantly or hint at what musical steps will be taken next. Often the first album is a bit raw as the artists showcase their obvious influences and come into their own on future releases. But what about those groups that are in a constant state of evolution or just changed their style halfway through their career?
That’s the focus of this list as we examine hard rock and metal acts who have distanced themselves from their early days, all for various reasons. Linkin Parkalways trying to take a leap into slightly new territory, have dominated headlines in 2017 for their pop-oriented Another bright albumwhich is far from the fireball energy of the nu-metal classic Hybrid theory.
As you’ll see, they’re not the first band to make a drastic shift in sound and certainly won’t be the last, especially as pop themes continue to permeate the world of heavy music. Other actions that immediately come to mind include In flames and their transition from a premium melodic death metal band to anthemic, arena-oriented metal Alice Cooper‘s chameleon-like career that kept up with the times for only about four decades.
Turn your attention to the gallery below to see these musical shape-shifters as we take a look at 26 bands that sound nothing like their first album!
26 bands that don’t sound like their first album
25 rock and metal bands whose singer is the only original member left
The following bands no longer have any original members left except for the lead singer.