Metal Insider’s Top 10: Unsuccessful replacements in metal and hard rock

Posted by on May 4, 2016

life of agony7. Whitfield Crane in Life Of Agony

Life of Agony’s 1993 debut album River Runs Red was an instant classic. Produced by Type O Negative’s Josh Silver before Type O was a band, the album was heavy as hell, sludgy at times, and while it came out after the glory days of NYHC, fits right in as a modern classic. A lot of that is due to the amazing vocals of singer Keith Caputo (now Mina). The band released two more albums with Caputo before he left the band.

Their next move was to grab Whitfield Crane, then the former vocalist of 90s novelty act Ugly Kid Joe. While he toured with the band, they kicked Crane out once they hit the studio, then disbanded. When they reformed in 2003, Caputo was back in the band, and while they disbanded again as Caputo made some changes, they’re back again and will have a new album coming later this year.



STP with Chester6. Chester Bennington in Stone Temple Pilots

A few months after firing Scott Weiland in 2013, Stone Temple Pilots took the stage at KROQ Weenie Roast to reveal to the whole world their new singer: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. It seemed like a good fit on paper; after all, Bennington was not only the frontman of a massive modern rock band, but also a lifelong fan of STP. Yet even after a two year run that saw them tour theaters and festivals together, as well as release an EP of new material, the response to STP with Chester Bennington was lukewarm at best (as hecklers made it known that felt Bennington was no Weiland).

Bennington must’ve seen the writing on the wall, because despite reports of working on a new album together, the singer left STP right before the end of STP to “focus on Linkin Park”. With Weiland’s death closing the door of ever seeing the original lineup onstage again, the surviving members of STP recently held an online audition to find a new singer (don’t worry, it’s not Scott Stapp). STP and Bennington are still on great terms, though, having already reunited for a one-off charity gig.



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