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5 Bands That I Wish Were Still Together

We all know that sinking feeling of disappointment, despair, and sadness when a film that we’re looking forward to is put in developmental hell or is shoved to the side with an unknown release date. After all, it took years for Trick ‘r Treat to be released and look what we’d been missing that whole time! This wouldn’t be a problem had we simply not known about the movie being made in the first place, am I right? But then, to quote the great Bob Ross, “Gotta have opposites dark and light… It’s like in life. Gotta have a little sadness once in a while so you know when the good times come.” I’d rather know about films that are planned on being made and then never see them than not know about them at all. It makes me appreciate what I do have all the more.

It’s the same with music and bands. Having had them, I find myself always wanting more and more, especially from artists whose music is fascinating and takes you on a journey. Alas, just like any project, things can simply come to an end and we, the consumers, are left with what exists and a dream of what could be.

Below are five bands that I desperately miss. After checking them out (and hopefully really giving their discography a shot), let me know some of the bands that you miss and wish would come back to release new music!

People in Planes

If you’ve never heard of this Welsh alt-rock band, I won’t blame you. They weren’t huge but MAN did they create some stellar and exciting music. Their album As Far As The Eye Can See is one of my favorite albums and is one that I can put on and not skip a single track. The band officially broke up in 2013 but they hadn’t released any new material since 2009, so their loss reaches further back.

A Perfect Circle

We’ve been gifted one new song in 2013 and that’s it since the two new tracks offered on 2004’s eMOTIVe. The last real album that they’ve released was 2003’s Thirteenth Step, which was simply incredible. There have been talks that the band is working on new material but that’s been the rumor for a while now. Until something solid comes out, I’m not holding my breath. I’ll simply dream of a day when it comes true.

Speaking of APC, if guitarist Billy Howerdel could also release another Ashes Divide album, I wouldn’t object.

The Haunted

Okay, so this one technically isn’t fair because they’re still a band. However, the current formation is nowhere close to what it used to be. And personally – god, I’m so ready to catch a ton of flack for this – I prefer the Peter Dolving-era over anything that Marco Aro offered. Yeah, it’s heavier and more vicious with Aro but with Dolving it was far more interesting and complex. It was the kind of metal that I could play for people who don’t like that style of music and yet they’d appreciate it and want to know more.

Porcupine Tree

Again, I’m slightly cheating here because they never said that they’ve broken up. However, it’s been over six years since The Incident, which is twice as long as the longest time between two of their albums. With that kind of distance and seeing each member going off and doing their own thing – drummer Gavin Harrison is working with King Crimson, bassist Colin Edwin has several projects, including O.R.k. and Metallic Taste of Blood, Richard Barbieri recently reissued his Jansen & Barbieri album Stone to Flesh, and guitarist/vocalist Steven Wilson has several solo albums under his belt – it’s hard to imagine them all forming together to create something new. That’s a shame because many of their tracks are absolute masterpieces and even their mediocre work is leaps and bounds above most music released today.

Rage Against The Machine

In times such as these, I think that a new RATM would be more relevant than ever. I may not agree with their views and politics on every matter but they brought a lot of issues to light and created discussions where none were being had. That alone is something that makes me crave their presence.

Considering it’s been just over 16 years since The Battle of Los Angeles, their last album with original music, and taking into account that seemingly none of the band have any interest in getting back together, any hope for something to come from the LA-based rap metal group is pretty much wasted. But that doesn’t mean we can’t wish upon a shooting star every once in a while.



  • robotdan


    • Gadriel

      I’ll second that.
      I’ll also add Godgory to the list.

  • Greasy

    most of the original haunted lineup are playing together in at the gates. they originally formed the haunted when at the gates split up. the at the gates reunion album, at war with reality, from last year, blows away anything i ever heard by the haunted.

    • ‘At War With Reality’ is a fantastic album but a different kind of metal from what The Haunted were doing. Both released amazing music and I’m thrilled that At The Gates is back!

  • Bryano

    I also prefer Peter Dolving, he was also the singer on the first album. I think Revolver is one of their best albums. It’s cool that they tried to branch out musically, even if it didn’t quite always work out.

  • TheSlitheryDee

    RAGE, Perfect Circle, GNR

  • sliceanddice


  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    “I’ll simply dream of a day when it comes true.”

    Nothing against the writer, but this line took me back to the days where I was the same way. Dreaming about an album I had only heard rumors about, but seemed like it’d never come to fruition. Never again will my life be affected by entertainment in this way. I wish I could have all that energy back that I wasted during the 14 years I waited for a certain album. It finally happened, and when it came out, I loved it. But, I felt so stupid and silly that I basically gave away portions of a period of my life for something that is simply not meant to be taken seriously.

  • oh_riginal


  • eli

    Type O Negative, Static-X, Snake River Conspiracy, Box Car Racer, Da Lench Mob.

    • AlbinoRhino

      Wayne Static is dead (R.I.P) so I don’t see another Static-X album out in the future.

      • I Am Colossus

        Lurch from Type o Negative is dead too.

      • eli

        I know. So is Peter Steele of TON & Dimebag of Pantera, which is mentioned below. Thought this was a fantasy article for us to convey which bands we wished were still around, regardless of the possibility or zero chance we’d ever see them again.

        • Alanmac

          In that case I’ve gotta add The Clash to my list.

  • Michael James

    I saw yesterday that there may be a new RATM CD next year.

  • Darkness69

    Oh, man… Charon.

    • TheHorrorWordWithShaneAndPurd


  • CTHL

    System of a Down, though it sounded like that was gonna happen soon. Then again, Scars on Broadways “new” album has been done for like 5 years…

    Pantera of course. Wylde wants to fill in, would be perfect.

    And I guess I’ll go along with APC (i like doin things in 3’s). Mers is one of my top 5 all time, but 13th was a bit of mixed bag, and eMotive is one of the worst things ever. If they go back to making actual songs like Mers, great. If they make weird whispery shit like eMotive, stay broken up.

  • EmPleH

    The Mars Volta

  • markajacoby

    Bauhaus, Psyclon Nine, Pink Floyd, Terrorfakt, Sisters of Mercy (I guess they’re still performing but….)

  • Thrash13

    A Perfect Circle is definitely my favorite of Maynard’s multiple projects, although he has lots of good Tool songs as well. I’ll be surprised if we don’t get something new from them at some point down the road. And RaTM has toured a little I believe, so new stuff from them is possible too. Like you said, their stuff would blow up right now!

    I know Chris Cornell has been back with Soundgarden, and that’s been great. But I’d like to see one more Audioslave record before he calls it quits. Days of the New was always very underrated, and I’d love to see new stuff from them too.

    • NINTR

      Would LOVE another Audioslave album! I could then die happily! XD
      And RATM has gotten back together on and off, so they very well could release some new stuff.

  • Mark Andrew Glinka

    Pink Floyd
    CAMP KILL yourseLF
    Black Country Communion

  • JosephPattisall

    The only reason I had ever heard of Trick r Treat being made was this website. It was reported on from production all the way through getting shelved for so many years so what are you talking about????

  • Alanmac


    • JosephPattisall

      If it makes you feel better Fugazi is only on hiatus.

      • Alanmac

        Yeah but it’s been so long now and with Joe living in Italy I don’t think it’s gonna happen anytime soon.

        • JosephPattisall

          You’re probably right but we can always hope.

  • Alanmac

    Rage Against the Machine always made me laugh back in the day with the whole “anti corporation” BS while at the same time being on a major label, (Geffen if I’m not mistaken), and pushing their videos on MTV, doing interviews in Rolling Stone and touring on the Lollapalooza circuit. Can a band get ANY more “corporate” than that? What a joke.

  • Robert Perry

    Should probably add The Soup Dragons and Kitchens of Distinction on this list imho.

  • Greasy

    white zombie. i know that you can see rob zombie and his band play white zombie songs, don’t care. i want white zombie back.
    ministry, the proper ministry, as in al jourgenson and paul barker. not jourgenson making cartoonish cyber-metal.
    my number one would always have been faith no more, but they reformed and released the best album of the last 20 years, so that’s cool 😀

  • I Am Colossus

    Why is the article about bands who COULD get back, but the comments are about bands whos members died and obviously couldnt carry on the same? Acid Bath would be a good 1, same issue though, different issue would be LCD Soundsystem. They just stopped, but could get back together and be just as strong.

  • Chamber

    The Smashing Pumpkins not on this list? For shame. If Billy Corgan weren’t such an insufferable asshole, the band would still be making music as they were during the height of their career. SP without James Iha and D’arcy is not the band I grew to love.

    • Steve Miller

      They never stopped making music and just finished a tour.

      • neonix

        Read his comment again, maybe?

        > “SP without James Iha and D’arcy is not the band I grew to love.”

        Yeah, they’re still around, but I agree with Chamber, they aren’t the same band anymore. Just like The Haunted, as pointed out in this article.

        • Chamber

          Thank you. When half of the original band is MIA, is it still the same sound? I miss the Smashing Pumpkins as they were right up until “Adore”. After Iha and D’arcy left, the band is so different as to only be SP by name.

      • Chamber

        The Smashing Pumpkins is and always will be Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha and D’arcy. If you don’t have the original members, it does not count.

        • Steve Miller

          That’s not true to most people. Especially when the one sound that can’t be replaced stayed.

  • Trioxin83

    I really wish Snake River Conspiracy did a second album

  • Steve Miller

    Porcupine Tree kicks ass.

  • GinsuVictim

    A Perfect Circle will be back after Tool’s next album ever gets finished and the subsequent tours. It was only 2013 when APC last toured together.

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    The Pearl Jam that made Ten and Vitalogy

  • Eizzy IceBorne

    I wanted to see the Misfits back together with Doyle and Graves. That would be a killer.

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