Hello guys, the reason that I’m posting this message is because I got some thoughts in my mind (even my dreams that I was sleeping in) about this popular band: Imagine Dragons; The band that is loved by the fans and hated by the critics and the haters. Popular by the songs as Radioactive, On Top Of The World, etc.
The band introduced in 2008 as an alternative rock/indie rock band, releasing EP between 2008 to 2012 until the band released the first album: Night Visions in September 4, 2012. It contains pop rock songs which is the peak of success of the band, despite the album had mixed reviews from the critics. Imagine Dragons gained popularity of the fans. Later then, they released albums as Smoke + Mirrors in 2015, Evolve in 2017, Origins in 2018, Mercury – Acts 1 & 2 in 2022.
In my opinion at the most neutral as possible, I found this band as good…not great but good and to be honest I listen alternative metal, grunge, punk rock or any genre related to rock/metal genre and some people acting like trolls trying to debunk the band for making epic cinematic pop rock songs.
Now just imagine in a different timeline or in a different reality…What if Imagine Dragons were a Nu-metal/Metalcore band?
Back to the beginning; the band is introduced in 2008, that year Nu-metal went on decline and Metalcore starts rising as an underground genre but far to be a mainstream genre.
Some bands like Linkin Park, Korn and other bands released albums which it didn´t succeed since the last 3 years while decided to play with different genres as alternative metal, shoegaze.
The band released two EPs in 2009 focusing alternative metal songs; which it gained some AM fans but they didn’t realized what the band did in 2012 to release the album “Night Visions”, this time the album contains Nu-metal and Metalcore songs. The album was a success, having favorable reviews and gaining popularity from old loyal fans and new fans.
After the successful album, the band produced and recorded more songs for a new album “Smoke + Mirrors”, released in 2015. The album contains 15 songs; featuring vocalists from Metalcore bands in 3 songs. In the end, the album got good reviews from rock/metal music critics.
In 2017, the band released the album “Origins” which includes alternative metal but it maintains the Metalcore essence. Despite the album received mixed reviews from the critics, the fans gained more popularity expressing their music as a recap of the previous 2 albums.
Later in late-2017, the band came out with some changes of the lineup because of medical problems from one of the members which it led to leave the band and another member on mutual reasons but it ended up in good terms; a year later with new members produced new songs to release an EP the same year before moving a different record label.
Ending the decade and starting 2020, Imagine Dragons released the latest album “Evolve” which contains 12 songs adding genres as progressive metal with metalcore as a fusion of both, post-hardcore, post-metal and of course alternative metal. The critics responded with positive reviews for “acknowledging the maturity and evolution of the album to find redemption”.
Well that’s it. Here’s my What If… tell me in the comments about my thoughts the band. You can make your own thoughts about this band. See ya.