In a band, every member contributes to the dynamic in one way or another. That’s why when a change is made to the lineup, however seemingly minor, things are never quite the same. Maybe the new guitarist can play faster than the old one, offering new opportunities for epic solos than before. Maybe your new lead singer can’t hit those ridiculously high notes that the old guy could, and you have to adjust the arrangements accordingly. In any event, the sound will never be exactly what it was before. Sometimes, though, it goes beyond that, and the addition of a new member (or the subtraction of an old one) doesn’t just slightly alter the dynamic of the band, but transforms it entirely. These five bands had their sound drastically altered by lineup changes, and would never be the same.
Phil Anselmo (Pantera)
We’ve covered this in greater detail before, but before Anselmo joined Pantera, they were basically a glam/hair metal outfit. Anselmo was crucial to the change in the band’s sound that led to classic albums like Cowboys from Hell and Vulgar Display of Power. His hard-edged vocals, and passion for thrash-ier music permanently changed how the band approached things, and by pretty much every measure, they were better for it.