Dead Winter Dead, by Savatage (1995): A few days ago, I waded through a discussion of books that "screwed up the world." I'm not sold on the concept, but if they ever do one for albums, I nominate this one. This pretentious (barely) prog-metal concept album delves into the disintegration of Yugoslavia with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. What's worse, it's appropriation of snatches of classical music (metal Mozart!) and the Christmas setting indirectly spawned the truly awful Trans-Siberian Orchestra and their Spinal-Tap-does-Xmas projects. The cheese of hair metal, the pretension of prog - what could be worse?