I agree with you. Even I don't dislike this band. There are some Metalheads though who have a different point of view regarding this band. In fact some of their albums/songs are pretty brutal. Phil is a great vocalist as well. I always liked the "chemistry" of these 4 guys, and how they play in perfect harmony. Really talented musicians though.i would never have attached a "hated" attribute to their name.
i've been deep into hard rock / metal since the late-eightees and when Cowboys from Hell came out and since they have always held a high place in the hardcore catalogue.
in my own opinion one of the highest, with songs that hit some of the hardest strings of our existence while still keeping an intelligent aspect.