Audio engineering is partly a creative process, so every instruments are somehow legitimate.
When you say that a particular eq sucks, and that it has been used for producing songs, you can be sure that the people involved in the work,
will react badly.
Regarding loudness war, I'm just regretting that some audio engineers are overdoing it.
There are tools now to measure the dynamic range ( search "dynamic range meter"), and it shouldn't be below a value of 6.