Not to play the Devil's Advocate here, but when it comes to underground music, there will always be those bands on the extreme fringes that are making strange experimental music. They've had it in Punk, Electronica, and Grunge, so why not Metal. This isn't something I would go out of my way to listen to, but some of you have made the music valid without even thinking about it.
LuredMaul, you said:
Jesus...............they just need a set of Bagpipes and be done ...................
Are they Summoning the LochNess Monster????????
So the music instilled an idea in your head.
Likewise, Homebake said:
this music kinda seems like it would fit in a bleak, alien, philosophical movie about life.
So the music seems to have a purpose, in that it evokes certain scenes or ideas in peoples' minds, whether you actually like the music or not. Just for the record, I don't like drone metal, but I do see it's purpose. It would be sweet in some sort of soundtrack, just not something to really listen to on it's own.
Bear in mind that drone metal is an off-shoot of Sludge and Doom Metal, which features songs about alienation, depression, and drugs. It kind of makes sense almost that Drone Metal would arise out of that. If I was high as hell and depressed, I'd make some pretty weird music as well.
Just a little food for thought.