... sure, been listening to it since the early 90s [i am now 30] though i haven't been able to listen a whole album without getting a headache nowadays :P
I kinda gotten over the fact @10 years ago [around the same time Korn, Slipknot and similar nu-metal bands were getting big] most DM bands were not really pushing the "sound" any further but focused on "going faster, stronger, harder..." blah blah blah. It's mainly attributed to this "keep it underground" mentality which i still have a hard time understanding to this day...
More so, I was heavily into the local scene and gotten over it cause:
a) you end up running into the same people... and you start to notice that everybody else is not eligible to legally drink :P
b) people who are all about death metal [or any sub-sect or similar genre] only know bands within said genre; everything else is moot. Even if the band is Opeth per-se, who's influenced by early death metal bands, is out of the radar cause "it's not heavy enough" or "too much clean singing."
c) the opposite viewpoint is when a "metal" band is doing something very heavy and technical yet it's not death metal by any 'standard' e.g. Meshuggah is not death metal [nor do i consider 'em as one] but some people [within the scene] see them in same category as Korn or Slipknot - "sellouts".
d) in a city like LA, death metal bands [or any underground metal band in general] play in the least likable venues e.g. a dive bar, a hole-in-a-wall club, or someone's backyard... not the best place to be carrying a high-end guitar/rig. If you're a touring band from LA however, you get to play the big venues...
otherwise, most of my friends are connected to that scene, one way or another, but i chose to "do my own thing" since playing metal gigs isn't a paying job, unless you're Dethklok lol
i still listen to my dm albums... except the bands i listen to are at least 10 years old [or have been around for that long]...