The point I was trying to make is this:
Popularity does not make music good. Starting a bunch of copy bands does not make you innovative, if your ideas have been done before.
Did Morbid Angel have an impact on Korn? Damn straight they did. 'Ball Tongue's beginning riff is a direct rip-off of one of the many riffs in 'Angel Of Disease'.. But no, Trey playing that 7 string on "Beavis and Butthead" in 1993 had no effect on music, none at all..
Ask anyone in a metal band(remember 'metal', not hair rock, or mall-core/nu-metal/whatever they're calling themselves this week) who Morbid Angel is, and I bet they'll know.. Ask anyone in a pop/rock/top40 band, and they probably won't.
The Mall-core kids probably won't, but a lot of them won't listen to anything made pre-94(or recent, for that matter) unless one of their 'heroes' mentions a specific band in an interview, or Rolling Stone gives them a rave review.
If anyone should get credit for starting this genre, it's 'Rage Against the Machine', they had almost all the traits.. Rap influences, guitarist that admits to being a 'shredder who gave it up', and lots of effects/wierd noises.. Take that, add in Korn's low tunings, and you have 90% of the bands in this genre, IMO. If we pay attention to what the band's say, though, it's not one genre, but many.. Every new band has to have it's own genre now..
The big thing now is: "We can shred, but choose not to." Then they mention people like CC Deville and Mick Mars.
Slipknot's vocalist has a new band called Stone Sour.. People online are claiming it's shred.. So, for fun, I got one of their songs.. Sounds like Slipknot, with overdubbed pinch harmonics stuck in, and a 12 second solo. Said solo was burried in the mix so you can't hear it, and was the most unmelodic thing I'd ever heard.. Rhythm playing was still weak(The guy couldn't even pull off the harmonics as part of the riff), drumming sounded basic..
Like I said before, if they didn't go around spouting all this garbage hype, I wouldn't bash them..