Originally Posted by ns9
Actually, I like that metal isnt in the spotlight, at least not the type I like. Anytime a genre of music gets "in the spotlight," it opens the door for tons of people to imitate it simply to make money, record companies search for people to mold, and the resulting flood makes it difficult to find good stuff, simply because of the number of acts and albums one has to weed thru.
I agree, how many rock bands now sound like Staind? Then advertisers and everyone else in the media jumps on the bandwagon and starts using that type of music to promote things; to the point to where it's shoved in your face everywhere you go and people get tired of hearing it.
That's what's going on with hip-hop/rap right now. Everyone and thier geriatric grandmother is getting signed to labels, regardless of whether or not they have any talent. They even use hip-hop in commercials for peanut butter.
From what I remember, 80's metal never got that far. I don't recall anyone dressing up a kid in pink spandex, with a massive wig of teased (and subsequently fried hair), holding a paint splattered guitar, pretending to do EVH-style tapping runs with a tagline like "Dude, Eat Skippy: It's The Peanut Butter That Shreds Your Tastebuds."
More to the point: metal's not dead; most of it just went overseas. There are a ton of metal and metal influenced bands that come out of Europe or American bands that find more success in places other than the U.S simply because from what I've seen, in my opinion, is that other places aren't so set in trends like we are in America and people are much more likely to listen to what they like, rather than what's pushed at them.
Some of the metal bands I currently listen to are: Children Of Bodom, Arch Enemy, Symphony X, Adagio, Blind Guardian, Dark Tranquillity, Nightwish (heavy guitars with operatic female vocals. Odd, yet it somehow manages to work), and Opeth.