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Am I the only one who thinks music sucks? That is, recent music, ranging from rap, R&B (which almost always sucks), hip-hop, metal, rock, and alternative music seem to be in an awkward stage. And by awkward, I mean that everything sounds exactly the same.
Back in the early the mid 90s, we had Rage Against the Machines, Pantera, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Eminem, Tupac, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and an assortment of other artists who seemed push music forward, setting the groundwork for recent artists. In the late 90s and early 00s, new and innovative bands began to emerge, such as Linkin Park and System of a Down. Up until 2004, music seemed be in an exciting stage, in which anything was possible. Countless bands were combining different genres together, old obnoxious genres were diminishing, and everyone seemed to have a definite goal in mind.
Blah! Now, it's as if recent bands have run out of their creative juices. Everything sounds exactly the same, and besides the same bands I've been listening to for the past 5 & 1/2 years, I can't seem to find anything I can officially LOVE.
Every two weeks, new cookie-cutter "artists" emerge, doing absolutely nothing new or interesting for their genres. To their credit, however, they don't pretend to do anything new or interesting. They seem to take comfort in their blatant mediocrity, claiming to sound just like the innovative bands that preceded them. To prove my point, I will now list a number of well known bands that are practically indistinguishable from each other (most of them are metal/hardcore):
As I Lay Dying: Oh, how dramatic -- "As I Lay Dying." Mind finishing the sentence, retards? Okay, so you're dying...NOW WHAT?? I admit, I'm a sucker for double (and in some cases, triple) bass and pinch-harmonics, but for Odin's sake, why DO THEY HAVE TO SOUND LIKE EVERY OTHER HARDCORE BAND IN EXISTANCE?!
All Shall Perish: Okay, so their name borders on badass, but haven't I heard their sound somewhere before? Oh yeah, that's right, AS I LAY DYING! Don't get me wrong; I totally dig the guitar, but still, it lacks variety. If you want some awesome guitar, see AVENGED SEVENFOLD.
Drop Dead, Gorgeous:
Wow, I never knew what an important role the comma played in communication! I mean, for a second there, I thought they were making some vague reference to their astonishingly good looks. Guess not. In short, they do nothing interesting, and the vocals are reminiscent of a dying child.
All That Remains:
Yay! Another incomplete sentence! Anyway, at least 2 of their songs feature some pretty sick guitar solos, and their vocals, although screamy, aren't intolerable. Unfortunately, there are a number of more experienced bands that do the exact same thing better.
Still Remains: What's up with the whole "remainder" theme? Remains of what? My guess is that they're referring to the few remaining fans they have after everyone else figured out they sounded like a cross between Senses Fail and All That Remains.
Anyway, my original idea was to list as many bands as I possibly could. Unfortunately, I don't have the patience to list any other ones, so the current one will have to do. YAY! For the record, go to myspace.com's music section, and you'll find a million other bands that sound like the ones listed above. JUST DO IT. It's rewarding.
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