Where's the goddamn 'BLEGH', man?
Serious question time. Is the pursuit for commercial viability a poison to modern heavy metal bands? Is there a middle ground that can appease long-time fans and new ones alike, and can it be done in a way where it doesn't sound dumbed or watered down? I've wrestled with these questions for a few years now, so know that I'm not being facetious when I ask them, nor do I present the questions with an elitist comportment. I'm certainly not one to judge either, after all I grew up on some of the most vapid, easy-listening metal bands around, and I'm not ashamed to admit I loved every damn second of it.
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