rich menga books gear search about contact
***Secret FSR Fender guitars? Yes, they exist, and they're right here

Rock is dead

...or just needs a good kick in the pants.

I've been reading some rock and metal bbs's recently and one thing is painfully obvious. The scene as it stands is suffering real bad from an every-band-sounds-the-same syndrome. Maybe it's because I'm getting older and I'm listening to a much wider variety of tunes these days, but... I don't think that's it.

See Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks. The top ten as of the writing are as follows: Staind, Seether, Nickelback, Audioslave, Disturbed, Crossfade, Foo Fighters, Trapt, System of a Down and Shinedown.

The only band I hadn't heard of was Crossfade, but I guess I wasn't missing much. All they sound like is a bad imitation of Foo Fighters, but that's just my opinion.

All the bands on the top ten have one thing in common: They've been around for a while. That's it.

Think about that.

This is the best the mainstream has to offer?

I think we can do a whole lot better.

Hopefully in the next year we'll see some fresh stuff, because the stuff out there right now is as stale as yesterday's bread.

image
Best ZOOM R8 tutorial book
highly rated, get recording quick!

050910

More articles to check out

  1. Ibanez does a "Negative Antigua" finish
  2. The guitar some buy in threes because they can: Grote GT-150
  3. You're not allowed to change a brake light in a new car?
  4. Unexpected surprise, Casio F201
  5. Why the Epiphone Explorer is better than the Gibson (for now)
  6. You should surround yourself in guitar luxury
  7. Forgotten Gibson: 1983 Map Guitar
  8. Casio MTP-V003, the one everyone missed
  9. Just for the look: Peavey Solo guitar amp
  10. Spacehunter, that '80s movie when 3D was a thing