Metal!

Can We Stop Making Up New Metal Subgenres?

Am I the only one who is sick to death of the ever-growing list of metal subgenres? It seems to evolve and pulsate and throw out even more obscure genres on a daily basis.

Honestly, if there's one thing metalheads should be able to have faith in when it comes to their music, it's that metal veers as far away from commercialization as possible. But this hasn't been the case for decades, and it's only getting worse as the market for mainstream metal expands. Actually, the industry calls this "mainstream metal" -- I call it watered-down rock.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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