Babymetal - "The One." Thanks, Dave, that just became the second song of theirs that I like (after "Give Me Chocolate"). Yes, that band is a group of virtuosos! But I have to say that the overall production is so polished that there must be a whole team of pros behind the scenes. I'm impressed with all of it, and that's saying a lot coming from me because I have tended to prefer the more "artsy" bands like Rush, Yes, and Genesis. But after getting over my own pretentiousness, I have come to appreciate good production as much as good art, especially when they come together.
Not counting underground/indie bands, can you think of any genuine rock/hard rock bands that have come on the scene within the past 10 years?
It's hard to say, and harder to think if you count out underground/indie bands. I've reached an age (51) where you say 10 years and I'm still thinking 20+ years because it feels the same...lol. Some of the cool bands who still have current new hard rock sound have been around for 15-20+ years already. I'm thinking I have some bands to list like Foo Fighters, Shinedown or Disturbed who are still current, and they've been around for years...lol.
It's too bad I haven't heard them mainstream yet, but Monster Truck from Canada is pretty hard and good, and they're only 5 years old.
Grunge killed the rockin' metal screaming solos that helped define heavy metal/hard rock of the 60s-90s. Although I'd still count Soundgarden as as close to heavy metal as you could get with grunge..lol. Need to redefine what is hard rock anymore.
Off the top of my head I was thinking bands like Mastadon or Wolfmother...but both came out 18 years ago. Halestorm and Pretty Reckless are pretty cool...not a fan of the Baby whatevers...lol.
It's hard to say, and harder to think if you count out underground/indie bands. .
I intentionally left out underground/indie bands because the goal of my question was to see and explore why the rock genre as we know it has been largely rejected by the current day mainstream audience.
For example, let's look at the year 1978.
All of these bands were hugely popular with the mainstream:
Boston Styx Pink Floyd Led Zeppelin Genesis BTO ELO Wings Kansas
You won't find any artists in the top 40 now who sound anything like any of these bands.
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