I appear to have lied about the toast. Okay, I've got a question that I'm really not sure where it fits, so I'ma put it here first, and wherever it ends up, it ends up. Right, so I respond to a local ad for a metal vocalist, because, y'know, I do that sort of thing. They're a death/grind act, influenced (so they say) by Monstrosity, Morbid Angel, Malevolent creation. So, I shoot them an e-mail with my influences, yes? I listed in my reply Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, Watch Them Die, Cynic, Between the Buried and Me, Mastodon, Ion Dissonance, Origin, and Dillinger Escape Plan. I heard back, and the guy says "Origin is good, I haven't heard of the others you mentioned." I immediatly said "forget these clowns." Then I stopped, and my querry began. Why did I say that? Does not having heard of such bands make them lesser musicians? Does it make me a lesser person for dumping on them for not knowing them? It just struck me that if you're playing "a lot off blasts and heavy drops.very fast, very heavy. [sic]" and you haven't heard of Cynic, or Meshuggah, or DEP, does that say something about you as a person? SHouldn't a lover of metal here of such bands have heard of these people? I found it rather odd that my knee jerk reaction was to dismiss them out of hand like that for not having heard of these bands. Admittedly, the bands I listed fall out of the death/grind camp, but shouldn't a self respecting metalhead at least know of them? What does that say about me for saying "forget these guys" for it? What sorta percolated in my head was the mental image of someone listening to nothing but Morbid Angel and Dying Fetus. Obviously, you have your nitches; am I being super-judgemental because others don't have as diverse tastes in metal as I do? What do you think about such things? I guess it's not a particularly direct question, but I'm hoping you get the thrust of it.