I've been away from here for a while (posted to Germany, spent 3 months in desert etc) but it's good to be back. I got back to sunny UK on Xmas holidays last Saturday just in time for my Birthday. Met up with old band-mates and headed into town where I was promised 3 cool bands were going to be playing. But...they were all deftones soundalikes, i.e. mid-tempo heavy riffs with shout/rap/grunt/screaming lyrics over the top. The only difference between them was that the headliners from Oxford were far more competent musically (including bass player who could slap at 1000bpm - I'll be even more impressed when he can do it in time) than the supporting bands. I know that a) I should get out more and b) this maybe isn't a true representation of the current 'scene' but I was truly horrified that if new rock bands nowadays think that this is the way ahead, then manufactured pop and the shrink-wrapped pop idol recording industry has nothing to fear... Am I worrying too much?