Reading around Talkbass I read a bunch of posts making jokes about metal (any version). Now, it's cool to joke around, that's what makes life fun. But sometimes I get the feeling that Metal bassists just aren't respected as other bassists. I understand that metal is more straightfoward music and the basslines aren't complicated. But if a bassist is filling the role in the band then shouldn't we respect him/her? I know in metal music the bassist generally gets pushed back but isn't that the fault of the bassist or the band? Just looking for some thoughts.