I hate to get off on a rant here and I know that this type of thread has probably been posted a few dozen times, but I just got my new Guitar World and I have a few questions I would like answered: Do they punch these bands out with a damn cookie cutter? Are people out of new ideas? Doesn't anyone see any shame in ripping off some other band's gimmick? Is it just me, or do all of the bands nowadays sound like the same thing? Why do the consumers stand for this type of sh*t? It pisses me off when a band like GWAR gets virtually no support at all and bands like Slipknot, Mushroomhead, ICP, Twiztid, etc. are constantly being touted as the "next big thing" in the press, on the radio and on the festival tours. Maybe I shouldn't say too much, because I do not have a contract and my band has not been very successful as of late, but damn people -- get your own bit! Bands are being paid how many hundreds of thousands (maybe even millions) of dollars a year and they're not even expected to come up with an original idea? EDIT: I used GWAR as an example because I am a huge fan of their music and what they've done on their own. I know there are probably a hundred bands out there that deserve more credit than they get.