Lately I've been thinking of something. I've come to the conclusion that I'm bored with america's current metal scene in general and find myself looking more towards Europe's scene and being much more musically satisfied. Don't get me wrong, we still have bands that are worthy flagbearers for our country: Shadows Fall, Nevermore, Lamb of God, Slayer, Morbid Angel, and Mastodon to name a few. But the vast majority of the new bands I'm finding stagnant. I find myself watching Headbangers Ball and Uranium and being bored until the new Nightwish or Akercocke video comes on. Bands like 18 Visions, From Autumn to Ashes, Avenged sevenfold, and Glass Casket I'm just finding too boring/too similiar. And what the hell has happened to vocals in american metal? Rough vocals and emo'ish castrato vocals just don't mix well, I'm talking to you From Autumn to Ashes. EMO is creeping into my beloved metal!!!!!!! I'm finding the main difference between American and European metal is that the US stuff is much more angry/ugly. The European metal is much more prettier/melodic. I know these are sweeping generalizations to make but I can't help but feel overall that they are true. Power metal is much bigger over there. So is Doom. For awhile I tried to deny I liked power metal, but if you can get past the cheese it's some really great stuff. I know this was just a ramble, but I'm interested in hearing your guys' opinions.