Anything that is not an A or a B is a C. I do not go any lower than a C, nor do I distinguish between different levels of C. C is for compost.
...and compost is extremely beneficial in bringing about new life. Your point?
I like the way you're thinking, here. I've had a similar thought in the past. A mighty oak can't just grow out of nothing. It needs rich soil.
2009 was an admirable year for metal, relative to the previous 10 years. 2010 was respectable. 2011 is shaping up to be on par w/ 2009.
It's not a renaissance. Granted, on the Absolute scale, 2009-2011 is a C+ compared to the A of 88-93, but it's also a C+ compared to the F of 2000-2007. The Absolute scale is all that matters at the end of the day. But are we seeing the groundwork being laid? Is 2009-2014 going to be the soil or the compost for the next reincarnation?