I don't really think everything is at the same level with metal and that all metal is on the same level. I just don't see why bash other forms of music for not being on the same level, when they are great at their own level, you feel me dog?
Know what aamean?
I can certainly pick some of the best of metal of this website, compare with bands that are criticized here (sacramentum x cannibal corpse, burzum x cradle of filth, mayhem x dream theater, darkthrone x etc...) an I can certainly understand why someone would not listen to inferior bands or other types of music. But I think that music must excel in its purpose and that is why we have diversity.
Not to mention this website has mentioned even album art and lyrics as being important parts of the experience. Now consider the negro and his music: How much of it is dependent on the setting of the ambient, the people around it, dancing
. Some songs are not separated of the dance, like dance music, some jazz, james brown, etc... You just don't consider james brown standing still. They are encoded in the song itself, the movements. Or you have trippy jazz or other negro manifestation that is inherent to the negro brain, like the album Survival of the Fittest by THE HEADHUNTERS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgmwO9R-qIw
Rock influenced by jazz like this expresses freedom, the chaotic randomness of the mind and nature: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuSKn1F82xM&feature=related
And I know this is kind of mediocre, but it serves a purpose. I can think of a ton of better rock artists than this, btw.
Others have similar encoded reasons, but of catharsis, reflection, emotion, trance states, tranquility, aesthetic beauty, etc.... I totally on board with the theory of different music levels that conservationist exposed here. (the first level keeping a rythmn, then emotion, then conflicting emotions, etc...)
I certainly appreciate rock and it's value, and also jazz, fusions of rock with jazz, etc... But I do not consider it on the same level with the best of metal. But there are certain things which must be expressed in other ways. There are some marvelous rock that express mental states that are very randomic and free. There is lots of great experimental music everywhere, so that saying that one who listen to it is moron or that it is trash is just going to be bad. Peace out, word, my nigga. Chill. Mi casa es su casa, que sera sera homie.