DMU and ANUSian bastions are widely hated across the internet.
The reasons for this are simple; they are the same reasons that drew me to ANUS (lol) and then here. We maintain that metal should be upheld as art, and judged for quality by that consistent standard. There are a lot of very different people here at DMU, and I love a good argument, so I get lots of brainfood from this forum's users. But, that is our unifying characteristic; the belief that metal deserves to be upheld to standards, not just enjoyed for the sake of enjoyment (or, worse, cool points).
Meanwhile, most people consider music to be nothing more than amusement, entertainment. Because, much music *is* amusement, entertainment; it rarely crosses their minds that music *could* be anything more; or, if it does cross their minds, they are repulsed by the implications of responsibility.
I understand that the goal of ANUS and subsequently DMU is not to 'win them over' as if we were some kind of metal evangelical front. But, I think some of these 'metal is not art' naysayers deserve a response, because they have leveled one very serious and penetrating accusation at us.
This accusation is that we all sit around and rip on bands that are not cool enough for our standards, without giving anything back to 'the metal community' or whatever. I recognize this as a bullshit accusation, because I have listened to several users' musical projects, and they are of a higher caliber in general than one would expect of modern metal or other music independent of generic restriction.
So, I suggest this resolution: Put members' music projects on the front page. Make them clearly visible and accessible to any and all visitors. Show them that we aren't here to tear down music that is just 'not good enough' for us; show them that our purpose is to make a difference by dissecting the problems with modern music and then (most importantly) correcting the problems by offering superior music instead; by offering ART.