If the people on this forum for example spent as much time promoting metal as they did here talking about their own likes and dislikes, metal might go somewhere, but one thing I've noticed about metalheads is that they often use alienation as an excuse to do nothing.
i think it would be more productive for metal fans to write better or just good music and worry about promotion later or maybe not worry about it at all. †
you have to remember, the way information travels today is much different than when metal started. †nowdays, with efficiency in transmitting information, half-formed metal bands have just as much promotional space as do good, serious bands. †I think the problem that your describing isnt so much due to metal fans being lazy or using excuses. †I think its more attributed to difficulty in finding a balanced medium for the promotion of their music without having to resort to the pomp of the internet or other mainstream forms of advertising. †
You won't see very many fanzines today unless they're on the internet, where they have to compete for numbers of visitors with more established websites (or maybe glossy-er ones). †In the case of Anus.com, the success isnt due to these superficial factors and it is good that anus is such a highly respected site by many, but also remember that the majority of today's metal fans flock to relapse or other cheese sites, turned off entirely by anus.com. †And you may say that this is a good thing and that it helps "separate the real from the false metal fans," but there are also problems with this in that for people who do like this website but misinterpret the message in the opinions section and reviews have a tendency to create a "by the book" approach to metal, whether it be in writing music or critiqueing newer bands. †
Thats not to say that most metal bands AREN'T crap; its true many bands today are ridiculously stupid. †What i'm talking about is the problem where metal fans become TOO serious and robotically construct music or criticism of other bands with their fundamentalist sensibilities and forget about how bands like Deicide, Mayhem, Ildjarn, and others shaped the music we love by initially dropping this tendency. †To me, this seems like the only way to create something genuine and this allows individuals to realize the meaning behind what they're saying, furthermore opening the possibility for actual progress.