I think a lot of those additions are pretty questionable. And didn't we already canvas this subject with the various "Is there anything that wasn't total shit after 2000" debates?
To me, this all has a vaguely desperate tone of having to scrape the bottom of the barrel you know to be empty.
We are struggling here, with something which is essentially finite.
Some of you should be asking yourself, "Why do I NEED there to be more good releases? What happens if, one day, there are no more good releases?"
At this point, it doesn't really matter to me very much. That doesn't mean I don't investigate music; just that I don't fixate on it much.
What I'm interested in, is the 'Essence' of the music. It seems to me that we should be talking about the spirit of metal, and even more importantly (because in truth, what metal "is" has already been long established, here and elsewhere), we should be relating it to other fields of art that achieve and communicate something similar, and to figure out what it all implies for us as individuals and a 'group' (if we can be called such).