Regarding something I just posted in another thread, I was thinking about what it would take for new metal artists to revive the genre.
Looking at the brief history of metal, mostly concerning the snowballing of extreme metal begining in the early 80s, it would seem that expecting the savior of metal to be of the black metal or death metal genres would be very problematic.
Before I go any further, let's just look at what we know. For the last 12 years metal fans have been looking at new black and death metal releases wondering when the genres would be revived to the power they once had, and it does seem like there is room left to explore. Unfortunately every year there seems to be less and less reason to look at new releases, as fewer are worth the time. We have resorted to praising mediocre albums, as stated in the previous thread by someone else, for tiny improvements.
But metal is not a genre made for tiny improvements. It's a genre that is defined by gigantic and extreme leaps forward made by bands like Slayer, Bathory and Burzum. The extremity of the difference is part of the art. If one were to keep going onward with metal, they would need to make an album as different from Deicide's Legion as Legion is from Black Sabbath's Paranoid album. The spirit of metal is in these strong steps forward.
So because of that I think the new genre of metal would need to be so different that is would suddenly appear that there were only two genres of extreme metal. One being the old style which is all the metal from before; black, death, grindcore etc. etc., and then the new genre which is so new and powerful that it groups all the old genres as one.
I will state that in my opinion, and many others, metal has been at a stand since Transylvanian Hungar, and all the other decent releases since then are more like art-rock albums that are just done in the form of metal. Shouldn't metal be more than the form? Metal has always been just as much about the time it was created as well as the instrumentation.
Forgive the obviousness of this post.