I think it's fairly well known here that metal has become something that is simply another "alternative". Most metalheads have no ear for a beautiful melody, will pass up something that does because of other aspects that either destroy their superficial interest (an actual challenge to their existence, or perhaps certain petty aesthetics don't match their conception of what "metal" should be), or instead they accept it as something merely OK, because it does not have wildly recombinant aspects (the classic "grindcore with a flute" example). Metalheads in general are a problem, but what is truly metal is not. The most important aspect of the metal, the Romantic concepts of the embrace of struggle and beauty in darkness, is something that gives life to me everyday. Over 4 years of listening to the genre, most of which I listened superficially, it's encouraged and succeeded in me changing much. That concept is not the problem. Neither are the good musical aspects of metal. The long, winding, sweeping, fast strummed melodies of both death metal and black metal are among the few genres in this age that match the beauty humanity once created in the Baroque-Romantic eras. We should not give up on metal because metalheads suck. I think a good example of what to do is found in Hessian.org, that is the idea of changing the terminology to reflect something that is in tune with the metal spirit, but not limited to the wide mainstream conceptions of the genre, be those of block-headed ARE YOU TALKIN TO ME? fans disguised as death metal listeners, idiots in make-up writing emo played in a distorted arpeggio style, and these indie rock bastards in the "metalcore" and "post-metal" scenes. The idea is not to be a metalhead, but to instead be a Hessian, which is a way of living, a metal way of living, as I have understood it. In this sense, as many wise people have said on this site and on this forum, we can then not limit ourselves to upholding metal "because it's metal", but instead praise and uphold the greatest works of the genre, the great bands, seek newer bands that hold the concept and music that metal should be, and seek the spirit within other arts. To the void with garbage, to the void with "not bad", to the void with "it could be worse". Those are the statements of one who is afraid to strive for something. Garbage is garbage, and no dressing up will change that. Go through your mp3's, and purge everything that you don't listen to on a regular basis, because clearly either it's not meaningful to you, or you simply lack qualitative judgment of good art. Praise the great works. Of course, this is but nourishment for the Spirit. If we truly wish to live metal, we need also to nourish the Body and the Mind. We need to strive always to be at our greatest, and this includes something many do not do: ACT! If the felling of trees anger you, or sadden you, do something. Plant some perhaps, or perhaps take up conflict against the bastards. If hipsters anger you, tell them off every chance you get, troll the hell out of them anywhere, especially at a metal concert. If society is fucked, then we must be prepared to build anew, or to build within. These are wide examples, but one starts with the small. If you praise metal music that praises nature, should you not praise nature as well? Would it not make sense to follow from what you profess to believe? This is the starting point from which we can grow.