My point is not that metal fans are argumentative morons. My point is that there's a large group of people who are passionate about hard rock and heavy metal, and instead of banding together, they spend most of the time bickering. I can't tell you how many times I've heard students tell me they can't form a band with their friends because they don't like the same type of metal. "Well, I like power metal, but the singer likes death metal, and the drummer only plays hardcore." I hear this sort of thing over and over. Instead of refusing to cross sub-sub-genres (that's not a typo), why don't you just start a fucking metal band?
I went to see Iron Maiden at Madison Square Garden, and you know what? It was a sold out show! They've never had a hit song, they never get played on MTV, and I almost never hear them on the radio, but right in front of me we're 20,000 heavy metal fans! There is an army of metal fans out there, but they're so determined to argue with each other that it makes the genre of heavy metal seem so small when compared to pop or r&b. Aren't you tired of hearing auto-tuned garbage everywhere? We should unite and show people that we are a huge community of people that appreciate real bands with real singers and good musicianship.
Do I think a simple blog post will change people's thinking? No. But just imagine how things would be if it did.