Darth, sweety, I probably haven't heard of them for the same reasons you have: 1) I'm not 80. 2) They suck.
But if you wanna play it like that, I'm sure I know of a thousand bands you've never heard of :P And so does my 12 year old cousin who listens to Miley Cyrus and a thousand other bands I would rather not know about.
Chris, I've listened to Rishloo's Scissorclips. At first I thought they sounded like Blind Guardian but at the end of the song I totally got the Tool vibe :]
A lot of melodies coming together with a similar rhythm while the lead singer's voice breaking through this musical mess :] Very Tool-like!
Aaron, our hip-hop talk on facebook got me thinking of Atmosphere and the Flobots. Do you know of them? Atmosphere is an incredible underground rapper and his lyrics are pure poetry. My ex is an aspiring rapper so he would drag me to underground shows of Eyedea and Abilities, Brother Ali and Atmosphere. I've never considered hip-hop as anything more than recycled music, spreading sexist nonsense but I suppose that's limited to some mainstream rappers.
All the hip-hop artists I mentioned above have a unique political message, they talk about love and life and they do is so brilliantly that it redefines your life's philosophy. Check'em out!
Yes! Yes! Billy Howerdel! I would pretend I'm in the moshpit section of the stage and yell "Billy, make me a baby!"; Of course I never got to go to any concerts
One question still remains though... who the fuck is Brian?!
And I have to agree with Aaron. RatM is an acquired taste (kinda like the Pumpkins; I needed to get used to Corgan's nasal voice. Now it sends shivers down my spine). I wouldn't spends hours listening to them while on a subway, but when I'm in my room and feel like kicking the ass of an imaginary evil societal force, then I'll definitely be listening to Zacky :] Or that 'Click Click Boom' song by Saliva (don't judge me!)
I think what makes SOAD so 'accessible' to a variety of listeners (and that's probably Serj's point) is the simplicity of the lyrics and rhythm. All their songs follow the same pattern: insanely fast and heavy riffs, a repetitive slightly funny lyrical phrase (usually with a hidden message of peace or something) and then a quiet, melodic part ("so you want to see the show... you really don't have to be a ho" ) etc.
While RatM really don't give a shit whether they appeal to the mainstream or not. Nor do they care about tearing your eardrum :P
Speaking of spine tingling voices... remember O Type Negative? Dang, Peter Steele would get me hot and bothered with "Black No. 1"! aaargg!
Deftones' Chino Moreno also has a sexy voice... mmm...
Fuck, I can't believe I didn't mention that one of my all time favourite bands is Jefferson Airplane! Fuck me! Grace Slick is a goddeeeessss. I'm perfectly comfortable with my sexuality, but if I've met her on one of JA's tours I'd be a converted lesbian then and there! She's my role model, in spite of her self-proclaimed vegetarianism.
Iceskater, I can't wait! And I'd loooooove to go backpacking but I'm afraid we'd have to survive solely on our people skills and the fact that we're BABES
Maybe some cute American boys would attend to our needs along the way, what do you say, lads? :]
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again.