The main problem is, because of magazines and the APPALLING "Metal" sections in CD shops the first bands which pop into your average persons head when they thnk of metal actually AREN'T metal. This is made even worse by teenagers running around with poppy albums (i.e System of a downs latest two) and calling themselves metalheads, kids who would probably cry and cower after hearing a few minutes of Exhorders 'Slaughter in the Vatican'
I can think of 100's of bands misthought of as metal, from the false inclusion of hard rock legends like G n R as metal, right upto this new "Metalcore" fad, which is, when you step back, as close to metal as Britney Spears. And the problem is newcomers to the genre are put off by this crap which is pretending to be metal.
NOW, actual metal is propped up by a relatively tiny and extremely dedicated fanbase, with help from more casual listeners who may latch onto one of the sub-genres, such as Doom Metal. These people may not stand out as metalheads at all, but are infinitely more attuned to metal than the kid with the Trivium T-shirt, who goes on about how "metal" he is.
- All Metalcore bands (granted there's some quite good stuff in there if you look beyong inane rubbish like BFMV, but it just isn't metal)
- Hard rock bands: i.e Guns n Roses - Again, some good bands in there, but not metal.
- Glam metal, like Nu I reckon they only chose the name "metal" as it sounds better than "glam rock". Pretty much no connection whatsoever to actual metal.
Best of REAL metal (in my opinion):
Summoning, Artillery, Intruder, Testament, Wolfchant, Emperor, Fjoergyn, Death, Savatage, Coroner, Gamma Ray
2. People's minds need to be more open.
Stupid Metal Bicth 2: "Yea..now that's real metal..opeth r0x0rs! slayer! metallica! meshuggah! LAWLLLL..you listen to pussy metal...fuck goth metal..dark metal..death metal..pop metal..nu-metal..industrial metal..german metal..hardcore metal..punk metal..mallcore metal..you pussy. fuck you. listen to real metal, bitch"
Me: -sighs and shakes head in disbelief-