I should preface this by saying that the statement in the thread title is, of course, entirely subjective. But lately I've noticed an alarming lack of interesting (to me) new music. For the most part, I simply can't relate to the music that is fashionable today, be it metal, rock or even pop. Maybe I'm experiencing the same kind of despair and panic as those of you who grew up on 80's metal, when trends changed in the early 90's.
I'm admittedly mostly a rock kind of guy and not nearly as much into metal as most of you guys (though I do love 80's Metallica, and a few songs from bands like Testament and Savatage). These days, whenever I discover something truly exciting, it's usually older stuff, mostly from the 90's. It has a certain feel and vibe to it that I can't quite put my finger on. There are exceptions, but they seem few and far between. I take a glance at the rock section of a music review site that I frequent, and all the releases on the front page range from poor to mediocre in rating.
As an additional observation, it seems to me that, if you take a look on the forum (and probably other fora as well), there is a disproportionate amount of topics pertaining to actually creating music compared to threads about gear. Now, I realize that everyone has different goals, and there is nothing wrong with collecting fine instruments for the sake of it, if that's what you're into. But to me, none of that has ever been what it's all about.
It's easy to complain, so I'm writing an album. I've been slowly writing for a few years now, and if all goes well, I might hit the 50% mark this summer. As pretentious as it may sound, the dream is to create something that, in addition to being personally fulfilling, will be remembered, something that people will want to keep coming back to. Because that's exactly the kind of record that I would want to find.
What are your favorite albums? I'm sure I could think of something you would like.