At every level gear is head and shoulders above where it was years ago. Entry level gear like Line 6 and Roland (micro-cube) seriously kills the pignose and Crate amps we had to deal with as kids. There are new innovations in tube amps every year, with great tube amps starting at about $600 now, and just about every flavor of amp sound you can want is available.
Like Marshalls? Buy one of about 10 models. Like Marshall's El34 sound but want it hotter? Engl and Mesa have you covered. Like a more bassy sound? Mesa and Fryette and Peavey and 100 other companies have you covered. Smooth and crunchy? Egnater and Orange are here for you!
Like it all and want to go direct? Fractal, Digitech, and Rocktron have you covered. Like effects? On the floor or in a rack? TC Electronic has you covered.
I just can't believe all the wonderful toys we have at our disposal today. At any price range from $100 to $5k you can have gear that slays what we played years ago. Which begs the question...
...so why isn't the music today up to par with where it was 10-20 years ago?
People used to be excited for new rock records, R&B, hip-hop, soul, metal, jazz, etc. When I was a kid, I was as into Run DMC and Michael Jackson as I was Bon Jovi, Megadeth and Metallica (we're talking 1989 people, I was 11 ). Now, all I hear or see is watered down Nickelback-esque rock and Lady Gaga pop. Usher with laser beams behind his head on VH1. No new good jazz. No new good rock. No new good music. Where is the new Phil Collins? The new Sting? The new U2? The new Rush? The new Anthrax? The new Slayer? The new Queen? The new Deep Purple? The new SRV? Everything is watered down and has become lowest common denominator oriented to the point there's no talent in music anymore, and no good songs.
For metal? It's either death metal gutteral vocals or hardcore throaty vocals, and both suck ass. Give me a singer actually singing in a metal band any day over this nonsense we're dealing with today. And if you do have a singer, let's keep his vocals out of the stratosphere, stop singing about dragons, and put the fluffy blouses away.
You sound like a grumpy old man.
Not all modern metal has just growls or hardcore vox. Examples:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNGCJzPzAp0]YouTube - Cynic - Integral Birth[/VIDEO]
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5ZwSOlW3_4&feature=fvst]YouTube - Textures - Awake (Official New Video) High Quality[/VIDEO]
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moZwgUex4aA]YouTube - Katatonia - Forsaker [NIGHT IS THE NEW DAY][/VIDEO]
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUmARJ0o6Hw&feature=fvst]YouTube - Karnivool - Cote[/VIDEO]