There is a certain midlevel meat-and-potatoes death metal that resists "serious consideration" outside of specialist quarters because ... because ... because so much of it sounds alike. It's not bad that it sounds alike; it strengthens a tradition. But writing about it for a general audience is really hard work.
I would also add the rather sensible reluctance of many music critics to endure bleeding eardrums and sweat-rain from metal venue ceilings.
- New York Times, 11 January 2009