GiveBlood, ditto that on not liking most of what's out now, especially hardcore. I was recently forced to come to the conclusion that I used to like hardcore, as what passes for it now mostly doesn't float my boat.
It always makes me so sad to hear this as it is not true. Great hardcore bands still exist and the stereotype of tough guys beating up wimps like me is not at the forefront of the scene anymore. The whole beatdown trend is pretty much over and 130 pound white kids like myself are once again welcome at the front of the room.
Check out Rotting Out, Free Spirit, Fire & Ice, any of the bands on Back to Back Records, Triple-B Records. Yeah there's still shitty heavy bands that love Biohazard too much, but great bands are poppin up all over the place.
Ayt, I'll give em a listen. I'd love to like hardcore again.
However, in direct contrast to my scene-related rant, the comment about it not floating my boat wasn't necessarily meant as a diss, nor was it necessarliy meant to refer only to beatdown bullshit. Sometimes, music I like just takes a direction that I'm not feeling, or at least not at the moment.