Originally Posted by ChildrenofSodom
I've never heard of 75% of the bands you listen to.
Listen to? Maybe. But if I were to list my 30 favorite bands, I'm gonna assume you've at least heard of all but a few of them, and I could probably guess exactly which couple those are. I won't deny that I listen to some really "underground" shit, but that comment was regarding that fact that the "metal fans" in question in this conversation have probably never even heard of bands like Blind Guardian, Helloween, Kamelot, Stratovarius, and Symphony X - some of the most popular bands in the subgenre I identify most with. They all tour the US and play to good crowds and are in no way truly underground.