I'm finding that as I'm getting older, I'm becoming more broad in my musical taste, embracing styles and genres that do not fit in any of the sub-categories of hard rock. For example, I've recently become fond of Snow Patrol. While they can be classified as a pop-rock band, they are definitely not hard rock, metal, hardcore, or anything aggressive. I've also recently become very fond of Melody Gardot, Depeche Mode, and Moby, all artists who are nothing close to metal or hardcore. While some of my contemporaries may find this confusing and/or disturbing, I find it invigorating. The excitement of discovering talented artists that are unlike anything you've ever heard is one of the best feelings you can get from music. Until recently, I was becoming disenfranchised by the music world, convinced that things were looking bleak. But now I'm thinking that I was feeling this way because I was only looking at things from the heavy music perspective. Sure, there are lots of great things going on in the metal and hardcore scenes, but there are also some very boring, cliche, and forced things going on. By branching out, I'm finding that my faith in the music world is slowly being renewed. I can't wait to see what else is out there for me to enjoy. I suggest you do the same and take a step outside your comfort zone. You might be surprised at what you find.