Then, tell us, wise man, what do YOU consider metal?
Honestly, if someone tells me he likes Godsmack or Disturbed (BTW, Disturbed IS metal) I'd mostly have more affinity than if he likes Black eyed Peas and Lady Gogoll. And furthermore, if some "hard-rock radio" put some metal on, what's wrong with that?
And, in the end, good **** is good ****, no matter what genre!
metal= Slayer, Old Metallica, Morbid Angel, Death, Atheist, Behold...the Arctopus, Psyopus, Blotted Science, I could go on all day.
And you're right, good **** is good ****.....but I have yet to hear any "good ****" on the radio before midnight (at least here in Madison). Simply having distortion and palm muting does not metal make. And I'm not some genre-specific purist...There is good music in everything from pop to hip-hop to eletronica, even these new "Deathcore" and "Metalcore" genre classifications, but most of what people get to hear and "choose" (hard to make a real "choice" when you're force-fed crap like Godsmack and Disturbed) is not any better than Brittany Spears or Lady Gargoyle
You have to aknoledge that those bands (most of them, at least) are "old school" metal bands.
But Metal in itself is "Alive". I can't think of any genre that has as many sub genre as metal does.
(or you can see Metal: A Headbangers Jorney for a nice coverage by a headbanger!)
Even the band you named are not "pure metal" but rather sub genre (death/trash). and, even in the early days of trash metal, I assume it was stated as "not real metal" by some "older school" type. This appened for the wave of nu-metal back in 2000, this appened in the black metal scene a lot (norvegian vs. ambiant black metal) and it will append again.
Honestly, I think it's rather a fear of growing or a fear of the "new" more than the fact that "metal is not metal anymore". IMHO, I'd rather have the genre and any subgenre alive and evolving. That's probably why I'm still anxious to ear new blend, new release and renewing bands like As I Lay Dying, Protest the Hero, August Burns red and the such.
And if you want metal before midnight, you should realy get an XM radio! :) Liquid metal channel is pretty much all metal, all the time!
I think metal has different meanings to different folks, but I'm in 100% agreement that bands like Godsmack or Disturbed are not true metal. Not saying there's anything wrong with that style of music, but it's not metal (in fact if you notice most every song from both of those bands seems to be only 1 chord with a slight variation here and there...on track 7 you're like 'haven't I heard this track already?..perhaps twice?').
For me, since I'm old (almost 37) one of the major albums that defines metal, which also inspired me to play guitar, is Master of Puppets. So old school bands like older Metallica (funny how we all have to specify older Metallica), Megadeth, Maiden, Slayer, Priest are metal and paved the way for newer, what I consider true metal bands, like Killswitch, As I Lay Dying, Evergrey (one of my favs), Mercenary, Before the Dawn, Scar Symmetry and such. But there's also a lot of metal sub-genres (progressive, gothic, ppwer, melodic, etc) and some bands in those realms can be questionable. Like Nightwish or Within Temptation...those could be leaning more towards the gothic rock side but are often labeled as metal (more so Nightwish). And bands like Dream Theater and Darkwater (both great bands) aren't as heavy as most of the metal bands out there but are still deemed as progressive metal bands (and rightfully so due to their complex riffs).
I think metal will constantly evolve but true metal will still maintain it's core roots and 'values' so to speak! It will always be heavy and will capture those of us who don't care for what mainstream society is pushing. Our love for metal is something deep within, almost unexplainable. I'm glad metal has expanded despite the fact a lot of us don't care for some of the sub-genres (ex: nu-metal, which I don't consider true metal either...should've been nu-rock instead). But if you notice, those bands and genres usually don't last too long; they fizzle out over time and we're left with our true metal, old and new, which will always remain.