brodie, i do like some rock. but not much of it. there is good stuff like pink floyd, the beatles, led zeppelin, and radiohead, and then there is trash. i think that most rock music (both older and recent) is unimaginative, uninnovative, and will be forgotten as soon as something better comes along. i think metal is somewhat akin to rap, in that it has rythm, and not much else.<P>as for blind guardian, iced earth and symphony x, you can't tell me that i haven't heard real music until i have heard that. frankly, that's just ridiculous.<P>there are situations when the best rock music is as good as the best classical music. but the fact is, rock simply cannot compare to the depth of classical. think of the limitless combinations afforded to the composer by the orchestra and its wide range of instruments. now consider that most rock bands have limited themselves to guitar, bass guitar, drums, vocals, and a keyboard. throw in a hokey synthesizer here and there. <P>granted, some bands have tried (i must say generally unsuccessfully) to incorporate elements of the orchestra into their music. but rock music simply is not written with the skill and intricacy of classical, and has simply not taken on as many forms as classical has. now consider the shallowness of the message of most rock music. what does all of that leave you with? a wide body of music that is simply sub-par, mixed with a small volume that is good, and will hopefully be remembered.<P>as i said, there is some good rock out there that i think everyone should at least be aware of. but classical music is here to stay, while rock, i fear, is not.