@musicologynyc it's a niche/cult band for sure, but also that way for the genre - in the same way that a lot of country requires disillusionment, a penchant for nostalgia, life dissatisfaction, it's punkish melodrama XD
and the same with metal - a lot of people either love it or hate it depending on whether they connect with that message and the emotions it evokes, otherwise it just feels "generic" or "noisey".
"and the same with metal - a lot of people either love it or hate it depending on whether they connect with that message and the emotions it evokes, otherwise it just feels generic or noisey."
Metal music is so much more today than what it was when it picked up it's cues and direction from 70's era Punk Rock, and the power or heavy direction of classic Hard Rock from the previous generation of musical output. So many sub genres now that there is something for everyone who loves music, even from the Metal direction now that music listeners who do not like Metal could get into it rather easily. :)
Pick a music style from the past and Metal / Hard Rock music has now craved out a niche in it. Symphonie, Opera, Theatrical, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Country and Western, etc.
But labels and music styles aside, whatever floats your boat, go for it.