Heavy metal has long been in a state of upheaval. Sometimes people feel frustrated and quit the scene claiming “It's not as good as it used to be,” while others find themselves wondering where all the money went or why they've lost their fanbase. And it's true – heavy metal is a pretty weird and fickle thing – nobody should deny that. But that being said – I think that things are moving ahead – and better than they ever have before. The simple fact of the matter is that regardless of wanton criticism metal is in a very exciting place right now, and the entire scene is profiting from it.