I don't consider Nickelback "metal". I listen to Nickelback because I like the music, not because it's "cool".
Thats my point, they aren't metal. I'm not saying it's you, but plenty of people listen to them because they are the only "rock" marketed toward them and the Top 40s crowd.
Sounds like most on here don't like any music unless it's underground and obscure. They hate any mainstream music just because it's the "cool thing to do".
I like plenty of bands considered "mainstream." I'm the biggest TOOL fan in the world. There isn't a singer or lyricist out there that can even begin to compare to James Maynard Keenan.
I find my "era of music" was the 90s Grunge scene which has long since passed. I find myself going back to classic favorites such as Hendrix, The Doors, and Black Sabbath more often than not.