you are not the ONLY person that listens to metal.
i love old classic metal, i used to be in a metal band in the 90's...but that genre got stale after a while too. dudes started cutting their hair, doing songs with rap bands, the metallica black album came out
korn and limp bizcut happened... im from d.c. originally, the metal scene was like cancer out there. every body talked about how awesome being in a scene was, then talked mad shit behind each others backs. it soured my taste for it. i got pumped for metal again when neurosis came out with enemy of the sun!!! that album was phenomenal. so was mastodon's leviathan. that is a killer record. then all those dudes started trying to actually sing.
im big into clutch... red fang shows promise here in portland. i know those aren't typical metal bands. but.
im not saying there isn't an underground rock scene(i use the term rock loosely)...obviously there is and always will be. but it ain't like the 90's where 4 out of every 5 bands you hear on the radio, is guitar based. that extends into the underground. i bet good money, there are more kids buying ableton and/or dj gear than marshall half stacks these days....not saying that is good or bad either way. but guitar based music, is definitely not prevalent.