Having done his own bit to squeeze any interest or life out of the genre, Maynard James Keenan of Tool has announced the death of heavy rock:
[His new band is] "my attempt to make music to inspire people. Heavy rock is sinking, the industry is dying. This is definitely not thinking man’s music.”
By a staggering coincidence, his new band don't play heavy rock (it's called Puscifer - no, really - and finds room for Lisa Germano in its big tent.)
“In a way, I feel like I’m standing in two places at once. I have my right foot in then, and my left foot on to the next stage. The industry needs an enema.”
We're not sure that giving an enema to a dying man is such a good idea - although, doubtless, there's an episode of House where this is done to spectacular effect.