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I was listening to Soundgarden and it dawned to me that out of all the versions of hard rock, heavy metal and punk, grunge is perhaps the most frozen in time. These days it's quite common to hear bands playing old school thrash, death, speed/NWOBHM etc and hardcore and punk never stopped. Hence these genres sound timeless. A lot of old bands are still active in these scenes - in fact not many bands stay broken up. Yet most of the leading bands out of grunge movement are permanently gone due the deaths of so many key players - Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Chris Cornell, Shannon Hoon, Scott Weiland, Andrew Wood etc. And most of the rest have floated out of the scene or music altogether or like Pearl Jam morphed into some sort of arena rock thing. And the genre has seen nothing new or innovative or noteworthy in 30 years. Even AIC and Soundgarden reunion albums were largely forgettable, unmemorable affairs. The genre hasn't evolved new additions or new sounds. Even thrash and death have evolved over the years or renewed their sound. So grunge is left in frozen in a 1989-1994 time capsule. To be honest part of me likes that. Not only does it harken to my youth but it stays forever young and isn't sullied by dubious changes or inundated with cookie cutter clones of past glories. It also makes me sad because it means I am getting old and that the world that created and defined my youth is fading into memory.