Alter bridge is good stuff
but pretty much the op is correct
Alter Bridge is great stuff...their first two albums still blow my mind. If anyone doesn't know who they are, look them up. Im currently listening to Blackbird (one of my favorite songs of all time).
@ topic: most music made after the dawn of time has sucked (90% of everything is trash) but i get what you are saying. People started wanting different things out of their music and the music industry was dragged down by recording companies like how publishers are strangling the game industry.