Originally Posted by Mister Hands
Where did I say the fact they're popular is the reason I don't like them? The numerous Kings of Leon, Lily Allen and John Mayer albums in my collection should put paid to that notion. What I'm looking for in the rock music I spend time on is a spark of creativity, or a great voice, or some outstanding musicianship. The bands I'm picking on have none of that and less, and that's why I pick on them. They make bad music - objectively bad music.
Which isn't to say you can't enjoy them - everyone has guilty pleasures. But the reason they're picked on so much isn't because they're popular. It's because they're terrible.
Have you not heard Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips play their instruments? Tremonti's one of the better modern rock guitarists today so bite your tongue before you start questioning how talented these people really are.
Also, even people that hate Evanescence can tell you that while the band itself may not be the most creative thing on the planet, she has pipes and she is a very controlled and powerful singer.