in a band? When I find a new interesting group it's mostly because they do something that I haven't heard before, be it vocally or musically. However, the new bands I like still have to write songs with segments that stick, melodies I can recognize and be able to play their instruments in a way that stretches what's metal.
Apart from that I appreciate a strand of honesty - something that tells me this group does this, not because they want to make money but because they have something to tell or express. Is it just me, or have groups like that become more rare in the last couple of years? If so, why?