"Heartland Rock" -I am gonna guess John Cougar Mellencamp, Bob Seger and Neil Hogan favorite: Tom Petty...
Springsteen (Jersey) and the Counting Crows (California) probably too even though they aren't
from the heartland/midwest.
I'm with you Dermot...I have never heard the term "Blackened Thrash Metal." I have heard metal of course. And I have even heard of thrash metal...but never blackened thrash metal! LOL!
Silly humans feel so compelled to over-categorize everything lol. I like Dave's take. Simple and to the point. Sorta reminds my of Ron White's simplified Terror Alert System:
1 - Get a helmet
2 - Put on the damn helmet