The discontinued giants of yesteryear garner a lot of attention it seems by being compared to the more current releases. Some threads I read boast lovers of these mega-colognes while others, of course, believe they should stay extinct. Personally, I thoroughly enjoy the Powerhouse masculines. Naturally, they are indicative of a time gone by, yet quite a few of them are timeless and will no doubt come back into style in some fashion. This is the circle of life and even new releases will undoubtedly follow this course ( and are doing so ) while using modernized ingredients and working around restrictions to accomplish the goal.
To be truthful, both powerful and more sedate fragrances are necessary simply for the sake of disparity. I would not want all masculines to be along the lines of Kouros or Lapidus simply because I like strong cologne. Their testosterone is evident due to the existence of all the other genres. On the other side of the coin, the fragrance world would be very shallow if all it had to offer was the likes of Davidoff.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Davidoff or the scents that house releases. They have a fan base and the creations coming from it are targeted to them specifically. Same goes for the Kouros's of the world. They need each other for a variety of reasons and seasons. The bottom line is that the fragrance world is a healthier place with Powerhouses in it than it would be without their ferocity and tenacity.
Rank and file is a necessity of life. If all were doctors, who would nurse or clean up the mess the doctors inevitable make? If all were actors, who would be the fans and pay to watch? I write this in response to detractors of Powerhouse fragrances, whether they be designer or niche. I am not a big fan of "unsubstantial" scents, yet I am glad they are here for the sake of disparity, comparison and when a situation or climate calls for exactly what they bring to the table.
It's all good folks. Powerhouses of the past should be admired as opposed to being ridiculed and despised. They reflect the tastes of who we used to be.....and will most assuredly influence creations not yet on the drawing board.