It's kinda laughable, having to debate this. You don't think they're that unique. Yet you can't point to one single outfit who's similar. Influences, blah blah blah. Bottom line...there isn't anyone like them. Metallica said it. Grohl said it. Plant said it. Everyone knows it.
Except you, apparently.
Heck, I'm not personal about it. I just think it implies a lack of simple observation skill. I admit I'm being condescending. But you're one of those board trolls who gets off on stirring the pot. Me, I'm not stirred. Just amused. 'Net bravado is boring.
I wouldn't class myself as a troll, and i was astounded that you used the term schadenfreude in a different post as that's not me at all.
Rush have many and diverse influences and they can be heard in their music...I was quite careful at the end to quaify my statement by stating that I didn't think they were not original or that they had their own sound, but that you could clearly hear said influences...did you miss that bit?
As for sounding like Rush, I would point to the first four Kings X albums...not a copy at all, but the same use of space occupying guitat a la Tom Sawyer etc.