I basically grew up on Metallica, so I'm totally spoiled. They're awesome musicians, have complex rhythms and song structure, are melodic, heavy, and thrash like hell. They're great. But I can only listen to their songs 400,000 times each. I like most of their stuff, up to and including Load, but especially Puppets, of course.
This recent thing called "metalcore" sounds pretty much the same to me, though I really like two Trivium songs, cause they're fast and heavy (Rain and Like Light to the Flies). I just downloaded the new Himsa album (Summon in Thunder) and am super stoked because it's fast and heavy as shit. It includes a song called Big Timber that has basically the best video ever. Their other album Hail Horror was pretty badass too (opening of Seminal is everything great about metal). Unearth has one album that kicks my ass (III: In the Eyes of Fire), but their vocalist makes me angry after a while. Something about the pitch of his voice.
Stuff from back in the day? I like about 1/4 of all Pantera songs, and have never really gotten into Sepultura. Faith No More has some excellent heavy riffs. Rob Zombie is cool, with a 2/3 success ratio, but I have to DO stuff while I listen to him, like play Carmaggeddon 2, which was basically designed for Rob Zombie.
I haven't heard much Iron Maiden, but like what I've heard, and I have a massive soft spot for anthemic power metal like Hammerfall and certain Dragonforce songs (Through the Fire and Flames makes me want to populate the earth with little guitar players who will only play that song). The first 1/3 of this Coheed and Cambria song is fucking mindblowing.
That's all where I'm coming from. Any thoughts/recommendations? For me the music is about energy. It can be aggressive, it can be a little mean, but above all it's got to rock. Any other metal nerds out there?