I'm a huge fan of Rammstein. They're actually one of my main motivations in learning German . Their songs are awesome, the guys seem like awesome dudes (I'd love to hangout with them), and their concerts look epic!! My favourite album of theirs is Mutter which fans seem to agree is their best album. After Mutter I'd say Reise Reise is the best, then Sehnsucht, Herzeleid, Liebe ist für alle da, and finally Rosenrot (pretty meh except for four cool songs). It's funny how last year I went from someone who happened to like a few of their songs to a huge fan. They released a "best of" album in December along with a new single which was pretty awesome and had a hilarious video (even though I dislike the director's other videos for the band).
It was hard choosing a favourite song but I think this is probably it:
I came across this thread from Arrogance's signature.
I'll just list a few of my favorite bands here, opinions are of course in bound.
In Flames is of course an all time favorite. While I love nearly all of their material except maybe a couple songs. I do prefer their earlier work compared to more recent albums. Back in January on the 15th I went to an In Flames show, Trivium was also an opener for them. That night was easily one of the best experiences I've had. I did also write a small bit about the concert then if anyone's interested, I can post that up as well.
Trivium is also a great favorite of mine. Trivium along with In Flames were the two bands who's songs inspired me to learn the guitar. I'm not really sure what it was about them but I just feel/felt compelled to learn their music.
Symphony X is actually a band I've only recently started listening to thanks to a friend. Some amazing vocals, song progressions and crazy guitar work.
Kamelot is also another band I've gotten into not long ago, but have quickly become among my favorites.
Dream Theater is simply one of the best progressive metal bands out their to date. Although with the departure of their previous drummer Mike Portnoy, I don't think the band is quite the same.
Hopefully this post isn't too much of a mess.
Do you listen to other black metal bands??
Even though I don't listen to it anymore, I still remember the intro or first number (called "the oath") on the Emperor album "Anthems to the welkin at dusk" and Burzum's "Dunkelheit" from the "Filosefem" album being some of the favorites at that time
And even though I don't listen to metal much anymore, I still love Pantera's "Great southern trendkill" album and R.A.T.M.
Just when Nightwish recovered from the whole Tarja fiasco seven years ago, they are left without a singer again. I got to know the band when Anette was already introduced so it was quite a surprise to see her leave the band: Imaginaerium was just released a few months ago, their tour is still going on and the film is going to come out soon. However, I can understand why she might have left since it seems as if the long tours have affected her personal life and health. She has two young sons so it must be hard for her to be away from them for such long periods of time, and their father is also a musician so he can't really be a stay-at-home dad as well. Nevertheless thank goodness the situation unfolded without any sort of drama (or so it seems).
From reading comments about how Floor Jansen likes to give input in the song making process, I don't think she will officially join the band since Tuomas is pretty adamant on what he wants. At this point I think it would be best if Nightiwish only had sessional vocalists like what Ayreon has done. For example in a single album, there can be operatic vocals alongside a non-classic one. I don't know which musical direction the group wants to go in the future so it all depends on what they envision.
Lately I've been listening to a lot of Epica. I love Simone Simons' voice, and the contrast with Mark Jansen is surprisingly harmonic. My favourite album is A Divince Conspiracy since every song is dynamic and powerful. Recently I've been having this song on repeat:
Thorns of the carrion is my all time favorite band. I was disappointed when the broke up the band. They were simply majestic and I have never grown bored or tired of them, even listening them for over a decade now. Here are some of the songs I love:
The Story of the Leaves - my all time favorite song and I uploaded to Youtube
To Covet the Dancing Wind - has to be my second favorite song. The poetry is amazing.
Naomi's Waters - another masterpiece...
Song for Lucretia - you will know when you listen it...
Carmilla - once again, an amazing collection of music and poetry
Eve of the Emerald Sun - you have to listen to the musical prowess of TOTC
Beautiful Thorns To Caress The Girl - a love ballad...
Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and founding member of Slayer, passed away.
When it comes to metal i can always recommend Red Fang. Those guys are just awesome!
Plus, if you're really looking for something new, try Stonehelm! They only made one album and then had to got to work again. But they're pretty good. Also thumbs up for Arnie. :P
If you never listened to Clutch or Tool this maybe something you should try. My favourite bands by far, even if they're not exactly metal.
But wait, there's more: Austrian Death Machine, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, CKY, Five Finger Deathpunch, Fu Manchu, Eläkeläiset
I don't know how popular those guys are in your individual countries, but they all are worth a shot if you ask me. :P