I quit listening to heavy metal back when Metallica became pansy artfags and Dave Mustane turned into a giant enema bag. A little White Zombie and some Pantera held me over, but that ended poorly. After that there was fuck-all to keep me in the scene. All the new stuff was screechy and derivative, all boring distortion and growlrock lyrics.
But the most wondrous Snarkstress (Straight from the Snark's Mouth) Introduced me to Iced Earth.
From there I discovered Texas Hippie Coalition
And my LastFM account on Xbox Live introduced me to Finntroll. Gotta love scandi-irish tradmetal.
Good listening y'all.