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I play guitar and I go to school at Northern Arizona University to study Economics. I used to listen to mostly to doom and black metal in all their incarnations, my taste shifted drastically toward death metal when I started getting more serious about guitar and taking some music theory in school. In general I don't enjoy all that power/progressive/traditional heavy metal shit, it's just too bright and happy(that is to say there's no darkness inherent in it as there is in more extreme genres). Of course there's some good dark bands in those genres and some of those are okay, but Mithras - Worlds Beyond the Veil is probably the only really "happy" metal album in my entire collection that I actually listen to. A little Finntroll doesn't hurt once in a while either.
I really dislike most pure black metal, I honestly believed Judas Iscariot was some sort of a funny black metal parody band for about a year after hearing his music. "No way this is real, he literally just recycles every black metal cliche and everyone calls it god, he even has ridiculous LARPing photos." I hate blanket statements though, certainly there's a gem every once in a while in the festering sea of black metal, as in any genre. It just seems that the ratio of good bands to total shit bands seems to be very bad for Black Metal. Not surprisingly, lots of bands which incorporate black metal into their sound and bands that fall into black metal fusion genres, who more or less don't give a shit about tr00ness, almost always have a higher base standard.
My favorite band is without a doubt Cryptopsy, None so Vile is the best death metal album of all time. Some of my other favorites include Mithras, Morbid Angel, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Agalloch, Gorguts, and Caina.