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I have favorites in many metal subgenres, but tend to lean toward things progressive, technical, weird, and unique. I appreciate things with melody and don't dig toughguy/jarhead metal (Pantera, Machine Head, Stuck Mojo). But give me Dark Angel or Nuclear Death, and I'm also happy. A narrow musical focus is not useful or interesting. I also love '70s-era progrock, power-pop like Cheap Trick, prog-turned-proto-new-wavers Split Enz, and other stuff like Radiohead and Porcupine Tree.
If Budgie, Flying Hat Band, Deep Purple, Twisted Sister and Motley Crue belong here, then so does Kiss. They have had a huge influence on thousands of metal musicians and have significantly contributed to the evolution/growth of the metal genre. Not to mention that many of their songs (and albums) are very metal.
Other bands not shown on my collection page that should be here: Europe (first two: 'Europe' and 'Wings Of Tomorrow'. After that, yeah, they're pretty much garbage); MSG (early stuff), Starbreaker, Talisman (first two), Tool, UFO, Westworld.
lastly: my "collection" list here on M.A. is WAY, WAY outdated. No time to keep up with it.