Queensrych, Testament, Metallica (original not the lame new stuff), Megadeth, Pantera. I know I am forgetting a ton.
More "modern" metal I have been enjoying is Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Disturbed.
I actually still enjoy 2 christian metal groups Disciple and Thousand Foot Krutch.
I recently picked up an album from a band I had never heard before called Halestorm. They have a really sassy female lead singer and their songs are pretty cool. I'm not quite tired of it yet which is a good sign for a new (to me) group.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. --Thomas Jefferson
I concur with your choice in music...In flames (especially the older stuff), Dark Tranquility, ect.
One of my favs is King Diamond...love the style and the story concept of his albums, especially Puppet Master.
I don't listen to metal like I used to you...kids calmed me down a bit and just the time aspect of all the concerts I went to, beer bought, and tshirts purchased, not to mention the over 1,000 cds I used to have.
Black metal wise my fav is still Immortal. Amazing rift writing on their part. Saw Dimmu Borgir in concert, really good show. Would love to see Iron Maiden live before they die. Worst band I saw...Deicide (not because I of course disagree philosophically with them, that would be true for most of the bands I listen to) but because they were complete asses to the fans....on the flip side, Marduk who opened were for them were cool guys, besides being quite blasphemous...lol. I listened to about everything from black metal to the gore side, Carcass, Aborted, Dying Fetus (always great live).
The fact that you're a Creationist Christian listening to Satanic Death Metal makes me cackle with maniacal glee.
I'm finding myself listening to music more and more now that I've finally gotten off my old cell contract and gotten an iPhone - having a good quality MP3 player on me at all times makes music far more convenient than when I had to carry an extra device (I already need to carry a work phone and my personal phone, and my old Helio Ocean was both an obscenely large brick and had terrible sound quality when playing music).
Overkill (latest, their best in years), Testament, Gamma Ray, Helloween, Heathen, King Diamond, Edguy, Avantasia, Epica (female fronted metal!!, album of the year for me, choirs, majetic, heavy, melodic....), Brainstorm, Charred Walls of the Damned, Crashdiet (sleaze metal), and only about 1000 more cds!!!!
Although they came out last year, I bought them this year. Album of the year for me. Since I notice a few love death metal...
This has some "death vocals" (most on the first song), mainly female fronted, great vocals.
I've actually heard Epica, and they're pretty good. The female vocalist actually sings classically, which makes a nice contrast with the male vocals (the typical metal "growl") and the metal music (with some orchestra thrown in). It's like Metallica's S&M mixed with In Flames mixed with Evanescence (without being lame).