I'm a music enthusiast but have a hard time classifying sub-genres. So I wanted to ask what genre do you think I am into. The reason I'm asking is that I'd like to explore other artists of the same genre.
Here are some of the bands I admire: Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Evanescence, Fireflight, Within Temptation, Red, Trading Yesterday, Three Days Grace. Of these bands, I've listened to almost all of the tracks exclusively, and needless to mention I've loved all of them.
It's easy to derive that I am into rock. But what's bothering me is the sub-genre. I mean, all of the bands have a variety of sub-genres: alternative rock, gothic rock, symphonic metal, nu metal, Christian rock, alternative metal and hard rock to name a few.
I'm quite confident that I'm not into heavy metal as I've tried Metallica and Iron Maiden, but didn't like most of their songs. But I did love their guitar solos (for e.g. Master of Puppets, Stairway to Heaven, etc.).
Regarding the types of songs I prefer, I have two phases.
Sometimes I prefer a bit violent and strong type of rock characterised by guitars and intensive bass and drums, for e.g. Linkin Park - In the End and Breaking Benjamin - The Diary of Jane.
At other times I really prefer the quiet versions depicting an element of sadness through the music. Most of the rock bands have at least one such, for e.g. Evanescence - My Immortal and Red - Pieces.
If you'd ask me to select which ones I like more amongst them, I'd select the latter.
So what would you classify my sub genre as? Also after classifying the genre, which artists / tracks would you suggest to me?